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* Posts by Thunderbird 2

32 posts • joined 29 Nov 2011

US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: @Michael Hawkes - /me

If i'd been drinking coffee at the time of reading this comment and its progenitor, i'd definitely have needed a new keyboard. Massive thumbs up, both of you.

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Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

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Re: Dear Google, please!

Is like that old TV Program "Name that Tune" ?

Would somebody please bid "Kill News International in One"

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: Apple DOES NOT benefit the mobile payments space

@DougS

Best thought out post in this thread. Have an upvote.

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Re: Bang on

Judge Dredd partnering with Strontium Dog Johnny Alpha, best story ever.

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Holmes

3 BOFH Episodes This month

Wow, we are blessed,

or else the Auditor's been at Simon's timesheets and needed to see some output.

Also if you google for "Sharon T Pokeworthy" EL Reg is the number one hit :¬)

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Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please

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Not one of the ebooks on my "Nook Simple Touch /w Glowlight" came from the B&N Store, well technically they aren't on it, they are on the good old plugin SD-Card.

Best thing about the Nook was it's super cheap price (reduced to £30-40 this time last year)

Worst thing, its swipe to wake up is attrocious, takes dozens of attempts.

After the initial enthusiasm of having that touchy feely "touch" waned I went back to my old reliable Aluretek., 5 years now and still going strong. Buy ebooks from anywhere, using desktop pc, use good Calibre to maintain my library and to strip off the DRM to let me read them on any device.

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Re: Want to thwart the snoopers ?

Shades of Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: I need to re-think my charging!

Do not forget PCDecrapfier either,

great tool for getting rid of junk from a brand new pc as sold by most box shifter's

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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

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Re: Can we stop calling him an activist investor?

someone needs to build one of those plug-ins that will go through the text on all the websites i read and replace "activist investor" with "that twat"

GreaseMonkey will do the job just fine

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NASA's orbiting space-broadband probe LADEE beams back Moon snaps

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Happy

Would it be a dyson by any chance

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Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls

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Thumb Up

Quite probably the best article i've ever read here.

I Wonder if this could be a semi-regular feature?

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Cygnus cargo truck on its way, and funding to 2024: Space Station is back in the game

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How ? They named it after him.

The series is called Cygnus, but each is individually named

http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-120913a.html

SImilar to the ESA Space trucks all having invidual names

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Not a tongue twister per se, but try saying it fast repeatedly

Whale Oil Beef Hooked

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One-minute Koch-blocking earns attacker two years, massive fine

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I would have thought his lawyers could argue that he is not liable for the FULL fine in what was a SHARED action.

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RIP Comet ISON: ???-2013. We hardly knew ye

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Metaphasic Shielding anyone ?

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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

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Re: What did you expect?

Quote "If you used Linux to access any internet-based service - Google, Microsoft, Yahoo - then you were pwned. Your silly rant against Microsoft has no relevance here, the eavesdropping was system agnostic as it was directed to your internet usage practices, not your system per se.

So go put your tinfoil hat back on, right underneath that dunce cap, and sit in the corner like a good little fool."

Much as I detest the idea of even seeming to be applauding macroshaft et al

That definitely deserves an upvote :¬)

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Barnes & Noble's Nook sales take a long walk off a very short pier

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The Nook Simple Touch Glowlight does seem very well made for the now much reduced price. However it suffers from :

1) The slide to unlock just fails a lot of the time, i've never had a first time swipe to unlock work, and swiping double digit times does not a make for a pleasant user experience. You can't even disable it going into lock mode.

2) Too much B&N lock-in I can buy ebooks from any vendor and put them onto the sd-card, so why wont they let you use a minimal web browser to connect to other stores. The B&N store is horrible.

3) No landscape mode. and lots of other niggles, eg poor filehandling, no renaming of books

Even my old Aluretek is a much better reader

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Web giants cry foul over US gov's refusal to budge on NSA spy gag orders

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Big Brother

Google et al need not warn you per se, they can instead choose which adverts to display inline with / alongside your mail, and if it was an advert for FB I /CIA / NSA or other TLA i'm sure you'd get the drift.

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Google reveals its Hummingbird: Fly, my little algorithm - FLY!

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Why is there not a link to the "Advanced Search" from the "Home Page" ?

I've been using the so called Advanced page for years now. It usually manages to give very relevant answers in the first page, but tonnes of cruft in subsequent pages. It's worst fault is that it doesnt always obey the "MUST HAVE ALL OF THESE KEYWORDS"

I guess Google's philosophy is bung the searcher more results, cause the more results we give the greater the chance they'll click on a page (that page will have one of our advert banners too)

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Ellison ditches own cloud keynote for billionaires' America's Cup boat race

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>>

Classic. I wonder if Oracle will be sending out emails tomorrow reminding their workforce they can view the keynote online. Someone might want to stop that automated email lol.

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Quick before there is a flood of REPLY-to-ALL

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The target: 25% of UK gov IT from small biz... The reality: Not even close

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Re: Its the corruption, stupid!

Are we really surprised?

Whitehall Mandarin's are probably aware that 'small biz' cannot provide them with the level of corporate entertainment budget -- err bribes/incentives/whatever you call it that 'BIG BIZ' can and usually does splash out, and that the Mandarins have come to expect as the norm.

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Doctors face tribunal over claims of plagiarism in iPhone app

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They should have copied from more than one place.

Copying from a single place is PLAGIARISM

Copy from many places is RESEARCH

but only if you attribute it :¬)

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Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

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Always nice to see a new BOFH, but why pray tell, is it lodged in Bootnotes, and not in Datacentre/BOFH ?

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Bug-finder chucked for posting to Zuck

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Next Time

Farcebook just escalated things.

Next time a bugfinder finds a bug they wont report it until they have a second and more deadly bug with which to backhand volley the "we wont pay the bounty/we will suspend your account" attitude. The backhand volley being publically reported in as many forums as possible and resulting in complete pawnage / outage.

Will Zuck fire the security teams, or the people that didnt authorise bounty payment

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Silly gits upload private crypto keys to public GitHub projects

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Re: Idiots

Darwin @ work.

For every new and improved "Idiot proof system"

a new and improved idiot shall evolve to overcome it.

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

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SuperHub Install

Just over a month ago now I had a forced "upgrade" to a so called superhub, my old ambit had died, but ressurected itself during the call to cancellations.

Engineer came round on a saturday morning too :¬) swapped out the old ambit, replaced it with the superhub. First thing he did without being prompted was put it into modem mode and use my existing router. Now that says something !!

Connection has been rock solid ever since, both for my desktop (wired) and my various wireless devices. Except for last weekend, I came home from a great night out, only to see that my connection for both TV & Broadband went down literally minutes after i got in, about 02:30 saturday night / sunday morning. the 150 customer service script reading monkeys didnt even admit to an outage or other work in the area (service webpage access via cellphone did say some outage in swansea over 100miles away) Anyway all came right in the end as two hours later I woken up to the sound of the tv springing into life, and a quick showed the hub had re-acquired lock :¬)

Technology is great when it works, and a PITA when it doesnt. Those are the times when great customer service really would help, sadly Virgin and probably most other ISP's don't provide even a passable imitation of such service.

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Red hot chilli peppers floor Bristol shoplifter

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Now that would be a cruel and unusual punishment.

I wonder how much waterboarding it takes to put out the fire from such a chilli overdose.

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Boffins zapped '2,000 bugs' from Curiosity's 2 MILLION lines of code

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Re: Problem lines of code -- original lines

Imagines a Dalek meeting Curiosity.

"YOU WILL BE INSEMINATED!!!"

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HTML 5 gets forked up

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Pirate

Re: Worst of both worlds

Can someone please take these two bodies into a darkened room and "explain" to them what a whole world of pain they are opening up ?

Like the room the BOFH uses with two half-bricks in it ?

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Pwn2Own 2012 touts bigger prizes, drops mobile hacks

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Joke

Nah the prize for hacking opera is a Tenor, maybe 3 Tenor's if you're lucky

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Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

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As jedi would have it

These Boson's aren't the Boson's you're looking for.

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MPs: This plan for proper navy carriers and jets is crazy!

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Alert

American Carrier. You Cannot Be Serious

The bogs wont work.

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