* Posts by Florida1920

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Couch potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

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Re: great, fine, congratulations

Turns out there's a free VPN way to do this, so thanks for the suggestion. I'm watching a UK-based Netflix flick now. After looking over the selection, I can tell you it isn't much better in the U.S. Guess it depends on the studios that want to do a deal with Netflix. There are a few U.S. TV shows available in the U.K. that aren't available here in the States, but not the ones I'd want to watch.

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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Terminator

The end

ICANN staff fell for a spear-phishing attack? We're all doomed!

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Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

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It's all about the Benjamins

Why should we tie up resources starting a series of niche events that are unlikely to grow much, when we could put all that time, effort, and management attention into the bigger tradeshows and move the revenue up more quickly?

Sowing seeds for the future? Oh, sorry, I forgot. This is modern capitalism. We live only for today.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Based on reviews, do yourself a favor: Send the equivalent co$t of a ticket to a charity and stay home. The real bomb in this unfolding farce is the movie itself.

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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Re: Bah!

So remind me, exactly what is the aim here? What do these self-styled "Guardians" wish to achieve?

Chaos. That is all. Even if they leak Sony into bankruptcy, other corporate entities will fill the gap.

"The Interview" movie still confounds me. No one has mentioned that only two days before 11 September 2001, a bogus news team used the cover of an interview to assassinate Ahmad Shah Massoud, the leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, a pro-Western, anti-Taliban insurgency. That might have been a clue of what was to come, but AFAIK it didn't register as such at the time. Massoud was killed by a bomb, apparently as in this new movie. Maybe I'm just too rational to see how you could turn an event like that into a comedy. I hope Sony loses a fortune on this one, but no one ever went broke, etc.....

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Sony should stop whining

You know they're going to make a movie about this, starring Seth Rogen as the indomitable and incompetent head of Sony IT. Angelina Jolie can play Amy Pascal. Kim Jong Il can play himself.

I feel sorry for the innocents who were hurt by these leaks, but Sony management had it coming. Yes, Kim Jong Il is a proper bastard, but he's still a head of state. Downvote me if you like, but making a movie-joke about his assassination was JUST PLAIN STUPID AND IRRESPONSIBLE. And Pascal "green-lighted" the project. Now its stars are whining about how America should stand behind their employer, while they cry all the way to the bank. Say What?! The press coverage is the best PR that movie could ever hope for and it isn't costing Sony a penny.

And let's face it: This saga is way more interesting than any movie Sony has produced lately.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Nice work

Congrats, but note to Clickbait Desk at El Reg: 3 MOA is no sniper rifle.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: Ah!

If you are interested at looking in the mirror I suggest you look at the hateful, assuming rant you accuse them of resembling

You know there are other news sources in the UK besides El Reg, right? Try reading them. Even from this side of the pond it's no challenge to see UKIP for the xenophobic, intolerant thugs they are. But hey, I guess even football hooligans deserve a party, yeah?

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Sony Pictures email hack: The bitter 'piracy war' between Google and Hollywood laid bare

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Re: Search for "torrents"

IMO http://kickass.so/ is much better than TPB.

Well done! kickass now tops torrentfreak. And I'd never have known about either if MPAA hadn't gone all Streisandy.

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Ask pharaoh

Instead of attacking the messenger (Google), the Motion Picture Ass. (!) of America should try getting the message.

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Yahoo! Says! Chrome, IE Users! Should! 'Upgrade'! To! FIREFOX!

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SEO

Nice of El Reg to include a link to the Yahoo! home page. They probably need the SEO bump.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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FAIL

I hate that big graphic at top of home page

A kid eating a watermelon? Really? I may have to start blocking all images on El Reg.

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The big picture

That huge graphic at the top of the home page is a waste of space, as is the BIG HEADLINE.

Not sure rearranging the page is an improvement. As someone who reads El Reg a few times a day, I got used to finding my way around. Learning to read the new layout doesn't add value IMO. Just like Playboy, most of us look at El Reg for the articles, not the pix. Unless they're graphics that add value. The new look won't drive me away, but it doesn't add anything to my desire to visit, either.

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Google says NYET! to Putin, pulls techies out of Russia – report

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The more things change

If Russia tries to insulate its people from outside information contrary to government interests, Russians will find alternate ways of learning the truth. The samizdat movement flourished in the USSR, and something similar will surface now. Only a paranoid like Putin would believe otherwise. And it's not pre-1989 anymore, when samizdat comprised secretly-photocopied books and journals. It will be a lot easier now. Putin is riding full-gallop toward a steep cliff.

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Craft bazaar Etsy's security plan is candy to get devs talking

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Just don't inhale

Waaaay back in the day when smokers were confined to the shipping dock (no smoking anywhere on the grounds anymore, I'm sure) at a place where I contracted, that was the place to hang out to get the lowdown on anything happening in the company. People always seemed more willing to talk to a fellow pariah. If you could recreate that outlaw atmosphere (intended) where people begin to feel they have more in common than an employer, communication may improve. Hot tubs?

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Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

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Right we are

First food, shelter and fresh water.

I can order food from my local supermarket, water from several sources, and book hotel rooms online. The Interwebs are right with me.

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eBay planning massive job cuts following PayPal split – report

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Unhappy

Imagine what Facebook could do with eBay.

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Bernie Madoff's coders jailed for role in $65bn ponzi scheme fiasco

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Where's the money?

These two were presumably well paid, yet I haven't read of any monetary forfeitures on their parts. Will they spend a few years at Club Fed and walk out millionaires?

Meanwhile, they have three months before they have to surrender to start serving their sentences. Home with their families for the holidays -- or bugging off to Costa Rica if they were smart enough to get false IDs and passports, and hidden bank accounts before the roof fell in. I don't wonder that the prosecutors are complaining.

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Dirtbags dressed up malware as legit app using Sony crypto-certs

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Re: Funny

There may be an upside. The general public may be more motivated to Be Careful Out There. Some of them even may be too afraid to go online. It's all good.

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The Pirate Bay SUNK: It vanishes after Swedish data center raid

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Re: Keepin' em honest

This will improve the global economy, thus providing more jobs and people with good jobs will be even less likely to pirate. I

Proper law enforcement can make piracy unsustainable. It's win-win

I would like a hit of whatever it is you're smoking. The extent of piracy these days should convince anyone in the pirated industries that their current business models suck. The smart ones will learn and adapt accordingly. That will improve the global economy blah-blah-blah.

Proper business models can make piracy unsustainable. It's win-win.

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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When they become aware

Traveler in strange city: Take me to the airport

Driverless Google SmartCar: About 931,000,000 results (0.52 seconds)

Traveler: Oh, ****

Thanks, I'll drive myself. Got my keys right here.

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It's nearly 2015 – and your Windows PC can still be owned by a Visual Basic script

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Headmaster

Users want bling

People like stuff that looks new. That's why most people trade in perfectly good cars or rush out to get the latest iPhone. So the emphases are on making the UI look different or adding some marginally useful 'feature.'

Besides, if they fixed all the bugs, the bug fixers would be out of work, and that wouldn't do.

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

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Back in the day

As a writer I was pretty thrilled when word processors came out. Oh, that lovely WordStar, it let you copy and paste and move stuff around and you didn't need correction fluid.... But, unlike the typewriter, you never reached the end of a piece of paper. The screen just kept going and going and going.... I was working on a book one night, looked at my watch and saw it was almost 10 pm. "I'll just write a little more...." As I never had to put in another piece of paper I never looked at my watch. Finally, back aching and feeling groggy, I took a look. 1 a.m.!

Let's face it: Technology is too reliable. We need more power outages (during the day, please, so we can find our way around), server crashes, self-destructing HDs.... anything to give us an excuse to just stop for a while, get up, walk around, look out the window, and talk to people face-to-face. Or go out with the mates for a beer.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: What if someone uses it to download copyrighted movies or child porn?

"So if you're passing by a fellow user's home, you can lock onto their public Wi-Fi, log in using your Comcast username and password, and use that home's bandwidth."

I suppose that handles my concern too, but the people who send out black helicopters may not understand the distinction between username and IP address. This 'feature' doesn't seem to work on my own-bought wireless router/modem.

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Re: Hope they win.

"Bandwidth well, you are not charged for any bandwidth used by the open wifi as that is separate."

So is it charged to the person using your hot spot? I can see so many ways this can go wrong. Whose IP address is logged when the war driver uses your hot spot to visit terrorists-r-us.com?

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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One man's hack is another man's desire

"The group which claimed responsibility for hacking Sony Pictures has leaked the phone numbers and travel aliases of Hollywood stars including Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig and Natalie Portman, according to a recent report."

Facebook must be green with envy.

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

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Maybe someone was using the drone to try to scare off the geese?

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: Time for another ad-blocker

Do you have those huge LED billboards yet? Have you seen what they've done to Times Square? Of course, Google has to have the "world's largest billboard." A hacking crew that took out the power grid might be doing us all a favor.

Google Glass with AdBlocker. Now that's a gadget I'd consider.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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Re: It wasn't broken

Type about:config into the address bar and search for the following string:

browser.search.showOneOffButtons

Toggle the value to false and the job's a good'un!

Thanks!

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It wasn't broken

But they fixed it anyway. Pre FF 34 I could change the search engine from a pull-down, select text, right-click and search using that engine. Now I have to copy the text, paste it in the box (not Paste and Search), then select the search engine. It adds extra steps and gives no improved functionality!

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

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First we fix the blame

Then we fix the problem.

"Nope, not our fault." -- Sony

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NASA prods sleeping New Horizons spacecraft: Wakey, wakey, Pluto's calling

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Oh, you science majors...

"But am I alone in finding the name "New Horizon" slightly naff?"

ho·ri·zon

həˈrīzən/

noun

noun: horizon; plural noun: horizons

1.

the line at which the earth's surface and the sky appear to meet.

"the sun rose above the horizon"

synonyms: skyline

"the sun rose above the horizon"

the circular boundary of the part of the earth's surface visible from a particular point, ignoring irregularities and obstructions.

noun: apparent horizon; noun: visible horizon

Astronomy

a great circle of the celestial sphere, the plane of which passes through the center of the earth and is parallel to that of the apparent horizon of a place.

noun: celestial horizon

2.

the limit of a person's mental perception, experience, or interest.

"she wanted to leave home and broaden her horizons"

synonyms: outlook, perspective, perception;

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Orion hacker sends stowaway into SPAAAAACE

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Boys and their toys -- in spaaaace

El Reg has Playmonauts, NASA has frickin' laser-engraved chips. Your move, Vulture Central. We're waiting for Playmonauts with frickin' lasers.

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

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Finesse is highly overrated

Such attacks have no finesse and little skill attached to them

So it goes with terrorist attacks, AKA Asymmetric warfare. So it goes with outright vandalism as well. The differences are only of scale. But I think the mindsets of the individuals involved are essentially interchangeable. IMO, politics and religion are only convenient cover stories for most terrorists. Like the poor, terrorists and vandals will always be with us, for many of the same reasons. Society is asymmetric. The Lizards and the Sony hackers may go down, but there will be others to take their places. So far, all we've learned to do is deal with the symptoms.

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Kaspersky exposes SONY-CRIPPLING malware DETAILS

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Big Brother

Be careful what you ask for

Back in 2002, George W. Bush placed North Korea, Iran and Iraq in the "Axis of Evil." Iraq has spawned the Islamic State gang, and North Korea and Iran soldier on. Maybe they took Dub at his word and formed an alliance. Koreans have a long-standing grudge with Japan, and Sony did itself no favors by making a movie -- a comedy! -- about assassinating Kim Jong Un. Iran and Saudi Arabia have their issues as well. While I might expect Iran to go for Israel or the U.S. in retaliation for Stuxnet, maybe Saudi Arabia was easier.

Neither Iran or North Korea are any match for Western military firepower. Pardon me for using this phrase, but maybe instead of working harder -- a losing proposition -- they're working smarter. Abbie Hoffman once wrote, "Guns alone will never change this System. You don't use a gun on an IBM computer. You pull the plug out." We've come a long way since then, but our own dear leaders are still fighting the last war.

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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Training

Several years ago I worked at an outsource call center for Dell. One night I had to break in a newly trained (?) support rep who asked, "Isn't AOL the Internet?"

When I signed up at the local Comcast store for cable Internet service, they gave me a receipt with an account number, which their system failed to recognize. It took >1 hour of being passed back and forth between tech support and customer service before I lucked into talking to the one person at Comcast who knew I had to add a zero to the end of the account number to get it to work.

"Clueless users" has become hackneyed. I'd like to hear more about clueless people who somehow find their way into "expert" positions.

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

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Speaking of language

Business language is usually English or American

Pretty much like the States, then. :)

One with the British-American phrase book in the pocket.

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NORKS: We didn't hack Sony. Whoever did was RIGHTEOUS, though

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Raise your hands

North Korea has sympathizers?

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'Why do Register commentards get so frothy-mouthed?' Thus started WW3

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Re: Two points...

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/59947/

I think Dalek Dave sincerely doubts astronauts ever landed on the moon. He may believe Dr. Who is real person, however.

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Re: Florida1920 If you have to ask

'you can all be winners', 'all opinions are equally valid'

These are different subjects. You can be a winner if you adjust your expectations to your abilities. In the States, unfortunately, winning equates to wealth and power, which is BS. But that subject has been done to death already.

'Equality of opinions' is the losing side's battle cry. We're in a death spiral, though. The emphasis in education here seems to be standardized rote learning, at the expense of critical thinking. Because as soon as criticism enters the picture, you have value judgment that pit opinions against one another.

Now I'll offer an opinion: Rote learning is useful for homogenizing the culture and making compliant citizens. In the end though, the opinions of people in power carry more weight, because they were popularly elected (as if we have a wide spectrum of choices) or they hold certain positions that imply superior knowledge (employed by FNC). The first authorities are parents and teachers. If parents are derelict and teachers are forced to teach to a template, it's not hard to see how we got here and where we're going. </froth>

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If you have to ask

I've always assumed being frothy-mouthed was part of the job description. Suffering fools just isn't in my DNA. And after all, the bird in The Reg logo isn't a canary, it's a bloody buzzard.

The one with mouthwash in the pocket.

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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"SHE PUNCHED HIM IN THE FACE!" the Director shouts, gesturing both wildly and furiously at Gina, once the ambulance has left.

Did NOT see that coming. Neither did the victim, obviously. Best BoFH in a while.

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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Too far, on both sides

Maybe Sony deserves to be punished for its sins but, for the benefit of any GOP types, this is too much. Whatever scant amount of justification you may have had just evaporated.

That said, you really have to wonder about a major studio making a movie -- a comedy, even -- about an assassination attempt on a living head of state. Was that the best script they had on hand? This whole affair makes it appear the human race has taken several giant steps backward.

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GOOGLE is COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

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Next: Vulture Central launches a "Kids" section!

Kids need good role models.

Someday, kid, if you spend enough time on El Reg, you too can grow up to be a BoFH.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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Re: A mile and a half

But Buran landed within 5 feet of its target on its one and only flight.

Apples and bananas. Buran was flown onto a runway; Orion came down on parachutes. A little harder to calculate wind vectors and make adjustments. And let's not talk about copping hangar designs from the Russians, shall we?

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A nice change

Over here in the States we've been confronted by ugly scenes on the ground lately. It's nice to have a reason to look to the sky for a while. Well done NASA!

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Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

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Paris Hilton

Is it broken?

Does it really need fixing? Paris wants to know.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Great news

surely there must be a better way to get a load into orbit and beyond than shoving it on top of a giant V2 stuffed with liquid oxygen and hydrogen?

Yes, but the blasted rubber bands keep breaking.

One with the slingshot in the pocket.

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Sony Pictures MEGAHACK: Securobods pull out probes, analyse badness

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Joke

"I am still shocked the Sony attackers exfiltrated TERABYTES of data without being noticed," said convicted hacker turned security consultant Kevin Mitnick.

Other than that, how did you like the movies, Kevin?

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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Big Brother

Kim Jong Un will do anything to avoid paying the increased Netflix fee.

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