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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

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Re: A fine idea

The simple answer would just be for the British Embassy to stop paying traffic fines in the US, until they got it up to a similar level.

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

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Re: Self service checkouts

Last time this subject popped up someone pointed out that most self service checkouts have a volume icon, that allows you to turn off the damn voice.

I'd just like to thank that person for making my life better for the last few months, every time I use one it gets muted.

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Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low

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Re: Oh, yeah?

Quantum Physics isn't non-intuitive. Or rather, once you've learnt enough about it then it seems intuitively obvious that (eg) light can behave in particle-like ways, and wave-like ways depending on the circumstances.

I'll admit that when you're first exposed to it it sounds odd, but you can use it to make testable predictions.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: Offensive to Brummies

I've occasionally heard a hammer referred to as a 'forceful screwdriver'*. I've also used a hammer just to get self-tapping screws started, sparingly of course.

*(or less often 'forceful pliers' etc.)

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: We know, you know.

"I was carrying fifty thousand dollars in cash..."

There's a story there ^^

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: Latin is a language...

I also was taught Latin for one year, before being kicked off the course (family tradition).

My Latin master* had taught the father of one of my friends and was consequently approximately as old as his subject in our eyes. His way of 'encouraging' pupils to remember was to grab you by the ear and twist.

That scene in Life of Brian is pretty accurate in a lot of ways.

* I use the word master instead of teacher because it fit him much better, he was from the proper old school.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: Yep

Of course they're both grandstanding, they're politicians, it's what they do. At least they're on the side of the public pissing out as it were...

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Turing biopic with Cumberbatch, Knightley to premiere at London Film Festival

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Re: Does not match!

As another comentard mentioned, at least Turing hasn't been retconned into a yank. Count your blessings etc.

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

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Re: Reg unit acronym

But you could come up with less spoilery names like "A Sharpe Ending".

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Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

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Re: Productivity Suite?

Two months and you still couldn't remember a few buttons? And as for keyboard shortcuts, they only changed six, and that was just slight tweaks to behaviour, every other keyboard shortcut is the same between 2003 and 2010.

When we moved from 2003 to 2007 at my old job even the most intransigent staff were perfectly happy after two weeks, and on a couple of occasions when someone was forced to use the old version, they complained that they wanted the new one back.

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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Re: What century are these guys in?

According to wikipedia: the first version of Debian including apt was in 1999, yum seems to be slightly later (~2001). Windows Update was introduced along with Win95. The Apple software updater was introduced in OS9 (1999). dpkg was originally introduced in 1994, but was just a package installer/remover then, not an update service.

I'm sure someone had a software update service at the OS level before Win95 but I can't find one. Of course, the cynical among you will argue that an update system was needed more badly by Windows than by any other OS.

Call me old fashioned, but I remember when software would be released and never updated again.

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Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

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On a completely unrelated note, from NTKnow dated 16/07/1999 (ie fifteen years ago, when we were all younger and actually getting some sex):

SNAPPY QUESTIONS FOR DUMB ANSWERS>> (being an occasional

series encouraging readers to ruin press conferences by

asking smart-arse questions): ALISTAIR DABBS wins this week,

with his query at the Acrobat 4.0 launch earlier this year.

When Adobe's CHUCK GESCHKE demonstrated how the whole of

Apple UK's Website could be converted into a PDF, Alistair

asked if Chuck could see the irony of choosing the Apple

site for the demo, since this feature is only available in

the Windows version. Chuck's instant comeback: Adobe will

have added this function to Mac Acrobat 4.0 by launch

date. Impressive comeback? "I learnt fifteen minutes later

from a whispering Adobe product manager", reveals Alistair,

"that this was total bollocks, invented off the cuff by

Chuck in order to shut me up." Okay, folks: now it's up to

you to remind Chuck of his promise at every public

appearance. And remember: the demo is only over when you're

forced to leave the building.

I assume this is/was our beloved Dabbsy

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Spinning SPACE DUCK is comet-chasing Rosetta probe's PREY

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Re: Does look very lumpy.

The image has had a lot of processing done to get it to that state, it could still conceivably be two separate lumps, we'll just have to wait until Rosetta is a bit closer.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Re: "Not all of the banks agreed to take part"

"The FBI want to check our computers to see if we've been hacked, shall we let them?"

"Will it enhance shareholder value?"

"If they find nothing, then not really, and if they do, definitely not"

"Tell them to sod off then"

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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"Your suggestions of PEEPING TOM and SMUT BARON as codenames for your project were rejected as they were deemed too descriptive. May we suggest FURTIVE OWL and EAGLE STARE as replacements?"

I'm sure my fellow commentards can come up with some other replacements...

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Re: It's a good thing...

Don't worry, you don't actually have any personal freedoms, or civil liberties, or at least none that can't be taken away from you at the drop of the word 'terrorist' anyway. And what you don't have, can't be harmed eh?

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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That's exactly how it works in Win7 as well, which meant I really didn't miss the start menu. It's been a long time since I kept all my programs well organised in the start menu, instead I just hit start, and type the first few letters, and if that doesn't work then it's into the file manager to run the exe directly like the gods intended.

Sure the start menu is now a start screen, but it's not like I was going to use anything else on the screen until I'd picked the program I wanted to run anyway.

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

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Re: I tattoo mine on the end of my schwartz

Doctor:"so why do you need this viagra Mr Grey?"

earl grey:"Well doc, now I'm getting on a bit, my eyesight's going, and I'm having trouble reading my passwords..."

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Paris, because she'd help you read them.

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Re: Sharing schmaring

I think the sharing feature in LastPass is for teams of people to share passwords together. As opposed to the current system in most places I've ever worked of having individual logins, and then the exact same root password on pretty much everything. And not a complex password either.

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Re: Anyone using any web based password manager is just an idiot.

How do you know your desktop is secure? Did you compile everything from source that you'd read through? Are you sure your compiler is secure and not silently patching in exploits?

Maybe your mobile phone is listening in when you type your master password and guessing what it is?

I'm content to reign in my paranoid impulses and let someone else look after my passwords for me. The most I can lose is *all* my money, which isn't much.

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

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Re: Working 'out of'

Those are all perfectly cromulent phrasings.

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Re: Time delay

In the last few weeks the comms delay has gone from about one minute of round trip time down to about 30s.

The position indicator on a screen wouldn't be affected much, even at the speed it's going (2km/s currently), if you're looking at a picture showing the entire orbit of the Moon, it's not going to move an entire pixel in one minute.

Here, in fact, is the latest position update:

https://twitter.com/Astrogator_Mike/status/488483305520906240/photo/1

Mostly what they're watching is their outgoing commands, and incoming telemetry, which you can see here: http://isee3.p3s.nl/ when they have a downlink.

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I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

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Re: they know more than you know

Not to mention that even those of us without accounts are presumably well known to FB. Our friends have uploaded our email addresses, and tagged us in pictures.

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Re: Waste of a good pint if you ask me

(just in case there's someone who's not heard this golden oldie)

American beer is like making love in a canoe.

It's f*cking close to water.

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No more sprawl: Let us consider the benefits of blade servers

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Can you ask them how, if you have half empty enclosure, with four power supplies, removing just one PSU will cause the whole enclosure to reboot?

Because my boss would like to know how I took out four important servers by unplugging just one power cable.

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Elon Musk to fund Tesla museum with 'ONE MEEELLION DOLLARS'

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Proof that Tony Stark has a heart.

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Trollface

I can only imagine that this 'win' for Flash is because people have stopped installing Java.

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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Re: The draft bill says they can require the ISPs keep EVERYTHING FOREVER

Not forever, read section 3, only for twelve months.

It's quite bad enough without jumping to the wrong conclusions.

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Re: A Friday afternoon upgrade

It's worse than that, they've had since April to draw up the legislation (as that was when the European Court of Justice deemed it illegal), but they've only brought the legislation in now.

Also worth noting that the identity of the bill wasn't announced in any way, even to MPs until today. It was just marked "consideration of a Bill". If that hadn't been picked up on, and questions asked, would the government even have bothered to talk about it before Monday?

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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Re: Pretty plain and simple

You're right. In fact it would be much better for them if they never saw any porn in their entire lives. you hold the sprog down, I'll go get the eyball scoop.

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Re: anti-sex morality groups

How do they breed?

Hypocritically.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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They're supposed to work for you

If you live in the UK, and you don't like the sound of this then go to https://www.writetothem.com/ put in your postcode, pick your MP, and write them a note giving them your opinion, as one of their constituents.

You've got until next Monday.

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Ex-NSA boss Alexander joins bankers' CYBER WAR COUNCIL

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Re: FCUK WTF ... with an Absence of FUD BS to Shovel and Bury DODGI Guy Plans in.

amanfrommars: still more comprehensible than some of the human trolls.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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Good Idea

JLV's idea above, about shooting video of a blank wall to quickly fill up the storage and overwrite deleted data is the best idea I've seen so far.

Unless you're well off enough to destroy every phone you've owned, of course.

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Chrome Remote Desktop adds Linux to supported OS list

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Re: Hmmm..

It does go through Google.

Still, it's come in handy a few times for me, as most people seem to have a copy of Chrome installed, so I don't have to mess about getting them to download a remote desktop client, and once it's connected it seems to work pretty well.

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

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It's annoying to have to buy a new router when they're supposed to provide one for free.

Also, if I'm going to buy one then I'll want to buy something good, and by the time I've found something with all the features I want it's in the £80+ range and I can't justify it any more. Ok, that part is more my problem.

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It's alive! Space hackers fire up zombie Sun probe's engines

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Re: Simply amazing.

It doesn't have a main engine as such, just several different sets of thrusters, there's an overview here:

http://spacecollege.org/isee3/isee-3-propulsion-system-overview.html

It is already sending data, and while the reboot team has been using Arecibo and Bochum to communicate with ISEE, NASA's DSN has also been tracking it (mainly for ranging purposes), and many amateur groups around the world have picked up signals from the craft.

http://spacecollege.org/isee3/jovenes-por-el-espacio-grupo-mexico-listens-to-isee-3.html

NASA does have an interest in the craft, but they only have a certain amount of money, and they're also trying to support a lot of other missions with that money (eg both Voyagers). They've signed an agreement under the Space Act with the reboot team, and have been providing them with information and access to the DSN amongst other things.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Re: Boeing huh?

Or perhaps a government employee who'd like a nice consultancy job with a large aerospace firm...

Hypothetically of course.

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

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Re: iODB2 Engine Data Reader - Cheaper option

The data that you can get from the OBD socket depends on your car. My old Peugeot 206 only supports the basic diagnostic codes, and the current RPM.

That said, a £15 ODB to USB cable plus $5 for Torque is much cheaper than the £25 my local garage charge to check an engine warning light. And if it turns out to be something simple like a faulty O2 sensor, you can probably replace it yourself.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: Ring-Ring "The Internet is down"

Ah yes, I got the accounts department at my last job well trained. They'd keep me well fed with doughnuts etc, and in return I'd prioritise their problems.

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Re: VPN.

If they're using Chrome, and you can connect to google hangouts, then you can do screen sharing with them without having to install anything else.

Even if you hate google and all their works, knowing this might save you a long drive and a lot of annoyance.

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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Re: You say "unsymmetrical", I say "asymmetrical"...

There will be a particular reason for the nomenclature, but I'm not a chemist so I'm not sure what it is. however, a quick look at wikipedia shows that unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine, and it's symmetrical cousin have different structures:

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

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

Apparently the only use for the symmetrical stuff is inducing colon cancers in experimental animals, which I think we can all agree is far less fun than using the unsymmetrical stuff in rocket fuel.

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Re: Ignition

For those who've not had the pleasure yet:

http://library.sciencemadness.org/library/books/ignition.pdf

The section on Chlorine tri-fluoride is particularly quotable.

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Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration

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No measurable benefit sure, but how much would you have ended up billing them if it had all gone tits up? Plus I'm guessing you did document everything that you migrated, so next time someone needs to do something with those applications, it'll go a little easier for them.

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What do we want? CAT VIDEOS! How do we get them? TOR!

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Re: Dear NSA

"For that you can thank the frequent articles in the tech press."

You can also thank the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, who originally helped set up TOR.

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

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Re: discrete != discreet

I'd never realised that they were separate words. Curse you dyslexia! Or damn the English language, or possibly both.

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

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The same way my uncle was able to have his appendix out only using acupuncture to dull the pain.

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Re: It's nice to see a proper audio article on El Reg

It was the years of listening to live music that buggered my hearing.

Worth it though.

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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping

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But it might convince the politicians* to rein them in a bit, and only allow them to intercept people's communications with some kind of warrant or a court order or at least more oversight than "we can intercept it so we will".

Not only does indiscriminate spying destroy our privacy, it also produces massive amounts of useless data that have to be sifted through for them to find the small amounts of genuinely useful information. It's counter-productive for the the intelligence services.

*(or rather convince the politicians *that it would be a vote winner* to rein them in)

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MONSTER COOKIES can nom nom nom ALL THE BLOGS

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Yes.

In the nicest possible way, all the information was right there in the article for you to read, perhaps you should pay more attention in future?

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