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Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

Rodrigo Valenzuela

You will be missed.

Thank you for all the articles.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Stop

Re: A Win Win solution!

On behalf of all South American people:

NO!

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Apple? More like FAP-PLE: Fanbois are the BIGGEST PERVS, say people who know

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Now there is something for Tim Cook to brag about

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Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer

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Oh the simplicity...

"so the team simply slid the old one out and replaced it with a spare unit."

Yes, very simple... just go out in the vacuum, hanging from a cable, exposed to radiations, working with gigantic gloves... yes, simple indeed.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: Danger Will Robinson

Yes, the legal aspect is a problem.

Specially this part: " Of course, you may well have one on a sticker on your PC case or knocking around somewhere.".

Most probably, the sticker on your PC case is an OEM license, which according to the EULA:

"1.2 SOFTWARE as a Component of the COMPUTER - Transfer. This license may not be shared, transferred to or used concurrently on different computers. The SOFTWARE is licensed with the COMPUTER as a single integrated product and may only be used with the COMPUTER. If the SOFTWARE is not accompanied by HARDWARE, you may not use the SOFTWARE. You may permanently transfer all of your rights under this EULA only as part of a permanent sale or transfer of the COMPUTER, provided you retain no copies of the SOFTWARE. If the SOFTWARE is an upgrade, any transfer must also include all prior versions of the SOFTWARE. This transfer must also include the Certificate of Authenticity label. The transfer may not be an indirect transfer, such as a consignment. Prior to the transfer, the end user receiving the Software must agree to all the EULA terms."

In other terms, you can't use an OEM version of XP in any computer, except the one where it was first installed.

So yes, be careful.

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

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To me, the problem is really simple: the guy wants to be left alone.

Did he invented the maths behind bitcoin? May be. May be not.

It doesn't matter.

Why the insistence on exposing someone to the world?

Leave the guy alone!

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

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Verne?

Journey to the center of the Earth

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

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The Chinese are learning. And if we look back, they learn VERY fast.

This mission may not have been succesful, but there will be others, and others... They are nothing if not persistent.

On the other hand, I have never enjoy this kind of human effort failing.

I would really like to see other nation/states focusing their efforts on this kind of technology and everything it implies.

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El Reg talks beer and binaries with a boffin named Boffin

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Pint

Sigh... sadly, is true.

Our beers are still, like our country, in development.

Not that there are not good beers, but they are not easy to find.

But it is also true that our wines are some of the best.

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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

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...

Take them to cleaners!

(Sorry, could not help it)

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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

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Stop

"South american presidents"

As a South American, I believe that you should be better informed before grouping us with the likes of Kim Jong Un or other kind of dictators.

Most of South America enjoys a healthy democracy, which has been very hard to get and that most of the citizens care deeply for.

Chile, my own small country, was the first country in the world to establish a "net neutrality" policy, three or four years ago.

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Deep Impact succumbs to 'HAL bug' as glitch messes with antenna

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"HAL bug"

Not to be picky, but the bug that caused the malfunction of HAL was something that caused it to not to be able to resolve what appear to be contradicting instructions.

The AE35 unit malfunction never happened.

In fact, HAL was predicting a failure of that unit (the prediction itself was a lie).

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Symantec retires low-end security software

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Re: The best way to keep your system stable

I do not agree completely with your statements:

> If MS supply an A/V - the others shout "Anti Trust"..

if MS supply a FREE and COMPETENT AV, then the others would shout "Anti trust".

They are not shouting, because it is free, but not really competent

> If MS do not supply an A/V - the other others shout "Insecure System".

For years before and after Security Essentials, MS operating systems have been considered insecure.

Most of the time, the problem is with the OS, and the AV just provide a safety net against known threats that exploit it before they are patched.

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Huawei USB modems vulnerable

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WTF?

Re: Yep, it does

4G in Chile a couple of years back?

The closed tests for a handful of users of 4G started a couple of weeks ago in Chile, with the first trials in last November.

(in spanish: http://www.latercera.com/noticia/nacional/2013/03/680-512439-9-claro-inicio-marcha-blanca-de-red-4g-en-santiago-que-involucrara-a-100-usuarios.shtml)

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Microsoft preps UPDATE EVERYTHING patch batch

Rodrigo Valenzuela

Silverlight

"Silverlight is widely used as an alternative to Flash"

Not really:

http://w3techs.com/technologies/details/cp-silverlight/all/all

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Stargazers spot first-ever planet forming in dusty disc

Rodrigo Valenzuela

Re: boffins with brains the size of planets

Actually, the telescopes themselves are named in the Mapudungun language:

ANTU (UT1; The Sun ),

KUEYEN (UT2; The Moon ),

MELIPAL (UT3; The Southern Cross ), and

YEPUN (UT4; Venus - as evening star)

https://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/vlt/vlt-names.html

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Swartz prosecutor: We only pushed for 'six months' in the cooler

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@AC 16:23

Yes, you are right.

I used the wrong word.

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Re: Please use other sources to research the actual case before posting more idiocy

@AC 15:58 GMT

The innocence of Mr. Swartz has not been proved, and sadly it will never be.

All that we have now are several opinions from different quarters, but not a legal ruling.

I don't know if there are political or personal motivations behind the acts of Mrs. Ortiz and nobody else but herself can know it.

If there are illegal or too far reaching acts from the side of Mrs. Ortiz, then there are legal ways to restrict them, but public lynching is not the method to ensure that they will not be repeated.

Your words about "no difference between her holding a gun to his head and pulling the trigger" are really too emotional to be worth considering.

I, personally, think that there was a violation of the law (maybe I'm right, maybe not).

But I also think that the law itself is wrong, unfair to the citizens and completely out of proportion in the punishments it allows.

Hence, my recommendation to the American citizens of do something about them.

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I really believe that the public outrage for this suicide is pointing to the wrong person.

A civil servant has several duties, the first among them is to withhold the law.

Because of that, Mrs. Ortiz could not turn a blind eye to the acts of Mr. Swartz and let them slip under the radar.

The real problem, in my opinion, is that the law needs several adjustments to be really useful in protecting intellectual property while still allowing access to it.

So, if the Americans really are enraged by this sad story, please do something concrete.

Call, write or email your representatives and pressure them to change the law.

Stop complaining while doing nothing.

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Microsoft releases first Windows OS in an original American language

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Not the first, I think

The first thing to note is that America != USA

So, with that in mind, there are several Windows XP in aboriginal languages, including Quechua (Bolivia) and Mapundungún (or Mapuzungún).

https://www.microsoft.com/chile/mapuzugun/

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The 30-year-old prank that became the first computer virus

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Stop

"Brain" worked on DOS, not Windows

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Smear campaign

Rodrigo Valenzuela

Somtehing worst than greasy fingers...

Is when the cleaning staff, well, "cleans" my desktop monitor.

They use a... I don't know what it is, would say rag, sponge, paper towel, really don't know.... with some kind of liquid.

The next morning I usually spend at least fifteen minutes getting the opaque, nasty and disgusting residue from the screen.

My solution: put a letter-sized warning on the screen, kept in place with scotch-tape.

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The Lord of the Rings saga lies hidden deep in your Mac

Rodrigo Valenzuela

Is also available

In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

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Cisco sets ex-CIA spook to hunt down leaking staffer

Rodrigo Valenzuela

This email warning will surely make a great job of lifting staff moral.

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Ohio voting machines have 'backdoor', lawsuit claims

Rodrigo Valenzuela

Pen and paper have a great lot of advantages over electronic voting systems:

- cheap: incredibly cheap.

- Does not need technical personnel

- Is portable. You don't need to wire remote locations just for the elections.

- The ballot boxes are usually transparent or with big windows, which make vote stuffing hard

- political parties and common citizens alike can watch the vote-counting procedure

Last week here in Chile was a big election. Each city elected their mayor for the next four years.

And there are several cities where the process has been objected.

Solution: have a manual counting of ballots.

The confront that account with the data held by the officers in charge, the voting local officers and the political parties officers present in each voting local, who in almost all the cases took pictures of the voting totals published in each local and of each voting station, in addition to their own manual counts.

Is a simple process, with many observation points.

True, is boring and sometimes just plainly disappointing. Especially if, as is my case, in charge of a voting station for 9th time.

But, as your Winston Churchill said:

"Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

But for that sentence to be true, a very secure and tamper proof system is needed.

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Better luck next time Blofeld! Five Bond plot myths busted

Rodrigo Valenzuela

distance

What have always baffled me is the distance.

If you put a big laser in space, which as pointed in the article, is a major engineering challenge, would it be useful?

Doesn't the inverse square law applies to the laser beam?

At a distance of, say, 2000 kilometers, for a low earth orbiting satellite, you need a lot of power to inflict damage.

And that is assuming the target is right below the satellite. Add to that the atmosphere.

And to that, add the precision of the mechanism to keep the beam on target... mmm.

Nope, laser beams orbiting the earth are, in my opinion, worthless as weapons.

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Google exec faces arrest after vid tears strip off Brazilian

Rodrigo Valenzuela

"Google believes that voters have a right to use the internet to freely express their opinions about candidates for political office, as a form of full exercise of democracy, especially during electoral campaigns."

That's a funny one.

I'd like to see Google try the same in China

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Swedes are best at using the internet, says Berners-Lee

Rodrigo Valenzuela

I think it would be nice to include a link to the source, to check the data for ourselves.

http://www.webfoundation.org/

http://thewebindex.org/

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Sun daddy: 'Machines will replace 80 per cent of doctors'

Rodrigo Valenzuela

He obviously doesn't have a medical degree nor medical training or biological knowledge.

Of course, a lot of illnesses can be deduced from watching a set of data and the "mental process" of a doctor is very akin to that of an "expert system".

But medicine is much more than prescribing drugs or handing treatments.

There is a no minor part of doctor - patient relationship.

There are a lot of problems that are more psychological than physical, yet still produce detectable symptoms that if observed just by themselves would yield a completely different diagnostic.

Speaking of MDs as "voodoo doctors" shows not only ignorance, but a lot of petulance.

https://www.xkcd.com/793/

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Samsung to probe claims of underage workers, abuse at supplier

Rodrigo Valenzuela

Apple was accused of something similar, not exactly the same, but similar.

Will they be suing Samsung?

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Google boss Larry Page debugged, voice still not fixed

Rodrigo Valenzuela

Maybe Google is going for the same strategy used by Teddy Roosevelt ar the beggining of 20th century: speak softly and carry a big stick.

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Microsoft's offices gutted in Athens arson attack

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Surprised that no one has mentioned "Greek fire"

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Two new Jovian moons confirmed

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Coat

just to get rid of the lame, obvious joke, let me be the first who says "that's no moon..."

(blame this lame comment on the lack of sleep)

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Legendary sci-fi fantasy author Ray Bradbury exits planet Earth

Rodrigo Valenzuela

RIP

I read "Martian Chronicles" when I was about 7 or 8... can't remember for sure.

But it contained two stories that gave me a perspective that for a child were astonishing: "August 2026: There will come soft rains" and "April 2026: The long years".

They both talked about the fast and brief time that is human live, how we can be survived by our creations and the incredibly ridiculous that our problems can be when they are seen from that point of view.

"There will come soft rains" contains a very brief and powerful poem by Sara Teasdale, that gives its name to the story:

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,

And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night,

And wild plum trees in tremulous white;

Robins will wear their feathery fire,

Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one

Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,

If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn

Would scarcely know that we were gone.

R.I.P. Mr Bradbury

Thank you

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Moshi Monsters pushed onto pint-sized kiddies' mobes

Rodrigo Valenzuela

"and has signed a deal with Gree"

Sorry, but read that as "and has signed a deal with Greed"... and I think is more adequate.

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Microsoft launches its own 'so.cl' network

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Re: Your MS Social Network Data Lives in ... Chile?

Yes, the law is enforced (I live in Chile and work in IT).

But it just the domain that is registered here.

A quick visit to the site shows that the server is in USA.

And if you read the "Tern of Services" (https://www.so.cl/app/terms), you will note a paragraph that says:

"Unless otherwise specified in the service, the service is intended for use within the United States only. "

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Descriptive Camera develops text instead of images

Rodrigo Valenzuela

What I really liked...

about this camera (or whatever this is) are the status lights .

I suppose they will work as well as a pedal powered wheelchair

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Facebook accused of 'wanton' use of Canadian woman's pics

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https://xkcd.com/743/

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Top Italian OPERA boffin steps down after faster-than-light mistake

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Re: I'm with the above (2) posters

Just to add a "me too".

I remember that the public unveiling of the results was something along the lines of "we know that the most probable cause must be an error somewhere, so we are publishing this results in order to get more people to help us find it".

They never made any claims of superluminic, time shifting, theory smasher neutrinos.

So why punish him?

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Giant paper plane thunders across Arizona sky

Rodrigo Valenzuela

It looks like and XB-70, just need a canard ...

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Moneybags Apple loses $1.2m Italian warranty fine scrap

Rodrigo Valenzuela

"Apple told El Reg"??

That would be the second time in the last year that Apple spoke to El Reg, if my memory serves me well.

You must be doing something wrong.

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Super-boffin Stephen Hawking to star in Big Bang Theory

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Re: Cool

And don't forget Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Google rolls out privacy policy, snubs Euro outcry

Rodrigo Valenzuela

"Nevertheless Google has implemented the tweaks and defended the move by saying that halting it at this stage would "confuse" the firm's userbase."

No, not confusing at all. A simple text saying something along the lines of: "We can't implement our new policies on Europe until they adhere to EC law".

Of course, that would make the users think that Google may not be the technological knight-in-shiny-armor they pretend to be, so this is just wishful thinking.

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FTC tears into Apple, Google over kids' privacy - or lack of

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Re: EASY TO BLAME THE PARENTS...

Not blaming.

Making them responsible, which is very different.

Of course our kids will run circles around us, as we did with our parents.

But you have to show interest, give them time.

Easy? Nope, not at all. Rising children is getting harder everyday.

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Russians drill into buried 20 million-year-old Antarctic lake

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Alert

"There is no need to worry"

Those are quite foreboding words...

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Suicidal Foxconn workers talked down from factory roof

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> 0%

I really believe is not that simple. Foxconn has a dark history when it comes to the conditions offered to their workers. Check this article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/10/foxconn_abuse_report/ So, the possibility of a suicide, massive or otherwise, is more than 0%, based on very recent history. R
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A pint a day keeps the doctor away - scientific FACT

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Pint

Like a cold beer on a warm summer day

This kind of news is one of the reasons I read El Reg.

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HTC prepares quad-core smartphone for 2012

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Joke

tax free phone?

(see title)

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LibreOffice plans ports to iOS, Android, cloud

Rodrigo Valenzuela

I don't see LibreOffice passing the approbation process necessary to be accepted in Apple's appstore.

Apple will argument that LibreOffice provides functionality already existent, that they use too much battery or something like that in order to avoid people jumping from their own payed apps to free ones.

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iPhone 4 prototype duo get a year’s probation

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"and the speed of the raid raised questions about Apple’s relationship with the local police."

Well, if you check the presentation Jobs gave to the Cupertino city council last june, you will see that he was pretty much loved by local authorities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtuz5OmOh_M

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