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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Re: On an even more serious note ...

No Cannon XLR?

Omissions don't get any more glaring

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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Re: the pub reaction

the pub reaction!

Is he talking about the time he left his kid behind in a pub and everyone was horrified?

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Google gobbles Wi-Fi thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 BEEELLION IN CASH

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Does this mean my boiler will now target me with ads?

No but the NSA will know your thermostat setting.

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

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Australia puts 300 sharks on Twitter

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Most dangerous animal in Aus?

Not sure of the veracity of this list but it seems pretty sound:

· Horse, pony or donkey – 77 deaths

· Cow, bull or bovine – 33 deaths

· Dog – 27 deaths

· Kangaroo – 18 deaths

· Bee – 16 deaths

· Shark – 16 deaths

· Snake – 14 deaths

· Crocodile – 9 deaths

· Ostrich or emu – 5 deaths

· Others, including fish, sheep, goats, camels, cats and jellyfish – 39 deaths

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Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg's review of 2013

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L is for #Loser

social marketing “experts” embarrassed themselves and singer Susan Boyle by coming up with #susanalbumparty to promote the singer’s latest work.

You think that was a mistake? It's a very effective piece of marketing: At the end of 2013 it's still getting media coverage.

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Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'

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Re: The UK should appreciate what Edward Snowden has done for them ...

The supporters of unfettered state surveillance are busy with the downvote button today.

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Re: The UK should appreciate what Edward Snowden has done for them ...

I often wonder, and especially today, what Alan Turing would have thought of all this. His legacy his been flushed down the toilet of history by those that followed him.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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Re: At last

That would be hard work and need lots of form filling.

They could make a start by having QEII make a public apology to all those that were criminalised by this law. Next would be the people that suffered from shellshock and were shot for being cowards.

The Queen's Xmas speech would be a good venue for it.

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At last

Now what about an apology and pardon for all the others?

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

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If I was making such a list...

...I'd start with blocking the really dangerous sites like the Vatican or the White House. These places actively target vulnerable kids with priest and missiles.

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

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Re: Mosquito

I was just trying to be witty. Comparing apples and oranges is always futile.

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Re: Mosquito

Best looking aeroplane. Ever.

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Winklevoss: I have put my MOUTH where my MONEY IS

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"You wink at a pair of shoes in a shop window"

Google Glass: As worn by massive winkers.

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Red Hat's pockets bulging on strong Linux, JBoss sales

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Damn freetards

Making money by giving stuff away. How do they sleep at night?

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Australia's new year tech headlines … for 2015!

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Another prediction

Some premises that were on the FTTP list will be getting wireless instead. Not really a prediction as such. This is what an NBN rep told our local council.

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Calling all Spare Rib veterans: Sisters, don't lose your rights!

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The back issues issue

So how many people are queuing up to order back issues? Asking for a friend -------------->

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Hypnotic wind map captures Earth's heavenly currents

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Cyclones

There are two spectacular cyclones in the Indian ocean right now.

Edit: That's the first time I've been able to "see" down the eye of a cyclone. Astounding stuff.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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Re: Slippery Slope

no a Slippery Slope

It's worse. It's a slippery cliff.

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Re: Who cares!!!

I really don't see what the big fuss is about

Quite obviously.

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Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios

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Bookmarked...

...to read some time in the 22nd century when Australian DAB covers more than 1% of the nation with better than 80kb/s.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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To quote US senator Orrin Hatch...

"If we can find some way to do this without destroying their machines, we'd be interested in hearing about that. If that's the only way, then I'm all for destroying their machines. There's no excuse for anyone violating copyright laws."

Big Media shill calls for remote destruction of peoples' computers.

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Snowden latest: NSA stalks the human race using Google, ad cookies

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Re: A better useful Firefox "extention" [sic]

Try

Tools / Options / Privacy / Use custom settings for history / Keep until: I close Firefox

Then

Tools / Options / Privacy / User custom settings for history / Accept cookies from sites / Exceptions / Google.com [block]

Life is SO much better...when you don't have any [persistent] system cookies at ALL

I can do all of that and more with CookieSafe and without even opening Firefox's options dialogue.

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A useful Firefox extention

Give CookieSafe a whirl. You can set up a whitelist for the handful of cookies you need and block the rest.

I'm sure there are others but this one works for me.

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China's answer to AIRPOCALYPSE: Fire up the supercomputer

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Entirely predictable

I'm sure many readers will remember seeing footage of roads in Beijing in the 70s and 80s: Stacked with people on identical black bikes. I'm also sure I'm not the only one that thought that if the day ever came when they swapped their bikes for cars then this kind of pollution was inevitable.

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Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

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The advances in the digital world, whilst making the job easier, and opening the up the magic of photography to a whole host of new "pros", has also made the whole process somewhat more creative.

Digital cameras have democratised the process. Film is essentially free now so people can shoot to their hearts' content and not worry about the cost of stock and D&P. Not only that but they can see the results instantly and learn from their mistakes, something that was pretty hard to do in the days of Xmas-both-ends photography.

If you look at the right sites you can see "amateur" snappers creating images that are the equal and often better than many pro photographers.

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NASA invites you to sleepover: Stay up and watch 'FIREBALL RICH' Geminid shower

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Leonids

Come to Australia if you want to see them. It's summer and the desert skies are like glass. It's the greatest firework show you'll ever see.

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Empathy?

Pfft, empathy is for losers.

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Stuxnet 2 in the works, claims Iranian news agency

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To be fair...

...if, a few years ago, the Iranians had claimed that the US and Israel were planning bespoke malware to remotely damage their nuclear research programme we'd all be calling them a bunch of paranoiacs.

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

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Re: All a bit daft...

Poster above points out that the drone still isn't going to know when you're in

I guess that depends on the degree of reciprocation on data sharing between Amazon and the NSA,

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US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

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As Admiral Ackbar said...

"It's a TRAP!"

Now I feel dirty for knowing a quotation from Star Wars.

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Leaked MS ad video parodies Chrome as surveillance tech

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"Redmond will struggle to claim the moral high ground against Google over user privacy"

Google would struggle to gain the high ground against a limbo dancing snake.

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Doctor Who writers Neil Gaiman and Terrance Dicks talk to The Reg

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Re: @Mahat And his biggest writing influence is...

Downvoted for not checking your facts - he broke with them years ago.

Sense of humour failure?

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And his biggest writing influence is...

... L Ron Hoover of the First Church of Appliantology.

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From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'

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Re: Van Diemen’s Land writ large

focused on making diminutives rather than abbreviating

It's an abbreviation. A tinnie doesn't mean a small tin.

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Australian?

The -ie and -o suffixes originated in Blighty but Australia seems to have claimed them now. The difference is that in the UK they are used to shorten words. This is not always the case in Aus: Tinnie is longer than tin.

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'I'm BIG, I'm BALD and I'm LOUD!' Blubbering Ballmer admits HE was Microsoft's problem

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Windows

Here we go

Pass me a bucket.

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Woz: Google Glass will be SO COOL... just like BLUETOOTH

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twat-dongle

Have an upvote.

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FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life

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Plane phone usage

A mate of mine is IFE manager for a medium sized airline. A couple of decades ago he explained to me the reasoning behind the costs of in-flight phone services. They charged passengers $10 per minute but the service cost about $12 per minute from the supplier. It was a loss leader service for the airline.

He once showed me a chart of call durations. There was a peak between 57s and 1m 03s (half the people didn't hang up quickly enough to limit the call to $10). There was another peak around 20-25m. Apart from those peaks usage was pretty flat and around zero. His analysis was that the first peak was caused by idiots who just wanted to show off to their friends and the second was made up of business people for who a $250 phone call was peanuts if it concluded a profitable deal.

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

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Re: "the perfect means for us to enhance the customer shopping experience".

Bullshit!

Indeed. I tried it and it seemed to get very confused with similar faces.

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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

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Looks slightly Xbox or projector like.

It looks to me me more like a 21st century QUAD 33

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Malcolm Turnbull throws a bone to FTTP boosters

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Turnbull Reason Number Five

"Despite inventing the Interwebs I have no idea what it is. Besides, I only do what Tony tells me and he has less of a clue than I do."

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Re: Sheeple

Mandatory downvote for using the word 'sheeple', regardless of the topic.

Mandatory downvote for denying reality.

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UK.gov forks out £250k to rescue EROTIC novelists and pals from PIRATES

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Re: Viking porn

Viking porn. Even their hats have the horn.

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The Reg explores technology in a remote aboriginal community

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A long way from here

I'd be more than happy to help out but Willowra is about 2200 km from me.

Willowra is a prime candidate for some decent connectivity but I'm guessing NBN satellite is the best they can hope for. I'm less than 1km from the Bruce Highway and wireless is all I'm going to get.

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HUMANS all come FROM AFRICA: HERPES does not lie

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Re: What's the difference between love and herpes?

you run the risk of embarrassing yourself. Just sayin'.

Embarrassing myself? Yo do realise this is the comments section of The Register? I only come here to read and make embarrassing comments.

Just saying.

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Re: What's the difference between love and herpes?

it's poor form to steal your comment directly from the article. :)

You're making the assumption that I read beyond the headline in the article. I often head straight for the comments as they are more entertaining.

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What's the difference between love and herpes?

Herpes lasts forever.

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New leak claim: NSA saw hole in Mexican prez's email box - and hacked it

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Well done, Mexico...

...for kicking up a fuss. That's a darn sight more than the poor excuses for elected representatives in the Five Eyes group are doing.

The spooks must have so much dirt on the pollies in the so-called civilised west. It's the only thing that explains the current reactions.

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NBN review team looks like old Telstra board

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How to ruin a great idea

Prediction: It will all turn to shit.

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