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3401 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence

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Re: "US Marshals raiding Florida police"

They were protecting them from themselves. It was an act of caring firmness.

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

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A possibility:

"... tracking the position of each of the user's eyes and projecting the appropriate image into each."

Is it a phone with frickin lasers?

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Australia's first public swatting victim a nice bloke

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"...it's dangerous to the police responding to the people inside the house,"

What?! It's dangerous to the victims inside the house. The police do risk sprained ankles with all than crouched running, maybe.

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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Re: CryptTrue

Cry 'Puter

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Meanwhile, at a secret location ...

... a specialist team have been assembled to analyse the comments on The Register. It's a dangerous job and specialist counselling is not only available but is compulsory.

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Former Microsoftie becomes US ambassador, opts to swear in on KINDLE

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I suppose ...

... that if the appropriate document is displayed on the screen then it's a legally valid oath.

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Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

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"The desk itself is unremarkable:" ?

It's remarkably ugly. Or is this 'gamer chic', in which case I'd have expected a bigger monitor?

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Balls to the World Cup: Brazuca wins in the wind

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I remember the old leather footballs

You pushed a new bladder in through the opening and laced it up then inflated it to what you thought was a good pressure. On damp grass the ball got heavier as the game went on. When you headed the ball, you hoped that the lacing wasn't in the 'right' place to leave an impression or even a cut on your forehead. Footballers nowadays .......

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Telstra kills ZOMBIE BOXES all over Australia

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Detailed Analysis?

I wonder if all the drop in power was due to 'zombie' equipment not being replaced or if the replacement (and more modern) items were simply less power hungry.

This is a very good example of why money spent on dull and dreary audits can save money for a company. Perhaps they didn't do audits before because of 'cost saving' measures. As every good executive knows, it's important to improve the bottom line quickly, soon after you start and before you move on.

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Linux users at risk as ANOTHER critical GnuTLS bug found

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@Oliver Jones Re: Open source was supposed to be secure

I've upvoted you because I like your sarcastic cynicism (or is is cynical sarcasm?). After a year of running Linux at home I'm now a fan, but I'm not blindly in love with it.

Open source wasn't 'supposed' to fix any and all security problems, it was intended to give people choice, enable them to make informed decisions and give freedom of action in their use of software. It does all that very well. As with all software products, unless you're a software wizard with lots of free time, your informed decisions are dependent on other people being wizards and there aren't enough of those to go around.

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

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Imagine ...

"... I deeply apologize to those who were offended by the sight of artificial human penises."

... how they'd feel if they saw a real one.

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Remember Anna Kournikova? Come with us on a tour of bug-squishing history

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Re: Oh, yes!

And thanks to Google Images, you can refesh your hard disk with happy memories.

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Samsung in a TIZZY: OH PLEASE make apps for our Tizen Z mobe

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Re: App Revenue?

" ...operators want in on the app shop cash."

The water company want to sell me high priced multicoloured perfumed toilet paper, but they're just plumbing infrastructure people and ought to settle down and get used to it.

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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Re: Going off the rails

"But what happens once you stray off the path?"

You download the binaries and do your own private installs and make appropriate symbolic links and check the specialist forums for consensus advice about which library is needed. You kludge the application default choices and MAKE it do what you want it to do. GRAAAAAH! You beat your own path through the jungle and become your own systems admin. Sometimes you wonder if it would be a good idea to write a record of what you've done. That self doubt soon passes. Great fun!

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I'll try it in a dual-boot setup ...

... then wait quite a few months before I commit to an upgrade from Mint 13. I'll test the heck out of the MATE panels because they were behaving strangely in Mint 16 (Petra) in a VM. I'll also check the forums for the inevitable confusion, pain and anguish.

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Flying saucer with 'stadium-sized' orb to INVADE Earth's skies

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So ....

.. it's about 1.7 GBags (Giga Bulgarian airbags).

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

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Re: *Ahem*

You forget about Ronnie Soak (Kaos). Everybody forgets about Ronnie.

http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/index.php/Kaos

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Re: Now listen here sonny...

As I understand it, Einstein was one of the original group of physicists whose work predicted quantum teleportation and he didn't feel comfortable with the prediction. He wasn't 'wrong'.

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DIY IoT computer smaller than a square inch

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Re: Cute

It's actually a little router, so it's entire purpose is to talk to other devices.

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Apple: Scrubbing may not yet have cleansed iThings of BLOOD

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Re: Is this an iDagger I see before me?

Out, damn Siri!

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Is this an iDagger I see before me?

Ok, I'm going.

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TOADOCALYPSE NOW: Madagascar faces down amphibious assault

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What happens if you squeeze it and lick its 'eyebrows'?

Such an interesting shade of blue.

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Boffins: How to generate crypto-keys using a smartphone – and quantum physics

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Re: Just wondering

I hereby relinquish all rights and claims to the random number generator method known as the 'Frank Ly Generator' and gift it to the world. (I retain the right to bask in any reflected glory.)

Note: I had to press a 'Sumbit' button to get the post published. Vulture lawyers might have a say in this.

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Just wondering

" ... the right number of photons needed to balance getting the maximum quantum uncertainty, while not saturating the detectors."

That indicated they were using a bright 'scene', if they were worried about saturating the CMOS detectors. I'd have thought that quantum effects wouyld be more noticable at very low levels of illumination.

Has anyone tried generating a 'random' number my performing a checksum on all the pixels of a photo of a natural scene (flower beds in a park, woodland glade, etc)?

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French Hacker Legion is West's foremost snoop squad says Robert Gates

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L'Etat, c'est moi!

Let them eat freedom fries.

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Ballmer SLAM-DUNKS $2 BEEELLLION bid for LA Clippers

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In my world ....

... I dream of having a bigger/better car than my neighbour.

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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Re: Alternative explanation

So, that's not your name, it's your pet's name :)

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Samsung wants to 'thingify' your BODY with Simband

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Just wondering

"... developers can access the data and leverage it to create entirely new applications.”

How much will they pay me to let them view and use data from my body?

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How about printing your electricity?

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"... the inkjet printer's annoying habit of skipping pixels ..."

Is that true for all inkjet printers, or just this one?

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Re: I really can't see a point...

I think that's their point.

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The 'porthole' front cover

I hope that could be removed because that does not go well with how I like to hold a phone, or cameraphone, or anything.

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What's up, Zuck? Facebook asks Brussels to probe its GIGANTIC WhatsApp deal

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Instant Messaging

If 'instant messages' are carried over the telcos' networks, why would the telcos care who sends and receives them?

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Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

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I smiled

“When we negotiate with suppliers, we are doing so on behalf of customers. ..."

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

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Re: May be worth mentioning...

The last time I looked in detail and read the T&Cs, the 'all you can eat' didn't allow tethering; it was 'The One Plan' that alowed tethering. Has this changed recently?

Edit: Must type faster.

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Smut-spreading copyright trolls lose John Doe case

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Latest News

TPB servers floored by Popular Demand for a particular video title. (I'll be searching soon).

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Skype to become 'Star Trek' style real-time translator, says Redmond

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My hovercraft is full of eels

etc.

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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When I were a lad

I used to play all day with a stick and a hoop and I was happy and grateful for it. Kids nowadays.......

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ARG! A GHOST SHIP! Pirates sunk by UK cops return from watery grave

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Re: This: ... catch some proper crims

That's hard work and needs expertise and some thought and planning and getting off a fat arse and out into the real world.

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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"... personalized experiences provided by Cortana."

Would you want to have a personalised experience with an assistant like that?

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: Non-reflective laptop screens.

Go to eBay (or similar) and get an Acer Travelmate 8000 (or similar). Also on eBay, get a replacement battery and an SSD PATA drive for it, 16GB or 32GB will be fine. Install LInux MInt (or similar). Enjoy using it. I already had the Acer so I just had to get the battery and PATA SSD :)

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128-bit crypto scheme allegedly cracked in two hours

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Re: Better password needed

123456 isn't a prime number so if course it's not secure. (I may be getting confused here.)

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Samsung WRISTPHONE – for those who wanna whisper to strap-ons

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Re: So memoryloss, and a very unimaginitive brain is what it takes to become a regreporter?

Would the toothpick/stylus fit into a small recessed tube in the wristphone, or would it be tied to the strap with a short length of stylish string?

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Congress divorces NIST and NSA

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After Heartbleed and other similar problems, I'd hope that many eyes are now looking over the crypto and security functions of Linux and its various distributions. At least people can do that if they want to.

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Bondi shark alert systems beams warning to nobody on Google Plus

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Am I correct in assuming ...

... that they use an SMS to send the warning? I hope so.

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Google brings futuristic Linux software CoreOS onto its cloud

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Re: Someone fell for the autocorrect

You mentioned it. That could be the spark :)

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Re: Oo Exciting..

Paragraphs 7-10 explain the differences and the relative advantages betwen virtualisation and containerisation. Nate Amsden's excellent comment is very interesting.

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NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

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Did this crowd ......

... have torches and pitchforks, or were they brandishing buggy whips?

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Truphone debuts 66-country flat rate roaming deal

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"... with 12GB of data costing just shy of £1,000 ..."

I'd be happy to charge a roving business person half that rate, and provide a meal and a bottle of wine while they surfed the net using my WiFi. Do I put an advert in my local paper?

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NASA stitches 3.2 gigapixel 'Global Selfie' mosaic

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The location of the selfies ...

... on the globe doesn't correspond to where they were taken (according to the location placards). I was a bit disappointed.

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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@Joe 35 Re: Website policy stupidity

I encountered that problem 3 years ago when I tried to pay my (ill in hospital) Mother's phone bill, we were both with Virgin Media. They wouldn't accept my encyclopaedic knowledge of her and her account details. Eventually I drove 100 miles to her house and made the phone call from her phone, thus 'proving' my bona-fides and obtaining details for making a direct transfer from my bank account. I'm surprised that they didn't accuse me of being a burglar who'd broken into her house.

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