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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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Dev writes comments as limericks and other coding secrets

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Re: My second job

"Inevitably there was one function that I could remember"

couldn't not could.

In my experience the original was about right, if you remove the word inevitably.

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Japan's XP migration solution: Remove network cable

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Re: Windows FULLSTOP is not ready for the INTERNET

First virus i ever encountered was for Macs. The first worm I know of affected Unix boxes and took out a reasonable chunk of the `internet. Robert Morris built it IIRC.

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Should be encouraged, not punished

Shows curiosity and initiative. Noone got hurt, what's the problem? Where do they think scientists of the future are going to come from?

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Review: HP ElitePad 900 Atom tablet

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Re: Overpriced

With batter life > 7 Hours.

This is a comparison to the screen damaging iPad-bashing mentioned in the main review?

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

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Re: Spamhous must really be hurting those parasites

I just need a way of redirecting only those that must go through my ISP.

Functionality built into sendmail. I do the same thing, and I have a half-dozen domains that I regularly send to that go through my isp, the rest gets sent direct.

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Register reader Ray revs radio-controlled Raspberry Pi race rover

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Anyone want one?

I trust the GPS position in the video was faked, or you'll have a queue round the block....

Great effort by the way, I didn't know Tamiya were still in business, I remember making their kits well over 30 years ago.

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Zuck on it, Google: 'Public' Facebook events are dead to you

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Re: this is so not fair

I disagree

The comment

"That was just a coincidence. When I signed up, Facebook recommended I also connect to your mother. Your mother is very popular."

was posted AC and was the funniest thing I've seen so far today.

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Peeved bumpkins demand legally binding broadband promise from UK.gov

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Bumpkins

Isn't calling people bumpkins a bit like calling them plebs?

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CIOs on the scrapheap - The Register wants your input for vox pop article

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Re: CIO: needed, if good?

That effect at the end of your post is really cool. Quite frankly I was getting bored of the discussion, and to see the text fading out into nothingness nicely paralleled my interest level.

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Dell Latitude E6220 12.5in Core i7 notebook

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Better Value?

It seems to me that this http://www.reghardware.com/2012/02/06/review_samsung_series_7_chonos/page2.html reviewed a couple of weeks ago, is a better buy. I do appreciate that the market isn't exactly the same, but it's a lot cheaper.

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Code-probing, not Angry Birds, will define cloud's success

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It's also perfectly possible to use, at least some of these products, to load test an application that isn't hosted in the cloud, for example your average web site. Using a cloud-based load tester can be much cheaper than the traditional options. Site Confidence is one I'm aware of.

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UK cops: 'We thwarted Royal Wedding web attack plot'

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teasered the toadler.

Yes, i know what you meant but I like this.

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YouTube ships movie rental service to UK

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Price levels

Revolver is free. That's about right.

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Bundled music newbie Boinc aims for year-end launch

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BO

Excellent abbreviation

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LOHAN seeks mighty thruster for trip to heaven and back

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Who? What?

I got offered Lindsay Lohan cries in court - gets 90 days.

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Nokia 'thinnest smartphone ever' slips out

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Superb sub-head

One of a few today.

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Reg hack applauds asinine augmentation

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In the spirit of the website

Either beta or baps.

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CATS to be saved by BLASPHEMERS after the RAPTURE

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re slight problem

In Egypt cats were considered to be gods, or closely related anyway,.

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