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Sony tries to make PlayStation Network hack row go away with $15m in cash and games

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14 titles?

" free game for the PSP or PS3 from a selection of 14 titles".

They must have a load of CDs clogging up a warehouse

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Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil

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Its puzzled me for years why we still work all the time with all the automation compared to 100 or even 50 years ago.

Thats it , i'm going contracting, and unlike every other self employed person I will take time off. lots of it. about 70% ideally

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Re: Shades of Couch Potatoes of the World, Unite

True AC 101, you find an ingenious way to fix a downed farm of servers before the company loses 100k thats not creative thats technical and therefore somehow lower class. You can use as much talent and inginuity as you want, but if its a real problem , with only one correct outcome/solution which is by definition a lot harder to achieve then thats just "techie stuff" ( and not worth as much wages as the manager gets - whose job was merely to tell you to do it)

Then some smackhead artist throws up on his duvet and sells it for 1/4 million

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Cyber scum pump ransomware at victims from spambot-stuffed websites

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Re: I may be naive ...

I can get quite a large beer for $300!

They cant trace the cash 'cos of use of bitcoin.

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Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land

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worlds remotest outcrop? its only 2 inches off scotland on that map.

I'm also deeply suspicious about Heathrow being "busiest airport in the world" and the channel being "busiest shipping lanes in the world" as I am continually hearing - jus seems to be something said amongst over prideful british folks. I bet you get different answers if you ask in other parts of the world

dubai and rotterdam surely?

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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other titles that would freak out the Adele listener:

"Breaking the law"

"Stop in the name of love"

"Crash"

"Faster than the speed of Night"

"smoke on the water"

"Fat bottomed girls"

"danger danger"

"going underground"

etc etc etc

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: Ungrateful wretches

quite.

All these whiny people on here "oh no theres big piles of dross , booo" "only 1 good thing in 20"

well welcome to 21st century of media saturation.

You all sound like a pensioner on the internet "oh theres too much stuff" . Just learn to pick what you want and have it delivered any way you want. Dont just sit on your couch getting force fed the kardashians for christs sake!

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Re: You jest!

I watch snooker to see the incredibly high level of skill and wish i could do that, but im not prepared to throw my life away learning to do it that well! Other sports I can tell the players are good at what they do but its not that amazing to me. im thin btw. also everyone i know who plays football also watches it ad infinitum and are also not fat. In fact the fat people i know are nerds (in a good way) with no interest in sport, which is why i like them.

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Re: Nothing on TV

@fihart and other ad protesters: I don know if you've noticed but video recorders have come on leaps and bounds since the 80's. They eliminate adverts and help considerably in the "choice" department. We are living in fantastic times ladies and gentlemen - the TV companies have yet to adjust to the fact that a savvy viewer can tell his freeview box to record only the stuff he likes, which he can then watch conveniently sidestepping those ads that pay for it all! shhh! dont tell !

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

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Re: First Men in the Moon

well its on most christmasses!

really shows man's violent side i thought last time i saw it

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Re: I wonder what constitutes 'may be'

what the hell else would you do with a copy of Transformers? perhaps some new form of waterboarding?

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Garbage pod!

there are precedents - Firefly , Red dwarf , of space skips that go dump rubbish on some planet rather than drop it on their own doorstep or shoot it into space. Although i think it was established in ep5 that Imperials just dump their garbage.

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Re: El Reg... Really?

@AC with the chip

I loved Star wars, but its over. The 3 ,um, old new ones were a huge dissapointment - no ones fault , how could they not be. same for these next 3 . So i dont mind a little speculation , true or false about what might be in them.

Now to my main point - If you dont want to know dont read the article! The reg even omitted their usually oh so clever tag line for this exact reason. cant say fairer than that!

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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chav spotter

so its trained to recognise burburry caps and tracksuit pants?

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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Re: If it was such a mild breach...

true, plus its not that hard to submit a FOA req. They are basically saying "Give us a tenner and 21 days to think of a good story"

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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A cat followed me home the other day that seemed to be this colour all over except the eyes. Couldnt get a picture of it.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: Add the 3d farce

That blu-ray excuse is a bit weak isnt it? No closed source crap on your system? is this just you computers or all hardware? Is your cars ECU open source? or do you not use powered transport for the same reason? If it is just the pc buy a blu ray box. And to swap sides for a min - does anyone know how I can play a blu ray (that i bought) on my pc using the 5.25 blu ray drive (that i bought) without paying a ridiculous amount for software? VLC claims to be able to do it "somteimes" but it wont for me.

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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changing desktop res "to make the letters bigger" is surely a last resort? If you're lucky enough to be using web based software you can zoom in the browser.

Changing the res just means people go back to 800x600 , the apps dont fit on the screen , and its blurry cos its not native res. As another commenter said - go to effin specsavers , or plead for a huge monitor( which will have non native res on it)

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Re: of course people aren't upgrading

my god that toolbar. You'd think Adobe was a big enough company what with ruling the worlds graphic design industry that they could lay off trying to sneakily inject bullshit toolbars and stuff along with their very regulular patches and updates. Isnt it them them that will put that mcaffee thing on at any opportunity unless you watch them like a hawk?

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It's alive! Space hackers fire up zombie Sun probe's engines

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Re: A miracle...

Great, send them all a mail asking if they want to help with my trapdoors/sharks/lasers project !

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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variable

I'm pretty certain that when ive been "smoking" it takes way, way, longer. Hard to tell though unless i deploy some instrumentation

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

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Re: Fat dogs with huge jaws should also work

but what does one do about the fat dog crap?

Tigers!

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

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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

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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

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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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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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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!

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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?

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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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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

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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

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"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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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re toast

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

PMSL well done sir!

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