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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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How did Daleks end up in miscellaneous?

Surely they're already in under both Aliens and Cyborgs?

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Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

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Re: Given that this could cause crashes

Ignoring the fact that my title was mostly setup for a joke...

...yes you could hack the lights in a way that didn't cause problems. But that assumes that the person doing the hacking is being responsible. Except the really responsible thing would be to leave them alone. Get enough people messing around with them and someone will eventually decide that doing something silly in rush hour would be fun.

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Given that this could cause crashes

All members of Society should demand that something is done about it - if only for our Self Preservation.

(The one with the keys to the classic mini in the pocket)

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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Re: Apple to Build worlds biggest iStore

I very much doubt Apple are building it. I suspect a local construction company is being paid to do it for them.

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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Which brings us back to the IT angle...

...it depends on which usage of the word free you mean.

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Re: also meant to die...

The alternative question for that is "Why did the chicken commit suicide?"

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: separate recyclables and organics

For the sake of returning astronauts I hope at least some of the organics come back in a separate spaceship.

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TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P

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Re: bars

They're also less well known than the Mars ones.

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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IT Angle

Not me, a friend (*)

A tandem from ebay. Had a minor panic when they sobered up and saw how far they had to go to collect it. I think they rode it once before they sold it on ebay again.

IT angle? HAL's song: Daisy, Daisy....

(*) Yes, I know everyone says that, but on this occasion it wasn't me. I just watched them do it and didn't bother stopping them.

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Click on a Facebook ad on your mobe, then buy a thing on your PC ... Facebook remembers

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If they really want to analyse the effectiveness of their ads...

...then they should take a look at how many times they pay to show an advert for something that has already been bought - often from the same place.

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

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Re: ive wondered why....

Er, modern AV receivers DO come with a mic and a test tone to set-up relative levels and timings to adjust for the speaker-listener distance. At least my Yamaha RX-S600 did (which isn't exactly a specialized high-end system).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJPtCV7GJ0s

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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Re: OK, so I was overly optimistic

I too have stuff older than 5 years old knocking around, but since most of my non-techy friends think my stuff is antique then I tried to guess at more typical time-scales. Perhaps I should have said this will start to be a good thing in 5-10 years?

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It'll be good in about 5 years time...

...once we've got rid of most of the devices using the current connectors. Until then look forward to the slight inconvinience of getting the connector upside down being replaced with the bigger hassle of having the wrong cable or needing an adaptor cable for devices with a built-in A plug that previously needed no cable.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;

The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;

The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:

But O heart! heart! heart!

O the bleeding drops of red,

Where on the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! My Captain! rise up and hear the bells;

Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;

For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;

For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Here captain! dear father!

This arm beneath your head;

It is some dream that on the deck,

You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;

My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;

The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;

From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;

Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!

But I, with mournful tread,

Walk the deck my captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Re: Why has it taken so long?

Er, it hasn't. Take for example this one from 2007 : http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_5310_xpressmusic-2087.php

(part of the clue is in the name).

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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How to cut SMS spam volumes by 90%

Don't deliver any message with "PPI" or "claim" in it.

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

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re: Nighthawk. It not only sounds like a US military war machine

More like a slightly inept French resistance fighter and cafe owner: " 'Allo, 'allo, this is Nighhthawk. Can you hear me"

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: No files ?

Is the registry not ultimately stored in a file?

Surely this only gives a short time where it won't be spotted. Scanners will just start to take a little longer once they're updated to start looking in the registry too, either via the API or by decoded the file(s?) it's stored in directly.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Re: only one way to fix this confusion about the day.

We request, nay demand, a BOFH episode tomorrow to get things back in synch.

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Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH

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Re: Close call...

Just imagine the trouble that would have been caused if it'd been B-52, not B-64 flying over certain countries.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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At least part of the problem seems to be when they're run...

...i.e. all the time in the background. It used to be that the advice was that the only truely reliable virus scan was one done after booting from and then running the software from a known clean, write-protected floppy disk (such as a disk made by booting from and copying the write-protected master disk that came in the box).

These days of course we'd probably need a different boot device and doing the scan with no internet connection active might also be advisable.

Somehow though I don't think most people would accept the inconvinience of going back to that style of scan, even if software that could be run that way was still available.

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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Bad luck...

...and lack of a space program.

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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Not any more, now they've somewhat overcompensated and have a drop in response in the mid-range (right around middle-C).

Either way : Buy Other Sound Equipment.

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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Funny you should mention his songs

He wants post like common people.

He wants to post whatever common people do.

etc.

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Kickstarter tin-rattlers offer reboot of '80s Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

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It's not just one Paypal account. It's all of them, or at least the ones in existence when Elon Musk (you know, the Space X bloke) had a significant involvement in its early days, from which he made a shitload of cash, which he then used to build rockets.

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Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

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Re: main TV not available

Or if the main TV is occupied then go use the PC you're streaming from, which likely has a decent size screen of its own.

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August Patch Tuesday to bring Windows bug fixes AND FEATURES – report

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Re: Microsoft, please don't add a start menu ....

I don't think there will be a problem. Classic Shell works perfectly well on Windows 7, even though that has it's own start menu.

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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Logan's Run

Its nothing to do with message notifications. Its to more clearly inform the world how old your phone is:

"A phone model's age is revealed by it's Apple crystal embedded in the back of their iPhone that changes color every seven months, yellow (age 0-6), then blue (age 7-13), then red (age 14-20), then blinks red and black on Lastday, and finally turns black at 21."

Those whose phone shows a yellow logo will be able to more easily show off to the world that they have the latest phone. Blue should be seen as a sign that the user should start planning their next phone purchase. Red will be a cause for embarasment that the phone is so old. Black is to minimize the logo's visibility, anyone with such a phone shows a lack of commitment and they should be spurned just the same as those with other phones.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: Paper shortages

Earthdawn?

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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Re: unauthorized pr0n

You have authorized pr0n where you work?

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Re: Black space craft? Whatever could go wrong

"That," he said, "that... is really bad for the eyes."

It was a ship of classic, simple design, like a flattened salmon, twenty yards long, very clean, very sleek. There was just one remarkable thing about it.

"It's so... black!" said Ford Prefect. "You can hardly make out its shape... light just seems to fall into it!"

The blackness of it was so extreme that it was almost impossible to tell how close you were standing to it.

"Your eyes just slide off it..." said Ford in wonder.

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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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Re: Softer landing

Which would be fine if the water landings weren't just a test for future land landings. Stopping at the surface might cause some problems now, but saves having to re-calibrate and test everything again later when they don't want to be getting to the surface with significant velocity left.

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Space geeks' resurrected NASA Sun probe ISEE-3 now on collision course with THE MOON

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#nevergiveupneversurrender

Not available on this occasion. From the hashtags these guys are using we're clearly talking Galaxy Quest, not Star Trek. So major problems are solved by a phone-call to the fans; which is pretty much what has been done to get this far.

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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re: Nostromo

Red Dwarf would also be acceptable.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: What about Folded Displays

or the return of the flip-phone, but with the screen covering both halves.

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Islamic terror peril hits US giants' phone wallets

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Re: ISIS's name confuses me anyway

Well yes, I know that. But they really should have done more market research on how their name would have turned out in other countries. I mean car makers and the like do their best (but sometimes fail) to make sure that their latest model doesn't translate into 'giant wang' or 'flatulent sheep' or something else embarasing in some language or other.

In this case it's particularly bad. Not only are the initials taken, but correspond to another earlier religion's goddess. If car makers were that careless you'd have French manufacturers naming their large family car after a British small single seater electric buggy. Oh, wait a minute, you may have a point...

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ISIS's name confuses me anyway

Why would a bunch of muslim extremists name themselves after an ancient Egyptian goddess?

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

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Wireless-controlled contraception implant is coming, says MIT

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I read elsewhere that the range of the wireless is pretty much 'skin contact', not across the room. If you're going to get that close in order to interfere with it then you have many more options of how to do harm, ones which don't even need the victim to have an implant.

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UK Xmas 2014: Go to shops a normal human, walk out a glasshole

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Re: door wedge

Nah, the Surface is terrible as a door wedge. This just proves the Macbook Air is the better device, not only is it more wedge shaped but its heavier too - much better for stopping a door moving.

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Re: Is "needs internet connection"

Surely "battery not charged" is the new batteries not included?

I'm not sure if this is better or worse than batteries not included. On the one hand charging the built-in battery is likely to take less time than waiting for the shops to open once xmas is over. On the other hand there isn't the option of borrowing a couple of AAs from some other device.

(kids - just don't ask which device they were out of if its your Mum that finds 'spare' batteries).

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Remember the turbo button on PCs? New AWS instance has one for CPU burst

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Re: For those damned yoof amongst us:

Often accompanied by a dual 8-segment led readout of the current speed on the front of the case. This wasn't actually a measurement, the two values were set with jumpers and so could be unrelated to the true speed (some systems used HI and LO instead of numbers).

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

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Flash!, I love you!

But we only have 14nm to save the data

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GCSE Computing teachers cry victory as board decides NOT to bin tech teens' work

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Re: Kids, parents: don't worry

Chocolate teapots are as useful as any other novelty chocolate item. The important thing is to assess their usefulness as chocolate, not as teapots.

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Iraq civil war: You can fight with an AK-47 ... or a HOME-COOKED Trojan

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Re: one uses at least an AK-74

Out of preference perhaps. However I suspect most people wanting a gun will take an AK-47 if its what is available, rather than complain its too old and do without.

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Re: What size are these mice?

Perhaps they've been to the fire swamp and found some R.O.U.S.s?

(Rodents Of Unusual Size).

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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Re: A couple of simple tricks:

Also 'most recent' still has a scrambled order. Random posts are selected to be ordered based on the date of the last comment, not the date they were posted. How this order differs from the top-stories order I'm not sure, but its not what I'd expect from 'most recent'.

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I think on this occasion you fit the standard profile perfectly. That is what ALL their users want from their news feed, but facebook won't give it them.

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