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Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media

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Re: It depends

I've never seen a cop on the pitch at Murrayfield - especially not at a Wales match, sure you aren't thinking of a football match?

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Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead

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Re: RAID is dead? What a silly joke!

@Jeorg

I think the key thing is that if the redundancy is not disk-based, then the supplier is justified in saying that it isn't RAID

Compare if you like, with what NetApp does to provide resilience - they certainly don't call it RAID !

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: GIF's?

How is it breach of copyright in any way? I imagine that there is a condition in the small print on the back of the ticket that denies all photography, but that is mere breach of contract.

I don't suppose that a football stadium counts as a "public place" but if it did then the photographer would be in the clear.

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Beware of Greeks bearing spammy small omicrons, says Google

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WTF is a "Latin Numeral" ?

Are you talking about Roman Numerals (MMXCVII etc.)

or so-called "Arabic Numerals" (which actually originated in India)?

or possibly actual arabic numerals?

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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"however annoying 'Baby' is it’s not worth trying to kill him"

I beg to differ.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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Re: Problems with laws like this

Basically, if plod ask you who you are, where you are going, etc., and you query why they might want to know, and whether they have the authority to ask, then that pretty much counts as a breach of the peace. The exact wording is rather circular, something along the lines of "getting arrested for causing a breach of the peace automatically means that you MUST have breached the peace"

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Questions for rocket scientists:

"that's the easy part."

There is _no_ difficult part, it is only the combination that causes issues - we know how to launch a few tonnes of kit successfully, we know how to land on Mars, we know how to keep men alive, we know how to return them to Earth, but each of these requires weight, pushing the launch weight up to levels that will move the Earth in its orbit...

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Bloodthirsty Apple fanbois TEAR OPEN new Macbook, bare its guts to world+dog

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Re: Yeah, nice one grandad

The only reason that I can see for DVD drives these days are to get around the fact that our corporate overlords have decreed that all USB sticks have to be encrypted / neutered, but you can still burn a DVD with that 12MB word file on it that is just too large to go through email.

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NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED

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Re: Not cheese

Don't be silly, of course it had _a lot_ to do with cheese.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: What's the literal transaltion of the Arapaho?

But the important question is: Are all Arapaho screws left-handed?

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Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency

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Re: More efficient when colder?

Steam engines are ALWAYS germane.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Realistic percentages

In what way does the exact percentage alter logic and fairness?

10% or 5%, what matters is what is right, lets leave the percentages to the accountants.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: All of this??

Sounds like you need to be looking at the "marine" side of things - can't recall whether that is a 24v or 48v standard, but it is plain DC, all the way.

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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@Trevor

The big difference that I see, is mainly the hypocracy - Google claim that Android is Open Source, but in all practical ways, it isn't. BSD still is.

Google try to have their cake AND eat it with regard to third party use of Android; Apple have made no attempt to restrict usage of BSD.

Whether either of them is pure-of-heart is a rather seperate argument - in my opinion one of them is 75% evil, and the other one is 95% evil, but that's just my opinion, and I'm not going to tell you which is which!

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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You can get an awful lot of fire engines to turn up before you have spent anything like £6m

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The police may not be allowed to do so, but nothing (much) to stop a member of the public from setting off the fire alarm. It will be quite a long time before I next visit London, so if someone else gets there first, it would be much appreciated by lots of people...

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Hi-tech Fagin couple used Apple scam cash to fly pickpockets to UK

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Walking into a house that is in the middle of being raided doesn't sound too smart to me.

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Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

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Sorry, but what is the connection between "Senator Patrick Leahy" and Deep-Vein Thrombosis ?

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New photonic router works by flipping reflective atom's lid

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Love their discription of this as "robust" - I bet this requires an entire room full of equipment, at just the right temperature, etc....

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Never mind the rest of the bollocks, just let me drop that engine into my little Fiesta!

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

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Also, $2bn revenue for sharepoint, at the prices I have seen suggest that they have one and a half paying customers...

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: Just think...

"FIrearms are legal"

Not in civilised countries, except for the armed services of course.

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It's alive! Space hackers fire up zombie Sun probe's engines

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Re: Funding

Does anyone know what the funding was used for? Seems like a lot of money to just turn an old radio-control back on?

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Or maybe this time they will be built in a single piece - the only reason they were built in sections for the space shuttle was so they could be transported stupid distances.

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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@Article: "a small version of a pint glass"

Come on! WTF does that mean, exactly? Does it mean a half-pint glass, which is often made in the same shape as common pint glasses, and indeed, does it really mean "glass", or are we actually talking about plastic rubbish?

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Journal that published Facebook emoto-furtle study: Proper boffins get CONSENT

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Re: "We never meant to upset you."

To be fair, they didn't mean to upset everyone, they actually intended to _improve_ the mood of 50% ...

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Google right to be forgotten 'looks odd and CLUMSY'

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"Based on our statistics, the shutdown has affected in some form at least 25 per cent of the APT groups we are tracking"

In other news, shutting down the root DNS servers have been predicted to affect nearly 100% of malware.

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When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

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Re: To what end?

@Condiment:

"Please point out the inaccuracies in my comment."

The right to be forgotten is NOT about inaccurate information; it is about out-dated FACTS.

Compare if you like with criminal records - expired convictions can be "forgotten", but do not ever get expunged from the legal record.

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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

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Re: Ransom

@Phil:

"You did keep the source code, right?"

Yes, but the company that kept the code went bust...

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London officials won't take Uber to court – because cabbies are suing the drivers anyway

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Re: Or they could consider joining the first part of the 21st century...

How the hell do you get a cab fare that is under a quid? It costs more than that to just sit down.

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OMG, sorry about 'poor comms' on Facebook secret emoto-meddle tests. Laters!

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Another from the "Tony Blair school of apologies"TM

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Mystery bidder plunders the whole haul in Silk Road Bitcoin auction

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Re: Black Ops

But they also have access to enough computing power to be able to mine their own coins at a fraction of the cost...

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NIST shows off one-way photon-passing metamaterial

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Re: Sir

"What about semi-light-passing materials?"

If you read carefully, it said that the "blocking" direction passed light, but at only one-thirtieth of the original intensity. This is barely above the level required to actually detect a difference reliably, in the field.

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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Re: More "management versus labor" mentality

" still cheaper to buy a monthly/annual rail card"

Doesn't make much sense for me, since I drive to work - public transport is a joke round here.

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Ericsson resurrects not-spot swatter

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Would it not be easier and more sensible to just make the phone work properly over WiFi?

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

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Re: So

diaeresis != umlaut actually.

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Re: Using Excel to catalogue film collections....

Definitely a job for HyperCard, prefereably running on a Mac Plus.

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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

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My take on the whole thing is that they asked a bunch of managers if they were 100% sure that they had exactly the right number of licences for all of the software on their estate, and that 43% said "no, we're not entirely sure, cos so many companies make licensing REALLY hard"

If I'm right, then that really doesn't equate to 43% of software installs, not least because some of those will be over-licenced.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: Just friend and unfriend

And better still, it will continue to do so, even after you have had their account closed, what with them being dead and all...

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Microsoft eggheads publish JavaScript crypto code for devs

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I think that green writing on a black blog background is kind of cute and adorable, but that doesn't make it right.

The way that integers/numbers work in JS is down to the IEEE spec for floating point numbers - don't blame the language for THAT.

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'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign

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Re: So what's the name in other languages?

" that's why C# is pronounced C-sharp, isn't it?"

No, my colleagues and I laughed out loud when MS brought out C-Hash, since it was clearly well named.

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Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

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Re: Shark Jumped!

How about Romeo and Juliette then?

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: The Disabled, Sitting at Home

A braille screen-reader, an audio screen-reader, and/or other haptic feedback devices. You would be amazed at how fast these devices can be used.

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

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Re: Easy

But we will have to use a plugin provided by Adobe...

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'25,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes' must be upgraded A DAY to meet OS support death date

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"Those servers will ultimately modernise and refresh to the next generation platform,"

That's what you are hoping for, no doubt, but I suspect that a large proportion will just keep on running what they have.

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Microsoft: You know we said NO MORE XP PATCHES? Well ...

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Re: Well ...

The thing that I never understood, was how MS were going to provide their "Premium Support for a Year" for those big organisations that cared to pay for it?

Surely these big corporates expect to get IE / XP patched (whichever one it is) so that means the patch still needs to be written, and therefore releasing it to all and sundry costs MS precisely nothing.

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

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Re: I could not agree more .....

"Do plumbers and electricians get this too?"

Actually, yes, they do.

And people who work for BT repeatedly get asked to fix people's phone/broadband, even after being repeatedly told that I "don't do phones".

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SpaceX: We NAILED the Falcon 9 landing! The video, on the other hand...

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Re: This is a job for....

Or for the "Rocket City Red-necks"

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GOV.UK push in action: Er, FEWER Brits filling out govt forms online

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Re: Have to agree..... School dates

And that only applies in England - roll on Independance so that Westminster can stop even pretending to care about anything north of Watford

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Re: Just what am I supposed to be doing online?

And don't get me started on RTI itself - only useful if you are a business, but simply won't work on an enterprise network...

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