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IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'

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Heartbleed and China

If NSA inspect open source code for weakness, perhaps they have been hacking the Chicom for years. The Chinese have been using Linux (when they haven't been using pirated Windoes).

If NSA do such inspection, likely the Chinese do also.

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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Re: Get your facts sorted!

Beef rises to record prices in U.S. due to drought. Wheat, corn harvest apocalypse.

Perhaps not caused by climate change. Perhaps not caused by humans dumping CO2 into the atmosphere. Perhaps. But most definitely caused by no human attempts to reverse the problem.

So glad Britain is self sufficient in food stocks. I hear Soylent Green is yummy.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Re: So the internet does some good

Yes, the sacrament of cat video porn. My moggie has a god complex, no doubt from watching too many cat video pornos.

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Re: At last, and out

I believe in the FSM, and it's earthly incarnation, the Holy Internet. The chat rooms say it, and I believe it.

The EU schismatics should be sent to Coventry.

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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Re: Alternatively?

"A nation must communicate directly to another nation"

Interesting. Does Sweden have a dedicated direct connexion to Switzerland? Who will pay for the undersea France to New Zealand cable? Etc. Etc.

Seems unfeasably expensive.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: The real difference

And Apple stole the mouse, bit-mapped display, icons, etc. from Xerox. And the whole world profited. Much as I wish Xerox had understood what it had and used it, I am glad someone (in this case, Apple) actualised it.

Rant to your heart's content, the world would be a poorer place without Apple. I have my Nomex suit on, flame away.

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Re: I've had an idea

'ave an up vote for 'a pile of camel dung'. Most revolutionary application all day

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: 1 in 10 reasons probably invalid, so all invalid?

Are you suggesting the Daily Mail is not the fount of all wisdom?

I'm shocked, shocked.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: Suddenly world became a sadder place :-(

Actually, as he inflicted JavaScript on the world he should be drawn and quartered from the highest yardarm!

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Free speech is meaningless without responsibility, Coward.

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Re: Baker quits Mozilla as well

If it wasn't thus before, it is now. Hadn't you heard? Corporations are people now (the Supremos said so). By that standard, Mozilla shows itself to be a homophobic bigot bent on bullying an oppressed minority.

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Re: Animals

With freedom comes responsibility, or do you disagree?

If not, can you see how this man's bigoted beliefs, publicly expressed and acted upon negatively impact his employer!

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Boffins make noise about D-Wave chip: it seems quantum

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Re: I don't get it.

It is both a quantum computer and not a quantum computer. Does that quantify it for you?

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Soccer's dull? A MIND-CONTROLLED robo-suit will be used to take first World Cup 2014 kick

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Re: And subsequently...

After putting its boot through the ball and roaring "Bow before my might puny humans!"

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Apple poking at idea of bayonet phone fittings

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Re: Not the point of the patent

So my f1.8, 1000mm lens will likely not be supported by this mount. Probably I shouldn't expect a Nikon to Apple adaptor, either.

Sigh. My dreams are shattered (even if my iPhone won't be).

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Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

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¿Plata o plomo?

Mexico has a culture of corruption, but even honest folk will bend when a gun is held to their head.

Nonetheless I'm pleased to see people robbing banks again. For far too long banks have been robbing people.

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LOHAN bloodhound unleashes solar-powered minitracker

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Thor?

Yeth.

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Pakistan's YouTube ban may end after Google removes anti-Muslim vid

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Re: Couple of questions @LostAllFaith

I agreed with your post until you derailed at your final ad-hominem rant.

I am interested in how governments (such as Pakistan's) justify use of technology which counters their world view. Boko Haram, while repugnant in their actions, does maintain a level of consistency.

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Boffins say dark matter found with X-ray

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Re: Paranoia

"This is fundamentally a religious position, which is why I don't believe it."

Agree. The same skepticism applies to attempts to find "meaning" in CP violation, or cosmological findings.

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Meh

May I be the first...

...to welcome our hybrid overlordships.

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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Re: Looking good.

My thought exactly.

Have an up vote.

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Chicago man lobs class-action sueball at MtGox

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The secret to making money is....

...quantifying risk and acting on that information to minimize the risk.

Bitcoin risk is not quantifiable, and purposely so, to avoid government regulation. Expect the next scam to be called LEx (the Lagos Exchange).

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Tesla wants $1.6bn to help fund $5bn TOP SECRET Gigafactory

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You may have a typographical error here...

"Apple is likely to have had battery consumption in fiscal 2013 of around 3MWh, based on its reported sales of 71 million iPads and 150 million iPhones and some rounding up for laptop use. Tesla's cars sucked up a little over half that number at 1.75GWh"

Eh?

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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Re: In space...

When I pray to god, I'm the only one who hears, so I must be god.

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Re: Nooooo

If Elon had a stroke, it must have been a stroke of genius.

Tesla flogged 5% of all new vehicles sold in California last year, more than Volkswagen (3.9%), and as much as Land Rover and Buick.

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New Delhi accuses Huawei of nobbling ZTE kit at state-owned telco

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All your base station controller are belong to us?

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Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

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Re: Clever tech, possibly depressing implications

Where is this 'away' of which you speak?

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Our robot overlords won't be evil cyborgs: Prepare for whisker-equipped ROBO-KITTIES

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Re: Leather gloves required

Given this is a robo-moggie none of your kit stands a chance. Claws of sapphire at least!

Kitteh kitteh burning bright

In the forests of the night,

What mortal hand or eye

Could frame your fearful symmetry.

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

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Re: As we learn from Android

Current slogan is "Let a thousand hardware platforms bloom!"

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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Re: No constitution, remember...? @BongoJoe

Does this mean the UK and the US are right off the list of places to visit? Or only the UK?

I hear Afganistan is lovely this time of year....

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Tech titan Bill Gates: Polio-free India one of the 'most impressive accomplishments' ever

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Re: India is proud of having eradicated Polio

What with the current tension with the Yanks, perhaps Indian newspapers consider it politically inappropriate to praise a Yank.

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

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You are TheManFromMars and I claim my £5.

Faux Science-Slayer indeed. You need a bit more grunt to slay science.

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Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

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Re: Don't get it.

Useful is good, but I'd prefer beautiful. Mandy Rice-Davies for example. Nude and beautiful would be even better.

Naked women on banknotes! The French and Italians would leave the Eurozone to catch up to us, and the more restrictive religious countries (you know who you are) would sever relations with us to protect their repressed yoof.

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

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Re: all that money on doing nice things for people

The US could have bought every tribesman in Afganistan a Toyota, then sell them gasoline. Win, win!

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Private space truck ready for ISS trip as soon as NEXT WEEK

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Common Off The Shelf, or garden variety launch vehicle. Bog common, much?

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Suffering SPITZER! Boffins discover Milky Way's MISSING ARMS

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Re: Compromise

Or Sicily...

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Pari passu?

I originally translated that as "hat in hand", but it isn't is it. Although it would explain why people aren't wearing enough hats.

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Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

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I call conspiracy

The Jade Rabbit shown here on Terra was wrapped in gold foil, while the one shown (purportedly) on Luna is clad in silver! Hah! Explain that, comrad!

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Re: Wow

Cowking, have you forgotten context? This IS el Reg after all.

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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So Britain avoided inventing the iPhone

From the phone wars I've read here, it seems Britain dodged a bullet.

(Waves multi fingered gesture, runs off)

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Aussie boffins can detect orbiting SPACE JUNK using rock gods' radiation

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Yoof oriented radio?

Playing SKA? I remember SKA, and I'm a doddering old bugger.

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ROBOT SWARM positions itself over EARTH ... to probe our magnetic field

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"the satellites are performing beyond expectation"

What? They had low expectations? Then why launch the blooming things? If the satellites did not meet expectations, then there seems to be a quality control problem.

But seriously, well done ESA!

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Thanksgiving ROAST in SPAAACE: Comet ISON faces FIERY SUN DEATH

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Re: Hoping for a good show

Comets are like cats. They have tails and do whatever they want.

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Angela Merkel's phone was being listened in on by FIVE foreign powers

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Re: Did they all bug her seperatly...

With all the hoovering up of the signal, I'm surprised she was able to use her mobe at all.

I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. The one where leaked documents describe how the Germans bug other world leader's communications.

Red faces all around.

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SCRUBBED: Technical oopsies halt SpaceX's bid for the Money Ring

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Another faulty valve?

Who supplies these? The Fawlty Valve Company? And not the first time.

Remind me when next I have plumbing problems at chez moi.

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Intel on the alert: Thick, acrid smog in China, India is EATING servers

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Re: Maybe now that the pollution is affecting machines the communist government will take action

Action? Perhaps the application of elephant ivory, or internal organs of endangered species will help.

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'FELSIC materials' find on MARS could rewrite Red Planet's history

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Rewriting history

Bloody Reds always rewriting history, why Stalin... Eh? This is about Mars?

Sorry, never mind.

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Indonesia turns Twitter into very leaky diplomatic bag

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Re: cold southern comfort

Surely the Yanks can complain about (aboot) Canadians (cif: www.tedcruz.org/ )!

Not to mention those Telly personalities taking jobs from loyal hard-working Americans.

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

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Re: Off-topic: Electric cars?!?

@Sokolik:

I suspect electric automobile battery recycling will become an industry, much as lead-acid automobile battery recycling is already. It's not as if the silicon is transmuted into lead, after all. Per the article, it simply goes to pieces.

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BLAST OFF! NASA's MAVEN Mars probe ROARS into orbit

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Re: Come on, tell us the truth

NASA should offshore themselves?

Mine's the one with tickets to Delhi.

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