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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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"There are no oxygen-free cables in Sony studios."

I knew there was a reason One Direction sound so awful...

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Re: Niven has this one covered

With every passing year, Brazil looks more and more like a documentary.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Re: Wasted IP ranges

What does the Dept of Work and Pensions need 16 million IPv4 addresses for? Is this why they're so determined to cut down the number of claimants / people eligible for any benefits, so they can have one IP address each?

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SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

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Not just on roads

The departure signs at Nottingham station recently had problems, and were happily rebooting and showing their IP address.

Next train to Hogwarts leaves in 14 minutes...

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Re: Best one I saw...

Was it in English or German?

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Re: Nice Traffic System You've Got Here...

To be fair, the London licensed taxi system is not quite the protection racket that it is in, say, San Francisco. If you can pass 'the Knowledge' test, haven't any significant criminal convictions, and have a few hundred pounds for test etc fees, you too can be licensed.

What you charge is then regulated and you can't go 'Nah, not taking you there, mate' without risking losing your licence.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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Re: We're all running out of IPv4 address space

If you want to move everyone to IPv6, just ban HTTP/1.1 requests. If we went back to one IP address can only host one website, people would risk getting killed in the stampede away from IPv4.

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

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Best 'smart' TV

.. any dumb 1920x1080 screen with a spare HDMI socket and a Raspberry Pi attached to it.

The £200 TV + £25 Pi here craps all over a friend's £700 'smart' TV of the same size.

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

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Re: Chaos ahead

You can't sue a horse or its creator. I suspect you've never needed 'third party' insurance to have one pull your milk float either.

You can sue the company that designed the driverless car, the company that programmed it, their insurers, and anyone else vaguely in the line of fire.

If you were an insurer, would you accept that the software was bug free and would not cause a serious crash?

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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Re: Pi WiFi

I just used the ethernet port and plugged into the router...

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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Perfect tedium

Obviously, I'm going to be downvoted for this, but Tetris is a boring puzzle game for people who can't do Sokoban.

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Fantastic fantasy four-way fling – and family-friendly fun

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Lots of even better board games

If you haven't already seen boardgamegeek, do have a look.

Depending on his age, SmallWorld would be another one to try.

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"The Peter Jackson films continue to do justice to this awesome source material"

Ha.

The first two have been major league bum ache - far more padding on screen than on any cinema seat - with no dramatic tension whatsoever. The ludicrous chase scenes are probably the worst bits.

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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"The core of Windows XP was developed before the Internet."

Really?

"Not to be confused with the World Wide Web", as WP's page on the Internet says at the top.

Even Windows 95 was developed after the Web.

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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Second will be

"How much did Microsoft pay Apple for this"

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Re: Next on Surface

Apple (computers) did lose a couple of earlier cases brought by Apple (Beatles) though.

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

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Just get a Fleshlight

.. and either use your own (or indeed someone else's) hand to move it, or arrange it with some pillows and hump it.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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If one company "owns" a language..

.. it is a very good reason not to use it.

They will, at some point, abandon it or do something else that breaks old code.

Still, it's not as if there isn't a history of some people accepting the mantraps in an Apple walled garden.

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Flaws open gates to WordPress en-masse SEO beat-down

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... if you have open registration, you are at risk

Since its creation, WordPress has had an annual user privilege escalation exploit of one form or another. The only new thing about this one is that it's a plugin at fault, rather than the core.

Don't let people you do not trust absolutely have any form of account using wp-login.

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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Re: Mint or Kubuntu...

In practice, the last few have upgraded fine via editing /etc/apt/sources.list and doing a apt-get dist-upgrade

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

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Yes, what is it that you want to do?

It sounds like backup, rather than 'Oh £$%&, I need to recover data off a borked system'.

Backup is a case where OSS is safer than proprietary. If there is a popular closed source backup program that has not, at some point, changed its file formats to something incompatible with previous versions, I have not discovered it. Typically, old versions are only supported on old OSes or for one more version of the program. As a result, I - and probably most other people - have some old backups you can't easily read.

Do you want to restore to a different machine or an identical laptop? (Many image programs will leave you with a backup that won't run on the new one.) Do you want to access the backup from anywhere on the planet with an internet connection? How much data, and how often do you want to back it up, and what's it worth?

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Boffins: How to generate crypto-keys using a smartphone – and quantum physics

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Re: Just wondering

Out of patent in less than two years.

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Could a 'Zunewatch' be Microsoft's next hardware foray?

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Re: Are MS trying to intentionally fail?

Many years ago, video watches were a SF fantasy item. Everyone wore a watch and doing wireless video?!? Incredible! The people now in charge of tech companies read those stories, and this is why they think smartwatches are a good idea.

Unfortunately for that idea, we now have supercomputers in our pockets, and want bigger, better screens for them. The mass demand for smartwatches simply is not there.

Watches are now fashion items or 'look, I've got loadsamoney' ones. Yes, you could spend lots on a smartwatch, but why?

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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Re: Why is it the junk that hangs on?

I was quite sad to sell the Atari 800 along with a pile of peripherals and manuals a couple of years ago. A magnificent micro.

But I'd never actually use it again, so...

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Re: Athlon XP 2400 PC

"some dutch progressive media ;)"

And the pr0n is probably on a torrent site somewhere.

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Re: Athlon XP 2400 PC

"Would probably work fine as a firewall or file server for the house"

It might do, but it will be cheaper in terms of electricity and reliability to just get a modern box to do it. It'll be quieter and take up less space too.

BTDT - the old 'large microwave' sized PC that served as a firewall was replaced by something the size of a small paperback book.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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Producing emails himself

If he showed a printout saying it was an email dated prior to summer 2013 to the head of the NSA saying 'What we're doing is illegal, love Ed', would anyone believe he had sent it then, based on that?

No.

On the other hand, if the NSA deny that he ever did anything, then say that actually he did do something a bit like it, it becomes a lot more believable that he is telling the truth about having done so.

(Oh, and 'ho ho ho' to the idea that the NSA was worried about being dragged into court about anything and so chucks internal emails away after a few weeks.)

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About to make a big bet? Don't crash out, cash in with the power of maths

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"My dog's got no nose..."

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Re: Ahhh Monte Carlo - Cost Modelling

A few years ago, the stories were about people who'd bought 'off plan' complaining that they were being expected to pay what they said they'd pay, not what it was actually worth now. Because it was now worth a lot less.

Now, especially darn sarf in Lunnun, 'off plan' buyers are complaining that both sides were not tied to a price agreed years ago, and they're being asked to pay what it's worth now.

I wonder how many are the same people.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Re: As far as I am concerned

.. or you can buy the law.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Computer beating best chess players

Au contraire, the people writing computer chess programs were saying in the 1950s that they'd beat the world champion within ten years. It took them about forty years, and most of that success was down to the Moore's law improvements in hardware.

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Re: Use case

Platooning has been 'coming soon' since the 1970s, if not before. It is still not here yet - even the Dutch police who love to drive fast in very tight formation on motorways don't use it.

You're in one. If the car in front of you brakes, for whatever reason, and your car hits it (perhaps because its brakes aren't quite as good), pushing it into another... the lawyers get rich, but whose insurance company gets a bit poorer?

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Re: compelling arguments.

Would you insure one?

If so, there's this bridge you might want to buy...

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Re: Things can only get better ®

Ah, but there wasn't a hundred plus years of statues and case law around flying powered machines.

In this case, there are an awful lot of very well established rules about driving machines, including ones that say that the person in the vehicle can be - and often is - liable if it hits someone or something.

"But the nice people at Google said I didn't need a steering wheel" is unlikely to help you in your day, oops, years in court as the lawyers argue who is to blame.

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Re: Automated driving in North London

Never mind the coroner, I want to be one of the deceased's lawyers.

In fact, if I were a lawyer, I'd probably step out in front of one just to be able to sue everyone from the owner / 'not driver' down to the programmers.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: "You could at least be sure that Han shot first with Quentin at the helm."

JJ Abrams: Well, on the plus side, MI:III is easily the best of the franchise. On the other, all the rest of his haven't been.

The problem with letting Tarantino near one would be his ego and the inevitable cameo: "What do you think, Jedi Quentin?"

I'd like to see one by Park Chan-wook or Kim Jee-woon. Stunning visually, and not afraid of revenge killing blood baths which is what (without the blood) the Star Wars films have been about.

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Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

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Re: The tank used for the illustration ...

I always knew I should be respectful to my siblings' daughters...

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: @Fihart re snakeoil

"The presentation has much of the qualities exhibited by the finest Silver conductor cables along with the musicality of quality copper conductors, which provides useful benefits with the likes of YouTube videos, which do not always exhibit the greatest clarity through a standard USB connection"...

I always knew the problem with YouTube was that I didn't pay £950 for a USB lead, but foolishly settled for a "less sophisticated £495 Digital Music Box Linus" one!

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Re: Do Apple want the streaming licenses from Beats?

Given how much they pay - "Beats Music has just 111,000 registered accounts, leaked figures show: Royalty statement shows streaming service set up by Dr Dre paid just $0.000126 per play in March" says the Guardian story - it probably is.

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Re: Analogue, and it not being digital... and why 192k could be useful, not audible

Kit following CDs uses 48kHz because a) it can be marketed as 'better' and b) it's hard for consumers to copy between 44.1kHz and 48kHz without introducing audible artefacts, thus encouraging them to buy the same stuff again (again).

I think the second one was seen as the most important.

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How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

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From having had to deliver stuff to people in it..

.. there are streets in Belper, Derbyshire which are numbered according to when they were built.

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Re: re: I only read the summary

I only read the title.

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Bill Gates: Sell off Bing? Nah. Xbox? Maybe...

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Re: wait a second

It's the "We are going to have an overall gaming strategy" that would worry me if I were a shareholder. They haven't had one for the past decade?!?

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

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For more scammery

Have a look at the prices for .london domains.

They vary according to whether that name is in a dictionary (hundreds, or over a thousand if it's sexual) or not (a still ludicrous forty quid or so).

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Re: Jesus

It will work for those selling temporary entries in a register - marginal cost over their existing business is as near nil as makes no difference.

People buying them will lose. Those buying them for themselves will find they're less valuable than .com or the local national equivalent. Those buying them to squat will fine they have no buyers for the same reason.

Where is the demand for the new ones? The vast bulk was from those wishing to sell them.

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Re: .GB vs. .UK

It will be the People's Democratic Republic, comrade.

Send him to the salt mines!

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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'Beats Audio' the perfect match for 'Retina displays'.

In so many ways...

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

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Atari

They licensed a 6502 version of Microsoft's BASIC, but decided it wasn't fit for purpose. It certainly wouldn't fit into an 8K byte cartridge which the spec said. And they needed a BASIC now.

So they got Shepardson Microsystems to write a new one. It did fit, and they did it so quickly that it was finished before the contract was signed.

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Win gorgeous strap-on, enter whole new world with Reg compo

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How can I be the first one to say that another sort of strap-on

..would have been far more interesting?

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Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing

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Unlimited space

Either they're lying about that, or it's not long for this world.

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