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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Personal defence -- and everyone will know them. For WEEKS.

A wax-sealed squeeze bottle of nuoc-mam. Something to remember the visit by, you know?

"Oh, just cooking, come in." (squeeze)

"Oops."

"In passenger planes nuoc mam is banned. Twenty years ago, a Vietnamese student violated the ban by slipping a bottle of nuoc mam into his bag. He escaped the vigilance of customs officers, but at the Berlin airport, slipped and fell full length on the floor of the waiting lounge. The bottle broke and the fluid spread in all directions. It is said that it took the cleaning staff many days to deodorize the room."

http://www.vietvisiontravel.com/vietnam/guide_81_of_tastes_and_smells_2707.html

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Human spacecraft dodge COMET CHUNKS pelting off Mars

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And trailing trash

Followed, no doubt, by unfrocked Unitarians, wailing wallabies and and xerodermic xenophobes.

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You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data

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Re: Know thy data

Ah, that's when you start *torturing* the data.

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COMET barrels towards Mars, machines of humanity race for cover

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Are there

Any "cosmic rocks" in this neighborhood YOUNGER than mankind?

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: Suing for the reality distortion field?

To 70-year-old ears with artillery induced tinnitus, even the cheap kit sounds good and a second-hand 1970's "Hi Fi" sounds just fine, thank you. I certainly have no need to pay high prices for sound I can't hear.

Oxygen-free copper? C37 varnish on the volume control? Heh!

http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm#reviewdares

http://sound.westhost.com/madashell9.htm#unbelievable

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Re: Hmmm

Both strive for and sometimes attain 4 KHz response.

Cease fire! hisssssCLICK!

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Microsoft: Yeah, about that 50% post-Christmas customer price hike...

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Terminilogical inexactitude?

The term's not "passed along"; it's "p*ssed upon".

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Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

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Re: Once again...

Occam and Darwin did conspire

To make James Usher out a liar.

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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After he got defenestrated

Stopped using Windows?

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ESA's comet-chasing Rosetta eyes up 67P's vital statistics

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J?

Imagine that! Squared!

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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I thought it was

DOS 5's Love Child.

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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I'm thinking libraries of case law might be affected as well, but that would be like an injunction against Hell; they've got the cleverest lawyers.

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Whoops!

Is THIS article enough to be defamatory in France?

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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And bending the case may

Defeat its electrical shielding and make it an unlawful emitter of RF under EN 55022 and Part 15 of the US' FCC Rules.

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X-Men boffins demo nanomagnets to replace transistors

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Re: Core memory

My late brother had been a US Army computer repairman in the 1970's and kept what looked like framed abstract art on his wall; a core memory module with a bullet hole it it. The user site had apparently taken enemy fire in Vietnam.

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Atlas snubbed! Ad blocker says it can kill Facebook's stalker tech

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FB wont be the only ones

I can no longer comment to articles on the Huffiness Post site; apparently they don't like Adblocker either.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: Depends on the context of the incitement, surely?

Typical of the genus. See http://www.twainquotes.com/Congress.html

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Re: Do they not read the news?

"It causes global warming *and* ebola."

Also, unfortunate digestive consequences related (loosely) to milking. They involve a stool, anyway.

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Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

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Late to the game but...

I daresay that if footfall is indicative of criminal activity, one need look no further than for poor lighting, the presence of lurking places, and roads and walkway conditions that make it more difficult to flee from an assailant.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Oh Mister Dabbs

I can quite understand; you are still a young feller and enjoy getting angry at greedy businessmen who try to trick you into spending money to get something free.

I have only 127 CD's in my 330-disk changer, and doubt I'll fill it before I go where the only music is dull stuff played by ethereal harpists (whoin'ell's their publicist?) . Meanwhile, I'll buy old music, folk music, classic, baroque and privately published music -- USED CD's -- and SCR*W the RIAA.

It takes days to play my little collection just once.

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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So

Don't SIT on it.

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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Re: Panic!

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/search?q=dihydrogen&state=closed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihydrogen_monoxide_hoax#cite_note-29

My own favorite: There may still be a few credulous engineers wondering what a dithyrambic synthesizer is. What fun these mortals be!

Beer will do. Bring on the maenads.

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

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Reminds me of

Somewhere in "The Blues Brothers", on seeing Sister Mary Stigmata -- "the penguin", when they think she can't hear them-- glide mysteriously across the floor, Jake asks Elwood, "How does she DO that?"

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'Space bubbles' may have helped Taliban down 'copter in bloody Afghanistan battle

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Re: National Security.

It has long been known that radio propagation is affected by solar and even weather conditions; communications problems that pilots ascribed to defective radios of one unit I was assigned to in Vietnam were quite often caused by flying above inversions that would not support propagation between aircraft and ground stations they were trying to reach.

That the ionosphere is often irregular is likewise well known by radio propagation specialists (and Amateur radio operators!), and mission planners knew that (lawyers would say "knew or should have known") -- and could have assigned alternate frequencies.

The remedy in my unit was simply to use a lower frequency less affected by inversions, and reports of defective UHF radio's dropped off substantially after I was able to alert our pilots to this phenomenon.

Take a look at William Hepburn's Worldwide Tropospheric Ducting Forecasts; to respect copyright, I have not linked to that site.

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Euro chiefs: Hi Google. Here's how to REALLY protect everyone's privacy. Hello? Hello?

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Google? A bagatelle, sir, a mere bagatelle!

Imagine the great fun to be had selling, if not personalized data, then anonymized information to be had from documents, images, drawings and spreadsheets when suites of software exist on far-away servers and users devices are only terminals. How shall the EU react when every document is sent abroad as it is created?

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Mushroom

Re: Good cables are better

Security? How about a nearby 5-watt 440 MHz handy-talky?

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Alien

Re: To all conspiracy muppets out there

"The lack of evidence proves the conspiracy is working."

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172097328/lack-of-evidence-proves-the-conspiracy

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SpaceX blasts a mischief of mice, a 3D printer and a cuddly toy* into SPAAAACE

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Re: 57.7-foot ... robotic arm

How long is that in Ells?

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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

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Re: Exactly the type of thing

"You are Englishmen; mind your privileges, give not away your right."

-- William Penn, speaking to the jury that (against instructions) acquitted him of breaking the King's Peace.

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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Cut the cable?

Been done!

http://bradanovic.loganmedia.com/pcasual/ivy_bells_pod.jpe

Probably easier now -- but you still need a really good technology to get there.

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Which audio format sounds better?

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70-year-old ears +10 KHz tinnitus = I can't tell and don't care which is better.

And anyway, I buy used CD's. They only have to last as long as I do -- and RIAA gets none of the money.

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Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

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Eh...

http://www.themirt.com/index.php

FWIW, since 2005 illegal in the US .

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'Video on internet may not be entirely truthful': Times headline

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Big ship to turn

"Turnarounds are not linear and we have a lot of work ahead of us. This is a big ship to turn and we need to move faster."

Try engines instead of minimum-wage no-choice-at-all oarsmen and a potbellied guy with a kettledrum.

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TRANSMUTATION claims US LENR company

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SHT

Who left out the vowel?

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: re that ASBO

You can be the first to earn 15 minutes of fame and millions of hits on YouTube. Just find and return to NASA the specially marked object described on the reverse of this rather soft form ... Do not polish.

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re that ASBO

Any debris that makes it to the surface remain property of NASA.

http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum14/HTML/000765.html

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Re: @Michael Habel

Smaller than my Auntie Becteria, at any rate.

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Re: Latin plural for virus

Ultra vires, possibly?

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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BSOD elimination

It seems some systems now go straight to rebooting without one. Don't ask.

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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

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And this while

And this while ITAR already has me chary of exchanging technical tips where foreigners can see them on on LinkedIn.

http://www.exportrules.com/itar/exporting-technical-data.html

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

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Re: Some Useful Phrases and Words

Having in my post-military career been on the ground floor for more than few incoming requirement and scope changes, I'll hazard a guess that HM Government didn't know what they wanted and wouldn't stick to what they'd asked for.

But I could be wrong; I've also been on the ground floor for incoming management decisions.

http://www.anvari.org/fun/Job/Organization_Chart_Birds_Version.html

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'Chinese crims' snatch 4.5 MILLION patient files from US hospitals

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Re: Equine phallus!

They're looking our for their own a*ses; HIPAA violations subject them to FINANCIAL penalties.

"In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or the HIPAA was endorsed by the U.S. Congress. The HIPAA Privacy Rule, also called the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, provided the first nationally-recognizable regulations for the use/disclosure of an individual's health information. "

http://whatishipaa.org/

http://www.training-hipaa.net/hipaa_resources/Violation_Penalties.htm

http://compliance.med.nyu.edu/news/documenting-inpatient-admissions

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Many years ago...

Americans serving in Vietnam were allowed to mail home postage-free. All we had to do was put our rank, name, unit and APO and POSTAGE FREE on the envelope, appending below our service numbers.

For a lot of us, that was our Social Security number. It also appeared inside our belts, hats, boots and shoes, and on our duffel's. Ive seen some on second-hand clothing, and footlockers, too.

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Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away

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They get a

Tardy grade: 2.7

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Blighty in SPAAAACE: Brit-built satellite films the Earth

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Re: Space Sector

What, don't they already tax space there?

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Here's another...

SR-71? I recall around 1978 or so seeing a primary (not transponder) return on an FAA surveillance radar display our detachment's civilian techs were responsible for. IIRC, the PPI returns were far enough apart to equate to some 2000 mph. They didn't need clearance above 60,000 feet.

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Re: Love that noise

I grew up in a USAF family... When throttled back the J-79 produced an unearthly moan; imagine the reaction of troops on the ground at night.. If I recall correctly, the USAF used them for point air defense, although the German Air Force used them for ground attack, a role whose accident rate in training led USAF pilots (presumably of OTHER fighters) to call them "Lawn Darts."

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Re: Aviation geeks

I was at an airshow in California once where ,on stepping into a parked Dakota, to what would have been my late Dad's "office" as Navigator/radio operator it felt as if he was looking over my shoulder and nodding his head.

The formation of B-17's and B24's joining up after takeoff the next day was another occasion for goose-bumps.

Lord, pardon my neglect.

I do not willfully forget

All those who fought to keep me free

Who live now just in memory,

Photos on a yellowed page,

Forever young, though others age.

Let they who died that I might sleep,

For whom yet wives and children weep,

In glory with brave comrades stand,

A silent Guard around our land.

Author, myself.

(Permission for use will be granted by email; has appeared elsewhere.)

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Re: Aviation geeks

I was at an airshow in clofrnina once where,on stepping into a Dakota to what would ave been my late Dad's "office" as Navigator/radio operator it felt as if he was looking over my shoulder and nodding his head.

The formation of B-17's and B24's joining up after takeoff the next day was another occasion for goose-bumps.

Lord, pardon my neglect.

I do not willfully forget

All those who fought to keep me free

Who live now just in memory,

Photos on a yellowed page,

Forever young, though others age.

Let they who died that I might sleep,

For whom yet wives and children weep,

In glory with brave comrades stand,

A silent Guard around our land.

Author, myself.

(Permission for use will be granted by email; has appeared elsewhere.)

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Love in the time of the GPS sees chap propose with Google Map

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Re: Contrived. Probably by Endomondo.

Say yer prayers, yew VARMINT!

Whistling, enters stage left, rabbit... "Eh, what's up, Doc?"

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