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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

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Re: Subtle hints

Saaaaaaaaaaay no more. Eh? Eh?

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Innovation creates instability, you say? BLASPHEMY, you SCUM

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Re: AWOOOOGAAA!

Although even Kris Akabusi acknowledges that he nicked it from Red Dwarf.

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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Re: Nope (@Chemist)

"How would your gran do it in Windows?"

The same way as you describe for KDE - drag it from the browser to the desktop.

(Tested with Firefox and Windows 7)

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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Re: “faggot” and “bitch” @TheBigYin

@Brewster's Angle Grinder

> "Abort. Retry? Fail!"

You called?

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

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Obligatory xkcd

You know which one it's going to be too. :o)

https://xkcd.com/927

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Inquietante testimonio gráfico: Electrosonda orgásmica anal aplicada… ¡a un TORO!

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Mi aerodeslizador está lleno de anguilas

I will not buy this tobacconists; it is scratched.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Large Pixel Collider

£7,779 for a fully kitted out Mac Pro? I reckon you could go a long way towards building the Large Pixel Collider for that price. Especially if you used "only" two nVidia Titans rather than the four in the LPC.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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This absolutely stinks. When I visited Bletchley Park, being able to visit the National Museum of Computing was a huge bonus and the visit would have been the less without it. Actively discouraging (poss. preventing, if talks of fences are true) people from visiting is just wrong. The Colossus and Tunny machines are absolutely integral to the story of Bletchley Park

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Want access to mobe users' location, camera, phone ID? EXPLAIN YOURSELVES - ICO

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Re: Facebook

Yes, I also saw that in the latest update. I allowed it on my tablet that has no contacts, no email, no GPS and connects only by WiFi (it's a pretty crappy tablet but was cheap) but there is no way in hell that's going on my phone. I'll have to start using the website version on my phone I think.

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Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers

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Re: Sick and tired of remembering hundreds of passwords

> But, how do we know that the people who make KeePass are trustworthy?

It's Open Source software, so the source code is there for inspection should you wish to audit it.

Maybe the guys currently independently auditing TrueCrypt can move onto KeyPass next?

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Re: All I can say is this...

I didn't even need to follow that link to know which one it was. :oD

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Re: Sick and tired of remembering hundreds of passwords

You only need to remember one password; the master password to a vault such as KeyPass

Quite why, in this day and age, people continue to try to *remember* different passwords for different sites or, worse, re-use the same one with multiple sites, is beyond me. I can only conclude it's ignorance and/or laziness.

(Edit: And yet these same people are happy to use a contacts list in their phone and email, rather than remembering phone numbers and email addresses)

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

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Obligatory xkcd

You know it's coming...

http://xkcd.com/651

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

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Re: Wow the scope for finger pointing when it doesn't work..

> And why are you trying to get wifi in a tunnel under the ground?

Because Virgin offer wi-fi on the Underground.

Next question?

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

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Principle of least astonishment

Funnily enough, I was just thinking about this yesterday when I noticed that on Facebook, when typing a comment or making a status update, you type @ and then start to type a friend's name, the top suggestion (and the one you will get if you hit enter) can be someone not on your friends list.

If you have just one person on your friends list whose name starts with the first few letters you've typed after the @ symbol, is it likely that a) I am wanting to tag them or b) I'm searching for someone other than them?

Hmmm. Facebook seem to think that is a tough one to call. :o)

Same thing goes for what Alistair is talking about - whilst it's true that it is good to push boundaries and innovate, baffling the user is almost always a bad thing.

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Printing the Future: See a few of UK’s 6.2 million 3D-printed ‘things’

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Good article

I thought the comparison with home DTP software was very astute. This paragraph especially so:

"Creating good 3D computer models is as hard to do today as designing good magazine layouts was in the 1980s. Sure, the software tools were there, but what was lacking in many of their users was the skill to use them effectively. That’s just as true of 3D printing now.

Are we about to see a mass of 3D printed objects that are the poorly designed equivalents of all those desktop published pamphlets full of enormous drop-capitals, unsubtle drop-shadows and clip-art? So many 3D printed objects are already becoming clichés of the form."

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Chap unrolls 'USB condom' to protect against viruses

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Re: Does this work with fast charging ports?

"It's sort of insane how phones assume that any USB cable plugged into them is trustworthy for connecting to. It was excusable in 2007, but the smartphone has been around for 5 years, and I'm amazed that phones still don't "ask permission" before connecting to something plugged into them."

My 2010 HTC Desire Z (aka HTC Vision) can do exactly that, and I'm sure it is not alone in that. You can tell it that USB is for charging only, to pretend to be a USB stick to a computer, or to expect to find HTC Sync at the other end. Either default to one or to ask each time.

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Ten top new games for phones ’n’ slabs

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Re: Real racing 3

Other forums are available, such as Pistonheads. ;o)

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Facebook keeps company with misery say boffins

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Tiny sample size is statistically insignificant.

82 users out of a (claimed) 1.15 billion. Even if only 1% of those are real users that's still only 82 in 11.5 million

Hardly a representative sample size.

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Re: Obviously... @ AbortRetryFail

It depends on how you use it. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. can all be used for self-aggrandisement (I'd say that by definition Twitter is the worst) but can equally be used to keep in contact with others. One can use them in exactly the same way as these forums to "comment on [a post] or [express] an opinion however misguided, idiotic or stupid it is".

It's all down to how the person uses the technology, rather than the technology itself.

I would say that this is the big difference that *you* have not cottoned on to.

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Re: Obviously...

Whereas supercilious people who post on the comments sections of internet forums have stimulating, interesting and significant lives? Hmmm.

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Darth Vader's old gaff awaits exogorth desert DUNE DOOM

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Shai Hulud

"Bless the Maker and all His Works; Bless the coming and going of Him; May His passing cleanse the world"

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Probably not; they'll just recreate it digitally.

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Dev bakes actual, edible raspberry pie with Raspberry Pi

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Not a new concept

I have a Samsung microwave that is several years old and that has an optical scanner for scanning exactly these kind of QR codes. The idea was all microwavable food would eventually sport these codes.

Sadly the idea never caught on though, which was a pity as it was quite cool for the brief time that a small number of items did carry the codes.

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Bigger than Twitter: Opera releases rebuilt Chromium-based browser

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Re: "We have neither asked nor forced our 12.x users to upgrade to Opera 15"

Ah, right. Thanks.

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"We have neither asked nor forced our 12.x users to upgrade to Opera 15"

I had automatic updates turned on with Opera 12.x and yesterday it started telling me there was a new version available. Now, granted, I'm not 100% sure whether it could be that there is a new 12.x version out that I don't have, or whether it wanted me to "upgrade" to 15, and I can't check that right now. But it does throw some doubt on the statement "we have neither asked nor forced our 12.x users to upgrade to Opera 15".

I've now turned off automatic updates, which involves deleting a temporary folder in addition to a setting if the update cycle has already started.

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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

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Re: "in much of the UK there are now only two networks of masts"

And how long has that taken to come about? I think the first phone I had that was capable of cross-network roaming was in the late 90's.

So perhaps very latterly my statement has been weakened by EE but it still stands.

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"in much of the UK there are now only two networks of masts"

And yet we *still* don't have cross-network roaming in the UK. As a geek, it annoys me that the reason for this isn't technical, but regulatory / business reasons.

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Modern-day Frankenstein invents CURE for BEHEADING

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That Hideous Strength

That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis (of Narnia fame), published in 1945 mentioned exactly this. Right down to the very sharp knife!

Life imitates art, and all that.

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'Time cloak' can hide data - but not the fact there's something to hide

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White hole spewing time engines dead air supply low advice please.

So what is it?

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"hit them until they tell you"

Reminds me of the xkcd skit on the same subject:

http://xkcd.com/538/

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Shy? Socially inadequate? Fiddling with your phone could help

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Re: Sorry...

I think you're both missing the point here. Whilst what you're saying is true, this software is coaching software. It encourages you to practise and then "get out there".

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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Re: Echelon reloaded?

Indeed. It's somewhat ironic that PRISM turned out to be everything that the conspiracy theorists believed ECHELON to be.

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US spyboss: Yes, we ARE snooping on you, but think of the TERRORISTS

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Black Helicopters

Echelon

It's somewhat ironic that PRISM turned out to be everything that the conspiracy theorists believed ECHELON to be.

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Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast

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WTF?

Re: When I'm feeling frisky, I like to add pepperoni under the cheese for that budget pizza taste.

Apparently, when pizza was first introduced to the UK in the 1950's, it was initially marketed as "Italian Welsh Rarebit".

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It's a little-known fact that, far from being a carpenter, Our Lord actually ran a cheese shop in his home town.

It was called "Cheeses of Nazareth".

(I am so sorry)

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Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

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Re: Special cable

Ah, ok. Thanks for the info; I didn't know that as I don't own any iThings. Every day is a school day and all that. :o)

Oh well, it works for my needs anyway.

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Special cable

I have a useful little cable I got on eBay, which basically looks like a very short USB extension lead with red plugs. It only has the power pins connected and the data pins are deliberately not connected. Very useful for parasitically charging off a computer without it trying to establish a data connection.

I bought it so save the annoyance of a computer trying to make a data connection when all I want to do is charge the phone. It never occurred to me that it may be a hardware firewall. Don't tell the seller or they'll double the price. :o)

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Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place

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Brix?

I'm so ronrey, Hans.

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INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry

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Re: How about the Golden Valley By Pass?

I wrote a car off on that roundabout in the 90's. Does that count? :)

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Nostalgia

A great read, and also a lot of happy memories. I grew up living on Battledown and would regularly cycle Harp Hill and also Aggs Hill up to Cleeve Common. And you're right; Aggs Hill is intense both up and down. :o)

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First, the bad news: EA bags Star Wars games rights

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Re: Battlefield 3/4 - Star Wars ???

> I'd buy that.

For a dollar?

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3D printer spits out CYBORG EAR... but where will you PUT it?

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Re: Nipple implant

Double Polaroid moment? ;o)

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Citi to file claim with Nasdaq over Facebook IPOcalypse

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I think you're missing the point. It's more like playing a game of Blackjack and saying "stick" at 21 and the dealer dealing you an extra card and saying you busted out, and you saying "hold on a moment, I said 'stick' at 21".

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Amazon boss salvages Apollo engines from watery grave

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Re: Technical Matter

I wonder if the International law on Martime Salvage might apply here? Or does that only apply to boats?

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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Stereoscopic - why the downvotes?

Not entirely sure why someone felt the need to downvote all the people who (quite rightly) pointed out it is 'stereophonic' and not 'stereoscopic'

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Kirk to beam up chat with ISS astronaut on Thursday

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I'm so sorry

Why did Lt. Uhura cry?

Because William Shatner

(I'll get my coat)

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Monty Python tax sketch

Reminds me of the Monty Python sketch where they try to come up with new taxes.

"I would tax all foreigners living abroad".

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Facebook's sexy pick 'n' mix OCP model is great... for Facebook

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Robocop?

First thing I thought of when I saw "OCP" was "Omi Consumer Products"; the corporation in Robocop.

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