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Virtually yours: Microsoft unveils Windows-as-a-service

Blue eyed boy
Devil

Should the title have been

Windows as a *chargeable* service?

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

Blue eyed boy
Big Brother

". . . and contain an iSIS security feature..."

First steps towards getting RFID into all our currency to stop the VAT-dodging cash-only deals?

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Blue eyed boy
Unhappy

"waving away offers of assistance every 15 seconds"

What branch was that? I'm lucky if I get noticed by a member of staff within 15 minutes. Everybody seems to be on a mission from one part of the shop to another.

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

Blue eyed boy

@ Any currency (or language, i.e. Esperanto) without an army behind it is doomed to failure.

Mi parolas Esperanton kiel naciano, sed mi ne komprenas vin sur lingvo sen militaro.

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

Blue eyed boy

@ I don't remember it being free?

It was before 1993 - hence my comment about restoring the pre-1993 version in my previous post.

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Blue eyed boy
Pint

Can we have 192 back? No problems with this 118 XXX crap then. As I put it at the time:

192 we must now all ignore.

118 comes to mind - then no more.

Each time I see the ad

(and it's driving me mad)

The rest of it's different, I'm sure.

Indeed, can we go one step further and restore 192 as it was pre-1993? No problems with payment, billing, T&C's and any other such crap then.

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Germany: We're willing to use 'instruments of TORTURE' on Amazon

Blue eyed boy
Flame

"Instruments of torture"

Is this their Final Solution to the problem?

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Mighty multi-scope snaps stunning STARBIRTH image

Blue eyed boy

Rotate the image about 80° clockwyse, and the outline bears a distinct resemblance to the self-portrait of another Alma. Check out http://www.amazon.co.uk/THE-MUSIC-OF-ALMA-DEUTSCHER/dp/B00E3WZZVK

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Blue eyed boy
Happy

Re: Greenland - was

Not necessarily. Erik the Red got the all-time creative marketing award for the name Greenland

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All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters

Blue eyed boy
Big Brother

Who gets to . . .

(a) know that a particular person has opted in for porn?

(b) define what is porn and what isn't?

I am a naturist, and naturists as a group are worried about censorship, in case our perfectly normal, natural and healthy way of life, to which several websites are devoted, will be swept up into some all-embracing "porn" classification on the basis of frequent references on the same page to "kids" and "nudity".

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'Ring of fire' eclipse to burn Australia

Blue eyed boy
Boffin

@UTC instead of GMT

To get UTC you need to specifry the frequency of the atomic oscillators in Hertz. If you specify the frequency in cycles per second you get the now-obsolete GMT.

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OpenSUSE 12.3: Proof not all Linux PCs are Um Bongo-grade bonkers

Blue eyed boy
Boffin

Have they finally fixed

the KNode drag/drop bug?

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Incoming comet will probably miss Mars, says NASA

Blue eyed boy
FAIL

Give it 50 more years

and Mars will once more look very much as it does today, the oceans frozen, the atmosphere nearly all lost to space. The only difference will be one more ginormous crater and the remains of some abandoned colonies.

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

Blue eyed boy
Boffin

@ Change an input and “you get a different end of the universe.

The current uncertainty bounds straddle the bang/whimper boundary.

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

Blue eyed boy
Happy

Re: Hex, anyone?

Explains why Cardiff Bus use the number 29B for their one and only variant of the 29 route.

http://www.cardiffbus.com/english/route28-29-29B.shtml

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Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

Blue eyed boy
Happy

I'd rather be both - as indeed I am.

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Blue eyed boy
Happy

Re: Here's a fun question for you

Let's have a guess at 11.

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Blue eyed boy
Happy

That's just perfect

Whenever 2^n - 1 is prime, the larger number (4^n - 2^n) / 2 is perfect, which means that its factors add up to the number itself. n=2 gives 6 = 1+2+3, n=3 gives 28 = 1+2+4+7+14, etc.

This new Mersenne prime gives a new perfect, which will have approx twice as many digits as the prime itself.

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Blue eyed boy
FAIL

Nice try, no cigar. 2^13 - 1 = 8191, 2^8191 - 1 is not prime.

I wondered about that as a kid, finding that 2^3 - 1 = 7, 2^7 - 1 is 127, 2^127 - 1 is a 35-digit prime.

2^(2^127-1)-1 has, as far as I know, not been tested.

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Empire says ‘primitive’ Earth not ready for Death Star

Blue eyed boy
Thumb Up

Re: “tiny, aggressive planet”

Is our new rating a step up or down from "Mostly Harmless"

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BOFH: Uninterruptible patsy supply

Blue eyed boy
Thumb Up

brand name the same as the device

Was the box delivered by UPS?

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Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

Blue eyed boy
Happy

Re: Nuclear chemistry

There we are - fukushinium.

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Analogue TV snuffs it tonight on UK mainland

Blue eyed boy
Black Helicopters

"filled with adverts (muted)"

The day will surely come when the extra control bit (that I'm certain is there) in the HD signal gets put to use. It's the "mute disable" bit.

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NASA working on faster-than-light drive capable of WARP TEN

Blue eyed boy
Black Helicopters

Now we know

why the observed FTL neutrinos were ascribed to a timing bug or other mundane cause. THEY wanted this discovery for themselves, THEY couldn't hush it up any longer so THEY played it down.

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Memo to openSUSE 12.2: More polish, less angst

Blue eyed boy
Linux

Does anybody know

if the KNode (newsgroup reader) drag/drop bug has finally been fixed? I've been unable to upgrade beyond V11.1 because of this critical (to me) flaw.

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O2 looses legal torpedo at Everything Everywhere 4G monopoly

Blue eyed boy
Thumb Up

Re: Looses?

For once we have correct usage of the verb "loose" with its original meaning, not as an (incorrect) synonym for "lose". Full marks for El Reg's headline writer!

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Chemical biz 'Nitro' hackers use Java to coat PCs in poison ivy

Blue eyed boy
Pint

As communiques in Dutch

> include the exploit script in the body of messages, pose as communiques in Dutch

Java is double Dutch to me so I can see there wouldn't be that much difference.

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Password hints easily snaffled from Windows PCs

Blue eyed boy
Boffin

Try this one

Dasu shelara vedum sematus viod em ugur'udate si. Uma seda lit soel em sofa, mo danome ____________ dos mu gom gumat si. Udil sea tolasha soel sha shalus abem valumat em davada sha dos vam.

Thus opens a favourite novel, at least it does when translated into my childhood fantasy language Hallon. There is a website explaining about the language, the spooks will have access to some more vocabulary from emails I have exchanged with friends, and so would be able to make a fragmentary translation, enough to identify the text and so identify the English word corresponding to the missing word in the text, which is required to be filled in as the password.

Therein lies the problem. For the word in question has never been written down or emailed.to anybody so there is nothing to guide the spooks - or the hackers - to what the translation may be.

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Software disaster zone Knight Capital bags $400m lifeline

Blue eyed boy
Mushroom

Re: but what if the software had MADE $440 million?

The mistake would not have been noticed, and the terst loader would continue to make willy-nilly trades until its lucky streak ran out. Sooner or later a $>10^9 loss would have occurred, so they would still be in the same pile of poo but perhaps landing in it a day or two later.

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BIG BOOBS banished from Linux kernel

Blue eyed boy
Boffin

@ All this over the number "2976579765" !!!

I need a strong 12648430 after that.

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iPhone denies existence of Gibraltar, other bits of British empire

Blue eyed boy
Mushroom

Re: Another controversial iOS6 place-naming snafu...

There's equally **ckall on Rockall, but that doesn't stop the UK, RoI, Iceland and the Faeroe being in dispute over the place.

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Online bookie can't scoop £50k losses made by 5-year-old

Blue eyed boy
Happy

I suppose the question needs to be asked

Suppose the price of coffee in Brazil or whatever had moved the other way and this budding e-billionaire had made a £50K PROFIT in a couple of clicks. What would we be thining then? Would they be so anxious to find a loophole then? Certainly the taxman would be interested in him.

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Mars rover Opportunity spots WALL-E in crater ramble

Blue eyed boy
Boffin

It's all a fake

"In order to give the mosaic a rectangular aspect, some small parts of the edges of the mosaic and sky were filled in with parts of an image acquired earlier as part of a 360-degree panorama from the same location."

It's a fake. We never went to Mars at all. That pic was taken in the Mojave Desert somewhere.

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Iran threatens to chuck sueball at Google over missing gulf

Blue eyed boy
Flame

Re: On that subject...

let's call our own autonomous regional capitals Caerdydd, Dùn Èideann and Béal Feirste here in the UK.

As for the original question of the Persian Gulf, let's be totally neutral and call it the Euphrates Estuary.

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

Blue eyed boy

Re: Shame!

Hear hear! And that was before we had calculators to take the drudgery out of arithmetic. I survived. We got calculators now, so if we must deal with foreigners using Napoleon's foreign units, it is easy enough to convert.

In my student days the thickness of the specimens I was using in my postgrad experiments was given as 250 microns in my thesis, although my supervisor had specified a thickness of 10 thou. In fact the techies in the workshop ground them down to 1/4 mm thick. They still worked.

Exercise for the reader: how to convert from the continental fuel *consumption* figure in the spec of a car, usually quoted in litres per 100km, to our fuel *economy* figure expressed in miles per gallon? For a start, these measurements are in inverse proportion.

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Blue eyed boy
Boffin

Re: I seem to remember...

The speed of light is close to 1,000,000,000 feet per second. Isn't that alone sufficient justification for retaining our system of units, particularly for the study of relativity?

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NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

Blue eyed boy

Re: Yeah Yeah....

No it was Elvis.

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NHS trust goes 100% over IT budget in patient records rollout cockup

Blue eyed boy
Happy

The right order of magnitude anyway

give or take a few quid.

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Turing's rapid Nazi Enigma code-breaking secret revealed

Blue eyed boy
Boffin

@No plans to put them online

Obvious innit. There's something they ain't telling us. Rather than redact such a hostoric document they're keeping it under wraps.

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Ofcom calls for end to 0800 charges on mobiles

Blue eyed boy
Go

IMHO it should never have been otherwise. Go for it!

Here's another brilliant idea that Ofcom might like to play with. That time spent on hold, in a company's queueing and holding system, or being passed from department to department, is charged to the *company* not to the caller. Naturally this too will apply to landlines and mobiles alike.

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Star's guts turned INSIDE OUT in supernova mega-blast

Blue eyed boy
Boffin

Could there have been one of these in the dim and distant past?

I see this great wodge of iron, magnesium, sulphur, silicon and oxygen, condensing back upon itself to form a sphere approx 8000 miles diameter, with enough long-lived radioactives (U238, Th232, K40) in its core to keep it hot for a few gigayears afterwards - apart from a solid crust partially covered with liquid hydrogen oxide.

In fact, could such a body support life?

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6,000 sign e-petition to put Turing on £10 note

Blue eyed boy
Boffin

Can we have

Stephen Hawking on another value note?

Enigma was a cipher not a code btw.

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Newly discovered asteroid will not ANNIHILATE THE EARTH

Blue eyed boy
Boffin

Re: Weird orbit

Probably a close pass of one of Earth's poles in the dim and distant past (or maybe last year). The Ulysses spacecraft did similar by design some years ago - it started off by bouncing around the inner planets, then they sent it out to Jupiter with instructions to do a close flyby of the north pole, which sent it out on a perpendicular - and highly elliptical - orbit back towards the Sun's south pole, the actual objective.

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Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite

Blue eyed boy
Boffin

... of the Kraken Wakes

That one also began with fireballs. Watch out for sea-tanks in Phase Two, followed by ...

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Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?

Blue eyed boy

It's not just retard

nearly all words ending -ard are (or were once) derogatory tags [1], I would therefore like (and have voted for) the suffix to be dropped in favour of the more neutral -er.

[1] Including niggard which has nothing to do with people of dark-skinned breeds.

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Crap PINs give wallet thieves 1-in-11 jackpot shot

Blue eyed boy
Happy

> How does everyone else with a birthday that doesn't fit those parameters decide what to

> put in their pin?

My birthday (247XX) does not fit the pattern unless (as suggested upthread) longer PINs were permitted. I use a favourite number, one which has entered my life in quite a few contexts already, so why not add one more context? Naturally it's unrelated to my date of birth or any other "obvious" numerical parameter.

And my list of favourite numbers includes one that is 11 digits long so enhanced PIN's wouldn't be a problem

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Child abuse files stolen from council worker in PUB - £100k fine

Blue eyed boy
Black Helicopters

This is starting to sound like

the sort of dead-letter drop you read of in spy fiction. I trust that the "thief" did leave the council employee with the (rest of the) agreed sum in used £20 notes.

Or is that too outlandish an explanation?

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Ofcom: UK broadband speed on the up as punters' packages swell

Blue eyed boy
Unhappy

I would prefer to see

... broadband prices on the down.

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Virgin Media takes itself in hand after punter-package tickle whoopsie

Blue eyed boy
Unhappy

> We'll also be lowering the price of your broadband package in April to match the price of our 50Mb Broadband XXL packages.

And other packages in proportion? No chance. Vermin Media's policy (iunherited from NTL) of screwing their bottom-rate customers with the biggest price increases (or the absence of drops, or in one case with NTL, an increase when the top rate dropped), still applies.

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Virgin Media to push out nimble new broadband speeds

Blue eyed boy
Megaphone

I would prefer to see

nimble new prices.

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