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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Putin's return route?

Perhaps those below even think he's gone too far and they're calling him home.

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REVEALED: The sites blocked by Great Firewall of Iraq

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I don't think I'd live in Iraq to manage that stuff, I think I'd rather remote in from quite a distance away.

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Kids hack Canadian ATM during LUNCH HOUR

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Re: customer information was not compromised

I wasn't surprised that the pair aren't in jail. I mean, they let kids build nuke reactors in classrooms.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/06/blightys_teen_boffin_builds_nuclear_reactor_in_classroom/

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Watch: Sun BELCHES PLASMA large enough to ENGULF 35 EARTHS

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Rorschach test

Anyone else see a flaming bird head at 1:29?

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UK.gov tweets now NATIONAL TREASURES! – National Archives

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"This was no small task but we rose to the challenge"

Unlike, say, archive.org.

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Apple eyes virtual reality goggle game with patent filing

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Maybe so everyone will get to experience the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field?

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Browse page back/forth?

What about page back/forth options in the browser? If you go forward a page, then say make a phone call, then return to the browser, you can't back up a page.

As for the new links, can we finally just put a phone number on a tile instead of the whole contact?

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Re: Well-

Politicians should be limited to a waffle or a flip-flop.

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Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

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Funny Viacom suing for copyright abuse, seeing how The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is comprised almost entirely of Fox News and CNN clips.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Congrats for common sense and a learning opportunity!

Wow, they let him build it in a school after a presentation and training where needed.

While here in the States, you can get suspended from school for chewing a Pop Tart into a shape that resembles a gun [1].

What a world.

[1] http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/boy-suspended-pop-tart-gun-loses-appeal-have-record-expunged

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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The key to Jony Ive's executive washroom?

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Apple seeks patent for mood-sensing technology

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it didn't work too well in the future

Toaster: Howdy doodly do. How's it going? I'm Talkie, Talkie Toaster, your chirpy breakfast companion. Talkie's the name, toasting's the game. Anyone like any toast?

Lister: Look, I don't want any toast, and he doesn't want any toast. In fact, no one around here wants any toast. Not now, not ever. No toast.

Toaster: How 'bout a muffin?

Lister: Or muffins. We don't like muffins around here. We want no muffins, no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and definitely no smegging flapjacks.

Toaster: Aah, so you're a waffle man.

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FCC net neutrality blueprint TRASHED by US appeals court

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Joke

Way to go, Verizon! I'm sure you'll play fairly.

Hey... why is my access to fcc.gov suddenly so slow?

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Microsoft: Here, we'll make it easy for you Gmail lot. Meet our Outlook.com movers

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outlook.com has ads?

I've been using a Chrome browser with AdBlock Plus and ScriptSafe plugins since outlook.com came online. I honestly didn't know they even had ads.

Next you'll be telling me The Reg pages have ads, too. :)

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

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Spideroak

I use Spideroak. I use it on Windows 7, iOS, and Ubuntu. I have it syncing certain files to their cloud and between these OSes. I could also sync to an external hard drive, it's just a matter of referencing its drive letter and selecting the folders/files to sync.

I chose Spideroak because they only charge for the amount of storage you want, not by how many computers you install the software on. And as a programmer, it's a bonus to me that individual file versions are saved. Also, your files are encrypted on your computer before they're sent to their cloud - so don't lose your password.

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Long time ago? Galaxy far, far away? You ain't seen nothing yet

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Re: Wow

Sigh. Did I not say "pic" and not "photo"? I know these can be tweaks or total impressions. This one happens to be very nice looking to me.

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Wow

I find most galaxy pics almost ho-hum now but this one is indeed a beauty.

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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Allow more variety on Start screen

I think the desktop Start screen has a potential to be more useful if widgets were allowed to live on it. Just like on Macs where a key press will show you the widgets screen, why not have some useful things (weather radar for your area, twitter feeds, news headlines, task manager info) on the Start screen as well. Press the Windows key, have a look, press again to close.

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Robot WildCat slips its leash and bounds around parking lot

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Re: Creepy as hell

Agreed. But this to me was creepy first - Theo Jansen's Strandbeests:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSKyHmjyrkA

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Steve Jobs AIRBRUSHED from history by APPLE months before his death

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Joke

Microsoft

To enter a Microsoft Store do you swipe from left to right?

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US.gov - including NASA et al - quits internet. Is the UN running it now?

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Congressmen will very quickly balance the budget when a law is passed that requires them to draw their pay only on government *surplus*. If not, they should go unpaid.

Google is showing that almost half of them are millionaires, so not getting paid won't bother them. I would figure the holdouts are in this club so they wouldn't care either.

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

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SOD OFF

Spanish

Overpass

Dump

Offending

Freight

Fast

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Roses are #f00, violets are #00f. This witty code is a boffinry breakthrough

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Take my wifi -- please.

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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BobDrive

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You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

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I'd be nice if touch screen devices had the option to secure them with - swipes and touches.

(But then some corporate requirement will probably tell you that your smiley face is too weak, it must have at least some hair and one or more ears.)

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Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem

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Re: DRM

What I find crazy is that none of these "Smart" dongles (as far as I am aware) allow users to access their "legal" movie libraries, such as Ultraviolet or Digital Copy.

Oh yes, please. Otherwise I don't download the video software to view the "free" digital version of a movie that's included with a dvd. I just rip the movie from the dvd instead.

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Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

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And then we'll see another Star Wars boxed set .

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Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

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"The US Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a warning about the potential dangers of investing in virtual currencies"

I keep getting stuck at this line. I mean, isn't the whole stock exchange one big virtual currency? One day your piece of paper from X Corp is worth ten bucks, the next day it could be a penny.

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Apple dives through iRon curtain, launches Russian online store

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Siri, can you direct me to the Naval Base in Alameda? It's where they keep the nuclear wessels.

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

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I hate the commercials in the states where a jerk like Montel Williams happily encourages poor people to get a "payday loan" with astronomically high interest rates. I want a law that requires him to make this offer naked while sitting in a vat of lava.

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Facebook's Sean Parker fined $2.5m for tasteless eco-trashing wedding

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I sure the fine is pocket change for him.

If he'd done this construction in a place where it could remain for other people to use, it might have been cool. But messing up a piece of land just because he has the money makes him look like the typical rich jerk.

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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I started with a PlayStation because I didn't want to have to deal with video drivers. And I bought a PS2 because it improved the speed and graphics, and was compatible with PS1 games.

In deciding between PS3 and XBox 360, I chose XBox because I thought I'd make more use of the XBox/PC connectivity. This turned out to be a wash, since only the music part worked ok but I couldn't even get home movie AVIs to stream through the XBox to the tv. And the extra apps offered by Xbox - you have to be a Gold member to use them.

So, I have no plans to buy a new console, XBox or PS, because it's easier now just to run games on my computer, and wifi videos to the tv.

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

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Joke

Re: ability to discern pictures more quickly than words

Maybe it's Cockney rhyming slang in icon form?

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Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

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Re: gimp? really?

I'm already not using Photoshop because I can't afford it. And I'm not using GIMP as some sort of political statement. It just happens to work for what I need. Is that not allowed?

I should also mention that I like KompoZer because it provides what I need over Onenote. Should I feel bad for being productive with that software as well?

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Re: @sjsmoto

I didn't say I was, hence the question mark. GIMP provides the subset I used in Photoshop anyway. It's free and runs on Linux, like the person asked.

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Re: Somebody PLEASE!!!!

GIMP? I run it on Ubuntu, It's fine for what I need to do. I don't miss Photoshop at all.

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Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week

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In the Line of Fire

Not a new idea. In the 1993 Clint Eastwood movie "In the Line of Fire" the assassin made a plastic gun, and put the metal bits into a pen.

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Ubuntu 13.04: No privacy controls as promised, but hey - photo search!

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Re: Amazon...

If I'm looking to buy or download something, wouldn't it make sense to add the Amazon search to software center instead?

But If they're stuck on adding all of these searches to the dash, at least offer a prefix to limit the search locally, like "my editor" or "my report" so it only looks on my computer for a file or program containing the word editor or report.

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Gartner magicians mumble, fling bones, scrawl new disk pentacle

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Bah, Gartner

They've always reminded me of Gríma Wormtongue. Ill news is an ill guest.

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'Wireless charging' in Galaxy S4 will betray Samsung's best pal

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Unhappy

Arg

So instead of all phones (except Apple) using the same thin mini-USB cable for charging, there will instead have to be several charging slabs stacked on a counter somewhere for all of the competing units? Plus when traveling I'll have to take one or more of these slabs with me? Great.

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RIAA: Google failing on anti-piracy push

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Funny, when I google "fair compensation to recording artists", RIAA doesn't turn up at all.

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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I guess I'm just crazy. I have a two-year-old Windows phone that I like better than the new Android phone I also have. Still snappy, still downloads maps and such quickly.

Probably the only way to make the phone more popular is to bundle it with a Windows computer, with a 6-month prepaid pay-per-month plan.

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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why either/or?

On my laptop I'm running Ubuntu in VirtualBox seamless mode under Windows 7. In Ubuntu I use GIMP, Meld, KLinkStatus, and VLC media player. In Windows I use various MS development tools, and one I can't do without: SQLyog.

But even if I had nothing to use in Windows, I'd still use it as a VirtualBox launcher to run different Ubuntu environments. If nothing else it does a great job of that. ;)

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Apple refreshes MacBook Pro range

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Re: *splutter* How much??

In the States I've gotten used to good laptops priced at $400. As Wibble reminds me I've never considered a Sony, they've always been pricey without anything compelling to make it worth it.

But a couple of months ago this life-long Windows user finally bought a 13-inch MacBook Pro. Yes, I would have loved for it to have been cheaper, but now that I have one I don't feel like I've been ripped off. Solid construction, great touch-pad, nice OS.

While I won't be ditching my Toshiba laptop anytime soon, I can see how the Mac hardware/OS integration makes it more pleasant to use.

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

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Black Helicopters

Re: Tape

That's fine for the VISIBLE camera...

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Samsung: Never mind Steve Jobs, let's snap off a piece of stylus biz

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stylus

I use a Rocketfish stylus with my iPod Touch because it's easier for me to tap some of the tiny icons that way. It also works with Android kit.

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Dead Steve Jobs' patent war threat to Palm over 'no-hire pact'

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Re: A or B?

Wow, Sean Connery reads the Reg!

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Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump

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What if I want to attach 3 or more at the same time?

Hey, I want to review 10 restaurants tonight. I could use some faster pumping.

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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In my head I'm hearing...

At last, after two thousand years of research, the illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator. At last...

Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!

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It's official: Mac users are morally superior to Windows users

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Joke

But it doesn't say where the donations went. Maybe Mac users all supported Save the Whalesong while Windows users supported Save the Bing.

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