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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

Steve 114
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Changed Days

My GGGF wintered twice in 'Saint Francisco', difficult mooring but they were generously entertained by the Spanish monks who were the only residents. Being a good Brit horseman, despite his RN avocation, he taught the monks how to hunt. 'Indians' often escaped from compulsory bible classes, and had to be humanely caught before their tribes exterminated them as tainted. Things sound different thereabouts nowadays?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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'Lost'

I did Imperial at school, and it wasn't easy but at least it's divisible and visualisable. My children did Metric, and now have No Idea. They simply don't know how to 'measure' things, or put up shelves, or hang pictures centrally. Total fail of central governance (and me too, I sometimes think, while sorting it out for them with twin-scale rulers).

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Google sticks its servers behind genomics alliance

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Wedded to 23andMe?

Note the Google-guy's (current?) wife, who runs the rather interesting and neatly-UI'd DNA testing website named above. Which the US's 'FDA' has lately forbidden to publish new, if soft, health information. The FDA should get their waggons in a circle, as Google is darkening the hilltops with Tribes from all over, and arrows may begin to fly.

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BT! dumps! Yahoo! after! 10! long! years! together!

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T&C

A close reading of the small print suggests it's just a ruse to get new consent for them to read your e-mails so that abuses can be identified.

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It's official! Register hack is an alcohol-flushed cave dweller

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Crossborder Sting

Have you seen how much they add on-line to post their spit-kit out of the USA? (even just over the border to Canada)? That's silly, because to get plentiful comparative results from Eeur-op, where most USians' ancestors came from, they'd really have to tempt us. Meanwhile, 'FTDNA' still looks the pro alternative.

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

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Holmes

Fallacy?

The 'speed of light' is a distraction. Light is instant (in the frame of reference of the photon doing it). Anyone else watching has to consider a universal constant called 'c'. You can't do without 'c' for spacetime, just as you can't do without 'pi' for circles. If you think something has travelled 'faster than light' you have simply misunderstood the problem. Go square a circle.

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card - Surface deficiency

Our 'shit area' in this house is chock-full of anthologies. Does that help, or have I misunderstood?

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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Re: My god

Even there, there's a formal 'Trading Standards' difference between a traditional 'brim glass' and a modern one with a level-mark.

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What made us human? Being ARMED with lethal ranged weapons

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Re: Nice troll

Seems a fair bet that all Homo Sapiens preserve genocidal instincts. Saying it shouldn't be so doesn't make it not so. Beware any groups who do not look and think like you (or even wear different football scarves). And do not eat their babies.

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Wonder why you live longer than a chimp? Thank your MOTHER IN LAW

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Devil

Utah JuJu

Why do I find family research from this source doubtful? Are they trying to baptise all those dead grannies?

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Take away bad drivers' mobile phones, they still crash their cars

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Re: Elmer Phud

Even a pedestrian on a mobile will blunder into you. Simple reason is his 'mind is elsewhere'. As for why they need to 'walk up and down' while ranting - well, don't try that when driving either.

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Tim Cook: 'So sorry for Apple's crap maps app - try Bing or Nokia'

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WTF?

Maps must be fun

As an 'elderly, confused', I got an Android phone. Liked it a lot, rooted it same afternoon. But it seems the only way I can get the sainted 'Google' Maps' integrated is by getting some kind of Google ID, so that they can track me - no thanks! (Meanwhile some other mapping system downloads useful slabs all over Europe). And my various TomToms in several cars almost never mislead. But my son can't upgrade his I-Thing because 'the maps don't work'. Whatever is going wrong?

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Berkeley Lab proposes 4D clock

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Re: this reminds me of two things

...'they still experience (relative) immorality' - incest Down Below?

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Micro Anvika goes titsup after Olympics fails to save its shops

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2-bit store

Stopped going to TCR when Proops left. They sold me two 1-bit ferrite memories in perspex, which made natty cufflinks. If you have them, they're mine - stolen in Amsterdam.

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I spy: Drug drops and foxy couples

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Re: 10x optical zoom?

And for stereo with any zoom, you'd need the optics further apart. At least as far as your own eyes! And further still for a touch of the 'hyperstereo' which is such fun on landscapes with any still camera.

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Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges

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Re: isnt this getting a bit silly now

TWO sources of smoke? Wow!

He: "Do you smoke after sex?" She: "I don't know, you naughty boy, I've never looked."

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Curiosity landing live from NASA's JPL: How the drama unfolded

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Re: Just saw!

-and, for two thoroughly sensible questions.

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SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

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Tough spec.

Good to see Lewis Page not disapproving of something. Don't get me wrong, I generally agree, but this helps recalibrate the disapproval-rating scale. Does he write for mainline papers? They too could do with a corrective dose of reality.

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Terrafugia flies first prototype: Flying cars 'within a year'

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Re: We don't want driving planes,

It isn't a 'plane', young man, it's an 'aircraft'. First thing they told my father when they gave him a biplane at Old Sarum (with no handbook): "Machines are for sewing, Planes are for carpentry".

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Yes, Prime Minister to return after 24 years

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Re: Hope it's better than the stage version

Strangely, 'New Statesman' (with Alan B'Stard) transferred better to the stage - more pantomime, less Radio-play sophistication required. We'll never know if YM Mk.II works on-screen, if it's on a dark channel.

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Top Italian OPERA boffin steps down after faster-than-light mistake

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'Politics' rules OK

Try chairing any international collaboration where the reps are mainly men. There'll be sharp disputes on process, elections, personalities, even when to take coffee breaks. Nothing to do with the science, but events with public exposure do highlight any splits. The upside here is that lots of people have had relativity dramitised by the press, and got a bit educated - yay, I even bought a book myself to answer the questions better.

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Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

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Re: What to do?

On all my machines, XP is the next XP. (Except a new netbook with Win7, which is merely irritating).

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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Re: Dunno yet - it's still installing...

About an hour on my old x64 Toshiba laptop. Only one bluescreen 'DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION', solved with a reboot and then 7 updates listed (one Tos-specific). Password- and start- screens are ridiculous, but desktop once found is redolent of Win7, with cosmetic plusses and minuses. I'll stick with XP.

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Astrolabe backs off, timezone database safe

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Trolls aplenty

Don't necessarily blame the company: there are specialist USian lawyers out there, looking for issues, and then recruiting a company to front for them.

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Outside-the-box thinking literally can't be done inside a box, say profs

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Linux

Fishy

I heard that if you can't see out of a window from your desk, a tank of tropical fish is second-best to liberate creativity. (Come lunchtime, remember Wanda makes a very poisonous sandwich).

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MPs: 999 HQ revamp FAIL cost £469m

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FAIL

Change first, not last

A broader problem: the client hopes the sly catalyst for change they find hard to announce will be 'integrated' new IT. They can't specify what they want (because they haven't done 'change' yet), so they give the specifying to the consultant too. What nobody notices is that the plebs who actually do the work now don't want change. There are layers of them entrenched, each with different resistance agendas whether justified ('these things never work') or unjustified ('bosses will see what we're doing'). Result - institutional sabotage, and an ever-escalating volume of profitable change-notes until the buck stops. Fire, health, offender management - you name it, we've all been there and done one.

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RAM prices set to 'free fall'

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Expensive

I paid a shilling each for two 1-bit wound ferrite rings encapsulated in clear plastic. Made nice cufflinks, until they were stolen. As a price-per-bit, that's still some theft.

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Ace Reg reporter in career suicide shock

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Advertorials

And given the advertorial propensities of that oh-so Gemini Organ, don't you think it's time the WiFi connectivity of certain major 'Cruise Ships' was checked out by an effusive expert?

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Skype's mega-FAIL: exec cops to cause

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Normalcy

Better placed in the irony cage.

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BBC Online ordered to be more 'distinctive' as cuts kick in

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Grrr

yes, and we have:

'appeal the decision' (grammatical error)

'find your representative' (constitutional error)

'more on this story' (a tragedy is only a 'story' to expensed journalists)

All I want is BBC headlines on Firefox, and Radio 3 with fewer smug music-over self-ads.

I'm told they do TV as well? Keep your movies off my screen-estate!

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Fanboi primer: How to move your iTunes from PC to Mac

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Bad Taste

in so-called 'Songs' remains bad taste whatever hardware they're on.

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Money for nothing – and your (gambling) kicks for free

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Always free

Some pushers offer free drugs too - all you have to do is sell the stuff on, and profit.

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My lost Cobol years: Integrating legacy management

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Heart

Loving it

I regretfully left COBOL (with ICL) very many years ago. Never really found anything better: in later more managerial years UML came close, but you can't seem to get it to compile (as we used to do, all night, with punched-card decks and flailing magtapes). Where's today's comprehensible, self-documenting, unambiguous language with which I can define, describe and evolve my business interrelationships?

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Scottish botnet master jailed for 18 months

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Panic Attacks

Other reports say he couldn't work because of 'Panic Attacks'. With five children, that's what you get. Prison should help a lot.

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Royal Family engagement creates scareware opportunity

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No

No

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Branson 'spaceship' successfully falls off mothership

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Paris Hilton

Arguably not

Good point, so that's an exaggeration too. But the ISS has the option to be just a tiny fraction faster and then they really would be in space. Actually, we're all in 'space' when we jump, it's just that our orbits intersect with the earth's quite soon. Also, kms are French too - told you so. And Paris is in France.

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Non-space

No way is it a 'space' ship. I know what I mean by 'space' (and the formal definition is frankly rubbish, must be French), and you simply can't be anywhere there without doing escape velocity first. It's a glider launched from the thinnest of atmospheres, and maybe quite fun as a fairground ride for our epoch.

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Netizens now Facebook more than they Google

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Bing dong, the Witch...

Only "Bing" is worse.

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PayPal update email 'violates own anti-phishing advice'

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Abuse

The Wife forwarded hers straight to the Paypal abuse address. She is well trained. No auto-response yet (from Paypal, I mean).

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Half of UK road users support usage-based road charging

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Coat

EuroCrud

Transport's not my sector, but Brussels is. Are we sure that there is not some strategy there which *compels* governments to require location-aware electronics in cars? (already happened with 'On Board Diagnostics', which isn't for your servicing convenience, but so that they can police emissions). So maybe the 'Softening- up' is being done in the knowledge that Britain will eventually have no choice. Picture of Eurocrat stealing sovereignty by stealth.

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Trojan-ridden warning system implicated in Spanair crash

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Swiss Cheese

..is always involved (check it out - the 'holes' can line up). But in this case, the failure of any feasible system to detect that two arguing pilots have tried to take off fully-loaded, without checklists, slats, and flaps, and with the warnings of same curiously disabled, does seem to make the 'Trojan' holes rather minor.

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Yahoo! begins Bingification in North America

Steve 114

Who, Steve?

Haven't used Microsoft Maps since they renamed it stupidly to honour Liz Hurley's not-quite-husband. It's a jealousy thing.

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London bike hire scheme suffers pre-launch wobbles

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Addition

£3 for the card and £1 for the first day, perhaps?

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Two infosec blunders that betrayed the Russian spy ring

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Big Brother

Nice Mr M?

Perhaps nice Mr Medvedev mentioned over burgers that he's picked up 10 USian spies, and made the friendly suggestion that the FBI pull in a few minor sleepers so that a traditional swap can happen without bothering real Embassies.

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Mozilla: Our browser will not run native code

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Hosting exploits?

So the latest Firefox wisely advises me on startup to update Flash. But if I do, I must first remember to untick some 'MacAfee' thing they try to slide in, and when the update is done, uninstall some 'Adobe downloader' thing. Easy - but do I have to tell my non-geek cousins all this?

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Critical and unpatched, Windows XP bug is under attack

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Pint

Adapt now

Try 'YLMF OS'. Latest Ubuntu, looks like XP. Ma and Pa thank China!

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Microsoft pulls plug on search bribery machine

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Silly name

Wasn't Bing Liz Hurley's squeeze? Worse, they've applied his name to their mapping/aerial photo feature, so my old html links to locations now advertise their silliness to my readers. Linking Google Earth doesn't seem so easy.

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Computing smart-scope gunsight for US snipers

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Paris Hilton

Goolie Chit

My father was friendly to the tribesmen, but he would have needed it if captured. (except, the girls wielded the knives, and they couldn't read...)

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Welsh police come down hard on Octopussy porn

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Squids-in

Octopus? Is he 'Up before the Beak'?

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