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Hipster chimps are SLAVES to the latest social trends

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Hipster Peer Pressure

"Come on, no-one else is doing it!"

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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If The GAP series is Donaldson's best work by Far (and I don't doubt it, it was less traumatic than the Thomas Covenant) than that man should be forcefully restrained from ever touching a keyboard, pen, pencil, or any other writing utensil.

I have disliked many characters in many books, but to get me to hate everyone in a book to the point that the hatred starts to bleed over to the writer.. that takes a special talent - one that should never be used.

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Icahn and I DID: eBay volte-faces, spins PayPal into separate biz

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Re: Icahn dissasemble #5

""Hey, laser lips, your mama was a snow blower."

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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Re: Many years ago ... (1970s)

My definition of 'unbreakable' is that it will last >30 seconds in the hands (mouth) of a toddler/small child. Although, even by that loose definition, those doohickeys were not unbreakable.

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Spammer uses innocent hacked blogs to punt NAKED PICS of JLaw, McKayla Maroney

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Whatever next!? Priests too catholic for the Pope?

Those have been around some time - most of them are Irish.

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Fraud shop OVERSTOCKED with stolen credit cards

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Re: Odd strategy

Alternatively, it is only worth it to steal 'em in large batches.

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Pizza stores popped, sandwich stores sacked in PoS plunder

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Pirate

Cause & effect?

Fraud shop OVERSTOCKED with stolen credit cards

Causation, or correlation?

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Is Linux a trademark?

Something tells me that would go all pear-shaped.

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MS will take the acronyms of the "Best" versions of windows to remind all customers about their past successes. CE to invoke the mobile paradigm; ME to remind people that they have a long history; NT to remind techies about the power of windows servers.

I present: Windows CEMENT.

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Yahoo! dumps! thing! that! made! it! Yahoo! and! told! to! bed! AOL!

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odd investment strategy?

I find myself wondering if their investment portfolio includes shorts on Yahoo!, I can see no other way that Yahoo! changing their name to AOL could be good for shareholders.

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BlackBerry slowly pulls out of power dive into toilet

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I like "What-The-Phone?!", which is how I read WTPh.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Re: Call me paranoid

In short: No.

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Re: In Russia rockets land on you!

If there had been an indigenous population, we wouldn't have had to wait for materials and engineering to develop for decades before it became possible (-ish?) to build a habitat.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Re: are surprised it bends / cracks - really.

I'm sure such pedantry will be a relief to people with a nut allergy busy fighting off an anaphylactic shock.

It should. If you go into anaphylactic shock from peanuts, that means you have a legume allergy and should be careful when consuming peas and beans (including soy).

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

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Re: On the other hand,

That depends on the purity of the ammonia used to make the stuff as well as the firing mechanism used to launch it. A paintball gun uses compressed CO2, so I would imagine a sufficiently impure ammonia (house-hold cleaning type) should render it insensitive enough to not go pop on firing. A spring based firing mechanism might be less gentle and more prone to "barrel burst".

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Re: On the other hand,

I would suggest for your 'paintball gun' to use pellets of ammonium triiodide. It 'detonates' on impact, releasing the iodine in the molecule as iodine gas, which leaves an indelible purple stain. The detonation is not forceful (thus not dispersing the gas, or causing grievous bodily harm), but would be startling, and may sting a bit.

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Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS

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Douchebaggery?

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Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

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Did anyone else notice that the comments to the article may contain more actual information about the incident than either the Reg. or NYT articles?

That's the main reason I read the Reg, the articles are usually good, better than most, but the Commentariat is what makes this red-top one of the best sources of information on t'interwebs.

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Divinity Original Sin and Wasteland 2 reviews: Turn-based gaming's NOT DEAD YET!

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Re: It died?

It hasn't died. That's the point of the article.

However, Turn-based games have seemed to be getting scarce, "as the big game developers trip over each other to mishmash genres into huge titles like Destiny, so that everything seems have been turned into a shitty FPS."

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Paris Hilton

In order to stand a chance at winning

Do we have to get the questions right?

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Stray positrons caught on ISS hint at DARK MATTER source

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Re: Desperate

Using positrons (being anti-electrons) as evidence for anti-matter is a bit like using photons as evidence for light.

Or The Reg comments as evidence for the existence of pedantry.

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Re: Snappy title

You can't do any serious science without a bloated title - "Positron Fluxes in Space" is too short.

I agree wholeheartedly! It should be "Positron Fluxes IN SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE"

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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So Elison no longer IS Oracle. I never thought it'd happen.

Side note: That headline is awesome, especially considering that Larry will be one of the cats that the two will be herding.

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Big Brother

Re: What are your predictions?

The People will vote 100% for an independent Scotland. All those who vote against are Enemies Of The People.

If the tally of the vote is 60% "No" it means that The Enemies Of The People are pervasive and have corrupted 60% of the population, so their votes should not be counted.

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Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight

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WTF?

Re: Mumble

One of us needs more coffee for that to make sense.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Meeeh

Also a function in LightStep since Win9x.

(Which seems to still be in development-ish)

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

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It'd be better if they could aim it at Venus. I bet a nice 10 Gigatonnes of water/ice would dilute the acid in the atmosphere, and maybe do something with all that CO2, and perhaps drop the temperature a degree, or two.

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Re: The region lies at the top of the comet

The top is the part with the ducky head. The bottom is the part with the squeaker.

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Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces

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Re: Site disturbances

We can hope.

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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

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Re: theregister.co.UK

Well, When the ESA is monitoring these things and releasing press releases, they can (and presumably will be) Eurocentric. When JAXA does them, the maps will likely be centered on Asia. The article info did come from NASA, which has an understandable US bias.

I am certain our beloved Vulture would prefer to present data from ESA, but.. they don't have the equipment for this.

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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An idea for an App strore

Either a full-on App store a la Amazon, or a value-added front-end like AppBrain: taking the results of these security/permissions surveys and using them to rank the apps, rather than(or in addition to) fickle popularity.

Currently, there is no benefit to the app developer to moderate their permissions, and collection of personal data is encouraged monetarily. Perhaps if the over-reaching permissions and hemorrhaging of data caused them to be at the bottom of the list, the developers might be persuaded to develop better behaving apps.

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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This could be a good thing

If they start putting displays on the side of the phone, this will remove, or at least mitigate, the "requirement" of ever-thinner phones. Maybe Apple will put in a real, beefy, battery to use some of the space, and actually have a decent span between charging.

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Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU

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PDFs are believed to be non-modifiable.

According to many managerial/HR types PDFs are not modifiable. You can change the data in a form, but the text and images of a PDF are inviolate.

When I get a new employment contract I have to resist the temptation to abuse this belief, and alter the contract (add an extra 0 to the salary, remove the clauses for termination with cause, etc.)

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Mine do.

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NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

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Just Say No

This merger seems to have absolutely nothing good for anyone, except TWC and Comcast (and whoever is on the receiving end of fat brown envelopes).

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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I seem to recall reading this experimental procedure before

Wasn't this process the core of the Michelson-Morely experiment?

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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A close second to the quality of the coffee is the cleanliness of the equipment. I have gotten positive, surprised comments from co-workers about the quality of the coffee I brew for the communal pot, simply because I take the time to scrub off the brown gunk that had accumulated in the pot and grinder.

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Re: Acidity ...

If you are drinking cheap coffee, you may be getting a robusta blend (higher caffeine than arabica, grows in more places, but is bland and bitter. If you need coffee in the worst possible way, this is coffee - in the worst possible way).

A dark roast Arabica (probably a Costa Rican) should reduce the distress from overly cheap coffee.

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Re: Moka

The moka pot is also great for making cuban coffee, as it is easier to clean out the re-crystallized sugar.

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LOHAN Kickstarter bid IS GO: Back our Vulture 2 spaceplane launch

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Unhappy

I want the glass!

But I think I'll have to settle for a mug. It would be ...difficult to explain to SWMBO that I drpped ~$74 for a pint glass (and a good cause). ~$35 on a coffee mug (and good cause), she may be more forgiving of.

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

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Re: Interesting, but....

In any proper test, you have one variable at a time. This is why many papers have the ubiquitous "more research needed" at the end; this one has "more beers needed".

There may well be another Pub Crawl to distinguish the makes of phones on one network.

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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Re: DPA

Rather, there should be a box that you tick that says "Please Spam me."

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Two factor ...

I have soul but I'm not a soldier.

I was a soldier, but had no soul. Then I quit and got my soul back. I think the Sargent was holding it for safe keeping.

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Re: Two factor ...

A token (RSA-type updating code, chipped card, a key, etc) is something you have, a bio-metric (finger print, iris/retina scan, DNA sample) is something you are.

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Re: Password fields need to be bigger.

Obligatory XKCD (We were all thinking it)

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Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people

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Re: One wonders, MkIII

Sorry jake, the footnotes don't help. It's a matter of trust. Why would someone be hurt that their wife had one affair when there are prostitutes in Nevada?

Also, my taxes aren't paying the gang members to shoot at me, and they are also not paying for the bullets, training, and range time so the gangs can shoot me more efficiently.

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

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Re: Shipment v Market share?

"the number of shipped handsets"

If one of those ships sunk would there be a lot of armless people around?

Well, the ship did sink because the captain was legless....

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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Re: What a Siri idiot

Can an Android device be formatted with ReiserFS?

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

So the sublimation of an engineer, without combustion, can only be accomplished after said engineer goes through a Lorentz Transformation?

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