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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

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You don't ask the BOFH to list only the good things that come to his mind about his mother.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Re: apparently...

Wait, so it wasn't called Penis Island but the young children's TV Show "Bod" does translate as Penis? THIS IS A FAR BIGGER STORY!

Won't somebody think of the children? I mean, they're not children now, obviously, they're me and maybe a fair few other readers here. But maybe we wouldn't all be reading stories about penis islands if we hadn't been subliminally assailed with Scottish knobbery from an early age!

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Japan's 'White Stork' soars heavenwards to ISS

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Classic send up

"As well as the usual dried food and water for the orbiting outpost's crew..."

I guess they must save a lot of space by sending up dried water.

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Watch out Sonos! Here's the second coming of Yamaha MusicCast

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Deep time

"Eternity was mentioned frequently, and you can’t get more life-enhancing than that, surely."

They are onto a winner here. What could be more life-enhancing than the fact that from the perspective of any sufficiently long timescale our lives are no more than the tiniest flicker, of no possible impact or value, just a momentary sputter of energy in the endless river of meaningless dust.

Thanks Yamaha, my life feels a lot enhanced.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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Re: We are forgeting the important part

Contractors are usually on fairly strong contracts ( there in the name ) and if it proves to be from an ex-contractor they will have an immediate recourse to law and will be able to sue them to the limits of their finances and then also to the limits of their insurance cover.

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Mumsnet founder 'swatted by misogynist griefers'

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Re: What If

Good point. Except that there is no evidence that misogynists ( of whom there seems to be a bafflingly huge number relative to a handful of actual misandrists ) need any help at all in making themselves look like repugnant imbeciles. They seem to actively enjoy it, in the same way that American conservatives do. Maybe it's just the new fashion with the young people and whathaveyou. Probably in a few years they'll look back and be as cringingly embarrassed by their antics as we are witnessing them.

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Snowball spud gun shows comets could have seeded Earth with life

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Is it easier for it to start from a comet?

My organic chemistry knowledge is basically zero, so the part I'm not following is why it is more likely that these chemicals would have originated from a comet than from lightning striking primordial soup, or whatever the currently favoured terrestrial theory for the origin of complex proteins is.

Are these chemicals more common on comets than they would have been in an early terrestrial environment? How did they get onto the comets in the first place? Did they just happen there? Is the universe surprisingly high in protein?

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

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An easily solved problem

Clearly what he needs to do is declare a WAR ON STRESS.

It worked for Reynholm Industries, it could work for them.

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Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters

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Re: Remember

Now you're just being mean.

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Is this the most puzzling DEF CON attendee badge yet on record?

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If it were me I would hide the interesting stuff in the music on the other side...

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Surprise! Evil-eyed cats MORE LIKELY to be SNEAKY PREDATORS – boffins

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Top innovation

Having read up a lot on equine physiology I was under the impression that this was fairly widely acknowledged.

This has certainly affected my enjoyment of monsters in popular media- when they turn up with a horizontal pupil I start thinking "wait, this is a prey-animal eye, how did that evolve?"

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Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

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Re: Ah

As an alternative are you suggesting that nobody should do anything to try and improve matters anywhere because they may not have foreseen every possible consequence of their actions?

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Playing with graphene? All the cool kids are using TIN – atom-thick sheets of stanene

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Re: Picking Nits: TIN versus Tin

Of course if a conductive form of lead could be produced with the requisite flexibility and conductivity we could make lead led leads for lead guitarists. If they were exclusively designed to power their fretlights they would be for lead guitarists' LEDs.

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Hacklands introducing geeks to something called 'outdoors'

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Re: super cow powers.

Sounds like you're describing that most terrifying of weapons, what the scots refer to as a "military coo."

Lucky we're all getting our coats ahead of this camping trip.

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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@Doctor Syntax

Well, maybe you shouldn't be flying your drone through the men's showers?

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

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Re: It is about time

I reckon they meant the fusion of Jazz and rock favoured by bands such as Weather Report, which we actually have had since the 1970s, so no cause for complaint there really.

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Slashdot, SourceForge looking for new owners after parent dumps them on the web's doorstep

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Re: My greatest fear

I think I originally came here from Slashdot about twelve years ago after it was pointed out that every interesting story there was a repost of something from here.

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At last we know for sure. Blighty's 'best mobile network' is ...

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EE have signal sometimes

With my phone on EE I often have no signal. When I have a data connection it has a selection of letters: 'H', 'H+', 'G', 'E' and maybe a few others? Anyway experience has shown that all of these letters signify that I have download rate a little slower than a 22.5k dial-up modem.

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Universal Credit white elephant needs 'urgent breakthrough' says MP

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How?

How have they spent this much money? What on earth are they doing?

I mean, I get how you could spend a few million on getting a good size team of decent developers to build your application for you and more for some solid hardware to run it on or to hire the cloud services that it will need, but sixteen billion???

That is more than the annual cost of all unemployment benefits put together. What is wrong with them?

This is where private sector involvement falls down. If they had simply recruited and employed all the staff needed to design, implement and maintain this, it would have cost far less than they have already spent. The British government spends far too little on hiring good people, too much on horrible, awful, appallingly designed private sector contracts. Great if your ministers want a directorship but a shitty deal for us as taxpayers.

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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

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Re: I wouldn't bother

My experience has been that when you take JavaScript out of it's natural, browser, home it is a little hard to make it perform well. Background Node stuff is more than willing to swallow most of my computer's resources if I have it running. Also it has an irritating tendency of locking up and getting itself detached but not stopping, and just sitting around hogging memory.

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"This is no child of mine" - Emacs

Goes to install Atom.

Downloads Windows installer package.

Runs it.

Waits for an installation path to be queried.

No installation path is forthcoming.

Editor is installed to some god-forsaken corner of the user profile folder, with no option for it to go anywhere else. Apparently this is by design.

Uninstalls Atom.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: While we're talking about money...

Way!

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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If this is an argument, the quality of dissent is really going down hill.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Re: Katherine Archuleta is lying to Congress!

This is about the only solution to the problem - but not just the OPM, To clear the risks caused by this compromise they just have to to fire everyone who has gone through that vetting system. From what I can tell that means a complete government staff turnover. Should be exciting times watching a completely new civil service try to figure out how to do their jobs...

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Might as well leave the stable door open now

Given that all the most personal information about everybody in the US intelligence services is now available to at least one hostile nation, why bother with more security infrastructure now? I mean really, how much worse can it get?

Going to be very interesting to see how things go on as this information starts to be used. Guessing the US are going to have to be bringing a lot of people home from various parts of the world over the next few months...

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: Ooops, pet peeve triggered

I don't enjoy fiddly and ridiculous game difficulties, but I do rather enjoy a bit of Dark Souls, which is punishingly difficult but never feels unfair, it just makes you angry with yourself for being such an idiot. Of course it does also give you safe starting points and allow you to start from different ones, which is something those old-school games could really have used doing.

The old fashioned thing where you had to learn to be pixel perfect on a specific jump was purely frustrating, but games where the way you win is by learning to be better at the game - as opposed to simply by persisting - are something I can get behind.

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Interspecies DNA exchange

When I was at school we learned that one of the markers of speciation was that you didn't have fertile offspring between different species, which left me questioning how the DNA got here at all. Luckily the internet exists so here is an interesting explanation of how Neanderthal DNA probably got into anatomically modern humans.

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Re: TIL about centimorgans

But what is that in double-decker busses?

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Virtual reality below the prehistoric waves: David Attenborough's First Life

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Anomalocaris

Whenever I see a picture of Anomalocaris I am reminded of A Colder War.

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: Lots of people have to fill this out

And so is my Porn Name!

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

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Re: @ Doctor Syntax

Social Security Numbers are the absolute least of it. They took the results of the security clearance background checks - those are an in-depth exploration of the risks a person might present if given security clearance, all the bad debts, past affairs and other secrets that might make them vulnerable to blackmail. It would be hard to imagine a more complete treasure-trove of information for a hostile intelligence agency or a more enormous and comprehensive screw up from any government organisation with the least interest in the wellbeing of the state.

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Moon blocks Uranus for stargazers Down Under

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Re: Pronunciation change?

So less like "yer ANus" and more like "YOUR anus"?

Yup, that's much better.

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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Re: High WIS

Jeff Atwood talked about about this a while back: http://blog.codinghorror.com/software-developers-and-aspergers-syndrome/ ( with interesting follow-up pertinent to the original story here: http://blog.codinghorror.com/what-can-men-do/ )

The ratio of autism diagnosis is 4:1 in favour of males, but the incidence of female autism spectrum problems is higher than most people realise because women tend to manifest symptoms a little differently - possibly as a result of cultural conditioning - and they can often go without being diagnosed.

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Online identity woes can only be solved through the medium of GIF

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Or maybe "Standardised National Identity Format Unification"?

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I don't know about FMI - any way we could work it over to "FML" instead?

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

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Re: @Tim Worstall

In this case I'd say education will be very important in mitigating the effects of change, but it needs to be oriented towards flexibility and skills that can be transferred across industries and environments. Unfortunately the current system here appears to be oriented towards passing the kind of exams that ministers took fifty years ago, which probably won't help develop the adaptability people will need in future economies.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: What about the noise

The real problem for the French was that most of the people they were listening in to spoke English and using audio-only recording left no room for subtitles, so they had no idea what anyone was saying.

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Maybe the majority don't care because they don't handle the kind of information that might be interesting to the agents of international espionage. It's simply not their problem.

And "them" in this case is pretty much "us" with maybe a very few exceptions among the commentardiat.

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

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Fear Uncertainty and Dismay caused by the suggestion that the World Series only features American team. I'm just not sure how afraid, uncertain or dismayed most people would be by that implication.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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X position

"Windows 10" is a bit of a cumbersome title, perhaps they could go for something a bit more classy, maybe a Roman numeral?

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Co-op Bank's creaky IT should be flogged off, growls UK.gov

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Co-op energy have been a staggering incompetence circus in our experience.

For a long time they were sending bills for money we didn't owe to an address where we don't live. Every month we would contact them to tell them they were doing this and each month we would be solemnly assured that they had resolved the problem. A month later: Another bill for money we didn't owe to an address where we didn't live- in fact to an address a hundred miles away where one of us once had lived and the Co-op had mysteriously decided that all bills should be sent.

The rates, are not bad, but the cost in terms of time and annoyance is quite high.

Still, better than BT I guess.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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Re: It certainly seems to have downsides

That is absolutely perfect.

I hope El Reg take notice and start using "Belgium Everywhere" instead of IoT across the board.

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It certainly seems to have downsides

One small but signficant - to me - detail is that sometimes I need to be able to adjust the heating in my house even when the internet connection is not working.

In fact, nobody is allowed to have internet connectivity for the first two weeks in a new house ( as far as I can tell ) ( or make that six to nine weeks if you somehow sign up with BT ) so presumably no IoT home furnishings can work in that period either.

It just doesn't seem to add much convenience.

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

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Re: This is so exciting

I'm surprised Apple aren't branching out into this area.

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Crafty fingering could let Apple Watch thieves raid your bank account

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The art of theft

"For a skilled entertainer, this would be no problem" - the question is who counts as a skilled entertainer? Do the Chuckle Brothers count?

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: Time to leave

Serious question! Is there anyone keeping a list of awesome places to live? Like ones where the government isn't on a brisk dive towards Orwellian disaster?

I have vague hopes that if they manage to drag us out of Europe the EU might offer some kind of asylum scheme to those of us who find more value in belonging to the EU than in belonging to England...

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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The problem with allowing users to write their own question is that although it confers security to smart users, it confers broad new vistas of insecurity to dumb ones. Which is, unfortunately, most of us...

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Re: Spell it phonetically

His full name is currently Bruce QKNNqX5RPied54StngMi0ZfMNF8l637cwywzQJ1302FdwG3R4NLodqYi1vMy6FS Schneier.

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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You've reached Half Life? Wait until you reach Deus Ex, you'll love it.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Parking?

I don't know who said it, but I am sure a correctly designed automated car would reply with "OFFER ACCEPTED."

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