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3238 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

'Occupy' affiliate claims Intel bakes SECRET 3G radio into vPro CPUs

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From the linked article

"Frank from across the street is an alternative operating systems hobbyist ...."

Jim Stone has been spying on me! How do I disable the phantom power supply?

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Lighting bods blind designophiles with LED-powered lounge lamps

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@Duncan Macdonald Re: I'd be happy with ...

Can't they fool the human eyes by using an array of Red, Blue, Green LEDs (in the right mixture) behind a diffusing screen? It wouldn't be a smooth spectrum but it's the visual effect that matters.

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Lamps 'R' Us

Available soon.

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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Re: Diatoms, its full of diatoms!

It's a fragment of a babelfish. (I'm good at jumping to conclusions.)

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

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@AC 6:50 Re: Equally tiresome...

A Geiger counter? Yes please !!

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TPG flashes cheeky 'down under' CAPTCHA

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Get your eyes tested

It says 'techim'.

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Angry Brazilian whacks NASA to put a stop to ... er, the NSA

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Re: What next...?

I'm boycotting ASDA as part of my small protest.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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Re: OH NOES! FINGERPRINTING!!!!!!11111ONE

Does it compute some kind of 'hash' and compare it against a stored value, which was generated when the fingerprintee was first registered on the system?

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Microsoft mocks Apple and new iPhones in vids it quickly pulls

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Opinions may differ

" ...a summary: two Apple employees interview ..."

I could be bothered to watch it. I saw two product developers presenting a summary of their efforts to two different senior staff in various weekly (?) meetings.

Then again, maybe it was a series of therapy sessions where the two developers try to explore the source of their discomfort.

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Server hack heads up the stack for a new challenge

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Many thanks Tim and good luck with the new job

P.S. That picture should be subtitled 'Breaking Good'. (There may be some uncertainty about that.)

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

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re. "... forced to spend time rebuilding ..."

I assume this was as simple as formatting and then loading up a saved image onto a new SSD.

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Lip-wobbling boffins: Eating Chinese food is like kissing a vibrator

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Re: Just don't try this at home....

If you've ever made a quick bathroom visit, but forgotten to wash your hands after preparing some chilli peppers, you'll know not to do that. I'll never do it again!

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Outlook.com adds IMAP, OAuth

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Just wondering ......

Does the NSA get its own special OAuth token, just to make things a bit easier?

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NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

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re. "... beyond the black"

I think that should be 'to/into the black'. (Firefly reference.)

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European Commission plans net neutrality push

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Here on the small island ....

Can 'our' UK government exercise any kind of opt-out on this. I'm sure the big players like Vodafone and VM would be look unfavourably on all this.

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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I'll ask my mum to show me how it's done. This basement is getting a bit dusty.

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

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@Aldous Re: The science behind Doctor Who?

The 'Titanic IN SPAAAAACCCEEEE' was a fully certified (for paying passengers) spaceship that had been built to resemble an old style ocean cruise liner. You need to pay more attention.

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Startup claims 1W wireless charging at 10 metres

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Imagine a Starbucks with one of these in the ceiling

It would charge your phone (if it had the internal receiver kit) and keep your 'coffee' hot at the same time.

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Intel uncloaks micro-microchip assault with Quark SoCs

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re Quark smaller than Atom

They should have released the Proton, Neutron, Electron family first.

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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they are one step ahead ....

(Use Tor or a VPN) - www.hobby.uk.com

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

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Thinking about it ...

If you consider the size of France and Germany (as a European example) and their short distance apart, we don't express surprise that the people in those two regions/countries speak in different languages. Then consider the size of the regions of China and their geographical separation from each other.

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Enterprise storage: A history of paper, rust and flash silicon

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"A 1TB USB stick fits in the palm of your hand"

Great, but it costs over $3,000 in US money; not mainstream yet :)

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

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Full marks for the speedometer arrangement.

For as long as I can remember, I've had cars where the steering wheel blocks my view of the speedo between about 65mph and 90mph; a critical range. I wish more car makers would take this into account.

Apart from that, I don't like badgery and I'd prefer black flashing instead of red.

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IRON MAN MUSK: Elon reveals Tony Stark-style 3D design smarts

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Re: I call bullshit

" ... I can not come over ... management porno."

No matter how hard you tried?

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China's corruption crackdown killing off Unix

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Switching from big iron to x86 virtualisation

What does that have to do with Unix??

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Bristol boffins announce QUANTUM CLOUD

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Re: Shurely shome mishtake?

Assuming that I follow what you are saying, would it be more correct to describe that as a 'measured/observed interaction in a Quantum Field'? Are you saying that photons are an intellectul construct of the observer? What does that imply for all the other force/field interaction particles, including the Higgs boson?

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UK investor throws £14.8m at firm that makes UNFORGEABLE 2-cent labels

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Cheap tag and cheap reader ......

.... means easy to obtain and easy to monitor in detail in a small electronics lab. Then the forger can carefully determine the required charateristics of a genuine tag. The interesting part of the article is where the reader also writes data to the memory of the tag. That part could take some figuring out.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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@John Savard Re: Twas ever thus

I did a recognised apprenticeship at the same time as a thin-sandwich degree course, obtaining a first class honours degree. How do I fit in to your terribly restricted little world?

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

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Re: 6310i

I have two. They pick up a signal just about anywhere.

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'Unreliable, shambolic' ... a top CompSci prof slams Serco's UK crim tag tech

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Lessons never learned

The people who create/implement/operate a system or process are not the people you should trust to tell you if it is working properly.

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Panasonic whips out MONSTER fondleslab for serious S&M sessions

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Re: S&M

I'll wait for the M&S version - cheap and bland but does the job.

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BT doles out measly 2GB to customers in Dropbox-alike BT Cloud

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I've got 16GB of cloud storage .....

... in the form of a memory stick plugged into the little FTP server (NSLU2) that is connected to my home router. I worry about whether it could withstand a sustained brute force attack :)

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New! Yahoo! logo! shows! Marissa! Meyer's! personal! touch!

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"I'm not a pro, but I know enough to be dangerous"

That is often the problem and may be her epitaph.

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Fancy some BEER ON TOAST? Italy invents spreadable booze

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Re: This is new?

The last time I (accidentally) drank the lees from home made beer, I manufactured my own very spreadable product about twelve hours later.

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Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

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Re: Ah well...

Maybe if you invented your own 'private language'; I'm thinking of the Navajo code-talkers of WW2 here. Then again, language is a form of encoding of meaning, so can encryption breaking techniques be used to translate an unknown language into your own language?

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Tor traffic torrent: It ain't the Syrians, it's the BOTS

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Whoever could it be?

Maybe someone who's trying to establish the IP address and location of 4000 relays of a Tor network? Or, maybe someone who's applying for funding to fight the menace of increasing Tor traffic? Oh, the possibilities.

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Boffinry breakthrough OF THE DECADE: Teens 'influenced' by friends

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@Graham Marsden Re: @frankl ly - Time for some social engineering

I may have tried to get too much concentrated goodness into it.

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Time for some social engineering

Flood Facebook with pics of neatly dressed, well scrubbed teens reading books while helping elderly people to cross the road.

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'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES

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Re: The "Streisand Effect"

"But my goal of learning something new each day has been accomplished, thanks to El-Reg!!"

That's the main reason I read this site, and the comments of course.

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Canon climbs atop Facebook with over-the-top pic wrangler

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re. energy drinks

I'm waiting for replies from combat wombat and mutated wombat.

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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How the heck?

"... 8,500 Lumia and Asha phone patents ..."

How on earth can you get 8,500 patents from developing two smartphones.

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South Carolina couple cop cuffing for shed shag

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Re: Not exactly flashing

Indeed. I'd claim 'reasonable expectaton of privacy'. The cops had to make a deliberate effort to find them so it's their own fault for seeing what they saw.

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ICANN destroys Google's dotless domain dream

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re. Refused domains include .AFRICA and .GCC.

Did they give reasons why? Would/did they also refuse ASIA, EUROPE, ...etc? Has anyone applied for ATLANTIS?

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World+dog left counting costs: Still can't bury corpse of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2

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Re: The latest progress report filed at Companies House today revealed that JP Associates (JPA),

There's no way they would have taken the job on unless they had guarentees that they would be paid for their work.

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Brit music body BPI lobbies hard for 'UK file-sharers database'

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Re: The solution is simple...

I've got some readily available technology - a little piece of masking tape; it's simple.

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China confirms plans for first Moon visit later this year

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@Chris G Re: The year is 2050 re. Lox/methane

I was hoping you'd finish your post with a 'cow jumping over the moon' reference.

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Re: I honestly do not care who does it...

I just wish they'd do an international effort, which would result in more resources being available for any effort. I can imagine engineers and scientists working together on a project of this nature but I doubt that political interference would be far away though. Woud the ISS or the LHC be a good model for joint projects of this nature?

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

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Re: All your phone are belong to us

If that aspect bothers you, buy a second phone on e-bay and run it purely for data transfers between the cloud storage and the phone and/or your local LAN storage. You don't even need to have a SIM card in it if you limit yourself to WiFi connections.

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China: Forget running water, bumpkins. Have some lovely broadband

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Economies of scale

"...gathering all of its cable players into a single company with 200 million connections ..."

I wonder if this will result in lower prices to the domestic consumer?

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

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+1 for 'Innovagineer'

See title.

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