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Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

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Re: one good thing about Heartbleed ...

Press releases are not made by the IT folks.....they probably had to simplify their responses for the marketing team and rightly so, it's not their sphere of expertise - I'm not having a go at the marketing folks. As a result I wouldn't expect the marketing team to know the answer without referring back to IT

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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GNOME == Red Hat?

The unpopular voice here I know, I actually like GNOME 3. That aside though I thought the GNOME devs were near enough synonymous with Red Hat nowadays? Ok the foundation is more than overviewing development activities but nonetheless if that's the case then surely the biggest sponsor is Red Hat and it's like chasing themselves!?

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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Re: Diminshing returns

I have an x1950 Pro. It's done me well but it's starting to show it's age in the latest (and not so latest) stuff. But I rarely game any longer not entirely sure I will upgrade with anything > £60 when I get around to it as it's simply not worth it for my habit any more. $1500 is simply insane, that's more than my entire system cost when assembled back in 2007

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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

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Re: 25GB is not bad, IMO

I am a fairly heavy user - typically downloading 30GB and occasionally peaking at 75GB per month. My contract is unchanged from Three's actual unlimited tethered deal (I triple check every month as it's a rolling 30 day contract) and being able to download this much is a godsend as I'm a consultant on customer sites with varying levels of internet access (typically either slow visitor wifi or I'm denied access with my laptop).

My major problem is that inner London (the city, Tottenham Ct Road/Oxford St, South Bank etc) has HSDPA and 4G but the backhaul isn't up to scratch. For instance (it has improved) I have regularly struggled with 0.2 Mbps HSDPA connections along South Bank.

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BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list

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I haven't had problems...

...with TalkTalk despite them always being near the bottom of the table. But then again I haven't had to call them to assess their customer service, my connection has just worked fine for the last 3 years. Back in the past the worst customer service I had was explaining to Virgin Media's Indian CS team that a gardener had cut the cable entering our house, they were determined to go through their script asking about lights on the router, switching it off and on etc - incapable of grasping that yes I definitely did need an engineer. That took hours (literally) to arrange and tens of minutes at most for the engineer to fix.

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When was the last time you filled up your petrol tank in gallons!?!?!

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IBM to shutter Greenock x86 line after sale to Lenovo - reports

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Fact of the day

There is a public train station on that estate called "IBM Halt" with a code of IBM and supposedly Operated by IBM: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/IBM/details.aspx

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Memory hog

At home I have a system that's light on RAM and boy does the new Maps try to use all of it! But that seems to be relentless with the web in general nowadays :(

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Joke

Re: Good news

Well I think it's clear that it was a hare's breadth from being done for, I mean you can't just hop over to it to fix it. I bet the engineers found themselves in a right stew

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Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit

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Re: Sad panda.

I too am a sad panda. Still on Opera 12 at home, I'm using it less and less I get concerned about the lack of updates and potential vulns that won't be patched and the fact that it's also the last version with the mail client integrated. There was a big cry to ask Opera to open source Presto which would have been nice but it was never going to happen whilst customers were still licencing it for embedded products. Another one bites the dust :(

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

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Not far from business as usual

At home in Hampshire (and more generally in populous areas outside of London) I typically get >= 12 Mbps from Three regularly. In the square mile, South Bank, Oxford St etc this often drops to < 0.75 Mbps and is barely useable (lots of timeouts etc). So as far as I'm concerned the lack of t'interwebs in London is business as usual

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Just when you were considering Red Hat Linux 6.5, here comes 7

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Re: I wonder if they've hired any tech writers in the last 2 years

If the sheer amount of TODO statments in their RHEL 6 -> 7 migration document is anything to go by I'd say not:

https://access.redhat.com/site/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/7-Beta/html-single/Migration_Planning_Guide/index.html#_file_system_formats

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Little devil: Electric Imp is an Internet of Things Wi-Fi PC-ON-AN-SD-CARD

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Re: A big but

Exactly, when these came up on Hackaday exactly your thoughts came out against it, and that *is* part of the hacker community el reg is talking about. Hackers don't want to be tied down to a specific company's whim, it's one of the reasons they're hacking in the first place rather than doing off the shelf.

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XBOX ONE and PS4, you'll make us RUN OUT of INTERNET

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Re: Enough with the capitalization

You're fine with -ize as the Oxford English Dictionary actually uses z's instead of s and either form is considered correct: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2011/03/ize-or-ise/

Whilst -ise may be more common it's a commonly mistaken belief over here that -ize is an Americanism

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Forget ANGELINA JOLIE, Xbox One struts red carpet in London's Leicester Square

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Ebay pass

Anyone else notice the linked eBay'd queue pass has an Xbox 360 logo? Smells of scam to me or very poor work from Game (who incidentally I thought had gone bankrupt but I'm clearly wrong)

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

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Re: Seriously...

However for some serious HA stuff that's something of last resort. Turning it off and on again isn't always best for every situation......just most situations!

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Look! GNOME 3.10 (with Fedora 20). Did we mention GNOME 3.10?

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So I actually agree that getting rid of the minimize button isn't an issue. In GNOME 3 I never did that as I used the virtual desktops like yourself. But maximise is going to be something I'll miss I expect. Still time will tell.

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Facepalm

Eugh I always liked the fact that package kit *wasn't* a Software Centre clone. In fairness I rarely use the UI's but even when I do I'm going there for something specific and don't need the added bloatish advert style. I'm one of the few people on t'interwebs who actually quite liked GNOME 3 after using for a bit but there are some odd design decisions coming out every release, the lack of a maximise/restore button being one of them IMHO

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Reply-all email lightning storm STRIKES TWICE at Cisco

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Trollface

Troll nostalgia

Reminds me of something classic I did at school:

In outlook web access three friends and I set up an e-mail rule each,

If a received e-mail had "SPAM" in the subject then forward it to the other three and then delete it

one person then sends one e-mail and sits back. The admin realised after a few 10's of minutes why the servers were bogged down and tried to *e-mail* us to ask us to stop. Naturally given the rules we didn't even get that e-mail for 5 hours.

Not sure how I didn't receive any punishment. Nor when we used a similar technique to bombard a different friend with 15,000 e-mails in 10 minutes

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

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Re: Thanks Mr. Levison

Wouldn't that be revealing a secret court order hence still be violating it?

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

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Issues disappeared here

When I upgraded to 4.3 for the first few days I'd take my Nexus 4 out of my pocket to discover it was asking for SIM pin (so probably a restart). This seemed to stop after about a week, since then I haven't had any problems fortunately :)

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Taiwanese spill on Zuck's racks: Servers powering Facebook REVEALED

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Let's speculate

I'm guessing:

1) I/O work

2) CPU work

3) Lightweight proxies

4) ?

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Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report

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Ugh

I hate that phrase "holiday season" despite being non-religious. Must we bear this contrived description for what most in the west refer to as Christmas?

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Penguins, only YOU can turn desktop disk IO into legacy tech

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Linux

No one else?

Ok I'll be the first to suggest it (and possibly be shot for it)....

why not simply mount a ramfs/tmpfs "drive" and on system startup copy necessary apps into it?

Slower startup time but if you're an avid suspend/hibernate users then what do you care about that for

Can I have my £1tn now? :p

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Filter Great Firewall of China's architects at US borders - petition

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Big Brother

"arguably the world’s most successful and comprehensive web filtering system"?

"arguably the world’s most successful and comprehensive web filtering system"

*Cough, cough* North Korean *Cough, cough*

Big Bruv - obviously

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

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WTF?

Re: Let me fix part of that for you

Hold on it gets better - he used to be a corporate tax adviser!

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Re: Alternatives

I in no way vouch for their effectiveness or Britishness but you made me look up an confirm that both Lycos and HotBot are still up and running!

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Infidellic_

Let me fix part of that for you

MP Stephen Williams, co-chairman of the Liberal Democrat Treasury Parliamentary Policy Committee, described that offer as a "joke".

should be:

MP Stephen Williams, co-chairman of the Liberal Democrat Treasury Parliamentary Policy Committee, described as a "joke".

having met the man on many occaisions

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Windows Phone 8 reboot woe causes outpouring of forum misery

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"....and (in the case of Nokia) booting the phone without a SIM for ten minutes, then booting with the SIM back in again, which apparently worked for one user"

I can't help but read these anecdotal "solutions" and wonder if I put "Sacrificing my first born to our Lord and Saviour the almight Satan worked for me" whether people would believe it could be an actual solution as much as the faith they put in these generally baseless techniques.

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Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

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Coat

Skyfall SPOILER ALERT

Wasn't getting rid of rats from an island the main monologue from the antagonist in the recently released Bond film Skyfall?

IIRC big hole with coconut (replace here with tortoise egg), rat falls in. All rats eat each other then get a taste for rat flesh, realease to wild until they eat every other rat.

Wonder how viable that is?

Mine's the one with the Walther PPK

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Hold it! Don't back up to a cloud until you've eyed up these figures

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I agree, particularly given that any decent backup solution will merely be doing differentials

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Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs

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WTF?

Verb?

"...it should of course be the same for both the noun and the verb.”

Verb!?!?! To GIF? Am I the only one never to have heard of this magical verb?

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Facebook beats the heat in North Carolina data center

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Mushroom

Units

"...temperatures outside of the Forest City data center being 100 degrees or higher several times in June and July...."

El Reg SI Units please! At the moment the water is boiling

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Adobe spurts spackle* into Flash's gaping holes

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Flash on Android 4?

" Android 4 phones should use 11.1.115.27 and Android 3 should switch to 11.1.111.24"

I thought the whole kerfuffle was that Android 4.x was going to be unsupported by Adobe. The BBC managed to wrangle and exception but I still thought it was dead?

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Tiny Ubi Android machine pre-orders open

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No issues with the name?

Anyone else thinking Ubisoft might have something to say about the name? After all www.ubi.com is Ubisoft's website

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New York tech firms form 'bucket brigade' to fuel flagging servers

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Re: Suck versus Blow

So why not pump air into the tank in the basement to push the diesel up to the roof where the generators and pumps could be. Surely this is a pushing approach but using pumped air rather than atmospheric pressure?

If you're worried about air in the fuel lines then have another temporary tank on the roof to allow any air bubbles to vent before being used

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Re: Fukishama

Offshore oil wells work off the natural pressure of the well at first (from the compression that in fact made the oil) so no pumping/sucking at all. Later in the well's life when the pressure is insufficient to naturally come to the well head and rig they actively pump water down into the well to increase pressure and push the "last few bits" (usually actually quite a lot) up.

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Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC

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Facepalm

"so that mobile networks could stay open for priority calls"

So....basically the "Nationwide Wireless Priority Service" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationwide_Wireless_Priority_Service

Or you know GSM basics that require emergency services numbers be given priority by a base station dropping non-999/911/112/etc calls as required?

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Slideshow: A History of Horror in 20 Scary Games

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Unhappy

Half Life 2

Personally it's the head crabs wot done it for me. I know the game as a whole isn't that scary but I freaking hate head crabs :( and by extension most of Ravenholm

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Volunteers sought to see if anyone actually can hear you scream in space

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Facepalm

But if the microphone's on the same board as the speaker surely the vibrations will travel anyway so you *will* pick up something. If they had it recording on a nearby unconnected satellite then I'd be more impressed but I think this is just likely to confuse kids with the actual outcome

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Microsoft: Welcome back to PCs, ARM. Sorry about the 1990s

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Linux

CISC/RISC example

Well the IBM z/Architecture kind of validates the notion that CISC can indeed be better for throughput depending on scenario...

Tux for Linux on System z

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TiVo: Cisco and pals could owe us BILLIONS over DVR patents

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WTF?

Re: someone must have invented the DVR?

"VHS machines eventually had "EPG" scheduling via Teletext data."

Quite, isn't a DVR little more than VideoPlus+ (VCR Plus+ for our American friends) along with PDC and with a Hard Drive instead of a VHS tape? Ok so the scheduling is slightly better integrated but an application of disparate existing inventions is hardly patent worthy. After all Teletext/Ceefax did Now/Next for the 5 basic terrestrial channels

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French cops cuff man over €500K Android Trojan scam

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Or you know bank with HSBC Mexico: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18993476

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Coat

Welcome, my friend, to the murky world of money laundering....

My coat's the one with the drop in it

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O2 network staggers across UK

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Ditto, into "Airplane mode" and back out again, all of a sudden signal :D

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Facepalm

Well that makes this tweet of their's a little awkward:

https://twitter.com/O2/status/256429899575857154

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Google updates Street View with 250,000 miles of footage

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Trollface

Still you always wonder if it's just a tool for overt espionage:

http://twitter.com/opera/status/256319263944613888

(For those lacking humour note this is a joke)

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Man charged over alleged April Jones Facebook trolling

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Trollface

Anyone know what was actually said? None of the news reports mention it. It kind of makes it harder to judge what's acceptable and not when you have no history to go on...

(Note: I do not condone offensive messages particularly when a young child is involved and in tragic circumstances)

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

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Coat

It's all about "The Unholy Wholemeal Bap". All the others employ egg of some kind of sauce. Not for me thanks. I like to actually taste my bacon

Mine's the one without ketchup or brown sauce in it

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iPhone 5 adaptors goldrush begins

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Re: Just more reasons

I was hoping for more than someone saying a 2 year old device is "long in the tooth". Can we not all agree that clearly there's something wrong spending £100's on something that needs replacing after only 29 months? Term "Apple Tax" seems even more appropriate given that you apparently pay it every 2 years....

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