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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Re: Spitfire vs Hurricane

The Hurricane was a very fine aircraft, with many plus points over the Spitfire (it's much easier to repair holes in canvas rather than aluminium for starters), but to me none of that counts, as my granddad worked on Spits during the war so there's no contest for me.

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Re: Can I just ask here

Roll-Royce might only make engines rather than whole planes, but those engines power almost half the jet aircraft in the entire world.

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Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

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Re: Odd

""I think the public would not support it, certainly industry would not support it, civil liberties groups would not support it," Lofgren said."

Which of those three groups do you think they were listening to?

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NSA approves Samsung Knox for use by TOP SECRET g-men

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WTF?

Odd subtitle.

What (or who or where) is "chaebol"?

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You get what you pay for: Kingston's SSDNow V310 960GB whopper

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Most 2.5" drives are at least 7mm thick, how are you going to fit something that size inside your average tablet without seriously compromising the space available for the battery and everything else? And if you'd rather have a heavy and unwieldy tablet, why not just get a laptop?

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: hold on...

I'm pretty sure that there's no language that we could propose teaching to children (or anyone else), that wouldn't be shouted down by at least some commentators.

Consequently I think the wee buggers should have to learn assembly.

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Auntie hires API firm to manage new online BBC Store

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Re: Canada calling. Where can I send in my License Fee?

Even if you do live in the UK, if you run a tor relay you'll get blocked from iPlayer. It's been a whole month now and they've still not sorted it :(

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Re: UDMH

As far as I can tell, the attitude thrusters do use UDMH, but it's hard to be sure*.

Either way, if it runs next to a liquid helium line, then basic hydrazine and UDMH will both freeze, helium is liquid at four Kelvin, UDMH will freeze anywhere below 216K.

*(there doesn't seem to be separate tanks for the attitude thrusters, so I assume they use the same fuel supply as the main engine.)

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Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

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Re: Time

If they're anything like me, they probably enjoyed the designing process and considered it a bonus, not worthless.

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Peeking at pussy

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My folks have one of those RFID cat flaps, and they're a clever solution to the problem of neighbourhood cats getting in to your house. As long as your cats are chipped anyway.

The only downside was to program it, you have to coax the cat into going through the cat flap. This involved grabbing the cat, and shoving it bodily through the flap. So, we started with the more docile cat, pushed him through, it beeped in the correct way, but my dad insisted on testing it by shoving the, by now quite uncooperative cat, back through. Next we went looking for cat number two, who had heard the commotion and was hiding indoors. I finally managed to get her through the flap, only sustaining a light mauling, but when dad insisted on testing the second cat I pointed to the cat, that was now up a tree, and the bleeding scratches on my arms, and suggested that he could do it himself this time.

Apart from the bloodshed of setup, it's worked fine ever since.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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How many people got confused between iOS 8 and windows 8 and decided not to upgrade?

Bet there's at least one out there.

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I want to TRANSPLANT your storage BRAINS: WD desktop NAS refresh

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Re: Desktop versus enterprise firmware

You're thinking of Backblaze and their storagepods.

They've also published some information about their experience of harddrive longevity, and they didn't find any benefit in using enterprise drives instead of consumer ones.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Re: If they are seriously expecting me to read the entire license agreement

Because you've downloaded a free beta version of an OS?

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That's pretty detailed for a bug report from an end user, we get ones that say something like "the report took a lnog time toopen" only with worse spelling and less information.

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Re: Class action law suit

"Where as I can understand this in beta testing with full disclosure"

Microsoft calls it a "Technical Preview", but it's a beta by any other name, and they've been quite up front about collecting user data from it, provided anyone bothered to read the EULA they clicked 'Accept' on.

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Re: Does Windows 10 actuall shut down when you click shutdown?

I'm pretty sure my Win8 machine shuts right down when I tell it to. It certainly does a good impression of being off.

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

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Re: So sad...

It's not eating I don't like, it's cooking. Mind you, I don't get as exciting about putting things in my mouth as some people seem to, in twelve hours it's going to be shit anyway, so who cares if it's foie gras or a protein stick?

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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Perhaps they should have just called this the "Legalising the stuff you were doing already" law.

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iPlayer blocking tor relays?

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To reply to my own question, yes, the BBC is blocking Tor relays, not just exit nodes. As far as I can tell this is a relatively recent policy, and it's not documented anywhere that I could find.

Dear Mr

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Thanks for contacting the BBC iPlayer Support Team.

I'm sorry for the delay in replying.

Although it's been a while since you contacted us, I want to reassure you that we did read your contact shortly after it was received. We check all the contacts sent to iPlayer support every morning, and if we spot a potential fault we'll escalate for further investigation.

We understand you are encountering issues accessing BBC iPlayer.

We sent this across to our technical team for further investigation and they have stated that there is evidence this IP is a Tor. No changes will be made at this time to this IP. You will need to stop using a Tor network so we can verify that you are in the UK and you will then be able to access iPlayer services.

The BBC restricts access to certain content based on the geographic location of its users. We determine the location based on data in our GeoIP database. In some cases, however, we can't be sure of a given user's location. For instance, if someone accesses the internet via a VPN or proxy, our GeoIP database will give us the location of the associated VPN or proxy server, rather than of the actual end user. For this reason, if our GeoIP database indicates that an IP address is thought to be providing access for users in other countries, we block access to UK-restricted content.

At present, Tor nodes are classed as proxies, regardless of whether or not they are an exit node. We are working to differentiating Tor exit nodes from non-exit relays, to allow us to block exit nodes only.

Once again, thanks for taking the time to contact us.

Kind Regards

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iPlayer blocking tor relays?

We've recently started getting an error on the BBC iPlayer saying that we can't watch because we're outside the UK. However, our IP address from Virgin resolves to the correct location (Bristol) on every geolocation service I can find, and it's clearly a Virgin owned and registered IP.

Every device and browser in our house has the same problem (although radio works fine, and I get the UK version of the BBC site).

I've contacted the BBC, and got a stock response saying they'd look into it, but there's been no change for a week now.

The only thing that's changed, is that I've started running a Tor relay node not long before we got blocked. I've double and triple checked that it's set up correctly as a relay, not an exit (ExitPolicy reject *:*), so all it's doing is passing traffic, not allowing people to watch iPlayer from outside the UK (I can understand why we'd get banned for that).

Has anyone else had a similar problem? Googling only reveals a thread on the tor mailing list with a couple of other people having the same issue.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Well, if you're terraforming a planet, the temperature is one of the big variables to alter, so why wouldn't you fiddle with the atmosphere?

You'd pretty much have to add greenhouse gasses to Mars if you wanted it to be liveable, and you'd have to find a way of removing them from Venus's atmosphere to make that place habitable as well.

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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

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Re: Yes... A DHL aquatic drone...

Mail delivered by rocket is not a new idea believe it or not:

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

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: bigger than jesus

Did you just ask if any government agency would have old and obsolete technology exposed to the internet?

Where do you live that has competent government IT and what are their immigration policies?

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Re: never touched terminal until now...

Unless you were using your OSX box as a web server, it was very unlikely to be a problem.

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'Space bubbles' may have helped Taliban down 'copter in bloody Afghanistan battle

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Popcorn time

It turns out when we have a story that combines the US military AND weird sounding science, all of the crazies start coming out of the woodwork.

Anyone for popcorn?

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

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Gimp

The main difference between 7 and 8(.1) is the start menu, which I find myself using, maybe a couple of times a day? and I use it in the same way as 7, press windows key start typing, press enter to select a program. Both versions work basically the same for that workflow, they just look different.

Admittedly I've only used 8.1, not 8.0, but I have trouble seeing what all the fuss is about now.

The one thing that does annoy me, is that they practically insist that you use a windows Live account to login, which if you're sensible and have a complex password on your online account, leaves you typing in 20 chars of gibberish every time you want to logon your computer. It can be replaced by a PIN though.

(PS, if you want to dock a window to one side of the screen, just select a window, and press Windows key+direction arrow [L/R for dock to side of screen, up for maximise, down for minimise]. This works on Win 7 and up)

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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"How else do you expect pubescent twats to act?"

The worst of it is, some of them are (allegedly) adults, who still act as if they were six years old. "urrgh, girls are horrid!"

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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Re: Pointless

You can mine bitcoins on a GPU, but it's not economical any more due to the amount of power it uses. Thing is, most PC gamers already have powerful GPUs, and if you have access to a whole bunch of them and you're not paying the electricity bills it's probably worthwhile.

Much more so than using phones or routers anyway.

also, things like Litecoin etc. are designed to be mined on GPUs and resistant to the purpose built hardware that has taken over the bitcoin mining pools.

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Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

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They breed 'em

My mum used to work with kids with special needs in Gloucestershire, and she dealt with a lot of kids on the autistic spectrum in Cheltenham who had parents who wouldn't say any more about their jobs than 'civil servant'.

Having a lot of friends who's parents worked there as well, I think they've always been quite happy to hire the non-neuro typical.

And as a dyslexic who has no problem reading, I'd say it's not any kind of handicap for me as long as I have a computer to do the spelling and handwriting for me.

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Who.is does the Harlem Shake

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Re: MXtoolbox just got fixed

Still dancing for me at 13:17 BST

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Except that...

"Well there's around 130,000 people currently being paid as police officers"

Yes, but most of them are stood outside the Ecuadorian embassy waiting for Assange(tm) to come out.

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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

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Re: Daft

Sod that, even if you've encrypted it up to the digital eyeballs the fact that you *have* communicated with someone of interest is still useful information to the security services.

If you're expecting to come to the interest fo GCHQ/NSA etc then you should go back to pre-1950s tradecraft, eg meeting in person, physical letters and book codes or one-time pads. Whilst also keeping a generic facebook profile etc. just like all your friends and family so you don't stand out from the crowd that way.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: Atlas is a brand, not a technology..

Saying that the engine on a V2 (or A4 as its more accurately known) is "almost the same design" is a bit of a stretch. It's like saying a diesel engine and a petrol engine are 'almost the same', they just use different fuels, ie true as far as it goes, but there's big differences.

For example, the Bell 8096 use on the Agena uses a gas generator to pump the fuel, ie a small amount of fuel and oxidiser are used to produce energy that's used to pump the rest of the fuel/oxidiser into the combustion chamber. The A4 used a pump that was powered by a secondary fuel source (H2O2>steam).

Rocket engines are not simple things and just because an engine uses a particular fuel, doesn't make it identical to every other engine using the same fuel.

For starters, the RS-18 is an upper stage engine, designed for use in a vacuum, and it's relatively small (thrust ~ 25kN). The RD-180 is MUCH bigger and is designed for use in an atmosphere and produces 4150kN of thrust. You're basically comparing a two stroke lawnmower engine to a truck engine, both of them may use internal combustion, but that's where the similarities end.

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Re: "We will end the nation's reliance on Russia by 2017."

It'll remove total reliance sure, but I'm sure Soyuz will still be kept on for half the trip to the station, even if only everyone except the US fly on them.

Also, if at least one Soyuz is kept on as a lifeboat (which would make sense even if there's a US capsule as well, eggs/baskets and all that), presumably US astronauts will still need at least some training on Soyuz.

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Re: ... the greatest nation on earth ....

"by what metric are USA the greatest?"

Highest prison population in the world.

Land of the free my arse.

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To be fair, SpaceX haven't flown their human-rated version 2 of the Dragon capsule yet, and Boeing are using the Atlas 5 as a launch vehicle, which has had plenty of flights, although not carrying people.

Basically both companies are in about the same position, both with a proven launch vehicle that needs to be rated to carry people, and both have an untested capsule, although SpaceX have the slight edge their in that their capsule is derived from the existing Dragon v1.

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Look out, SpaceX! Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin boffins tapped for US rocket launches

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Re: ULA still seem to be doing well on government hand-outs

Both companies got the money they asked for, ie SpaceX put in a bid that was about half of Boeing's for the same number of flights.

You might think that costing half the price would make SpaceX the front runner, but US politics doesn't seem to work like that.

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Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

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Time to wander round the office and update those last few hold outs who still use Acrobat Reader *sigh*.

I've been using Sumatra PDF for a while, it displays PDFs, and it's not made by Adobe, which were the only two features I needed.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: But with 8k on the way...

If you're thinking seriously about buying a 4K screen now then you're either rich, or an early adopter (actually the rich bit isn't optional).

In which case, by the time 8K screens come out, you'll be bored of your measly 4k and want to upgrade (and posting comments wondering if you should hang on for 16k screens).

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Re: sooner the better

There are 4K monitors out there now for not-totally-stupid prices. Then you just need to spend the same again on graphics cards to actually play games at that sort of resolution.

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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Morals?

"The IDF [Israel Defence Force] is the most moral army in the world"

Damning with faint praise?

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THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug

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Re: Android browser only?

Nope, and not Chrome either.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: You know all this talk of things being more expensive

As far as I can tell, both the Yes and No campaigns are both lying as much and as often as possible.

The only thing you can tell for sure at this point, is that half of Scotland is going to be really pissed off on Friday morning. I'm just not sure which half.

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'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

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Re: But that UK weather.....

But interesting, and you'll never be short of a conversation.

Even bloody foreigners get the hang of talking about the weather after a little while, as long as you speak SLOWLY AND LOUDLY.

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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Re: Waterproof...

I've sent several USB sticks through the washing machine and they've all survived, so I think that an SD card would probably be ok.

And you do all your washing at 60 degrees? Your 'leccy bill must be massive!

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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Re: Must be a bit too old...

You could play it on an Amiga, and Amigas are most emphatically not the same as IBM PCs.

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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On the other hand, the advantage of basing your company in a place that isn't London is that you can employ people who actually live in that town, rather than people who have to spend £1000 per month to rent a one room flat 20 miles away from where they actually work.

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No TKO for LTO: Tape format spawns another 2 generations, sports 120TB bigness

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Re: Back to maths class!

It was around the time we introduced 2007, so most of the documents would have been older versions. I don't work at that job any more so I'm not sure what they're getting now.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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The one reason I liked the iPhone is because they were pretty much the only phone that hadn't jumped on the "bigger screen = better" bandwagon.

Oh well, it's not like I was going to buy one anyway.

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NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies

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Re: Easy

From TFA:

"Embassies therefore need to switch off satellite connections to the internet"

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