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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

Pypes

Does this mean I've passed my latin GCSE? Because I never did any coursework.

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Turing biopic with Cumberbatch, Knightley to premiere at London Film Festival

Pypes

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I made that wallpaper! (along with some more I couldn't spot in the trailer)

Oscar nominations in writing to the AMPAS please.

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

Pypes

My initial thought was that Google was rapidly turning into Apple. Then I read:

"A material metaphor is the unifying theory of a rationalized space and a system of motion. "

and knew I'd got it completely wrong.

Apple's HIG actually make sense.

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German brain surgeon flies in for vital LOHAN operation

Pypes
Pint

Yes a stein

Mines the witbier

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Remember when Google+ outed everyone by their real names? Now Google's sorry

Pypes

Since google went full retard with G+ I haven't left a single youtube comment, or reviewed a single android app (2 activities I was previously quite fond of) I can only assume I'm not the only one.

I don't even know if I have a Google+ account, I just assumed it all got rolled into my omni-account and was visible for the world to see.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

Pypes

de ebrietate, ingenium

I stuck in "from inebriation, ingenuity" and got back "of beer, talent"

both are fine by me

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Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

Pypes

I'm guessing this belongs to that broad category of exploits known as "exploits that were considered features until someone else found out about them"

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Brit SPACE HEDGEHOG team flies student Mars payload

Pypes

Re: Is one of the experiments...

In the high vacuum of space kinder surprise exist simultaneously as a foodstuff and a toy, however in earths thick atmosphere the wave function collapses in such a fashion as to appear to an observer to become first a foodstuff (this state is meta-stable and last until next school break) and then a toy.

America banned them out of fear this property could be exploited to make undetectable weaponised candy which would be distributed to children by radical Islamic dentists.

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

Pypes

1 year in jail for what essentially amounts to publishing photos without a model release form. Oh how reasonable and well thought out this law sounds.

Combine this with a nebulous definition of pornography and the potential for "collateral damage" is huge. Re-post some bikini pics of a friend-of-a-friend you font on facebook? Your nicked son. Girl friend eating a cadburys flake in the traditional manner, better be careful, if she leaves you your fucked.

etc etc.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

Pypes

Re: Suspect Much ?

VM's DNS servers have been in the process of falling over for several years now, I'm calling coincidence with regards to the BT outage.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

Pypes

Re: I knew that had got expensive... but not THAT expensive!

40p for 1/4 W resistors.

and only ever 2 in stock.

They used to be worth keeping around for when you really needed a dozen fast recovery diodes at 4.30 on a Saturday afternoon, nowadays you've got more chance of getting them airlifted over from the popes private stash (which would probably still be cheaper)

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Microsoft 'Catapults' geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

Pypes

Re: Slow evolution?

I thought the British micro scene in the 80's had a fetish for ULA's (rather than ASIC's) which were essentially a basic write-once FPGA.

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ProDesk colour 3D printer's secret: It gives hot models great head

Pypes

I did once think to try building a CMY(K) head for a 3D printer. Use white filament for the base colour and then mix in the rest to suit.

Like most of my big ideas it never got any further than a sketch.

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Tens of thousands of 'Watch Dogs' pirates ENSLAVED by Bitcoin botmaster

Pypes
Pirate

Torrent group?

I thought they were a publisher.

They certainly appeared at the start of most of my Amiga games :P

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Tennessee bloke cuffed for attempting to shag ATM – police

Pypes

Cool heads prevail?

Much as I tend to despair of the US justice system "public intoxication" seems far more reasonable than the laundry list of sexual offences he would probably get landed with over here.

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

Pypes

I'm Sorry

But any project that started selling DLC before they even had an alpha release ready is not something I'm prepared to back, at any point, for any sum of money.

I supposed I'd better go dust off the old A500's and hope the disks still read.

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Spain clamps down on drones

Pypes

Implications for LOHAN?

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Samsung will ... sigh ... appeal $119m Apple patent verdict

Pypes

Files system: $100,000

Aesthetics & Ergonomics: $100,000,000

Is it any wonder their is a shortage of decent STEM workers when society values their efforts several orders of magnitude lower than the lads drawing pretty pictures.

(I am aware I work for a print firm and spend most of my time drawing pretty pictures)

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse crawls towards finish line

Pypes

Re: Should have started sunday afternoon

Surely after such an ordeal, other people should be buying you a pint, in which case your not technically breaking the rules.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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Pypes
Pint

Should have started sunday afternoon

So you could launch yourselves down the pub at 5pm for a well earned pint.

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Behold! World's smallest 3D-printer pen Lix artists into shape – literally

Pypes

They should make one that will melt sugar so we can make michelin star quality sugar baskets to stick next to our ice-land frozen cheesecakes and haribo.

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GOV.UK push in action: Er, FEWER Brits filling out govt forms online

Pypes

In my experience

A significant fraction of them are broken, they also seem to have a fetish for weird interactive PDF's that don't play particularly well with either browsers or in acrobat.

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Customisation is BAD for the economy, say Oz productivity wonks

Pypes

I think what they were trying to say is "the commoditization of products essential to daily life is good."

How this got framed as a treatise on the evils of posh bread, only god knows. I think hiring a few good copy writers would do their cause the world of good.

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap fears for his waistline

Pypes

Was in tesco the other day (which is by no means cheap) but noticed dried chickpeas were circa £1.50 / kg whereas tinned were along the lines of 60p / tin wet, I'm guessing the dry ones were pushing an order of magnitude cheaper.

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A real pot-boiler kicks off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

Pypes

I shan't mention the traditional breakfast pork pie I had this morning, which was in no way delicious.

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Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN

Pypes

Maybe they took the RFC seriously?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_bit

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Pypes
Thumb Up

Nothing like a busty Welsh songstress to brighten up a technical article about the inner working of the UK phone network, for illustrative purposes of course.

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

Pypes

Re: Japanese

Slighty more pedantic pidgin japanese:

kore wa tanuki no kintama desu (drop the trailing u off the desu when speaking)

"This is (the) tanuki('s) testicles"

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Pypes

Re: Japanese

Shouldn't that be tanuki no kintama, as the tanuki is regarded in Japanese folklore as having exceptionally large balls, and said large balls being considered lucky.

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LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane

Pypes
Pint

Said pints.

To be delivered in person to our registered address please.

But seriously, the whole thing was a great laugh and Lester is the nicest bloke you could care to meet (in the pub)

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LOHAN preps Vulture 2 for hot vinyl wrap

Pypes

Ive allready delegated the task to our master wrapper. I should probably inform him at some point.

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Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

Pypes

Re: Or...

I think the fact that 2 people took the time to mod parent down is the most damming piece of social commentary I've seen this year.

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Pypes

Another excuse to jack up the passport tax?

I'm sure UK gov will jump at the opportunity. A measly £150 should cover the "cost" of these new fangled ID papers, we must also consider that technology becomes obsolete so quickly nowadays, so a 1 year expiry date is by no means unreasonable.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Pypes

For the typographically inclined types

2.07 GPt^2

or slightly more reasonably

4048 sheets of A4

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Getty offers 35 MILLION images for free – if you jump (em)bed with it

Pypes

Global Licensing?

The British courts seem to have taken the rather unique view that a photographic reproduction of a public domain work, even if it should by all accounts constitute a "slavish technical reproduction" confers the status of derivative work on the new image, with full blown copyright protection. This is essentially the reason why you don't see high resolution digital copies of paintings held by British museums.

Wikipedia /media decided that this was a non-issue for them as consider themselves subject to US rather than UK law, but seeing as we live in a nation that will happily extradite people for posting hyperlinks (to the US no less) I can see some naive bloggers finding themselves on the wrong side of the bench in the civil courts.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

Pypes

Re: London's a pain in the arse to get to...

I regularly host a regional commentators ball, several nights a week in fact. Sadly the attendance is very poor and I often end up being the only Reg reader there.

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NASA could have averted near DROWNING TERROR in SPACE

Pypes

This is great news.

Mucking about in space isn't going to get cheap until we move away from this "everything must be triple checked and triple redundant" paradigm. A bit more of a suck it and see attitude to space travel will do wonders for the human race.

The main reason Chris Hadfield is so well known is due to his habit of fucking about on the ISS, during which time he solved at least one long standing scientific problem by putting shit in a bag and shaking the hell out of it.

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Bizarre Tolkien-inspired GCHQ Xmas card CAN'T BE READ by us PLEBS

Pypes

Amatures

No bleed, no crop marks, no fold marks. Is this what I pay my taxes for?

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Euro satellite to count a BEELLLION stars, find origin of Milky Way

Pypes

Re: units, units!

4,285,714,285,714 Postscript points, the only unit real men use.

Approximately of course

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

Pypes

Looks very similar

To the Ferrari Challenge / Daytona cabinets, which had nice chunky servo-drive systems for the force feedback on the steering wheel.

They were bloody fierce when they booted and ran a self test, even with the clutch I bet more than a few wrists / arms got broken by these things over the years (kids and adults alike)

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Fedora 20 Heisenbug makes ARM chips 'a primary architecture'

Pypes

Re: Heisenbug?

I read it as Fedora Heidelberg and got excited about a new press technology.

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WIN YOUR OWN HADRON COLLIDER pop-up book with El Reg

Pypes

Pissing up the wall man

Who uses the LHC to accelerate his urine to relativistic velocities shame bathroom based supervillans into submission.

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

Pypes

Neglected to mention

You've got more chance of having a pint with the pope than getting a PS4 this side of Christmas, unless of course you already have one.

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Helghast-ly holiday: Killzone Shadow Fall

Pypes

I got bored shitless half way through this. I suddenly realized I was creeping through the ruins of an abandoned city whilst being stalked by a giant robot tank and not having any fun, where in any decent game I should have been bouncing off the walls. Finishing it turned into a real chore.

Assassins creed is a much better choice, hamfisted nautical nonsense but fuck me it's fun to play.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Pypes

Nice idea

I just can't see it working. Kerosene lamps are surprisingly bright, even low-tech updraught / cold blast, never mind the pressurised mantle lamps, certainly brighter than a Watt or so of LED light. They also burn for ages, and they contribute significant heat to the room (may not be an advantage in some locations.)

The prospect of a (relatively) expensive alternative that is inferior to the original in all aspects other than running cost is a bit like marketing 20 grand push bikes as a great alternative to driving a car.

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LOHAN buffs body for sizzling vinyl wrap

Pypes

My name all over the reg?

A terrible sign for a sober man to see, especially first thing on a Monday morning.

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Sony scoffs at the Microsoft EX-BOX: A MILLION PS4s sell in ONE day

Pypes

Re: A fool and his money...

Welcome to the year 2013. All those kids who were playing sonic and mario in the 90's are now grown up and have jobs. To quote (a quote) from wikipedia:

"The average gamer is 30 years old and has been playing for 12 years. Eighty-two percent of gamers are 18 years of age or older."

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

Pypes

Should keep the kids busy

While the teacher goes and photocopies another 10 page handout from that particularly expensive textbook.

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AutoCAD daddy buys UK design software firm Delcam for £172.5m

Pypes

Re: @Pypes

It's for doing machine relief modeling, so you think "decent machine relief tool-paths" would be pretty high on the to-do list. There are far better programs for far less money if all you want is to knock-up a mock-up.

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Pypes

Is the 21% premium

So they can add 21st century toolpaths to artcam?

For software that costs ~ £5k / seat it has some serious shortcoming when it comes to actually spitting out useful G code.

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