* Posts by JimmyPage

2070 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010

Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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I'd call it "Spinal Tap"

because it goes all the way up to 11

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Obligatory ? Stewart Lee reference ...

Stewart: "It's very easy to use words and logic to make someone look like they're selfish, simply because they've expressed a position that could be interpreted as that."

Chris: "That's what Julian Assange says."

Stewart: "I bet he does."

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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

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In other news

the price of BitCoins goes up ....

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Doesn't the new copyright law

specifically exempt format shifting ? Also it doesn't define how much a "quote" of a work is.

So would a fan uploading a 100% clip of an MP4 stream as (say) an AVI be liable ?

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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Backward compatibility ...

One thing this otherwise excellent article doesn't really address, and is the *real* reason we are where we are.

PC/MS-DOS were inherently flawed, as they were single-user in execution, they had no concept of root and user access. Whoever switched on the machine was king of the hill. And this paradigm carried on throughout the 1980s and 90s - right the way up to Windows 95.

We *could* have had a true multi-user multi-tasking PC/OS combination in 1987. But the second business realised they would have to pay for new software to run on OS/2, the die was cast.

Excellent reading and discussion material for a Friday. It's like being back at Uni ;)

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Want to thwart the snoopers ?

You don't "send" mail anymore. You simply post your encrypted message on a usenet server (ask your parents, kids) with the intended recipients public key as the subject.

The recipient can easily find the message from whatever server they use, and download it, decrypt it, and if required, respond the same way.

All the communications in the world in the open, and (assuming you trust the underlying encryption) safe. Sadly, Teresa May will now lose that lovely "meta data" she wants to collect, so she knows who is communicating with who, but that's the price she (and others) will have to pay for abusing their powers in the first place.

Bearing in mind, from a UK perspective, discussion of encrypted mail is moot, since the authorities can simply ask you to decrypt it with the incentive of 2 years (or is it 5 ?) in the big house if you don't.

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Human physics !

Many years ago, I read a book (it may have been a siblings schoolbook) which expressed human activity in SI units.

If I remember correctly, the human brain, running at full pelt, can use an incredible 100W ... which is 25% of the total energy a human can expend. Which, if you think about it, means your body has to deliver enough power to your brain to light a 100W light bulb.

When you start to think about the chemistry behind that, it leaves you in wonder at nature. It also puts "technology" squarely in it's place, when you think how much power a CPU takes to badly ape human thinking.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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STILL no standard ?

I posted a while ago, to general approval, that there really needs to be an ISO-level standard about how passwords (or more generally identity verification) should be carried out.

At present, you have no idea what happens to that password, once you press "register", or "Login".

Is it hashed and compared. Is it stored in plaintext ?

You have no idea.

If you forget it, can you reset it. Will it be emailed to you, in plain text ?

You have no idea.

I'm starting to think that usernames and password are starting to become obsolete, although the worry is, there's nothing (yet) to replace them.

Is there space in the market, for something you can use on a phone ? Something like a virtual RSA keyfob, where it delivers a verification code based upon your credentials, and something unique stored on the phone ?

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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Drifting OT slightly ...

funnily enough, we had 2 letters yesterday - one for the wife, and one for sprog (a brief usenet discussion suggests I should also receive on, but they're being batched).

Anyway, their names are being kept *off* the open register (according to the letter) which is following the previous choice I made when I last submitted the form.

Reading this makes an interesting point:

"The Government has stated that 35 million voters will be transferred to the new system automatically as their identity can verified using the Department of Work and Pensions database. The remainder will be required to prove their identity in order to remain on the electoral register"

so clearly wife+child are in that system. However there are posts from people who are being asked to verify their identity.

I would be curious to know - I wonder if we'll ever be told - how many "voters" disappear after this exercise ?

Also, is this the first time that the DWP "system" has been connected to issues involving citizenship ? Presumably there are NI number holders in their system who are *not* eligible to vote ?

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: Sonnertagruktfahrkarten

I have never studied German, just pick up little bits from reading and the odd film, so I was well chuffed that I almost decoded that ...

Sonner = special

tag = day

gruktfahr (or more probably)

gruk <mumble>

fahr <mumble>

karten = card [ticket ?]

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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I think it's clear the direction we're moving ...

the client end - PC plus browser, is becoming the end-goal. You then point that at the website of your choice, to actually do something.

If this is the case, then the end of the journey will be a box which is intended for, and designed to just access websites, which deliver the real functionality.

When you look at it that way, ChromeOS is a logical development. And hardware vendors need to think carefully about what they build.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane brain surgery begins with remote incision

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Nice placement for El Reg

On the lappie screen

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Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

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Re: Paddington

A black cab ? What happened to this world famous "knowledge" then, which is the reason for their high fares ?

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Tech city types developing 'Google Glass for the blind' app

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Hmmmm

My wife has MS, and is registered blind (although partially sighted). We went to a national exhibition for aids and adaptations last year, and it seemed every ****er and his dog had some "special" aid, which in reality was a crippled tablet/phablet/phone running Android, with a few custom apps.

All of which was priced about 10x what it would have cost if you wanted the same thing *not* designed for the blind.

The only thing we got which was of any use, was "Cocoons" - a pair of sunglasses which reduce the glare my wife experiences due to the optic neuritis.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, 2 years after I looked into using voice control[1] for android, and deciding to wait until we had a decent phone (not a Wildfire) we get a Moto G (*Brilliant* btw) and I discover that **** all has moved on in the world of Android voice control. It's still pants.

[1]To be fair this is voice control via bluetooth. If you start researching you realise that no one has ever, in the history of the world, wanted to use a BT headset to control their phone. The crushing irony is, my *Windows 8* phone, has seamless BT integration.

Oh well.

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Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'

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You're an idiot

the BitCoins got instantly converted to cash (USD, natch).

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GCHQ recruits spotty teens – for upcoming Hack Idol

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I would hope the real test ...

is to permanently bar anyone thick enough to download an alleged VM image from "the security services" from having any say in IT ever again.

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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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The biggest challenge ...

is getting the punters to understand that SMS is *not*,l never has been, and never will be a reliable service.

It's scary the people who *only* send a text in the unwavering belief that it will always be received.

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China cracks down on instant messengers: Users must hand over REAL NAMES

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How times change ...

A few years ago, news like this would have generated criticism from the west, along with a long spiel about democracy.

Nowadays, news like this, and the west goes "that's a good idea"

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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On that note ...

There was an interesting documentary about the Lancaster last week ...

Is it just me, or are the BBC narrowing the window of opportunity to watch things on iPlayer ?

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Sorry, I call "bollocks"

very loudly.

My 18yo son, who has an apprenticeship in ICT (and tells everyone he works in IT) had to call me up Saturday night, to "set the internet up" (i.e. explain how to go to Settings, Wireless and Networks, APNs) on his mates phone. They were having a little party with about 10 others, none of whom had the faintest idea (which is why they asked my lad).

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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

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Also works for Virgin ;)

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: Std Dirty tricks by tory boys of the westminster clan

Sorry. Cock up over conspiracy every time.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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Um ... did you read the story just before this one ?

You'd go down, big time.

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zxcv.fm gone

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zxcv.fm gone

as per title

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Why no one smells a RAT: Trojan uses YAHOO WEBMAIL to pick up instructions

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Another reason

Not to use IE.

Or Windows, in fact.

IcoScript uses the Component Object Model technology in Microsoft Windows to control Internet Explorer to make HTTP requests to remote services. It also uses its own kind of scripting language to perform tasks.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Anyone ever read "OMNI" in the 80s ?

I'm sure they had an article about the problems of long distance space travel, and someone suggested a drive based on heating metal up. The glow of photons would create a tiny thrust, which - over time - would accelerate to quite a speed. IIRC the artists illustration (OMNI had some stunning sci-fi fantasy artwork) showed something like a car cigarette lighter in space ....

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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Deja vu ?

every so often, you get stories about "joined up government". They have a brief vogue, and then die down again.

My suspicion is every so often, a new, wet-behind the ears minister dreams up a wheeze, which sounds brilliant.

On paper.

They then take this idea to the civil service (who have seen it all before) who point out that maybe it might not be such a spiffing idea after all, since it would have to apply to the minister, their spouse, their children, and could make life a tad tricky, but that there's a desperate need for international standards around the internet of things, and that the minister would be better serving the government by devoting the next 18 months to that line of work.

Rinse and repeat.

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The road to hell[1]

and all that.

It's never *this* government you need to worry. After all they're cute and nice, and love their cats.

It's the government as yet unseen - the next one.

[1] is paved with good intentions, and things which seemed "a good idea at the time".

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Twitter: Hey. Remember us? Hello, yes. Govts want to spy on us too!

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Re: Is watching Twitter taking your eye off the ball ?

Maybe, just maybe, because there aren't that many to start with ?

Just like the press try to convince us there's a paedo lurking in every bush, the government (who, by the way, are the ones who define terrorism) would have us believe there's a sleeper cell in every street.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Re: Tablets are neither phones nor PCs

True. And what tablets *have* done, is demonstrate that for certain values of "PC User", a tablet is quite adequate.

Take my wife for example (I wish someone would ;) ). Totally non-IT person, but uses email, and browses a lot, and likes Amazon. When the only tool we had to achieve these tasks was a PC, she used a PC. However, after locating a decent high-spec 10" HDTV android for <£200 at Christmas, she hasn't used the PC once.

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

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Speed through checkouts ...

MrsPage and I have have been using these fold-up crates to pack our shopping into. Get to the checkout, unload on belt, get to other end, and pack crate (in trolley) faster than the checkout operator can scan them. Really flummoxes the twunts[1] who like to make customers scrabble by not turning on the output belt, as I can take the item from their hand.

Added bonus is box can then be stacked nicely in boot, and not fall over like a collection of bags.

As to scanning items individually, it's the trained procedure. There are numerous lines where items look identical, but aren't ... not only is there the risk of a pricing difference, but also stock control and special offers need to know.

[1]You might think you invented the idea of jerking around with customers, with your youth, haircut, and facial ironmongery, but you don't realise this 45+ duffer used to work in Sainsburys on Saturdays, just like you ...

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Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH

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I have to write *something*

as I need to express my delight as stories like this ->

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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No mention ...

of how a dropped screw can disappear into a trans-dimensional vortex, never to be seen again ?

Until you walk around barefoot, this is.

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

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Cortana ?

Why, oh why, do I keep reading this as "Cortina" ?

Bring back the Ford Cortina !

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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How does this square with the mantra of "public transport" ?

In the 90s, I was convinced that MS had two departments, at opposite ends of the building. One was dedicated to *fighting* piracy, and came up with all sorts of whizzy ways to stop it. Their work was then taken across the building to the other team, who made sure it never happened, since some of Microsofts market dominance is undoubtedly based on how "porous" Win 3.1/95 and Office 97 and Visual Studios 4,5 and 6 were.

Certainly at the local level, councils up and down the country have done their damndest to deter private motoring. This is no secret. It's a stated policy. I have an email in reply to my observation that resequencing some local lights would improve the efficiency of the junction. The reply I got basically said that as a means to encourage public transport, anything which made it easier to drive was undesirable.

There are two examples of this in concrete and tarmac in SW Brum, where the A38 passed through Selly Oak and Northfield. The bypass is 5 minutes *longer* than the previous route (a fact locals have twigged, meaning the original route is used to bypass the bypass). This was by *design* not accident.

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: On the whole

Since the majority of the panel seem to be fairly well educated, even if not in a scientific subject, I would suggest they are all bright enough to make a fairly sane assessment of the situation.

Well, highly educated men once thought that you could fit 10 angels on the head of a pin, and that disease was spread by bad air.

Point taken ? Or are you prey to the conceit that we're perfect, whilst laughing at our ancestors ?

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Serious (maths) question ...

If we're all agreed that weather is a chaotic system, then is there some theorem somewhere which shows that sampling a chaotic system regularly over time (say, every day) will result in an overall data set which *isn't* chaotic ? Because if the answer is "no" then it seems to me that climate is as chaotic as the weather it drives, and - by definition - no amount of modelling, or knowing start states is going to give us more than a few reliable data points, before it starts drifiting.

Icon, not because I claim to be one, but I'd like the answer from one ->

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Says it all

about the value of science in 21st century Britian

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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er ... actually

a 100% mesh grid of smart meters will tell you *exactly* where the leccy/gas is being pilfered from.

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Re: Stuff the meters

Burglars will have a field day when all the lights go off ....

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All these posts, and no one has hinted at the real agenda ..

Smart meters will allow the supplier to reduce - or disconnect - the supply at will. It's a prelude to two-tier energy supplies, where the rich get nice permanent expensive power, and the poor get a supply that can be cut at a whim.

I didn't read anywhere in that article how many new power stations are coming online in the next 10 years, although it's a nice round number ....

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Vote now for LOHAN's stirring mission patch motto

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Merchandising ?

Will El Reg readers be offered a chance to buy themselves one of these patches ? Or get a baseball cap with the design ?

We need a "Ker-Ching" icon ....

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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Re: Definition too broad?

I am afraid of the politicians.

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Re: Sexual Offences Act 2003

In the consultation phase of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 the drafting committee specifically left out the words "with intent" in the "indecent exposure" clause - because the police said it was making it difficult for them to get convictions.

Leading to the alarming situation that a woman could catch a glimpse of her [male, natch] next door neighbour sunbathing nude, and get him arrested and charged with indecent exposure, and a spell on the Sex Offenders Register.

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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

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Re:They have the tape.

Indeed. A fact *you* can use to *your* advantage. A favourite trick is to ignore the droid and just preface anything you say with "for the record", adding that in your experience it's made it easier to locate the relevant portions of the recording in court.

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ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

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Go

Helpful link

Hidden from Google

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

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Let's party like it's 1989

Rabbit

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: Splorf

a quick scan (ignoring declension and case) seems to suggest a craft belonging to the speaker is full of something ...

I'm going to take a punt that anguillarum is eels ? From anguilla ?

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Is it too late to point out

from my O-level days, that (IIRC) most educated Romans spoke Greek. In fact doesn't Robert Graves put a brief bit in "I Claudius" as to why it was written in Latin, rather than Greek ?

In which case, I introduce astroployen from 35 years ago, as the Greek word my friends and I invented for "spaceship". After all, we use "Astro*naut*" ...

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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ITYM

sausage rolls ...

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