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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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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Hmm

"The BALYOLO - BAL (Balloon) YOLO (You Only Live Once)"

Torn between my love of beer and my hatred of YOLO....

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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Short version

"We've been accused of spying illegally. So we're going to make a law to make it all legal"

Here's a hint guys - the uproar wasn't about the legality of it all.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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"It was not that remarkable, that special, that unusual, that life here on earth evolved gradually, slowly, to where we are today."

I do find it somewhat refreshing that Buzz famously took some holy water on Apollo 11 and took communion :-) Be good if more religious leaders could accept the above statement.

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BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies

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Re: Standard Form Letter

I've commented on previous similar cases - short answer is "fine = revenue attributed to new sign-ups over the period the ad was run".

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"They're mostly full LLU, taking over the line and piping over their own backhaul, so while their kit sits in BT exchanges, about the only interaction with the BT "network" is being powered by it, and connecting to the BT last-mile copper"

And pretty much the only thing that affects sync speed is the quality of that last-mile copper and how the kit is hooked up to it. And the people doing that? BT Openreach.

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Re: Standard Form Letter

Yup, that'll learn 'em

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: An excellent system

"But I'm not quite sure why it needs a Pi."

Indeed, the only use of the Pi is controlling the Pi Cam to record the event. The triggering of the solenoid (and I assume the reset) doesn't get controlled by the Pi.

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Remember the turbo button on PCs? New AWS instance has one for CPU burst

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Re: For those damned yoof amongst us:

And for the slightly older yoof, you may remember the turbo button remained a feature of many cases long after the underlying motherboard/CPU had any corresponding feature. Thus the button was connected to nothing but air, though users would swear blind that their PC would be "faster" when the button was pressed.

Bring it back, I say.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Re: Cheltenham again?

"Sorry to be finicky"

"finicky" is just a lazy person's word for "accurate"

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Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test

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Re: a 1/4 of a Kw on a *chip* 66w on *idle*

To quote the article:

"Power consumption – measured at wall socket"

It's not 66w on the chip, it's 66w on the system.

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"So, extra 22C and nearly double the power consumption for less than 25% overclock"

Agreed, also that's "at the wall" power consumption, so reasonable to expect that in CPU power consumption, it's more than double.

Still, for less than 200W on extreme computing? We've come a long way since kW PSUs for that sort of computing power.

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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Re: not a bad attempt

"But there are better ways to get the downvote crown."

I dunno, criticising Judge Judy is about as flamebait-y as it gets....

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

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Re: Tickets

"On all my previous visits to the O2 telescopes weren't necessary due to the honking great screens displaying all the action."

Just like watching it at home...

Have seen a few things at O2 and Wembley Arena - turns out I can't stand arena-based comedy.

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Walmart in iPhone 5s, 5c price slash – gotta make room for that 'iPhone 6', right?

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Re: Why?

All the "premium" smartphones are expensive. iPhones, Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) all start at £549.

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Re: $99

"From" $649 according to walmart.com. Suspect a lot more expensive if you work out the cost of the contract they're selling it on though.

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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Re: How do they actually orbit?

They're definitely not "black" to gravity, otherwise nothing could orbit them.

Also, if gravitons exist (it's all still hypothetical), they won't have any mass.

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Re: "How can one black hole split into two?"

"Although I am unsure whether it is as yet mathematically proven that a black hole cannot actually split into two"

Odd question, but I would assume the answer is "even if possible, wouldn't really matter". Given nothing can escape the event horizon, even if a split were to happen (and couldn't begin to imagine what would cause that) they wouldn't be able to escape each other and equally not be able to escape the event horizon of the system, beyond which there is no effect on our side.

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Shine on you crazy diamond: Distant dwarf may hide space jewel

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Re: Not just any diamond..

"Something is returning." Don't you ever listen? That was the prophecy. Not some one, some thing. They're not just bringing back the species. It's Gallifrey. Right here. Right now.

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Not just any diamond..

A star fell from the sky. Don't you want to know where from? Because now it makes sense, Doctor.

The whole of my life. My destiny. The star was a diamond. And the diamond is a white point star...

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Microsoft's Online Exchange fixed after going titsup for NINE HOURS

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Re: 2 hours - wimps!

"He was on hold or so long that he fell asleep"

Cue many responses starting "that's nothing!..." culminating in "I started a call on my first day, and trained an apprentice up to take over the hold queue when I retired".

Do you realise what you've done?? :-)

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"Remind me, why should I move from an on premesis solution to a more expensive cloud offering?"

Because, you know, the cloud. And synergies. And the cloud. Scaling. The cloud.

<mumbles away into the corner talking about synergies...>

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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Re: Planned obsolescence

The car warranty thing is a bit of a sham though. A 7-year warranty doesn't cover a fair bit (clutch is one significant one that I've seen) and depends on you sticking to a fairly hefty maintenance schedule (at your cost) at authorised dealers only.

Would you be willing to do that for your electronic device? When you consider the things most likely to fail would be battery or screen which car manufacturers exclude as "consumables".

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