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Tape straightens its tie, speeds away from villain's lair: I think I'll die another day

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And what do we say to the god of death?

"Not today."

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'Who knew in 1984 that Steve Jobs would be Big Brother?'

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Re: "Emergency call"

I think there are relevant regulations in various jurisdictions that mandate it be possible to make an emergency call.

However it is just that, only the local emergency number can be called.

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

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Re: "homolation", "alot"

What words are you saying?

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"GTi"

LLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL

Alun, why are you fapping over this? Have you never driven a car that is not French?

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Mother/daughter team jailed for million-dollar internet dating scam

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Disappointed

I know the mantra "pictures or it didn't happen" is popular in these parts, but in this case I would have preferred to rely on my imagination. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver from the film Heatbreakers had come to mind (and were quite welcome).

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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

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"hone in on"

Jasper, go hone. You're obviously not up to working today.

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Feds arrest rogue trucker after GPS jamming borks New Jersey airport test

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Re: "Achilles Heel"

Yes Chris, I think it's important to stress this point further. It is important not to be Chicken Licken.

In the story it says that the GPS system at the airport was a trial with new equipment, an experiment. Not part of the standard systems for day-to-day operation.

Both commercial and light aircraft do not rely upon GPS.

GPS is just one source of information for a pilot where available and much less important than other things such as radio triangulation, radio markers, dead reckoning, inertial navigation, and their eyesight.

A GPS jammer is not going to cause carnage in the skies or at the airport. Like Chris says, planes have been successfully navigated and landed at night and in adverse weather, regularly and reliably since long before GPS was invented. Many light aircraft pilots do not employ GPS as it is not necessary.

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Sexbomb pop minstrel Taylor Swift PORN FIB used to lure fanbois

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John Leyden

Still haven't succeeded in learning to write cogent sentences, I see.

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James Bond inspires US bill to require smart guns for all

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Headmaster

its'

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Interpreter aborted

That is not a valid combination of characters.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Re: "go down to a shop and ask them to print it for you"

Some people might not just blindly oblige!

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Anger grows over the death of Aaron Swartz

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Mushroom

Matt Bryant

Today you deserve commendations for thoroughly removing any respect I had for your opinions and contributions to this site.

You are a horrible, self-important, opinionated and bigoted individual.

I hope that one day you should find yourself in need of the support of others, and maybe you will see the error of your ways.

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Hotel blames burglaries on hacked Onity card locks

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Facepalm

Re: Door handle

Um, all the screws for a door handle do face outward. Removing the handle doesn't give a would-be intruder any advantage though.

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World+Dog hails 50th birthday of the LED

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Boffin

Re: LED displays

This is a little more intelligent than DMX, and it has a cool name:

http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/firefly/

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'X Factor for tech is going to be OUTTA THIS WORLD'

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Happy

Nicely written

I was thoroughly entertained. Thanks Brid-Aine!

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Ballmer: Win8 'certainly surpasses' Win95 in importance

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Interpreter aborted.

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Ready to patent that 'new' invention? Google is here to dash your hopes

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Alert

As soon as you enter your idea into the search engine,

then you will have disclosed that idea - and it will then by definition not be patentable.

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ROBOTS battle bunker-buster bank blast blaggers

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Mushroom

Re: Diesel engines

You are incorrect, sir. On so many levels.

In a Diesel engine, the ignition is caused by the compression of the fuel-air mixture by the piston as described by annodomini.

"Diesel engines do not have a fuel-air mixture to ignite" - you have heard of the fire triangle, haven't you? Without both fuel and air there can be no combustion.

There are both four-stroke (mainly vehicle) and two-stroke (mainly marine) Diesel engines, but neither of those variations operate the way you describe.

"compression ignition, which is a different thing" - It is important to note that the single defining factor of a Diesel engine is the fact that the ignition occurs by compression. I would ask you to explain where you think the ignition would come from in your idea, but there's no point.

Finally, the result required to produce power in an internal combustion engine is an explosion (see icon), not a "slow burn".

I'm not sure where you're getting your information from but I suggest you visit the topic again.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_engine

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Flame worm's makers fail to collect Epic 0wnage award

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Joke

"putting using the same extractable SSH private key"

I didn't know you could play golf with SSH keys...

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review

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Happy

Re: Upgrade when?

Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S3 both updated the weekend following release.

No noticeable 'carrier delay' with Samsung / T-mobile...

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'Unfair' tariff tweaks yield networks £90m

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Go

Let's put this into perspective...

T-Mobile did this to me earlier in the year. They did indeed send me a letter with the words "you won't be able to cancel your contract early because of this..."

Of course I was unhappy when I received the letter. I, like many others worked on the assumption that the price was an inherent part of the contract and would be fixed for the duration.

However, they are only allowed to increase the prices in line with inflation once a year. For me this meant an increase of roughly £1.50 per month. I am part-way into an 18-month contract so overall this will cost me a total of about £25.

It's not worth making a fuss about really. It would have cost me more to buy the handset up front.

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US sets up underground dark matter detector

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Holmes

"there is no such thing as Sanford University"

The people who made this web site at least, would disagree with you:

http://www.lsu.edu-group.org/

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Burnt Samsung Galaxy S III singed by external source, probe reveals

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Boffin

Re: Wash & spin-

As someone else said, I have numerous times washed memory sticks in the machine, no action taken other than checking no visible water on them, still worked fine straight away afterwards. Same for my car keys (two different manufacturers) even though they have a battery.

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Boffin

Re: Rule 2

I wash my keyboards in the dishwasher. They only need to dry near a radiator for a day, nothing high-tech.

Hasn't failed me yet.

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Sony, Samsung trade body to push HbbTV to Brits

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Alert

Re: Option to play from say a NAS

No, that would be far too sensible and useful.

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Apple faces Italian shutdown over warranty skulduggery

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Happy

My Story of AppleCare

Generally I don't like Apple but I do use a MacBook for work. I spilled coffee on it and was told £700+ for repair. However due to some internal mix-up they gave me the wrong story and had me go down to the shop unnecessarily. That wasted my time and made me feel quite messed about - so in the end they gave me a brand new model for nothing.

So my verdict on AppleCare (based on this experience only) is doubleplusgood.

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

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Boffin

Bad Lewis

I usually have a lot of time for Lewis, but this article I have to disapprove of.

Yes, some things - especially new TVs, phone chargers and lighting - are disproportionately hyped.

However, the overall sentiment is that consumers should be aware of how much power they are using. Much effort and money has been poured in to getting people to think about these issues; articles such as this one are only undoing that beneficial hard work. We do not want this, as it will result in the general public getting the impression that being responsible about energy consumption is not important.

Through the use of a plug-in power meter I determined that some things unused or on standby in my (modest, 2-adult) household were using quite a bit of electricity. I saved *£200 per year* by turning suitable things off at the socket. This doesn't include things I need to be left on like the router.

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CIOs should fear the IP police ... have your get-out-of-jail files ready

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FAIL

Trevor

"...Even if you manage to do that, someone probably owns the patent on how it was done."

No. One cannot patent a process. Only products or inventions can be patented.

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LinkedIn admits site hack, adds pinch of salt to passwords

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Boffin

Re: Salt a hash

No, actually you could just add the salt to the password hash, and then hash it again. This would allow you to salt the previously-created hashes.

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

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Holmes

Re: To be secure, forms must be loaded by HTTPS as well as posted via HTTPS.

Not tom mention that anyone - including nontechnical users - with an ounce of security awareness looks for the padlock when they are asked for payment details.

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1 in 6 Windows PCs naked as a jaybird online

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Go

Re: NoScript in corporate environments

Once you set up the exceptions on your test machine, there are a number of options to easily roll this out to your estate as the settings are simply stored in a bookmark. No need to worry about users getting confused.

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BBC uses lifted Iraq war photo to depict Syrian slaughter

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Re: Really?

If Destroy All Monsters's suggestion were to be followed, then it would completely remove the incentive for the vast majority of creative work to be produced world-wide.

As in, it really would Destroy the music, video, film, journalism, photography industries et al, and not only All Monsters.

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Amazon lets you barf VMs out of EC2

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WTF?

Why?

I have some difficulty with the fact that they say you can export a VMDK but only one containing certain versions of Windows Server.

How is it fussy about the OS - it's just a disk image? It's a file containing binary 1s and 0s. You move that file to another machine, you mount it. The file doesn't care what file system it's formatted in, let alone what OS if any is installed...

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Scan co-jacking nets crooks '€40k in IT gear'

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Re: BOLTON...

Shelley's still there, good luck trying to find him though :)

Elan took over the MD title from him more than 10 years ago.

Both good men.

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UK High Court split over Twitter airport bomb joke

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Stop

Re: "social networking is like having a chat with mates in the pub"

Except it isn't, because the exact minutiae of your pub conversations are not recorded verbatim and published permanently for anyone in the world to call up with a simple web search.

So really we need the morons who use social networking to understand the implications of what they are doing.

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TalkTalk subsidiary's customer data placed on the web in IIS whoopsie

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Boffin

Re: And Windows Server

There's also the small point that usually one wants his web site to be accessible by the world.

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Mars rover Opportunity spots WALL-E in crater ramble

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Boffin

Re: Shirley

I would hope that when NASA say "between about 4.30 and 17:00" they mean just that, which is a period of twelve-and-a-half hours.

Because it would be bloody stupid to mix time formats within a single sentence.

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SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

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Boffin

Re: How far is a pace in space?

The same as a pace on any planet under any gravity, as only one foot leaves the ground at a time.

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EMC takes on Box, SugarSync and other sync 'n' sharers

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Boffin

Backup for cloud storage...

The thing is, don't you already have backups on each of your devices that you sync with the cloud storage? I'm working off my experiences with Dropbox.

Of course if you wanted something more reliable you can add another device into the sync, perhaps a server or something similar. It would be easy to set up point-in-time archives and so on.

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Review: Raspberry Pi

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FAIL

Why does this article's feature show a picture of something else?

That is definitely NOT a Raspberry Pi.

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3D TV fails to excite, gesture UIs to flop: analyst

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Boffin

Good idea, but...

if you did your research you would realise this has been tried many times before.

The general complaint is a feeling similar to seasickness. It seems that approach is just too immersive.

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Re: Two things.

Two things yes.

Thanks David, your practical comments are refreshing. I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments.

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Headmaster

Re: you do have to wonder

* ALBEIT

You may also have heard of crazy things like capital letters and punctuation.

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Kim Dotcom resists password grab

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Re: QR Code

I like your idea, the thing is they would probably say the rice paper was evidence and then prosecute you for the heinous offence of destroying such.

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Zuck weds self to lady friend in surprise ceremony

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Joke

Re: Don't understand

Well I think the investment is quite Moled. Or even Gerbilled.

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Call of Duty hacker behind bars after college burglary

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Windows

Good to see John Leyden is maintaining his usual high standards

"He caused hundreds of pounds of damages in criminal damages"

"...which following earlier guilty pleas on the specimen charges."

Does this guy go around continually screwing up his face and making a groaning noise all the time from the sheer effort of trying to comprehend the world around him?

Pictured: a gentleman in possession of greater intelligence than said hack.

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UK.gov: ICT in schools ain't dead, it's just resting

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Unhappy

Nick Gibb, the minister for schools and education, said:

"more flexibility to develop courses of study in ICT that meet the needs of their pupils more effective,"

I really, really hope he didn't. Please tell me that this is Brid-Aine's typo and is not the standard of English that the head person in charge of education in Britain thinks is acceptable.

One does something more effectiveLY. Just to clarify in case anyone missed that. I despair.

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Seeing ads on Wikipedia? Then you're infected

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FAIL

Re: Being

Yes, me too. Even though I saw it was John Leyden and I know his articles are always full of idiotic drivel, I did not think he was so ignorant as to not understand the past tense.

"Are been"

Seriously, this is a grown man to whom somebody has seen fit to offer employment, the primary function of which is to write English.

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