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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Because Microsoft, fearful for canabilising their OS sales on laptops, mandated 1 Gb Ram and 1024x600 limit on the machines to be allowed to run the cheap / low power versions of the OS.

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Chinese cyber-spook crew back in business, say security watchers

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Re: The obvious .... to those in states of denial

But it's not fair - we used to be the only ones spying on commercial rivals in other countries because you had to spend billions on Echelon. Now any kid with PC in an internet cafe can do it - it's just not cricket

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Re: Ban this UNIX malware !

No simply hand control over English language over to the RIAA/MPAA - then anybody attempting to hack a system by using commands based on English words will be violating copyright and they will come down on them like a ton of pirate DVDs

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

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Re: No Gorilla glass

hmmm ?

Why would the manufacturer not fit something that would prevent you having to buy a new phone the first time you put it in the same pocket as your keys?

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Can't find your motor? Apple patents solve car park conundrums

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Re: Already exists!

Or if you have an original Nokia phone you could just throw it as hard as possible at random until it hit your car and set off the alarm which you recognise - and with a old Nokia the phone would still work

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Re: Wouldnt it be simpler

Literary alternatives - just leave a trail of breadcrumbs, or unwind a thread from your cloak

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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A revelation

So Dr Dre's PhD isn't in acoustics then ?

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Re: Beats vs. BeyerDynamic

And then somebody else to turn the loudness up to 11

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Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

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Re: I'll get my baseball bat

Crowdsourcing works perfectly well with emotive subject like terrorism or murders.

The problem is that to train a neural net (human or artificial) you need to be able to classify the inputs.

Since in this case nobody knew what the crowd was looking for - it became a "find somebody young/brown/male" system

Which in fairness it was very good at,

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Court orders Visa partner to allow donations to WikiLeaks

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VISA can simply terminate it's operations in Iceland if it doesn't like the local laws there.

If Saudi airlines in Britain decided to refuse to employ women or gays or jews then the British court would have a perfect right to send them to the naughty step - whatever the rules were at home. They then have the choice to obey or go home.

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Re: Makes sense to me

Or didn't allow donations to Greenpeace, or CND, or the labour party or ....

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Cameron: Get those saucy websites off Blighty's public Wi-Fi

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Re: Missing the point.

But how can you possibly argue with the "Children's Charities Coalition on Internet Safety" ?

It's got children, charity AND safety in it's name!

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Re: Dear Dave

Yes but today on the internet those same children could see pictures of naked WOMEN.

What state would the government, the civil service and the conservative party be in if boys from public schools started preferring women ?

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Re: No sex please, we're British?

At least reading playboy on your phone is safe http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/02/playboy_app_ios_apple_censorship/

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Re: Yawn.

But then , when they grow up, won't they be more likely to want to have sex than blow other people up?

Won't somebody think of the children ( of the shareholders in BAe/Thales/Vickers )

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Re: How would it work?

I'm picturing row upon row of civil servants each seated at a monitor wearing a strategically placed blood pressure cuff. If the "lever" goes up a bell rings and the site is banned.

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Re: It's about time!

and killed Diana

(c) Daily Express

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Re: Yes they do...

Wasn't there a cock-up recently when MP's emails about a sexual offences bill were blocked by the House's own system ?

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Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

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Re: Applied Placebo Effect?

"If everyone takes the "test" and everyone has their self esteem raised...."

But if some people took it again - their esteem would be doubled each time

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Re: Again?

Those are great fun.

You just ask, very loudly in front of HR and other applicants.

Oh I understand - you use the handwriting on the form to check if I'm a women and the colour selection to test my racial background?

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"I have taken frequent stands in the face of strong opposition."

I tried it at Chelsea once, I thought their new stand would look good for our school sports field.

They didn't like it.

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Arbeit macht Frei

Wasn't perhaps the best mission slogan for the new department

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Re: Gov't tests

>The test is designed to find out if you can recognize a geometric series.

But disqualifies all those that know that rainfall doesn't follow a geometric series.

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Got a Windows XP end-of-life plan? Neither does anyone else

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Re: Installation easier with Linux

It's now quicker and easier to install Linux even on modern computers than it is to install Windows.

Apart from the "a gnat has farted near your computer - reboot" messages

I don't miss trawling dozens of manufacturer's sites trying to find drivers.

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My plan?

To shout - excellent, I have a proven OS that my users are very familiar with, that runs great on that 5year old HW and which MSFT is going to stop trying to break with updates every week.

So I don't get security updates - most of which fix the security flaws that were introduced by last week's update. Or that new IE feature to allow my phone to share cat photos with my car through facebook (or my cat share car photos - I'm never sure)

So I firewall my XP machines (and funnily enough my vista/7/8 machines)

I have rules to stop people opening attachments (in fact since most of my XP machines are doing real work - they don't even have outlook installed)

And basically breath a big sigh of relief and wonder how long I can put off the Windows9 upgrade

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Google's $1 fiber deal will cost Provo, Utah $1.7m

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Re: Recovery.

More likely contractor was paid to pull cable and filed the correct permits for that work.

But the contractor wasn't paid to hook up the equipment so didn't care which one was fibre #1 in cable #2 of bundle #3. The city engineering dept didn't care as long as they recorded which road was being dug up.

Since nobody has connected anything to these bare fibees nobody has a list of which ones go where

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Ofcom to UK: Really - you're using the same password for everything?

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Re: True but misleading

>far too many websites now are demanding e-mail addresses and passwords for the most basic of transactions and one-off purchases.

And lo he created mailinator.com and saw that it was good

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White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm

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Wouldn't the solution be for the states to collect together into some sort of federation and have a central federal government to regulate this sort of thing?

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Re: Have I understood it correctly?

They could collect sales tax from buyers if, for example, the states had access to all your browsing history and email without a warrant - didn't I hear about a bill like that recently?

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Re: Sounds fair

High street stores can just level the playing field.

Go into Best Buy and choose the item, go to the till and click to buy it online from their Caymen Island's web server and then pick it up from their instore delivery option immediately = nobody pays any tax.

Exactly what Boeing does when you buy an aircraft from them, or Rolls Royce does when you buy their engines.

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ICO probes Home Office refusal to reveal Snooper's Charter details

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Re: enough chat, what do I do about it?

Brazilian - and he wasn't wearing a heavy jacket, they made that bit up later,

Congratulations you could be home secretary!

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Re: Why doesn't someone call Ms May out on her untruths?

>Food standards Agency ??

In the US, after 9/11, all the government agencies involved with public safety came under the DHS.

Which stopped commie pinko anti-business schemes - like inspecting meat plants for salmonella - to concentrate on taking 2.1.oz tubes f toothpaste from you at the airport.

Leading to several hundred extra deaths

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Re: Paedophiles, Terrorists

Not fear but it does make them foam at the mouth.

Really the Daily Mail is just a psychology experiment that got out of hand.

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New poll says Assange could win Australian Senate seat

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Re: can someone wanted for international crimes

>after all he's not been convicted for anything.

Isn't that still a requirement for Australian politics - or just being premier?

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Securing the Internet of Things - or how light bulbs can spy on you

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Re: No

So you can pay premium rate for your electrciity rather than economy7 or economy-super where you let the power company turn down your AC at certain times in return for a 50% discount

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Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill

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Re: You takes your chances..........

And not only was there no crime here - but the not-crime wasn't committed by Oracle.

So it's more like someone spilling your point - your lawyers deciding that the person hasn't enough money to be worth suing and so suing Carlsberg, because they have $billions, for not doing enough to prevent pint spilling.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Re: The blog

A lorry turns left across the bike lane with a nice steel barrier - and it's the cyclists fault.

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It's official! Register hack is an alcohol-flushed cave dweller

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Re: Oops About Neanderthal DNA! Change this quick Lester

They do however share some DNA with another extinct group that lived around the same time in Africa http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-07-26/national/35487288_1_denisovans-neanderthal-dna-modern-humans

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Dark matter researchers think they've got a signal

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It's their own fault

Call it the God particle and it jumps out at you, call them WIMPS and they hide for years.

They should rename the theory super-universe-powering-energetic-real particles and then they would have the confidence to stand up and be counted.

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Notebook makers turn to Android in face of Windows woes

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Re: Elephant in the room?

Or Intel could just licence ARM

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Re: My next purchase

If you are visiting the former colonies anytime - you can get open box ARM ChromeBooks for <$200 at every Best-Buy.

The sales person was explaining that lot sof people buy them because they are $250 but return them because they don't have MS-whatever.

She looked at me and said "but you understand all that" - I think I should be insulted

ps. If they have been registered the free however-many-Gb of Google drive offer will fail - but if you email them they will reinstate it.

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Re: Good news

>There is no content in Android that "belongs" to Microsoft. I will be happy to take that to court, too.

That's MSFT's strategy. You can take us to court over Android patents - but while you are doing that we will stop your OEM Windows licenses.

So Samsung/Acer/Asus/etc how do you feel about selling no windows machines for 20years while we discuss this?

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Re: Poor M$

>Microsoft were unethical from MSDOS

You aren't old enough to have dealt with IBM, ICL and even DEC - at least when MSFT **** you they let you install the lubricant

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Google shakes up US utility with green power tariff

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Re: Saving the world? My arse.

It's great here in BC.

We sell local hydro electricity to California as super expensive premium green-power and make up the local demand from oil plants in Alberta

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Re: Aluminum and Heavy Water

If only there was a way of transmitting information at almost the speed of light through some system of tubes.

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>> the search giant made $3.55bn in net income

But paid 27cents in taxes.

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Re: Farm it out

> I ask them to define what socialism is.

Socialism is not having a choice of which fire department come when you dial 911 - and not having a choice of 911

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Re: So what prevents Google from load balancing to power budget???

They do - they even use passively cooled data centers and switch loads to where it's colder.

So rather than turn up the AC in North Carolina in summer, you switch the load to Maine

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Ants have careers; you don't want them

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Re: They Were Tired

No it will just be a little smooth slab of metal and glass with a shiny screen.

I for one, welcome our black polo-neck wearing overlords.

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