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CURE for DEATH (by PowerPoint) emerges from Japan

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Easiest way to avoid DbPP...

At our company, the Exchange server and all Outlook clients are set so all appointments have a default length of 30 minutes rather than 60.

Presto, productivity up by some 2-digit percentage.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Re: Madam Blå

Why would the article include mention of a product you haven't been able to buy since 1966?

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Trollface

"Steering a luser to use Access. No way that is going to end well."

And then ... give him admin access to his own sharepoint subsite...

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I saved Pinterest's business and all I have to show for it is a t-shirt

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"Pinners" - really?

"Pinheads" more likely

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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Re: Floppy drives

"nor was the 1.2MB drive that the reviewer got in his machine ever offered by IBM

Are you sure about that? I know it was a long time ago, but I remember having an IBM PC-AT back in the day."

I'm referring specifically to the offerings for PCjr.

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Re: Floppy drives

"Ah... as someone who actually used the floppies of the era (on IBM PCs, DEC Rainbows, Apple IIs, and others) I can say that the 360 kB drive was NOT a single-side drive."

As someone who actually owned a PCjr, I can confirm this. Also, there was never a single-sided drive configuration nor was the 1.2MB drive that the reviewer got in his machine ever offered by IBM. This must be a 3rd party product.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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"But now the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) has issued a fatwa forbidding devout Muslims from taking part."

Without seeing a translation of the original text, I doubt that very much indeed.

Fatwas do not forbid anything. The provide an opinion on what the holy texts say, but no concrete instructions to do this or the other.

(no, there never was a fatwa saying to kill Rushdie. There was a fatwa saying his text was blasphemous. Then there were people who, based on that, put a bounty on his head)

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Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records

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Re: Explanation?

"You talk to the Department for Work & Pensions. It is ILLEGAL to discriminate over the fact that you WOULD NOT break the law."

Much as I understand you're angry, violating a website's T&C is not breaking the law. It's breaking terms of a contract. There's quite a difference between the two.

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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European supreme court

When has the European supreme court ever concerned itself with state/citizen relations? Shouldn't a journalist know better?

(I ask this fully aware of the number of times this fine publication has stated that the European court of human rights is an EU institution...)

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Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

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Re: I've never heard of such a brutal and savage injustice

I've got to admit to a certain degree of fascination at the amount of effort that people are willing to put into telling the world about things they don't care about.

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Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

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Re: ASA - still a waste of space

The fines themselves are laughable, that's true.

But ASA gets this mentioned in the press. Which teaches people to be aware of the small print and other little things to be aware of in future advertising. Making it harder for cretins to try and pull similar stunts.

Not perfect, but not completely toothless either.

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

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create and forget

"Avoiding the use of easily-guessed passwords is simple enough if users employ a bit of creativity and standard best practices, such as using hard-to-guess mnemonic device and mixing letters and numbers (non-sequential, obviously) in their passwords"

Based on an el reg comment some 12 months ago, I started using KeePass. Haven't looked back since. It creates, stores securely, and makes it easy to re-enter passwords in websites, etc.

Alternatively, of you suspect you won't be using the site very often, just create a bogus password and forget about it - when you come back in 6mo, it's much easier to have them send you a reset e-mail.

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Boffins baffled after Sun fails to fry satellites

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Re: Scientists! Repeat after me: We don't know

"There's a certain hubris to a lot of so-called science. The assumption is that we can explain everything - or that we could, if only we got enough research grants."

Only idiots that still haven't grasped what their 1st year science teacher tried to explain to them about the scientific method will expound such drivel.

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Doctor Who writers Neil Gaiman and Terrance Dicks talk to The Reg

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Re: @Mahat And his biggest writing influence is...

"The young Gaiman was a model $cientologist:"

Yes, let's all judge people on what they said as 7-year olds, 45 years ago.

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Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

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Re: a simple thought experiment

"The tap water tray freezes faster every time."

What effect does the heated tray have on the experiment? It's not just the water you're freezing now.

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Re: a simple thought experiment

Uhm, right.

Now, do you see that rabbit and that turtle at the starting line over there?

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Laptops Snowden took to Hong Kong and Russia 'just a decoy'

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Re: Apprasals

The first attempt at character assassination backfired, when the gubbiment brought up his stripper girlfriend and his less than perfect people skills.

So now they take a long-term tack, where they let out a bit of detail at a time, slowly eroding his character. People won't notice that as much, and it's much more digestible for the media to copy/paste such "reasoned" descriptions instead.

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ECHR rejects free speech plea over offensive online comments

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How many expletives

am I allowed to use while pointing out to journalists who still haven't gotten around to the fact that the European Court of Human Rights != EU ?

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

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Re: Climate is more than the surface temperature

"Don't you see the sliding slope here?"

Yes I do. My reaction was to the implied flat-out denial that global temperatures have risen. Temperatures *have* risen and the *climate* is warming up. Even if the *weather* isn't. We are in agreement. (I think; I suspect that your 3rd paragraph is lacking an important "not").

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Climate is more than the surface temperature

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says its more certain than ever that humanity is warming the planet dangerously - despite the fact that a long-running flat period in global temperatures is well into its second decade."

and this, of course, completely bypasses one of the main conclusions of this year's report: That the oceans have heated up considerably, the consequences of which not many are able to able to understand.

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Breaking news, literally: Syrians joyride New York Post tweets, Facebook

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NY Post doesn't care

If someone else wants to bother making up the newsies, I'm sure the staff at NY post don't care - that'll give them some pub time. Whatever the SEA comes up with, it's bound to be as trustworthy as any of the other drivel NYP pushes onto the world.

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Facebook's request to the flash industry: 'Make the worst flash possible'

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Happy

Re: I'd buy that

(something caused that to get cut short)

It would make the missus happy too, seeing as how much closet space would be recovered.

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I'd buy that

...gods only know how many GB cold storage I have sitting around in my closet, on spindles that are old, slow and outdated - but I don't dare throw away, because I might need that data someday.

It would make the missus happy too.

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Man who pulled gun during chess game surrenders to robot cop

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Re: Not very impressed

In all fairness, a robot can - if used correctly and in the right circumstances - significantly reduce the damage to property and bystanders.

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Kaspersky plans source code reveal to avoid Huawei's fate

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Re: No complaints

Just remember that you're dealing with a guy who thinks that the internet gives people "too much freedom", and doesn't want you to be anonymous - http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/07/kaspersky-indy/

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CRUNCH: 'Drunk' chap cuffed in high-speed car nookie prang rumpus

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Who had the wheels?

"The other half of the beast with two backs and four wheels,..."

Which half had the wheels? Or were they equally distributed? Inquiring minds need to know! For science, obviously.

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Raspberry Pi puts holes in China's Great Firewall

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Re: Seems like overkill

Now you just need to do the same on all your other devices.

And those of your friends, too. And repeat the exercise tomorrow when you're somewhere else.

Or you could bring your little bag of a cable, a dongle and other gubbins wherever you go.

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Did Kim Dotcom invent 2-factor authentication? Er, not exactly...

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Registered *where*?

A bit confused. Are the dates mentioned US-only? Not that I imagine Ericsson et.al. would fail to register in both EU and the US, but I still think it's relevant information, especially with the mention of the EU patent office.

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Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

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Re: BSA

...unless you already have SOME of their software. In which case you have probably signed an agreement to the effect that they can turn up at any time to perform an audit.

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Happy

Re: Seven years?

Man needs a hobby.

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Prankster 'Superhero' takes on robot traffic warden AND WINS

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Happy

Good rule of thumb: If you expect your liability insurance to cover your actions, your plates must be visible & attached. Considering the number of accidents people make in a parking lot, this is probably a very stupid plays to make those kinds of tricks.

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Congress asks Google to explain Glass privacy policies

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Re: Are congress stupid, or just paid to ask these questions

"Google Glass is no different except you don't need to take it out your pocket"

Which is a pretty big difference. At least you have a pretty good idea if someone is taking pictures of you with their phone. With glass, you'll have to assume that you're being recorded at all times.

Is that the kind of world we want to live in? I'm not so sure.

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Re: Won't someone think of the children?

The difference in devices is not important.

The difference is the scale at which it happens. It will be more passive, and more widespread than ever.

Am I worried? Yes, but I'm not sure what of. This is definitely going to change the world, but I can't see in which ways. And that has me worried.

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Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment

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Re: Sharing: Dream of Four-Dimensional State and Fivengtange-Dimensional State

aManFromMars has finally let his son loose on El Reg!

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Google formally recognises Palestine: Puts it on the virtual map

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Re: Numbers

According to Wikipedia, the number of direct casualties in the I-P conflict is around 10k and the number of USians killed by guns in a year 30k

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Numbers

Since people are throwing opinions and "facts" around at random anyway, I thought I'd supply my own: The number of casualties in the Palestine/Israel conflict in the past 20 years combined amount to ... the number of gun-related deaths in the US over a span of 4 months.

No, I don't see the relevance either. Just thought it was kinda interesting to observe in the light of recent events.

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Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week

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Re: Strip searches?

"Just about any detection system today uses dimensional detection rather than solely material."

But with access to the 3d printer files it wouldn't take much work to make my plastic gun look like a spaceship or dinosaur toy while still being useful for its original purpose...

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US Air Force beats off competition in NSA hacking fight

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Black Helicopters

Re: I can be paranoid.

I hacked my way around a copy protection scheme in a Broderbund software package when I was 15, using one afternoon and my only information was what I had gleaned from reading computer magazines. This was in '86 or '87, well before the Internet and probably 10 years before I got my first modem.

I stopped there, but supposing I'd gone on to develop my skillz - would you rather have me at 18 at an academy where you have some way of steering me in the right direction, or sitting in my basement, having too much time on my hand because I have to wait to get older?

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YouTube beats off $1bn Viacom copyright case once AGAIN

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¡ǝɔıʇsnظ ɹoɟ ʎɐp ʇɐǝɹb ɐ :ǝɹ

Is Pirate Bay banned in the US?

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Half of US smartphone owners have no idea which mobe to buy next

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Go

"Perhaps this stickiness has been oversold."

I'd like to think that it's because people have actually been educated. I've been pleasantly surprised at the number of *garians who tell me "I know I'm locking myself into <brand>, but it's a conscious decision because ..."

I have no problem with people going with one brand or the other, as long as it's an educated choice.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Boffin

Re: geography

"autonomous constituent" is what the Danes use as the PC term for "colony". That prevents them from remembering just how badly they've fucked the inhabitants there for 400+ years.

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Wikileaker Manning peace gong petition backed by thousands

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WTF?

Your point being... ?

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

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White House Accused of Lateral Thinking

This is great news, although somehow I doubt that anyone will listen to the results.

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Scientists spin carbon nanotube threads on industrial scale

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Can we have our space elevator now, please?

Thank you.

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Anonymous turns private eye in Ohio rape case

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Re: the Indian rape case involved a death

It was international news not because of the rape itself, but because of the protests that followed. If it hadn't been for the protests, you'd never have heard about the rape.

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AssangeTM spins Oz Senate candidacy again

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Happy

Re: Er...

My thought exactly

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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer named 'most improved tech CEO'

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Happy

Re: "most improved"

This must be the business worlds' Ig Nobel prize

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LOHAN fabricates full-fat fantastical flying truss

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GO LOHAN!!

Can't wait to see the results of this.

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