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Brother, can you spare a DIME for holy grail of secure webmail?

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Still grumpy

I lost a whole bunch of Nerdshack accounts when Lavabit closed. Not only was it a really good mail service but many subscription accounts - even El Reg's own - rely on your old email address to still work before you can update to a new one.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Re: Great...

Does Chrome still install on Windows machines without needing admin privs?

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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Re: is that what ElReg sarcasm looks like

By reflective I presume you mean shiny screens? These are brighter than matt screens

It would have to be a fair bit brighter to compete with the near-equatorial sun that I live under. Trust me here, they just don't work.

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Re: is that what ElReg sarcasm looks like

Now if they could develop a screen visible in Oz summer daylight

I don't know why anyone even bothers selling devices with reflective screens in Aus. They ain't going to beat the sun.

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Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

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"widely respected businessmen"

Steve Jobs was a widely respected businessman? Only on Planet Stupid.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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The full monty

The Field marshal? Unlikely. The phrase doesn't appear in Ngram until 1976 and didn't pick up in popularity until the mid 90s. John le Carré used it in The Tailor of Panama. It was published 1996 but the story refers back 20 years and used in the context of Burton's the tailors. Montague Burton was the founder and a if you ordered a three piece suit it was "the full Monty". The usually reliable etymologist Michael Quinion also says that this is the most likely source.

Not definitive then but seems reasonable.

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

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Clueless pollies

ABC article:

Liberal frontbencher Stuart Robert says he has no problem with people's web-browsing history being stored.

"Not at all, keeping in mind Google already stores your browsing history as it is," he said.

For once I'm lost for words.

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Turnbull says NBN 'most reckless commitment of Commonwealth funds in our history'

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Shock horror

Ex-Telstra man says it should have been given to Telstra.

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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

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Re: Kids with more money than brains.

At least their spending habits keep them off the streets at night..

They don't need to be on the streets any more. They have StreetView for that.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: The most worrying thing in Aus...

Please feel free to downvote opinions if you disagree but downvoting facts is pretty childish.

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Re: @Cipher - In the 1970s...

I remember the next ice age talk in the 70's.

And still talked about today. One of the predicted signs of warming is that the North Atlantic Current, the flow of warm sea water from the Caribbean that keeps north west Europe nice and snug, would move further south due to melting polar ice. This would then make land areas in the previous path much colder.

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Re: Maybe we could get a consensus

Extreme weather? There are more extremes in terms of recent record setting perhaps. But no sign of increase of hurricanes, cyclones at the like worldwide since the start of the most recent global warming.

One of the predictions of change would be fewer but larger cyclones. This is coming true. For example, in Aus we're having fewer cyclones than at any time in the last 1000 or so years.

btw, there's no need to say hurricanes and cyclones. Hurricanes are cyclones.

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The most worrying thing in Aus...

...is that one of the MPs that voted out the carbon stuff did so because "it's cold in Canberra in mid-winter therefore global warming doesn't exist". Words almost fail me.

As for increased energy costs, the huge increases in power where I live over the last couple of years were because the suppliers spent a fortune on replacing infrastructure just as prices were falling. The carbon tax component was a fraction of this infrastructure cost.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: Bloody hell!

If I could add two beer icons I would.

Here you go, have the second one on me.

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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What a bland, corporate-controlled, mucky place the free-web has become :-(

I remember the good old days when it was just a mucky place.

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Drones face privacy regulation under Oz government plan

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Ag gag

Here's why. Won't somebody think of the poor farmers?

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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not if you live in Scunthorpe?

And if you live here don't even think about engraving your address on the back

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: I was going to buy one of these...

one of the changes expected in the next software release (V6.0) is to change to using chrome as the in-car brower.

Chrome? Fuck it, I'm cancelling the other one too.

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I was going to buy one of these...

...but cancelled when I saw the images of the screen. £50k and no AdBlock Plus?

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

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Re: Tax avoiders?

at the time Neal's Yard was a hive (or epicentre - as the BBC would describe it) of health-food/whole-food/vegetarian/alternative therapy businesses.)

One side was all small media companies and the other two sides* were indeed the sort of places you mention.

*It's a triangular space.

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Tax avoiders?

Many years ago I used to work in Covent Garden and often passed through Neal's Yard. One of the buildings in said yard was an old banana warehouse containing Terry Gilliam's animation studio and the recording studio used by the Pythons. The outside was plastered in brass plates for Python-related companies with names such as Stash It Away (Jersey) Ltd and a dozen others seemingly based in tax friendly overseas locations. Thinking back, it makes Gary Barlow look like an amateur.

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Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

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Alvin Lee

Anyone that has played with Alvin Lee is Ok with me. Enjoy your retirement.

And here's a bit of Alvin for the younger folk.

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Tell us about your first time ... on the internet

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Compuserve

For the first few years that I used CompuServe it was a walled garden but one day - around 94, I think - they added internet access. Non-CompuServe email addresses had to be prefixed with INTERNET: to get stuff routed outside, IIRC.

I stayed with CIS for a couple of months but then switched to Pipex for proper access. The per-hour charge from CIS on top of BT's dialup charges were starting to bite. I did miss the CIS "shops" where you could buy software and the cost was added to your monthly bill. Nice and easy but it wasn't as well organised as it could have been. The software used to arrive by post on floppies.

Around that time I was involved in a big project for a ME-based outfit. My contact there also used CIS but his nearest dialup PoP was New York. The thought of making an international rate call from the UAE to NY to collect email seems laughable these days.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: "The Indego Robotic Lawnmower comes in at £1,300, inclusive"

Inclusive of what? Road tax?

Inclusive of looking smug in front of the neighbours as you sit there supping an ale while the mower does your work.

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Rejoice, Australia! SBS trials SOCCER AND SEX on ONE SCREEN tech

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SBS shows far more sex than the more timid commercial broadcasters

If only there was some kind of global digital distribution system where we could find a wider variety of smut.

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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Re: We're finally there...

Unfortunately, I very much doubt it.

Upon reflection you are probably right.

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We're finally there...

...we've reached Peak Stupid.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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City vs Rural

Run out of petrol and you can walk to a petrol station, fill up a can and walk back. Run out of amps and you need to be close to a charging point. This massively impacts on the perception of range.

Ironically this would work for Me. It's roughly 25km between fuel stops around here but there are plenty of houses and farms between.

The biggest problem is cost. I looked at the hybrid version of my current motor and it would take nearly 10 years to pay back the extra outlay and that's doing roughly 24km per annum.

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IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

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Re: Amazing!

Yes there is. The latter contains more-than-trace quantities of horse urine.

Touché

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Re: Amazing!

It can tell the difference between water and Budweiser!

Quite obviously a false claim. There is no difference between water and Budweiser.

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Crack Telstra Cabling SquadTM goes all Tarzan to restore internet

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On a topical sporting note...

Scorchio!

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Doubletalk: Geeksphone Revolution dual-OS smartphone

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Tempting

I'm still a die-hard feature phone user but this may lure me to the dark side.

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FAA: All systems GO for Virgin Galactic space plane to launch from US

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Where does space start?

The most recent such test, conducted in January, saw it reach a maximum height of 71,000 feet – which, while fairly impressive by ordinary aviation standards, is still almost 200,000 feet shy of what the US Air Force considers "space".

I prefer Fred Hoyle's definition of space: "Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards."

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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Re: Bruce Schneier *doesn't* reveal what he'll use

Bruce only has to look at a file and he can memorise all the 1s and 0s contained within. And encrypt the data using an algo that only he knows about. In real time.

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Anti-coal protestors rated top threat to Australian e-voting

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Pesky greenies

Damn them and their terrorist anti-farming activities. Oh wait.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

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Re: I used Chromium rather than Chrome

I think you meant SRware Iron. I just now installed from the rpm, copied ~/.config/google-chrome to ~/.config/chromium and everything worked, extensions and all settings. It's brilliant thanks for the heads up.

I tried it when it was first released as the claim that it was de-googled seemed fair enough. The first time that I logged into a site it made an SSL connection to a server owned by Google. It may have changed since but once something has lost my trust I don't give it a second chance.

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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Repton!

I feel an evening of nostalgic gaming coming on.

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Report: Google's NSA dealings not as bad as you thought – THEY WERE WORSE

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Re: Daniel Brandt was correct

Downvoting facts, eh? I can understand downvoting opinions but...

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Daniel Brandt was correct

It's a pity that his site is no longer online. It used to have a map of connections between NSA staff and Google.

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THREE BILLIONTH person to come online in early 2015

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They come over here...

...taking our Internets. Send 'em back!

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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Re: Never click links for banks etc in emails

Yes, couldn't agree more. Set your mail client display content in plain text too. It's much harder to hide iffy links that way.

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Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

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Re: Their web page is already snooping...

And it also runs JS from Amazon AWS. Surely they aren't storing real data on Amazon S3 or are they just keeping a bit of JS there?

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Nup

I've never trusted it and I never will.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: What about the JS?

OkStupid still uses JavaScript, so they're a bunch of hypocrites anyway.

Not least of all on the "Warning: You are using Firefox" screen. If you had JS disabled you couldn't go past that message to access the rest of the site.

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Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

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"showing a Firefox install running on the console."

Blacklist that car immediately.

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Forget Spiceworks

As Mrs Coat says: "Spiceworks is shit. Really shit."

Mrs Coat now uses GLPI and lives happily ever after.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Er, camouflage error

Isn't the blue paint supposed to go underneath?

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Re: Product != CEO

The bigger question is "where is the line drawn?

You had better boycott Boeing then. They make devices for killing innocent children.

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OkStupid.

1 All your hardware is probably made in China, a repressive regime that regularly imprisons or executes dissenters. Ok!

2. Big US software companies. A nation that invades smaller nation for their oil and kills 100s of 1000s of civilians. Destroys your privacy via spook activity. Ok!

3. Mozilla. One employee is a bigot. Boycott!!!!

Ok, stupid.

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Re: A Red. Dwarf?

Shum mistak shurley?

I thought it would have more sense naming it after Biden if it was a leprechaun planet.

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