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Glasgow boffins: We can now do it, Captain. We DO have the molecular storage power

Ragarath

Re: Wow

POME (Prisoner Of Mother England) but close and it still works ;)

Prisoner of Mother, just does not sound right.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Pink crapfest

@Meerkatjie

Thanks for that link, but what does this opinion piece have to do with what I observed in my own kin?

A bad survey done badly (and with older people with a bias already), proves nothing but neither does the opinion of the writer in denying it.

In fact reading that article where it mentions cultures, it is actually talking about different races, so there may even be biological differences. Or, are you trying to tell me that all the races evolved in the same way?

I and a friend had a pink phase when we were in our teens, how does that relate to a younger person / baby choosing one thing over the other? How do you tell what is conscious and unconscious? Can you please point me to a scientific paper on this and not a newspaper opinion piece please?

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Re: Pink crapfest

Take a walk down the girls' aisle of any toy store and you'll see that the only change is the prevalence of pink LEDs.

You will find that most things are pink because that is what the majority of girls like. It is not people forcing them to do it (most of the time).

My daughter is pink mad but we thought she would grow up a tomboy. The first year of her life with two older brothers was all about army and lego and dinosaurs (the sterotypical boy toys though she does like them too). The strange thing, pink, she loves it and dolls and all the sterotypical girly things, though as mentioned she gives the boys as good as they get with the boy toys (note the boys play with her dolls too and we encourage it).

Basically what I am trying to say here is that the companies that make these things know that the majority tend to be this way because of our biology. Hence they try to cater towards what is going to sell the most, hence pink.

This book is obviously belittling Women. We are trying to teach our kids they can do anything but, the pink thing stands, most girls like pink and it is not people necessarily forcing them to like it.

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Go on, buy your workers a smartphone. You know it makes sense

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Standard and BYOD

I am going through the process right now. New boss keen to get everyone connected etc. BYOD suggested as most employees complain about having to have 2 devices, the problem? No one want's to use their own device for work purposes. No one wants others to have their personal number.

So at the moment we are going with a low cost smart phone issued by the company as standard or BYOD if you want a different make or model.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Boohoo @AC

Not that simple, human nature is weird. There are people that post bad things just because they can.

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Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command

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Re: I don't know this world any more

Office for Linux?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officehub&hl=en

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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

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Re: from the article ...

Yes, Adrian is right, it seems they have just taken data from various sources and parsed it. Though it confuses me why so much computer power was needed to produce the output.

I tend to think of climate modeling as being a guess at what would happen. If your just putting in real data and seeing the output placed on a grid, why the computing power?

There must be some guess work in there somewhere.

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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5 Times a Day!

I wish my Wife would stump up 5 10 second long frenchies a day let alone the 9 it take for similarities.

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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Clanger in that hole?

I'm sure I can see a clanger in that hole, is this how they traverse space?

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FIRST for HUMANITY: Fridge-size PROBOT headed for COMET TOUCHDOWN

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Re: Official unit?

For those of you new to these climes, TheRegister is not new at this and in fact we have standards to adhere to. Are we positing a new standard?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/24/vulture_central_standards/

And for all your conversion needs:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

Enjoy!

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

Ragarath

Re: Complete garbage about law enforcement challenges!

Further on from that, I seem to be able to roam easily while abroad. Why is it so much harder at home?

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Re: Bought by a big american corporation @Dan1980

Great post especially this bit...

And d'you know what? If an adolescent (because the site is aimed at 13 and up, really) sees a bunch of people with the same interests as him/her who look normal, just as he/she does - not models from Victoria's Secret shows or Calvin Klein ads; not athletes or actors paid to be in perfect shape - and sees those people comfortable with who they are; comfortable with their interests, comfortable in their bodies, comfortable in the fact that what they're worth and how happy they are shouldn't - and needn't - depend on how they look or whether someone else approves of their (harmless) hobby, well, I don't think that'd be the worst of society's problems.

You'd never catch me doing it, as you mention, I would soon clear the room.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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Re: That's awfully bumpy terrain

It's not the terrain that worry's me, they seem to have that covered. If Rosetta is orbiting at 10km when the comet gets close to the Sun, will it also burn up along will Philiae? 10km is not that much after all with the distances being talked about.

I'm off to read up on what's going on with this part. Maybe Rosetta has some good shielding?

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Right To Be Forgotten in the US: Americans wanna be like EU-oo-oo, says watchdog

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Joke

Follow in our footsteps

That's right you USians, follow in the footsteps of us Bri...err..Europeans as always ;)

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Leaked: Mobile operators' SCARE campaign against net neutrality

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Re: There are enough arguments against "net neutrality" proposals...

Hey h4rm0ny, this is what I was on about in my post.

This is a different implementation. You are just saying here that all data of the same service type should be treated equally. This is no different than saying all data must be treated equally, it is just a different way of doing it where everyone should treat different services each in a different but equal way.

As I said it is the implementations of the core idea that people's opinions differ over, not the idea itself.

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Re: There are enough arguments against "net neutrality" proposals...

I hope your trying to get peoples backs up with this DAM, either that or you are wilfully ignorant. Anyone that works in or around computers and the interconnected networks of the world knows what it is about.

They may have different versions how it should be implemented. But they all boil down to one core thing, all data should be treated equally. Not hard to define is it?

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

Ragarath

Re: Return of the Ramdisk?

What price indeed. It as always depends on application. For most home consumer use, this is going to be fine.

If you want it for more important work then why oh why do you not have a UPS, or a battery backup cache?

I have always done a file copy not a move because of this scenario. If there is corruption you can check before removing the old files.

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SAN-free, NAS-free? Scottish PHDs lift kilt on how they'll pull storage out of the aether

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DFS?

Is this not already accomplished by something like DFS. Surely the machines in this storage need some software that properly manipulates the files and stores them where needed?

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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Re: Western morality

Stand next to your wife firing a gun until the police turn up, and you shouldn't be suprised if she gets shot as well as you.

Why should you not be surprised? If she was shot, whilst not holding said gun and not doing said firing the police that attended were either badly trained, have bad situational awareness (hence should not be doing that job) or just wanted to shoot people.

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TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P

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Simples

We've all played Kerbal by now, surely we can all get that darn thing into orbit.

P.S. Well done boffins.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Password fields need to be bigger.

Passphrases are what I advocate, the annoying thing with Active Directory is that you cannot create your own password requirements without a third party application.

I want to specify that the users must have at least five unique words separated by spaces and a mix of upper and lower case (Numbers and symbols are allowed but not required). But to allow this you need to turn off the complexity requirements. I have found that people tend to forget if they used a 0 or an o in this word (same with the other common swaps) and so just using letters makes more sense.

The same is true with a lot of online logins, they need to allow more options.

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

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Re: Two years late?

Sounds similar to our local roadside cabinet. We are on the local towns exchange being 3 miles outside of it. The exchange was one of the first in the country upgraded. We were scheduled to have our cabinet upgraded 2 years ago on the BT system.

Suddenly the county got a load of government funding to roll it out to rural areas, the date slipped. Now all the other areas are being upgraded but we are apparently on the commercial rollout so not included in the government funded part, what a fuck up.

And the best bit, the reason they can't do our cabinet is power. It's right next to the only rural traffic lights around our way. How many years does it take to get an agreement to feed of off them?

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: No Surprise @LionelB

As a layman, you're probably best off going with the scientific consensus. It tends to be right in the long run (e.g there is a causal link between smoking and cancer, the earth is not flat, and so on).

As a laymen, and as I stated in my original post that started all this, please show me the consensus so that I can follow it. The reason I am leaning towards the sceptics is because at the moment their "evidence" seems to my untrained eye to be more accurate and more in line with my own observations as I go about my daily life.

Even these comments show that there is not a consensus and there are a lot more people here that are more informed on the subject than I am.

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No Surprise

I'm still waiting for the people with the supposed knowledge to come to some consensus as to what is really happening.

Being a layman I am not qualified myself to speculate only to back those that seem to present what to me appears to be happening around me. At the moment I am with the sceptics.

But with all the hoo har about numbers being fudged on both sides of the debate who are we laymen supposed to believe?

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Re: 75 bucks? WTF?

Or if you're into bigger game, they also except male deer. Preferably with horns still attached.

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L33t haxxors compete to p0wn popular home routers

Ragarath

Good competition!

I think this is a great competition, it will help us know which manufacturers are taking the mickey.

Several makes I avoid now by finding out myself you can't do simple things like change the admin username. Although I hope the exploits are not revealed until the manufacturers have had a chance to patch them.

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WiGag war: Tiny low-power chip promises mobes 4.6Gbps Wi-Fi

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60GHz! Are we all standing right next to the transmitter?

Can someone correct me if I am wrong please. At 60GHz, would the wavelength not have trouble penetrating objects. Let alone it's propogation.

So you need line of sight for this to work reliably?

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

Ragarath

Re: The summer heat brings them out...

To be fair Seanie Ryan, Apple were complete fuckwits back in the day.

Whomever envisioned dragging icons to the bin/trash/whatever you want to call it needs a good shooting. If I asked you to get a knife out of the drawer by first chucking it in the bin (sorry really bad but it's Friday), you would think I was a right idiot and call the loony bin.

Also having no mechanical eject was also a bit silly.

You cannot really blame the user for this one.

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BOOM BOOM: Dixons fires the human cannon

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Wait 6 months

Then there will be another round. Makes some happy waves because they said 100 and only 50 are going. Be happy! Until the axe strikes again.

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

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Who cost the taxpayer £6M?

Meanwhile, in an effort to gain more UK fans, WikiLeaks claimed that the British government's "physical encirclement" of Assange has cost more than £6.3m in taxpayer money to date.

Rather than gain more fans it personally annoys me. Just go face your charges. I was initially on his side, but it is not the government wasting the money. It is Assange himself by continuing to evade the authorities.

Should we let off everyone that costs more than £100 to apprehend? £1000? £1,000,0000? Where do you stop?

If he had faced the charges initially then it would have cost the plane ticket to send him over there. By not facing up to his problems he has cost the taxpayer that money.

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Ads bandog berates Virgin Media in BSkyB broadband bumf bust-up

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Not to defend Sky but...

When you were "moved" to Sky. That would have been a change in contract. Should you not have made sure you were informed before hand what the new contract was if you planned on staying with them?

It sounds like you should have moved service because you had no other services with them. You should have gone elsewhere as you only get it cheaper if you use their other services.

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Erm don't tell anyone but that terminal in the picture is not connected to anything. Probably why she is so happy, she has no work today.

Could be a wireless monitor you say? Okay where's the power cord? Induction, you cry! I only know of one induction powered monitor and it ain't the one on her desk.

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Isn't that what caused the problem in the first place?

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BSkyB sees first half pre-tax profit tumble as sales climb

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Re: They screw up FTA broadcasters

When did BBC become free to air?

I pay money for it, even if I don't watch it.

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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Re: Less than generous respawn points ... rehashing whole swathes of levels again and again

Having no save points at all just sounds like developer laziness, though. Even perma-death games let you pick up if you suddenly have to leave.

I agree with the no save points part. Having to start the game again from scratch after turning off is not on. But a per level save should be enough. If you can't beat a level and want it so easy you can walk through with your eyes closed. What is the point in even playing?

Yes a difficulty level would fix this, but that is also more work for the devs that are probably doing these types of games on a budget. I suppose it would not take much to code in an "every mob stand still" difficulty level for those that just want a movie like experience.

// easy mode

If (thisMob == "Shoot")

{

thisMob == DoNothing();

}

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Ragarath

Re: Less than generous respawn points ... rehashing whole swathes of levels again and again

Why not? Redo the level. If you can't beat it stop crying to your Mum that you can't. Man (or girl) up and actually get better at the game.

If you die so much that you have to do it that many times then you are obviously not meant for that game, choose an easier one. Stop making the devs make all games easy.

Having a respawn 2 seconds ago makes the game a 1 on 1 battle each time. Yea I beat that last mob/boss. Save carry on beat the next, save. That is NOT playing a game. That is you getting so lucky (and you realise it) that you need a save point to beat the next mob as you would never get back there again.

It sounds like you do not enjoy the challenge of beating a game. Movies may be more your sort of thing.

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Japanese quantum boffins 'may have the key to TELEPORTATION'

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Re: I think I speak for most when I say...

I recommend reading Moving Mars by Greg Bear. This introduced me to quantum stuff in a sci-fi setting. It has always interested me since.

I still don't understand much of it, but I see the potential.

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Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video

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I can't read the subtitles on my 50" screen from that far away. I told you my eyesight was bad...

Ah, OK then sorry. Cow needs to be right in front of you then, or extremely big.

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Sadly it doesn't matter for me. It looks like the screen is so small that I wouldn't be able to read it anyway.

Remember the cows. This one is a small cow but this one is very far away.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Floppy Eject

Not a problem with a Mac, because when you powered it down, it would eject the disc before it shut down. That's because the eject was software driven, not reliant upon a mechanical device.

And we all know software never fails, ever and especially because it is Apple software and we all just "believe" huh? And you know that elec-e-electricity stuff that powers these strange devices. That never fails either.

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Ragarath

Re: Floppy Eject

The two ACs above me may not have heard of such a thing as a progress bar before. You know, something that that lets you know when the disk is finished being used (not that you could have missed the grinding noise of a floppy in use.)

This fandangled connivance allows the user to be in control, both hardware and software and not at the whim of some egomaniac that requires that the software be working to access your hardware.

Oops I left the disk in the MAC when I powered off. Darn now I have to power up again.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: What we want to know is...

WoW you do more work than me (assuming you don't have some cat videos hidden in there), I have no problem switching windows. How come you do?

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Ragarath

Re: Ragarath @nexsphil

And you just sound rude. Do you not see the irony in your post?

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Ragarath

Re: What we want to know is...

1) I assume / Hope it will be an option (I actually like it)

2) Yes if you cannot learn new things.

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Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree

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Re: Ow... @AC 09:24

Hehe I like all the AC Astro Turfers.

Please answer the question in my original post, I see no-one has tackled that. Perhaps your overbearing parents are still not letting you out of arms reach?

Also explain how I am a lazy parent? No-one has tried that yet either, you just say I am, without knowing me I add. If you think it is because I let my kids "shock horror" play games designed for kids on my devices. Guess what I do, and yes I vet them and no there is not a connection to the interwebs.

Luckily I have knowledge that most of these people do not to help with my decisions. Joe public does not necessarily understand that allowing X permission is tantamount to allowing the app to do XYZ. And it is those parents I was on about. So nice try at attacking me.

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Re: Ow... @AC 09:24

No not Lazy parents, the argument of someone with no children. And I agree, every transaction should require authorisation unless you have turned authorisation off.

I have no idea how it works on Apple devices as I don't use them but authorise then wait around for 15 mins while you are trying to get chores done is not acceptable to me. After the chores it is time to play with Little Jonny a bit. Take him to toddler group for social interaction, pick up big brother from pre-school and then make them lunch. Next entertain them for another 3 hours (or try and get them to entertain themselves while you try and do more chores, this may include letting them play games, or are you too draconian and kids must go out in the freezing rain no matter what?) until it is time to pick bigger brother up from school. Get big brother changed for after school clubs and take him there. Get home make tea/dinner.

All the while this is going on and you have all this to do the children are constantly wanting you to play with them. Why is allowing them to play games on your device that you have purchased partly for entertainment wrong? Why should you need to stand over them watching them play Cutie Pie 3 constantly?

I will return to my argument I always use now. I assume your Mummy and Daddy watched you constantly, never did any work or chores and you were not allowed any further than arms reach until you were 16 never allowed to watch TV? No? Then stop blaming the parents when the software makers are putting these controls in to intentionally catch people when it is incredibly easy for them to code it out.

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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

Ragarath

Re: *just* 14 more months to upgrade?

@AC 101

Linux?

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Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

Ragarath
Joke

Nothing to worry about

The last time the SMBH had lunch was a few hundred million years ago. The X-Rays never hurt a fly did the....

.... You say what happened to the dinosaurs around then?

Okay, okay I'll put the tinfoil hat away.

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Earth cops first asteroid impact of 2014

Ragarath

Infra-sound

Did you miss the part where they talked about the infra-sound analysis and they are pretty sure where it ended up. Even posting a distance from a place?

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'BILLION-YEAR DISK' to help FUTURE LIFEFORMS study us

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Re: Since when does digital data need a permanent medium in the ranges of millions of years?

Or when we annihilate ourselves and the alien Time Team come a looking on planet Wastikia 12c (Known as Earth to us) and make the exciting find, right at the end of the program. A disc of data able to store data for several million years, Tune in next week after we have decoded it.

Regrettably an addition to the next program stated that the media was 1 year out of date and no identifiable information could be retrieved. There used to be a civilisation on this planet but we don't know who or what they were, oh well. Next week we investigate Wastikia 12d where more alien life may have lived as it is in the fretimba zone (Goldilocks Zone to us).

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