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British Library sprinkles digital dust on dusty newsprint

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One thing Aus has got right

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home

And they allow users to correct OCR errors.

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Woomera: Ghosts of Britain's space past

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Emptiness

@ Lester

"Although it once housed thousands of people, the only sign of life we detected was the distant sound of some kids splashing around in a swimming pool."

@ Dave 126

"The streets without cars just look great."

Many towns in the Australian bush look exactly like this even when they are fully populated. More so at midday.

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Open source team creates apocalypse survival kit

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Using only a hoe?

That's a bit sexist. Can't men help out too?

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Bishop to bless road salt supplies for added winter safety

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Jesus H

"Great is the Lord ... "

If he keeps sending all that snow he's not really all that great.

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Slapped: Oz TV show spikes Dutch freetard site

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'Diwana pitched itself as “hunting out the best Australian and New Zealand TV"'

Best? That'd take about 30 seconds.

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Want to avoid all private-data breaches, ever? Here's how

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You have to laugh...

....when a site that claims to be improving privacy uses Google Analytics to track visitors.

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Nude lady recreates Star Wars tauntaun scene in dead horse

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Re: She bought & shot it just for the pics...

...in a certain country only a few miles from the UK they do far worse to horses. They kill them and then eat them.

btw, 32 is pretty old for a horse. They probably did it a favour.

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UN set to dump GMT for tech-friendly Atomic Time

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Er, not everyone has it...

...I live 18 degrees south of the equator. What use is seasonal clock changing to me?

<-- Nearest icon to a midday sun for mad dogs and Englishmen.

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Google and co join gov's identity marketplace

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Govt makes ensures your privacy...

...by sharing your data with 26 additional entities.

Dear UK gov and Google, what part of "get the fuck our of my private affairs" don't you understand?

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Krebs nabs ‘RSA attack’ list

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I guess you didn't read the list either...

...the names I mentioned are the UK-based operations of those companies. They carry data in the UK. There's a clue - "UK" - in the names hence them popping up when I searched the list for "UK".

Hutchison 3G UK

Orange Business Services UK

Tiscali UK

If I could be arsed, which I can't, I could probably give you their UK company registration info.

There are other big UK names in there too: Vodafone, Easynet, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

You also omitted to mention that I listed BTnet UK Regional network. I'm pretty sure they have some kind of office in the UK.

As you weren't.

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Re: Re: UK companies

Free tip: I just hit Ctrl-F in Firefox, typed "UK" and found BT. Keeping hitting F3 and you'll find Hutchison, Orange and Tiscali too.

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UK companies

"The Register’s scan of the list for Australian companies..."

Plenty of UK companies on the list but it doesn't seem to merit a mention in a UK publication.

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Mozilla delivers Binged-up Firefox browser

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"Also, is there any such thing as a "Bing enthusiast"? That sounds quite sad to me..."

Better to be an enthusiast than a fanboi.

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Obama man: 'Global internet surveillance skyrocketing'

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Is it just me...

...or is the US govt the most hypocritical on the planet?

Compare this from Michael Posner:

"Today we face a series of challenges at the intersection of human rights, connected technologies, business, and government. It's a busy intersection – and a lot of people want to put up traffic lights"

With this:

"The demands formed part of a 70% rise in takedown requests from the US government or police"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/oct/25/google-transparency-report-released

We need an "arsewipes" icon.

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Saddam 'double' kidnapped by smut flick gang

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I've been to Egypt...

...and there is definitely no shortage of men that look like Saddam Hussein. This bloke must be a really good lookalike.

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Steve Jobs memorial brings out tech titans... and Bono

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Look at that guest list...

...pure evil.

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And they're off! Day one at the solar races

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"Unfortunately, we had no internet connection"

Welcome to life in rural Australia.

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World Solar combatants rev their engines batteries

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Re: for ducks

Thanks for the info. I've never been to the southern half of the country during the summer. Up here in the tropics it's cloudy for most of the six month summer wet season. Last dry season was cloudy and wet for the best part of six months too so we had 18 months of almost constant cloudy and wet weather. It was like being back in Blighty.

I'll get me raincoat.

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Nice for weather for ducks...

...in air-conditioned asbestos suits.

Why do they hold it at this time of year? The middle of the Aus winter is 99% guaranteed sunshine, low humidity and cool. The opposite is true for the next six months.

Flame icon cos that what their pants will be feeling like.

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Pay Jobs due respect - by crushing the empire he created

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Re: Re: Mahatma

"I do think it would be somewhat odd for someone who works for Dell, for example, to be carting around an HP laptop just the same as I would think it is odd for someone who works for Ubuntu to do his work on Windows or OSX - that's all."

Upon reflection it's not that odd. Back in the early 80s I recall talking to a senior Rank Xerox exec who told me he had a tiny Canon personal photocopier in his office to remind him of how good the competition is. Having said that, he did only have one. Mr Assay has six Macs so my original post stating my puzzlement still stands :-)

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In reply to all the above comments

You seem to think or imply that Matt Assay uses Ubuntu on Mac hardware. The article said:

"I'm not a fan of Windows as a technology, being a longtime Mac user"

The clear implication there is that he's talking about Microsoft vs Apple operating systems. He's not comparing hardware. This should be obvious enough for anyone that has mastered basic English.

Let the fanboism and downvoting continue. I am indeed the Spawn of Satan (language comprehension department).

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Re: the key word

The key word is "reading" the article:

"being a longtime Mac user"

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Matt Assay is Mac user?

"was formerly chief operating officer of Ubuntu commercial operation Canonical."

Not quite sure what to make of that.

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iPlayer founder launches next big TV thing-Zeebox

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Recommendations and Big Media

Hmmm, not much of a trust problem there, eh?

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Email and compliance: How not to blow the storage budget?

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But, but, but...

...Susan in Accounts really needs all her email in pink Comic Sans with a 100kb animated gif in the sig. She insists life as we know it would end.

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Twitter update: @regsecurity – The Reg bags imposter

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Someone isn't happy...

...my very good friend Mr Reginald Security is mightily pissed off that you stole his Twatter account.

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Obama+world pays tribute to Steve Jobs

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Re: not "much of the world"

I think you may be making a bit of maths error there.

I believe there are at least four iPhone models and two iPad models. Many Apple fanbois will have owned more than one of each model and possibly a Mac too so the total number of humans is likely to be far fewer than you think.

And even if I'm wrong, which I doubt, a mere 2% is not "much of the world" in the slightest. I'm sure a considerably larger group of people discovered via TV or radio news that Big Jobby had died. A larger group doesn't give a flying f**k and an even larger group still probably has no idea who he was.

The latter two groups are made up of people more worried where their next meal is coming from, concerned that they may get shot for belonging to the wrong social/religious minority or whether they'll ever get electricity and fresh water in their village.

But hey, don't let me ruin the enjoyment you get from owning your precious shiny toys.

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Obama needs new research staff

Jobs wasn't an innovator. He plagiarised the ideas of others and packaged them in shiny boxes for the gullible. Worse than that, he then sued those companies whose products were too close to Apple stuff for his liking.

Apparently Obama also said "“There may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented". Er, what? According to the stats I read today there have been 128 million iPhones sold. That's not "much of the world" by any stretch of the imagination and I'm sure Obama learned of Jobs' passing on his BlackBerry.

Someone please wake me up when this madness and hype has subsided or when Jobs resurrects himself in a couple of days.

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Future Firefox to slurp updates silently

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*sigh*

Baker said that Mozilla "erred on the side of caution".

No, Mozilla didn't err at all. Users err on the side of "What the fuck is that annoying dialogue box doing. Oh fuck, I'll just click it to make it go away. Why do these software companies insist on making me think about important things when all I want to do is update my status on Arsebook?"

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Chrome browser 'is becoming Number Two'

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Re: Same here

I'm guessing that a fresh installation of Chrome is faster than an ageing installation of Firefox.

I'd also guess that many Firefox users are still using a browser profile first created a few years ago.

I'm guessing too that the aforementioned profile has dozens of extensions running and the detritus of quite a few more that are no longer in use.

I do know that a fresh install of Firefox without extensions runs very quickly indeed.

Oh, and I trust Mozilla. I don't trust Google.

Beer icon because in the browser world there is such a thing as a free beer and it has Firefox on the label.

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October 14 declared 'Steve Jobs Day'

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Yes, I can name another CEO

Simon Hackett, CEO of Internode. Not only did he reply to my email but also did so whilst on holiday. And he solved a pressing problem for me. Top geezer.

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They got the wrong day...

...25th of December, surely.

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Aussie fans of old BBC fodder get paid iPlayer offering

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"As for Oz-made tv, "Spirited" is worth checking out though."

I'm a big fan of Aus current affairs programmes made by the ABC but that's about it. As for the commercial channels rehashing American Idol into Australian Idol when the former is a rehash of Pop Idol...just don't get me started :-)

Remakes of UK comedy such as HIGNFY -> Good News Week or Buzzcocks -> Spicks and Specks...words simply fail me (except for the ones I just typed).

The BBC is like Marmite to Pom ex-pats in Aus. You need to know where to get it from under the counter.

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"I have to say that although I agree, UK television isn't that much better either"

If it wasn't for the ABC the TV here wouldn't get switched on. There are enough good UK comedies or docos from the BBC or C4 to keep me happy.

And if anyone from the Big Media is reading this, I buy tonnes of TV and film DVDs to assuage my guilt. I even bought Downfall, FFS. I'd just rather have a fair, legal and affordable way to watch TV from the mothership.

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"Oh, and I expect Top Gear to be available in HD with 'the news'. Channel 9 hacks the bejesus out of it and makes it near unwatchable, plus they only offer SD."

I timed it once. They cut 26 minutes out for ads and trailers. They should at least make two series out of it instead of losing all that content. Tossers.

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The BBC needs a big clue

Much as I love the BBC they really need a serious battering with the Internet clue stick.

I know loads of fellow Pom ex-pats who would happily pay the UK Licence fee each year for full access to the BBC. Australian-made TV is a large pile of steaming poo and mostly unwatchable.

I've seen comments that claim the cost of bandwidth is an issue but surely they just need to come to a peering arrangement with some Aussie ISPs and distribute via torrent locally? I'm sure there are other countries that have an even bigger UK ex-pat audience too.

Until then many Poms will be watching the BBC via various dodgy methods and Aunty will lose out on potential overseas revenue.

"However, the broadcaster says it will be offering access to 70 years’ worth of archival material to subscribers, for any Australians that haven’t had enough of the BBC’s archives already."

Exactly. There are several channels now running very old BBC programmes, the kind I saw when I was a kid.

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.Scot campaign seeks UK Gov backing

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FFS indeed

I can understand the Scots wanting their independence and if they vote for it in a referendum then congratulations and good luck to them.

What I don't understand is why a party like the SNP, a party based on the idea of being independent, wants another country to pay for this new TLD.

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MPs label police IT 'not fit for purpose'

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MPs label police IT 'not fit for purpose'

Bit of a typo there. Someone added "IT" by accident.

<-- Proper copper.

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Brit ISPs shift toward rapid pirate website blocking

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Yes, Andrew, you did miss something here

"Any blocking can be circumvented fairly easily by tech savvy people."

"The number of people who know how to is small, and will do so is even smaller, though..."

But that number will grow. Only the tech savvy knew how to file share once. Remind us how that stayed a minority pursuit among geeks, please?

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Attention metal thieves: Buy BT, get 75 MILLION miles of copper

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"OK, OK, yes, this isn't quite right. There's labour involved in digging up all that copper"

But if you have to dig it up anyway to lay fibre then it becomes a feasible proposition.

I'll get me donkey jacket and shovel.

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BBC website ditches modules in facelift

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Thanks...

...but bbc.co.uk and beta.bbc.co.uk are identical when viewed here in Aus. The Beeb do a bit of geo-fiddling for non-UK IP addresses.

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Maybe it's because I'm overseas...

...but it looks exactly the same.

"Wikipedia lists him as “musician, entrepreneur and movie producer”."

Enough said.

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DfE probed over Gmail use for official business

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Re: "private email system"

"What on earth were these idiots thinking?"

And therein lies the problem. Idiots rarely think. Govt idiots think even less.

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Qantas trials iPad in the sky

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The safety record is a myth

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Qantas_Flight_30#Safety_record

There are other airlines that have never lost a single plane.

They screwed me after a family death and reduced my wife to tears. JAL came to the rescue and even upgraded me to first class for one leg of the flight back to the UK.

This is their latest stunt:

http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/qantas-under-fire-for-longhaul-longleg-charge-20110915-1kaqv.html

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You can't polish a turd

It doesn't matter what they offer, it's still a shitty airline.

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Google plan to kill Javascript with Dart, fight off Apple

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Been there, got the t-shirt...

...Anyone remember "embrace, extend, extinguish"?

<-- Most appropriate icon.

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Big Music trumpets ‘Cliff Richard’ term extension

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Re: Set them to music

Pure genius. Have you patented that idea yet?

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Google Native Client: The web of the future - or the past?

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How long before the NoScript devs get busy...

...and release NoNative.

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Google brings out new programming language

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No worries...

...it'll be added to Google's redundant project list in six months along with Wave, Labs and all the others.

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Early Earth’s ‘golden shower’

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Re: Hardly?

Just a suggestion. Type the words "golden shower" into your favoured image or video search engine.

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