* Posts by Powernumpty

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Will NASA's Dawn spot ALIEN LIFE on asteroid belt dwarf world Ceres?

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One thing I've never understood

How did they get down here when they abandoned the dwarf planet?

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Upper house of Parliament joins the drone debate

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Re: What's the difference...

" a "drone" pilot will often have camera recording equipment and can fly without LoS and possibly over an automated path"

In doing so (probably) break aviation rules in the UK already.

Has to be line of (unaided) sight max 500m distance I believe.

So they want a database of illegal activity to be able to deal with it eh, genius.

I wonder who is going to get prosecuted for a camera toss, aerial vehicle with data recording within 50m of people, naughty.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Big Brother

No wait there's more, it gets better..

Then we got them to personally pay for the propaganda!

It was amazing, some of them were ignoring the vision stimulus so we taxed them all, those who previously declined realised, as they were funding it, they might as well take a look...

Priceless.

Did we laugh! mind you we had to keep a bit sober as those notes don't bundle themselves you know.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Inspired character

As a kid I loved the way they would taunt him but in a friendly way, turned a light on human response and it's occasional triumph over cold logic.

Something that sprang to mind while thinking about the trips off ship, these days the communicators would be going off every five minutes, Start fleet command, they want to know if you have filled out a risk assessment for this beam down, another, don't bring any native intoxicants back without galactic tax and transit form 11b etc.

Ah simpler times for sure.

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Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

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There! Made it disappear!!

Samsung magician software does it's magic.

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In defense of those who were "stupid, and chose to flash the firmware" the Magician software does run all the time by default and offers to "upgrade" (I think, I only have older 830/840's).

Maybe the firmware should require we step away from the friendly "everyday tasks" Gui, or challenge with a firmer level of "are you sure?", "do you have current backups?", "one last warning without backups you do risk total data loss - proceed y/N?"

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Mobile Lightsaber topiary next

Just call up some Jedi's and have your bush neatly formed with barely an errant singe.

You heard it here first.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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That MIR mold thing would not have happened.

If they had the phones properly sanitised.

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Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

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Mushroom

Roaming

I see 17236 has wandered away from the infrastructure quite a bit recently, if he gets to -120 dBm trigger the explosives, can't have that sort of thing.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Used to be "policemen looking young"

but now a sign of age is begining to detect the true content of the offering, "waiter this salad contains a turd".

I used to love the IBM Thinkpads.

It's the wider technology mindset which allows this sort of "I didn't think it would matter!" slip.

I Just "upgraded"? to latest Android on my company phone and it was keen to report back all I do, keep track of who I connect with, locate me to a fine degree on the planet etc.

For goodness sake fuck off, seriously.

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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Boffin

What's more scary

Is that in a connected age, where most people in the western world have access to education and now the internet there still is a high chance another Bush will be elected, doubtless with red-faced angry men threatening violence against anyone who questions that, or anything.

Have mercy on them for they know not what they do.

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

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Re: Probably my wife...

DDoS - Delightful Decisions on Shoes?

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Insurance

I have a thousand pictures of me being a complete arse, I save one with every backup, I have found over the years no matter how hard you try you just can't erase those sort of things.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Re: Just for the record: My iPhone 6+ still working fine

@hypernovasoftware

Apple are dealing with that age old problem of technical knowledge required to use a device, versus technical knowledge acquired.

In the old days we would look to increase the later, rather than reduce the former as that often leads to smugness and ignorance.

Might start putting on my CV "never uses Apple devices and understands they have limitations", obviously won't get picked up by HR but just may catch the eye of some engineer.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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Agents

Forgive me if this has already been mentioned (I can't read all the comments in work time).

We deal with Mobile companies through agents, obviously they seem to have acces to all the data they need in order to do their job, if an agent was compromised I wonder if that could allow data scraping to this degree? Technically O2 could deny a breach as it could be some third party normal access.

I wonder it is worth seeding the forum with the question, "who do you deal with for your contracts?"

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Now let me guess

The one person who has been suspended is low down the payscale but apparently wrote the data protection policy for everyone? I just can't see how it is one persons wrap.

"I had access to all this super sensitive information, so I copied it off to some disks and nipped down the post office, was that wrong? oh sorry."

Meanwhile phrases like "take some time off, keep your head down" were muttered around bosses offices.

I'm off to buy me some shares in a paint firm, whitewash specialists.

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Excitement in boffinry circles as GIGANTIC ALIEN RING BLOTS OUT SUN

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62 moons on saturn?

Beware the tides of 1:03:27PM.

I bet the almanacs cost a fortune.

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P0wning for the fjords: Malware turns drones into DEAD PARROT

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Can't get it up.

I see flitetest mention the DJI Inspire refusing to arm if the firmware needed updating, could be interesting if your $3000 device refuses to play because it heard there was a newer firmware version from a man in the middle site.

Won't be long before all UAV's are forced to have a backdoor for "Air safety".

The fact gatherings and protests will only then be filmed from the authorities point of view is entirely coincidental.

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Lizard Squad threatens Malaysia Airlines with data dump: We DID TOO hack your site

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Do we really know

In the pursuit of facts do we actually have proof this is not some other agency trying to get a mob going?

It takes a brave commentor to ask for data mining, better line up some proof before going there.

My initial reaction was one of "what now!" but then I realised I might just have been played for exactly that.

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BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

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The other side

Before the break in security cameras picked up nothing unusual, the odd owl and one bat that must have passed close to the camera as it seemed oversize. Somehow the intruders had full 3D maps of the inner courtyard and it is believed may have gained some level of initial access via a ventilation grill on the maintenance area (a night shift engineer was later found to have succumbed to a poison dart).

Once inside they did not trigger the heat based motion detection nor break beams that cover down to six inches. Later an unidentified device was found sitting on an inductive charging loop used by the robot vacuum cleaners, it is believed this may also be the root of the fire that destroyed the building and any evidence.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: Touch screen on a laptop

Where did you pick up such an attitude that an observation has to be backed with a specific degree JDX?

You might be surprised to learn that MS could benefit from listening to some real people not just those swinging their believed credentials or position.

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Is is a Bird? Is it a Plane? NO! LOOK OUT it's an ASTEROID!

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Microwave

But how will we know when it's done?

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

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Alien

That's what they want you to believe

So you were told to leave the room and not look for a while, then they said it's all right guys false alarm you can come back in now.

Something smells for sure.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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We need more work

In relation to the information gathering and increased powers to look at, and into, data.

The guys who did the Charlie Hebdo attack were known to the security services, now taking my conspiracy head off I can only assume the reason they were no longer watched was because the services had other stuff to do.

To avoid this happening in future we are going to give the security services much more other stuff to do.

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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Shall we charge him sarge?

Only if you can get the USB leads cheap lad.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Mashkeys

I was trying to identify (for my own amusement) how using Win 7 is compared to 8, this is what came to mind.

Windows 7 uses keyboard, mouse and you look at the screen.

Windows 8 they glued many of the keys together and presented it Fisher Price style on the monitor, now you have to tap the side of the screen, keyboard, or both, while clicking one of the big mash up buttons and hoping the screen does not take over the room.

I can use both, I chant "Why!?" often when using 8.

When I move away from 7 I hope it is to an OS where I quietly mumble words like nice, oh yeah, clever, thanks, not WTF NOW! WHY DID YOU BREAK THAT AS WELL!

I'm just not convinced MS will be any part of it.

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Boffins' quantum USB stick trumps fibre optic reliability

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Re: Photographs of Boffins

Made me think of Diana Eng.

I like her because she won't fit cleanly in any of my people boxes, geek, fashion, radio ham, girl, etc.

Being photographed in Frankenstein lighting while arranging entanglement seems quite fitting.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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"if the west start to piss them off they will just put the price back up again."

they will anyway, they are just waiting for a few of the competition to die off before that happens.

I can see the price getting back up to maybe $80 once the slack has been taken out of the system. So China has slowed but China is not the only developing country and people still want this shit. Even renewables need oil to be built. There is a time when oil may superseded by other energy sources but this is not it. If I look at the 10year oil price trend there is an underlying trend of up with some big glitches like 2009 and today but the basic gears of development are still lubricated by oil and short of some truly world changing event it will go on until we think differently or can live differently.

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Re: Stupid Human Tricks

Wisdom of the plumber. I was once told (by a plumber) that he considered the source of many religions to be just a wise person trying to pass on knowledge to future generations. Don't eat pork in a hot area is quite good advice, don't go touching dogs then use your hand for food, etc.

These seeds of wisdom they are later handled by those who would seek power by controlling the knowledge, or be filtered to the lowest level of understandable content when dealing with the body of humanity.

If you could get an original unaltered text from the main man/woman and read it in the context of it's time I bet many religions could be seen as sensible advice that should lead to a more harmonious life, what happens once the text in the hands of those with other agendas is something else. Considering the number of habitable planets and scope of the universe I think it entirely possible we have been visited by "non local" wise beings but even then, what is taught is subject to translation and interpretation.

Our current internet age is a new challenge again, it offers a wider platform for dissemination of wisdom but also allows clear thought to be trampled by the shouts of many, oh and the governments are coming, to modify the words, to filter out "hate speech" only you understand, the control is just to protect you.

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ASUS router-popping exploit on the loose

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Well that is curious

I have one but allways felt a little suspect of it so used a Mikrotik more of the time (also cheaper to run and replace when electrical storms about).

Wonder if Merlin's firmware or DD-WRT are completely clean on that?

Merlin's was quite heavily related to the base firmware (or was it the other way round).

(http://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/changelog)

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Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

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Trollface

Usual taunt.

Must be a slow news day at the Reg, this stuff happened millions of years ago!

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Ugly Microsoft code NUKED Bing and Yahoo! – report

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Re: A code update:

Don't forget index all local files on OS installs too, mind you that workload might be assisted and sponsored by others.

This applies to more than Bing btw.

(Please note it is your duty as a citizen of the new earth to have all your keystrokes passed through the engines of knowledge, as long as you think correctly you have nothing to fear)

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DON'T PANIC! Latest Anonymous data dump looks old hat

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Oh I know, I want put my face right in there, is it chocolate do you think?

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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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Trollface

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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Black Helicopters

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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