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13 posts • joined 7 Sep 2009

Great Firewalled?

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Great Firewalled?

Has El Reg been blocked by the Great Firewall?

Or is this just a local issue in Yantai, Shandong, China?

Posted via my VPN.

Cheers

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Phones for the elderly: Testers wanted for senior service

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Re: Great Idea - In Case of Emergency

There was a great idea - I think out of the UK - to add a contact "ICE". People react to emergencies differently, and perhaps your father has a heart condition but your mother is steady-as-she-goes. The idea was that if you got hit by bus, you had some control over which family member would be notified. I don't think this caught on, but I think it's an idea worth revisiting.

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'Leccy car biz baron Elon Musk: Thanks for the $500m, taxpayers...

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Re: Note that difference *loan* (with interest) versus old car maker (2nd or 3rd) bailout.

Just a factual clarification. Ford didn't take bailout money. Chrysler and GM did, with GM's biggest problem being its finance business.

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Chinese 'nauts reach Heaven after 8-minute coupling

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prototype

Quick factual note: This Tiangong space station module is a prototype. It won't be the hub of their space station, the replacement will.

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MASSIVE Chinese web cannons blast 123-reg offline

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Re: Motive?

Maybe, just a theory, it's about Chinese website branding. In China, some common portals are hao123, kuku123, and haokan123. So, if citizens search for 123 and get a foreign, money making business, heaven forbid!

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Microsoft COO: Our greatest enemy is old Windows

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old school is cool

And yet, Microsoft Word 6.0 was all I ever wanted. Everything they've done since only makes me go into options to turn off.

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Big new wind turbines too close together, says top boffin

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complimentary turbulence?

Just a thought, what would the effect on windflow if these huge turbines were interspersed with smaller ones? The turbulence from them might compliment one another and make it economic to place them closer together.

Aerodynamics boffins, if you chose to accept this mission . . .

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

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Pint

yes, to EU regulators

Thank you EU.

The US has such an unnatural aversion to regulation of industry that there's no way a common standard would have developed on its own. Proprietary connections look good to the CEO types, but they ultimately end with disappointment. iProducts will end up needing two connection points for years and years now. They've painted themselves into a corner. And to think, they could have freely licensed their connector to any and all . . .

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Paris Hilton meets bikers, opens up... wallet

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Paris Hilton

hooyah

Okay, so this will be my dream tonight.

"Paris Hilton may have been keeping her head down recently."

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Microsoft unveils 'do not track' option for IE9

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Corporate responsibility? Oxymoron?

". . . that we are far better off developing solutions and choices as an industry than if we allow the government to do it for us.”

If only more corporations would adopt this attitude. For instance, in the US, if the health insurance industry had this attitude in the 90s there would have been no real need for the Affordable Health Care Act. If the finance industry would target obscenely high pay in public companies. If natural gas drilling companies would take ground water contamination seriously. Etc,etc., ad naseum. . .

But no. Thank goodness for government of the people, by the people, and for the people to regulate corporate bastards when they won't do it themselves.

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Court strikes down Facebook probation

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Paris Hilton

Damn, they're good

This kid had some good lawyers.

Paris, because she has pretty good lawyers too.

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US govt cash to fund Tesla minivan?

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Badgers

Speaking of GM

Just today (Sept. 30) a deal fell through on the purchase of GM's Saturn unit. Seems cheaper to buy one of those production lines and convert it than to build one from scratch. If only capitalism actually worked for creative reuses. They could maybe even build upon one of their existing platforms. I mean . . . if you're throwing $365 million around . . .

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Mercedes moves e-car concept closer to the forecourt

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That ain't a Mercedes!

Doesn't Mercedes own any other companies? because that thing might be great, but it isn't a Mercedes. Mercedes makes luxury and performance vehicles. Performance as in speed. Mercedes should be making electric cars that have four independent motors controlling the wheels that tear into the tarmac. That thing could be a Fiat or a VW, it actually looks more like a Peugeot to me (oooh, burn!), but it isn't a Mercedes. I know there are lots of embarrassed Mercedes employees on this one.

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