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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Re: Prototype rocket explodes

Exactly. If it didn't explode, they would not have been pushing hard enough. How and why they rockets could explode is very valuable information.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Password fields need to be bigger.

<rant>

I've always had a problem with the maths of that particular cartoon. It treats each word as a series of characters (plus common substitutions), be he actually states that passphrase be FOUR COMMON WORDS. Even if you tried all combinations of the top 2000 words, thats only 2000^4 = 1.6e+13 combinations. OK, thats only a smidge less than his 2^44 (1.8e+13), but I could easily prune that search tree with simple heuristics and word ordering. (I'm actually tempted to try this!). If the password is 8 random visible characters, thats 95^8 (6.6e+16).

I type in login many, many times a day, so it needs to be as quick to type as to remember. No way I'm having a 25 digit password no matter how easy to remember. The only use for this I can think of is that 'verified by visa' bollocks, which won't allow it anyway. Every time I need to use that, I can't remember my password, and every possible variation of my memorable passwords has already been used, apparently, leaving me with no choice but to set a new password every time, with even less likelihood of me remembering it. And all that is needed to change the password is my card details and my DoB, so some thief with my wallet would have no problem.

Anyway, my main point is that a sufficiently random 8 digit password will be hard to crack, and if you use it enough, your fingers will remember it, even if you don't.

Oh, and password managers are just a pointless single point of failure (that could go 'tits-up' [http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/12/lastpass_outage/]), and if someone hacks that password, they own you, bitch.

And besides, who the fuck cares what your facebook or twitter password is? Generally speaking, the login password is not the weak link; unless you're a moron with a password like 'password1'

I could go on, but ...

</rant>

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

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Rubbish

There's nothing wrong with getting a bargain deal with a lengthy contract, if you know you'll need the service for at least the contract length. The problem is that you should be able to get out of the contract if the ISP, or whoever, is not providing the service they should.

I am currently going through this process with a client whose internet is dog-slow or none existent, despite having an excellent DSL link to the local exchange. His ISP claims they are not in breach of contract as they are making efforts to rectify the situation. They want £185 for early termination. Bastards. At least BT Business have a reasonable SLA to go with their unreasonable prices. Seriously, £19pm just for line rental. FFS.

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Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

badger31

Wow.

I thought all that secret backdoor stuff was just in the movies.

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El Reg posse prepares for quid-a-day nosh challenge

badger31

I was on the dole once.

I was told by the job centre words to this effect:

"The government has calculated you need £35 per week to survive. We are going to give you £27." WTF?

I only survived because a friend worked the night shift at a local petrol station. He gave me all the food that went out of date at midnight.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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How do they clean their equipment?

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

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@Franklin

I feel the same way whenever I see a Nissan Juke.

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

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Re: Utter f*cking idiots. Re. iOS 6.1.6

"yep, loads of people are still on iOS 6 on there phones because they don't want iOS 7"

Yep. My wife really doesn't want ios7, so she's going to be really upset when I tell her. Sorry dear, you need to update to that pig-ugly ios7 because Apple didn't implement a security protocol correctly. Yes, they fixed it in ios6 also, but you can't have it. She, like many others, will have no idea how important it is.

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Silk Road reboot claims: Hacker STOLE all our Bitcoin funds

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Re: Words

My understanding of it is that most of the BTC are stored in offline wallets, but the admins were about to make some changes to the server and expected the vendors to withdraw their funds. This required the BTC to be made available to the vendors by putting them in an online wallet.

At that exact moment, one of the vendors apparently used the malleability trick to syphon off the entire wallet. So despite the fact that they knew about the vuln, the admins went ahead and put every BTC they held online. Hmm. Sounds a bit fishy to me. The admins are either lying thieves or monumentally stupid.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

badger31

He coded it in a couple of days.

What took him so long?

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IBM to invest $100m and a decade into using Watson in Africa

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Coat

They called it the prayer,

It's answer was law.

It's logic stopped war,

Gave them food.

How they adored,

'Til it cried in it's bordom ...

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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Re: Shock horror!

I think they did pretty much exactly that with the original X3.

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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Leaves

Alan G

No. The problem with the leaves was that they were abundant and easy to obtain. The problem with Bitcoin mining is that it is hard and getting harder all the time. If the price of Bitcoins increases in line with the increased difficulty, the miners will be quids in. If it doesn't, they (I) will be boned. It's a gamble.

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We flew our man Jack Clark into Facebook's desert DATA TOMB. This is what he saw

badger31

I believe DNA is the big hope for super-duper long term storage, that stuff holds for millions of years.

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Bitcoin mining rig firm claims $3m revenue in just FOUR DAYS

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Re: I really don’t understand?????

@BongoJoe

"Only in the sense that they lost and, therefore, they were the Bad Guys."

Really? Only that?

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

badger31

Amen

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Shadowy drug fans threaten FBI agents, vow to 'avenge' Silk Road shutdown

badger31

Sounds like they are just venting steam.

It's a shame about the silk road, but now that the FBI have made it clear just how amazingly profitable it was there will be many more popping up soon.

Everyone should have the right to get high now and again - what harm does it cause (other than the harm caused by it being illegal)?

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Happy

Re: giga

Like one point twenty-one jigger watts?

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Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home

badger31

Why would anyone want this?

I'm seriously, you guys. Why?

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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Joke

Re: I seem to recall..

Wow! The Apricot F1 had a HUGE keyboard :-)

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Texas judge sends Uniloc packing in Rackspace patent suit

badger31

"many of the fundamental operations of a computer are pure mathematics and are not patentable subject matter. "

May I suggest that ALL of the fundamental operations of a computer are pure mathematics and are not patentable subject matter.

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Not got 4G? There's a reason we aren't called 'Four', sniffs Three

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Should have stopped at 'Dyson.'

None of the rest of the article made any sense.

I agree with the ridiculousness of EE's pricing. Their cheapest sim-only contract is £21pm, and that;s with just 500mb data allowance. I pay £15pm with 3 for unlimited data. Even if my phone was 4G capable, there's no way I'd be moving to EE.

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BT's 'six-month free broadband' offer is a big fat FIB - ads watchdog

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Re: why is line-rental mandatory?

I'm with you on that one. They put up the line rental saying "Ooh! Free calls!" Free? They're not free if you are charging extra for them. Also, I get my calls and broadband from Sky; it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to use those free calls you are forcing me to buy. Basically, BT got pissed off with people using them for line rental only, so they simply stopped offering line rental only. I now get my line rental from Sky, too. Screw BT.

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Sheffield ISP: You don't need a whole IPv4 address to yourself, right?

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Can they still call this The Internet?

It sounds to me like they are providing access to the World Wide Web, and little else. ISPs calling this service 'The Internet' would be like calling a broadband connection with a download cap 'unlimited', and they would never get away with that. Oh, wait ... they did, and they probably will.

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Facebook testing $100 fee to mail Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: Biz model

They aren't the fist with this business model - this is what 0845 numbers are for.

Some years ago I moved house. I spent an hour and a half on hold to cancel my NTL only to get cut off as soon as someone answered. I called back on the sales line and was answered in two seconds, but obviously they couldn't help me. Back on hold for another hour and a half, but what choice did I have?

I knew someone who worked in a call centre that serviced some telco or other. He told me that the call centre had target MINIMUM times to keep people on hold; the telco got really pissed off if they answered too quickly.

Apologies for the off-topic rant.

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badger31

Re: Is there

They truly are the Ryan Air of the internet.

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Instagram back-pedals in face of user outrage

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Third time's the charm.

Facebook did almost exactly this, not that long ago. They changed the TOS to say something like leaving Facebook handed ownership of all your photos to Facebook. There was outcry and a fair amount of back-peddling, so that's twice they have tried and failed. Like I say -- third time's the charm. They'll definitely give it another go, soon enough.

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Apple TV demand may drive Samsung-sapping sales

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Meh

I can see them making this.

And then selling/renting films and TV series through iTunes. My question is will they allow watching your own video collection via USB? I wouldn't be surprised if the answer was no. You always get great stuff with Apple products, but there's too much stuff you don't get just because Apple choose no to let you have it(FLAC playback for iPods, for example). They just expect you to suck it up, and lots of people do.

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Copying Wikipedia's lies is not just for hacks, right Lord Leveson?

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Happy

But this is why I love Wikipedia

I remember during my college years researching a dreary assignment on wide area networks. I looked at the wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide_area_network to discover that wide area networks were invented in 1976 by Gok Wan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gok_Wan). Made my day, that did.

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Who's using 'password' as a password? TOO MANY OF YOU

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Happy

Re: Double Fail

@JDX

So write it down, then. Just don't write it on a post-it note and stick it to your monitor.

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Scientists build largest ever computerized brain

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The Terminator, coming to a reality near you

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WTF?

overcome a fundamental problem in the creation of “bio-hybrid” robot

Phew! For a while there I thought we'd never have bio-hybrid robots. I'll sleep better tonight.

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Hitachi buys Horizon to save UK's nuclear future

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Re: Re While some will no doubt point to Fukushima as a sign

I agree. If it wasn't for the fact the backup diesel generators were located below the water line, my understanding is that there wouldn't have been a problem at all. The building survived and the reactors shut down as they should, but the cooling system failed. Seems a bit knee-jerk to do away with all nuclear power because some prat put the diesel generators in the basement.

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Apple appeals Samsung patent getaway in Tokyo

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+1 for Sam-a-rama ding-dong!

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Übertroll firm bags DRM patent for 3D printing

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Headmaster

Aaaactually ...

As an aside, a generation lasts 25 years, the chances of you and your brother being different generations is highly unlikely - generation X is generally used to denote those born in the 70's and 80's, generation Y starts some time in the 90's.

His brother could be just one year younger and still be in a different generation. That doesn't seem too unlikely.

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New iPod nano and touch: Lightning strikes again

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Joke

Re: Hmmm, new buttons.

... for which they are soon to be granted a patent.

Bugger! I tried so hard to resist.

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The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why

badger31

Points 2 and 2 ...

Anyone who needs a replaceable battery and an SD card that buys an iPhone is, obviously, a tit. For everyone else, it's still a valid choice of phone. This includes me - my iPhone 4 fits my needs very well, and my old iPhone 3G is still going strong in the hands of my wee brother. The reason I won't be buying the iPhone 5 is:

6. Facebook integration

The very thought makes my skin crawl, but I guess loads of people are gonna love it.

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NASA's $2.5bn Curiosity rover: An Apple PowerBook on wheels

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Pint

the first thing Curiosity did after landing ...

was to check for an operating system update and install it.

Holy shit - that was brave! Imagine it got all the way to Mars, only to be bricked by a failed update. I'll bet there were some sweaty palms while that update was running.

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LG pitches £7k 55in OLED TV, again

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Re: Exercise in pointlessness @This Side Up

How do they make the white OLED pixel, if not by mixing RGB? I suppose you could use layered RGB, as opposed to side-by-side, or is there something much more clever going on?

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Cloud mega-uploads aren't easy

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Re: Teething problems, or something worse?

If it were me, I wouldn't trust my data entirely to the cloud. I would keep an on-site back-up that was always in sync with the 'live' data in the cloud. That way, if the cloud stuff goes tits up I would still have all the data safe and sound. The sames goes if I wanted to change cloud services provider. No need to get the data out, just delete it.

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Apple blocking Dropbox SDK over in-app buying

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@thesykes

They are providing a payment service, and are entitled to charge whatever percentage they like for that service. The bullshit is that app devs can't tell Apple where to shove their service - the use of that service is mandatory for in-app purchases. It now also seems that not having in-app purchases, choosing instead to link to a completely external (to the app and Apple) web page for purchases is also against the rules.

BTW: I love my iPhone, but I am under no illusions that Apple aren't the biggest shower of bastards.

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'Oppressive' UK copyright law: More cobblers from IP quangos

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Re: "The copying of the DVD ... a criminal offence ...involves circumventing copy protection"

I was thinking along the same lines. " ... circumventing /effective/ copy protection." It's only effective until someone circumvents it. Oh, no. I've gone cross-eyed.

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GCSE, A-level science exams ARE dumbed down - watchdog

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Re: About bliddy time

Just a thought ...

Could the exams getting harder, as you looked further back in time, be because the curriculum has changed over the years and you were taught different things than they were back then? I can't help thinking that if you took a paper from today and sent it ten years back in time, the children would (have) be(en) thinking "blimey, exams are hard in the future. I don't know hardly any of that stuff."

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Testicle-boiling new iPad ignites fanboi fury

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Happy

Re: @Sean Timarco Baggaley

The reason the MBP gets so hot under heavy use is that Apple don't allow the fan to run fast enough. They seem to think that being quiet is more important than temperature control, a habit they picked up with the original Macintosh. Just install a third-party fan controller - I use smcFanControl - and set your own, more sensible, fan speeds. It may be a bit noisier, but you get to keep your goolies.

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Navigation app CoPilot Live goes freemium next month

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Happy

I use SatNav 2 from Skobbler

It's not free, but it is very cheap (£1.69, IIRC) and offline maps are ~£2.50 per country (or ~£5 for the whole of Europe) so you don't need 3G or a massive data package. It's not very easy to get directions via entering a start and finish address, but if you can find your destination on the map you can tell it to 'Take me there' - which is nice. I also like that if there is a mistake on the map, you can tell them about it. Presumably they verify this somehow and update their maps (OpenStreetMap). It's free to update your offline maps. So it's a bit fiddly to use, but once it's going the navigation is exactly what I expect of a SatNav. 4/5 :-)

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21st Century Sex: the shape of things to come

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Childcatcher

@ Graham Marsden

I had a brief discussion about this with my professional issues tutor at university during my computer science degree. You are right, an image is deemed to be child-porn, even if no children were involved in the making of said images, if the subject is somehow judged to be child porn. I also believe that photographs of naked children are now classed as child porn, even if they are not pornographic - so my mum had better burn all those naked photos of me as a child before the feds get her. Oh, and didn't someone in America recently get done for possession of child pornography because a doctor looked at some images on his computer and decided that the girl looked under age. The model even stood as a witness at his trial with proof she was over 18, but they did him anyway - madness! Meanwhile the real nasty people are still harming real children.

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Google Wallet falls open after casual hack

badger31

Maybe,

but chip-and-pin didn't stop a mate of mine being mugged at knife-point by two guys, and have his card _and_ pin stolen. Only when one of them had emptied his account did the other let him go. This could now be a one man job. "Give me your phone and your pin, or I'll stab you." How quickly can you get this stuff shut down? Presumably you would need to find a phone you could use first.

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Microsoft to offer dual upgrade path for Windows 8

badger31

I agree

Sounds like a duff HDD to me. Even a good HDD that has spun down can freeze your system for a couple of seconds while it spins back up.

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Tesla pre-sells all 2012 Model S output

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" ... all modes of transport will go fully electric ... "

Yes. I'm looking forward to the electric jumbo jet.

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Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

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Stop

How about ...

instead of spending all that money on showing, yet again, that temperatures are going up, spending some on figuring out what the hell we are going to do about it? So global warming is real, and there's nothing we can do to stop it. Now what? Call me a sceptic if you like, but I seriously doubt that forcing us all to use CFLs will make any difference.

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