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The FLOATING mobile phone shop on the edge of the Internet

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Great article

More Reg journos should recount their holidays from a tech perspective.

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NSA chief leaks info on data sharing tech: It's SharePoint

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Re: Sharepoint isn't the only thing they use

Forest Dwellers of Borneo

Probably the best band I ever heard.

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Spotify: If musicians don't give us their stuff they get pirated more

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Re: Nearly Zero.

payout rates are scarcely distinguishable from what piracy pays: i.e. "zero".

Given the choice between zero and near zero I know which choice I'd make.

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

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Re: Hollywood Pressure

there's a Turing biopic coming out

Please, no. Is nothing sacred?

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

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Do these people stay indoors when the radiation of the sun is out?

If they have any sense, yes. If not then suitable precautions need to be taken.

You should see the people that fix the roads around here. They dress like someone cleaning up Fukushima despite 30+ shade temperatures.

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UK discovers Huawei UK staff auditing Huawei kit: Govt orders probe

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Does every piece of kit get the same treatment?

Is Cisco vetted for foreign government backdoors, for example? After all, we know the US has massive form.

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1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

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Re: Bah!

Britain did have a successful rocket programme for launching the Prospero satellite but it was cancelled.. If you have 25 minutes to spare this is well worth watching. No captured German scientists involved, unlike the US and USSR efforts.

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Re: A pedantic ex-BBC VT engineer points out...

I didn't say they were perfect, I was just pointing out they are there. Anyone that hasn't seen Quatermass will be able to see what it was like. And FWIW I've just been watching the first episode of The Pit again and it's none too shabby at all.

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Re: A pedantic ex-BBC VT engineer points out...

But despite that many episodes of Quatermass still exist. Lots of them now reside at archive.org.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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How many tweets...

...does a priest need to make to gain forgiveness for fucking a choirboy?

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

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Clueless

To Rothenberg, however, the idea of a browser that knows how to block cookies from selective sources is not only abhorrent, but it could mean the destruction of an entire segment of the global economy.

There's already at least one browser that knows how to block cookies from selective sources. It's called Mozilla Firefox. It's not a default state and the user has to select this option manually but the option is there.

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The IT crowd: Fiercely loyal geeks or 'inflexible, budget-padding' creeps?

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The reality...

...is more often than not something like this.

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

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Re: Looks a

Allegedly Boeing have the repair techniques ready and waiting.

Yes, tried and tested techniques exist.

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Daddy-o, you're all wet... baffled by your own kids on the web - survey

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YOLO

Except for Buddhists.

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Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

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"Let The Register know. We guarantee your anonymity"

Are you still sure about that?

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

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Re: Merlin engine?

Not quite.

My original comment was meant to be humorous but if you want to get serious then this imposter engine will only earn the name Merlin when it has changed the course of a world war and subsequent history.

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Merlin engine?

That name has already been taken and is no longer available.

How about Merkin engine instead?

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Americans attempt to throw off oppressive, unresponsive rulers on 4th of July

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4th July 1776

The world's longest running corporate tax evasion scam begins.

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Bigger than Twitter: Opera releases rebuilt Chromium-based browser

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Re: Obsession with 'market share'

Heck I bet Ferrari and Rolls Royce dont have much market share either but you dont see such owners stressing whether they ought to have bought a Ford!

You don't see Ferrari and Rolls Royce choosing to fit Ford engines either.

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

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Happy

An idea for the new name

RupertIsAnArseDrive.

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iOS7 headshaking interface revealed

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It's lucky heavy metal fans don't move their heads much

Oh wait.

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Labels to get, count them, 0.13 cents per play on Apple iRadio

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Pandora explains

Worth a read. Did Pink Floyd get it wrong?

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Trick-cyclist's claim: I have FOUND how to get GIRLS INTO TECH

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Enormous tits

Many of the blokes in IT are enormous tits. It doesn't help.

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Boffins light way to photonic computing with 1PB DVD tech

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Coat's First Law Of Optical Media

Any new and larger optical drive will only have enough capacity to back up the hard drive space you had five years ago.

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Norks taunt, yank Yanks' crank over PRISM: US is 'rights abuse kingpin'

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Re: I don't know

Which of the two countries are you talking about?

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Soylent days and soylent nights

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"if it's not chilled, it's utterly disgusting"

Sounds like Australian beer.

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Google launches broadband balloons, radio astronomy frets

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Can't wait until the anti-windfarm brigade see this

And here's how the Google Time Machine visualised the idea over London in the 1940s.

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

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Speaking as a vegan...

...I want to know how much they'd pay me to eat this.

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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Re: Landfill devices

Obvious fanboi troll is obvious

I wish people would stop repeating these pat little phrases. They add nothing.

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KEEP CALM and Carry On: PRISM itself is not a big deal

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"U.S. government also acquired a back way in"

It's worth remembering that this very organ reported about possible backdoors in Skype some five years ago.

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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Let me get this straight...

...Windows was uncool because it ran on Intel chips.

Unix was uncool because beardy geeks like it.

Vista was uncool because of the interface.

And now Apple is using all of them,

Apple is the new old.

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CIA-funded upstart: THE TRUTH about Prism and NSA's web snooping

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Another CIA-funded upstart...

...is Google Earth, aka Keyhole Inc, financed by In-Q-Tel, the venture capital wing of the CIA.

*waves at the spooks*

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New Android plan: Gurn at your phone to unlock it

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I claim prior art

I noticed years ago that a "tongue protrusion" always gained me entry.

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US spyboss: Yes, we ARE snooping on you, but think of the TERRORISTS

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Good luck, Theresa May...

...You're going to need all the luck you can get with your steenkin' Snoopers' Charter now.

I need multiple icons for this one but will settle for the black helicopters.

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Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?

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Tory policy on censorship

Censorship in Turkey = Bad.

Censorship in the UK = Good.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Rustie Lee

Just kidding.

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No FTTH under alternative Oz NBN plan, says Oppn. leader

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NBN credibility

It seems the Libs have not a shred left.

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Google nuke thyself: Mountain View's H.264 righteous flame-out

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A game of trumps

Two big bullies trump one big bully.

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Soyuz brings new crew to International Space Station

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Re: Watching spaceship mating...

I was watching it streamed to my pocket size wireless phone while sitting outside

Not that I'm a fan of the genre but we really need some new science fiction. So much of the old stuff is now everyday fact.

And thanks to Simon for the article or I wouldn't have known about the live feed.

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Watching spaceship mating...

...whilst sitting at my desk. Humans can sometimes be quite awesome when they put their minds to it.

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Oz opposition says to stop hackers first stop refugee boats

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Re: @Mahatma Coat (Really?)

Obviously I pressed a button

Yes, you did. I am a migrant to Australia.

Are you familiar with the term "straw man"?

Are you familiar with the phrase "quoting Miranda Devine isn't a smart way to win a debate"?

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Re: Really?

Really? Miranda Devine? I actually lol'd.

Let's clear up a few things. One way to reduce the amount of "irregular maritime arrivals" is to not let the refugee boats reach the shore. That is Liberal Party policy.

You'd have to lived under a rock for years to not know how that works. Let the boats sink with huge loss of life such as SIEV-X with 353 dead. Or maybe lie to the nation about refugees threatening to throw children overboard. Or ignore established maritime law. And so on.

Compared to many other countries Australia has very few asylum seekers* arriving by boat but we still bang them up in what amount to concentration camps.

* I use asylum seekers in the true and legal sense, not the Daily Mail frenzy of racism sense.

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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Re: We're in trouble...

Just take some time to look at what his foundation is achieving, then jump off your high horse.

But it's not his money he's giving away. It's the squillions he made by arm twisting manufacturers into making you buy yet another copy of Windows every time you bought a Wintel computer.

It's your money he's giving away.

Saint Bill, my arse.

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DSD's 'don't be stupid' mitigation strategies still work

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Reassuring

No, I was looking for that other word that means the opposite of reassuring.

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Re: Is anyone writing anything new in the entertainment world?

No and this is why I never watch, let alone buy, Hollywood's latest bowel evacuations. It's the same old shit all the time.

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BBC suspends CTO after £100m is WASTED on doomed IT system

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Here we go

Cue lots of derogatory comments about how crap this all is by people that, despite obviously being fully qualified to design and build such large scale projects, were somehow overlooked for this one.

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Fairphone goes on sale to all

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Hmmm

Anyone managed to squeeze FirefoxOS on one of these?

Jeez, I just looked at the site and saw this:

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Phones sold

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days left

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of goal

Nein danke.

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Streaming music works for us, say US and UK indie labels

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Spotify’s CEO is the 10th richest man in the UK music industry

Maybe he doesn't spend all of his profits on payola, hookers, private jets, cocaine and overseas sales conferences.

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Google's Native Code browser tech goes cross-platform

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No need for the joke alert icon.

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Copyright minister admits: Google has better access to No. 10 than me

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Re: Don't be evil

A downvote already. I guess government by unelected, tax-avoiding overseas companies is the latest must-have accessory for trendy young things.

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