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Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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Not just Coke

Drink as little as six litres of plain old water in a few hours and you may die of water intoxication.

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Still-living, unincarcerated Ted Nugent invited to Barack Obama gig

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Nugent

What a complete arse. He calls himself a survivalist. It must be tough surviving between fat royalty cheques.

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Turkey prepares to hand $5bn to US biz for intelligent electricity

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"Hey, Turkey...

....do what we say or we'll shut down your country with the flick of a switch."

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New Zealand court hands out second peppercorn downloading penalty

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Coldplay and Kesha?

There should have been an additional $10,000 fine on grounds of taste.

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George Bush's family emails, pics ransacked - and spewed online

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Bush Koch

Admit it, you sniggered too.

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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It's a very personal thing...

...But my own preference is Earl Grey left to stew until it's almost cold. No milk or sugar. Great in a hot climate.

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Paper computers: Not mere pulp fiction

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Paper wins

I have roughly half a metric tonne of books. Not one has ever failed (apart from one I was reading in the bath and fell asleep). Not one has had a flat battery. Not one has had a blue screen of death. I've never dropped one and thought "shit, I've just lost my entire book collection" as it splintered across the floor. The publisher and retailer don't know when I read their books.

Long live dead trees.

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Google, Mozilla, show off in-browser video chat

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It's good that Mozilla uses WebRTC...

...but Google seem to be using WebOrrrTC.

And do software people have any other adjectives than "great" and "awesome"?

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Under cap-and-trade, flying is greener than taking the bus

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I suppose it's possible...

...that this bloke is right and everyone is wrong. Statistics aren't exactly my field but, you know...

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Re: Prior art ?

The Apple shops are very different to all others. There's a far higher concentration of pillocks among staff and customers.

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BT inks 2 more gov-funded broadband deals

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"speeds of at least 2Mbit/s to 90 per cent "

It's good to see them aiming so high.

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Huddled immigrant masses face 'British values' quiz

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Re: Questions Questions

The Alf Garnett Fan Club is in the house.

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Iran develops working ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Monkey

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We need to hurry up and get to Mars to bring some of the mystique back.

I tend to agree but have the feeling that when the ship lands it will probably find a Chinese base there full of children making iPhones. It's be Scott/Amundsen all over again.

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Re: "before returning safely to Earth"

Silly me. I thought that when the first four words of the article said "Iran’s first monkey astronaut " I thought it meant it was Iran's first monkey astronaut. I shall go to bed without supper tonight feeling suitably chastised..

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"before returning safely to Earth"

That's not bad for a first attempt. Certainly better than some countries with bigger budgets managed.

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Brisbane online flood maps woefully inadequate

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Maps, schmaps, who stole my comms?

While the south east corner of Queensland was doing the usual headless chicken routine, the rest of the state was without internet, mobile and landline services. An area containing most of the largest cities outside of the capital were in a communication breakdown for 22 hours, and this is the middle of our nasty natural disaster season.

Even worse was that the media didn't report on this until 2pm when the failure occurred at 6pm the previous day. The only reason we found out then was that a journalist asked the state premier about it. The premier said "we didn't know about it until 6am this morning".

Words almost fail me.

And we had the same weather system hit us with flooding several days earlier.

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Mayer! predicts! mobile! personalized! future! for! Yahoo! at! Davos!

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She said "graph"

Graph must be the new cyber.

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Activists urge Skype: Tell us who is spying on us

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Re: A translation is required

para 2 reads: we've given the NSA a back door.

From this very organ in 2008:

Austrian official fuels Skype backdoor rumours

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A translation is required

"Microsoft has an ongoing commitment to collaborate with advocates, industry partners and governments worldwide to develop solutions and promote effective public policies that help protect people's online safety and privacy."

What this means in plain English is "Fuck off, we don't care".

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Opportunity celebrates nine years on Mars

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This is cool

Something that lasts more than a week after the warranty expires.

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Kernel hacker Alan Cox quits Linux, Intel

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Re: He stuck to his convictions.

Even kernel hackers have to eat occasionally.

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Dotcom says German authors' society canned Mega launch vid

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Re: Not easy to like this guy

he is a businessman hoping to make a few more dollars

Exactly. Had it been otherwise he'd have called himself Kim DotOrg.

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Views vs Thumbs Up

I believe that the Views count isn't updated in real time but the Thumbs Up are. You may find it rises considerably in a while.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: I'm sorry...

useful internal routes were lost

But if it's Ryanair then a flight from say Paris to Marseilles probably took and landed at Calais.

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It may be crazy...

...but if these greedy tax avoiding companies actually paid a fair amount in the first place then the craziness wouldn't be needed.

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Dead Steve Jobs' patent war threat to Palm over 'no-hire pact'

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Say it ain't so

He was so cute and cuddly and all Apple products are all so perfect and highly original. How could anyone libel the saintly Steve like this?

I feel the need to burn some incense on my Steve shrine.

Om.

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Spanish startup to ship first Mozilla-phones

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Re: Only two questions

I can answer one of those questions:

Keon model: Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz

Peak model: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2Ghz x2.

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Count me in

Probably a lot less scummy than the competition.

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Australia puts digital frontier at heart of national security plan

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Oh dear...

...they said cyber.

Where's the icon that represents taxes being flushed down the khazi?

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Cabinet Office chucks hefty rulebook at paper-chewing gov bods

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Digital warriors?

I can imagine the interviews for civil servants that want to become digital warriors.

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Mozilla picks JavaScript titan Eich to lead charge against 'Droid, iOS

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Re: Java

Plus I think Mozilla has been brainwashed by HTML5 gurus

If it wasn't for Mozilla's righteous and relentless push for standards adherence by browser companies over the last decade we'd all still be writing crappy code that only works in IE5.

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Re: Eich developed JavaScript for Netscape’s Navigator, for which we thank him

I thank the author of NoScript a bit more.

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No surprise

stuck on a quarter of web surfers with the baton handed to Google’s Chrome.

If Google plastered ads for Firefox on everything, as they do with Chrome, I'm sure the market share would be higher.

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Paging Dr Evil: Philips medical device control kit 'easily hacked'

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I wonder who might be on their list?

If only there was someone on their wanted list using cave-based kidney dialysis...

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Google sinks millions into plush new £1bn London HQ

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I bet I can out-pedant you

From Mr Berners-Lee's Web FAQ:

Q: How in fact do you spell World Wide Web?

A: It should be spelled as three separate words, so that its acronym is three separate "W"s. There are no hyphens. Yes, I know that it has in some places been spelled with a hyphen but the official way is without. Yes, I know that "worldwide" is a word in the dictionary, but World Wide Web is three words.

I use "Web" with a capital W to indicate that it is an abbreviation for "World Wide Web".

The bloke was kind enough to give his idea to the world for free. The least we can do is respect his spelling preference.

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Happy birthday, Lisa: Apple's slow but heavy workhorse turns 30

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Beware the fanbois

As it happens, I worked on the UK launch of the Star kit (in Brum, IIRC) for Rank Xerox. It was in 1981, two years before the Lisa appeared.

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Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

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Impressive

Nice work, chaps and chapesses.

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

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Of course there's a link

This very morning I played Quake III for an hour and subsequently couldn't help myself. I hatched a cunning plan to drop an anvil on a wily coyote.

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Social networks give Australia a throat to choke

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"licence plates of unmarked police cars"

Someone should warn the police about this. They drive around with these plates on public display. Self-arrest might prove embarrassing.

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Brit robojet ‘Taranis’ set for Oz test flight

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Re: Dodgy coating

That may have had something to do with the stealth coating breaking down in the "high" humidity of the European continent

The story going around at the time (which may be wrong/propaganda/misdirection) was that the Serbs used three very low rent radars. These were so bad that when they cranked them up to 11 all they got was lots of noise back except from the location of the 117. The three units were networked and the combined signals were processed. Basically, they just had to look for a hole in all the surrounding noise and fire their SAMs at it.

If the story is true then it's an excellent hack.

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The Serbs managed that in 1999

The word is that the yanks were slightly peeved when their stealth planes were detected easily by Jindalee.

Serbian forces not only detected but also shot down an F-117 using 1961 vintage SAMs back in 1999. I bet they were more peeved about that.

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Other test ranges could include...

...any of the "UFO hot spots" in far north Queensland. There is plenty of choice.

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Inside the new climate row as Mystic Met Office goes cool on warming

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But, but, but...

The Met Office has hit back at claims that it conceded there is no evidence for global warming and that its weather forecasts are inaccurate.

The forecaster has published a blog detailing an alleged "series of factual inaccuracies about the Met Office and its science" made in a Daily Mail article written by James Delingpole.

The blog provides a point by point rebuttal of the Mail story, headlined "The crazy climate change obsession that's made the Met Office a menace".

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Technology, bushfires and AM radio

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a 98% population coverage

See, this is the flaw in your argument. The mobile networks may cover 98% of the population (city dwellers) but the people that usually get affected by fire, flood and cyclone often live in the areas (the bush) that make up the other 2%.

The other problem is that the alerts only go to Telstra customers. Optus and Voda users don't get them, or so my usually reliable source tells me.

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Text alerts = useless

In the run up to Cyclone Yasi we received a government text alert advising that we should evacuate. That may sound pretty useful but it wasn't. It didn't even hint as to where we should evacuate to.

A quick word about our geography. You can't evacuate to the east. That's the Pacific ocean and it's also where the cyclones come from. You can't evacuate to the west either. There isn't really a road to anywhere and if there was was you'd just be trying to outrun the cyclone. There are roads to the north and south but the cyclone was so big that trying to leave the area was pretty pointless.

I do agree about the radio. The ABC do a superb job on updates and you know the info is as sound and current as possible. Radios, as mentioned in the article, work anywhere and you don't need mains power to use them. Yasi damaged all the power, phones, Net, water, rail and road infrastructure around here but the radio towers survived and kept on working.

Old tech is sometimes the best option.

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'Better than Adobe' Foxit PDF plugin hit by worse-than-Adobe 0-day

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Re: Does it affect the Foxit standalone reader?

I have my FF set to "Open in external app" rather than "open with plugin"

Same here but I use the excellent SumatraPDF reader. It's open source with portable and installable versions.

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"Better than Adobe"

That's like boasting about having a two inch cock.

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A pre-ticked box in web forms should NOT mean consent - EU report

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They can start with Adobe

The pre-ticked box on the Flash download page that bundles McAfee foistware is very annoying when I'm updating Windows boxes.

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Chinese Twitter Sina Weibo goes bilingual

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Re: Oddly enough...

Why would anyone worry about being monitored while micro-blogging? It's a public forum where you EXPECT people to listen to you!

Twitter direct messages, for example, are not public. Not only that but governments do employ join-the-dots technologies too. Adding another dot is trivial to them.

"I'm being followed by MOSSAD", "So what, I'm being followed by FSB and CIA".

How are you supposed to know the true identity of that random account that follows you? There are Twitter accounts that follow many people but never utter a word. Maybe they are just shy folk or simply like earwigging...who knows? FWIW I'm one of those. I use Twitter to follow news sites; it's not a two-way medium for me.

There's a big difference between monitoring a public forum and the, sometimes related, arrival of an unmarked van in the middle of the night to take you on an unexpected holiday at a re-education camp

Good luck sailing that van from China to Australia. Don't forget your lifejacket.

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Oddly enough...

...I'd be less worried about the Chinese govt monitoring my micro-blogging usage than western governments.

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