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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

Daedalus

Bodge and run!

If you happen to be a roving consultant of no fixed abode and you work for a well-known TLA company (no, not the obvious one) that specializes in DB type applications that users can theoretically use to, oh, look up documents and fetch the latest version, you can get away with GUI's so bad they would be thrown out by even the sozzled sots in the boardroom.

And the funny thing is, the bigger the client and the more you charge, the less likely you are to be called back after you run for the exit.

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Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

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Its not the replacement credit cards...

... It's having to change all my online accounts that's th real pain.

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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You can all join in!

Remember that sampler album from Island Records? The one whose cover photo showed all the musicians featured on it? Well, that's about how many stand to benefit from the latest wave of "new tech" music. What the recording industry achieved in the second half of the 20th cent. was to create a way for a few people to get very rich indeed (along with various executives and media functionaries, with or without Hawaiian shirts) while leaving the rest to fight over the scraps and aspire to a place feeding from the trough. Bono's messianic pronouncements are the tail end of the dying of that business model. For 99.999% of active musicians, nothing will change.

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

Daedalus
Boffin

107,200

That's the distance, in km, that the Earth moves every hour. So the two rocks had to be at least ~1.3 million km apart. So yes, they had nothing at all to do with each other.

Just shows that government press people are dim as the old NAAFI candle.

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Vote NOW for LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm acronym

Daedalus

Been there done that...

...and noticed the amazing lack of trees in the US desert southwest. Perhaps rock avoidance is needed instead?

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

Daedalus

Just wait until...

...some guy accidentally falls into it.

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Drones will be drones

The latest way of ensuring poor software quality is to suck everybody into compliance review meetings, or make them work on compliance documents that nobody reads before going into review meetings, which then consist of interminable sessions of dealing with irrelevant questions from people who shouldn't even be there, let alone causing unnecessary distractions.

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This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup

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Re: What's in a name

If Damon is really Adam's son, then Lordy be I may have met him many years ago back when A H-D was working for YTV and complaining about not being able to mention the word "molecule" on air. Got invited to sup, don't you know. Wasn't invited back!

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Daedalus

Nothing Duff about this guy

Don't underestimate the effect of the name "Hart-Davis" in getting yourself heard....

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Brookhaven boffins boggle at baryons

Daedalus

It's hard to fault the Reg hacks, because the BNL release doesn't do a very good job of getting the pertinent facts up front. The known strange baryons do get a mention, but the release doesn't make the point that higher mass (i.e. higher energy) versions can exist as well as the ground states, just as an atom can be excited to higher states. I don't like the "freezing point" analogy at all. Better they should have said that the "temperature" at which ordinary hadrons melt into quark-gluon plasma is lower that it otherwise would be.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: It's good not to be back

STYWKO

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Daedalus

It's good not to be back

Reading Dabbsy's tales of woe confirms that all the reasons I had for decamping 30 years ago are still in place. And they don't even speak English in central London anymore! Come visit any city in the northern half of the US, Al, and you can get a steaming cup of Joe with a smile (and free refills in some places). But don't forget to tip!

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Lucky me

I have actually been on board the Canadian Lanc, and I didn't have to pre-book or stand in line for hours either! Ah the joys of living in an undercrowded country! And add in a B-17, B-24, and a B-25. And a Canuck Avro Anson...

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

Daedalus

50 ways to love your lever

The USA does it differently, sometimes 50 times differently. It's not long since banks were local to states, or in some cases counties within a state. The US govt. can't always crack the whip to enforce one way of doing everything, even if it wants to. Sometimes the best it can do is promote a common model for everybody to work from. So if we appear to be behind the times relative to those in electoral dictatorships, bear with us.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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This is not new...

Let's face it, for a long time not many people ever got a chance to compare US and UK prices. I did, starting back in 1980. The rule was simple: take the price in dollars, replace dollar sign with pound sign, that's the price in the UK. It applied mostly to electronics where you could compare like with like in the brand dept, even with Radio Shack/Tandy and their Realistic lines.

Back then I simply blamed the UK commercial structure: monopoly monopoly monopoly. Limited suppliers, limited retailers, controlled imports.

Sounds like not much has changed.

Anybody remember Comet, with their "we'll advertise it but we may not have it" policies?

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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Re: In a world...

Just for fun I pasted the article into Word and ran the checker. A lot of tech-ese got flagged, as you might expect, including iPhone etc. The "three" didn't get flagged directly but the adjacent verb "exists" was flagged for inconsistency with "here three". Certain dangling phrases were caught, as were Mr. Clarke's neologisms. Maybe the last items, all too frequent on the Reg, were the reason for not bothering to run a checker.

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Daedalus

In a world...

...where spell checking is built into everything but the fridge, you'd thing taht three would be no possibility of publishing an article that mis-spelled "that" and "there".

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Hi-tech Fagin couple used Apple scam cash to fly pickpockets to UK

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Pity they didn't live on...

...Mornington Crescent

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When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

Daedalus

I have heard the future

And it sounds like David Sedaris.

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

Daedalus

In memoriam

So farewell Emily Pankhurst

You were born

on the 14th or 15th

of July or some other month

and your name was Goulden

but my friend Keith's friend Adam's Mum

says you were born on Bastille day

(whenever that is)

and Keith's Mum says she's an expert.

- E.J. Thribb (59 1/2)

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German spy agency staffer spied for NSA during gov probe into NSA spying – report

Daedalus

On the dropping of trousers

"Letting down your trousers" is an old German espionage expression for revealing yourself as a spy. But that doesn't mean you tell the truth about who you are working for. Maybe this guy thought he had been recruited by the Yanks, but there's a good chance his intel went elsewhere. There is actually no way for the Germans to prove - short of getting pictures of him handing stuff to Embassy staff - that he was actually working for the USA.

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HESS-II scope spots its first pulsar

Daedalus

Oh dear

HESS is not a radio telescope. It's a Cherenkov radiation detector, which means it picks up a flash of light when a gamma ray dumps its energy in the high atmosphere. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IACT

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

Daedalus

Poor little publishers!!

In times gone by, the "Net Book Agreement" allowed UK publishers and booksellers to collude and fix prices. It lasted in some form or other till the 90's! Look it up.

So when the bigger bully comes along and beats up the flabby old bully, it's hard to feel sympathy for either side. And remember that W H Smugg is known for putting the screws on publishers and authors, so not much changes.

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

Daedalus

It ain't just the yokels in the UK...

BBC reporters in the US routinely pontificate on US matters while sitting in cafes in NYC, DC, LA or various other acronymic cities far from the actual events taking place in ND, SD, TX etc.

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Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

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Re: They can't all be engineers and designers

The trouble is that finance, marketing, and admin, the political heart of the corporation, tend to cluster around the fireplace and shunt the productive people to the cold parts of the room. Fruit Loop Central will therefore be where powerful people do nothing worthwhile except pursue their own interests.

This is where Apple becomes Just Another Big Corporation.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

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Classic nonsense

1. Buy one share of company (or however many the company bylaws require to put up a shareholder proposal)

2. File controversial proposal.

3. Bask in glow of publicity.

4. Achieve nothing else.

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WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

Daedalus

Pretty standard, but don't blame the FCC. It's the local govt officials who granted these monopolies. Most of the "broadband" providers are still cable TV providers using their original lines. The monopolies were granted in the 70's.

The main choice just about anywhere is cable broadband or ISDN with the phone company.

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

Daedalus
Childcatcher

The answer is yes, and...

...this is what it will cost.

Consultants are told that the answer to a client inquiry is always the above.

Perhaps Mr. Dabbs should say "Yes, and every two minutes I will be running a video commercial for Millett's Milky Marvels. I will also have a crawl running along the bottom of the screen promoting online gambling."

That way the talk will be as "free" as a typical web page.

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Target finally implements chip and PIN card protections

Daedalus
FAIL

Meet the new cards...

...same as the old cards.

Just got a new card here in the USA, and..

Yes!

We have no

Chip contacts

We have no chip contacts today!

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And! For! Yahoo!'s next! trick! ... Making! two! new! TV! comedies!

Daedalus
Unhappy

Misfits in another universe?

Smeg! That sounds familiar!

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Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

Daedalus
Devil

The last seven-way split I heard of....

...was Voldemort's soul.

Ya know, that might explain this....

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Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc

Daedalus

Gives a whole new meaning to...

...giving somebody a ring sometime.

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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

Daedalus

What happened to contrast?

Even the most sharp eyed have to find grey text on a white background hard to read. And don't get me started on light blue text.

Oops, here's the Reg using grey text...

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Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

Daedalus

Not the programmers fault!!

Too many companies roll out software without dry runs and offline testing. It's Co-op's fault all the way!

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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

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Re: 沖縄国際映画祭 日本語 メールニュース

@Cynic: very nice. Now I know what "May-Ru Ni-Yu-Su" is a mangling of.

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Re: 沖縄国際映画祭 日本語 メールニュース

And indeed he is not. The first "word" is indeed to be found as the title of the Japanese Wikipedia article on said festival.

We will now contemplate the awesomeness of having readers of Reg, and Dabbsie in particular, who also read Japanese...

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Re: 沖縄国際映画祭 日本語 メールニュース

The second and third words are respectively "Ni hon go", meaning "Japanese language" and "Me-Ru-Ni-Yu-Su", meaning unknown. Just in case this guy is having us on....

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

Daedalus

Blue sky thinking

Only Microsoft would name a cloud product with a word usually used to describe a clear blue sky!

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Inmarsat: Doppler effect helped 'locate' MH370

Daedalus
Boffin

It's got a beat!

You make the mistake of thinking that a frequency shift of 8 parts per 10,000 is somehow difficult to detect. In fact it's easy because, when combined with the reference signal, you get a difference signal in the megahertz range. That's what makes good old British fine-you-for-1-mph-over radar work. The effect is exactly the same as the one that creates "beats" when two musical notes that are close in frequency sound together.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

Daedalus
FAIL

Correction, Mr. T

Inflation doesn't explain why we have detected temperature differences. It explains why the temperature of the universe is uniform (that's "no differences") in all directions.

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Relief when urine trouble becomes latest capacity-sharing service

Daedalus

Lirpa loof strikes again.

Is it April already?

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SpaceX set to try HOVER LANDING for re-usable rockets on March ISS mission

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FAIL

Chasing rainbows

Every tonne of fuel that the rocket expends in a soft landing will require 11 tonnes of fuel to get it into orbit, and then more fuel for de-orbit, just so that it can be used in the soft landing. Why waste fuel for nothing? That tonne of soft landing fuel could be a tonne of payload in orbit.

If these guys have any sense, they will design an air-braked system that has at worst subsonic velocity coming in to land, then does most of its late braking using parachutes followed by a last-second rocket firing, just like Soyuz.

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Boffins hose down fiery Li-ion batteries with industrial lubricant

Daedalus

Hardware bloat

Nobody in the process seems to have noticed that PFPE is over twice as dense as typical hydrocarbon polymers. There goes the weight advantage of Li-ion.

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Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

Daedalus
Pint

And under his nightshirt could clearly be seen...

A brand new cylindrical MacPro machine!

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Trials of 'Iron Man' military exoskeleton due in June

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Re: power source will be a amassive problem for these

>>I would have thought ultra compact, high efficiency generators would be the way to go

Just one problem: they don't exist. Batteries are "efficient" but don't give much energy per kilogram compared to liquid fuels, and the better they get the more they are like incendiary bombs. Internal combustion engines are at most 50% efficient so for each useful kilowatt you get a kilowatt of heat that you have to deal with. Try wearing an electric bar heater on your back all the time. Fuel cells have the potential to be more efficient than engines, but they run hot just to work. Same problem.

I'm always amazed that Iron Man is thought to be a realistic example of technology. There isn't a single thing about that suit that is vaguely plausible, unless you count being mildly bulletproof. Thor is the most believable Avenger - he's a god. 'Nuff said.

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Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions

Daedalus
Megaphone

Accentuate the negative

They can always announce from time to time how many requests they did not get. Then if they go silent at some point, it's not like they are squealing - but we'll know.

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'You win, Kanye': Coinye creators throw in towel after rapper sues

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Boffin

Re: Trademark?

Under US law if you don't actively protect your trademark you can lose the right to enforce it, just as if your neighbour maintains a piece of your property that you neglect, you can lose it under "adverse possession". Hence all the "cruel" lawsuits against nursery schools with Disney characters painted on the walls etc. It's just how the law has to work.

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Happy

Quinones?

These guy have some cojones!

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Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

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Happy

In a whirl

Is it true that washing machines spin in the opposite direction Down Under?

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BlackBerry nabs 'The Sims' to head up crucial Services unit

Daedalus

da da da dum da da da dum

So now he's the Master....

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