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Rejoice, Blighty! UK is the TOP of the WHOLE WORLD ... for PHISHING

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Re: Language

I reckon it's more likely due to non native English speakers having a better grasp of English grammar than native Brits do, so the obvious mistakes in spam emails are, well, obvious (to the non-natives).

The grammatically challenged chav-generation may well not notice the glaring mistakes that set the spam-bells off.

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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Re: Bill, the galactic hero

Di'Griz ftw! (-> That's a top down view of a rat with 6 legs btw)

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Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

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Re: Share and Enjoy

I definitely think we should all adopt the metric foot, it just seems right somehow :)

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Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

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" Avoid using an extension lead if you can"

I read this in the instructions when I set mine up, so I decided to get them all talking in the first place whilst on an extension lead.

Hasn't missed a beat :)

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'Duck face' selfie in SPAAAACE: Rosetta's snap with bird comet

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Sir

That's no moon!

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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

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Re: A question and a kudo

"Economic interests fall to a far second when power is threatened."

Cart, horse etc.

Where did you think the power comes from these days? It certainly isn't from a mandate from 'we the people'. We just don't stop it (which is just as bad imo)

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: iPlayer from overseas - harder

If they are blocking IP's that are UK assigned, surely they are blocking the service for legitimate users in the UK who just might be protecting their privacy?

Very bad BBC.

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Snowden shouldn't be extradited to US if he testifies about NSA spying, says Swiss gov

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Perhaps they don't want the NSA to listen in?

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Re: Silicon Valley would lose its ability to sell to EU clients overnight

"and that has not lost Silicon Valley any sales yet."

Are you sure?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/business/fallout-from-snowden-hurting-bottom-line-of-tech-companies.html?_r=0

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Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

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I reckon Ellen Ripley may well be Chuck Norris' equivalent of Kryptonite.

She even came back from the dead with acid in her blood ffs!

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Once upon a time

Back in the days of routing storms, one loud voiced fellow was heard to say (addressing the entire support team and several other depts. in the open plan office)..

"They got HUGE flaps in the States".

How ya doin' Sam? ;)

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Re: Easily done by mistake

"How big is your cache/gash?"

And she answered you!? What kind of helpline did she think she'd called?

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'4chan may be just a sysadmin who knows his way around', claims so-called expert

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Re: Copyright is not theft... but it's not legitimate

"So - to all those commenters trying to justify copying in the thread above - get over yourselves and accept that you just do it because it's easy and you don't want to pay what is being asked of you."

I'm not sure I read any posts in the thread above that tried to justify copying, but there were a lot that discussed the difference between copyright infringement and theft.

Here's something else for you to fail to parse..

"Reading is not thought, but comprehension requires you to think."

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Re: 4chan is a sysadmin

4chan - is there a hackers name registry where I can see if this is taken already?

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Oi, you don't work here, MR ANYTHING BUT incisive – get your grubby mitts off our commentards

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Re: Steven Rairh Hmm

"On a serious note (really) I wonder how many reader tech surveys are disguised hunts for targeted advertising."

Bzzzzzzzzzzzt - All of them!

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Something smells PHISHY: It's the celeb nudie iCloud PERV trap...

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Re: Gossip Culture...

I read a news story yesterday about one of the 'celebrities' that was part of this 'fappening', some kind of gymnast who was underage when her boyfriend took the picture of her - so there were warnings that they were kiddie porn.

The bit I couldn't work out was that she also claims they were fake, which leaves several questions, mostly relating to

'if they are fake how do they know they were taken when underage' and

'if they're not then isn't the gymnast and her boyfriend in trouble?'

I saw the list of who was supposed to be part of this image dump, the only one I recognised was Kirsten Dunst and that put me off right there and then.

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Re: and in other news...

Really? I thought he shat in the woods. My bad.

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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Re: Someone still upset

Which one?

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: So basically, MS says ...

Or M$ are admitting they are clueless.

"For reversibly-encrypted codes that use a strong algorithms, crackers would need the relevant decryption key. Without it, they would have no effective means of offline attack even if the users' password was 123456, the duo wrote."

Ok, so technically accurate, but misleading. Even if I couldn't crack the password offline, there's no reason I couldn't just 'have a go' at entering 123456 as a password, which would obviously work.

Having a gnarly password doesn't just make it harder to crack, it makes it hard to guess, and if you re-use passwords from other sites, it only takes one of them to leak the password in a weak manner and all of your accounts are screwed.

Have M$ got a product launch relating to passwords coming up soon or something?

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: Discriminatory Pisswords

"FTFY."

Except if I had written it like that it wouldn't have looked like I had a lisp now would it?

Fix Fail. :)

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Discriminatory Pisswords

"change the "s" to a pound sign, which looks like this: pa££word."

Are you taking the pith?

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Sonos burns its Bridges: Our home-grown Wi-Fi mesh will do

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Re: Eh?

It was written for me personally apparently since my Bridge just blew up. Thanks El Reg.

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Perfect timing

After a power cut (and multiple on/offs) on Friday my Bridge was fried and I've resorted to extending my ethernet.

Now I don't need to replace it, nice :)

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: WHEN I AM PRIME MINISTER...

"But then facts are never as emotional as fiction, now are they."

Oh that's right, because they haven't done anything illegal. However, they were still arrested for an unknown charge and face extradition back to the UK, leaving their sick child in a Spanish hospital and half a dozen others at a loose end.

The only reason I can see for this whole fiasco is to push the Rotherham 1400 scandal off the news lists so that someone very high up can bury it completely (until the next time the public gets reminded).

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Re: Yeah, but

I thought he lived in London behind that kerb edge underneath the postbox?

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Re: Scum

"Daily mail much?"

Just a low level El Reg troll. Just ignore, he's only trying to get more down votes than Eadon. (Good luck with that!)

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Re: WHEN I AM PRIME MINISTER...

"It's these senior people who we need to get shot of."

Considering that you can now be subjected to an international man-hunt and arrested for trying to get medical treatment for your child, this comment could be construed as incitement to terrorism. Gotta be careful there old sport, remember 'they' aren't afraid of criminals, 'they' are afraid of YOU.

I'm Sparticus and so's my wife.

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Re: OOPS! Why it could or couldn't

There are street view pictures from 2012 when I 'walked' to the building. I also didn't see any signs saying you can't take a photo - anyone know where they are positioned? It would make a nice irony picture.

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Re: Another 'could be' law?

How does anyone know who is an employee? They might just be popping along to visit their Uncle or something - it's not like they all wear long macs and funny hats, or do they?

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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Every other day..

I know what day it is.

How can I not buy the book? I also haven't finished the long one yet, one day :)

------------------------------>> That's me getting my wallet out for once.

Something else I didn't know..

"In 2013, a main-belt asteroid (4942 Munroe) was named after him."

Cool.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Re: I fear for the future

"Charles Bronson (makes Chuck Norris look like the mewling pretty-boy he is)"

The last time Charles Bronson dared to look at Chuck Norris it was in a dream, and when he woke up he apologized.

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Re: R2-D2 etc ARE combat robots by design.

Wasn't r2-d2 a maintenance droid?

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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shh, it's only a model

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Re: Actually...

"Have you ever tried taking a breath only every 30 seconds while you're in fear for your life, full of adrenaline and trying to escape from an underground lair?"

Yep, it's remarkably easy when you know you will die otherwise :P

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What did you just call me?

Just don't try and call him by his first name, the pronunciation is impossible and invariably translates to something akin to "Your mother was a hamster.."

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Re: Lesbianism vs. beastiality

eww - thanks for that

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Re: so annoying

""OUT OF THE WAY, HUMAN SCUM!"

After hearing that I actually searched online for the T-Shirt. I want one.

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Re: Did the BBC just troll people?

"An equivalent practice would be like divers hyperventilating before a long dive. The capacity of the lungs hasn't changed, just the amount of oxygen in the blood."

No it hasn't. Hyperventilating rids the body of more carbon dioxide. It is the build of of carbon dioxide that triggers breathing, not lack of oxygen. I have found that after hyperventilating it is actually beneficial to empty the lungs of air as it assists in reducing buoyancy when diving to 10m - you get there quicker. ~The air in your lungs has a much greater buoyancy effect in the first couple of meters than it does 10m down.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: I was thinking of another type of hologram

Doh! How could I have been so blind!! It was right there all along, right in front of me (well, in the utility room at any rate) - thanks Neil.

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Re: I was thinking of another type of hologram

Why do we never end up with *extra* socks in the washing machine?

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Re: probably already has

"And it probably will again."

With something even more bizarre?

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Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000

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Re: Use this to bribe the Spanish official who is blocking this...

For some reason I automatically translated 'bribe' to

"provide a consulting fee to employ someone who knows their way around the byzantine regulations relating to such matters to provide a positive outcome for all parties involved. The most appropriate consultant in such cases is often the representative in control of such regulations. "

Although I admit that 'bribe' is catchier :)

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So, a beer-fulled jolly this most certainly isn't.

For shame El Reg - remember your motto!!

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Re: Couple of questions

Does it restrict your peripheral vision? It looks like it does in a couple of the photo's

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: Sir

Sentences, imho, should reflect the crime to some degree.

Imprisonment should primarily be about protecting the public from harm due to the nature of the offence etc. - I don't see how this is relevant in this particular case.

Financial crimes should be punished financially. Community service, reduction of priveledges such as accessing the internet (if relevant to the crime) - curfew orders based on time/location etc.

For example, this guy was guilty of selling someone else's intellectual property via the internet. Lots of community service, a fine and no internet for two years would be more applicable than locking him up at the taxpayers expense - what value do I get from the transaction as a taxpayer? Do I feel safer because he's locked up? Hardly.

If someone were caught selling bootleg copies at the market a punishment of community service, not allowed near a market for 2 years etc. would be more applicable.

I just don't see the value for me. It looks like the police are now sponsored by the corporations, so the honest thing to do would at least make the corporations pay for the incarceration - but that would be admitting that the police were effectively (if not directly) on the payroll, and even the myopic general public might be able to add things up at that point, the politicians can't have that.

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Sir

I would like to see a table where all the crimes in this country and their respective sentences were all compared and ranked accordingly.

I really want to know if the judges consider copyright infringement more serious than rape or burglary for example.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Re: I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science

The article's author has proven the point* of hard sci-fi - he looked up something he didn't understand and now has a basic grasp of it.

This is why sci-fi readers are reported as having a larger vocabulary than the general non Sci-fi reading public. When I was younger and read sci-fi it meant looking up a lot of stuff, now - not so much.

I've also found it interesting that non Sci-fi readers scoff at it because it's all about the science etc. when in my experience the best Sci-fi is about the people and the interactions between them, and the quality of the writing. The technology is usually the pre-text, plot device or backdrop to the real stuff - it's just more interesting because it creates a more diverse world in which people can interact.

ymmv of course :)

*or I should say 'one of' the points

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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What about the other extremists whom this will inspire? Are you expecting them to show some common decency and not watch it too?

I'm not sure the page 'views' are determined by the predisposition of the watcher - who knows who they are? All they will see is their video being watched.

It's not a great argument to suggest that they would stop making them if 'people' stopped watching them, because it isn't realistically going to happen.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: hypothetical

I have a sneaking suspicion that this scenario might backfire on you.

You will get the soundtrack alright, accompanied by slurping noises and pictures of a dog's anus and balls/vulva being licked (by the DOG! you perve ! )

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Re: Seriously, though, they are doing ...

I think Dilbert publishes on the weekend

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