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Wireless Power breakthrough: Iron Man can lose the chest reactor

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"Nikola Tesla? I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that they have expired."

If they are relevant they are still prior art though

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Curiosity parks for a day, looks back in wonder

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"He could have been writing Vogon poetry... "

No wonder he was depressed !

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Patent flame storm: Reg hack biteback in reader-pack sack attack

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Patent examination

I certainly know from all the patents I filed that writing them was HARD work and the UK patent office in particular would be VERY picky about potentially related prior patents.

(Although all this Apple/Samsung stuff isn't really about what most people would call inventions anyway)

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Skilled in the art

"supposed not to be granted if the "invention" would be "obvious to a practitioner skilled in the art"; sadly virtually all patents that are granted would fail that test."

The first part is true - the second is rubbish.

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'FIRST ever' Linux, Mac OS X-only password sniffing Trojan spotted

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Re: Linux trojan ? Utter rubbish!

Any fool can install a trojan - so you should have no trouble !

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Microsoft denies Windows 8 app spying via SmartScreen

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"why is Linux marketshare so poor?"

Well let's try and work it out.

Essentially all computers come with Windows installed. To have Linux you either :

1) Build your own computer from parts

2) Delete Windows ( which has been paid for) and install Linux

3) Try and find a retailer who isn't cowed and buy from them

4) Get a second-hand machine/hard-drive broken machine and fix and install (really a variant of 1 but useful for laptops)

Given that most people don't even know about alternative operating system and most others have to put up with what their employers/school whatever provide I think 1% of desktops using Linux is actual a very creditable number.

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We're raising generations of MUTANT KIDS, says Icelandic study

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AFAIK

They have a relatively stable population AND well-recorded health data.

So data-mining for health trends/associations is well worth while.

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D-Wave goes public with 81-qubit protein modeling

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Re: Note their goal is to demonstrate the *tech*, not actually solve a problem.

LOTS of heuristics are used.

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Re: Well ...

The problem is really basic science. It's possible now to homology model a modest single domain protein in a few hours even on a desktop workstation. Understanding how the current algorithms and model assumptions fail is MUCH harder. In the end a protein is a dynamic entity and that makes it all much harder.

A few years ago I was interested in a kinase enzyme. A xtal structure was available but the reality turned out that the protein was in dynamic equilibrium between ( at least ) two forms. One was equivalent to the xtal structure, the other was a form that could be activated to give the (unstable) working form - what the structure of that was ???.

The whole reason to model proteins is to make use of the information gained - a fast method of getting the wrong, non-physiological answer is useless on it's own. I'm very optimistic really but there are many problems to solve that don't depend on calculation speed.

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Re: Well ...

"protein folding calculation"

It's not a 'calculation' really -just a series of relatively poor algorithms. Huge strides in the basic science have taken place in recent years - these have been assisted by the huge increase in processing power but it's all still far from routine - it's often (relatively) easy to fold a new protein if it has homology to a known structure but even in that 'easy' case it's often found that the optimized solution is still a poor fit to the eventual x-ray structure.

Even x-ray structures, produced as they are at very low temperatures in the solid state may not reflect the 'real' situation in vivo, where the protein is in aqueous solution and may well be associated metal ions (esp. calcium) AND other proteins AND be in dynamic equilibrium with various conformations of itself.

So great if the number crunching can be massively speeded-up but in all other respects there is still a long way to go.

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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Re: "“Did you use open source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it?”"

" How many people using open source software actually know how to read the code to see what it does"

How many people using closed source software actually know what it does - fixed that for you

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"“Did you use open source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it?”"

Open and hidden in the same sentence - interesting dichotomy - some new version of open source I've not come across before.

Beneath contempt !

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Microsoft: It was never 'Metro,' it was always 'Modern UI'

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

"more directed against Windows than I do against Linux."

Well you would do. There's a lot more Microsoft stuff about.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

"The correct position, imo, is not to balance ignorant bias against one OS with ignorant bias against another OS, but to balance it with informative posts regardless of direction"

I agree, I said something similar in that very post.

"imo. Windows *does* get a much harder time here than other OS"

Can't agree with that - as I mentioned in the same post the sheer ignorance or FUD about Linux stands out to me - hence the comment about where one stands.

"whinging on about Windows getting a hard time" " - I said that because the tenor of the post seemed to me to be exactly that, esp. suggesting that a (handful) of Linux supporters were somehow dominating the forum - that seemed more like paranoia in fact.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

"put blind hatred and/or favouritism toward a different product/manufacturer above rationality. It is irrational. It is not sane behaviour."

So how do you rationalize your stupid "45 linux desktop users" with your above statement ?

I've worked at a pharma that had 200+ Linux desktops in one department alone (years ago) and know that many others are similar.

I'm all in favour of rational debate about problems/merits of different OS and approaches but as a "minority" Linux user I'm also sick of the FUD spread about Linux. Just in recent days " need the CLI to do anything", "need to compile programs to use them", " drivers only available on certain hardware" - it's not true and there's lots of it. Mostly it's ignorant people but some of it is malicious - so don't whinge on about Windows getting a hard time - it all depends where you're standing.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

"created by all 45 users of linux on the desktop"

By the way if you believe that you're delusional

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

"self-selecting group where a qualification for entry is hating on Microsoft. Which given the law that competition is good for consumers is financial self-harming."

Microsoft and competition - words not often seen together !

and how a group of individuals can become self-selecting ..!!??

It seems that almost NO-ONE love microsoft - some find them useful, some are forced to use their software, some game, some know no better. But hardly anyone likes them.

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Glaswegian scientists snap entangled particles

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Re: Am I the only one...

Indeed 1 (and only 1) photon triggers 1 photoreceptor ( which is a modified G-protein coupled receptor). Certainly the retinal cells are capable of truly extraordinary sensitivity.

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Microsoft: It's not Metro, it's Windows 8

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Re: Finally it's official!

"That's the sole reason I bother to post here"

Please don't feel obligated to continue. I'm sure we'll all get along without you

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Not a Cloud in my holiday sky

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Re: It gets better

"Bungalarizitation"

Failure to rob a single-story property

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Nokia straps Qt into ejector seat and hits the shiny red button

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Re: @RICHTO

"You don't get away with that shit here any more, without an avalanche of downvotes"

You've obviously not read the reams of similar garbage he's put out in the last month or so - troll or fool who knows ?

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Re: @RICHTO

"post more fail if you've got nothing better to do."

He hasn't - he's been posting cr*p like this all over The Reg recently (and being downvoted like no-one I've ever seen)

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Valve opens Steam store to non-gaming software

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Re: "tiny herd of nerds"

That 1.5% is people who have voted to use Linux, mostly installed it themselves and maybe incurred the extra cost of Windows to do it.

Compared with go into shop, get essentially no choice and use ( and in many cases ) curse WIndows. As someone else said we wouldn't put up with 1 or 2 models of car, esp. if we had to buy the petrol and tyres from the manufacturer as well.

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Re: @Richto

"a put down of Linux."

A very ill-informed put down of Linux I suggest.

Never seen so many down-votes in such a short time.

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Apple patents shopping lists

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"Because if you do then no one else can use the idea ever again without paying you money.."

Not true, of course, I think you meant during the patent lifetime of ~~20 years

The whole thingis still Bl**dy stupid !

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Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot

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Re: Whatever is bad for Microsoft is good for everyone else.

@RICHTO

As you seem convinced of the superiority of Windows software over ANYTHING else I'm suprised that you waste your obviously valuable time on us philistines.

So I suggest that you let us get on with using 'inferior' software and in exchange we won't think about you at all.

How about that ?

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Re: $90

""ditch the OS""

I think rather a lot more want NO OS devices so they can chose !

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Software disaster zone Knight Capital bags $400m lifeline

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The mind truly boggles ..

Perhaps this approach could be tried elsewhere.

Nuclear reactor control systems

Petrochemicals

Early warning systems

Intensive care units

Maybe it is !

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Curiosity needs OS upgrade before getting down to science

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"Can the robot arm do ctrl-alt-delete?"

No, but it can probably make a 'gesture' to the camera that will probably do the same - just like many users will to a BSOD.

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Rampant fake Facebook ad clicks riddle hits dead end

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Re: I don't get it

My initial post was titled """browsers that didn't have JavaScript enabled - something UNHEARD of in this day and age""

I was suggesting that the claim was unlikely - many people use Noscript or have JS turned off for routine browsing. I certainly wouldn't believe they contributed significantly to the problems alleged here

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Re: ""browsers that didn't have JavaScript enabled - something unheard of in this day and age"

"Noscript+ABP - a fairly common combination I would have thought."

Noscript+ABP - and using Facebook fairly UNcommon combination I would have thought.

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""browsers that didn't have JavaScript enabled - something unheard of in this day and age"

Noscript+ABP - a fairly common combination I would have thought.

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Woz: Cloud computing trend is 'horrendous'

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Re: Short of becoming admins on our own servers?

"Become an admin on your own server. "

Low-powered, dual core atom at home,big drives, always on - SSH/fish from anywhere, used for various other functions and transcoding 1080p video when not otherwise needed - Linux of course.

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For flock's sake: Scared sheep send SMSes to Swiss shepherds

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Re: "big fans of the temporary electrified fences,"

Mrs Chemist just pointed out that a SMS when the heart rate was zero would be the best indication of wolves !

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"big fans of the temporary electrified fences,"

Indeed you are correct - in fact I just climbed over one ( for cattle ) this morning in Saas-Fee. They don't look capable of keeping a big dog or wolf out though as they are quite low.

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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

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Re: Well you are overlooking something

"Hey, I don't care if I'm the one"

You're not ! - maybe we should have a Reg poll about OS use - has there been one ?

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Re: Interesting

"I guess you will be able to build your own computer, but you will have to install a retail copy of Windows 8 on it."

I guess that if you are able to build your own computer, you will install a copy of Linux on it

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Size does matter: Outlook.com punters want meatier passwords

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For really important passwords .

I use easily remembered passphrases and these are parsed by a little (very well protected -only root readable) C program that swaps letters around, adds fixed characters, pads, adds different numbers to some characters etc. so that a simple passphrase like "Ballmer is a bum" comes out as (something) like :-

ttxbv34jb21Mxsm1FncZpp

Just copy/paste. Anyone see a problem ?.

This is only for the really important ones such as finance or SSH where I think it's worth putting in a little effort. Even if someone gets local access to the computer and knows about my system they'd still have to know the passphrases ( I don't use MYBanksPassword etc. !)

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Valve: Games run FASTER on Linux than Windows

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Re: People forget why noone uses Lynux

Agree Vic, I'm sitting here in my holiday home in Switzerland and using Firefox on a Linux distro to view "forbidden" BBC TV content via my (Linux) server in the UK courtesy of OpenSSH and SSH tunnels.

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Re: Gabe!

"idiotic command line crap to make something work."

You really don't know much about Linux - do you ?

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Microsoft unleashes Windows attack tool

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Re: They should have been doing this years ago

"Given the complexity of the modern Windows operating system today, such a tool would have probably saved us all a lot of trouble."

Given the tools that gave us Windows operating system such tools could probably have saved us all a lot of trouble. - that's sorted that then !

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MYSTERY as six people SURVIVE deadly VAMPIRE BAT BITES

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Re: Vacination program

The point is that the virus will not MUTATE any FASTER - it will be more successful by default.

Incidentally the mutations may make the virus LESS virulent - might be more

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Re: There is almost always sufficient biological variation..

and indeed why these people might have survived bat bites

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Re: There is almost always sufficient biological variation..

"You volunteer if you want"

What on earth made you think I'd want to volunteer ?

I've spent my entire working life searching for treatments for diseases. What I posted is still relevant however to understanding the nature of infectious diseases.

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There is almost always sufficient biological variation..

..in an outbred population to allow for some survival from most infectious diseases. People with mutant CCR5 chemokine receptors (from memory) are resistant to some strains of AIDS for example. It may be true that anyone showing the symptoms of rabies from these bats will die but how many are exposed and never develop clinical disease ?

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Facebook: 83 million IMPOSTERS stalk our network

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Re: People still own cats?

Off-topic but I agree with your username !

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Qubits turn into time travellers

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Re: "As always, I don't mind being told I've slipped up in something as strange as this."

"multi time grammar is goign to get a bit convoluted"

Suggest you read the relevant section of the HHGG

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