* Posts by Dave 126

4736 posts • joined 21 Jul 2010

Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: I'll give you three guesses

Watching Wolf Hall?

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Re: None

Wait and see... VAIO are no longer part of Sony, and they have some interesting laptops waiting in the wings.

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Re: I Wonder

Kit is expensive and glass-and-carbon-fibre-reinforced-plasticy (with magnesium/aluminium bits)

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Re: I Wonder

Kit is OK, just install [any fresh OS of your choice] on it

There, fixed it for you.

[Sidenote: My first Linux experience was installing Mint on an ancient IBM Thinkpad with a mate, just for fun... Once we grasped the Linux conventions it was a straightforward job, except that it had odd audio hardware. We got a sense of accomplishment when we got a noise out of it!]

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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Lots of Windows users are puzzled as to why they can get very high res tablets and phones, but not many laptops (though Toshiba and Lenovo make some).

Whilst more modern versions of Windows are saner in the way they deal with UI scaling, Adobe isn't quite there yet.

However, the following thread suggests that Adobe are actively working on this:

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1327166?start=80&tstart=0

My point is that photographers and artists with money are the people most likely to benefit from non-Apple laptops/monitors with very high resolutions. Until applications take advantage of high res monitors, people will have less reason to buy the hardware.

[CAD benefits from very high res displays because of the appearance of single-pixel diagonal lines... for this reason (and that CAD workstations have had the GPUs to drive high res displays), Solidworks et al have had the option of scaling their toolbars for years]

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Before Photoshop:

The Adams Retouching Machine pat. 1947

This machine vibrated the negative being worked on, to smooth out the strokes made by a brush or pencil.

http://petapixel.com/2014/10/19/adams-retouching-machine-helped-old-school-photoshoppers-retouch-negatives-hand/

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Nutanix to release 'community version' of its secret software sauce

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Re: "Secret software sauce"

Sometimes when reading a Reg article I can't make head or tail of, I don't know if it is because it is about a field I'm ignorant of, or if it is because I'm being slow - or both.

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: Back to nature

Thank you for bringing that to my attention - i missed that series.

Sadly, it's no longer available on iPlayer, but these programmes tend to be repeated.

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

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Re: Is IE still cack on it?

IE?

Microsoft's default browser across devices will be their own 'Spartan', with a version of IE continued for compatibility. Spartan has been described as being Chrome-like.

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Sony's super-frumpy SmartEyeglass goggles are $840 Google Glasses

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Re: OMG

As developer units, they are effectively a form of prototype - looks aren't crucial. Sony can't be arsed to deal with the social backlash that Google's Glass has generated, so are pitching these differently. The applications they used as examples are just that- the idea is to see what developers come up with.

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Re: Poor Sony

Sony are no longer guilty of the sins you have highlighted.

These days they make some of the best Android phones (very good battery, microSD card support), some very good cameras, televisions, and their PS4 console is more fit-for-purpose than its competition. They still release some well polished and innovative products.

Sony aren't the only company to pull out of the PC market. The home audio market has also changed shape, with docks and networked systems supplanting traditional hi-fi separates. Sony still make some dedicated audio players, and some good balanced armature / hybrid earphones.

>Only a company truly and completely broken could have let a product like these glasses get to production

The video was aimed at developers, and the goggles are largely intended for environments where eye protection is more important than fashion - i.e workshops and sports. This is a far more sensible approach than Google's desperate attempts to make their Glass product acceptable in social settings.

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Terminator

For those who don't click through the Sony link:

-The display looks like the Terminator's point of view, but simpler and in green.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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>There's no way to evacuate. They can't keep going forever, sooner or later the colonists are going to be abandoned.

Put the thrilling rescue mission on pay per view! Drama! Excitement!

/s

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: White elephant alert

The watch should, in theory, light up when you raise it up... though at the time of its unveiling they were still ironing out the niggles.

What's the point? Primarily, the ability to read a notification / ignore an unimportant call without having to dig your phone out of your pocket. I can imagine that being useful for some people more than others. That caveat probably applies to a lot of its functions; I for one would find a device that helps me find my phone very useful.

So far, so good - but the above functionality is already available from 3rd party manufacturers, ranging from cheap Chinese websites through to Casio and Citizen.

What the Apple Watch offers over these is a tighter integration of software on the watch and on its companion iPhone, and this thing called Apple Pay. This might prove to be a killer app for some people, but there are some rival payment systems jostling about.

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Re: We are only thinking of your health

>After reading this article I threw away my chair

Mr Ballmer knows it.

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Yes, just give me ten years of your life

And I'll trade in that puny flab for living muscle

A physique you deserve!

Strong!

Chest and shoulders to hold your shirt up!

Five years ago I was a four-stone apology...

Today I am two separate gorillas!

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: The BBC science coverage is useless ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/moreorless

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Re: Interesting...

>BUT why does all this technology which can help mankind have to be developed as a spin-off from developing more efficient and more expensive ways of killing and maiming people?

People in power will have actively worked towards gaining power in the past, so we can assume that they will actively work to gain more power in the future. Their power gives them money, which they can use to employ smart people. The smart people produce technologies that give more power to their paymasters. Repeat.

That said, the difference between a tool and a weapon is in the hand of the wielder. John Harrison was the first person to create a timepiece accurate enough to allow a naval navigator to accurately determine their longitude - thus allowing the British navy to make better use of their fleet. Explosives are used for mining and quarrying- essential for the resources our society uses. Spy satellites can be used to monitor one's own agriculture, as well as seeing what the enemy is up to. Methods in treating traumatic injuries in overseas wars have been brought back to home nations.

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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There's no reason the Sith too couldn't have suffered a hiccup in their lightsaber supply chain.

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Re: It's just a movie....

>What I'm afraid the most of in the Disney's takeover, is that they will turn it back to being mindless "family adventure" and the fans will fall over themselves in orgasmic excitement about pissy lightsabers and crappy pseudo-vintage effects...

The trailer has shown that physical sets and models have been used extensively for this new StarWars film. It would seem that the new director is very aware of the problems with the prequels, and is making an attempt to avoid them.... time will tell if he succeeds.

In fact, the prequels contain more physical effects than the original films, but the slightly ropey CGI, characters and acting distracted from them.

I enjoy political plotting and scheming, but that alone doesn't make a good movie if it is lacking in other areas. Sometimes a classic - archetypal, even - story of good vs evil is more fun, if done well. And let's not forget John Williams' score.

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Re: It's just a movie....

>Seems the Star Wars flicks of late have fallen into the "hey, let's do a sequel" without any regard to making a good movie but just a fast profit.

Don't worry, George Lucas had nothing to do with this movie. He has even said that Disney have not used used any of the story ideas he gave them when they bought the IP. Phew!

For sure, James Cameron and Ridley Scott have let us down in the last decade, but Neils Blomkampf, Duncan Jones and Alex Garland have been more-or-less on the money.

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Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

>I don't understand why you would make the light saber more primitive for films that take place AFTER all other events.

Nor me, but hey, let's wait til we see the movie! There could be a dozen 'in-universe' explanations for the spitty look, ranging from a loss of knowledge (just as we lost the secrets of Damascus steel) to merely that the bad guy thought it looked cool!

Anyhows, didn't the spacecraft in episodes IV -VI look more primitive than the craft in I-III?

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Torvalds turns to Sir Mix-A-Lot for Linux versioning debate

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Re: why not linux 10

LinuxX?

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Re: Not really much of a problem

>That's why pictures and videos of my kid are stored on three different hard drives, replaced/upgraded every 4 or 5 years,

That's a good start. There are still some issues that might affect you, especially if your images are in a compressed format such as JPG. A single bit error can be enough to trash a compressed image. True, if you spot an issue yourself, you acn of course manually recoverthe image from the back-ups - but this can't be done automatically if the file system doesn't know that the file has been damaged. This is an issue that ZFS, amongst other file systems, addresses.

http://openpreservation.org/system/files/Bit%20Rot_OPF_0.pdf

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/bitrot-and-atomic-cows-inside-next-gen-filesystems/

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Obligatory Iain Banks:

"So," Ash said slowly. "Let me get this straight: you don't know the machine, but it's probably some ancient nameless Apple clone from the dark grey end of the market, almost certainly using reject chips; it probably had a production run that lasted until the first month's rent fell due on the shed the child-labourers were assembling them in, it used an eight-inch drive and ran what sounds like dodgy proprietorial software with more bugs than the Natural History Museum?"

- The Crow Road, Iain Banks

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Hey Apple - what's the $178bn for? Are you down with OTT?

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Re: £99 here, $99 there

>yeah fine so apple sold 25m of the things, but how many are actually doing what apple wants them to do?

Probably the majority of them... the type of people who are undaunted by installing XBMC on a box are the type who might explore other hardware options. In any case, if Apple do move in this direction their decision will be made based on data, data including the content consumption habits of Apple TV owners.

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>A lot of speculation and rumour in this Apple advert.

Speculation is pretty hard to avoid when one is, ahem, speculating about the future - the article was clearly tagged as 'Analysis'.

Because 'Faultline' speculates about the near future of video content delivery, it has featured articles about hardware vendors such as Sony and Samsung, content producers as HBO and CBS, and network companies such as Cisco and Nokia... it would be odd if there wasn't a Faultline article about Apple given that they are an existing hardware player, have form for making deals with content providers, and have a shitload of cash. Yet strangely you accuse the article as being an advert for services that don't exist. Oh well.

>Seems fairly weak journalism compared to El Reg's usual sharp attitude

Pay attention. The Reg is sharp about Apple when discussing Apple hardware rumours (strange that you equate a lack of prejudice with weak journalism) when the article has no real importance. However, the Reg is even-handed when covering Apple in business news and product reviews.

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Re: @SuccessCase BBC Death

> Look at what happened to Tomorrow's World. They slowly dumbed it down until it was like dishwater and then canned it.

There is a real case for bringing back Tomorrow's World... It could be part of a conversation in society about 'the future'; infrastructure, urban planning, demographics, transport, agriculture, architecture, power etc with perhaps a positive, enthusiastic leaning (to counter the 'doom and gloom' messages so often found in the news).

The BBC does have a role to play in supporting society-wide 'conversations'.

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

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> Apple has something to bring to the computer business - it has nothing to offer the car business.

The origin of the Swatch Smart brand of small cars makes interesting reading. ' History doesn't repeat: It rhymes'.

In the late 1980s, SMH (makers of the Swatch brand of watches) CEO Nicolas Hayek began developing an idea for a new car using the same type of manufacturing strategies and personalization features used to popularize Swatch watches. He believed that the automotive industry had ignored a sector of potential customers who wanted a small and stylish city car. This idea soon became known as the "Swatchmobile". Hayek's private company Hayek Engineering AG began designing the new car for SMH, with seating for two and a hybrid drivetrain.[2]

While design of the car was proceeding, Hayek feared existing manufacturers would feel threatened by the Swatchmobile. Thus, rather than directly competing, he preferred to cooperate with another company in the automotive industry. This would also relieve SMH of the cost burden in setting up a distribution network. Hayek approached several automotive manufacturers and on July 3, 1991, he reached an agreement with Volkswagen to share development of the new project.[3]

-http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_%28automobile%29

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FOCUS! 7680 x 4320 notebook and fondleslab screens are coming

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1920 x 1200 is my years-old Dell Core 2 Duo laptop... Wish I could get a newer machine with 16:10.

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Re: An 8K fondleslab?

>PC's no. 5k iMac, absolutely fantastic right now today

There have been some 4k-ish Windows laptops around for a year or so... Reviews suggest that these days Windows scales sensibly, but it is at the mercy of applications, especially legacy applications. Stupidly, Photoshop was unusable on high res Windows displays a year ago - though this might have been fixed now.

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Ex-NASA boffin dreams of PREDATOR-ish tech in humble microwaves

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Re: Sounds like a great idea

Perhaps you are overestimating how interesting your dinners are.

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Re: Culture ship names

The Precise Nature Of The Catastrophe

Death and Gravity

Only Slightly Bent

Funny, It Worked Last Time...

Ablation

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Re: Return to land

They still do - there was a good BBC documentary on recently "Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race"*, and the presenter joined the ground crews at they raced to meet the just-landed crew capsule.

However, SpaceX aren't trying to land a relatively inert crew capsule - they are trying to land a rocket stage - with fuel still on board. Landing at sea avoids all sorts of potential bureaucratic headaches and potential PR cock-ups (just in case the rocket stage lands on top of a lone hiker or rare animal), and the rocket stage can be recovered from the sea with less damage - so SpaceX can discover why it didn't land as planned.

*Another highlight was an interview with Alexey Leonov, the first man to conduct an EVA (commentated by Arthur C Clarke in his novel 2010: Odyssey 2.)

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And:

Of Course I Still Love You

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/elon-musk-iain-m-banks-just-read-the-instructions

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Hacker kicks one bit XP to 10 Windows scroll goal

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Re: Again "popped"? That's three times ...

It is better to be obviously vague than to be incorrectly precise.

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Re: Again "popped"? That's three times ...

>"After increasing the size of the properties array we basically achieved a classical buffer-overflow."

Yeah, it's a heap buffer overflow (achieved by using the UAF), not a stack overflow.

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Re: Again "popped"? That's three times ...

Are you feeling alright this week? The link to further information is in the article, in the customary blue.

The linked article says it is a Use After Free vulnerability, not a Stack Overflow.

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NO BRAIN needed to use Samsung's next flagship mobe

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It would be interesting to perform a similar study, but after the DSLR images had been messed around with in post-processing.

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Re: So?

>By the way, the famous S5 camera gives very nice photos in bright sunshine but is dreadful in dim light.

Most reviews - including dpreview.com's - suggest the S5 camera isn't too bad in low light... but that there is a knack to getting reasonable low light pictures from it.

Samsung might be communicating to its existing user-base that the S6 will not ask them to spend as long in funny menus.

An experienced human photographer will decide what 'human/aesthetic content'* in the scene is the most important to them, and make their compromise accordingly (e.g, trade subject motion blur for lower noise, or trade depth of field for a lower shutter speed). Though a camera will never know what in the scene the photographer want to capture, it can take a fair guess that most of the time a photographer wants human faces to be in focus, and for sunsets to look red and orange. These are normally called 'scene modes', and the next logical step is to have the scene mode selected automatically- Panasonic's compact cameras have an 'Intelligent Auto' mode that is usually well reviewed.

It was good to see the 'Megapixel race' peter out a few years ago, and the rise of 'premium compact' cameras - For the same reason many people choose a DSLR over a Medium Format camera (size), I prefer to carry a good compact to a DSLR. You have to choose your own compromises.

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Re: Welcome back to el reg, Claire Perry!

>"Transport minister Claire Perry added....."

>Wondered what happened to her.

James Hacker: But I'm going to be Transport Supremo!

Sir Humphrey Appleby: I believe the Civil Service vernacular is Transport Muggins!

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>Personally I hope driverless cars will have taken over the roads before I decide to hand in my driving licence because I am no longer competent to drive.

I can't see driverlesss cars taking overthe roads before 11 pm this evening - I won't be competent to drive by then!

But seriously, driverless cars will allow people to be more sociable in more rural areas.

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>By which I mean, what problem or need are they addressing, that couldn't be better served by improved public transport?

Driverless cars will eventually converge with public transport.

-The only public transport that travels from door-to-door at the time the user wants is a taxi - and that is expensive for the user because the human taxi driver needs to make a living.

-Human taxi drivers are known to work until they have made a certain amount of money each evening - on rainy nights they make this amount of money more quickly due to higher demand, then go home - this is why it is hard to find a taxi on a rainy night. (this is explained in the book Freakanomics)

-Driverless cars would allow for traffic junctions that don't require vehicles to stop and start, thus improving fuel efficiency and engine life.

-Driverless cars be instructed well in advance to move to the side of the road, meaning that emergency vehicles can travel faster.

-Driverless cars can improve the capacity, fuel efficiency and safety of motorways, by travelling in networked 'trains'.

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Cortana to form CIRCLE OF LIFE in Windows 10

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Re: "Sensitive" and "Abashed"

>The whole point of having a piece of equipment is that it does its job and you don't need to care about how it's "feeling".

Ideally not. However, many of us here will be attuned to the noises our computers make - whirring fan noise or high hard-disk activity, for example, might alert us to an out of control process.

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Re: Good fucking gawd/ess.

jake, there is no mention anywhere in the article about Microsoft making any reference to the Lion King - those are references made by The Register. Read it again.

(The Lion King is a Disney property - the largest shareholder in Disney was CEO of a big mobile device and compute company, but that company wasn't Microsoft).

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Re: Will she

Well, there was that batch of Li-Ion batteries that combusted, used by a few phone vendors... they were capable of boiling a cup of water!

"Cortana: Please order me a Teasmaid and a Roomba from Amazon".

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Re: Yes But...

To turn Cortana off, open Cortana's NotebookCortana's Notebook icon > Settings, turn Cortana off Toggle off icon, then restart your phone.

Compared to some settings I've seen in the past, that seems pretty straightforward. No floating around in a red-lit micro-gravity environment required!

Sidenote: Both Kubrick and Clarke thought that HAL's 'brain' would be no larger than a shoe-box, but Kubrick decided to represent it as room-sized purely for cinematic reasons.

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Worried you got PINK EYE when you shook hands? Doctor Google will see you now

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I'm just smiling, thinking about the tin incident:

...there was no tin-opener to be found. . .I took the tin off myself and hammered at it till I was sick at heart, whereupon Harris took it in hand. We beat it flat; we beat it back square; we battered it into every shape known to geometry - but we could not make a hole in it. Then George went at it, and knocked it into a shape, so strange, so weird, so unearthly in its wild hideousness, that he got frightened.

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Re: Kudos for that JKJ ref

And that is just the first couple of pages!

The narrator just feels a little out of sorts, and so visits the British Library where all human information is available to him (it's easy to see the internet in that). He soon diagnoses himself that he has every ailment known to man or woman - except for Housemaid's Knee. He presents himself to his doctor with "I don't have Housemaids Knee" and the doctor hands him the folded prescription. He only actually reads it after a pharmacist is unable to fulfil it.

Three Men in a Boat is an ideal book to give your sprogs to show them that the Victorians weren't that different from us.

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REVEALED: TEN MEEELLION pinched passwords and usernames

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>I'm still at a loss trying to figure out specifically how did he acquire that cache of passwords

Second paragraph:

The huge pile, collected from caches revealed after years of breaches, was scrubbed clean of corporate information and domain data before its release.

Fourth paragraph:

"These are old passwords that have already been released to the public; none of these passwords are new leaks," Burnett (@m8urnett) wrote in a post addressing some received criticism.

It seems that he has merely collated usernames and passwords from past breaches that others have published on the internet.

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