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Disney and chums halt Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV weddings

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The real reason for the delay is probably simpler

Most likely simple stalling until this election cycle is past. Then they will do whatever their lobbyists tell them to without fear of reprisal from an angry electorate*.

* yes, I know, the FCC isn't directly affected by The People©®™ or their voting results, but politicians are and those politicians lean on bureaucrats like those at the FCC - some of whom are beholden to those same politicians for continued public-sector employment...

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Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

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Re: Living in Belgium

and I am most jealous of you. My company has a facility in Belgium and whenever my colleagues visit, they bring us samples of incredible Belgian chocolate. (and wonderful Belgian beer, but we can get much of that over here now).

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Re: Nielson ratings just shit themselves.

Not necessarily. I have it on very solid authority that the METHOD of delivery for programming has little effect on at least SOME of the ratings services. The viewer's solicited opinion of the actual program content trumps the method by which it was watched. At least a few of the ratings services have actually kept up with evolving technology and the corresponding viewing habits of consumers.

This CAN be a good thing. If the data are properly utilized, shit programs die quickly and good ones aren't penalized for being watched via "non-traditional" methods or media.

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City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

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I, too,

applaud the Worcester Council for their action. As symbolic or meaningless as this may be, they know Comcast are shit and as much as told them so.

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Beers all round as Vulture 2 lands in Blighty

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Re: Photo #6

Danke! Sehr gut! Sie sehen nun wie ein richtige Boffin *

* Please be gentle. I know my German is awful.

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Photo #6

Lester appears to be sporting a proper Boffin Lab Coat. However, I see no sign of the requisite accompanying pipe.

Well done one and all! Can't wait to see/hear of your exploits on this side of the pond. Unfortunately, New Mexico is rather too far for a quick road trip so I'll have to make do with internet coverage. In any case, I raise my glass to your intrepid adventure.

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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Jelly Babies

So, as a Yank, I've often assumed that Jelly Babies and Gummy Bears are the same thing. (They are very similar but not exactly the same.) However, in making this discovery, I was treated to an amusing display of Google's "pairing targeted ads with searches" gone horribly wrong.

Upon searching for "Jelly Baby vs Gummy Bear" I was treated to several potential answers and the following ad:

Vaseline® Jelly Baby

(ad) www.vaseline.us/Baby

Locks In Moisture To Treat & Help Prevent Diaper Rash For Your Baby!

Lip Therapy - Vaseline Jelly - The Vaseline Story - Vaseline For Men

Whilst I certainly understand how the search engine's algorithms would make such a connection, I saw "Vaseline Jelly Baby" and immediately though "Wow, I bet those taste AWFUL."

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BEND IT like YOGA: Newest Lenovo gadgets have built in PROJECTORS

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nice evolution

I have an original Yoga 10 and really like it. I was considering passing that one to the wife and getting the newer HD version for me but I think perhaps I'll wait a bit longer and get one of these Yoga 2 Pros. I don't need a projector in such a device, but that is a pretty slick feature. The "barrel" grip/battery is surprisingly easy to adapt to and the battery life afforded by such is positively astounding - long day of travel, several movies/tv programmes, some light reading and simple gaming, and I never once reached for the charging cable.

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NASA: Mars satellites menaced by speeding SPACE ALIEN

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Re: Astro-what?

"Dammit, Jim! I'm a doctor not a do... oh, wait."

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Intel 'underestimates error bounds by 1.3 QUINTILLION'

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obligatory

We are Pentium of Borg. Division is futile. You will be approximated.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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TheQuickBr0wnF0x

jumpsOvertheLazydog,except_whenhedoesn'tBecausehe1s,@fterall,_atrulyL@zy fuckerWh0sitsaroundAlldaylickingh1sballs@ndyoujustKNOWyouw0uldtoo 1fyoucould!

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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Re: Rules? Guidelines...? Alternate instructions

I would suggest a minor alteration of your otherwise excellent plan:

5. give lucky victim a rusty, dull, serrated knife

6. after discussion to verify everyone properly understands what "Go Medieval on him/her/it!" means, the lucky victim is encouraged to be creative with his/her treatment of the perpetrator.

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

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Re: Starworm! (@drewsup)

SunPlanet vs. MoonComet?

I bet I know who wins...

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

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I, too, really like Peter Capaldi as the Doctor but...

"But what I really want from Doctor Who is less silliness and more full-on buttock-tightening terror."

THIS! A brief bit of silliness every now and then is good BUT, there should be clear limits on how much and how often.

As for Listen that, in my reckoning, goes down as the (VERY close) second best episode of the current era, topped only by Blink. Mr. Moffat et.al. - More like that please!

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@Daggerchild

"Heh - you could pluck a River-lite out of thin air, have the Tardis (who recognises all trusted future-companions) let them unlock/open the door, breeze in, collect something, "sorry I'm early, I was late, but I have to leave because I haven't arrived!", breeze out, past a spluttering current Doctor/Companion. These moments are why I like Doctor Who :)"

Positively brilliant! That would be a fantastic moment of "But wait, I... You... Did that just happen?!?"

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Gaming gasm UK: Rubbing shoulders with LEGENDS and newbies

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Re: "Surely you can't have missed E:D ?"

Since the introduction of the "little blue pill", I haven't missed ED one bit.

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FAA clears SWARM of MOVIE DRONES for take-off

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until one crashes and [injures] someone

already happened. Didn't kill the person, but spectators HAVE been hit by drones. That is but one example.

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Mushy spam law's IDEAL for toothless watchdog: Spamhaus slams CAN-SPAM

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wait a second...

You're telling me that a government devised "solution" to a private sector problem doesn't work?!?

My gast is appropriately flabbered!

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

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OR...

they collide in orbit, reassemble themselves into one (mostly) working and insanely powerful probe tasked with returning home to "sterilize that which is imperfect."

Let's all make certain Bill Shatner remains healthy, just in case...

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Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize

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Re: night time

"given the conclusions of the research does this mean you are a burglar or a sex worker?"

Perhaps, a sex burglar.

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Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight

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The Scottie Scale

"The question would be whether it's a unit of work, effort, achievement or probability..."

Answer: yes.

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Drones CAN'T deliver goods ... oh. Air traffic control system backed by NASA, you say?

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typo in article

Airware was founded in May 2010 or 2011 (depending upon source, and not 2001 as stated in article) by Jonathan Downey, an electrical engineering and computer science graduate from MIT, and is based in San Francisco.

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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good stuff

THIS is why I read The Register.

Well, that and BOFH... cheers!

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Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

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Re: 35lbs???

As pointed out in the Bootnotes, that's just the gun itself and doesn't include the battery or ammo, either of which are several orders of magnitude heavier. And according to some sources, 35lbs (15.9kg) for the gun is significantly short of reality. With ammo weighing around 70lbs (31.75kg) per thousand belted rounds and the gun capable of anywhere from 2000-6000 rounds per minute, the all-up weight of this rig will be in the neighborhood of 500lbs (227.8kg) - most definitely a non-trivial load.

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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

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radio antenna

While I realize at launch altitude the low air density makes this a non-issue, as you descend through ever thicker air, a small fairing over the windward side of the radio antenna would make sense, would it not?

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Re: Battery clip springs...

it would seem to me* that a simple solution would be to turn the pack round so that the spring is in the front. Then it would only compress on sudden DEcelleration. A few turns of electrician's tape to keep the batteries in the pack and that should do it, yes?

* I am not a boffin, nor do I have the requisite high altitude experience. Merely making an observation based upon available information presented herein.

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Flurry of solar flare-ups sets off COSMIC PLASMA EXPLOSION

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appropriate misread?

"..captured at extreme ultravioleNt wavelengths..."

I REALLY need to get new glasses. And possibly relax more...

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Feds salute plucky human ROBOT-FIGHTERS

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Re: death penalty fir 1st time offenders

"He's nothing but a low-down, double-dealing, backstabbing, larcenous perverted worm!

Hanging's too good for him.

BURNING's too good for him.

He should be torn into little bitsy pieces and buried alive!" - Hanover Fiste

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LOHAN wrapped in vinyl as Kickstarter campaign hits £18,000!

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Re: Better hide

sigh. One day... ONE DAY, I will learn to swallow that sip of coffee before reading article comments. In the meantime, I shall (yet again) retrieve an emergency substitute work shirt from the credenza.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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well done that woman

<respectful applause> Bravo. Standing up for principles. </respectful applause>

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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or perhaps

the universe is the next generation of computer built by the pan-dimensional beings who, in our existence, resemble white mice.

Deep Thought provided the answer. Earth was commissioned to provide the question. When that came back in somewhat nonsensical form, The Universe was commissioned to explain the question in such way that the answer makes sense.

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Re: I was thinking of another type of hologram

The sock is a lie!

Or was that cake? I always get those two mixed up. Perhaps I shall have a lie down...

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Euro space boffins narrow down lander sites on comet doing 135,000km/h toward Sun

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harpooning a giant space duck

in space, no one can hear it squeak

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Sony's 'Lizard Squad' battered PlayStation Network staggers to feet

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Re: Why?

Because annoying little turds:

a) can only wank so much before it begins to chafe and

b) lack the skill required to steal anything useful/profitable (which is just as well, eh?)

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

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VERY well done on the intro and exit logo animation

that, for me, was the best part

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Re: Gee thanks, Space.com

"I don't know why I bother with the interwebs."

Because all those cat videos are just so darned CUTE!

or, um..., so I hear.

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LOHAN gets laughing gear round promotional mug

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Black is not practical in Texas

or for those of us who are a bit flaky. er, I mean dandruffy...

Something in a light or medium grey, perhaps.

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pint glass (screened/imprinted rather than etched)

echoing others who have asked for a pint glass. I know you earlier mentioned that etching was frightfully expensive. However, the imprinting technique used on the coffee mug should also work on a pint glass. I have any number of imprinted beer glasses that are completely dishwasher safe and regularly used. I would dearly love to add one or more with the LOHAN and/or SPB logos.

Ideally, you could offer in three versions: LOHAN (US), LOHAN (EU), and SPB logo on one side with Vulture on the other. Several more choices would cover combinations thereof so as to avoid the aforementioned extra fees

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Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio

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Re: It can't be any worse than...

yes it can. Four words to strike dread* into the hearts of all:

Duke Nukem: The Movie.

* dread because while this COULD and SHOULD be a wonderfully amusing and irreverent action movie it will, in all likelihood, be even worse than Duke Nukem Forever - the game that shouldn't have been.

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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dafter comment thread than usual

I heartily approve. Well done one and all.

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VM herder Tintri tries on Red Hat, plans support for Microsoft Hyper-V

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"VM herder Tintri tries on Red Hat"

but are they scruffy-looking?

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Just when you thought you were alone in the bath: Hi-res mapping satellite ready for launch

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Re: 30cm?

obligatory and applicable trunk reference. Mildly NSFW language.

One of comedian Buddy Hackett's best bits

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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Re: My suggestions so far

+1 for CAMELTOE

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Vulture 2 strapped to speeding van before delicate brain surgery

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if you are going to roof-rack it

then go the rest of the way and put it in a big honking gimbal. That way you can also do a bit of out-of-tunnel wind testing of your control deflections, etc.

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If you ate at one of these PF Chang's restaurants, your bank card is at risk

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Re: Colorado 2

you may wish to investigate further. See link. Scroll to the bottom, item 10. They are essentially doing the same thing Target did in offering 12 months credit monitoring. It's not enough, but it's definitely more than nothing.

PF Chang's Security page

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Kiwi satellite earth station recycled – as radio telescope

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now THAT

is useful recycling. Good job and beer all round.

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

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"Curiosity II: Nuclear Boogaloo"

Because NASA shouldn't be allowed to miss such a naming opportunity.

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Plane grounded so cops can cuff semi-legless passenger

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so apparently

the Hokey Cokey really IS what it's all about...

The BOFH and this. Friday is now complete. Cheers!

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