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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

mark 63

Re: Obligatory "Weird Al" song...

I love Weird AL but DAMN that song is annoying!

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Who wants a ROBO-BUTLER? Google and pals do – and they've just put $2m towards it

mark 63

I already have a services robot - it vacuums my floor.

Its pretty shit at it, although maybe if I paint a face on it it'll make it more tolerable

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Dimwit hackers use security camera DVRs as SUPER-SLOW Bitcoin-mining rig

mark 63

there is a threshold

it dosent matter how free the electricity is, or how many machines you infect, if it turns out that you would need every person on the planet to have an infected machine switched on 24/7 for 100 years = 1 bitcoin, then you picked the wrong platform.

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'Yahoo! Breaks! Every! Mailing! List! In! The! World!' says email guru

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that jake dun a hell of a troll eh? does it count if its unintentional?

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Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

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how about some way for the illegal downloaders who say theyd pay if blah blah blah, to make voluntary donations to copyright owners?

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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"National Institute for Health and Care Excellence"?

"National Institute for Health and Care Excellence"?

no thats something a manager would dream up , and therefore entirely possible. My last job had 3 or 4 "centres of excellence" , nee "departments"

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mark 63

Re: Is this a UK thing?

Damn, how you supposed to trust doctors who are fkin you over like that?

not sure on the uk rules, hence the phishing would work

I do know that if you have to go back itd be cheaper than the US!

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mark 63

Re: Double extension?

no he didnt, or you could skip the <Rtl>

I used to use similar technique for talking anonymously in Quake2 . It really spooked some people!

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Dammit internet... you promised naked videos of my Facebook friends

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Re: If you fall for that

they may as well have used:

"money will be dispensed from your cd tray"

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

mark 63

not enough women snooker players either

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Sysadmins and devs: Do these job descriptions make any sense?

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hard to search for a job in it isnt it?

the umbrella term for the whole industry is it

how do you search for it?

support? server? windows? all these bring up mostly elderly care, waitresses or glazing jobs.

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Who loves office space? Dell does: Virtualization to banish workstations from under desks

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Re: Oddly content free

" 1080p or higher (4k?) resolution screenful of rendered content to be delivered..."

the only occasion that kind of update speed at that res is important is if these engineers and arty types are sitting there playing games.

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Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

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so you know how much he's given away?

All i know is he didnt give me any :(

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HP: We're so down wid da kidz! Look at... er, Smithers, what DO yoof look at these days?

mark 63

I can see why they were stuck . I cant think of anything about HP that would "appeal to da kidz"

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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Land of the free eh?

automatic weapons but no betting on the duckies!

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mark 63

Re: I am pleased

"hold proxy rubber duck races for our American cousins"

what? and get charged with "interstate wire fraud" or some crap , extradited and thrown in Guantanamo!

no thanks!

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

mark 63

Re: Congratulations

i thought thered be a different play on words:

'Nancy from the air' / Lucy in the sky ?

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MEPs demand answers from EU antitrust chief about planned Google search biz deal

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Re: Is There Any Other Search Engine?

quite they dont have competition, thanks to cleverly putting the search box in a visible position on the screen , unlike yahoo, lycos , alta-vista and the other competition at the time.

Having read this article , and even the preceding one it refer to I still have little idea what the meps want google to do, or even what the problem is.

can someone put it in idiot terms for me?

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

mark 63

"FYI all downloads are digital, there have never been any analogue or other types of download. Everything bit of data is digital. Just say 'download' and drop the digital bit."

Not when I used to download from the radio onto a C90 it wasnt :)

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mark 63

Re: Sir

" I re-read my books all the time, but if I had to pay again I certainly wouldn't."

How about if the original purchase price was 15p instead of £7.99?

would you pay 15p per subsequent read?

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Google views, reviews YouTube viewers' views with view to killing off spam shams

mark 63

YouTube was "a place for meaningful human interaction"

so false views? ok

no mention of stemming the tide of human sewage (matched only by pubescent teens high on voilence playing Call of duty) that is the normal comment content?

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Alleged Silk Road kingpin slapped with indictment in NY

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Re: Those charges are severe.

yes indeed.

"charged with narcotics conspiracy, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprises, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, and money laundering conspiracy."

He'll get about a billion years for that lot!

They'll probly give a standard life sentence for each entry in his transaction logs :)

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California high school hackers expelled for grade tampering, test thievery

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Re: Cheating and education

well it wasnt made clear exactly what security was in place or what they did to get round it , apart from some key logging, so we cant really suggest anything

I think your paper solution , whilst probably effective is a bit yesterday (to say the least) and will generate hundreds of hours of extra work . and paper.

And it only solves one issue - it wont secure test papers or the schools bank details.

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Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

mark 63

well maybe now a 3d printer can finally do something that cant be done 100x cheaper by established methods

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This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

mark 63
Flame

"It's probable that the developer created the app with the widest possible permissions so it worked easily in the lab, and never went back and changed them to something appropriate for the Internet: I accept that."

lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy !!!!!!

and dangerous

and amateur

The amout of software i've had to carefully recreate the conditions of the develoipers bedroom in order to get it to work! usually bought by govt depts, schools or colleges

also software designed for businesses that seems oblivious to the idea of a "roaming profile", or that the user may not have admin rights

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Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

mark 63

not worth a hill of beans

I disagree - exhibits A & B:

Celebrity magazines

Reality TV

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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Keyboard warriors pwned! I surprised those two didnt use the defence "Look at my face - I am obviously too stupid to know what i'm doing , let alone think about any consequences"

Should've sent Jay & Silent Bob round: "Did you write....."

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Our robot overlords won't be evil cyborgs: Prepare for whisker-equipped ROBO-KITTIES

mark 63

re toast

4. a large elastic band and a slice of heavily buttered toast.

PMSL well done sir!

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mark 63

well it might not be *quite* as high-tec but the lowrider custom car scene have had whiskers for detecting kerbs since the 70s!

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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Re: I'm not some kind of hippy or anything, and it's an interesting experiment....

well i agree, unlike most above,but their points are valid , everything uses some energy , specially paper money.

but the thing that gets me about bitcoin is the intensive processing just for the sake of it - just so that everyone dosent do it - its just a test.

All other processing and real world stuff discussed above is doing it the easy way. Bitcoin hash cracking is just making it deliberately hard to control pace.

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

mark 63

how fast you move it?

" or you could set it at 1-32 AM and move it 1 hr forward every year and only haveless than 23 years"

I dont think they're actually setting a timetable for Armageddon - they move it arbitrarily backwards or forwards every now and again depending how brown the trousers are.

Its a guage not a timer , albeit a badly named one

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Top patent troll sues US regulators for interfering with its business

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durisdiction?

well I guess their excuse that its out of the FTC's jurisdiction is true. Why don't they just send the police round for blatant mass scale fraud?

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Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

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Re: @scub

" I have come to the conclusion that a lot of the staff think they are actually working for a legitimate company"

Fascinating idea john - maybe they just have a brief "Ring these customers we have identified have a problem and get them to DL this file, the other dept will logon and fix the issue"

Surely they'd have to be dumber than the victims though?

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Hackers slurp credit card details from US luxury retailer Neiman Marcus

mark 63

well yeah , I know Davd Beckham pays about that amount to get his car valeted, but it least he's getting some sort of service.

i guess they chuck other un-credit card like services in with that one:

like blackjack and hookers!

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mark 63

comes with a $7,500 setup fee and $2,500 annual fee

comes with a $7,500 setup fee and $2,500 annual fee

whaaat?

well if i get that invite i think I'll decline

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Coffee a memory enhancing drug, say boffins

mark 63

In other coffee-related bad news - we've only got decaff left in the staff kitchen!

nooooo!

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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

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Re: @Connor

ok , touche , i didnt read your full post

but "Thirdly, incorrect police procedure? Not guilty."

I'd call that 'guilty but got away with it due to legal mumbo jumbo'

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mark 63

Re: @Connor

". There are numerous ways in which someone can be found innocent of drink driving, even after blowing positive"

really? name one.

(after blowing +ve at the station)

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mark 63

Re: Dodgy cops?

its also an "open and shut case" in the more traditional sense.

Anyone who blows over the limit on the station test machine is going to be found guilty - no two ways about it.

except that lucky dude in Scandinavia the other day who got a crazy judge whose judgement was "well alcohol affects Asians differently, so its fine for him to drive around wasted"

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Workers, guards clash in hours-long Samsung factory RIOT in Vietnam

mark 63

$3.2bn to complete the construction

$3.2bn to complete the construction?

thats an expensive factory!

gonna have to sell a lot of phones before that pays for itself!

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

mark 63

Re: Simples

excactly! citrix - so its basicly thin client, so it dosent really matter what malware infested piece of crap the user has brought in.

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mark 63

Re: As is the case everywhere

yes indeed, in my case the decisions were made by the woman who used to run IT before her whole department was outsourced. Hence we have pretty red gaming laptops with no docking station ability, which are locked down so much as to make them next to useless - anything she couldnt think of a use for - locked off.

Its akin to driving a car with all button removed except stop/go/left/right and the engine bay filled with concrete

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Sabu wasn't the only FBI mole in LulzSec, suggest leaked docs

mark 63
Coat

"Who was the second snitch?"

The one behind the grassy knoll!

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Twitter: It's JUST LIKE Elder Scrolls (no it's not)

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If you want more in depth mr dabbs, theres a hour long i think documentary on utube about the making of elite. its pretty cool.

"If we spent a night up till 4am and managed to save 4 bits of space thats a night well spent"

lol! bits!

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Nearly 1 in 5 of UK's Xmas gifts were bought online... not that it helped

mark 63

Re: Couriers.

well if employers would let us get our consumerist junk delivered to work - which they generally dont there wouldnt be so much of a problem. Not that I'd fancy getting a palletized Land-Rover R380 gearbox in the back of my car... actually if you ditch the pallet no problem

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mark 63

Re: Retail sales grew measly 0.4%

haha - i was about to post the exact same thing!

I cant think of any sort of "cure" though

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China finally lifts 13 YEAR gaming ban

mark 63

fps

if you're playing a "bloody first person shooter" on a console you're doing it wrong. no mouse.

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Malware! tainted! ads! infect! thousands! of! Yahoo! users!

mark 63

Re: The real story here

"Money changed hands somewhere. I'm sure that they'll be able to dig out a receipt "

well no, there are dozens of ways to avoid that, as others have pointed out.

there would be no spam on the net if things were so easily traceable

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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Re: I will be opting out....

but how will opting out defeat those nefarious aims?

it could be that your data pulls the stats in the other direction

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

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climate change

dont worry about reducing our emissions, mankind in no way has the self disapline to make anything but a token effort. if it esult in losing cash or lowering the standard of living it aint gonna happen.

voluntarily that is

luckily, (depending on your pov) we have almost run out of stuff to burn, we are going to be responsible wether we like it or not.

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