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NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star

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general ignorance question

Say we put a telescope on the Moon pointing at Kepler-186f in conjunction with one on Earth. It would collect photons from a disc the same radius as the Moons orbit.

Would Kepler-186f look bigger? Or would it be out of focus due to the Earth/Moon's orbit around the Sun? Or something else?

There must be something wrong with my understanding here but I'm sure that someone will tell me why.

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Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers

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Catch 22

He could argue that he hired a secret lawyer to contest his case in a secret court. Of course he is bound by law not to reveal any of these details or if he did in fact do any of them. Allegedly.

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Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

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Paris Hilton

Remember to wear knickers

So is my flying car is going to be made of glass?

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Windows

No

I would not touch Windows 8 with a bargepole, thanks anyway.

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Google woos enterprise developers with 'Glass at Work' program

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Big breaths

"shoot video of the patent for sharing with the rest of the team,"

Only if the patent has rounded corners!

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

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FAIL

"things not normally associated with volunteer work."

Like all those Doctors who volunteer to work in disaster areas.

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Icahn, but Iwont: Carl the investor pest ends war with eBay

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FAIL

Sad git

We should feel sorry for people who every waking moment think only of money.

Get a life!

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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" the copy in the VM is keyed against VirtualPC's emulated hardware "

In the interests of research only, where is the emulated BIOS file kept?

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Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

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Re: This has been used in the wild on Bitcoin exchanges

"I suspect it's directly caused by this issue."

bollocks!

I suspect it's the NSA, because they are the puppets of the banks who really don't want Bitcoin to succeed.

The ability to move money without the bank getting a cut? Preposterous!

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EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

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Co-op

I read yesterday that the Co-op are about to sell Sim cards. The prices looked good.

Unfortunately they use EE.

Sorry Co-op but you just lost a potential customer.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Unintended consequences of mesmeric TV screens

If it makes the woman in white think she's a teapot then I don't want one.

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Microsoft spells out new rules for exiling .EXEs

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Too late

The reason that I abandoned Windows was that I spent more time running programs to eliminate malware than actually using it productively.

Last week I saw the first pop-under in years while running Chromium on Xubuntu and visiting yify.tv. (Warning! It's best not to visit this site if you're running Windows)

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Hyper-V telling fibs about Linux guest VMs

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Windows

"No, the team writing the Hyper-V tools are up to date and are part of the Hyper-V team. It is the Linux manufacturers that lag behind in merging the updates to the Integration Tools into their releases. As it mentions in the Microsoft statement."

In other words, Microsoft keep moving the goalposts to ensure a constant level of FUD.

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

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Linux

VM

As for me, I'm going to do one last update and leave XP locked into a VM for the odd time that I may need it.

Hopefully I will never have to install 2GB of bloatware (Nokia Smart Suite) just to update the firmware on my featureless phone ever again.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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Darwin awards all round

As more and more FB users walk in front of trucks whilst wearing their 3D goggles.

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Boffins working on debris float models to track MH370 wreckage

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EPIRB

Maybe planes should carry some EPIRBs. If there were three of them distributed about the cabin then chances are that one would escape the wreck and float to the surface.

Not very expensive to buy and cheap to maintain. Airlines could advertise the fact that they're carried to boost passenger confidence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPIRB

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: upgrading old boxes

I'm typing this on an eeePC900 running Xubuntu 13.10.

An easy install, it all works OOTB and boots up very fast. It resumes from suspend in a couple of seconds and is reconnected to wi-fi in a few more. Added Chromium, it's faster than Firefox.

If you are going for the full-fat install then consider moving /tmp and /var to the 16GB drive because the 4GB drive will fill up fast and leave no room for the updates.

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Upgrade to XP now.

I'm working on a boat at the moment, the LaserPlot chart-plotter runs on MSDOS!

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

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Slinkedin

Maybe that's why I keep getting invites to Linkedin.

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

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Re: Insecure = ok?

I find your plant pot analogy to be wrong.

Say that I'm on the subway and and man next to me has fallen asleep with an open folder on his lap.

I cannot but help to read some confidential information and then tell it to my friends. Is that hacking?

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Twitter turns 8: Five tech kingpins whose first tweets are UNBELIEVABLE

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I must be missing something

I seem to have led a normal life without seeing any tweets.. From reading El Reg I understand that it so sort of communication system that "celebrities" use to let their followers know that they've had a dump.

WTF is that about and why should I care?

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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Joke

Disc full

I wondered why my cloud space is always full. Presumably the handle Mystic Zetabyte is already taken.

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Is there an Arapaho word for this?

When working in any confined space why is the tool that I need behind me?

And how the hell did it get there when I only just put it down?

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Is Microsoft hinting at a fully fondleslab-friendly future for Office 365?

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Windows

What?

Anyone who is recommending MS Office should be sacked immediately.

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Foxtel's new football-watching shirt THROBS after every tackle

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FAIL

???

What a complete waste of time, money and resources.

It's sad enough already to see grown men wearing their football shirts in the pub but this "invention" will put them into a whole new league of fail.

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SACRILEGE! Hitchhiker's Guide game's back ... and it TWEETS at you

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Stop

Tweet?

What's that?

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: Let's hope it's less buggy than 13.10...

13.10 is working fine for me on my netbook.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Agenda Microwriter

Am I the only person to have owned one of these?

The basics of chord based microwriting could be learned in half an hour.

It could also be used as an extra keyboard for your PC.

http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~len/boog/gifs/ag500.jpg

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NASA could have averted near DROWNING TERROR in SPACE

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Different water

It might have been better to analyse the water and see if it was the drinking sort.

I would imagine that the cooling water would have tasted strange after being pumped around a lot of plastic pipes. You would think that it would have contained anti-freeze but it seems not to be the case. A coloured dye would make their life easier.

Maybe a spectroscope could have told them the difference.

http://hackaday.com/2012/08/27/turning-a-webcam-into-a-spectrometer/

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Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years

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Old news

20 or more years ago some crooks tapped into the phone lines of a gold broker.

They ordered a quantity of gold and presented a bankers draft.

When the broker rang the bank they were diverted to the crooks who verified the draft.

The gold was delivered and very quickly the crooks and gold vanished, never to be seen again,

It was a brilliant scheme, the gold gets delivered to you and nobody got hurt.

AFAIK nobody was ever caught.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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FAIL

The ancient and customary pub rules

1. Do not discuss politics

2. Do not discuss religion

3. Do not secretly record people in the bar

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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dum di-di dum dum

I'm sure that I saw a hollowed out volcanic island for sale off the coast of Japan recently.

Where's a white cat icon when you need one?

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Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

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Re: Lucky

But they have "friends" that do have the capability.

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Pirate Bay becomes 'Research Bay' for three days

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Modern Cinema

Because I live in a remote place I rarely go to the cinema. But last week I was in Glasgow and went to see Gravity 3D at the Odeon. The ticket price was over £12 and I had to endure about 30 mins. of adverts.

The most annoying was for some phone based "app" called Cineme which they encouraged you to play in the fecking cinema. WTF!

I will never go there again.

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

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Re: They need...

"I am never sure if crap drivers buy Volvos or Volvos cause crap driving."

It's the former, because if they were not driving a tank they would be dead.

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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meh!

There is no difference between iPhone, Android, Microsoft and now Nokia. They are all controlled by the USA and in light of the Snowden leaks must be considered to be insecure.

I'm sticking with my dumbphone for a while yet, you fanbios just carry on arguing while getting your data slurped.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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Re: Good "books" my arse!

There is a Yoga exercise called "The corpse". It's easy to do, just lie on the floor and imagine that you have died. The cause of death can be different each time that you do it. Then imagine that your body rots away and is reduced to bones, then the bones turning to dust and being blown away.

There are several benefits from doing this exercise, here is two.

We are all going to die someday so this is a good rehearsal, it may reduce the fear of death.

It may begin to give you the feeling that your consciousness can exist without the body.

Some people, including me, have had out of body experiences. This experience raises questions about things like re-incarnation and the possibility of a Deity.

You have to assume that organised religion has subverted it's original teachings for the usual human reasons of power and money. For example, woman were written out of the early Christian church and it became a "men only" club for the elite.

In any event, the Boy Scout motto of "Be prepared" is good advice. Peace.

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Appeals court decides Dotcom warrant was legal after all

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Re: When Big Brother Is After You

"by stealing, and helping steal"

Is that not a libellous statement? Do you remember that old saying "Innocent until proven guilty"?

I suggest that you consult a lawyer immediately.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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FAIL

Common mistake

Take steroids, get into body-building, become insanely vain then violent.

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

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meh

I read one day that two UK daytime TV personalites had retired after 25 years.

I had never seen them!

It will be the same for facebook.

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Wheee GDUNK! Panasonic's latest Toughpads ready to hit the streets

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Re: Windows Tablet!

AFAIR Bell had a slogan for their crash helmets that was "If you have a $10 head then buy a $10 helmet".

I would rather go fishing with a dedicated chart plotter linked to a DSC enabled radio.

When everything goes titsup just press the red button for five seconds. You would not have the time to make a call on your phone or radio.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Selective_Calling

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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A new role

Iain Standen should be made curator of one of the sunken U-boats that surround the UK.

I will supply the lead boots.

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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Smartphones

Yesterday I was thinking of buying my first smartphone.

Today I have changed my mind.

It seems that I will have to wait a year and then investigate the security of an Ubuntu phone.

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Is Google building SKYNET? Ad kingpin buys AI firm DeepMind

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Terminator

?!

They must be testing it out because I just had a video call from Elvis Presley recommending a sailing holiday for only $999.

On a serious note this will go badly when the NSA have the ability to impersonate world leaders. Imagine an AI version of Kim Jong-un ordering his troops via video link to shell a nearby "rebel" regiment.

Nobody will be safe, anyone could be impersonated and discredited or blackmailed.

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KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

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UK2Net

Yup, they too sent me my forgotten password via email in plain text. Not a token but the real thing.

Bad, bad, bad

Anybody have recommendations for a UK web-host?

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Oh those crazy Frenchies! Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

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Paris Hilton

Minicabs, trust your dog

I had my last dog for 12 years during which time he was absolutely fine with anyone he met except one man.

I ordered a minicab to deliver some equipment, my dog took one look at him and was going to rip his throat out.

Make what you like of it but I think that my dog sensed something about that driver that was not good.

Meanwhile back in Paris...

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

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Re: Point 3

We have a 900kw community owned turbine on this island. With the money it made so far we now have two free to use electric cars and two diesel/electric buses. There is also money available for local start-ups.

We also have a domestic 6kw turbine and it's making ~£6000 p.a.

So turbines aren't all bad.

What will reduce us to poverty is the fecking banks and the USA constantly developing better ways to kill people.

As for nuclear power plants, if they are so safe why can't we all have one in our homes?

De-centralized power generation would make sense. But "big business" would not want that and the government like to have the option to switch us all off if we get shirty with them.

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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

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Joke

Question 42

How many 9s are there in the price of an iPhone? A) 10 B) 20 C) I don't know but it's shiny.

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Blame Silicon Valley for the NSA's data slurp... and what to do about it

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Toys

All of our computers and phones are now relegated to Fisher-Price toy status.

They are only suitable for watching mainstream video and light browsing.

Do not use your computer for any form of business or private communication.

2013, the year that the "Paperless Office" finally died.

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Yes, the BBC still uses FTP. And yes, a Russian crook hacked the server

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Happy

This is the BBC..

In today's news we can report that President Putin is a really nice guy and has opened a home for stray puppies.

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