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Who's using 'password' as a password? TOO MANY OF YOU

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Re: Ashley & Michael

> "Jesus? Why would you want to give him a Puerto Rican name?"

So nobody would know he was Jewish?

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EU joins Google, hippies, Uncle T Cobbleigh in fight against ITU

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Re: So what is the purpose of the ITU?

The USA owns the domain name registry. So it could decide tomorrow to hand over all Iran's URLs to some American outfit - like it did with Iraq's. Then of course Iran would set up it's own root DNS so which site you got would depend on whose root DNS your ISP prefered. Then it would do the same for all those other axis-of-evil countries, and probably France.

The ITU was setup so that country's phone (and telegraph) systems would talk to each other. Suppose BT decided that instead of +98 being the country code for Iran it would use 98 for premium rate chat lines, France could decide to use +44 to give it some extra numbers.

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PM demands media clean-up, not keen on doing much himself

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Re: The press have had their chance...

>Minimum damages to libel victims to be all profit for the issue(s) offending text published in

Yep more libel tourism - that's what we need.

A friend of mine is called Fitch, obviously being libelled by the janitor in the Harry Potter, so should be worth some lawyer taking a punt in return for all the HP profits.

>Imprisonment for editors happy to scapegoat innocent citizens

Yes that's not going to restrict reporting.

>Quadruple damages (as per first point) to privacy-invaded victims where Public Interest (as opposed to >interested public) cannot be shown

Public interest being decided by the government.court/police ? -

Or just by the side with the most expensive lawyers.

>Deportation for the entire readership of Hello and OK 'magazines'

At last, sensible policies for a better Britain.

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Re: Cameron - Grow a pair!

No I'm sure all of Murdoch's paper (including :The Sun Wot Won It" ) have a fiercely independent editorial line driven only by a careful analysis of the socio-economic impact of each parties manifesto and with total disregard to how their boss was treated

Similarly the great voting public would never be influenced by the tabloids come election time.

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Re: Come on

He must be guilty - they had a public enquiry that cleared him.

Short of standing over the body with a dripping knife that's about as guilty as a cabinet minister can get.

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House passes, Obama disses 55,000 visas for educated immigrants

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The British Solution

So the problem the Americans have is that they have a foreign student finishing a PhD in chip design at MIT are immediately kicked out of the country when they are done - so they can go to Korea and compete rather than working for Intel.

The obvious way to stop this is to cut down on the number of foreign students they allow into STEM masters/PhD programs - just like Britain is doing.

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Re: Of course migrant workers don't take away american jobs in the long run.

That's because their treatment of non-Americans living and working there isn't very nice

A friend, who was head of dept at (probably) the USA's top physics dept, went to a conference at CERN and was arrested on returning to the USA.

Apparently it's an offence to leave the country while your citizenship application is being processed !

Fortunately the university has a lot of friends in Washington (aswell as access to nuclear weapons) so it was all cleared up in only a dozen or so visits to the INS office, lawyers, police etc

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'Look, isn't there some way we can get Julian out of here?'

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Re: needs "sunlight and fresh air".

I wonder if there was someway he could get a free long holiday in somewhere sunny, like Cuba?

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Competition watchdogs jump in bed, compare Google probes

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Ironic

All the monopoly commisions are forming a secret cartel behind everyone's back to fix their results?

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Broadband minister admits rural rollout by 2015 is 'challenging target'

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Out of the box thinking

In order to meet the deadline of deploying fibre to 90% of the rural population - the DFO has started a program of releasing swarms of mutant rabid badgers across the home counties.

The reduction in the rural population should allow the target to be met with a single wifi equipped Starbucks on Dartmoor

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RIM bribes coders: Make BlackBerry 10 apps, GET A FREE SHINY

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Business logic

So in return for giving me a gadget that is worth about an hours contracting - you want me to do how much work to port my app to a dead platform?

Perhaps this could catch on in other areas of business?

Replace your fleet of 747s with A380s and receive this handsome carriage clock.

Choose Merryl Lynch for your IPO and receive a coupon for 20% of at A&W burger.

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Leveson tells media to set up independent regulator or bow to Ofcom

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Or they could just do a Starbucks

The newspaper is owned by "Tits and Bums - Grand Caymen ltd", the web site is hosted in Libya, the printing is done by a wholly owned subsiduary who has no editorial control and the "journalists" and editors are all self employed contractors.

So you print a story about John Smith and even if he does sue - the only people the court can go after is a few easily replaceable journos.

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

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Re: Companies have been doing this for aeons

Before the rules were tightened up there was an American inventor in the 70s who patented "using a laser to do ....." for anything to do with printing, surveying, displaying light shows. etc

He bet that lasers would become smaller and more portable quickly enough - and made a fortune. He didn't describe or invent how to actually make a laser printer, or a theodolite - just that you could use a beam of straight light.

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Re: Ultimate Patent

IBM - they filed a Patent on using a Patent as a business method to threaten competitors

http://www.conceivablytech.com/4823/business/the-ultimate-patent-troll-patent-get-sued-when-you-file-a-patent

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Hurricane Sandy blows US pirate-pestering plan into 2013

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It's riduculous - you buy a political party with your hard earned money and yet you have to go through all this to get them to do what you want.

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New Tosh drive can wipe out 4TB 'near instantaneously'

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Or that the encryption is just "RANDOM_STRING" XORed with the start of each block.

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A tweet too far: UK contempt law reform push begins

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Re: "English and Welsh citizens"

It was more the point that it's a criminal offence to say something if you are in England or Wales - but not Scotland.

So what happens if you are in Berwick? Does it matter where you are standing, or which cell tower your phone connects to.

You would have thought they would have learned from Spycatcher that it's it a little ridiculous to ban something just in England and Wales. Especially now it's probably easier to find a twitter server that ISN'T in UK-2.0(or whatever we are going to call it post Scotland)

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Re: One of the reasons I would probably deny any jury duty

Officially the right of the police to object to jurors was dropped - but the Socialist worker online store (????) has a few T-shirts that should ensure that somehow you are never picked.

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"English and Welsh citizens"

I think this rather shows how not to get the internet.

"English and Welsh citizens" aren't allowed to mention a footballer shagging someone - but everyone else on the planet is. Unless of course the English and Welsh citizens are using a twitter service in Holland, or a VPN in the US, or a cloud -thingy in cloud-land - then we aren't sure.

It's not the middle ages guys - the limit of your court's influence doesn't depend on who one the battle against Owain Glyndŵr

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VPN ban makes for nervy times behind Great Firewall

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Re: SSL VPN through Port 443

Or the solution to doing business is simply to have a chinese government person on your board as a non-exec "advisor" and then your company's traffic isn't a problem.

Just like you need ex-ministers on your board here to "advise you" on how to get govt IT contracts.

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'Boson' Higgs: Yes, CERN has seen the coming of the God particle

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Re: I guess the Battle Hymn needs rewriting, then...

Well you are posting this on WWW.thereg.....

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Amazon makes BEELLIONS from British customers, pays pennies in tax

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Even the government does it.

The container port here, owned by the state government, has just had it's business rate assessment reduced from $50M to $20 (yes $20 not $20M) by the state government assessment board because it was losing money.

The city council, who the rates money goes to - still have to provide the highway, the bus service, the water, the sewage, the police, the fire service etc ....

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Tesco does the same thing in the UK - it's owned by "Cheshunt Overseas", a limited liability partnership head quartered in some mail box in the Carribean.

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Real sci-fi space ships coming at last? NASA tests nuclear engine

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Power output is constant and controllable. RTGs run down with half-life and are at full power at launch, they even need need to dump heat initially. Total energy is limited only by amount of fuel you can carry.

RTGs are about 5% efficient, a Stirling engine with an infinite cold sink near zero is pretty efficient! It depends on how well you can dump the heat (the design of the radiator) but it should be 10x as good.

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Re: Tsk. Not propulsion at all

And you get it for longer, limited only by the amount of fuel rather than the half life, and you can turn the power up-down.

As the plasticine tortoise used to say: that's the advantage of controlled nuclear fission - "it's easily turn off and on-able"

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And if anything goes wrong it only affects Canadians anyway http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosmos_954

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Re: "That's not even enough to heat up a kettle..."

That's the reason for the lack of any British space missions - in space no one can hear you say "fancy a cuppa?"

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'Microsoft to make its own Surface phones' - mutterings

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Looking forward to the box design

It's an oldie - but a goodie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXnJraKM3k

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Annual reviews: It's high time we rid the world of this insanity

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Re: Should be mandatory declared

On the other hand - given what a mess the banks make of things when they are only working 10mnths/year, perhaps the reviews should be made monthly?

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How to launch people into space...

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Re: Of course... if the body were immersed in water..

Although it works well with rats it's trickier in higher primates because they choke when fluid enters their lungs

So we would need astronauts who can block their gag reflex - LOHAN ?

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Iran's Photoshop FAIL: 'New drone' actually Japanese university bird

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Invade now

This shows Iran possesses pictures of WMDs (weapons of minimal destruction) - we must invade now.

It's still more evidence than we had for their next door neighbours

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Boffin claims Bigfoot DNA reveals BESTIAL BONKING

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female humans and an undiscovered primate

The undiscovered primate being - a redneck in a bigfoot suit

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Minnesota store CUPBOARD was full of rocks FOUND ON MOON

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They were given by President Nixon - I mean if you can't trust Nixon, who can you trust?

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Apple granted patent for microphone silhouette

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Re: Did Apple

But not with the BBC's 90 years of the BBC exhibition

http://www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/collections/bbc_collection/collection_archive_tech.shtml

It does seem a tricky claim to defend = "The patent has value because the icon is so obviously and instantly recognisable as a microphone'

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Bash Street bytes: Do UK schools really need the Raspberry Pi?

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Re: @Tom Parsons

>Are you really suggesting we should be teaching school children how to program an OS?

Actually yes - http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/1913

What's more important is teaching them that an OS is just a bit of software written by normal people. And that a computer isn't a magic box. Then the next time a home secretary announces a new computer security system that will decide who is guilty automatically - there might be some public skepticism.

It's the same for other subjects. Do most students need to know the difference between 'S' and 'P' orbitals? No, but they should know that Daily Mail headlines of "OMG chemicals in our food" can just mean water. Some idea about statistics and the range and effects of microwaves might also be useful.

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Re: I am Legend of Coders!

Or the value of the products they produce would be enough to pay them a reasonable wage.

There is a reason we have Rolls Royce jet engines built in Britain and Nike trainers made in China - it's something to do with the skills needed to do the job and the value of the finished product.

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Re: Some good points, but not that many...

DVI-VGA adaters only work for DVI-A where there are VGA signals are on the spare DVI pins. The RPi doesn't have any VGA signal hardware on board.

VGA is an analogue signal and needs real power electronics, DACs and amplifiers unlike purely digital DVI/HDMI

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Re: Why does programming have to be in 'IT' lessons?

Programming should be the start of maths teaching - definitely

It gets even worse in a physics degree, you spend 3years learning all the tricks to solve the tiny subset of differential equations that can be solved on a blackboard. You start a Phd and are told - pick Matlab or Mathemtica

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Re: I always thought the point of the Rpi

The point of the RPi is exactly the same reason we got Apple IIs and then PCs 30years ago.

You have PCs in your school but you certainly can't let kids install apps or have admin access, in fact you can't let teachers have admin access because the PCs are under a service plan from whatever "Research Machines Ltd" is called today and any changes involve renegotiating their agreement and them charging you 500quid to come out and install virtualbox.

You couldn't let children learn by fiddling around with the council mainframe we got dialup access to in the 70s so we bought home computers and PCS. Now you can't let them fiddle around with PCs we have under service agreements, so you need single board embedded machines.

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Re: No RPi please

Or Access or Powerpoint, or Word ? I think this is how we got to ICT in the first place.

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capped at around 20 per cent of children

The number of children who have a sustainable interest in being in school is capped at around 20%

The whole point of school, of teachers, of classrooms, of curriculums, exams and the barbed wire fences is to keep the other 80% occupied for a day while their parents go to work.

To say that RPi is unsustainable because only 20% of kids have a lifelong interest says what about all the other subjects? What proportion of children interested in ox-bow lakes do you need to scrap the geography teacher?

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

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Re: Why?

Still doesn't explain why people live in Slough

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Heroic Register reader battles EXPLODING COMPUTER

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Re: Buy a decent PSU, and have a suitable (NOT WATER) fire extinguisher handy!

A real BOFH's bedroom would have Halon

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Their One Year Mission: To boldly find the effects of null G on humans

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Re: Bah!

But they were commies - it doesn't count. What science needs is to show how long republicans can spend in space.

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Nexus 4 actually has 4G: But only in Canada, and potentially ILLEGAL

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Re: They slipped up

Because you only need to get approval for it's intended use. Unlike medical/aviation where you also need to prove that it's approved even in un-intended or fault conditions.

This came up with Linux wifi drivers. A commercial operating system manufacturer (mentioning no names) claimed that they should be illegal because some "hacker" could reprogram them to an un-approved state

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Driverless trucks roam Australian mines

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Re: The real savings are surprising.

Most of these places are flyin-flyout. You work 7 /10/14 days on and the same off, you live on site and get all meals provided - like an oil rig. The food is good though - surf''n'turf is an easy way to keep your staff happy!

But the site is completely dry - nobody driving 300tonnes of truck worth $5M is getting anywhere near a beer, and expect to get your luggage seriously inspected for drugs - even if you are just a programmer going in to fix something.

If you can handle the boredom of driving at 10km/h for the same 15min round trip for a 12hour shift - you make more than I do as a programmer and half half the year at home.

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Re: As far as I'm aware, "GPS" won't work underground.

Mining is a fascinating well paid and generally safe job in most civilised countries ( well Australia and Canada) at least if you stay out of coal mining. Compared to construction or forrestry where people seem to go out of their way to try and kill themselves, deep hard-rock mining is safe as houses.

The main drawback is that the mines are generally in the middle of nowhere, in the sort of town where a fancy night out is the hot dogs at the gas station - they dream of one day getting a McDonalds

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Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

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Re: uhm...

At least you got C++, we (a world top5 university) couldn't get a copy of any sort of compiler out of IBM for OS2.

Their attitude was basically, if you want to buy a mainframe - fine, if you want to buy any other IBM product go **** yourself.

Eventually we gave up, switched to buying Dec-Alpha PCs running NT, wiping them and installing linux. Why Dec alphas running NT were a fraction of the cost of Alphas running VMS or Ultrix is the reason Dec isn't around today either.

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