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Stephen King, William Gibson and The Quantum Moment

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The Standard Model but with added Cthulhu

I thought "added Cthulhu" was called "Quantum Mechanics"

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Coffee/keyboard

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is that a train time or a set of file access rights?

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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Re: Silky Smooth

The question is whether this is misogynistic or a beautiful turn of phrase.

Only Skittles have the answer...

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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What this article doesn't explain...

...is where all those missing clips go to?

Is this metal thieving on a very small scale?

Maybe they go to the a dimension similar to the one Douglas Adams posited missing biros went.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Eye laser surgery is not for everyone.

I used to use some eye drops for a period of about 12 months afterwards after which it was no longer needed (the eye drops are similar to/the same as contact lens solution anyway, so its not much of a hardship). Because my correction was about the maximum of which they were capable of at the time (-9.75, -10.50) I expected some issues, but the advantages of not having to wear two substantial lumps of glass on my nose are substantial, and the cost of the operation has repaid itself many times over in the saved cost of glasses/contact lenses.

Eye surgery does not work out for everyone, but personally I think the small chance of something going wrong is worth taking for the benefit of 15-20 years without need for glasses.

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Re: When can we see the apologies?

I think my hindsight was working quite well:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2346016

Tom Bower is a Florian Mueller like character, available for a paid doom and gloom opinion anytime, rather than a decent investigative journo.

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Re: "Wealthy customers have signed up in large numbers to see a black sky "

"Climb a remote mountain or sail offshore - at night"

If you're thinking of something less risky, you seem to have forgotten the recent deaths in the Himalayas and the numerous deaths that occur when boats lose their battle to stay intact against a pissed off ocean.

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When can we see the apologies?

*cough* Tom Bower *cough*Geoff Daly*cough*Carolynne Campbell from some organisation we'd never heard of till now.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11203634/Branson-spaceship-explosion-The-missed-warnings.html

Obviously there may be another issue which needs looking at, but everyone seems to be pointing their fingers in the wrong direction.

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Japan tells operators: Put a SIM lock in a new mobe? You'd better UNLOCK it for FREE

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Re: Yah!

PAYG providers give you locked phones at a significant discount to unlocked versions (often £20-40). Thanks to the wonders of eBay, mobile phone shops and those nice chappies on a market stall, you can get an unlocked phone to use on Giffgaff or a similar MVNO quite easily for anything from £1-10 depending on who you ask.

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Dead pilot named in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

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Re: Vultures circling

Branson is a long way from perfect and has a wheeler-dealer past, but Bower is a miserable curmudgeon who tries to write the most critical biographies possible.

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Not untested

AFAIK its been ground tested and this was apparently its first air test.

At some point you have to make a transition from earth to flight and this was it.

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Vultures circling

..and not the El Reg sort.

I see Tom Bower has suddenly become an expert on rocket propulsion.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11203634/Branson-spaceship-explosion-The-missed-warnings.html

The fact is testing aircraft is dangerous, and this especially applies with respect to space going craft.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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I refer you all

To the comment I made earlier:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2343589

Except instead of being silenced they immediately turned into trolls

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: Geo-location?

Because if Google does start doing this, I'm going to be using a US proxy to carry out all my searches.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Gift from God

It did come from God Steve Jobs. He wouldn't be a gay CEO if Steve had not declared him as His Prophet and Head of His Church, to remain on Earth and to carry on His Mighty Works....

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I felt a great disturbance in the Force

As if a million homophobic iPhone users suddenly cried out in horror and were silenced...

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UK.gov rushes out broken 'Orphan Works' system as EU Directive comes in

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Re: A rough-shod coach and 4

I don't think anyone in IT likes either patents or copyright.

Patents in IT are a farce and copyright duration is far too long.

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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

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Making a false statement?

Is WIPO a court or not? There are a whole string of very serious criminal charges that can be thrown against you if you lie to a proper court, even in civil cases.

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El Reg spends One Night in Hell with Queen's Brian May

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Will it be

...an owl-ing success?

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GCHQ staff 'would sooner walk' than do anything 'resembling mass surveillance’

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Not walking

I suspect a lot of advances in internet surveillance have been techies going "Wouldn't be cool if we could do this" instead of considering the long term implications of performing the action.

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Just imagine

...a few of those with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: How much?

I always regard it as a crying shame that the IBM PC wasn't based on the 68k. I've never liked AX, BX, CX etc and the fact you could only do certain operations with specific registers.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: Titsup

Tits down is situation normal for many of us. If our tits were pointed up, that would indicate one hell of a bra malfunction.

I would have thought the reverse. The purpose of a bra is to keep the tits supported, or "up" in other words. Only if the tits were down could the bra be said to have malfunctioned.

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Titsup

What I want to know is why being "titsup" is so bad? Ignoring the possible gender based stereotyping for a moment, I would have thought that "titsdown" would be a more apposite expression....especially considering "up" is a well understood term for operational and "down" is an equally well understood term for non-operational (system is down, aircraft is down etc.)

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Didcot B

Well, maybe Didcot B is now somewhat beyond the salvation offered by gaffer tape, but that's probably because the owners didn't use enough of it in the first place.

The big mistake was not to get MacGyver to apply the duct tape...

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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Re: One for...

What could we name this one?

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: The Register is becoming a bit of a killjoy

Oh come on - we've had "Listen", "Mummy on the Orient Express", "Flatline" and "Time Heist" in descending order of greatness, which makes nearly half of the current series which were highly memorable. I think this is higher than Matt "Fluffy Bunny Doctor" Smiths incarnation. I grant that David Tennant incarnation stands well above the rest, but the series with Capaldi is certainly not lacking.

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The Register is becoming a bit of a killjoy

This episode wasn't half bad.

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Banksy puts down spray can, goes corporate in banksy.com cybersquat brouhaha

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Gordon Banks wants his domain name back

A certain ex-England goalkeeper has a much better claim

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Banksy-My-Autobiography-Gordon-Banks/dp/0718145828

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I didn't invent Bitcoin! Send Bitcoin to help me fight this slur – Dorian Nakamoto

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WTF?

Not a lot he can sue for

Freedom of Speech in the US means that the press/media can say anything they like.

In order to claim damages he'd have to prove it was malicious or similar.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: Power Rotate

You would think that rotating it through 180 is the answer, wouldn't you? Unfortunately the prop stand on the standard case is on the same side as the USB connector and on the other long side is the mini-HDMI connector for plugging into your telly.

In addition there are also a few Android apps that fail to detect which way is up. Amazingly a flight sim (Winds of Steel) happens to be one of them!

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Re: My opinion of the device...

Mrs Aurelius also bought one of these devices. After using a large frying pan and pliers to assist in removing her firm grip from the device, I can also attest that it is stunning value for money.

It feels lighter than the original Hudl, which is solid enough to use as a club in an emergency.

In short, if you need a tablet and especially if you have some Tescos vouchers, run as fast as you can to get one of these devices.

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Re: "The Finnish language is difficult, especially if you are trying to make yourself sound sexy"

Maybe you have just hit on a new potential Finnish export.

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Why not blame Microsoft

Elop was virtually parachuted in, made unfortunate comments and decisions, sold out Nokia to Microsoft, which promptly sucked its victim dry like a spider with its prey. I fail completely to see how Apple are to blame.

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AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG

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Re: Droid®Script

Trademarks (should) have narrow scope, so Droids in the mobile phone(TM) sense would be different from Droids(TM) in the cinematic sense.

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Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs

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Reducing Electricity Consumption???

I love our new LED light emitting overlords, and indeed my entire house is now filament and flourescent free (I might have missed the fridge light) but the one thing I can confidently say it won't do is reduce energy consumption. There will just simply be more lights (and light pollution), and more TV displays (I have 5 if you include computers, not counting laptops)

There will just be more people with hideous Christmas light decorations on their front garden, and they'll run from October to March.

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£150m, three years... TWO base stations. Gov.uk? You guessed it

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No but I do need Google Maps to periodically tell me which lane I'm lost in this time and where the nearest pub is, and whether its a good pub or has closed down due to being a rathole.

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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Re: Google should get a declaratory judgement

Page Rank is Googles name for their ranking system.

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Google should get a declaratory judgement

From a US court that all their search content on a US site is protected free speech unless determined otherwise by a US court.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Is the Register turning into a Doctor Who fanzine

I'm sure it didn't give an episode by episode critique of any of the last series.

I'm preferring Peter Capaldi over Matt Smith, who sucked in comparison to the awesomeness of David Tennant, but I agree the plots are a little on the patchy side. "Listen" however was up there with "Blink".

The thing is Doctor Who has so many aspects and has to appeal to all those aspects. There are the people who expect the traditional opponents and there are those who want new ones. It has to appeal to kids and also appeal to its huge adult fanbase. There are some people who want sci-fi rigor and those who are aware that it just ain't gonna happen. It can't possibly do everything within one episode and therefore you can only hope that the series as a whole satisfies.

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Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

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Not a one horse town

It is a one Jumbo town

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Boo Who

Matt Smith wasn't a really good Doctor IMO. It was partly because he had an incredibly hard act to follow in David Tennant.

Also Karen Gillan was good eye candy but a bit lacklustre in the character/ personality department. Jenna Coleman manages to sparkle more but I do think she is let down a little by the scripts which are overall good (especially Listen), but don't give her a satisfying part.

Peter Capaldi has been a pleasant surprise after Matt Smith. A more serious and abrasive character, yet able to carry off the comedy well.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: Public Interest Macintyre V Associated Newspapers (Boris Johnson/ Daily Mail)

The Macintyre case did not really involve Boris Johnson; it was the mother attempting to get an injunction.

However the courts took the view that Boris Johnson sexual proclivities and behaviour were of sufficient public interest to override the privacy rights of third parties; in other words bad behaviour in public office is not a private matter.

What I am attempting to say is that this case gives newspapers wide latitude in the reporting of the private lives of public individuals. Also the paper will no doubt argue that he has used the fact he is "happily married in a great relationship" to get elected and therefore it is a matter of interest if he's been lying.

The Mirror does appear to have been behaving in a bad way, but legally they have a strong case and may be in the clear in terms of any criminal or private actions against them.

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Public Interest Re: Macintyre V Associated Newspapers (Boris Johnson/ Daily Mail)

I would be interested to know if the paper published any of the photos sent by the MP and whether that is a breach of his copyright. However, I think the paper has a reasonable Public Interest defence, simply by quoting from the ruling in the above case.

In a ruling that could redraw the privacy rights of public figures in England and Wales, the court of appeal said: "It is not in dispute that the legitimate public interest in the father's character is an important factor to be weighed in the balance against the claimant's expectation of privacy.

"The core information in this story, namely that the father had an adulterous affair with the mother, deceiving both his wife and the mother's partner and that the claimant, born about nine months later, was likely to be the father's child, was a public interest matter which the electorate was entitled to know when considering his fitness for high public office."

They'll have to go to the Supreme Court to overturn this, so it's going to be long winded and expensive.

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Re: "cancer ruining internet journalism" (@Bill Gray)

The difference is that whilst "extra-marital sex" may be a reality, "extra marital sex" is a complete fantasy

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: Nirvana

Isn't that when your connector smells like teen spirit?

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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This is a poorly disguised lynching party

.. by its failed competitors.

Even if Google has a monopoly, it has no obligation to direct traffic to its competitors. For example, IBM has never had an obligation to recommend you buy HP.

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Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

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I'm a little puzzled

Given Google is a high tech company which tries (not always successfully) not to be Evil, how did it support these guys in the first place? Similarly Microsoft.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: take my hat off to those crews

Well actually being alongside a Tiger tank is relatively good, especially if they don't have any infantry support.

It's being in front of one that requires lashings of vodka....

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Re: Panther IVs were the workhorse of the German army

The only reason the Panzer III wins is if you include the Stug-III self-propelled gun/tank-destroyer.

The Panzer-III in basic form was the most numerous German tank in 1941 but by 1943 was out of the front line. Also numerically less were produced (5,000 than the Pzkw IV or Panther. The original idea of the Panzer III being the lead tank backed up by IVs didn't last for a long time in the face of opposition by Grants, Shermans and T-34s

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