* Posts by Robert Helpmann??

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Super Cali's futuristic Tesla batt swap focus – even though car tech test is an expected bonus

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Re: This is the only reasonable way it works

In reality what will happen is the power suppliers will do the same as happens with ISPs...

The cynic in me agrees, but it is worth noting that electric companies are regulated far differently than ISPs, as has been repeatedly brought up in discussions concerning net neutrality in the US.

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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Re: a board game isn't just for Christmas

Jenga? I understand it's used as a drinking game in some locales, so yes, that's good. I prefer Talisman* because it is quick and easy to learn, provides lots of entertainment (especially when characters get turned into toads!), and can be abandoned mid-game for use in endless who-would-have-won conversations later.

* The actual board game. The computerized version is a nice effort but just isn't the same thing.

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Social sniffer predicts which Nigerian prince has the best chance of scamming you

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Perhaps a different approach is called for

Most people Tweet from their desks, log into Facebook during lunch, and are continually connected to both worlds so the division between the systems is flawed.

My first thought on this was that it is easy enough to reinstate the division with some properly configured firewall rules. There is less of a need to allow personal use of company resources now than 10 years ago given the widespread use of mobile tech to play online. Instead of any sort of reasonable push-back in this area, many businesses are embracing the BYOD fad. That direction will only end in tears!

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

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been cooled

So that's -29.155°Hn. Truly frigid, then.

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Batten down the patches: New vuln found in Docker container tech

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Re: To be expected

Having your security functionality dependent on what file system version your OS lives on LOL?

So how is that not the case elsewhere? You will have a hard time enforcing ACLs on a drive formatted with some derivative of FAT (current examples include most thumb drives), even if you are using Windows. Sure, it would be better to bake encryption into Docker containers, and yes, Windows might offer some examples of a valid direction in which to proceed, but I would not be anxious to recreate the oft-confused difference between granting rights on a network share and rights to the contents of the share.

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

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Re: Typo

So whats the temperature of a sheep in a vacuum then?

With the assumption of a soon-to-be-dead sheep placed into a vacuum, 1.90° Hn on average.

Sources:

Average body temperature of a sheep

The Reg online standards converter

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

The drop-down teasers are annoying, I click on a tab, move mouse down the page to start scrolling and the menu pops up for a fraction of a second, then disappears again. Very distracting.

... except when it causes you to click on the wrong article, then it's a pain in the ass. I haven't started digging through articles yet today, but this is my first impression of the new design and it is not good.

EDIT: I didn't realize the menu is stuck at the top of the page in stories (why different from the main pages?), but now that I have had a chance to read a story, I find it to be utter... words fail me.

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

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And how do you prevent a cellphone or Google-glass like device from recording the display?

Well, it ought to be pretty obvious if you are at work and someone is holding a cellphone behind you while you beaver away. There are privacy screens that prevent shoulder surfing to a certain extent. Perhaps the next wave in security of this nature will involve a VR headset.

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Charge Anywhere? More like Hacked Everywhere: Mobe cash biz admits 5-year security breach

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Re: "Keep calm and carry on"

Even after we know that you took action only "..after being asked to investigate fraudulent charges.."?

They obviously made some mistakes but seem both to have taken responsibility for them and to have reacted in a reasonable manner. In their statement, they note, "While we discovered the malware on September 22, 2014, it required extensive forensic investigative efforts to de-code it and determine its capabilities." So they did not blow off the victim as often happens, found and corrected the source, and then alerted their customers to the issue. Compare with the way the Hilton rewards program handled their recent breach (I have yet to be notified by them that anything happened and I have one of these accounts).

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Did rock-hard aliens turn young Earth MOIST? New probe data emerges

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Agglomeration

The extraterrestrial sample size is very small.

There are a number of other bodies in the solar system that have water in one form or another. It will be interesting to find out how the water that is eventually found on the Moon, Mars and so on compares with the Earth's and this comet (assuming it is in fact discovered and surveyed, of course).

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Taxi app Uber plugs 'privacy-threatening' web security flaw

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Re: Forget all about that malarky

...the flaw - discovered on Sunday - was patched on Monday.

Not bad at all. Now if they could work out some way of vetting their drivers, for obvious reasons...

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

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Re: Hope they win.

In BT's case, they also claim they put a Quality of Service policy on the router so the home network always takes priority over the public one and therefore your service shouldn't be impacted.

And do you get any way of verifying this? Sounds like a great deal for BT as most people won't notice this is part of the deal; if they do, won't understand the implications of this; if they do, won't be in a position to monitor their service based on overall usage; if they are, can be brushed off with a quick "Oops! Our mistake! <CLICKETY-CLICK> There, fixed that for you."

ISPs in general have a history of selling customers one thing and giving them something entirely less. Why would there be any expectation that things would be different in this case?

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

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Who benefits?

This whole affair is an attempt to divert attention away from the Snowden revelations. Blame the NSA!

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

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Re: It won't work.

Does the Daily Mail create idiots or just attract them?

An excellent question! I suspect correlation but no causality. I will propose a study involving a simple learning task coupled with electrical stimulation as negative reinforcement. How about The use of cattle prods for avoidance acquisition in mouth-breathers?

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So - you thought you knew all about the INSTANT COFFEE DUNES of TITAN?

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There can be only one!

Titan is of particular interest to space experts because it is the only other body in our solar system with liquid on its surface.

That we know of. We have not been able to explore the surface of the gas giants. A cursory glance through Wikipedia shows there is thought to be liquid hydrogen, helium and perhaps other substances present on their perhaps ill-defined surfaces.

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

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Re: Excellent... Roll on the Privacy Apocalypse...

A man stands on a city street corner holding a sign warning us of the impending Privacy Apocalypse. "No identity is safe! No account is sacred! THE END IS NEAR!" There is someone on every other street corner just like him. Same sign. Same name. Same SSN. Same e-mail address. Same password.

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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Re: Google Waze

I worked with a cop who had switched careers to IT. He had previously done a broad range of jobs while working as a sheriff's deputy. I asked him what thing he had dealt with that bothered him the most. He told me it was speeding - that endangering your (the driver's) life and the lives of everyone around you for the sake of a few minutes was inexcusable. I don't speed any more.

I believe speed traps are pure crap as they are effectively there to impose an additional tax on people rather than ensure their safety. In fact, drivers are apt to panic and make a mistake if they are surprised by one coming around a corner at a too high a speed. I believe the Finns, Swiss, et cetera have it right in matching the penalty to the goal of decreasing dangerous and unwanted behavior. I realize many people do not feel that way about speeding, but it is refreshing to have fairly rational laws in place.

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

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Re: Hmmm... what's that smell?

Sure, GBs of data all trying to leave at once, you'll notice… but what does an SSN, name or email address look like when it's been passed through AES256 or similar?

It looks just like a lack reasonable security precautions... exactly like that. I would be willing to bet they have commercial AV that auto-updates from the commercial web site, patching set up in much the same manner, a poorly set up firewall between internal and external domains, and perhaps a proxy server, no DMZs, no internal firewalls, no port security, no IPS/IDS, all machines running the same OS, plenty of BYOD, no reasonable password requirements anywhere...

A wide-eyed assessment of "there was nothing that you could have done" is just ridiculous. Commercial AV should be one security measure. Obviously, they have had quite a bit data that others might want to exfiltrate. Why was there no mention of any sort of data loss protection? It's not as though AV was designed for that.

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Grooveshark to sink its teeth again into Pandora (legally this time)

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@ DavCrav

It's 'its', not 'it's'. You also might want to throw in a 'to' as well.

It is better to avoid contractions in formal writing, thus sidestepping common pitfalls such as the confusion between it's and its. Better still would be to use the Send corrections link. Sorry, the limited subset of HTML enabled in these forums does not allow me to reproduce the actual link. Just scroll to the top. Its It's their there.

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

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Office Pool

So, who wants to place a bet on how many previously undiscovered moons are found by the probe? I would like to see at least Orpheus and Eurydice added to the list.

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Kaspersky exposes SONY-CRIPPLING malware DETAILS

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Re: What do these three have in common?

Ok, Sony and South Korea possibly targets of the Norks. The Saudis? I don't see it except maybe as a red herring... a test.

Don't discount the idea that North Korea might have allies or trading partners. In as much as countries such as the US and Israel purported worked together for a joint black hat venture, why wouldn't the Norks be willing to do the same? There are other countries that are willing to work with them, after all. Perhaps the malware was developed for use against "enemies of the state," but sold to a third party for whatever reason (diplomatic, economic, sheer bloody-mindedness).

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

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Re: Boffin?

Can't have boffins without pipes.

Or proper protective equipment which here ought to consist of a full body bib.

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Gates Foundation to insist on Open Access science

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Re: Well done!

But it is insisting that all research it funds is released, along with underlying data, on the day of publication.

Note that it is not just the paper and results that are to be released, but the data. This is particularly important as it allows not just a check on outcomes based on duplicating the research, but a check on the analysis being performed. It is especially useful for meta-studies as the researchers would be better able to compare apples to apples.

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Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring

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Re: Faced to detonate?

Also, kilometers or kilometres?

Indeed, that should be brontosauruses!

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Beyond the genome: YOU'VE BEEN DECODED, again

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Re: @Trevor

I care not what role mosquitoes serve... Like IP lawyers, they should be made extinct.

Q: What's the difference between an IP lawyer and a mosquito?

A: One is a blood sucking parasite and the other is an insect.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

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FOUR, count 'em, FOUR big rockets launching in next seven days

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Re: Chinese sat launch

No, not lined up against the wall. I am sure the more prosaic approach of a mission designed and crewed by these same engineers will provide sufficient motivation for the third time to be the charm.

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Australia dumbs down: Chief Scientist says research performance lags the world

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Re: What do you expect?

Killing off the Science and Technology portfolio...

I nominate this for QotW! Twice! An especially nice stroke was the closing understatement. Have one on me, Gartal.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

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Re: Grill

Adding a half teaspoon of sugar before mixing helps it stay fluffy after cooking, but stays well below the taste threshold.

You might try cream of tartar, though less of it, for the same effect. Whipping your eggs in a copper bowl works too.

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Australian Government funds effort to secure wearable data pulses

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

It could also be a boon for health insurers, which could adjust premiums based on regular customer health data feeds.

Which would allow insurers to charge people with issues or risky behavior based on the data collected without a corresponding lowering of rates for the rest of the customer pool, negating the benefit of insurance (spreading risk). Predictable!

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Device fingerprinting tech: It's not a cookie, but 'cookie' rules apply

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Re: oh great!

Stop legislating when educating is better.

Follow the cynical logic with me:

1) This is a problem.

2) Something must be done to correct it.

3) We are legislators.

4) We pass laws.

5) Passing laws is doing something.

6) We passed laws about the problem.

7) Something has been done about the problem.

8) We have corrected the problem.

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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

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Re: Yay scareware stories

Whatever happened to wiping the system and replacing it with your own preferred OS? We essentially have the same issue with older phones as they are replaced with our "free" upgrades. I have plans to play with a couple over the winter holidays and am looking forward to becoming familiar with Sailfish.

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E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

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Re: We need the hard evidence...

...for big mommy government in the form of taxes, ecigs cut both out of the loop...

Just because they aren't taxed the same as tobacco products now is no reason to think that they cannot or will not be in the near future. Sam with electric cars and the gas tax (in the US). The electric version will be taxed, it's just a question of how much.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: Huh? This is new?

...just search for whiskey stones.

Or watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: freeware?

English is a free, evolving and ambiguous language created and manipulated by people, not dictionaries or even the FSF.

My understanding is that the folks who compile (English) dictionaries these days tend to take a descriptive approach, simply documenting actual usage rather than offering rules of use, so not a deal there either.

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An alleged 27GB Sony Pictures data dump. 65 PlayStation web servers. One baffling mystery

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Research Purposes Only

Those flicks are still floating around file-sharing networks, and are now being seeded by so many people that download speeds are blisteringly fast.*

* Or so we have been told. By a friend... of a friend.

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Iranian CLEAVER hacks through airport security, Cisco boxen

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Re: This is why ...

Why does an airport security gate need to be accessible from the internet anyway?

To make it easier for admins to work from home... and for hackers to pwn them.

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Hacker dodges FOUR HUNDRED YEARS in cooler for SCANNING sites

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Re: Too subtle for me.

The presence of an intruder in your home is not enough to qualify as reason to believe you life (or the lives of your family) are in danger.

Why not? The intruder has demonstrated a disregard for decent behavior. Why would you assume at that point that he or she would feel the same concerning the lives or health of you or your family? What would it take to convince you that you are in danger if not a thug ransacking your home with you in it?

If you have the capability and/or training to disarm, disable or subdue an intruder without harming them then you are not allowed to use more force than that.

See, this is how people end up on the floor, dead with a knife in hand that they did not enter the house with. This sort of argument reminds me of people questioning why police don't shoot to wound rather than to kill. "Disarm, disable or subdue" is likely to get you dead. Stop or drive away by any means are much safer goals.

It is up to the police to capture the intruder, not you. And possessions are not worth lives; yours or theirs.

Yes, as I noted above, capture should not be your goal, even though your statements are self-contradictory on this point. I would (and have) walked away from possessions when faced with a credible threat. I am not familiar with Florida's laws, but most places I am familiar with look at the situation as if the person is forcing his or her way into your home while you are there, you have a right to defend yourself.

The concept that you can shoot someone dead for trying to get in to your house, and where they've made no threat to your (or your family's) life is...bizarre.

It can be, and has been, construed that the fact that someone is breaking into your house constitutes a de facto threat to life and limb. I thoroughly agree with you in that possessions are not worth lives, though I suspect we disagree on the point at which one reasonably might be expected or allowed to use lethal force.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Star Trek

I'm just hoping someone will travel back in time and erase the second Abrams installment in the series. I thought the first in the rebooted line set things going the right direction while the second was written by a thirteen year old fan boy.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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Not SOP

There is also a 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows, but so far it's optional. The Chrome download page defaults to the 32-bit version, even for users running 64-bit versions of Windows.

You do not need admin permissions to install Chrome on Windows. It has crap memory management in Windows (Open multiple tabs and watch its footprint increase. Close all but one and watch as nothing happens.). It's almost as if it was designed for another OS entirely...

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Google's elves work on Santa to rein(deer) in grinchware

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Re: ...the ciders behind the project...

I asked the author if he was buying when I sent a correction. It's worth a try...

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You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

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Re: "new memory related functions which are not fully compatible with Avast."

The problem being there's a lot of clever developers that find undocumented and unsupported ways to make their program work, which Microsoft have no way to know about, and can't test against.

This is exactly what happened with Adobe PhotoShop a number of years ago. MS patched a flaw in their memory management that Adobe was taking advantage of and suddenly PhotoShop started crashing.

As far as Avast acting like malware, well what's in a name? Arrr!

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Re: Who dunnit?

I just can't get my head around the idea that a government that cannot put together a functioning web site on schedule might be credited with something as complex and professional as this is supposed to be. Perhaps its authors might have been better employed in getting healthcare.gov up and running.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Q: What would Avon Do?

So let me get this straight, you're giving us a printer with ... a web interface which was probably developed as a prop for Blake's 7...

A: Stick the printer and sales droid behind a light drive immediately prior to ignition.

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Glasgow boffins: We can now do it, Captain. We DO have the molecular storage power

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Re: Wow

...to create a new type of memory we call ‘write-once-erase’.

New memory to be called WOE? Does not sound like the beginning of a great marketing campaign to me!

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: Then we're fucked

we will much sooner run out of the resources to built the renewable shit than run out of eg nuclear fuel we have a 20k+ years of supply,

One of the renewables that almost never gets brought up in these discussions is wood (or other vegetable sources). We've used it for more than a few millennia and have worked out most of the issues associated with it. There are a few wood-fired electrical plants out there and they seem to be doing reasonably well. To be sure, you have a much better ability to produce more energy in less area with nuclear power, even if you throw in waste storage, but for those who are ideologically opposed to this and want to push renewable sources, why not at least bring a sane-ish argument to the table?

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Uber bends over for internal privacy probe amid stalking claims

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No Anonymity

The world we are moving to is one where there is no anonymity in what we spend our money on.

Yes, alas! We should be wary when our governments push the demise of cash. As flawed as the current set of cryptocurrencies are on a number of levels, they offer a glimmer of hope in this area.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: fat vs terrorism

But think of the TAX benefit the NHS benefits from every time the lard arses go into Mcdonalds and buy their burger and fries.

Yes, I guess we know how to tax WMDs (because it's not food that's sold at Mickey D's).

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'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal

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Re: Clarification Please @AC

I believe you missed at least part of my point. I believe Americans should learn about other countries, their people, their cultures, as well as both the good and bad each have to offer. It's not possible to learn everything about every place, but we should strive not to be completely uneducated.

Nice rant, though, Mr Pott. If you will excuse me, I feel the need to look up some things (Oblast, Krais, et cetera).

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Re: Clarification Please @AC

Why should we learn American political acronyms?

Same reason Americans should know the difference between MP and PM.

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Slapnav: Looking for KINKY dark matter? Switch on the GPS!

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Re: Sorry, but....

Our Solar System sun circles that centre of the galaxy at around 483,000 miles per hour (774 km/h) 5,621,217 bn/h, dragging the planets with it.

The planets are part of the Solar system, so they cannot be dragging themselves with themselves. Fixed that for you.

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