* Posts by Powernumpty

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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yes, yes, no etc

I had the Mamod steam roller (no canopy) - ran in meths, family still have it somewhere.

Not mentioned was the Philips construction set (http://www.girdersandgears.com/norelco.html)

My set is almost complete save for a couple of small parts and a chipped large plastic wheel that my sister broke due to pushing the construction pin tool at an angle, can still recall the scene now, pristine set to that point, then that broken wheel taunted me for the rest of its life. Bitter! me? mmmmnnn.

Our family was too short of funds for most of this stuff so any kits that would need building then frequent batteries or more repair outlay never got started as I could not stand the long construction run for five minutes of fun before having to put it away, in kit form at least the potential is still there.

In the 80's or 90's i would sometimes fire up a CB at Xmas to see who had got one as a gift (at least give them some response from a call) or look outside to see the new bikes teetering along with small concentrating kids atop.

This year for modern comparison I looked out and could see virtually nobody, even checked the skies for the milion drones expected to be sold this year, nothing, I guess the toys are inside things now. I did see one lad with a new bike, full suspension, full sports downhill kit with expensive helmet, could not help feeling how much simpler our wants were.

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Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace

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Order hierarchy

Could there not be a weight applied to information and instruction?

One way read-only info from sensors to some logging program, lowest level.

Control commands within expected envelope, normal.

Control commands outside the normal operating envelope require manual conformation.

Automation seems to start with an "everything" connection then back off, close down, filter as problems arise.

In a way it is the same with Email, why should I be able to except anything but a certified base document of any one format. Get Adobe to say "this type of PDF is safe with a base viewer" and requires a 2MB viewer, right now there is no standard limit to the complexity and the reader is larger than some operating systems.

Safety critical IT needs to be seen as a field apart, where bells and whistles are not required don't accept them.

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TorrentLocker ransomware pestilence plagues Europe, bags $500k

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Re: Latest batch are quite realistic

Last five days worth here (many multiples with just number changes -XXX)

NOT CRYPTO (I don't think) but just hints of what subjects are currently in favour.

Internet Fax Job

Card Receipt

REMITTANCE DETAILS refXXXXXXXXXXX

Invoice as requested

DOC-file for report is ready

BACS Transfer : Remittance for JSAXXXGBP

You've received a new fax

[SPAM] Employee Documents - Internal Use

These are to an old email that was on a zombie list, gives me a clue what to look for on the real accounts that have better (but not bullet proof) filtering.

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

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Sort of serious question

Of these 1.5 million (450K active) users how many have tried their real web log ons to any depth?

With the whole keyloging thing I assume any tech worth his salt is not going to access anything important or that will have the same credentials after the OS is shut down, so has there been a massive increase in fake facebook, gmail and other accounts? I realise anyone with half an idea will say they can keylog anyway but who will admit to having shared their gmail,twitter,flickr etc. passwords with MS?

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

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Does sound complicated

Could they not call in someone who knows how to run this sort of thing rather than trying to go it alone?

This is the problem with so many mom and pop software houses, they need to have technical backup if they are selling this sort of thing to companies.

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ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator

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Oh blast them

Hello Charles, Edgar here, hope you and the good lady are well, sorry to bother you but one of those quango come lunch clubs I am involved with is having a bit of bother, seems one of their crew they look after is being a bit recalcitrant, not standing to attention questioning orders and such, I wondered if you knew anyone in their local lodge? Could all be a bit messy if the hoi polloi get hold of this and start asking questions like “who gets paid as part of this Standards Authority? if they have none of the later and minimal of the former”, if you see what I mean. I think this Rebuyer or whatever must have shareholders and they must have planning needs, legal and tax advice etc, I'm sure there must be some way we can come to an arrangement what?

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'Shadow IT' gradually sapping power and budget from CIOs

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@J J Carter

1 Make sure your contract of employment does not state "Instant dismissal for attempts to circumvent the company firewall"

2 That you are so damn valuable at your job that the company would wave that if they found out

3 Don't get found out

If after those you can safely go about your business while doing your excellent job your future in IT is probably promising.

Posting it on Theregister though, that's something else.

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One Day

Technology will catch up, systems and infrastructure will be good enough to support everyone doing their own thing in the IT field from average towers, home st.

Unfortunately that will probably be after two or three major cock ups where "my smart TV infected the work cloud share, we didn't realise for six months", "my tablet has been acting as an open gateway and nasty people have been taking our stuff!" etc.

Once it is locked down enough to be safe it won't be so sexy, and the price will go up and your support, well that will be online too, if they can find the time between new customers.

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Upchuck nation: Half a million CHUMPS now own Google Cardboard VR gear

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Want where this is going

There is not much I want to try, or buy right now, decent 3D FPV racing is the exception.

If general 3D triggers the hurld response just think 3D + put your coffee down

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

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Re: Sheepish grin

Oh you've had some sheep nicked eh, you''l have to get a Llama installed or your insurance will rocket.

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Europe's top court mulls vandal's right to privacy after bloke catches thug on home CCTV

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70A Karma

I wonder if it is OK to cover the house in rubber panel, would make catapult use a bit more instant feedback.

I'm sorry the camera footage is not usable I was laughing at the time.

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

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Re: Shop door

Unfortunately I don't think you are including in your rigid understand of what others do the concept of links or social media or just kids, they will find this stuff, it will be passed on, kids don't limit themselves to search engines.

Adult VLAN tag, is that easier?

Just because we work under the current networking setup that does not mean we should limit our ideas for alternatives.

Calling posts ignorant is normally superfluous, unless you assume other readers are insufficiently intelligent to make up their own minds.

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Shop door

Back in the day I believe there were such things as Sex shops that sold, er sex stuff.

If I saw a bunch of seven year old's hovering outside the door I'd be concerned.

The internet has now moved the door and (clear) windows into the wall of their bedroom or at least the living room.

Back when I was growing up we didn't have easy one click access to the "further from procreation" material and I (mentally) valued erotic simplicity, there was no need for that much extra.

Excessive censorship is bad but the internet now impinges on many assets of society, perhaps it is time to move some of this stuff off the internet high street to a back road somewhere, not saying you can't go there just move it away from the newsagents, these things are not the same.

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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CableZZzz

I heard a story from a guy that used to be part of a cable laying crew.

The ship would follow the direction chosen by the ROV on the sea bed so if he diverted round something the big floating drum above followed. One day the captain arrived at the ROV control room (a converted shipping container welded to the deck for the duration) using colourful words and something along the lines of "why have we been going in circles for two hours!?", turns out a tin box stuck to a deck can get pretty hot and stuffy and the ROV guy and his mates can doze off.

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Deloitte's files on bean counters swept up in Sony hack stash – report

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Joke

Back off

Look he got a new dropbox account and wanted to see if they really did give him 50G, so needed some data to test it.

You guys are all so perfect, like you would never do that.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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More to it than meets the eye

I'll take a wager on it.

I stopped users installing it some time back as I saw some strange system wide affects that spoke of "More than a browser".

I think it is either being clever with systems calls not releasing resources or just plain "getting involved" in processes it has not legitimate need to.

I'm not even sure Firefox has gone over to the Chrome prefered "Ignore local DNS" model too on the latest, seems less willing to look at local sites, grabbing google DNS results before local. I could be wrong, still prefer Firefox over Chrome right now and have for the last year or two.

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Sony employees face 'weeks of pen and paper' after crippling network hack

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Re: Fitting

Two wrongs don't make a right but I would dearly love to hear this was done partly with their own root kit.

"I can't work out how to get rid of this stuff, it's on everything we have touched"

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Re: Even the regular 6 is too big

Why can't you chose 5-left or 5-right on the interface so the layout is like the smaller screen but shifted towards your preferred thumb?

Normal for general use but (for example) three taps across the screen towards the preferred side shrinks the input area or at least presents one better laid out for one thumb operation.

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

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Been there

Multifunction X, just would not fricking work, any driver and OS first tried, after a very long time I discovered that all the common drivers print postscript and as the company accounts had haggled on the price (well office manager had anyway) the suppliers had removed the postscript option.

Later I decided it was just too stupid to have it fail if anyone looked at updating the driver so I found the details of the upgrade to postscript, had the part number etc. and asked for a price in UK. X told me it does not exist, there is no driver upgrade to PS.

I said what about this part number, what is this? Ooooh that is a postscript upgrade for your printer.

The give away to me about printers is the salesmen (for they are mostly men it seems) they move around, one even admitted it was quite an incestuous industry, I asked him if it would have been honest to have sold us the last brand he was selling as the best option for us, he looked genuinely trapped.

On the other had the X brand engineer who last visited did a cracking job, he even fixed an out-of-warranty printer too, that's the second time they have done that where the design was a bit weak in one part.

Just the sales people, live on small margins, driven from the top no doubt.

Margins +

Honesty

For some reason I can't get them on the same line.

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

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O Rly

"The issues were a result of an underwater fiber cable cut, caused by a third party while fixing a separate cable."

Wow what are the chances eh? really unfortunate sequence of events, well I hope the decoy ship is in place and the splices tested soon.

Pushes tinfoil hat back to see screen better.

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

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Thank you I read most of those comments (almost a first)

The thing that I struggle with, people and lack of effective sticks.

Talking to an engineer in the workplace, tap running behind him, steam coming off the stream of water between the tap and plughole. I say you've left the tap running, he laughs and says yes I'm always doing that and contiunues his conversation ignoring it.

For f**k sake don't ignore it! don't laugh and ignore energy waste, I had to walk over and turn it off myself genuinly appaled at the lack of respect for energy use and the planet.

I see screens left on all night while some test kit is running (here's a tip guys, the thing will still run with the screen off). I see the aircon set to heat so that the guys can sit in summer clothing. So after all this talk unless we have some stick to beat some sense into us ignorant first worlders most of it will be pissing up a wall.

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

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Be part of the push

For regular bus services in the west.

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Dead man's Flickr

I wondered if it was worth dumping all those "well taken but not very interesting yet" photo's into a Flickr account and setting it to "attribution open licence on death".

Snaps that show the local area or people that may in fifty years time be of interest. As storage has some cost maybe if a DMF had not been twitched for a few years it could go the way of all ithings, but if people access or link to the images it gets protected from the grim wiper.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Long pswd

A cheap security DVR I use limits username and password complexity, I can't think why.

It also expects to use UPNP, and has a helpful DDNS entry (not able to be removed) waiting to stream data on a known address as soon as you show it a net connection.

I really am surprised this sort of thing has not got wider exposure before.

Hey don't pull that face it's just a comment!

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Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

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Have belief, you'll feel better.

Those who hold on to the belief they are safe running "Fully patched MS" OS at least have the belief thing, it does not factually change a thing but hey warm and cosy for a while eh.

For anyone who thinks these security exploits (All OS's now) don't get out before the patches, watch your web facing logs, they are like a weather forecast.

Oh I can see some storms on the horizon, new CMS maybe, SSL VPN is that?...

On one of the last MS exploits I got about 350 emails in a morning sent to a couple of addresses that exist only on spam and "prospective zombie" lists, 10 got through to the catch-all holding address the rest bounced due to Linux based filtering on sender trust, checked the links and at the time they looked clean (virustotal), once the patch had rolled out lo and behold the links turns out to have been bad.

Do your best and remember you are more likely to be hit by some idiot in the company with a bad USB stick (for example) than someone clever enough to get past the firewall. Happy days.

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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Should have included some buttered toast on the feet

To make sure it landed the right way up and had some chance of sticking, amateurs!

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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I wonder if,

They could PWM the drill in such a way that the acceleration/deceleration is enough to put a minute turning moment into the craft?

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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This calls for my patented Scaffold pole gun.

Hollow sharpened tube to the guts from a distance, cheap and nasty deflation canon.

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Annus HORRIBILIS for TLS! ALL the bigguns now officially pwned in 2014

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Facepalm

Don't bash it.

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of MS users busily running down open source, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."

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Mystery Google barges TORPEDOED by US govt: Showrooms declared death traps

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Oh Noes! Will have to find another use for them.

Temporary containment for Ebola, Immigrants, Aliens.

If only those who did the procurement could have seen it coming eh.

FEMA hospitality suite is my bet.

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

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Don't talk to the IT guy

It's that time of the month (rolls eyes).

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HP emails personal data of 1,000 CDS workers to 3rd party

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Facepalm

Can't help thinking

Hitting the send button was only the cherry on the icing on this fail cake.

Personal details, unencrypted, email...

Better not blame the person that did it, blame the management structure that allowed the option.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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Premium products can be good.

When faced with a customer with “Maximum” £X to spend I would shown them Item

1 one at X-20%,

2 one at X+5%

and while doing so move an X+30-50% item out of the way.

Often the customer would ask about the last one and I would politely tell them they could not have that one, out of budget, back to numbers 1. and 2.

I hate pushy sales and dishonesty so it genuinely confused me and made me just wrong to find the customers who stumped up for the one they “could not have” would come back next time to buy from us.

The cheap one you won't respect, it will be thrown into the glove box or fall out of your pocket.

The one you could barely afford will remind you how you should have tried harder at school, you will notice the irritating little faults

The one you really pushed the boat out for will be protected and cherished in a way that justifies the expenditure, you may overlook the small faults and feel rewarded by the imbued quality of the next step up on the consumerist ladder.

Not justifying it, an observation over a few years.

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Virgin Galactic vows to continue space program after 'serious anomaly'

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No video out there, these days?

I just wanted to check it wasn't taken out by some ground system for entering controlled airspace with a full shampoo bottle.

In the real world - Sympathies to the families of those pilots, fast recovery to the guy who got out.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Why proud, confident or assured maybe?

As someone that has been employed as an "assumed gay"

(because I had worked somewhere before that had a positive inclusion policy).

The one thing that I never quite got was the "making a song and dance about it" (pun partly intended).

I'm not "Proud to be hetro" it's just what is.

So when a gathering of the otherwise inclined turned into a camp circus (this was 80's/90's) I didn't see it as any better than a rugby team being all overwhelmingly blokey out on a Saturday night.

In work I'm not proud about any part of my private sexuality, because it's the workplace.

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DR LIPS warns: DON'T KISS that NEWT - it's got FLESH-EATING PLAGUE

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Stop

I see 5 Series BMW's parked outside exotic pet shops.

Those pets that could pose a lethal threat to Great Crested Newts, do you have any?

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Bad dog: Redmond's new IE tool KILLS POODLE with one shot

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Trollface

Might try this

If someone can remind me how to fire up IE.

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Caption this: CERN needs pic tags. Serious answers only, kids

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Re: It's a trap

Ah Frank ly we meet again, btw I have upvoted your next post.

Strange how the little coincidences happen, that thing in your garden, think nothing of it, pure chance.

OCD is indeed important to time travel.

OCD, a fear of being in front of camera's and a strong interest in contraception, the detail is important.

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Alien

It's a trap

Most time travellers you meet are a bit OCD, if I, er er they, saw a bunch of photo's they could identify they, would find it near impossible to not correct the captions and by doing so disclose their existance.

Cern nice try.

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COMET 67P is basically TRAILING a HORRIFIC STENCH through space

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Enable Jack Russell mode

Whip round the back and sniff under it's tail.

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Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING

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Are they sure the goats they are staring at

are not just further away?

I should have been a scientist.

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Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data

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I so want to believe

That the outcome to this spat will have some material affect on what the US governement considers it should have open access to.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: Titsup

Oh noes, with the whole "being a gentleman thing we're not meant to look" so this conversation has touched on the whole Schrödinger's tits paradox.

How does one know if they are up or down without affecting their existance.

This is why I love the Reg, ideas never I knew I could have.

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Testosterone may not help the trip

I believe it lowers immunity and increases fuel burn. There are many things needed for a successful trip to Mars, a willy is perhaps not one of them.

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

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Re: Accident?

Of course it was an accident, but that doesn't mean we should throw away the valuable information gathered by the "financial disaster preparedness monitoring software", installed the day before the accident.

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

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Re: For kids - gyro stabilised small quadcopters

Second that.

The little Hubsan (non camera experience only) is fantastic for teaching things like orientation coordination and the general physics of a quad. If you can fly one to the extremes of it's control range you will either have eyes of a hawk or develop the ability to recognise orientation by flight path, something that could save your bacon in a "fancy quad" GPS failure. When you crash (even convincingly) it's inexpensive to replace bits so you can get on learning straight away. They look like a toy but what is learnt translates well to bigger devices, even other types of vehicle. I had an X4 then got a RC plane, result few problem with controls being reversed or gusts of wind as that is taught at the £30 quad level. If you are one of the many who buy a Phantom at least try Heli-X with the wind set to blow and gusty, to learn control it in the real world well before taking a flying (plastic blade) blender to your mates wedding.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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DR policy

Backup media multiple off site (complete)

Material for regeneration of workforce. (almost complete)

New host planet (in negotiation)

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Black Helicopters

Nothing sinister here

We obviously need a decent enough photo of you for the security to be strong.

Retinal scans can also help, maybe even a bit of DNA, in fact you guys spitting at the cameras in the lifts, thanks.

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Facebook storage techies: We sift through your family snaps to find 'warm BLOBs'

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Re: @ravenviz

Hoisted by your own pedant

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Hunter gatherer much

Back in the day if you wanted to eat a mountainside of strawberries you’d have to climb a mountainside. Somewhere on that track you might realise your hunger was satiated and stop.

Now you could eat a complete mountain of strawberries, from your settee with the TV on, being so engrossed in the program and frequent adverts you even miss the “not-so-hungry-now“ signals and eat to the end of the serving/bag/plate/pack.

If you wanted to eat meat you'd probably have to wait a while, run like buggery for a bit or exchange work for those who did.

Now you might have to reach over to the phone.

Rename cars daibetes boxes, and cycling/walking "effort commuting" it will begin to make sense.

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