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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: Margin of error

The Beeb has a good article that discusses the possibilities of recounts... A close result wouldn't be a valid reason for a recount at each of the local levels.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29176884

The difference between this and US elections, for example, is that a single level recount wouldn't be enough to swing an election, whereas the electoral college system in the US means that a few votes in each state can be enough to swing it.

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Re: bing ka-shing!

"OK Bing what will be tonight's winning lottery numbers Scotland?"

"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (0.0000000715%). 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (0.0000000715%). 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 (0.0000000715%)...."

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Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

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Re: M-Disk: 42,000 pictures of cats

Maybe they weren't so sacred in the ancient Egyptian days either then?

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Re: 1000 years?

" Remember the Domesday Project?"

Nope

"Really, if you want serious long term preservation, print it out on vellum, or chisel it into the stones at Stonehenge! Sad but true.."

Or, write down the retreival algorithms and store it with the disc. Probably best to store it on one of the 1000 years discs so it doesn't become corrupt. Thus solving the problem forever.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: Train my eyes?

"Train your eyes, never be able to watch HD again!"

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Re: As always

I went further and just thought "so you can't tell it's 4K, until you look back at HD. So it ruins HD TV then? OK, I'll never look at a 4K screen, thanks for the heads up"

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Re: On being slowly boiled alive with video standards

"I think VHS to DVD was the last time people fell for this ruse"

In fairness, the shift to DVD for me was predominantly convenience. Remember having to rewind cassettes? Remember the bulk of a shelf full of cassette boxes?

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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It's a bait and switch from the analyst.

"I predict x!" claims analyst before launch of product.

<product launches and x turns out not to be true...>

"company failed to do x!" claims analyst and thus save themself from admitting they were wrong...

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Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK

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Re: is it quiet?

Regardless, you can get very long thunderbolt cables these days (20m?). I also expect that whatever studio this is in, it's got some fairly noise hardware processing video already.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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Re: For goodness' sake

"Where you'd then spend all of 5 seconds removing it just as you'd remove any other track or album you no longer wanted."

Hans Moleman put it best: "You stole 4 minutes of my life and I want them back. Ah I'd only waste them anyway..."

Although it turns out it wasn't that easy to remove from your device!

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Re: U2

Gary Powers chief suspect?

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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"The challenge for Microsoft is made bigger by the fact Mojang made no money"

Actually, Mojang made $2.5bn. Microsoft are probably going weak at the knees knowing that they'll make that now too! Oh... wait...

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.

"I don't live in Scotland, but if I did, I'd be inclined to vote for certainty. The certainty that in an independent Scotland the government would be chosen by and work for the Scottish people - much better than the uncertainty of staying in the UK - do the No campaign guarantee that the UK will stay in Europe? Do they guarantee that the NHS will be safe under a Westminster government? Do they guarantee that there will never again be a Tory or Labour government in Westminster? There is no certainty in life - whether the Scots vote yes or no."

You could make the same argument for Glasgow going independent from Scotland. And then Sauchiehall Street going independent from Glasgow. But in answer to your questions:

* No - it would be open to a democratic vote, but the Yes camp don't have a clue what their EU status would be anyway.

* Yes - NHS policy and funding is already devolved to the Scottish government who are actually cutting funding there, but funnily enough the Yes camp are keeping that bit quiet by pretending they don't have control of the NHS

* No - but if you want to live in a country where they can call the election result before any votes are counted, I can direct you towards Cuba and North Korea.

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Re: You know all this talk of things being more expensive

"after YES, because of all the subsidies from rUK ?"

It's not necessarily about subsidies, particularly in this case. It's about loss of synergy, so I'd expect costs to be going up in the remainder of the UK too, though not necessarily by the same percentage.

But in terms of subsidies, the Scottish populace is more sparsly distributed than the rest of the UK and as such would cost more to manage if it were to be separate.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: They are making profits of over £100m...

"People also seem to want some advice as to which network and contract to choose from someone they think is a bit independent, though the level of advice from these establishments is pretty poor."

Indeed, that would be quite a nice service. Something like a price comparison website, which already exist in this space :-)

Problem with Phones 4u etc is that they were basically a reseller instead of a referrer. Always struck me as a strange business model to still have today - you wouldn't go into a shop to buy an energy or bank account.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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Re: not a Delivery?

"They normally only do that (not that I will be buying anything) when they are about to start selling the new tarted up bits of 'shiny-shiny' right away."

Actually, they don't. They add the new products so you can drool over the shiny. The most they have available after is the pre-order page.

It's been a while since Apple finished their announcements with "and it's available now". The 5S was announced on 10th Sept last year and went on sale on the 20th.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: BBC Worldwide

"if we allow laws to be passed that demand we prove what is in our tunnels, going to jail for refusing - or for what's in them - will happen very quickly."

We're pretty much already there, what with having to reveal passwords for any encrypted files we might have.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25745989

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Rack-mount 24TB RAID 5 disk array for $5,000. Let's just check the label here. Uh, it's TiVo

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Re: needs more tuners

"6 tuners for that much space?"

Depends on what they're tuning. If it's DVB-T transmissions (likely) then each tuner grabs a multiplex that contains multiple channels. For example Multiplex PSB1 contains most of the BBC SD channels. A single tuner can record all of these at once.

I lose track of how many active multiplexes make up the UKs digital transmissions, but it's 6-8. Best case, this thing can record all of Freeview simultaneously, worst case it's 75%. Your experience of Freeview might determine whether that's really best and worst case, or the reverse...

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Re: Give rhe devil his due .,,

"Although personally, I'm fairly sure most errors should read "Error: Something you can do nothing to fix has happened, just go google the following '0x80001234' and then do something else"."

Pretty sure my parents' version of Windows has been customised to say "Error: 0x80001234. Go and phone your son. But switch the computer off first and don't worry about that code - just tell him it's 'some number' and that'll be fine"

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

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Re: Why?

"The details of the deal between the Rays and the app developers aren't made clear, but there is more going on here than the Reg article suggests."

Yup, there are 4 people involved here, seemingly none of them particularly want an iPhone. First 2 are there to secure the spot to sell it on (for $2500 each), second 2 are there to promote an app by means of the free media that are covering their presence outside the store.

It's like its own little economy literally built on nothing.

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Yes but that wouldn't get them any publicity/free media, so chances of them doing it are zero.

Besides, pretty sure Apple don't own the area outside their store, so what they could do about it escapes me.

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Crack team weighs LOHAN's substantial box

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Bathroom scales weren't an option? And if it didn't register correctly, two bathroom scales - two people hold the box, stand on a set each and total the weight on the display. Repeat sans box and subtract the difference. Keep pipe in mouth for both weigh-ins, or correct accordingly afterwards.

I'm assuming it was too bulky for one person to carry while on scales.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: Did the BBC just troll people?

"Badly written episode all round - Clara's motivation made no sense at all given that she is the one human to have seen all the Doctor's incarnations."

I wondered that too, but then it struck me that she had seen all the Doctor's *past* incarnations up to Matt Smith only. So for her it's a more difficult adjustment to make as she was in the unusual scenario with the impression she had seen all of the Doctor - to find out there were incarnations of him with which she was unfamiliar was harder to adapt to.

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Re: Did the BBC just troll people?

"I thought it was all quite ham-fisted - they've made the point that they're a married couple in previous episodes, but felt the need to mention it at least 3 times in this episode plus the pointless kiss, together with the ridiculous 'my lungs can store oxygen' which makes no sense at all"

Yes but the real point is (and maybe they were deliberately doing this, maybe they weren't) if they were of different genders the exact same storyline plus the number of mentions of marriage and "kisses" wouldn't have been noticed or indeed have grated you.

I suspect similar storylines have happened between the Doctor (Matt Smith) & River with multiple mentions of their relationship.

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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

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Re: Yay!

I'm confused - when you say lucky one, do you mean you've had a dodgy battery for the last 18 months and are happy about it? Or are you lucky because you aren't one of those customers and have had a battery that works?

Either way, you have a strange definition of what you consider to be luck - a phone that hasn't been fit for purpose for the last year & a half and denied by Apple until now, or a phone that does what it was supposed to do. Former is bad luck/aweful treatment, and the latter should just be the norm.

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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"a clock!!!"

Sold

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Logic fail

"As i understand it, he _can't_ be given a custodial sentence for his alleged crime"

He can be given a custodial sentence for his actual crime of jumping bail though...

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Re: He needs the attention, but still...

"The South Yorkshire police have also been very explicit in stating that the BBC contacted them, because they had been tipped off by a third party, rather than the other way round. It seems like the current attitude of the police is to NOT tip the press off in cases of investigations into celebrities, and everything the police have done in this case seems above board to me."

Perhaps - but then they're missing the point that if it wasn't the police that tipped off the Beeb, then who was it? If it were only the police aware in advance, then the only logical conclusion is that the police leaked it to someone else, who then leaked it to the Beeb. I'm not sure that keeps the SY police squeaky clean - it got out somehow..

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Two years on, Curiosity's still in the same crater

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6th August 1945, we detonated the first nuclear weapon in anger.

6th August 2012, we landed the first nuclear powered probe on another planet.

Sombre parallel, but I'm cautiously optimistic about our progression as a species.

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Ransomware attack hits Synology's NAS boxen

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Re: Seems depressingly common with NAS vendors

" this "let's expose the NAS to the outside world" nonsense needs to stop; "

Nail meet hammer

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"Actually, I can't really call them on the carpet for that one, mate."

I'm not criticising the advice for when the machine is boned - you're right, they have very little they can add at this stage - I'm criticising the lack of advice for non-infected users. They could at the very least have given the same preventative advice that you've given in the article which so far they seem to have failed to do?

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http://forum.synology.com/enu/viewtopic.php?t=88770

Synology's less than stellar advice so far. "If affected, switch it off and call us".

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Synology and the NAS-ty malware-flingers: What can be learned

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Re: re: Fail2Ban

Agreed, wouldn't help in this instance - just clarifying the article :-) It's unlikely this is a brute-force style attack so rate-limiting wouldn't be any good.

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re: Fail2Ban

So regarding Fail2Ban - it does have crude "block repeated login attempts" in the "AutoBlock" section of the control panel. Set how many times an IP can fail to login and it'll block the offending IP address, indefinitely if need be. I'd remote into the device to check the exact settings, but I've disabled that for now :-D

I agree though, the "everything via port 5000" is possibly the worst idea they could come up with.

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Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage

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Re: femotocells

"Vodafone will flog you one though, and it works pretty well."

While I approve of the Vod Sure Signals, I find it pretty appalling that they *charge* you and use the broadband that you pay for to fix their inability to provide a signal where you live. It's like they think they're doing you a favour.

This particularly galling with the first gen versions that were pretty poor at keeping a connection to Vod's servers, and required several lengthy reboots to start working again.

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"QED?"

I didn't like to say.. :-)

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Re: femotocells

"Never overestimate the stupidity of the general public"

Underestimate?

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Realism

"I'm not sure about that - while the overall population density of Scotland is lower than for the UK as a whole, there are large areas of Scotland that have no population, and therefore don't require any Postal or wired services at all"

It's a fairly valid assumption, given that most other non-Royal Mail delivery companies charge additional costs for the Highlands and islands.

But this all assumes that the Scottish government can buy back their part of the Royal Mail from the privately owned company, which I'd be surprised about.

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Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS

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Re: Another day

Another day, another person who still clicks through and generates a unique visit thus justifying the article's existence..

Keep reading it, they'll keep writing it.

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Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July

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WTF?

Really???

"Apple tells El Reg"

What, via general press release? Or has the ice finally thawed??

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REG MAN penetrates GOOGLE'S LAIR

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Couple of USB flash drives and a mouse mat, surely.

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Hey Intel – that new Pro 2500 SSD looks awfully familiar

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Strikes me that Intel have just become more confident in the manufacturering tolerances. This is the same product but with better certainty around performance following either improvements or empirical evidence of their stress testing showing it can cope.

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

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Re: Reds are OK for any size NAS

Heck of a rebuild time!

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Not Complete non-news

"Since when do we celebrate 45 years of/since something?"

It's possibly the greatest achievement in history. Pretty much every time I see a full moon I think of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f_DPrSEOEo should be every day.

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Stephen Elop: 'Hello there' (and goodbye to 12,500 of you)

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Lotus Notes on the iPhone... the mind boggles!

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Re: Er, timing?

"From Sweden you just need the UK (good lapdog) and Sweden of course (the very country that serves as a NSA foothold for EU surveillance... what are the chances of them saying no?)."

From Sweden, you just need the UK plus any original conditions they would have to meet including Australia.

But all of this is moot, given Assange has already stated that even if Sweden drop the warrant, he wouldn't leave the embassy. So he (and the faithful followers who believe he can do no wrong and even it he did wrong shouldn't have to face it) is arguing over something that he's already said wouldn't matter.

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Re: Er, timing?

"But did't he breach bail to avoid deportation"

Erm, yes, and his bail bond was set in order that he could appeal the extradition order. He did that, and lost, and so threw his toys out of the pram. Who's using circular reasoning?? He was bailed pending the outcome of the court hearing - that's been heard, he lost.

"Extradition without charge is incredibly uncommon"

In Sweden, he can't be charged without being arrested.

" I he goes to Sweden and is not charged, he can be deported to the US right away."

Yet again, he can be extradited from here to the US if so desired. He also can't be deported to the US "right away". For the Swedes to extradite him onwards to the US, they must first get the same permissions from the UK as if he were here, so again the question, why on earth would "they" need to do it via Sweden when all the same legal hurdles are in place plus Sweden's?

The New Statesman sums it up rather well if you feel like reading the debunking in full:

http://www.newstatesman.com/david-allen-green/2012/08/legal-myths-about-assange-extradition

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Re: Er, timing?

"I also find it a bit odd that extradition was granted without any charge being filed"

Failing to understand Swedish legal process I see?

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Re: Mad

"The UK has spent £6 million preventing Assange from escaping"

Actually, now it's because he skipped bail to carry on his media circus from an embassy and pretend he's more important than he is.

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Re: Er, timing?

"Surely if the US had wanted his arse they'd have asked for it long before the Swedish extradition case sprang up?"

Yup, maybe, say, when he was first arrested in the UK.

I see he's still claiming not to be leaving the embassy even if the Swedes drop their charges as he's still scared of the US.

Still claiming also that the US will find it easier to extradite from Sweden, even though to do so would require permission from the UK *and* Sweden. Extraditing from here would have just required the UK's permission.

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