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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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@EddieD

thanks for saying that - I thought it was just me that thought that.

Back in the 70s/80s, wasn't the reason given for the Masters terrifying appearance (the story where the Doctor goes back to Gallifrey to run for president) that he had forced regenerations, and gone beyond his 12th ?

Presumably the 12-limit regeneration will go the way of the prime directive ....

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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A *single* example of how things work ....

I had my [virtual]* machine running Ubuntu 10.04 with GNOME. Upgraded to 12.04, and got Unity. Immediately discovered my "system monitor" taskbar applet stopped working. Why ? Because Unity panels apparently can't support animation.

End of line for system monitor then. As the discussion I briefly read surmised, it's simply not possible to code a replacement.

Just fundamentally change the framework for the desktop, and tell users to whistle ? Great strategy.

*Now you know why I did it in a virtual machine first.

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Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire

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Never say never ..

Mrs JimmyPage and I aren't "on facebook" (or son is ... although he says it's "boring" nowadays). I didn't see the point in it, and have *needed* to use it for anything. I/we haven't ruled it out, but we've both said the only way we'd sign up is if there was something in it for us. So that would be some kind of special offer that you couldn't get any other way. Materially. So maybe a 10% discount on £1,000 purchase. That kind of thing.

If facebook is to continue, I suggest they try and leverage the businesses who have invested in it so far to open their wallets and start to make it pay to be a facebooker.

As I said our son, and his teenage mates are all "on facebook". They are also permanently skint.

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How do DPA requests work

with US companies ?

Just curious.

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Happy 23rd birthday, Windows 3.0

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Windows 3.1/3.11 - you could zip into a file

My first proper IT job was developing an installation routine for our companies software. I worked out you could install Windows, zip up the C:\WINDOWS directory, test my install routine, and then restore the C:\WINDOWS back to a virgin install. A godsend .... totally impossible nowadays ...

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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@Stevie

I saw that and had this brief flicker in minds ear ...

"Kettle, Klutch, Kings Bollege Bambridge. Ah, silly bunt !"

proving that Monty Python were the inspiration for KDE

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If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

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Re: illegal download sites

Aha, but because the government needs the post to deliver their shit, the legal situation is proof of posting is proof of receipt. Otherwise you'd have to sign for your tax demand, or NIP for speeding ...

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WW II U-boat attacks prompt new US response

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oops - my bad

I meant 1940s ...

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Trivial factoid

The ships sunk in WW1 - like the ones in the battle of Jutland - actually have a commercial value. Or rather the metal they are made of has. Apparently it's uncontaminated by nuclear fallout which has dusted the planet since the tests in the 30s onwards.

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

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Thankfully a relic

growing up in the 70s, the threat of nuclear war was somehow "normal". So much so, that when the great hurricane hit London in 1987, for a few moments I was convinced the USSR had bombed us - howling winds, eerie darkness, and telephone and radio out. After frantically spinning the radio dial, I finally hit radio Essex - 5 minutes of which was enough to make me wish they *had* dropped the bomb ....

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Irish deputy PM: You want more tax from Apple? Your problem, not ours

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Two can play at that game ...

In the event of Scots independence, I would hope *English* politicians would have the balls to follow a policy of keeping income tax, corporation tax, and VAT just a little bit lower than Scotlands. Oh, and only pay a market rate for any energy they want to try and sell us from their wind farms.

Given the relative size and wealth of the two countries, who do you think could keep it up the longest ?

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A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...

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they can suspect all they want

they can't *prove* it. That's the whole point. Although in the UK, the Home Secretary can lock people up without proof, so it's a redundant exercise.

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Schmidt: Don't like our tiny tax bills? Google this... 'Change the law'

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Oh dear oh dear

Don't know about you, but I rather like the idea that the law is what it says it is, not what people think it says.

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Intel's answer to ARM: Customisable x86 chips with HIDDEN POWERS

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Z80 ?

IIRC, wasn't one of the dangers of using undocumented opcodes that they could vary across fabrications ? Just because a Zilog processor worked didn't mean an OEM one would ?

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

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Upping motorway speed limit

is a total waste of time if there are going to be vehicles on it that don't do the maximum.

The *effective* speed limit on most motorways is about 60mph. Why ? Because you get 2 dickbrained HGVs neck-and-necking for miles, and the traffic builds into an ever lagging line of cars getting up to 56mph, and then trying to overtake, pulling into L3, thereby slowing *that* down to the pre-overtake speed of - guess what - 56mph.

I have driven for 10 miles, stuck behind two HGVs on the 2 lane A34.

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Google 'DOES DO EVIL', thunders British politician

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Re: An open letter

AIUI proceedings of parliamentary committees are covered by parliamentary privilege, so if Ms. Hodge chooses to call Google liars, she can, although I suspect there are etiquettes around this sort of thing (like MPs can't call each other liars).

I see this whole exercise as a little bit of grandstanding ... maybe a warning shot across the bows. It sounds like HMRC have pulled their finger out and found *something* to beat Google with, and this is a very public way of telling Google they might not want to press the issue. At least I'd hope so. Otherwise the message the entire world is getting is "UK plc is run by a bunch of powerless tossers". Which may be true, but I'd rather it wasn't.

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This was always going to happen ...

tax law being so labyrinthine, Google were always running a risk that if they didn't play nicely, HMRC will find *something* to hit them with. Same for Amazon.

(It's the same principle as never *ever* piss off a traffic cop. You could be driving a brand new car out of the showroom, and he'd find something you can be charged with.)

Returning to the fray, I can't help but feel rather than trying to twist and crowbar the existing system to fit the emergence of the online universe, our politicians should be DOING THEIR FUCKING JOB and working on devising a new paradigm. And no, I don't have any answers ... but then I'm not paid to.

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Ten years on: How did that cloud strategy pan out?

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subtle distinction ...

are you renting hardware which runs your apps, or an app which provides a service?

The latter is fraught with danger, from the company going tits up, to a forced upgrade to a version which loses functionality, or breaks *your* way of doing things.

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Re: "building your own cloud".

I've always taken "cloud computing" to be more akin to a thin-client paradigm, where something remote to the user does the heavy lifting.

Funny, when I started at Uni in 1984, series PC computing was a nascent science, and 90% of work was done via terminals which connected to a mainframe (even the BBC micros were used as VT10x emulators ;) ).

Then everyone had their own PC and ran apps locally.

Now they use their PC to connect to the cloud and a remote server runs the app.

Plus ca change ...

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You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

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We need to be careful we don't get what we want ...

As things are, publicly traded companies are *required* to deliver the maximum possible profit for their shareholders. Which is why they are *obliged* to minimise their tax bill.

If we start meddling, we will end up where companies are NOT required to deliver maximum profit for their shareholders, but to deliver maximum tax take for the government of the day.

Which would *you* prefer ?

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Google abruptly shuts down search-by-SMS portal

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Re: So THAT is what they mean by "it's complicated"…!

Wasn't there a (UK) story a few years back where some guy got thrown in chokey because he signed up to Facebook who slurped his contacts and generated an email to his ex-missis who had an injunction against him ?

Which once again makes me ask: What part of Hotmail, GMail et als T&Cs allows you to give a 3rd party your password ?

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El Reg drills into Office 365: What's under the hood?

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Re: Muuuusssttt.... reeemmmmemmmbbberr

Amen ...

can we add to that:

SMS is an inherently unreliable medium and should never be used for critical applications

please ?

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Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

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Re: Fixed it for you

And if it's the first time ?

Don't forget, with great power, comes responsibility (c) Debian 2013 ...

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Identity cards: How Labour lost power in a case of mistaken ID

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Re: If all they wanted was a usable ID card,

And so, you can infer they didn't want a usable ID card.

So what *did* they want ?

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Brit adventurer all set to assault ex-Reg haunt Rockall

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Washed off

fnarr fnarr

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Snoopers' charter rests in shallow grave - likely to rise again

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Remember what happened last time IP addresses were used to "identify" criminals ?

Operation Ore.

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Google's Schmidt calls for 'DELETE from INTERWEBS' button

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On a serious note ...

Where will the internet end ? YouTube just recently announced that every second 8 hours worth of content[1] is being uploaded.

There is more and more historic data coming online, plus the growing number of world citizens with access to the internet, busy generating content.

No matter how much storage you have, eventually something has to give

There's also the matter of the more that's out there, the less it's worth. A little like speeding points now. So many drivers have them most insurers ignore the first 3. In the future, it might be so common to have some indiscretion on the interwebs it means nothing.

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Queen's Speech: 'Problem of matching IP addresses' to be probed

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This from a government that can't move on from IE6 ?

I really wouldn't worry about it, I really wouldn't.

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How did something so small and pink cause so much trouble?

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Drifting slightly OT ....

Anyone catch this story about a man with no arms being denied entry to the UK as his biometrics (fingerprints) were not "of sufficient quality" ?

BBC Article

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack in bullet-hard chickpea drama

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Smug alert ...

I did say you'd need a lot of cooking (and hence fuel ££££) ....

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Another negative climate feedback: Warmer plants cool the planet

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Also, don't forget

the Earth itself is pumping masses of heat out - without any solar radiation. And given the news last week that the Earths core is much hotter than previously thought ...

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Next Xbox to be called ‘Xbox Infinity’... er... ‘Xbox’

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I wonder how much

BT, Virgin, et all would pay someone like (say) Microsoft to release a new games console that required a permanent internet connections to work.

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Does this £1/day include energy costs ?

Because I image some of those ingredients will take a lot of cooking.

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Pirate Party wins seats in Icelandic election

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Three MPs to free MP3s

sorry - had to register my approval of such a succinct strapline

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

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Why am I reminded of ...

transputers .....

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Boffins KALQ-u-late the ultimate 'board for two-thumb tablet tappers

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reinventing the wheel ?

Whatever happened to that weird gizmo which was shown on Tomorrows World in the early 80s. It looked like a telephone handset, and you only needed 5 fingers to input data. It worked by combinations (2^5 gave 64 possibilities). It was aimed at people who were unaccustomed to typing (yes kids, in 1982 there was a subject called "typing" on the syllabus).

When I started using computers (ITT 2020 !) I could managed 60+ wpm, which would have won awards in school, if I had been a girl.

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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

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and there you have it.

Why nothing will be done.

A scary thought is how much Google have on public officials. How many emails pass through Google servers, how much dirt can an internal-to-Google search throw up ?

Imagine the power Google have to skew search results to sway public opinion ... search for "David Cameron" and you get pages of results detailing every negative story from the past 10 years. Search for "Ed Miliband" and you get pages of stories with him kissing babies and posing with puppies .....

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"A functioning transparent system"

Did she mean transport ? In which case she's wrong.

Oh, and if she didn't, she's still wrong.

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BadNews, fandroids: MILLIONS of Google Play downloads riddled with malware

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@Andy

Not on that phone, you can't :(

Anyway - why "disable" ? She doesn't want the bloody thing at all - especially as it sits there taking up precious storage space on the phone (*not* the SD card).

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Don't need to download dodgy apps

Wifes WildfireS came preloaded with a Facebook app, which you can't remove, nor stop running (she hasn't got a Facebook account).

When you try and access settings, it lists all the permissions it has "Access my call data", "Access my contacts" etc etc (pretty much all from what I can see) with no option to deselect them.

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Securing the Internet of Things - or how light bulbs can spy on you

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Sigh

never underestimate the banality of evil.

If history has shown us anything, it's that it's pathetically easy to get 80% of the public to willingly give up any and everything for some shiny - or the promise of some shiny.

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Blogger, activist pals answer Anons' CISPA website blackout call

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Surely T&Cs cover this ?

"An amendment to the law which would ban employers asking their minions to hand over Facebook or Twitter passwords has already been blocked"

anyone who *did* hand over their details would be breaching Facebook/Twitters T&Cs.

Anyone any idea what the UK position would be here, if a candidate declined to provide these details ?

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Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill

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@AC 9:08

Ah, found it. It was the *High* court that ruled.

A small error of fact,

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YouTube beats off $1bn Viacom copyright case once AGAIN

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very simple question

as time goes buy are you

a) more likely to buy Viacom stock, and less likely to buy Google stock

or

b) less likely to buy Viacom stock, and more likely to buy Google stock

I think the answer might be illuminating - if bleeding obvious.

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British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

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Re: Amazon is more than e-books

It's nice that when searching for individual books, Amazon list secondhand copies available.

It's a shame it doesn't aggregate, so you can search for several books, and then see if there's a *single* secondhand source.

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Once again, people miss the point ...

arguing over *which* eReader you like diverts attention from the facts.

1) Publishers often set eBook prices to be the same (or more) than the dead-tree version

2) We have to pay VAT on eBooks.

Why not put the same effort into addressing those as to a bunfight over Kindle/Nook/Kobo ?

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: I'm confused...

Didn't they say you need a Google Wallet account linked to the glasses ? In which case it's trivial - simply have a complicated procedure for changing accounts, where you verify it's a gift.

Presumably the glasses won't work if they can't access a valid Wallet account.

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Ofcom fines TalkTalk AGAIN - a whopping £750k over 'abandoned calls' gaffe

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Distress

there's nothing preventing a victim pursuing a claim in civil court. Talk Talk can hardly deny it. The only tricky thing might be to demonstrate that it happened. However, since you are only working on the balance of probabilities, I wonder if the court would accept it happened *unless* TalkTalk could disprove it ... would make for very interesting times ...

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

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And the Windows Phone version

No mention of that ... anyone want to big up WP here ?

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Gov.uk named THE BEST THING Britain has made all year

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http://archive.org

Is that accepted evidence in court - particularly a criminal one ?

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