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3231 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

SMARTPHONES make TEENS have SEX with STRANGERS

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Genius!

" ... it wasn't the network packet flow itself that was encouraging sexual behaviour in the youngsters, but rather that the phone acted as a tool to enable the behaviour."

What an incredible insight.

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El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)

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Is it waterproof?

And is there an ornamental pond nearby with some large Koi in it? Start small and work your way up.

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FaceTime now on patent troll list

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Re: Seriously???

Many years ago, I got a fax from the USA delivered to the fax machine where I worked in the UK. I wonder how that happened?

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Sandy takes out NYC colo facility

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Re: wow...

I'm sure 'lessons have been learned' so that this will never happen again.

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Japanese toilet can save penalty kicks

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Re: Motion analyser?

There is a high-tech Japanese toilet that does medical analysis on the 'motion'. They are becoming more and more capable as time goes by. I for one welcome ....etc.

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Publishing giants borg into Random Penguin ... But can it see off Amazon?

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Re: +1 for Random Penguin

It would be a great name for an Ubuntu release, even if it's not the standard structure; but they can't use it now :(

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LARGEST BELCH EVER SEEN devastates gassy GIANT Saturn

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" ..the (odourless) gas ethylene."

According to Wikipedia, it has a faint sweet and musky odour. Maybe that is at normal earth temperatures though and it has no odour at 220 K. Has this been tested on a human subject?

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Amazon ships Kindle Fire HD, Paperwhite to Brits

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@Andrew and Alan Re: More details needed

I got a Kobo Glo this lunchtime. I have about 75% mobi and 25% epub on my existing (badly organised) collection, usually read using a laptop based reader. So, I'll be organising my collection and converting mobi to epub using Calibre. I've found that some of my epub books cannot have the line spacing/fonts/margins adjusted and will freeze the device if you play around with the adjustment controls.

The way to deal with this is to reconvert them in Calibre with the Look and Feel -> Filter Style Information -> Fonts/Margins checkboxes ticked. This gives you a 'fresh' epub file that can have adjustments made to it, no problem. I'm sure there are all sorts of other practical details that I have yet to learn.

In general, the review sites, even the 'technical' ones, are useless for practical details of real life use of e-book readers; which is why the El Reg commentard community is so useful :)

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Re: More details needed

More research is what I did .....

"Amazon restricts you to only reading books that you download via its own shop. You can squeeze .pdf or Word files onto the Kindle by email, but the popular .epub file format used by many websites and public libraries is not supported."

Looks like the Kobo Glo then.

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More details needed

At £109, the basic model is £9 more than the Kobo Glo (from WH Smith), but the Glo has WiFi .......the Glo doesn't support mobi ........ you can't turn the Paperwhite illumination off ....... Christmas is coming..... need to do more research ......etc.

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Fujitsu assigns team of women to design PC for women

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Re: Petticoat 5 - Got it!

BBC TV: Look Around You - Series 2 - Episode 5 - 'Computers'. Yes, it's funny as was the entire series.

"At the moment, there's only one program available for it, and that's a lipstick colour chart."

I have all the episodes on my media library. Well worth obtaining.

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Wonder why you live longer than a chimp? Thank your MOTHER IN LAW

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Old women are useful

A theory I read, many years ago, is that the purpose of the menopause is to protect older women becoming pregnant because it is dangerous for them. Leading on from this, from the point of view of success of an organised society, it is vital to have a store of community knowledge - when to plant crops, what herbs are poisonous and which ones have antiseptic properties, etc.

Older, non child bearing women were the ideal repository for this knowledge and the mechanism for sharing it and passing it on; since they don't have the tendency (as old men did) to get killed while out hunting and fighting. The other advantage of older non child bearing women is that they do not represent a threat to younger women since the menfolk can't get them pregnant, hence they can move around a community freely, dispensing advice and useful gossip (or discussion if you prefer). Old men who try to wander round visiting young women for a chat are viewed with suspicion by everybody of course.

This is all old and ancient history and we modern humans are far more advanced and rational nowadays.

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How to get your bust in good shape

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Re: I have to ask

I'm sure there's a joke about a Trojan in there.

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How Bodyform's farting 'CEO' became a viral sensation

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Have you thought about patenting that novel and inventive process? (Drop the pneumatic tubes and say 'information pathway'). Give it a few years and you could clean up by patent trolling the social networks.

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Facebook donates cash seized from spammers to cyber CSI lab

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What happened here?

How can Facebook 'seize' money and then decide to 'donate' it to someone? If I know my neighbour is a drug dealer, can I break into his house, 'seize' any cash I find and then donate it to a drug abuse charity?

I thought that legal authorities have to become involved.

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Publicity Stunt of the Week: Ten bizarre phone insurance claims

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Re: I followed that link to the past excuses.

The roof of the car is a convenient place to put small things when you're sorting out your possessions in preparation for a journey. I once lost a packet of cigarettes and a lighter that way.

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@Michael re. 1.

The cow sat down and some idiot had dropped their mobile phone at that exact place in the field.

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Gaping network port with easy-to-guess password? You ARE the 79%

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Shouldn't be difficult to block

About a year ago, my router logs showed a spate of 'sniffing' on the ports of my domestic FTP server; coming from IP addresses listed as being in China. The FTP server username and password are _not_ the equipment default values.

After a couple of days, the sniffing stopped - nothing to see here, move along; I suppose.

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US patent office prepares to kill off Apple's bounce-back patent

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@Phil Re: This should never have been a problem

The patent is part of the evidence of the case brought against the defendant. The defendant surely has the right to question and attempt to disprove the truth or validity of any evidence against them? No?

In a criminal case (notionally far more serious than commercial actions) the defendant can have evidence rejected if it was obtained using faulty procedures (e.g statements made to police officers in the back of a police car with no legal representative present).

So in a commercial case, why shouldn't the defendant be able to question the validity of a patent?

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WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

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Just wondering .....

"The doc and colleagues from California uni and the US Navy's marine-mammal units (which are mainly staffed by dolphins) have published a paper ..."

Was it the humans or the dolphins who were the main contributors?

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LG Vu 5in Android phone-tablet review

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"The Vu doesn’t have a MicroSD card slot ..."

I used to feel that this was a deal-breaker for me. However, for the past year I haven't removed the microSD card from my phone because WiFi transfer is fast enough for pictures and music files. With my Asus Transformer, I only remove the SD card if I want to quickly load up an 800MB video file.

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Oldest unreadable alphabet yields to 'tablet' computer

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Translation

Top image: Learned scholars devise means of reading ancient Ubaid tablets by light from 76 candles placed in different positions.

Bottom image: Bag of flour, packet of nuts, small jar of milk.

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Hong Kong's lucky mobile number hawkers revealed

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How 'bad' is 4?

If I have a phone number with lots of '4' in it, will people be wary of calling me and not invite me to events? Does it turn into a social disgrace or is it just regarded as unlucky but amusing?

I'd be tempted to get a number with as many 4s as possible, because of my macabre sense of humour, to give to 'special' people when asked for my number.

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Boris 'games rot brains' Johnson hosts game art expo

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"the originals have been expunged"

We have always been in favour of computer games. From tomorrow, the daily ration of Telegraph articles will be increased to four.

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Researchers find not all EC2 instances are created equal

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Re: What, in the age of cloudiness, is

But, the cloud was transparent; the researchers saw through it to the CPU.

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Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

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Re: The other first

Some of us have compacted straw and horsehair. I can recommend it, especially in winter.

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Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

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@Phil Re: Ha ha ha

I'd have thought 'Temporary Staff', for various reasons :)

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Windows 8 'bad' analyst says Store is a weakness

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Re: differentiators

Using an amazing device called a 'USB hub' (as found at the bottom of my 'cables and stuff' crate), I can have a mouse, a 'proper' keyboard and a USB memory stick connected to my Android tablet. Since it already has a micro-SDcard slot and an SD card slot, being able to connect a USB memory stick isn't all that useful to me, but it's nice to have.

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Boffins explain research with interpretive dance

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@Everybody (so far)

Personally, I prefer a well written report with good diagrams, but, but ....

If you reject and belittle this, then you reject a novel form of communication and expression. The history of communication/computing technology is a history of experimentation by people who decided not to do things in the standard way. You should admire their experimentation and imagination and consider that this is probably why they are PhD candidates, whereas most of you (as well as me) are not.

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Argos flyer confirms incoming 32GB Nexus 7

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Re: Cheap

They didn't cut the corners. They filed them to a rounded shape, which may cause problems.

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Pacemakers, defibrillators open to attack

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Re: How wireless are we talking?

According to Karen Sandler's talk (see above), a medical technician can read your heart rate as soon as you walk into the room. That's how wireless.

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Re: See Karen Sandler's talk

Fascinating and frightening. Thanks for the link.

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Earth-sized planet found at Alpha Centauri B

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A planet by any other name ....

If you state that it's in orbit around Alpha Centauri B, then why do you need to call it an 'exoplanet'? It's a planet and it's in orbit around Alpha Centauri B.

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Manchester plods cop £120k fine for USB-stick-inna-wallet data gaffe

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And the officer concerned?

According to a newspaper report I read this morning, the officer concerned has been subjected to 'internal discipline'. I'm sure this does not involve a lot of USB sticks and a jar of lubricant, sadly.

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Microsoft Surface ad targets preppy, Glee-watching youngsters

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Re: Quite Exciting

Try an Asus Transformer (among others). There's a shed load of free and cheap apps for it.

Then again, if you want a proper Windows experience........

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Chinese e-tailer to build 1,000 empty stores

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Re: Unless there is a large segment with phones and no internet?

If they have phones that can scan QR codes and order items, then surely they have a mobile internet data connection?

The article doesn't give technical details so I suppose it's possible that the phone uses bluetooth to finally communicate with some kind of payment kiosk at the exit of the shop..........who knows?

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Engineer designs glass slipper on Quora

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50kg?

Given that Cinderella spent most of her life cleaning, cooking and hauling coal/wood; she may have weighed more than 50kg.

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Watchdog: Gov bods should rummage through BINS for FOI data

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Hmmmm ....

"As a general rule, the Commissioner considers that information contained on a backup is not held," the ICO said. "This is because, generally, the public authority will have no intention of accessing the information on the backup. Again the Commissioner’s focus is on the intention of the public authority rather than whether the records can actually be recovered."

"There are, as always, exceptions. Where data has been lost from the main computer and the public authority intends to use the backup to restore that data, the Commissioner considers that the information is held. ..."

How about: 'The e-mails have been lost from the main computer, but we don't intend to use the backups; so we don't hold any data.'

This is what happens when lawyers get their hands on the real world.

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Asus N56VM 15.6in notebook review

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A matte finish screen!

I'd buy it if it wasn't for the price. I'm fed up with gloss finish screens, which seems to be all there is nowadays.

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NZ government network leaking data like a sieve

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It keeps happening

Given the number of incidents of this type over the years, there seem to be many skilled amateur penetration and security testers out there. (Also, many clueless software developers). Why don't they just hire them on a short term contract with low basic salary and big bonuses for every flaw they find? If it's important enough to spend money on, then spend a bit more to find the faults.

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Australian boffins have a ball with lightning maths

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@jake Re: Oh how perfectly dreadful

Two math degrees? That must be maths then.

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Microsoft sues Google directly in German Maps-on-Moto lawsuit

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"... a patent that deals with a computer system for identifying local resources, ..."

I wonder if anyone 'skilled in the art' would be capable of doing this independently.

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HP veep: 'Lenovo won't be No 1 in PCs... oh wait...'

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re. Assange bail-posters.

"However, they failed in their basic duty, to ensure his surrender."

Should they have stormed the Ecuadorian embassy and recaptured him?

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Apple files disappearing-feature iPhone patent

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Camera Lens

If I can't see it, I don't know where to _not_ put my greasy finger.

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Google updates Street View with 250,000 miles of footage

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Re: Let's try again

Ah, the subjunctive; a rare and elusive tense. (Or is it a mood? I always get confused about that.)

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Serenading mice can sing along if you hum a few bars

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Can we hear some recordings?

Suitably downshifted in frequency of course.

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NSW contemplates smart licenses

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Re: Bigger issues first

The system in the UK is not as you seem to believe.

The 'disc', which every vehicle must display, is the 'tax disc' which indicates that the owner of the vehicle has paid the Vehicle Excise Duty to the government. That disc is valid for 6 or 12 months and is regarded as 'belonging to' the vehicle. It stays with the vehicle and remains valid if the vehicle is sold. (An owner can surrender the tax disc to the authorities in exchange for a pro rata refund.) Without this tax disc, a vehicle cannot be used on the public road.

Insurance to drive a vehicle is a separate matter, bought from commercial companies, and is personal to the driver. Most personal insurance specifies the registration number of the vehicle that can be driven (the registration number is unique to the vehicle and stays with the vehicle and is displayed on the vehicle). A driver must have insurance to drive on the public road and is issued with a certificate which may need to be presented to a police officer if asked for. A driver must also have passed a driving test and hold a driving license (valid until the age of 70) for the class of vehicle being driven.

In fact, the entire set of records - tax disc, insurance, driving license, MoT certificate (vehicle roadworthiness test) and vehicle registration number and ownership records - are held in a central database that can be accessed by any police officer and various other government agencies.

If the police pull you over for any reason, all you need to do is convince them of your identity, then they put a call over the radio to check everything you're entitled to and can also check if the vehicle has the appropriate permissions to be on the road.

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Western Australia powers up 10 MW solar farm

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"...it’s rain-free about 80 percent of the year..."

If it's a dry region, could dust be a problem? What level of cleaning do solar panels in this type of situation require to prevent noticeable loss of output?

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Sarah Brightman plans International Space Station gig

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Re: Bad To The Bone

That was George Thorogood and The Destroyers.

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Re: "mindful, shared consumption of resources and a clear and unwavering focus on sustainability"

It's time to draw a line under this so called 'rocket' incident and move forward. I was mislead by advice from recognised experts; so don't judge me on what I did, but on what I do from now on, for the next few days anyway.

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