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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Re: Dammit Lester!

Shame you can only upvote a comment once. That deserved more. Or maybe I should ask GCHQ to do it...

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MonkeyParking FLINGS AWAY San Francisco service

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Re: Our Mission

I've never had to drive round for ages looking for a parking space. I have to wonder what these drivers are doing wrong.

Not catching the bus?

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UK Xmas 2014: Go to shops a normal human, walk out a glasshole

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Picture caption of the week

Lucy is available for modelling assignments and is payable in cider

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Re: HMG ????

Can't say I noticed, as I don't use their DNS, but as it happens i had an email from Virgin telling me about a new option to switch on safe internet. that was going to be done using DNS, IIRC.

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MIT and CERN's secure webmail plan stumped by PayPal freeze

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Re: The USA again

For quite some time you needed state approval to export encryption code. It was considered to be munitions. PGP code was once distributed in printed form.

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

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Re: Vomit .... heave ... vomit ....

yeah, i read that far, then started to feel ill and I need to go home now...

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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

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Re: Just drop the damn thing when above the point you want to be above...

yes of course. I mean, they could plant the prison garden to be a giant QR code target, needing no direction at all....!

Or even just plant dope in the prison garden, and save all the other grief.

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Re: Hm.

Needs a release switch. Then it would drop the package silently from above.

For some reason I'm immediately reminded of El Regs' Special Projects Bureau. When the LOHAN flight is completed, perhaps this is an area for further research?

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

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Re: Help!

" At that point I decided not to bother voting for UKIP again."

again !?!

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Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

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ban Gummy Bears

See the Amazon review and consider, could a smoke (spliff or fag) ever do this to you?

amazon

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

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best post I've read all day

Yo

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Re: definition: applied scientist?

Shouldn't it be

"pipe -> dream

lab coat -> anorak" ?

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Re: A plea: bring back real boffins on TV!

Like Quatermass

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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Re: The Magic Roundabout

manufacturers to launch a new range of connected Freeview HD televisions and boxes which consumers will be able to buy in store

I don't see what's new about this? My TV already has apps for iPlayer/4Od etc, the content for which is streamed over the net. It's not even a new TV, 3 years or so old. Ok so it's one app per channel, so is what's new here that there is one app which gets all the channels? Big deal.

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Re: I've missed something here

"coded for the task, and doesn't have attack vectors"

I think attack vectors will be important for efficient death-dealing.

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Amazon, Twitter, launch #AmazonCart tweet-to-shop service

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Re: Twitter monetised !

While I fully agree with your sentiment, I think you may find that 'commercial blather' is what many people feel _is_ the core function of the internet.

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Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

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"About two-thirds of IT workers quizzed in a new poll are so stressed, they want to quit their jobs."

The rest read El Reg.

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Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale

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TNT is banned

Denmark has it's own postal system as well, so this will please traditionalists.

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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So disappointed

to discover that CreationistsWhoCanActuallyThink.com doesn't seem to exist. I liked the rest of the article tho'.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: Does not add up!

I think what they're getting at is to persuade VISA etc, that if porn.us does not implement age checking then VISA UK should not allow this American site to accept money from UK punters using VISA as a payment method.

They did something similar to the Russian MP3 site - I forget the name MP3ForAll.ru? - years back. They couldn't prevent them selling MP3s, but they could prevent people from paying for the MP3s using UK Credit cards. See also WikiLeaks.

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British trolls to face 'tougher penalties' over online abuse

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You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.

-- Victor Hugo/1845

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From corporate bod to startup star: The 10-month gig that changed everything

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most Wall St tools...

Couldn't put it better myself.

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Takeaway order spewer Just Eat plans to raise £100 MEEELLION in IPO

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13-year-old Danish firm

Lot of money for a cake maker.

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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

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strange

Some have pointed out that the article doesn't say it was external crackers, and so it might be an inside job. While possibly the case, if you had access as an insider, why would you post all the details online? Morrisons will obviously call in experts (and police as they've said), so I'd worry about being caught, and surely the consequences of this would far outweigh the lolz gained? The perp also sent it to a newspaper, increasing the avenues for investigation.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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yes. plumbers wenches on the other hand..

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Re: "electricity meters that talk to the grid to get you the best deals"

Actually the one currently on offer from British Gas seemingly requires you to take an expensive tariff, if you want the kit for free. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/mar/08/british-gas-free-heating

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Re: Translation:

We don't normally have laws like that, in the UK. For example there is no law that says you _can_ keep a poodle, but there are laws that say you _can't_ keep various types of pit bull.

Collecting pictures of naked adults is not illegal (excepting what might be covered by extreme porn laws). Pictures of naked kids, that are not your own, is more likely illegal - dunno for sure, but you'd need to look at the full statute to see if there are exemptions for the security services. Intercepting communications is illegal, but there is definitely an exemption for the security services.

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Re: Translation:

Yeah, the problem is not that they're breaking the law - they're probably not. The problem is the law that says they're allowed to do this.

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Apple launch iSpy certification scheme for snooping devs

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IT Angle

Choice of name

To me MFI is/was the manufacturer of cheap 'put it together yourself' furniture.The furniture was pretty crap and didn't last long.

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UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard

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Very long term

While there are implications for the software used to create documents today, the more important thing for a government is being able to read them in the long term.

In the UK we have various rules (30. 50 & 100 years) after which documents might be made public. This implies that whatever the format, we need to be able to still read them 100 years from now. There is no reason to suppose that Microsoft (or any other company for that matter) will be around then, so using a proprietary format as a standard must surely be an unacceptable risk.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Re: I grudgingly pay my 3£/5Eu a day

I seem to remember a case where people were being charged international rates for calls that terminated in London. The numbers were international format (i.e 0031 or whatever), and it didn't make any cost difference to the telco where the number was physically located. Similar to 0898 numbers i suppose, they don't actually cost any more to provision, they just cost more to call.

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A Year of Code timeline: History of a HYPEGASM

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For values of 'nearly' that include not very.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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Re: [B]asic maths and literacy...

Amazing. The recent paper reminds you to show all your working for what amounts to simple mental arithmatic.The title should be very basic maths.

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Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

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Not bad

for a Lesbian online magazine

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/06/indy_reg/

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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only for wikipedia?

I just did your search for Paris and got the boxes you mention. Can't say I ever noticed them before, but I see the 'problem'.

I tried something more typical for me, searched for java strtok. The first link is StackOverflow, but there are no extra boxes - Knowledge Graph? If I want the syntax and examples for strtok then I need to click a link.

It looks like Knowledge graph doesn't cover everything then?

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

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Re: Empyrical?

Are you a toddler then?

Obviously, he spelled empirical incorrectly.

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Andrew Fentem: Why I went to an arts quango to fund pre-iPhone multitouch

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Re: So, Why did he go to an arts quango to fund his pre-iPhone multitouch?

The article does point out that the S and T in NESTA stood for Science and Technology. It wasn't supposed to be an arts quango.

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UK payday loaners cop MEGA £175K fine for 'misleading' SMS spam

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wtf?

"The fact that this individual tried to distance himself from the unlawful activities of his company shows the kind of individuals we’re dealing with here."

Well I suppose it means he's not a complete idiot.

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Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

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Re: Am I the only one...

pastebin? usenet?

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Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear

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Re: Split

condense an entire departments operations into a rhombus of a particularly unsavoury orange colour

I find they are often drawn as a cloud shape. I like to imagine them labelled with 'magic happens here'.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: I have a problem

It reminds me of the 80's when members of Sinn Féin were not allowed to be heard speaking on television.

'Denying terrorists the oxygen of publicity', it was called.

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IT'S patent WAR: Apple, Microsoft vs Google, Samsung, Huawei

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Re: Oh pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease!

Not very patient trolls....

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Laurie Love investigation stretches to Australia, Sweden

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Re: Bert1 Unintended imagery?

A criminal record simply doesn't matter if you never intend to work.

As we recently learned (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/23/hacker_wanted_uk_cyber_reserve_squad/) a criminal record for hacking is no bar to employment in the UK security services.

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Microsoft holds nose, shoves Windows into Android, iOS boxes

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Windows Home rdp

Not sure you get remote desktop with the 'Home' products. It's there in Windows 7 Professional.

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Pizza drones, mad cyclists and Bitcoin-for-arms traders: A vision of LNDN 2023

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grow their own tomatoes

or plants that vaguely resemble tomatoes. No legal spliffs in the future then.

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Box spreads platform over enterprises

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Notes?

I thought this name was already taken by Lotus (IBM)? Why anyone would deliberately risk their product being confused with that 'Notes' is beyond me.

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In London on 25 Sept? Join us in the pub: It's time for storagebeers

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tiny pub

Great boozer, but I hope you're not expecting too many to turn up. It doesn't have great storage capacity..

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Meh

Re: Surely that should be 'a brand you [quote]like[unquote]'

my local chippie just wants cash...

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Jimbo Wales: ISP smut blocking systems simply 'ridiculous'

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Re: Just maybe he'll be able to educate them

"What about sites that children actually want to use? But become the targets of 'grooming'. If youre there to protect children are you going to start listing popular kids sites as adult when they are found to have adults grooming children on them?"

I suppose blocking facebook would be one positive outcome.

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Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

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issue

That was twenty years ago, and my mum still hasn't forgiven me for some of the issue that I had.

She blames you for her grandchildren? Fair enough.

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