* Posts by frank ly

3691 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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My first thought. The time to worry is when they announce Microsoft Linux with updates coming from Redmond every Tuesday.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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That had me worried

" ... to develop autonomous aircraft that can position themselves around other aircraft in order to be service them or locate problems that need attention."

Until I'd read to the end of the next page, I had a mental image of passengers on Easy Jet flights looking out of the window to see a fleet of small drone aircraft moving closer and then tightening nuts and lubing aileron actuators, as they flew along.

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Lots of skills are needed

"To be good at Computer Science you need Maths and Physics,"

Maths and Physics would certainly be a big help when you're starting Computer Science. They are about how things work, why they work, what will happen if you do certain things, etc. All good stuff for the logical thought needed to get a program (do we say "app" nowadays?) to do what you want it to do. I'd suggest that they are not essential however and that an open mind and a willingness to learn and an enjoyment of learning are key factors to success.

What we need, in the industry, are people who can communicate with other people and understand their problems, needs and requirements - then implement those in a deliverable system, on time, within budget and to specification. Those abilities are woefully lacking in many industries.

How about a group of kids are put in contact with another group of kids, at a different school and given the task of producing a system for them, having regular meetings and trying to establish what is needed and then doing it. Initial guidance from teachers and a set of 'template projects' would be needed here. Regular progress meetings and test feedback would soon teach them the skills they will need in the real world. Experienced teachers would be needed to stop fights breaking out.

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Police stats inflate the number of guns actually stolen in Blighty

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Capitalisation needed

"... figures compiled by ACPO where we don't know what data MADE UP the final numbers."

There, fixed it for you.

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

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@leexgx

As you say. What could be simpler and easier to sort out that that? It's almost intuitive.

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Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz

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re. "... scarifying fevers."

That would be a serious fever that you'd remember every time you looked in a mirror.

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Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE

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I'm wondering

From the picture, it appears that the male has two apparently identical implantation appendages, so that in theory it could mate with two females simultaneously. I'm just exploring all possibilities here ......

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Yahoo! finally! releases! Flickr! app! for! iPad! BUT! shuns! Windows! fans!

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Don't the Windows people know how to use a browser?

Oh, it's IE .......

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: Not necessary

Yes, the laws already exist to punish people who threaten and cause genuine fear for a person's life and safety. So why haven't more prosecutions been made at magistrate's court level, with fines and a couple of months in prison for the serious case?

The government, the courts and the police want more laws and more power, even though they don't use the powers they already have, unless it's convenient for them to do so of course.

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: Speculation...

Idiots often see the truth, because of their unblinkered innocence. (Only kidding; I'm sure you're not innocent.) We also had the scene (I forget which series and episode) where Clara directed an 'early' Doctor to a particular place, the implication being that she was nudging him into selecting a particular TARDIS when he ran away from Gallifrey. She certainly is well scattered through his timeline.

Then we have the bits with Matt Smith where the TARDIS seems to react against Clara in a passive-aggressive way.....

My personal opinion is that there may have been a long term 'arc' in someone's mind but it's all getting fragmented and too much trouble to develop and present in a coherent way. After the first two episodes of this series, I stopped watching (more in sorrow than anger) and now I just just read a few reviews on Sunday morning, none of which make me regret my decision.

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NASA eyeballs SOLAR HEAT BOMBS, MINI-TORNADOES and NANOFLARES on Sun

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Re: What about

It's an observation of anomolous X-ray levels that _could_ be explained by postulating axions from the sun interacting with the earth's magnetic field.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Re: klingon software development: memo

You have made many enquiries about User Acceptance Testing. There will, of course, be User Acceptance Testing. When the software is ready and it has escaped from the development team, it will find you and it will test you, mercilessly. If it finds that you are worthy and acceptable, it will install itself on your computers. Do NOT try to interfere with that process, unless you wish to suffer serioius injury and possibly death.

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Re: Special

I've performed numerous UATs in formal circumstances on behalf of the user. On one side you get the supplier trying to pull the wool over your eyes and whispering to your higher level management that you're not up to the job or, even worse, you're being 'unreasonable'. On the other side, you get your own higher management blaming you if it doesn't pass because of 'minor and easily fixed' shortfalls. All this with a printed and agreed UAT procedure that has been available for weeks. Your immediate manager is sympathetic to you but he is under pressure too and so he slides the blame onto you - in a kind and regretful way.

It's not a job for anyone with a heart or a soul.

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Google offers sweet new SDK to let Android devs join 'Lollipop' guild

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Re: Not sure about this

I'm sure they don't offer 'bug fixes' or minor functionality updates for old running versions. They and other device makers push an OTA update and then nag you to accept it. The attitude seems to be "it's new and we made it so it's good and you must have it."

The last 'minor update' to KitKat made it ask me if I really wanted to use the third-party phone dialler app that I have, every time I try to make a phone call. Even if I press the 'Always' option after selecting my third-party dialler app, it still asks me on the next phone call. I suspect that if I selected the built in Google phone app, then presses 'Always', I wouldn't have that annoyance.

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Not sure about this

I think I'll avoid this for my Nexus 4. My experience of previous updates, going back over four years and three Android phones is that Google change things because they can - from the point of view of 'look and feel'. Updates have also slowed my phones down and have removed functionality in the past. I've spent nearly two years getting used to my Nexus 4 as it is. It works fine and I don't want any changes to it.

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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re. " ... the renal original turf ..."

That's where someone has marked their turf by pissing on it. It's primitive but effective.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: Only unlicked devices should ever be allowed....

Any device running Android Lollipop wouldn't remain unlicked for long.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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re. metric ****load

The correct expression is "****load, since there is no difference between a metric ****load and an imperial ****load, both being a qualitative rather that a quantitative measure.

For the ****ton, whether it is metric or imperial needs to be specified in speech, since the words 'ton and 'tonne' sound identical. In writing, the spelling is different and so the word 'metric' is not needed.

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It's not always about you: Why the Apple Watch is all about China

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Please explain

"And that is how Chinese characters work – it is not the finished picture that relays the information but the individual strokes built on top of one another. Do the strokes in a different order and they mean something completely different."

How do Chinese people read books and newspapers and e-mail and websites, if all they can see is the 'finished picture' with no information about the order in which the 'strokes' were made?

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Auntie hires API firm to manage new online BBC Store

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Re: Fact alert!

BBC Worldwide is a wholly owed subsidiary of the BBC. Its entire purpose is to sell BBC and other British TV programming abroad. In the last financial year, it generated headline profits of £157.4m and headline sales of £1,042.3m and returned £173.8m to the BBC. I'm wondering how it managed to generate such poor profits on sales of TV shows from the BBC, unless it pays the BBC (and ITV comnpanies maybe) large amounts of IP fees for those TV shows.

In 2013-14, BBC income from license fees was £3.7 billion, with a total income of £5 billion. I assume some of the extra £1.3 billion came from IP fees from BBC Worldwide?

So, BBC Worldwide is a corporate front to let the BBC get more money (and why not) and it mostly relies on the license fee to get a product to sell.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Re: i.amPULS

Puffed Up Loquacious Singer?

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Adobe CSO offers Oracle security lesson: Go click-to-play

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Reactive instead of proactive?

""Finding and fixing bugs isn't the way to go, ..."

" ... organisations should follow suit and stop "patching every vulnerability" ..."

Then, later:

"That strategy has .... , and sped the time to patch from 10 weeks ....... to a recent record of 36 hours"

Apart from the apparent logical disconnect, this seems to say we should wait until somebody bad finds a weakness, then defend as hard as we can. Don't bother fixing any faults, flaws or weaknesses; just wait until the bad guys find it then work hard and claim rapid success.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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re. " ... a human-made space lab ... "

Is there any other kind of space lab in our solar system? Do the Reg team know something we don't?

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Do I remember correctly?

Wasn't she the one who sold her shares in Lastminute.com just before the, er, last minute when the share price crashed? That was lucky for her, many people didn't sell or they bought before the last minute and were left holding losses.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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Re: You are confused.

I know that surrogacy is not adoption. Note that I said "... would cover ..." and "... associated legal issues ..." and " ... where this is going ...". I'm trying to imply a future scenario ....... don't you get it?

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"Unfortunately the main limiting factor are not the eggs, it is the uterus. After reaching 40 or so, ...."

Yes, but read on .....

"We also offer an Adoption Assistance program, where Apple reimburses eligible expenses associated with the legal adoption of a child."

This would cover the 'rent a womb' arrangements that happen, with associated legal issues. You can see where this is going.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Swings and something else

"Since the transmission began as IP, and a smartphone already has a high bandwidth IP path, why not just miss out the bit in the middle? "

If they tried that now, there would be many independent data streams, to individual mobiles, many carrying identical data. To reduce that, there would need to be special, additional, mobile data broadcast channels to be supported by the mobile operator and by each mobile phone. Maybe that could be the 'new DAB'?

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Re: "The Finnish language is difficult, especially if you are trying to make yourself sound sexy"

Fur clad .... mmmmm ... I don't care what they sound like.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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"There’s also no 4G version ... "

Is it a mobile phone as well? I thought it was just a WiFi tablet.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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An old man writes

In the mid to late '70s, I used to use buses, underground and trains for all my travel. Then, the idea that there could be a phone on a train was the stuff of science fiction. I didn't even have a phone in my small rented flat (or a television or a computer). If I tell that to youngsters nowadays, they don't believe me.

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NSA Sentry Eagle placed spies in private companies

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When it left the aviary ....

... a sparrow snowed on them.

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Apple's iPhone bonk to 'Pay' app launches on Monday

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@AC Re: If I understand the technology correctly

The initial registration of your card does need the credit card number and CC code (suitably encryted, etc) to be sent via Apple to the credit card company, so they can associate the token with your credit card account. After that, Apple don't need to store what was sent via iTunes and their servers. Even better, the data could go direct from iTunes to the credit card company servers and Apple would never see even the encrypted version of your data.

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Kmart apologizes to customers after month-long security breach

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Re: NSA's job

"After all, they pay their taxes."

Up to a point, maybe.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: Moving the goals?

"If a given shape, proportionate to size, were ideal -- then you would want to divide by the *cube* of your height."

That would be true if the human body could be aproximated by a sphere, but it is more closely approximated by a cylinder, hence the square is used. Maybe the height raised to the power 2.3 would be more 'fair'?

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Always more questions

In the average intake per person per day chart, there are two distinct and identicaly shaped dips for 2004-5 and 2008. I can't remember any national food shortages during those years or any national advertising campaign to eat less - so why the dips?

BMI: " ... there is no distinction between pure rippling muscle and unadulterated flab."

True, so BMI is not a good indicator of 'obesity' if you're a boxer, rugby player or a lumberjack, or very tall or very short. However, for the majority of the 'ordinary' population it is a reasonable and easy measure to take. So, unless the height or muscle development of the average population has changed much, it should be fine for long term use. If the average height does change then it should be easy enough to apply correction factors so as to make valid comparisons.

"Crucially, there is no measure there of waist circumference, which is what most of us use to make a judgement .."

What 'most of us' use to make a judgement is not medically uselful. From what I've read, the waist circumference in relation to chest and hip sizes can be a good indicator of future cardiac problems, so maybe these should be measured as part of the standard GP type of examination.

In the BMI category graph, there is a period of notable change between 1993 and 2001, then not much change after that to 2012. The BMI changes (for the worse) seem to coincide with the period of decreased calorie intake, though there are no figures for calorie intake after 2001. Does anyone know why this might be?

It all raises more questions than it answers, as do many of these types of studies.

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Peeking at pussy

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Video taken by pet - copyright

You need to get its pawprint on a single sheet agreement giving you full rights to any image or sound recordings made during its time wearing the camera supplied by you. It's important to state that it can spend time with its own camera, outside the scope of the agreement, to ensure that the agreement couldn't be interpreted as unfair or onerous by a court (if it ever came to that). A few lines about undertaking to obey all applicable privacy laws would also be a good idea.

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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@SuccessCase Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

"Now I know many techies don't have much in the way of creative capacity."

Do you have any hard figures and reliable studies to back that up, or are you just being 'creative'?

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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Re: It's gotten better.

I read the Linux forums and the various Linux 'howto' wikis, after a quick Google search for the topic. Then I read more forums to get a consensus opinion. After that I can clone my hard drive and do reckless things if I want to. It's worked nicely for me so far but I'd venture to say that the average member of the public wouldn't be able to do that or would get fed up very quicjkly. I remember I did a lot of swearing in the first month but after that I was fine and happy.

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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re.Re: William Donelson

That should have been '@William Donelson re.' or just 're.'

[Coat: the one with the copy of 'Pedants Style Guide' in the pocket.]

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Dairy Queen cuts the waffle, says bank cards creamed in 395 eateries

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Just give them a copy of your house key and let them get on with it

" ... but the code didn't get hold of stuff like Social Security numbers, PINs or email addresses."

Why would anyone give this information to a high street retail outlet? After being 'hit' by spam e-mail and spam phone calls/txts some years ago, I now tell anyone who asks that I don't have a mobile phone and that I don't use e-mail. They seem surprised but they still sell me stuff.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

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Power and video signals

From what I've seen of 'ordinary' laptops with two chunky hinges, there are four distinct and separate points of contact between the base and the screen unit. I've always assumed these were enough for power and video data/control and gave good insulation from each other as well as protection from dirt and grease ingress.

This 'watchstrap' hinge looks very complicated with many possible points of shorting and places where dirt and grease could get in to affect the signal paths. Does anyone know about the techniques for getting power and signals from base to screen and the actual design of this watchstrap hinge?

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ROBOT TROUSER SNAKE stiffens to master slippery mounds

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Well, they covered the robot snake with some kind of trouser, so .....

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Put down that shotgun: Wi-Fi's the way to beat Zombies

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Re: When I leave the house ...

Braaaaiiiins !

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When I leave the house ...

... I turn off the Wi-Fi with a little widget on the start screen. I do this because I don't want my battery draining as the phone pumps out Wi-Fi power looking for a connection. I also don't turn on mobile data unless I want to use it, for similar power saving reasons. It really does make a difference.

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Crims zapped mobes, slabs we collared for evidence, wail cops

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Re: The law of unintended consequences

This is conflating two separate things. As I understand it, the remote kill switch is operated by the network and the user/owner has to contact the network and convince them of their identity to ask them to kill their stolen phone. The police only have to contact the network (probably via a special contact number) and tell them to kill a phone because they don't want the owner to be able to use it.

The remote wipe is under the control of the user and intended to protect private information from prying eyes. This is done via a website, with login process, run by the company that supplied the remote wipe app. Please correct me if I got any of that wrong.

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The simplest ideas are often the best.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: three modes: "normal, sport and insane".

Also, "... It is like having your own personal roller coaster ..."

The thing about a roller coaster is that you're not in control of it and you do it for the thrills/terror. He seems to be talking in 'careless' mode.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Pope Francis patting a fanny

It started off as ' ... fanning a patty' but it mutated very quickly in my mind so I'm confused now. How can this method be regarded as reliable?

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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Re: illegal abroad surely

Does this also mean that I can hack into US servers, because I'm a senior police officer in my own (self declared) small country? If there are any technical objections, I'll get the government (me) to enact laws to bypass them.

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DOCTOR HELL and his henchmen score Nobel for the NANO-SCOPE

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Amazing technique

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2color-STED-example.png

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