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Google sneaks in back door, slips YouTube onto iPhone 5

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Agreed. Why should you need an app just to visit a website is the even more basic question. Doesn't stop a multitude of sites doing it (even el Reg I recall!)

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LOHAN straps on satellite comms capability

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Use?

First thing that springs to mind is a manual launch switch for the rocketry should the pressure switch launch trigger fail, or worse, the telemetry suggests that the balloon has burst prematurely?

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"Um, isn't this overstating the case just a little, especially since the base of operations is currently Spain??"

Not really, the Russian space agencies launch from Kazahkstan. We've just outsourced the LOHAN operations.

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Hacker uses Kindle as Raspberry Pi screen

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Re: Not a "hacker"?

"Instead he just jailbroke the Kindle using an existing tool and installed a couple of bits of software."

Aye, thought that too. If he'd plugged it into a PC, would he have been "hacking" his PC to use a Kindle as a screen?

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Apple eyes $$$ iDevice adapter bonanza

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Re: Kerching Indeed

"Will the iPhone still fit into these docks once the adapter is in place? Surely it's going to extrude a bit from the original connector?"

I wondered that. Most docks just have the iDevice resting/protruding from the top. I wouldn't fancy balancing a £600 device on whatever adapter they come up with (I'm imagining it to look like the camera/USB adapters)

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Raspberry Pi 2.0 ready to ship

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Re: Kinda hope

"Ordered one from CPC (the more consumer-friendly arm of Farnell) couple of weeks ago. Turned up next day."

Indeed, don't believe the hype, they're just overly managing expectations. Even in the "2 months wait" period, mine took less than a fortnight. If your supplier is taking 9 weeks, get a new supplier! :-)

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Build a bonkers home cinema

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Re: Disc vault?

"Urrm, guys. I can self build a machine that can do that for £300. How could you fail to get it working on a machine that costs £30000? Must try harder."

You can self-build a 42TB storage array for £300? I want your disk supplier please! :-)

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Toothbrush fixes ISS’ stuck bolt

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Next time you grab a can of WD40, remember how easy you have it :-)

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Voyager's 35th birthday gift: One-way INTERSTELLAR ticket

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Re: Isn't about time we built another Voyager?

"There is a tendency to go to other planets and stay there rather than doing a tour of the solar system, but you can get a lot more science done it you have a few years in orbit, rather than an hour flying past."

I'm fairly sure that the Voyager trips were a rather "once in a lifetime" event (every 200 years or so?) due to a rather rare alignment of the outer planets. So very few probes will do tours of the solar system for a while yet.

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Chick-lit star snubs Menshn.com password flaw alert

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Indeed, 100% secure is basically encrypt the laptop, remove the battery, encase in concrete and drop to the bottom of the ocean. Not exactly useable, but...

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Apple confirms 'surprise' September 12 event

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Persona non grata?

I can only assume there's no point asking whether the press invites extended as far as Vulture Towers?

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'Nutjob' serves half-baked Raspberry PI scam

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Hmm

Idiot appears on Internet, film at 11.

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Ulster Bank waves £100 at punters pummelled by RBS IT fiasco

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Re: "Inverted commas"

You know it was the article that used "inverted commas", right?...

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Curiosity parks for a day, looks back in wonder

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Re: HHGttG

"Oooooooh this makes me very angry..."

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Re: Question?

"How do know east from west on Mars?"

It doesn't have a magnetic field any more, but it's believed it does have. However it's relatively easy to assume north is the same orientation for Earth (bear in mind, "North" isn't fixed for us either, the magnetic pole moves, and the entire field can reverse). As for telling east from west on Mars, the Sun still rises and sets... :wink:

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Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes

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Re: You don't own music

Maybe, but you own the medium it comes on. So the CD that I bought is an asset that I am free to give or sell to whomever I choose. By the same logic, the digital file from iTunes should work in the same manner.

"Copying" didn't even come into the argument, so not sure why you've brought that up.

If iTunes content is truly just "licensed" then why on earth would anyone buy a "licensed" copy instead of buying a CD for the (pretty much) the same price?

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Re: Is that the sound....

"What do you mean it's not my music?"

Simple, just explain to Apple that the money you spent on it was never their's, you were just licensing the money to them.

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NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing

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Re: Has anyone asked the passengers

"Most airlines do not, purely because passengers don't like it. Rear facing has been tried by airlines but was not a success."

Nope, rear seats were unsuccessful purely because you get less of them in a commercial jet. The bulk you'd need behind them to brace on impact means you'd lose space. For the business and 1st class seats that recline to a bed, you lose it anyway so it's negligible. For cattle class, the front facers are the most economical.

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UK: 'We're legally bound to arrest Mr Assange'

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Re: @Graham Marsden Oh for fecks sake

"All Sweden needs to do therefore, is give an assurance he won't face extradition to any third country once he goes to Sweden"

And for the 7 billionth time, they *can't* and Assange's team know this. They could "assure" all they like, but it wouldn't be a legal agreement as he's effectively asking for immunity from any further prosecution, regardless of what it is. The Swedish courts can't make a decision on a hypothetical, non-existent extradition order. Common sense should tell you this, it would be a weird and fucked up legal system that allowed you to make a decision in advance of a question.

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Re: Oh for fecks sake

@Ian Johnston - maybe you should read what the *four* complaints/investigations are for, of which yours is only one?

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Re: Can we PLEASE...

@nuked - agreed completely! Not only is it not "storming", it's merely reporting the fact that when asked if they would rule out any of the options available to them, they said "no"

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Re: Oh for fecks sake

"Fact of the matter is there is no reason why this could not be done via video link, like Assange and his legal team suggested"

Because it's the equivalent for an arrest warrant in the UK, it's how the Swedish legal system works. But maybe they should change all that on the whim of a paranoid egotist's say so?

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Ethernet switch sales sizzle

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I bought a 4-port hub last week. It's probably that which has skewed the figures..

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Sony slims down 3D headset, cooks up eye candy

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Re: headset + Move controllers =

AR is alive and well (I have several AR apps on the iOS devices). VR is making a comeback.

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Re: VR

Think John Carmack has come up with a good system that doesn't induce nausea.

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A load of Tosh: External hard drives the new 'personal clouds'

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Re: "The box only holds 3TB - USB sticks will hold more and you can carry them in your pocket. "

@Kane - Touché! :-) Final pedant, "will hold more" means 3 x TB !> 3TB. I'll leave it as an intellectual exercise to work out how we can solve that problem too :-D

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Re: "The box only holds 3TB - USB sticks will hold more and you can carry them in your pocket. "

@Kane Last I checked, 1TB < 3TB

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LOHAN rolls out racy rocketry round-up

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Re: carbon fibre?

"So when the rocket fires, isn't the whole truss thing going to rock about like crazy under the balloon?"

Probably, but the rocket will be long gone by then. Also depends on where the thrust is aimed, if it's not aimed at something attached to the truss, then impulse on the truss should be minimal.

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'iPhone 5' released by Chinese Apple copycat

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Re: As with all

"The 's' version tends to be the one that irons out any design faults of the new models."

Which design "faults" did the 3GS resolve then?...

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Ten movies inspired by video games

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Re: No Super Mario Bros...!?!?!

"No Super Mario Bros....!?!?!"

Yes, it's a disgrace, they should have included it. Even though they did include it on page 4.

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Re: There's a movie begging to be made

They made Hell Boy, which was a close enough approximation.

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Only a passing mention

Mortal Kombat (the first one) was rather enjoyable I recall, especially the brilliant casting of Christophe Lambert, who you suspect was constantly thinking "how on earth did I get cast in this role?"

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Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

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Re: Would this infringe Copyright legislation?

Probably not, or a SCART cable would be equally as guilty.

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Leaked Genius Bar manual shows Apple's smooth seductions

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Re: To paraphrase Orwell...

You're thinking of Appletalk... since deprecated and replaced by Bonjour...

*cough*

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UKNova drops torrents after threats from FACT

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"But didn't they do an awful lot of "capping" as well? That changes the dynamic from humble torrent links to something more prosecutable"

That's pretty much *all* they did, that was the point. Basically the idea was the 21st century version of taping stuff off the TV for your mates. But only stuff that wasn't commercially available, so no Sky stuff, nothing available on DVD, nothing available on iTunes etc.

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Re: It's just not cricket

"Are they claiming that not one episode of "Only Fools and Horses", "Red Dwarf", "Soldier, Soldier" etc made it's way onto the site?"

Yes, they are saying that. Maybe you should have used the site to understand how it operated? As someone else has pointed out, even a release notice for an upcoming DVD meant you couldn't post it on UK Nova. It was screen caps only of non purchasable material.

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Samsung fights to stay on US shelves as Apple calls for ban

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Re: I'd like

" I hear the real ales, brewed locally in the Apple brewery is quite nice!"

If it's only Apple products we're allowed in the future, surely the only alcoholic beverage would be cider...

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British Minister likens Anonymous to fascists and racists

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Re: Yes, but that's not the only charge.

"The other one was shagging the other girl the morning after in her sleep."

Except it wasn't the only other one, was it? Arguments look good when you cherry pick.

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Re: Get out of jail card

"And am I the only one thats concerned that the Ecudorian president belives that rape isn't an offence worthy of being a crime?"

No, but sadly very few people are surprised.

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"Correa told the UK’s Sunday Times that the sex crime allegations made against Assange would not be deemed a crime in Latin America. "The crimes that Assange is accused of, they would not be crimes in 90 to 95 per cent of the planet," he said."

Sadly, that is probably true, but nothing to shout or boast about really.

"they want to extradite Julian Assange for not using a condom, for the love of God"

Yes, but that's not the only charge.

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UK kids' charity lobbies hard for 'opt-in' web smut access

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Re: The problem with this thread.

"The problem with this thread is that the commenters do not identify themselves as having or not having children (with whom they live - absent parents' opinions are not as important as the opinions of parents who actually take care of the kids.)"

Firstly, it's irrelevant as it's impacting *everyone* so all opinions matter. Secondly, the relationship status of the parents generally has fuck all relevance to how much they "take care of the kids" as you so charmingly put it.

To put it simply for you, this type of law or proposal is the equivalent of, say, ardent cartoon haters insisting that ISPs block any cartoons by default because they don't want to see it, and forcing anyone who likes cartoons to be forced to "opt in" to see it.

It's for the <insert group here> to have an opt-out if they really want it, not to have everyone else to take action on their behalf.

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"the image of goatse.jpg shall be indelibly etched into the fragile mind of Little Johnny"

Hmm... actually you've just sold me on the idea of the filter now - any chance we can get a goatse-filter? I'm 31 and it's indelibly etched into my fragile mind!

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Re: Im so sick and tired of the word twisting...

Indeed. I'm not entirely sure why the onus is on *me* as a non-parent to opt-in to a non-ruined internet so that parents can remain on their arses doing sweet F.A. to protect precious little Johnny's eyes. "porn blocked" filters block much more than they intend - for an example, look at O2's mobile filter that randomly blocks cycling forums.

I think The Office sums it up rather well..

"Do you think we care as much about your baby as you do? Just because you let some useless tosser blow his beans up your muff. "

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Re: Possibly an Opportunity?

But fortunately leave 587 open

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It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

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Re: Market stratification makes me sad

"Even 30 and 40 years ago Lego sets were still kits intended to build a particular thing like a space ship or police station."

I'd tend to agree but the difference is that the kits of 30-40 years ago were generally regular Lego blocks with instructions and the correct quantities to build a model, occasionally with some stickers, but they could be made in conjunction with just about everything else. Today's kits usually have a fair number of custom blocks and/or colours.

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'United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks'

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Re: @ Annihilator Another Example of Splaffing Imperiously

"A country's laws on extradition do not have to be justified to other nations, any more than it's laws on rape do."

Do keep up, even if that were true (and it's not), they do have to be justified and written in their own statutes and they're highly unlikely to change them on the whim of a suspected rapist and bail dodger.

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Re: Splaffing Imperiously

"Comment Is Free" - well you certainly get what you pay for...

All that article says, in a long rambling diatribe (I assume he's paid by the word) is that a government can overrule extradition orders by the court (same way Home Secretary can be appealed to here). Doesn't change the basic premise that a) the same government official would be in place if extradition was served or b) that to pre-judge and rule on a non-existent extradition request outside of due process is fundamentally flawed.

Glenn Greenwald has effectively corrected a spelling mistake and thinks he's debunked the entire argument.

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Re: Straw man

"If that is the case, then what harm would there be in giving him the assurance that he requested? If it's really that simple to proof him a liar, then why not do so?"

And what would this promise of magic beans look like exactly? There is nothing they can provide, assurances or otherwise, that his legal team wouldn't just say "that's worthless" to. And again, they know that. It's like asking for a magic carpet.

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Re: Straw man

Not to mention Sweden *CAN'T* declare they would ignore or decline any extraditions to the US without first seeing it. Any guarantees they make would be meaningless and probably illegal as it pre-judges a non-existent extradition request. Assange and his legal team know this too.

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LOHAN turns up the heat on Vulture 2 motor

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Re: Timed pre-ignition heating

^^ that. You've already got a power source in the mothership for the camera, GPS etc, so just run off that. You can connect it via a contact pad in a Scalextric style-ee, instead of using the daughtership's power supply (which I assume it has for its own GPS tracking, pictures and radio downlink?) to minimise the weight at rocket launch.

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