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Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'

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Re: The russian record != the record

How can a guy like him have such a high approval rating

Inexplicably, many Russians of a certain age miss Stalin. The Russians who stayed behind miss the days when the USSR looked like a power player on the world stage. Putin is perceived as the guy who can restore the glory that was Moscow. Apparently they're willing to endure living in a country run by gangsters to relive those heady days of the KGB, the gulags and the Tsar Bomba.

Meanwhile, if I were a non-Russian living in one of the Baltic states, I'd be worried.

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

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Re: Say what?

Floating around Earth in his laser-armed space station, stroking his white cat

Floating around Earth in his space station, stroking his frikkin' laser-armed Great White Shark.

FTFY.

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: Fascinating

Genetically engineered space-sharks with lasers mounted on them. What could possibly go wrong?

You'll need a bigger launch vehicle.

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In Australia, protesting against Brendan Eich will be a CRIME

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Childcatcher

About Proposition 8

What isn't talked about is the content of the Proposition 8 campaign. The videos produced by its supporters were about as nasty as you can imagine. The thrust was that gays were a threat to children, a guaranteed fear tactic. The whole campaign revolved around demonizing gay people. It was hate speech from start to finish. Eich's $1000 helped underwrite that campaign. Trying to make Eich out to be a martyr for free speech is a sad joke.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PgjcgqFYP4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqDGhdiXz-U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kKn5LNhNto

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Big Brother

Welcome to the Brave New World

Not dissimilar to the situation in the US, where corporations now have equal rights to humans. Given the resources available to corporations, the Supreme Court rulings essentially give corporations more power. In some US states you can be prosecuted for photographing/video recording abuse of farm animals.

There are ways around anti-boycott laws. Instead of saying "Company A is prejudiced, don't use their stuff," you can say, "Company B isn't prejudiced," and leave the rest up to the reader.

Governments who try on such practices only open themselves up to bigger problems down the line. Unfortunately, too many of them then resort to setting snipers on rooftops and sending journalists to prison. History shows such governments may last a while, but sooner or later their sins come back to bite them. Our governments may be starting down roads that lead to tragedy.

NB: No matter where you stand on a particular issue, remember this: If they can get away with doing something to one group of people, they have normalized that practice. So tomorrow they'll feel perfectly justified in doing it to you if it suits them.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Mushroom

Hacking MS security

"So simple, even a child can do it!"

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Paris Hilton

"I wonder if those people that stopped using Mozilla will also never use Javascript?"

You're pretty clueless, aren't you?

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Re: WTF

"The LGBT community are just like everyone else - except that the others don't get to protest/cry/complain about it."

You're doing a pretty good job of crying about it yourself, AC.

You must have been out sick when your classmates studied the Civil Rights Movement, the Women's Suffrage Movement, the Labor Rights efforts, back when strikers were shot down in cold blood, and the Anti-War Movement in the 1960s-70s. Or the very foundations of the Republic in the first place. Everyone gets to protest, Eich included. At this point, the majority of commentards are okay with Eich spending money to achieve his ends, but when the people affected by his actions respond, they get all sensitive. The actions of a CEO, past and present, represent the corporation s/he heads, like it or not. That's just how it works. Stop crying and get over it. The guy's a jerk and he got what he had coming to him.

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Re: Do people on this forum even understand the issue?

"so hurting a larger class of citizens, such as the middle class and poor is also wrong ? So when is the campaign against Aynn Rands disciples beginning ?"

Romney/Ryan (a Rand disciple) were soundly defeated in the 2012 presidential election. Sounds like the campaign was well underway back then.

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Re: Baker quits Mozilla as well

"Eich is not Mozilla"

He is when he's CEO. When you become head of a corporation, all of your acts and beliefs, past and present, are elevated to corporate policy, because you are the head of that corporation. Twas ever thus. Eich should have thought twice before mailing in that $1000 check.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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They knew they had the real deal when they decoded the waves and read the message: "So long, and thanks for all the fish."

Tux, 'cause penguins like fish too.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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Re: So what is going on?

Why is there a need to have the functionality to allow an identification beacon on a civil aircraft be switched off in flight?

Every electronic component contains a compressed volume of smoke added during manufacturing. Sometimes, for reasons not always apparent, one or more components in a device spontaneously decide to release their smoke. So far, no one's ever been able to get the smoke back inside a component once it's escaped. All you can do is remove the power source and hold your breath while the affected components die a slow, smoldering death.

If you hold your ear close to the device you may hear the components scream. Or else get burned. Don't try this at home.

One with the smoke & BS detector in the pocket.

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

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Holmes

It's an inexplicable design choice

other than that it makes Windows 8 users less likely to try new browsers

Not inexplicable at all, then.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: Your all up your own arse

What about making a butterfly joint?

You roll joints from butterflies? Ewwww....

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Re: Why ...

They thought no one would notice. Now that you have.....

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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This just in

"FACEBOOK TO BUY NSA"

"We'll show them how to do it," says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

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"Berners-Lee must surely regret not doing a better job"

I surely regret reading this hatchet job on Berners-Lee. Was there any alternative tech in 1992 that got kicked to the curb by incompetent, myopic Tim?

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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"I don't like modern soft Jazz"

That alone was enough to earn up upvote!

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Happy 75th birthday, Adam Osborne

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Ah, the Good Old Days. I couldn't afford an Osborne. After playing with a scratch-built COSMAC Elf, I plunked down for a TRS-80 Portable, that cost twice as much as the quad-core, fuel-injected, PosiTraction PC I'm using now. But those early machines were exciting! In the words of Moriarity, this system is "bo-ring!" RIP Adam.

The one with the fondleslab in the pocket.

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Google! and! Facebook! IDs! face! Yahoo! login! BAN!

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I use Zenphoto on a few sites.

http://www.zenphoto.org/

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Which one's Pink?

If they had any class they'd have made it look like a pig.

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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Bottoms up!

Larson-Green gets to drink free at the Ribbon Bar.

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Happy

Excellent video

That's a stunningly beautiful piece of work. I hope someone sets up a fund where I can contribute to paying whatever fine they assess. They should hire him to do PR for the city. Well done, lad!

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From 0 to ERUPTION in 60 days: You thought that volcano was COLD?

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Not that pointy-eared dude

I remember the days when they were called vulcanologists, and a real man never went anywhere without a hammer.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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What goes up

I understand the view from the roof of the Oslo Radisson is great.

The one that converts to a parachute.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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We need to know the sample size in olympic swimming pools.

The one with speedos in the pocket.

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

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It's baaaaack!

According to the Grauniad, the rabbit has risen from the dead.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/feb/13/jade-rabbit-lunar-rover-alive-after-all-says-china

It wasn't dead after all, it was only pining for the smog-filled streets of Shanghai.

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The moon is pregnant!

The rabbit died! You know what that means!

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Comcast to acquire Warner Cable – reports

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Won't someone think of the 3 million?

Comcast is allegedly going to "divest" of 3 million subscribers, apparently to limit the debt load of the "merger." What happens to them if there's no other cable/cable-Internet provider to pick them up?

My area was served by Adelphia (remember them?) until Comcast bought them up. I just know Comcast is going to kick us to the curb, and I am NOT going back to ATT DSL!

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

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Pirate

I was "born" in 1947. But that's all I can say about it.

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WORLDWIDE SELFIE: Cosmonauts finally get ISS cameras working

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Dude, where's my car?!

Now you know whom to call.

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'Netflix bitch': CEO of vid-streaming site taunts HBO chief over results

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Holmes

Honestly, the U.S. content isn't that great after several months. The DVD offerings are much better, but that's another USD8 a month. If they'd put their full catalog on streaming it would be great, but there may be licensing issues as well as the lure of getting people to double up on streaming + DVD rentals. They do have the entire first two seasons of "Sherlock" on streaming here, though. Good way to refresh before the third season began last Sunday.

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FCC net neutrality blueprint TRASHED by US appeals court

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Re: Why aren't they common carriers?

"For instance, interstate trucking is regulated as a common carrier by the Interstate Commerce Commission."

Trucking was deregulated with the abolishment of the ICC in 1995. While most trucking companies are still considered "common" carriers, because they will carry freight for anyone or any company (as opposed to "contract carriers"), in the U.S. the term mainly applies to telecommunications carriers.

http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/47/5/II/I

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Skype's Twitter account, blog hacked to spread anti-Microsoft messages

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Re: @ cornz 1

Just like when people ask you what you were doing on 9/11/2001, I can’t remember anything that happened on the 9th of October 13 years ago,

Uh, don't you mean the 9th of November?

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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Re: Militant P.C. Agenda is wearing thin...

"Be openly gay if you want to but please do not force your opinion that everyone should accept your behaviour."

I won't, if you promise not to force your opinion that I shouldn't call you a flaming homophobe.

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JAILBREAK! US smut spam king Kilbride flees minimum security prison

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Mushroom

How do you stop spam? You catch the spammers, incarcerate 'em and take their loot. The UN and NSA are wasting time chasing phantoms when there are serious problems with the Internet for which solutions and those capable of implementing them are many. OTOH, NSA has to sift through all that spam, so I suppose it's not all bad.

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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

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El Reg, your link broke the Intertubes!

http://www.golfboard.com/

Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.

Guess the staff can take the rest of the day off and go golfing.

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Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

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You can't handle the truth

As usual, everyone gets it wrong. The kid was simply doing an experiment as research for his senior paper on Internet security.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Info you don't share is useless

NSA knew the full ID of at least two 9/11 hijackers who flew into and lived on the West Coast. But they only passed along first names to the FBI. We don't need more surveillance, we need smaller egos in the intelligence community.

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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

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Then fix the problem

They should have blamed the problem on NSA and GCHQ.

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

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Re: Bears with Arms

Small planes flying in rural areas occasionally suffer from ground fire. Texas, naturally:

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2013/mar/11/coleman-county-man-who-shot-crop-duster-sentenced/

And Alabammy:

http://www.njeffersonnews.com/local/x325742922/Blount-County-man-pleads-guilty-to-shooting-at-vintage-airplane

Don't worry, Bezos, the FAA is on the case.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/20/faa-warns-shooting-at-drone-could-result-in-prosecution-similar-to-shooting-at/

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Twas the night before Xmas - revised version

'Twas the night before Xmas

And all through the town

Not a creature was stirring

'Cept an Amazon drone.

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Chinese prof brands gamers no better than drug dealers

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As Confucius said: Never put gamers in charge of therapy centers.

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Native Americans were actually European - BEFORE the Europeans arrived!

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Re: Columbus?

And got the capital of Ohio and a "circle" in NYC named for him, among other stuff.

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ZOMBIE apocalypse! The 'LIVING DEAD' are HERE – Fox News confirmed it

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Pirate

So, for a little while, the site was worth reading?

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Paris Hilton

> bosom particles

Dunno about the universe, but I'll bet his S.O. is flat.

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Reg mobile correspondent Bill Ray hangs up his Vulture hat

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Any truth to the rumors that Bill will be doing PR for O2?

Cheers, Bill!

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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Mushroom

In urinalism you can make up neologisms, scramble syntax,grammar and spelling to you're hart's content, deer, and be called creative. Coding is a discipline. No wonder Foxtongue has to attack it.

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Reply-all email lightning storm STRIKES TWICE at Cisco

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Re: Troll nostalgia

A troll on alt.www.webmaster tried the email-bomb tactic on me once. He worked for an ISP and left a trail. What he didn't know was, though I'd moved away, I knew his boss from when we were younger. Last laugh = Best laugh.

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Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers

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The medium is the message

I subscribed to Netflix a year ago but never have watched their self-produced shows. I wish their other streaming content had more recent films, which are available only on DVD. Hollywood is probably behind this though, not Netflix. I can't remember the last time I turned on my cable-connected TV. I can go to bed at 10 pm and watch my favorite late-night shows online the next day. There are messages here for content producers and providers. The smart ones will succeed, the others will go away, tapping their tablets and scratching their heads.

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