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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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Re: Insulting

@Will Godfrey

You call that insulting? Or perhaps you were thinking along the lines of lèse majesté.

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LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane

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Splendid

Congratulations and beers (and one milkshake for A) to all the designers and workers. And more beers if the wonderfully pointy nose of the plane manages to impale anything on its descent and landing.

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Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ

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Re: technologically demanding

Good grief, you don't ask the Director of the Government Communications Headquarters to do "technologically demanding" - he has people for that. He makes decisions - because people who do "technologically demanding" wouldn't know how.

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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

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Re: the most relevant result

Sure, Google is basically a good search engine, I use it via StartPage. My problem is that the Google personalised ads are mostly way off the mark; either their algorithms completely miscontrue my searches or they are too late - I found a local supplier of surveyor's tripods (for my astronomy telescope) thanks to Google, but the subsequent barrage of ads for tripods, theodolites, laser reflectors and hard hats was a complete waste of time for Google and their advertisers. Still, I can tolerate the ads, but similar tomfoolery with search results is not what I'm looking for.

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Re: Doesn't everybody know that's the deal?

I don't suppose everyone does know, and I don't suppose Googgle will tell us everything they do - but all that is irrelevant.

I want a search engine that works in a repeatable way. I can tolerate the ads, I can't tolerate the reality distortion in searches. They forced their way to a monopoly position in search engines and now they have started to change their search engine into a force feeding engine.

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German space centre endures cyber attack

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Re: ... blaming

Coming out with a very long list of very long German swearwords would be better, but blaming it on X or Y (and don't forget Z) probably eases the pain a bit.

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

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Re: it's just a piece of schist

Is there schist on Mars? There are certainly cosmic rays.

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Re: "or similar..."

How close are the two cameras and how murky is the atmosphere? Enough to rule out a laser?

Ain't thinking, just saying.

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Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?

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Laws

What is the legal position of Snowdon and asociated people? Are they fair prey for the spooks /FBI / local cops etc. Twelve good men and true may well consider Snowdon & Co have right on their side but does the law?

The leak might be legal FUD from the spooks or an illegal act by a concerned wellwisher.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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Re: It's coming Tories/Labour/Lib Dems...............................

........................... ahem, some things are even more unfortunate than government by them.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Re: Choose your poison

Irsh poteen refreshes the faith that other poisons can't reach.

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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Eurocentric

Well I, for one, hope we don't go through with it. There must be better ways to keep the data and metadata private than building networks that have to be cut off from the rest of the world.

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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Re: Clueless

This is a curate's egg situation, "parts of it are good" is not healthy.

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

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Re: Political Posturing

Science is an inanimate object. It can't be a victim.

Humanity can be a victim and that is a political matter Politicians do what they do. Try to elect the best one's possible in your country and try to influence the ones in other countries, preferably after consultation with your mates. It's not rocket science.

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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Re: the same group of people

.... which is why, for the group of people in your example, we hold elections and throw out those we really can't stand.

Bring back ostracism (in a multinational form of course).

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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Re: new parents syndrome

That's just chronic lack of sleep.

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Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

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Re: (un)popular view

If you have a safe deposit box in the local bank for your legal papers, a few gold bricks and your wife's vast jewel collection you would be a bit miffed if you found that the bank had opened a bunch of the boxes without any consultation or court order simply because one of their employees had misappropriated some of the bank's money and given it to someone with a box at the bank.

It has been a long standing practice for organisations to provide services whilst keeping their noses out of other people's business. Just because internet based services were put together in a rush and legislators are slow to catch up with reality there is no reason whatever to continue with the crap privacy arrangements.

No one is castigating Microsoft for moving in the right direction, no-one is castigating Google for publishing its 'Do no evil' policy (well, we might laugh at it's childishness, but it was a step in the right direction). But the industry will have to get its house in order before long. Microsoft knows that, Google knows that, Facebook probably thinks they can move fast enough when the time comes.

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Let's be clear...

... I still have no reason to believe any company would put the interests of a customer before its own interests.

Mobile phone tapping, wiretapping and reading paper-in-an-envelope mail is illegal*, stalkers can be taken to court; when will personal internet traffic and activities have the same overall protection.

*court order aparts etc.

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First pics: Comet-chaser Rosetta hurtles towards icy prey, camera in hand

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Re: drop the comet...

A week is a long time in politics; and as for years ....

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Doomd

First person morris dancing.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Metric is easy to do calculations in.

Where I worked, in France, the purchasing section sent an order to a supplier for a length of a standard cable with standard connectors attached. The order referred to an accompanying engineering drawing for the item. The length of the cable was shown as 600.

The item was meant to be 600 mm long. Guess how long the manufactured item was.

It all ended happily, the price of copper went up shortly after and we had a large stock of cable at the old price.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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Re: Yay for boffins!!

I once had a conversation with a professor of astrophysics in which he said* that the study of physics was the best occupation because it disclosed the work of God.

Just saying.

*p.s. The professor said it more accurately and eloquently than I can recollect.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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The pound in your pocket

The FT has a table of average UK annual wages. In 1953 it was £625.80.

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Re: ... and a fitting tribute this is.

Back in 1953 a skilled worker would get about £20 per week; that's 1600 threepenny bits.

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

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Coat

@Mag07, Re: "It's a human body ffs".

Titter.

I'll go away and be a grownup now.

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Re: Why do people fuss about Muslims?

I think you will find that judicial execution in the USA is by lethal injection, or some similar 'keep the blood off the executioner's hands' method.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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Clouds

I haven't seen much of Africa and India but I did find it to be surprisingly cloudy for much of the day.

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

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@ Chris Landau (geologist)

Can you tell me where I can buy a diamond for $20? Thanks.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: Outdated?

Quite right. An abacus works with the intelligence of the user. Win 8 and its spawn still work* against the intelligence of the user.

* ok, only a small part of Win8etc but, like the curates egg....

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Nipper rolls up at nursery with 48 wraps of HEROIN

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Re: Pelagians

That is such a perfect explanation for one of the USA's oddities that it can't be true but nevertheless it gets an upvote from me.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: loose the key.

That's loose as in "let loose the hounds of hell". There are nine things about corned beef keys you just wouldn't want to know.

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Indestructible Death Stars blow up planets with glowing KILL RAY

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Re: it would stretch for approximately 13AU

You can't just come out with ideas like that without due warning. My thought processes are now hiding in a corner and refusing to consider anything stranger than the next door neighbour.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Re: time taken

Not in any court of law it wouldn't be.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Re: reinstall XP

Isn't it a case of "All your software are belong to us".

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Re: As we are talking about anecdots...

The new laptop for my wife came with Win 8 but I buckled down and got it to work with the languages and other stuff that she uses. I wouldn't get the same functionality out of Win 7 (or Win 8.1) so it stays un-upgraded. The laptop itself is nice and Win 8 has been mangled enough to be useable, but neither of us actually likes Win 8. XP simply worked.

I don't like it because the change from XP was imposed by MS and the imposition of gratuitous extra costs and extra configuration time is annoying, my wife doesn't like it because TIFKAM is an annoying popup stupidity. We both are simple consumers of a tech product and as consumers we will change allegiances for the most fickle of reasons. Win 9 ... pfft.

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Security researchers uncover three-year-old 'RUSSIAN SPYware'

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Re: Until proven otherwise...

Until proven otherwise this is very probably Russian spyware, proudly made in Russia, by Russians, for Russia and without any need for help from any other country. And due to our own activities we can't get too angry about it.

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Linux

Re: Which OS?

... but can it run on Wine?

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Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K

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@ lost all faith...

Not now, no.

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What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

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Re: I bet it costs a lot more

Not expensive, they're selling them in my local supermarket (and have been for some time). You don't use a cable release you put the camera on delayed exposure like for any group photo.

(Icon = flash photo)

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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Re: wave height

Can any Californians say whether Crescent City has good surfing or is the 'horizontal' spur breaking off the main flow just a one-off.

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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mutant beef forests

Since when were there pine trees in the amazonian rain forest?

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Energy firms' security so POOR, insurers REFUSE to take their cash

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Typically ignorant management response

My take is that the energy company IT dept finally gets the question of security up to board level whereupon it is immediatly thrown back with the instruction to just get some insurance cover. I do hope I'm just having a bad daydream.

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Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

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Re: Costs

The €60k contribution plus probably about the same amount of money for checking the guys calculations is almost indistinguishable from zero in the arms industry context. Seems good value for money for checking out the feasability and capability of the concept; if it flies and lands a few times without killing the guy then much more work will of course have to be done.

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Yeah right Anonymous Coward

Or, on the other hand, Shuttleworth is right. Do you really think he is incapable of having a good idea, or that phone manufacturers would never pick up on a good idea that wasn't patented.

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Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

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Solanum Venturii

In a fit of inquisitiveness I tried 'solanum venturii' on Google Translate - no joy. So I Googled 'latin dictionary solanum' and 'latin dictionary venturii' .

This is a cutting from Google's top responses:

Urban Dictionary: solanum the virus. Solanum works by traveling through the bloodstream, from the initial point of entry to the brain...the virus mutates its cells into a completely new organ. The most critical trait of this new organ is its independence from oxygen..new organism is a zombie, a member of the living dead.

Wictionary: venturii. A constriction in the flow of air to the lungs.

The truth is out there folks!

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'The Mystery of the Martian Doughnut' solved by NASA sleuths

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Re: issues that need to be overcome

I think the problem is that there are a lot of issues that need to be overcome, most of them have nothing to do with extraterrestrial habitats but are, strangely, more pressing.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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Re: Microsoft has been trying

Sure they have been trying to sell new products, and they put the new products out as soon as they can because each and every new customer pays them good money; it's called business, and Microsoft is very good at it. They are managing the closing of XP with reasonable care and attention to their (corporate) customers - and making money on it! They are very, very good at business. Personally I favour organisations which are overridingly passionate about their product rather than their bottom line but that isn't good business.

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Balmer for the win!

Microsoft can make good some software but its real talent is in business. They are going to make a fortune, worldwide, out of closing down an old, obsolete product. Sheer genius.

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NASA promises balloon ride and über precise 'scope pointer for planet-gazing boffins

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Re: So what size is a 30-storey balloon in standard fishing rods?

18.18, 'cos as any fule kno a rod, pole or perch is 35.92 linguine, or if you need common or garden measures 1/4 of a surveyor's chain. (The Reg online standards converter + 10' for one storey).

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SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

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Timescale

If this star could hang around for so long why did its predesessor pop its clogs so quickly? Current estimate for age of universe 13.82 billion years, possible age of this star 13.6 plus billion years.

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