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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Re: hard coded systems

So you make a copy of soffice.exe and rename it as winword.exe. Actually not quite that simple, but you get the idea.

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Reg reader crafts 3-axis GoPro 'Stubilizer' for skull-mounted cameras

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Re: accident waiting to happen

I don't imagine it would do your neck much good coming off a bike - chest mount would seem to make more sense, although broken ribs aren't top of my wanted list either.

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Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

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Re: joining two dissimilar materials ...

...is as easy as keying them together when you're printing different materials at the same time.

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Re: on balance, wearing a helmet is a good idea.

On balance, wearing a helmet is likely to make you more amenable to risk taking, and not protect you as much as you expect it to.

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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Re:Norwich Parmcal

Norwich Pharmacal

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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Re: Who in hell is Halley Berry

You mean Halle Berry? She is the only African American woman to have won an Academy Award for a leading role.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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Re: free as in beer != free as in free speech

Wikipedia covers it here.

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Don't be a DDoS dummy: Patch your NTP servers, plead infosec bods

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Re: First openntpproject URL is wrong

There's a "Send Corrections" link at the top of this page.

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

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Re: Shit yourself slim

"hordes" not "hoards"

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: But they wanted that App Store Income

It's not about income, it's about mind share - income comes later.

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Re: Get over it already.

So is it somehow less bad now than it was back then?

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Re: full, nasty, tree of applications

Hey, I like those deeply-nested menus. I agree with the rest though. :-)

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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Re: The real solution to stop terrorism ...

... is to stop worrying about terrorists, and pay more attention to important issues like obesity and road safety.

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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

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Re: not as heavy as the newer Ubuntu releases

I tend to just install minimal Debian (and only as many apps as are needed, preferably lightweight ones) when dealing with low-spec hardware. I've played with various lightweight distros, but they tend to require learning new tools and techniques, while Debian is quite easy to use/configure for anyone who has experience of one of the prettier distros based on it.

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Re: "she doesn't like it"

Perhaps it's time to surreptitiously subvert her PC experience by introducing subtle little annoyances (I imagine simply changing some permissions would do for a start) and then roll out the "Sorry, I don't do Windoze" routine when she asks for your assistance.

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Yahooligans! cower! as! COO! was! reportedly! SACKED! by! Mayer!

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Re: More exclamation marks I say!!!

ITYM more! exclamation! marks!

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

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OMG it's MSFT Bob back from the dead

See title.

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THOUSANDS of UK.gov Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS

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Re: "upgrade by April or you'll all die"

I can't help thinking that some of those responsible for (not) funding the migration think it'll be the same as Y2K - lots of hype and a damp squib of an event. Only time will tell if they're right ...

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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

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Re: I'm surprised that in 2014...

I imagine that the camera isn't really intended for astronomical observations, and they're just trying it out before they get down to studying the moon's surface.

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Bloke hews plywood Raspberry Pi tablet

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Re: Now to find a CNC router

It shouldn't be too hard to make that sort of thing with an ordinary plunge router and a couple of templates.

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Re: parrallel IO

That's the GPIO pins, not a parallel port.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Re: why Metro had to force itself

To brainwash all the desktop users so they rush out to buy MSFT phones and tablets, that's why.

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Knox vuln is Android not us, says Samsung

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Re: de-encryption

"decryption"

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Prison Locker: A load of überhyped malware FUD over... internet chatter

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Re: mistaken assumption

I'm fairly sure he means that any commercially available malware could be dealt with shortly after it's delivered to a paying customer, not that this is a solution to all malware detection.

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Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

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Re: a man from dark mass

Massachusetts when it's late at night?

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Classy Oregon diners tipped waitress with 'crystal meth' – cops

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Re: A torch

You mean http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Propane-torch2-500.jpg ?

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Re: WTF...

Looks like a poorly executed unfinished version of this.

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

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Re: Already fixed

Is it not this that was in the Ubuntu changelog on 30th December?

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Re: "The X Windows System, which today underpins Linux ..."

Except it doesn't really underpin it, so much as sit on top of it to provide a GUI. You don't need it at all for many server or embedded applications, and there are alternatives if you need a WIMP HCI and don't want X.

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Re: Re:though 40 char+ function names don't help

It's a line length issue, not a typing one.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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Re: Imagine a wall with 27 of these

It would be a wall with floating sideboards.

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Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

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Re: MSE seems to work

Microsoft has admitted Windows users should install antivirus above and beyond its own Security Essentials, describing its protection as merely a "baseline" that will "always be on the bottom" of antivirus software rankings.

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Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg's review of 2013

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Re: Strictly speaking that would mean 'to remove windows'.

It means what it is commonly used to mean, and has been for several hundred years.

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JAILBREAK! US smut spam king Kilbride flees minimum security prison

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Re: "please supply me with this information"

Probably often caused by people making a mistake when submitting their email address, or purposely submitting someone else's address - anyone who asks for an email address should validate its use ("reply from this address to confirm that you want to receive information from us") before using it.

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Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

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Re: Is this a hardware function

Quite possibly. Mechanical switching for a microphone socket is just like that used for an earpiece - the tip of the plug displaces a contact in the socket to physically disconnect the onboard device. PC motherboards tend to do it with logic though - it's not so easy mechanically switching a 5.1 output using only the front panel jack. :-)

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Re: Otherwise, this stuff

I think this might be better for muffling the microphone.

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Datawind's low cost Aakash tab comes to UK, US

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Re: It's actually 40 pounds

Actually shipping is £10 for any quantity, so buy two and they're only £35 each ...

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Munich signs off on Open Source project

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An old study conducted by HP on behalf of Microsoft, which used numbers pulled out of thin air, and was rebutted at the time by the people who knew how much they were spending. Is that the best you can do?

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

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Re: pretty useless, especially so if you lose your internet connection

Office 365 anyone?

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False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror

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Identifying the false widow

They can be recognised by their shiny bulbous abdomens. The photo accompanying this article looks more like a common house spider to me. Most of the reports of serious reactions to spider bites can probably be attributed to allergic reactions (people can potentially die of wasp/bee sting allergies, but for some reason the press don't seem to get hysterical about those) or bacterial infection which could result from any small puncture wound. I hope this Daily Wail hysteria doesn't lead to lots of innocent deaths.

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Weird PHP-poking Linux worm slithers into home routers, Internet of Things

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Re: Most folk are not El Reg readers

The worm propagates by HTTP POSTing to -/cgi-bin/php* - anyone who allows that probably shouldn't be allowed to configure a web server.

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Re: Sounds like spreading to me

Is that why "no attacks against these devices have been found in the wild"? I expect you didn't actually bother to read the article - too busy working up a froth.

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'You're BEAUTIFUL when you're angry' 'You SEXIST PIG!' Xbox One's fresh brouhaha

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I wouldn't call it incompetance, I might call it incompetence.

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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Re: £329, according to HP's site.

Amazingly that's what The Register says too.

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

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Re: "...a potentially lethal set of nunchucks..."

But how you gonna cut it free now they've taken your nail clippers?

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Re: battery contains less than a gram of Lithium Iron Disulfide

Energiser Ultimate Lithium cells OTOH contain nearly 7% lithium metal by weight, which is plenty to play with as this video shows.

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Haitian snapper humbles photo giants AFP, Getty Images in $1.2m copyright victory

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Re: up the ante in his favor

"The jury ... awarded $1.2m ... the maximum they could award under US law."

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RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

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Re: I love the smell of rosin cored solder in the morning.

But solder isn't what it used to be - they've taken the lead out.

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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

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Re: a guy who's run Linux on a hard drive motherboard:

He didn't run Linux on the HDD, he used a Linux PC to hack the HDD firmware, creating a persistent back-door by manipulating cache content.

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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Re: Fixit were able to take it apart

You'll note that their final picture is of a pile of bits, not a reassembled and working tablet.

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