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RIP Brian Wynne Oakley: Saviour of Bletchley Park

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What a remarkable man. I confess I had not heard of him but it seems we owe him a debt of thanks.

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All hard drive arrays will mutate into flashy faster hybrids

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Why is it taking so long

A hybrid solution has been the obvious choice for years now, ever since SDDs started hitting the market, so I'm confused as to why it has taken so long. I would have predicted that pretty much all HDDs would be hybrid by now but clearly they aren't.

(Don't flame me - I really am genuinely confused as to why they aren't more prevalent. Is it price?)

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Facebook: 83 million IMPOSTERS stalk our network

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Second Life

I know a lot of Second Life residents had a Facebook account for their avatar as an extension to their Second Life presence. Linden Lab even semi-encouraged it inasmuch as you can link your Second Life profile to a Facebook account.

Apparently Facebook had a massive cull on this last year and removed thousands of such accounts.

I also have friends who have an 'online persona' type Facebook account that they are less picky about who friends along with a 'proper' account that only actual friends are invited to.

So, as others have said, alt accounts are more prevalent than Facebook think.

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ROBOTS battle bunker-buster bank blast blaggers

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police robots

Step away from the cash machine. You have 20 seconds to comply.

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WD sees red, flogs NAS niche drives to SOHO punters

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Just ordered

Well, I've just taken a punt on four of the 2TB drives to go in my FreeNAS box (HP Microserver FTW!) and it'll be interesting to see how they work out.

Novatech aren't yet stocking them so I bought from Dabs.

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If they do what they purport to and the street price comes out competitively, then I'd be very interested in these.

I currently have 4 pretty old WD Caviars at 500Gb capacity in my NAS and am looking to upgrade them.

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USB charges up to 100 watts

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Re: Standards

I didn't even need to open that to know which XKCD skit it was. :o)

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Darth Vader is a pansy

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t-shirt

That is possibly the most awesomest t-shirt ever created by man. In fact I might change my name to Cunty McFuckoff. :o)

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XBMC media player now running on Android, Nexus Q

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Yes, indeed. But the point I think Gary was making is that it was originally called XBox Media Center and was originally for the XBox. You're quite right that the only way of running it on an actual XBox now is to use the xbmc4xbox fork though. In fact I did just that only last year for a bit of amusement and even got it outputting in HD. Then, once I actually had it running fine, I lost interest and never used it. D'Oh! :o)

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XBox Media Center

I was thinking much the same thing, but you beat me to it. :o)

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Yahoo! hack! leaks! 453,000! unencrypted passwords!

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WTF?

Wait... the passwords were being stored *unencrypted* and *unsalted*, in PLAIN TEXT?

Seriously? Anyone who does this should be taken outside and shot. Repeatedly. Then a few more times to make sure.

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Ex-Nokia staffers team up to revive MeeGo

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A rose by any other name...?

I've said this before on another thread, but I've always thought that the name 'Maemo' was kind of a cool name, but the name 'Meego' had a whiff of the naff about it.

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What is the Nokia Secret Plan if Windows 8 isn't Windows gr8?

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Plan B

I think Nokia's Plan B is to release a series of critically-acclaimed Hip hop / acoustic / soul / rap songs and... oh, wait. Sorry. Got confused there.

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Lagging behind

The comment claiming that everyone else "lags some months behind El Reg" on reporting news did make me smile in the light of the fact that The Register was 24 hours behind everyone else on the "Hitchhiker shot while researching 'Kindness of America'" story and a full week behind everyone else on reporting on the sale of MoneySavingExpert.com, and these are by no means isolated incidents.

I'm not saying that you (the author) don't have your finger on the pulse and I'm not knocking the Reg, but it does seem to lag a day or two behind the mainstream media on mainstream tech stories.

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Facebook replaces non-Facebook mail addresses on Timeline

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Opt in vs Opt out

Yet again Facebook demonstrates it doesn't understand the concept of 'Opt in'

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Hitchhiker shot while researching 'Kindness of America'

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Yesterday's news today

I'm sure I read this on the Telegraph website yesterday.

It's by no means the first time the Reg has played catch-up although it's better than the 6 days it took to report on the sale of MoneySavingExpert.com

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Volkswagen Up!

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Dab of Oppo

"The Volkswagen Up! is a b*tch and I spanked it"

~~ Troy Queef, Executive Associate Editor-At-Large for DAB OF OPPO magazine

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MoneySavingExpert.com founder flogs website for £87m

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Re: Breaking News from June the 1st.

I was thinking much the same - that I'd read this in the national Press last week.

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Online bookie can't scoop £50k losses made by 5-year-old

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@AC 09:02

Ok, that's a fair point. I guess trading is a lot more fast-paced than online banking.

Clearly he didn't take enough care of his computer's security, but also Spreadex allowed an authenticated session to persist for too long. The article suggests he left his machine at his girlfriend's and it was accessed in his absence. The logged-in session should have been dropped by Spreadex, surely?

I think both parties are guilty of lax security really.

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@mark1978

Indeed. For example, Lloyds TSB's online banking requires you to enter your password again to confirm any transaction that debits your account. It's a pest but a good safeguard against exactly this sort of thing.

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Pipex 'silence' condemned punters' emails to spam blackhole

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Re: Very sad

I agree. I've been with Pipex since the mid 90's and each time they get bought out they get progressively worse. It's getting to the stage now that I'm seriously considering moving.

It's a damn shame because, as you say, they were originally one of the very best.

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US space programme in shock metric conversion

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Huh?

Never mind six tenths of a kilometre... what's that in mega-linguine?

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Lenovo intros carbon-fibre ThinkPad Ultrabook

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Re: one problem

Totally agree. The Fn key being in the bottom left is a major issue for me.

I'm told you can swap their functionality on software, but unless you can physically swap the keys themselves too then it's still a show-stopper.

Yes, I know it doesn't sound like a compelling reason not to purchase but it is for me personally.

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

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Re: TRS-80 Model 1

Also, I don't understand why someone down-voted me for such a non-controversial and matter-of-fact post.

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Re: TRS-80 Model 1

No, it was definitely a Model II. One large 8" floppy vertically to the right of the screen.

He also had the expansion box that had a further three 8" floppies arranged vertically and then later on a HDD.

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TRS-80 Model 1

Not just for engineer dads. Mine was a doctor who was fascinated by technology and bought one.

Then, later, a Model II for running his research and patient records.

It was my introduction to computing (at the tender age of 6) and set me on the path to where I am today - a professional programmer / Software Engineer.

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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VLC

Presumably VLC will still run just fine on Windows 8 and still continue to provide support for pretty much every audio and video format out there including playing DVDs?

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Fanboys excited by ancient Google Qwerty Nexus plan

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HTC Desire Z

My current phone is an HTC Desire Z which I chose specifically because of its slide-out keyboard.

Yes, it does add enormously to the weight and bulk of the device but I like it.

(Incidentally I've not had any problems or bugginess with mine)

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Ten... two-bay Nas boxes

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Re: I went down the DIY route

Same here only running 4 x 500Gb drives I already owned and FreeNAS 8.

Worked out around £110 with the cashback when I bought mine. It really is the way to go.

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Official: Britain staggers into double-dip recession doom

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@ Dazzza (Re: It was obvious)

As Dazzza says, the media do have a habit of creating self-fulfilling prophesies. I'm in no doubt that people wouldn't have been queuing down the road to buy petrol if the media hadn't been screaming "DON'T PANIC! DON'T PANIC! Petrol is running low because people are starting to queue"

I couldn't help but detect a note of glee in the BBC "breaking news" report today that we are (finally) officially in 'Double Dip Recession' so they could start peddling their doom and gloom again.

Having said that, whilst I agree with you that we want some optimism from the media, there is a fine line between optimism and propaganda.

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Tin can communication set to return

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Fnarr

Trump edition. Snigger smirk etc. :o)

(yes, yes, I need to grow up and stop finding the name 'Trump' amusing)

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CompSci boffins tout file encryption for Google Docs

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I think it's an interesting and laudable idea, but as others have already said, it could fall foul of Google.

I think it might still have some legs with DropBox though.

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JCB builds Android blower for brickies

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Puntastic

Bravo for the puns in the article. :o)

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Cameron 'to change his mind' on the one thing he got right in Defence

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Putting the boot in

On the whole a good article, only let down by the fact that Lewis just couldn't resist grinding his axe about the Eurofighter again and getting in a few customary digs against the RAF.

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Publishing giants sue open textbook startup over layout

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What they're doing is what students have been doing for time immemorial - cribbing other peoples' stuff and trying to change it sufficiently so that you get away with it.

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Leisure Suit Larry set for second coming

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Monkey Island remakes

It's probably me, but I was a little disappointed with the Monkey Island remakes. They looked gorgeous, and the humour was still there, but I found them rather tedious after becoming accustomed to games such as Fallout3 and Skyrim, inasmuch as most of the tasks in Monkey Island felt like the dreaded 'fetch quests' that blight RPGs.

Having said that, I have a lot of affection for Larry Laffer so who knows? But I can't help thinking that the Adventure Game genre has had its day and people demand more these days.

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Browsium rescues HMRC from IE6 – and multimillion-pound bill

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Impressive

Good stuff, and good to see that *someone* at HMRC had enough brains to go for this approach rather than flinging £35million of our money at Capgemini as would usually have happened.

Yes, John Smith 19 has a fair point, but this is a good start to weaning applications off IE6.

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Game chain sold

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reply to 'Tim of the Win'

Even if you own the physical media to games like 'Fallout: New Vegas' or Skyrim you still can't actually play them without activating them on Steam. All your physical media does on those is to speed up the initial installation process and give you some nice artwork in the booklet (and in Skyrim's case a nice map to go on your wall too) and something to put on your shelf.

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RIM retracts denial on consumer devices: Pulls out, spins in circle

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Daily Mash

I thought I was reading the Mash there for a moment. :o)

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Game CEO steps down

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Reading Oracle closed

I'm shopping in the Oracle today and just witnessed the GAME store closing and the staff walking out. A hand written sign on a whitwboard says the store is closed and will not be re-opening.

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Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe

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If employment is conditional...

Notwithstanding the excellent advise to stay polite and professional, there is a possible legal issues of Economic Duress, Coercion of Will and possibly the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.

I'm not sure which, if any, apply at interview stage as they are all contract law, but you could argue that an interview is the first steps to forming a contract of Employment.

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Record-breaking laser pulse boosts fusion power hopes

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Re: Oh, the irony

There was a lovely riposte to "Nuclear Power? No thanks." made by the Atomic Energy Authority with the slogan "Stone age? No thanks. Atoms for Energy!"

A quick google images search showed up this picture of it:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/trashingdays/5606175824/

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Supermodel-fiddling tool Photoshop CS6 flinged in free beta

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GIMP

Horses for courses really. GIMP is pretty powerful but it has a pretty poor user interface and you do kind of have to bludgeon it into submission a bit, but you can get some pretty impressive results way beyond the rather dismissive "resize and crop a picture" that AC@14:38 seems to think its level is at. Users who want to do that are better off with Paint.net and I active dissuade such users from using GIMP - it's way too powerful and complicated for simple tasks like that.

The main draw (no pun intended) for me is that GIMP gives you a hell of a lot and it's free and Open Source. Photoshop may be fine for those with incredibly deep pockets or very loose morals, but quite simply I have neither so GIMP is a very credibly alternative.

Sure, Photoshop users look down their nose at GIMP users, but at least we have the smug satisfaction of knowing we have both our kidneys and a clear conscience. :o)

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6,000 sign e-petition to put Turing on £10 note

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£50

Perhaps put Turing on the £50 note as it is already pink?

(Just a lame joke - I fully support having Turing on the £10 and also believe that he was treated abominably after the war)

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Legendary artist Moebius dies

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:o(

The Fifth Element is one of my favourite films and owes a huge debt to Moebius who was heavily involved with it.

RIP, chap, and thank you.

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Stolen NASA laptop had Space Station control codes

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Re: Re: While its not a panacea...

Truecrypt is Open Source and multi-platform.

There really is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for not having encryption on a laptop that contains sensitive data. Preferably whole volume encryption.

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