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Stargazers spot first-ever planet forming in dusty disc

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Re: boffins with brains the size of planets

But remember these are German boffins.

The telescope before the VLT used to test the new technology was called the "New Technology Telescope" = NTT. The naming of the individual telescopes was a public competition for schoolkids.

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Raspberry Pi-powered Tardis blasts off from 'Blighty's Baikonur'

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Re: Shut up you incorrect pedants!

I always pictured a bunch of ancient timelords in their ceremonial tea stained brown stores-robes.

Sucking on their teeth and saying, "a chameleon circuit for a type 40? We haven't had one of them for years have we Dr Bert?"

We could use one off a type 41 but the threads are left handed and it only works on 425 line PAL

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Now even MORE 'interns' make iPhones - Chinese labour watchdog

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Re: Lessons for us to learn...

Because nothing says "modern dynamic high skilled country ready to lead europe" like forcing geology graduates to stack shelves for free in Poundland to keep their dole - and then have a government minister go on TV to say that shelve stacking is vital to the UK economy.

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Re: The thing is

It's not the extra $25 on the assembly wages - it's where are the components and subassemblies?

Of course you could have an assembly line where every piece is supplied by a sub-contractor in another state/country on the end of a 6month delivery schedule - ask Boeing how that worked out.

The problem the UK and US have is the lack of manufacturing infrastructure

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'Brit Bill Gates' was powerless to stop HP's Autonomy acquisition

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Buyer's remorse

If HP had bought it online in the UK they could have sent it back after 2weeks if they didn't like it

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SHIELD Act proposed to make patent trolls pay

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Re: exuberant at recieving a lawyers bill

I think it's the lawyer that is exuberant on receiving the money

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Re: Just remember...

So if the invention is an improvement to part of a CPU all I have to do is design the rest of the CPU, build a $5Bn fab, write an OS and sell the new chip and that proves I'm no longer a troll?

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Re: Just remember...

The problem then is who decides if the "troll" rule applies?

I invent some new computer gizmo, I patent it and show it to IBM/Samsung/Apple

They copy it and I sue them.

They claim that since I am not making a computer/phone/tablet then I am an NPE and to sue them have to put up a bond to cover their costs.

They claim that they are using 1000 company lawyers at $1000/hour so if the case will take a year - I have to put up $2.5Bn bond, I can't and so they get a default judegment against me.

Remember just like how Patriot Act and RIPA were only going to be used against terrorists - it will be upto the big corps to decide who is a troll

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First, servers were DEEP-FRIED... now, boffins bring you WET ones

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PCW swimsuit edition ?

So if your servers are all in the bottom of a big tank of fluorinert you will have to swim down to them to swap a cable.

How many BOFHs do you know that you would want to see in speedos ?

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Re: Indeed, it's a great idea

Until summer and you have to dump more heat because the incoming air is hotter and the school next door suddenly doesn't want heating to 50C and you can't dump the heat into the air because it's too hot

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Nominet tosses plan for shorter .uk domains in the bin (for now)

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Because it's the standard technique for getting a survey answer you want.

Do you think children should be protected from zombies and do you think that the congestion charge be increased?

Becomes = 97% of people think the congestion charge should increase

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Microsoft unwraps sysadmin-friendly Office 365 for biz update

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Re: TL:DR

Except with MSFT's cloudy office, you also need all the stuff installed locally. The licencing makes you call them if you move it to a new computer. It installs 100s of sharepoint office connect and sync clients which all mysteriously stop working every 5mins and require reinstalling in a particular order. The online stuff only works properly in although IE doesn't really trust MSFT and constantly pops up messages asking you if you want to enable some randomly named add-in

Other than that - it's exactly like any other cloud solution

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North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some

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Re: Not socialist..

Yep that's exactly what I think when I look at Tony Blair or Peter Mandleson - there goes a secret Maoist

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A socialist dream?

> If you tell people how to live their lives right down to the smallest detail it crushes their self esteem and will >and they become little more than robots with whom you can do what you like.

Definitely a socialist idea - now just wait while I cut the end of my dick off, never cut my hair, don't eat shellfish, don't carry keys on saturday, hate gays, not use condoms .....

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EU web chief: Europe's slow on 4G, but 5G GLORY WILL BE OURS

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Re: Smokescreen and mirrors

Or to put it another way. British Telecom, Duetsche Telecom, France Telecom and everyother national monopoly telecom get $M in back handers to "invest" in this new technology which will be standardised across europe.

They will then introduce data roaming charges that make it 100x as expensive to use your european standard phone 1km across a border.

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US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'

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Re: It's an improvement......

>Keep this up and we will end up with a lizard sporting a bouffant.

That's most of Fox's 'news' presenters

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Re: American organisation offended by breathing

Or swearing.

"Salt" includes, in addition to the usual assault rifle based mass slayings, a lot of nasty detailed torture scenes - it's a 12, "The kings speech" has some anglo-saxon words - it's an 18

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Re: American organisation offended by breathing

Yes but the bible is pretty hot on not fscking pigs. In fact not eating pigs, kissing pigs, feeding pigs or generally pigs in general.

Shouldn't somebody prosecute these people for their disgusting discriminatory attitude to

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Linus Torvalds in NSFW Red Hat rant

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Re: *sad*

Proper British CPUs don't need no flimsy valves - they are built from brass gearwheels.

As long as you oil then they are fine.

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India launch puts Canadian microsats into orbit

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Canada

Surely the country with least to fear from asteroids?

Given its ratio of "places you would care about a rock hitting" to "places the size of wales that you would never notice if they disappeared"

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It begins: Six-strikes copyright smackdown starts in US

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"While no ISP wants pirates"

Of course, because ISPs sell 100Mbs download/512kbs upload and 500Gb/month packages to people who are just really into facebook

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UK distie boss: My brush with death in rapper's drive-by killing

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Re: Usual 5am Run?

If you were a boss at HP you would practice running away as well.

In other news, a rising young music star was in the wrong place at the wrong time, when a disgruntled HP customer attempted to gun down the HP distie manager

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Re: Range Rovers

A proper hoodlum should drive a green series II land rover and then leave the scene at a sedate 35mph

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Nokia opens Maps to rivals, flogs uber-budget €15 phone

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Re: Puzzled

It's 5 maps and I can't see Google fixing it. If you are offline they aren't selling ads or your location - so what's init for them?

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Microsoft brings Azure back online

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Re: So how to customers get refunded?

No "acts of idiot" are specifically excluded from the SLA

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Are you sure you aren't thinking of the 787 battery debacle

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

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Re: "but the Acer has Caps Lock"

PRESS CTRL-SHIFT on the samsung and you get capslock, but it cancels when you press a none-letter key

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Re: Of course Samsung innovates...

shiny aluminium and rounded corners aren't an Apple invention

In fact I think deHaviland should sue Apple for copying the comet

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Re: Ah....oh dear....

There is a slight difference between "press reset, log back back in and have all your documents synced"

vs,

Run Windows reimage utility on a laptop, wait an hour, reboot a dozen times, find the drivers, run 37,000 windows updates, reinstall office, call India to get the key recognized because you already installed this copy, download and configure all the other bits of software you need for a useful Windows machine

Then copy all your docs from a backup

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Build your own 180TB NAS for $US1,942.59 (plus disk)

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Re: (plus disk)

>No data on redundancy method though.

They run raid 6 (2 parity drives) on each box and the data is replicated over at least one other box.

The server part to distribute customers data as efficenctly as possible accross different hardware, is their secret sauce

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Chip daddy Mead: 'A bunch of big egos' are strangling science

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Re: The last I heard

Reducing R&B budgets is a problem in science.

I woke up this morning...... my oscilloscope was gone ... that Textronix gone and left me .....

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Mach's principle

Although as a general rule, when anybody mentions Mach's principle then everything else they say can be ignored as lunatic ramblings.

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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23.5 knots = 72 692.4362 furlongs per fortnight

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Re: Too many eggs in one basket

Doesn't matter.

Big ships are needed when you have to go a long way, China-Europe cheaply.

Smaller ships are efficent enough on the shorter China-Canada route

Then you have to do something with the cargo. If you offload 10,000 containers in Felixstowe or Rotterdam you can have the stuff anywhere in Europe quickly and cheaply.

If you unloaded all of that in Long Beach it would be expensive to truck it to Chicago - so multiple routes with smaller ships going to more cities makes sens for a bigger low density continent.

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Re: bit dubious about 18,000

18,000 teu is how many they could stack and be within the height and sight line limits

15,000 teu is how many they could hold at typical average container weights

If next years christmas popular present is made of lead it will be lower, if there is a big craze for bubble wrap it will be higher

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Sony flogs off more assets in scramble for full-year profit

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Re: broke?

Handing over position of "coolest consumer gadget" maker to Apple then starting a decade of leaderless internal corporate infighting nearly broke them.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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Re: Hmmm

LOL

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Apple and world HACKED by Facebook plunderers

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Re: Practice safe browsing

They don't make it easy though.

Disable Java in chrome

Click the little iching symbol on the toolbar - well the three horizontal lines that means 'heaven' or settings

The select settings

Then click the show advanced settings link

Then click the content settings button (hint this is the one that is a heading not a link)

Then scroll down to plug-ins in the popup window

The click the disable individual plugins link (we are back to links now)

Then find Java and click disable

To quote Douglas Adams .... Have you ever thought of going into advertising ?

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Next HP CEO is already working at HP, says Meg Whitman

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old-fashioned "HP way

Was also to produce outstanding kit and stand behind it, supporting it for ever.

Not a combination of printer ink banditary and government IT 'consulting' projects

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Agile development may be taught in Australian High Schools

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Re: Vague Goals

Still better than GCSE ITC = "students will be able to underline a word in Word using the underline button on the toolbar"

And for A-level they have to do it using the f***ing ribbon

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Strange accent

"Develop systematic techniques for acquiring, storing and validating quantitative and qualitative data from a range of sources considering privacy and security requirements”

sounds just like "education"

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Software update knocks out Space Station communications

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Re: backup

Or they can just tie a message to a rock and drop it out of the window. That will probably get noticed

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Re: Lesson learned.

I entirely agr......

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Dutch MP must cough €750 for hacking into medical lab

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the judge was just annoyed because it's the same combination he had on his luggage

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Re: Punishing whistle-blowers??

You're new to this planet aren't you ?

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Tesco dials 999 after Clubcard vouchers are 'nicked' online

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Re: There's another issue

>A database of Tesco shoppers names and addresses can be sold for a fair wedge too

Presumably though it's the "value line" of online databases

Now a list of Waitrose customers on the other hand

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