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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Perhaps it is a remnant of an infection event rather than an extinction event.

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Google and Obama: You’re too close for comfort

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I Block Them

My website blocks their crawlers. I call them Hotlinker Helper. Bing and Yahoo and Yandex as well. Google "disappeared" me for a while in retaliation, but some of my tech articles are unique and popular so I get a few grudging referrals again now. They are linked elsewhere, and I don't care if no one pays attention to them on a given day. I'm not on adwords and have other enterprises, so they don't hurt me, just themselves, with a little less stolen content to parasitically display.

If we all did that they'd be dead, they don't produce anything themselves. Like many magnates, their whole imagination is bent upon manipulating others for profit.

Any techs want to do the world some good, make a search engine that works on the principle of Bittorrent, where popularity is based on useful interactions and there is no center to hold, by anyone. Leechers, seeders, and searchers unite.

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Google adds evil-code scanning to Play Store

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"The high levels of malware found on the Play Store has long been a program - even being used by Apple to promote its own "safer" products."

More, please, about the program Apple uses on the Play store. And why has is a better choice than have in that sentence.

And let's have some comments about stupid Yanks and their inability to use English as well.

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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Re: locations

Gets really confusing when we offer Brits a lift, when they don't own a building to put it in.

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Doh! iTunes store goes down AFTER Apple Watch launch

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If you can't say anything nice, at least be amusing about it.

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Consumers beware! Ofcom's seen a scary new mobe nasty: APPS

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Thank you so much

*for the footnote

Very helpful.

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HP's great – I prefer it on bacon rather than my printer, though

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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

I warmly invite you to get links working a nano-second or two before any announcement such as this. Basics, my lad, basics.

A patch that breaks Powerpoint? What's wrong with that?

I don't understand all the hateful comments about HP? I have to confess, I don't understand the ins and outs of the proposed split, but I LOVE HP. It's easily the best sauce on a bacon sandwich.

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Last year was utter rubbish. Thanks for being part of it!

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Smack Dabb On

Good 'un.

ciaran, coulda been Dennis Rodman that let him know...

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

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Re: Broken microSD and locked bootloader

Thanks to your comment I found out that it has external storage. Before reading this review I was unaware that Ladies Home Journal and The Register had merged.

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High Court: You've made our SH*T list – corked pirate torrent sites double in a day

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"Legitimate Economy"

He said that with a straight face?

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Do you spend ages wasting time because of a bulging rack?

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Re: Saved £250k ..

And lost their nice trombones.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Photo Editors

Two free ones that don't get much mention, both offer Linux builds, Darktable and Lightzone. I have another primary photo app I use, not free, but both of these appear to be quite capable when I try them periodically LZ was commercial.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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No...

Reverse gears are usually straight-cut, thus whine.

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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First I heard of Linux-powered anything...

Can I convert my car to run on it?

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South Londoner wins Reddit MILLIONAIRE not-a-lottery lottery

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Re: errrm....

Ya know, that's how I took it... but then it occurred that there are people who --if they were empowered financially-- might do greater good. Crowdfunding a change in the balance. So to speak.

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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Calling International Rescue.

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

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New article title: "1 Thing you Never Heard Before About Buzzfeed"

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Uber bends over for internal privacy probe amid stalking claims

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Re: Priceless quote

Mostly from a man named Zuck, it seems.

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If only 0.006% care about BLOOD-SOAKED METAL ... why are we spending all this cash?

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Re: Would you care enough to pay more for ...

It is happening today, somewhat disguised. I call it Slavery 2.0, although I might have the version number wrong. I'm not in on the planning meetings.

One of the economic issues with slavery was that it still cost to provide housing and food, the labor wasn't entirely free. The market always wants to cut costs and boost revenue.

So now in the US they pay slaves, but just enough so that they can administer their own slave quarters. It saves on admin, health, and facilities maintenance. The slaves pay an inordinate share of tax which helps pay for the healthcare they can't afford otherwise.

This benefits other country-club attendees as well, landlords, utility providers, used car dealers, payday lenders, etc. It has the thin sheen of liberty, but there is absolutely no wiggle room, no one is going far from their quarters. And if they do, they'll spend it on another country clubber's enterprise, like a tavern.

There's a joke about Rick Perry in Texas; he added so many jobs that you can have 3 of them to stay afloat. It is better than the 3rd world, but it ain't freedom.

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More Microsoft staffers shown the door in Round 3 of job cuts

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The quantity is interesting, but what will tell is whether they have turned to repelling quality. Be interesting to know how many of those let go are hired quickly by other firms. That is the story that would interest.

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Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV

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AC, good idea to be cautious. Also, if you want a GUI, etrecheck will make you a nice list as well. Not sure if ti gets the same things, but I have found some mouldering daemons with it.

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New software ported from Windows to Mac! You'll never guess what. Yes, it's spyware

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symantec.com is my idea of a bad place. If the Reg keeps doing these important-content-free articles it's going to be right up there.

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

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Gone

The last place to hide from the NSA.

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NIST told to grow a pair and kick NSA to the curb

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Re: One thing right.

Also..."a lack of qualified personnel was a *key shortfall* for the NIST."

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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

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If yer doing photos, Capture One is worth a look.

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The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale

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Re: I'll bet it will be quite stiff

Ra-di-a-tion. Yes, indeed. You hear the most outrageous lies about it. Half-baked goggle-box do-gooders telling everybody it's bad for you. Pernicious nonsense. Everybody could stand a hundred chest X-rays a year. They ought to have them, too.

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Apple tips Shiraz down all its techies' throats (that's the rumoured name for OS X 10.10)

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Finally catching up to BeOS. Except in functionality.

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JavaScript guru slots into Mozilla CTO seat left empty by anti-gay marriage ex-boss

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They can't get it right...

Now they promote a guy named Gal! What are they thinking? Pendulum too far the other way. Geeesh.

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Tom Ridge: Private sector lagging in cybersecurity

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WTF is a warfighter? Was there something wrong with saying military?

Simpleton Bush language still smouldering out there.

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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Such a shame...

..that the acronym couldn't work out to PICPU.

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Symantec fires CEO Steve Bennett: To lose 1 chief is unfortunate, to lose 2 is OK, apparently

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When it comes to Symantec, I'm not sympathetic.

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

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The information fell into the wrong hands when the police got it.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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A bit early to buy visittropicalgreenland.com ?

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Apple flops out latest OS X Mavericks beta, hopes sound+graphics sorted

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I do not understand the frenzy to update. No OS X release has been useful until after the 10.x.5 release at minimum. Up to then it's beta-land.

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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

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"We are liaising with the police and highest level of cyber crime authorities."

That is reassuring.

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Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

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Re: I wonder...

It's like the one in the US: To Protect (the wealthy) and to Serve (warrants on poor people).

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Apple finance overlord Oppenheimer: I love Apple, but I gotta get this pilot licence. See ya

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Do I hear a bell tolling faintly?

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Not just an Acquisition...

but a confession as well. The idea gauge reads empty.

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Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

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Angry Flappy Birds

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You DON'T need a new MacBook! Reg man fiddles with Fusion, pimps out vintage Pro

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What happens if one of the drives fails physically? Let's say we want to try the freezer trick to grab some data, can it be stuffed in a case and mounted externally after being formatted that way?

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Gold meddler: Doctor Who is 50 years old TODAY

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Did anyone else notice another anniversary coincident with this one?

One of the stumbling blocks to resolving that other anniversary is that more than one shooter was possibly involved, yet only one was apprehended. For 50 years there have been arguments about whether the shooter acted alone, yet physical evidence of additional shooters is sparse.

Was a Tardis near the grassy knoll that day?

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Lavabit, secure email? Hardly, says infosec wizard Moxie Marlinspike

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Why didn't Snowden understand the vulnerability?

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Tesla battery fire pushes beleaguered firm's share price even lower

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A little anecdotal data point: Last summer I was commuting into Miami. Over the course of two weeks I saw the same Tesla car 4 times in traffic. Two of them on its own power and two of them on a rollback. It's surprisingly large in person, nice looking. But the rollback frequency is reminiscent of 80's Jaguar ownership.

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Apple scrambles to fix buggy Mavericks apps

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Apple Upgrades

Why do people even consider this before the .6 revision is out?

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If you're not paying, you're product: If you ARE paying, it's no better

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Replacing Facebook

Replacing Facebook is idiotic, I agree. Better to host my own site with info I can delete and change at will, and avoid free services as much as possible. There are these things called search engines that can find me anyway if someone wants to look me up. I can type short blurbs if I want to be succinct, without signing up for yet another service that limits my characters for me. I can have private pages that stay private and can be removed.

This is all dependent upon my not being egotistically bound to artificial stats about how may people are paying attention to me. Which are mostly set up to drive the user to produce even more free content. Or have trolly articles with half-baked conclusions. Like certain articles on certain tech sites, say.

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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File Browser Question

Is it possible to have a column view in Nemo like OS X?

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Redmond expands fanboi trade-in program to include iPhones

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Will they throw in a free Zune?

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Android chief leaves Google for Chinese fork seller Xiaomi

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No non-competes in Cali...

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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change

Who's being a third-world country now?

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