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ESNet's 100 Gbps Atlantic link almost ready to flow

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If only CERN understood the internet as well as Ted Stevens.

"They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material."

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Re: Vote

Re: James Blunt. Despite the unfortunate rhyming slang the guy is nowhere near the top ten music cunts. In addition to the Twitter thing (up there^) he avoided WWIII in Kosovo, sold his sister on the eBay, supports MSF, and appeared on Sesame St. singing (literally) the praises of a triangle.

As for Boneo, I found this Viz 'top tip' online.

"Bono is much more annoying than Guy Fawkes ever was. Make your Bonfire Night a Bonofire Night by placing some crap sunglasses on your Guy."

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Broadcast vs. Mobile network.

"Since the transmission began as IP, and a smartphone already has a high bandwidth IP path, why not just miss out the bit in the middle? "

Because 5 million radios at 128kbits/sec is 80 Gbytes per second over the mobile phone network. This would use up the total amount of data passed over the mobile networks in the whole of June 2013 in 4 days.

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/telecoms-research/infrastructure-report/IRU_2013.pdf

fig.38.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Re: Viruses, Bacteria, Fungus, yeasts and Food

"Viruses are not a worry."

Try telling that to the Martians. ULLA!

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Subsidised?

Gorgeous George.

"Who wants to mortgage their, and their children’s future on a finite resource that will soon be finished and the price of which is simply incalculable?"

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/06/spectator-debate-independence-is-the-greatest-threat-to-edinburgh/

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

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Just to clarify...

...this (apparently mental) ruling applies to a trademark, not a copyright or a patent.

Trademark, Patent, or Copyright?

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.

A patent is a limited duration property right relating to an invention, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in exchange for public disclosure of the invention.

A copyright protects works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed.

http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/basics/definitions.jsp

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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Re: @Symon - Doesn't kill anyone

@Graham, sorry, I was being faecetious. However, you inspired me to further research. How about this?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV/AIDS_in_the_pornographic_film_industry

Anyway, that's just pedantry, OP Terry made a good point.

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Re: Doesn't kill anyone

@Terry. I take your point, but it seems pron can kill! E.g.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lorry-driver-watching-porn-phone-3634358

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Re: anti-sex morality groups

@Neil. Parthenogenesis? It could explain why they never change. Or, you could ask Mary.

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Brute-force bot busts shonky PoS passwords

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Re: POS

@WC, likewise, especially when I read PoS passwords.

"I went back to the store

They gave me four more

The guy told me at the door

It's a piece of crap"

-Neil Young.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Re: "The offending footage of Buzz bopping Bart in the chops is on YouTube."

Buzz Aldrin should be allowed to punch whoever he wants. Especially people who Bible bash. Literally.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2272321.stm

"Californian authorities have decided against prosecuting former astronaut Buzz Aldrin after realising he is Buzz Aldrin."

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Re: As trolling goes you get gold.

To paraphrase Stewart Lee, 'Buzz Aldrin was sent here by God to test us. Like fossils. And facts.'

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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I'm Ivan Dobsky. I'm the Meatsafe Murderer, only I never done it.

Is that Mr. Hoppy in the background?

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Wireless-controlled contraception implant is coming, says MIT

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Re: Power

Maybe it's charged using a coil...

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Standby consumes MORE POWER THAN CANADA: IEA

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Re: It comes down to power supply efficiency

"It is pretty much impossible to design a switch mode power supply that is efficient at both low and high powers."

@CM. That's not true. Switchers have a magic thing called "burst mode". They run at full power in short bursts when the average output power is low. As an example, have a look at this data sheet. On page 1 you'll see an efficiency graph in which the device can work over three orders of magnitude of power output with efficiencies greater than 85% when in burst mode.

http://cds.linear.com/docs/en/datasheet/3414fb.pdf

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Re: Speaking of Canada...

@DJ. Of course heat is a good indicator. The temperature difference between the unit and its surroundings is proportional to the power used in the thing. It doesn't matter what's using the electricity inside the box, it (virtually) all gets turned into heat.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Re: Scary stuff...

@David. +1, but it's a lost cause, I'm afraid...

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beg

http://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2010/may/24/begging-the-question-mind-your-language

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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Re: not illegal

@Joe, right, I remember when Google blacklisted bmw.de for gaming their search rankings by including a bunch of hidden text on the BMW homepage. That site fell off the Google listings, but I don't recall that was found to be illegal.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/4685750.stm

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Trick-cyclists defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

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Re: requesting consent

@Tom. I believe you're referring to this experiment:-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment#The_experiment

It's worth reading the criticism section of that article also. My rule is, never agree to be in a psychology experiment unless you're willing to be the stooge...

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping

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Here come the lawsuits.

Finally, maybe someone will be held to account, but I'm not holding my breath.

Yesterday saw this:-

"Britain's most secretive court is to hold a rare public hearing to decide whether there is any legal force behind the long-standing political doctrine that the country's intelligence agencies cannot bug the phones or spy on the emails of members of parliament. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal agreed to the hearing after two Green party parliamentarians – Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, and Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb – complained that disclosures by the whistleblower Edward Snowden made it clear that GCHQ was capturing their communications in breach of the so-called Wilson Doctrine."

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/01/secret-court-investigatory-powers-tribunal-ban-mi5-gchq-spying-parliamentarians

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

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Re: The BBC is biased

As Alex Massie wrote for The Spectator, " it doesn’t matter who you are. Conservative, Labour, Liberal, Nationalist, Green or UKIP it’s all the same. The BBC is hopelessly prejudiced against you.

As it should be."

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/03/yes-of-course-the-bbc-is-biased-against-you/

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Stewart Lee did some excellent stuff about the countryside on BBC2.

"A friend of mine, he had a little girl, turned out she was dyslexic, and they were worried about whether she would thrive and prosper in the oversubscribed inner-city London school system. So they, they sold up and they ... they left London and they moved to the countryside, and the, the little girl went to school in the countryside. And she's grown up to be a racist. Who can spell. It's the most dangerous kind."

Symon, Cornwall. (Bring some coke)

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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

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Re: Can't blame tech companies solely!

Don't worry, a house price correction _will_ come along at some point in the not too distant future. Something like Richter 7.8 should do it for you.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Re: STOP! In the name of love...

Set me free, why don't you, baby?

Get out my life, why don't you, baby?

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Cryptome pulled OFFLINE due to malware infection: Founder cries foul

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It's back...

...for me.

I notice that NetSol aren't entirely evil. From the front page of cryptome.org:-

"In October 2010 a hacker group disrupted Cryptome by erasing the archive, after breaking into John Young's email at Earthlink to obtain passwords, then crowed to Wire about the hack. NetSol immediately restored the site from it back-up (which are made daily)."

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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Re: Global Cooling

The 9/11 thing is probably a red herring, as indeed are contrails...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/legacy/climatechange/2009/05/911_contrails_study_challenged.html

"In order to prove this, you might use the 'diurnal temperature range' (DTR), which is the difference between peak daytime temperatures and minimum night-time temperatures...The problem here is that air traffic never actually stops. But for three days after 9/11, that's exactly what happened when all commercial flights were grounded. A team led by David J Travis of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater took the necessary measurements, crunched the data and published the findings in the journal Nature.

The result? DTR did indeed widen by a full 1°C during those three days, in distinct contrast to the three days before the grounding and the three days after flights resumed.

But now a US study by Dr Gang Hong of Texas A&M University has found that DTR variations of 1°C during September aren't all that unusual and that the change in 2001 was probably attributable to low cloud cover. Elsewhere, a team at Leeds University, working with the Met Office Hadley Centre, ran contrails through its climate models and found that you'd need about 200 times the quantity of flights over America to produce a significant effect on DTR.

So while climate warming contrails join endangered polar bears on the list of flawed factoids, it begs the question of why the idea gained so much traction. The three-day grounding was an unprecedented scientific opportunity, yes, but the sample size was arguably far too tiny to have ever produced anything but indicative findings and certainly nothing approaching definitive proof."

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Totally agree. It has to be petrol powered to have a chance. Our dog seems to have the same mission as yours, spending his waking hours secreting mower killing logs all over the lawn. He also secretes foul smelling logs, but those the mower doesn't mind.

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Re: "The Indego Robotic Lawnmower comes in at £1,300, inclusive"

My ride-on has a beer holder. And ale is the recommended beverage, lager is shaken flat in seconds...

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Titan sprouts 'Magic Island', say astroboffins

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Re: Does Titan have Tides

Yes, it probably does.

"a tidal amplitude of the order of 1m can be expected."

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2014/pdf/1476.pdf

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Re: The mere fact that the creature appeared...

There hath he lain for ages, and will lie

Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,

Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;

Then once by man and angels to be seen,

In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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The Kraken wakes.

Wait, that should be in another of Titan's lakes...

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Re: Maybe he could get out by

I reckon tunnelling has got more chance of working, although I worry he might end up on the Piccadilly line, somewhere between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations. Dig you (alleged) fucker, dig.

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Re: Maybe he could get out by

That's fine. Except for two minor details.

1) It's not Ecuadorian land.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplomatic_mission#Extraterritoriality

2) Airspace. Only the first 1000 feet or so 'belongs' to the landowner.

http://www.inbrief.co.uk/land-law/land-ownership.htm

"The common law distinguishes between two different types of airspace. The lower and Upper stratum.

The lower stratum is concerned with the portion immediately above the land and interference with this air space would effect the landowner’s reasonable enjoyment of the land and the structures upon it.

Wrongful intrusions include; Overhanging branches of a neighbours trees and plants or projecting eaves or advertising signs and Booms of cranes being used for construction work on neighbouring land.

The Higher Stratum is something which exists above the height which is reasonably acceptable and necessary for the ordinary use and enjoyment of the land by it’s owner. The landowner has no greater rights to this airspace than any other member of the public.

S. 76 Civil Aviation Act 1982 states that ‘the lower stratum is unlikely to extend beyond an altitude of much more than 500 or 1,000 feet above roof level, this being roughly the minimum permissible distance for normal overflying by any aircraft’ (Rules of the Air Regulations 2007, Sch 1, s. 3(5)). "

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YOU'RE HISTORY: Ancestry.com goes titsup for TWO DAYS

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LDS

Maybe Joseph Smith's magic golden tablets have stopped working. It's tar & feathers for the admins now. No more baptising the dead for a while.

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YouView loses YourView trademark fight, may have to pick new name

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Re: Huh?

@JJ, Is it that they both have lawyers?

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Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

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Re: I'm more impressed...

@xperroni, maybe he bought a screwdriver as well?

ebay.co.uk : 994 results for rotary phone

HTH.

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Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup

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The door shut first.

IGMC

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Hacker claims PayPal loophole generates FREE MONEY

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Re: Big deal

@AC. Carousel fraud.

"A more complicated form is called "carousel fraud." Goods are imported VAT-free but are not sold for consumption in the home market. The goods are sold through a series of companies, each liable to VAT, before being exported, possibly even back to the original seller.

In this type of fraud, the first link in the chain often goes missing without accounting for the VAT. The final link in the chain reclaims the VAT it has paid from the government before disappearing."

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2009/08/20/uk-carousel-fraud-britain-factbox-sb-idUKTRE57J43U20090820

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

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Unfortunately, there's more than one of them.

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"Earth and its smallish satellite."

The Moon is quite biggish for a satellite. It's the largest one in the solar system, relative to the size of the planet being orbited.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: Bad poll questions.

Perhaps another change that would have given interesting results is to start off with "Maven is my partner".

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Get ready for Europe's ROBO-BUTLERS: Billions of €€€s pledged to electro-slave dream

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And so it begins...

And every night the robot butlers will regale us with Azimov stories.

How many robot butlers will there be?

One at first, but he'll train others.

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

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Re: What is this "Email Spam" of which you write?

@Jeffy. You ruined it with 'a quanta'. Quantum is the singular, as in 'of solace'.

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Re: Mock away, but are you sure you know what irony is?

@AC From the above link...

2. "It's a black fly in your Chardonnay."

The irony here is that there is nothing remotely ironic about this line. In perhaps her one sweet moment of unadulterated genius, Alanis has shown us the true meaning of irony by giving an example of it that isn't ironic at all! Get it? It's a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning: the textbook definition of irony!

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Re: Irony

Mock away, but are you sure you know what irony is?

http://fgk.hanau.net/articles/ironic.html

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Samsung, with this new 3D NAND SSD, you're really spoiling us ... or perhaps a rival?

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Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

Look Trevor, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.

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The Pirate Bay's stor ost Peter Sunde collared at farm in Sweden

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Re: Why flee to Asia?

@Cliff, indeed! Although I think your geography is a little out, some of Asia is closer to Sweden than Somalia...

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

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Re: HHHMMMNNN...

@John, well, that's true if you believe all your customers have the same first impressions as you (the interviewer) do. Confirmation bias at all? :-)

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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CAT-5e cables.

Buy a 1000 ft reel of CAT-5e (£30), a crimp tool (£4) and a bag of 100 RJ connectors (£6) to fit.

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