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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: uninstall everything that I didn't want

Does it let you uninstall Windows? Because that's what I'd want.

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Google brings futuristic Linux software CoreOS onto its cloud

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Re: You meant systemd there, not systems.

Perhaps you should have hit "Send corrections" rather than "Post your comment" ...

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French teen fined for illegal drone flight

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Re: peruse the freetard's favourite encyclopaedia

While you should consult a French/English dictionary, which would reveal that "rein" means kidney.

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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Re: "shitvisa666"

My usual response to that sort of thing is "Fuck0ffV1sa/Yah00/wh0ever", which is not only memorable but also heartfelt.

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eBay faces MULTIPLE PROBES into mega-breach

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Re: been too busy...

There's now a little "password update" link at the top of the My eBay page which leads to a short blurb which in turn links to info.ebayinc.com - the first "Update: Wednesday, May 21, 2014" on that page is a press release, which probably explains why users first found out about this sorry state in the papers. Granted it may have been the best way to get maximum coverage quickly, as many users may not go online every day, but it does look like eBay cares more about PR than actual customers.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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Re: heaps of suits are doing network diagrams

Who said anything about network diagrams? Visio does a whole load of organisational and business process diagrams, project management and other stuff too, you know?

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Kaspersky warns of IMPOSTER mobile security apps

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Re: Hmmm

Notifying the user that he has a problem isn't really "powerless", is it? Because the user can then try to remove the malware, which leaves him better off than when he didn't know he had a problem.

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

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Re: I'd sooner have a microlight, gyrocopter or powered paraglider

I'd sooner have one of these.

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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

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Re: the 500L MPV is a mockery of the 1950s 500

Rather like the "new" Mini. Possibly more useful than the original, but a lot less fun.

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Crypto-guru slams 'NSA-proof' tech, says today's crypto is strong enough

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Re: I've never heard it referred to as "Oyster".

Bletchley code names (rather than the German code names) for Enigma code versions: "Dolphin was the main naval cipher. Oyster was the officer’s variant of Dolphin." There was even one called "winkle" :-)

Enigma TCA

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Portable toilet mistaken for killer Nork drone

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Re: a challenge from the SORKS

That would be "a challenge from the SOUKS".

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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Re: WTF

That's a "The Book of Mormon" (by the South Park guys) reference, apparently.

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King's stocks are candy-crushed as its top toy suffers splurge slump

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I wonder how much influence publicity, about their attempts to bully other game developers, has had.

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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Re: Wales is still pretty small

Yes, but not tiny - Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino are tiny.

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Re: So be proud

Slightly odd that the land of Lego apparently approves of a site that carries so much Playmobil content. Why call Denmark "tiny" when it's twice the area and population of Wales?

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Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

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"Film" is so last century.

Is it not?

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Study: Users don't much care about Heartbleed hacking dangers

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Re: not something a user can do anything about

Users can check whether any server they have an account on has been vulnerable, and change their passwords in case they've been compromised.

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Microsoft: You know we said NO MORE XP PATCHES? Well ...

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Re: It isn't doing the latter, so get over it.

That's odd, because I just installed it and it calls itself

Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP (KB2964358)

which looks rather like support for Windows XP to me.

In fact if you look at the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary they still seem to be supporting Internet Explorer 6, and we know how much they like that.

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Creating your GOLDEN statue of NICOLAS CAGE FINALLY possible

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The molten metal doesn't chase the wax out

The mould is heated in an oven to melt the wax out before casting.

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Today's bugs have BRANDS? Be still my bleeding heart [logo]

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Re: Open Source is where seasoned professionals made their early mistakes...

It's usually people with commercial closed-source interests who like to spread the lie that open source doesn't have good professional developers.

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Re: A problem that could have been fixed

I'm familiar with tar, but "man -k feathers" returns no results.

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The Internet of Things gets its own NAS

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Re: So truth is stranger than fiction.

ISTR a sci-fi novel in which power from a parallel universe was tapped by special antennae, so truth really isn't stranger than fiction in this case.

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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Re: What the hell are they doing?

So far Apple has been happy to restrict its anti-competitive legal action mostly to Samsung - maybe this is a cunning plan to align multiple manufacturers / resellers in a concerted attack against iThings.

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Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes

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Re: these forums seem to truncate

It's still there, it just doesn't display - triple-clicking selects the full line including the bit that's run off the edge.

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Re: already doing this many years ago

Using a liquid lens, yes, but not not as a method for casting optical resin into a solid lens.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

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Re: why do you identify with them

Usually because they earn a living based on people using MSFT products, or have a pile of MSFT shares.

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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Re: it gives them time to engineer out those obvious mistakes

Unless you're holding it wrong.

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Vulture 2 rocket motor heater a non-sizzling success

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Magnesium wire run behind the motor

[See subject]

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

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Re: Please tell me why she is pulling the grinder toward herself

Because it's an angle grinder, not a circular saw.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Re: No need for a new PC, still some hand-holding for newbies required.

As someone pointed out already, ClassicMenu Indicator restores the program menu. It's trivial to add buttons to the Unity launcher anyway.

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Re: hardware requirements

I've just installed 14.04 on an old Core 2 Duo with onboard graphics, and the desktop definitely seems more responsive than 12.04. I found the Unity Dash a bit cumbersome in 12.04, but it's really snappy now.

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Re: That may be a bit of a deal-breaker for me

"Menu in window title bar" is not the default setting.

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A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition

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Re: Someone's having a laugh with that price.

Probably looks nice but feels nasty, with a mediocre camera, burns through batteries, and not that cheap by the time you pay VAT, import duty and admin.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

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Re: Biometrics...

People can't just look over your shoulder to copy it, they have to exercise more ingenuity than the average criminal is capable of to exploit it. I'm surprised nobody has developed a method of scanning and 3D printing to produce fake fingers ... oh look, they did already (PDF).

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

I Still Know What You Did Last Windows 8.1 Update

Predator Versus Windows 8.1 Update

Windows 8.1 Update the Thirteenth

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: a mono speaker on the phone

Brilliant - just like the pocket transistor radio when I was a kid. :-)

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Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released

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Re: this could be exploited in just 4 bytes

The 4 byte example was enough to show it would work, not enough to have any chance of stealing useful data.

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Re: this is an example of prior art

... until you add the magic phrase "on a mobile device", then it's totally different and original.

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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Re: they are after all exploiting a flaw to return 64KB of unauthorized data

There's no need to access more than a few bytes of data to check if the vulnerability is present.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: Much easier way

The problem with sticking with an actual HDD is that you lose the convenience of the VM being just a couple of files that you clone and delete as required.

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: With just a handful of virii.

That's "viruses".

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Win XP usage down but not out as support cutoff deadline looms

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Re: hurray for eBay

Why the thumbs down? Does someone think people should be paying for pirated software?

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Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

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Re: Optimax and Optical Express DO run websites

Of course they do, but my comment was that satisfied customers don't feel a need to launch personal crusades on the web, unlike dissatisfied customers who feel (for whatever reason) that they have been wronged.

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Re: "air on the side of caution"

err on the side of caution

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Re: I had always been tempted by laser surgery.

My friend had it about ten years ago, at Optimax Birmingham, and is still very happy with the results. She used to be very short sighted with moderate astigmatism, and doesn't need any correction now. The only problems she's had (after the initial healing period, which can be very uncomfortable) are occasional dryness, and some interference with night vision - she reckons that, compared to the hassle she had previously with glasses and contacts, it's a price well worth paying.

If your sight isn't that bad you may benefit less from the surgery, so would consider the downsides to be more significant. Obviously if the surgery screws up for whatever reason you might end up with major problems and no advantage, but there are plenty of people who are glad they had it done, they just don't run websites about it.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Re: One line, one pixel

I have a feeling that a particle big and fast enough to take out a few hundred pixels would probably take out the rest of the camera too. AIUI most of these things are small enough that they just shoot by, hitting nothing much.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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Facepalm

On the one hand there are probably plenty of people running XP who would be just as happy running Linux, but on the other there are some things that XP does that Linux still can't manage (and possibly never will). Of course the obvious solution is to just open source XP. Haha.

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Re: Zombie

A zombie process is one which has finished running but is still in the process table, while XP is an OS that hasn't finished running, yet its parent is calling it dead - that seems quite the opposite to me.

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Re: How do you install Windows 3.1 onto a PC these days?

3.1 in DOSEMU if you want, or 3.11 in Virtualbox. Simples.

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