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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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Re: hansel sprockets

Ok, I give up - where are the hansel sprockets on my car?

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GCHQ and Cable and Wireless teamed as Masters of the Internet™

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Re: 'the banks'

There's nothing wrong with the banks that a stiff dose of responsibility won't cure. Until responsibility is re-imposed you will continue having foolish* people playing with other peoples' money.

*Anyone who knowingly dealt with sub-prime lending, for example, or with rates that could be easily rigged, or thought that nothing could go wrong so reserves were irrelevant or ...(etc, etc)... was either foolish or culpable.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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Re: Terrorism is the wrong target

"Terrorist" and "murder" in the same sentence. Don't worry, everything in your household is being closely monitored 24/24.

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Re: "at least a few of the people".

We expect the state to look after the interests of the whole of the people. That means democracy and respect for the law. It does not mean unfettered liberty for officers of the state who already have very wide powers.

We have all seen believable evidence of bad govenance of the security services, all that is required is believable evidence of good govenance.

It is simply not good enough for the Head Prefect of GCHQ to say that his chaps would rather walk than than be involved in mass surveillance. They are involved in mass surveilance and any thought that the mass surveillance data could not be misused because some GCHQ staffer would feel squeamish is laughable.

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Re: "what hoi polloi is comfortable with"

This particular member of the hoi polloi is comfortable with the idea of Hannigan being a public servant and deeply unimpressed by any notion that a public servant can define policy; we elect politicians for that.

If Hannigan had taken the time to set out the regulatory structure that he has to operate in (under penalty of being sacked and/or prosecuted for not adhering to the rules), and demonstrated that his organization's activities were effectively regulated and checked for conformity with the law then he would have deeply impressed me; as it is he has demonstrated that he is just a professional mandarin fighting for a bigger budget.

I'm not impressed and I'm in no mood to hear any veiled threats about privacy being antisocial, unpatriotic, dangerous or probably criminal behaviour.

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Mystery Google barges TORPEDOED by US govt: Showrooms declared death traps

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Re: "in the world."

I must have dozed off. San Francisco has gone, like, socialist? It's "one of the most far left leaning" administrations in the world? What year is it? Last I knew it was 2014.

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Re: The REAL problem was building it in San Francisco, California

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'

When that was written it was intended as a humourous example of nonsense.

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Re: Shouldn't they have seen this coming? You mean like Apple didn't?

Apple didn't have RF engineers and they were making mobile phones? That is equivalent to saying that their management were just PHBs (or they were really, really big Harry Potter fans).

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'I get it if you don't make money for 2 or 3 years, but Amazon's 21'

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Re: Looking at IT differently and from A.N.Other's Perspective

Well, hacking into systems to subvert their normal functions is a well known trade. Gangs of criminal hackers controlled by high authorities are also posited - mostly in non-allied countries.

Some people (me for example) might harbour dark thoughts that newspaper magnates, bankers, politicians etc act similarly on pulic opinion, markets, public policies etc but that is just daydreaming...

As far as AI goes, how do you make an open-minded computer?

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Me neither.

Extract from a Vans description of their Vans Skink-mid mens skate shoe: -

"Travelling along each side of the the skate shoe is a sidestripe in smooth grey leather combining a no-nonsense style with function."

That quote describes the claimed trademark; it seems the Vans marketing people also can't recognize the Vans shoes logo.

I've always like Vans shoes though.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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Re: Good points mixed with some arrogance, IMHO

I have enjoyed reading John Watkinson's technical articles for some time, and often because of his insistence on defending and promoting enginering excellence (in the 'do things at the limit of physical possibility' sense, not the 'good enough and one tenth the price' sense).

In real life of course, you try to get the best tools you can to do the job you want to do. That means making choices that have nothing to do with engineering excellence (of either sort) and all to do with getting the results you want.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Norwegian Blue

see title

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'GCHQ's surveillance data gulp is BULKY and WARRANTLESS', human rights groups moan

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Re: Raise your hand....

Frankly, I am surprised that 'our' spies have gone down the road of mass trawling through private communications in the hope of finding nuggets of usefull information*. Sure it can be done, and sure it must inevitably come up with a winner sometimes but it is an appalling invasion of privacy, and totally unwarranted (in both senses) for 99% (I guess) of the time.

Everyone expects spies to spy, but at least in this country, we expect our governement and our government agencies, to NOT break the law - but that is, ultimately, what they are doing.

Nobody is going to vote for unlimited evesdropping which is why the mandarins are in sucha tizzy.

Where is the raise your hand icon?

Here's to 'our' spies, you used to be intelligent and you used to be honest - here's to the future.

* Rumsfeld' s little "unknown unknowns" poem comes to mind though.

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NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM

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Re: " only about two tenths of a mile"

If you're going to indulge in decimalized miles FFS go the whole hog and use SI units.

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" only about two tenths of a mile"

What sort of commie leaning, bastardized, decimal distance measurement is this?

"about 350 yards" puhleese, or about 35 double-decker buses* if you want everyone to understand.

* 2299.1509 linguine to be precise.

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Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet

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We'll know if ...

..Her Maj has really taken up tweeting when the white gloves have little cloth of gold pads on the fingers.

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France to draft blacklist banning alleged piracy websites – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

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Re:"in France"

I thought that was the intended function of Hadopi.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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Hot under the collar

@Dan1980.

Creationists are of no interest to me.

I have visited a fair number of countries (including the USA), met Hindus, Animists, Buddhists, Jews, Christians, etc etc, lots of Seculars and never once a vocal Creationist. I think that there just aren't that many of them; and if there are a lot near you - move.

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'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'

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Re: English at all times

Where's the fun in that? I mean, it's not as if he was there for the money.

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Flies WANT beer booze and now we know why - yeast

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Re: Any fule kno that

Penecillium Roquefortii is as common as muck and the blue varieries of Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton most likely evolved independantly.

Louis Pasteur did sterling work on optimising yeast strains and would have been a good place to go for a good strain of whatever yeast you were looking for. No need to steal it, for a modest price you would get sufficient to breed your own, and with full after sales service.

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Prehistoric swingbelly KANGAROOS were TOO FAT to jump – scientists

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"just got too fat and had to waddle instead"

We're doomed I tell you...

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: Other people are too fat

Damm right it is. Seating in 'planes and trains - paying for National Health services - bloody fat-waggons in shops etc - knowing that it is mostly greed ...

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I used to be a bit fatter...

... now I'm a bit slimmer. The 2 inch reduction in waist size coincided with eating a bit less and excercising a bit more. A lacadaisical monitoring of weight over a couple of years seems to show the following corrspondances:

- eating more (e.g. Christmas) --> weight gain

- excercising less (e.g. weeks of rain) --> weight gain

- back to previous levels of eating and excercise --> weight loss

Not scientific, not accurately recorded but nevertheless the result is that I think fat people eat too much and excercise too little.

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Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

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Re: the cortland three

Well, to be realistic, James Usher is a bit of an esoteric.

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EU privacy boogeyman unleashed by the very people with boogeyman-slaying weapons

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Opt out/in

Most people with an email account have become immune to mass mailings (be they ever so targeted).

For me, the obnoxious mailers get put into the spam category and the worthy ones get manually deleted after reading the title (it seems more polite to do it that way).

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Re: Whipple Shield

Thanks.

Where's the dumb idiot can't type icon?

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Re: Whipple Shield

I searched for whipple shield and got no answer. I do know what a whipple tree is though, so I imagine the shield is some sort of overlapping tile arrangement. Anyone know?

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Naming Rights for the Station....

.... $25 meeelion per year.

It's space Jim, but not as we know it.

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

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Re: Mirror

The ultimate cause of all actions is the Big Bang, but giiven the small subset of Mirror actions - would YOU take a picture of yourself poking out of your pyjamas and send it to someone you have never met?

I think the Mirror actions come under legitimate public interest.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: Mamaaaaaa!

Well, there's admirable goals and there's admirable goals - I have a preference for Gates' admirable goals if we're talking about Microsoft founder philanthropy.

The main point of the article, and the Mamaaa! coment, is just a little schadenfreude at a panzer buyer's expense, maybe not admirable but certainly fun.

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I saved Bitcoin and the PERFECT DRAFT OF HISTORY, says Assange

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Book promotion...

.. is usually part of the book contract; he's got to say something that will get him headlines - and it worked!

Good for Assange, he probably wanted to make a bit of money so he wrote a book and got it published. George W. Bush and many other slightly less than perfect people have done the same thing.

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Weekend reads: Colorless Tsukuru, Kool Korea and strange encounters with IKEA wardrobes

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Re: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki

The tossy shit? The one and only? I can't wait to meet him (or his similacrum) - he's unique!

Interestingly Waterstones web pages say all three books are in stock for on-line shopping. I shall be visiting a few small town bookshops in the next few days - let's see how many are physically on the shelves.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Re: whole load of money pi$$ed away

I stand corrected. Make that a small win for America.

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Star Wars (The Reagan version).

Sounds just like the American wheeze to destabilize Soviet Russia, same hype, same 'insouciance' as to whether it can ever work; the hype and the workout for the scientific/industrial team is well worth the money, and it will impress the uncritical masses too. Overall, a (small) win for China.

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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

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Re: Short Development?

The real question is what will happen when they have a working OS. What happens with all the applications - will they run on the new OS?

Or are they just trying for a Great Wine of China brand of XP emulator.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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“If we find a noise we can’t get rid of..."

Good luck to the Boffins on this one! If I remember correctly, the last lot that found 'a noise they couldn't get rid of' had to spend a very long time tweaking and measuring, including time scraping bird shit off the antenna, before they could reasonably say that the noise probably wsn't an artifact.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Re: 23 Years

"And still waiting for it to become mainstream" is a bit of clapped out stupidity. Microsoft based software was a huge industry when Linux was born. There has never been sufficient reason for business and private interests to drop Microsoft and invest in a new (and different) system. So why expect any other result than the continued success of Microsoft software? This is a race that can only be lost by Microsoft, not won by an outsider (and an outsider with almost no budget for advertising and market management, to boot).

The wonder is that from 'amateur' beginings Linux + GNU has matured into a world class entity, chosen on its merits the world over. That is something truly remarkable.

Beer for all those who contributed to a brilliant acheivement.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: Reading that law, it looks like it's YouTube's fault

The troopers did storm in, but they got bogged down in the defensive ring of free food canteens and toys. They have called in all their mates as reinforcements.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Re: Babylon 5

On Earth the path of every ball thrown is a still a curve, which means that a 'curve ball' is one that deviates from the standard curve, which means that on Babylon 5...

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

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Legs modified for chewing

“The peculiar claws of Hallucigenia are a smoking gun that solve a long and heated debate in evolutionary biology ... ” said Dr Smith.

Top notch boffinery!

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Anecdote

Not a big sample but where i worked the "obligatory regular password changes" resulted in about a third of the passwords being written on a post-it stuck to the bottom of the keyboard or laptop.

I couldn't believe it untill I checked one evening after working late. The regular change policy didn't last, probably because IT staff got tired of people moaning that they had lost their post-it. Mind you, I checked again later and a lot of the post-its were still there.

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Love that noise

Many years ago also - Cape Cod, Mass, US of A. The parents found a nice camping site with surprisingly low prices. In the middle of the night we found out that we were at the end of a runway with single engined planes taking off on full afterburner. Think they were Starfighters, they had ridiculously short wings. Fabulous, never seen flames or heard a noise like it - but four big piston engines on a WWII bomber trumps it.

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'POWER from AIR' backscatter tech now juices up Internet of Stuff Wi-Fi gizmos

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Available Power

Health and safety laws around the world limit the allowable level of 'background' radio signals to something of the order of a few watts per square meter, weak but potentially usable with skill.

Solar cells + batteries are cheap, easy and much, much more powerful (unless you live underground).

I rest my case m'lud.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: "no need to get into high dudgeon"

So why all the high dudgeon?

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'Impossible' drive

Did someone spill a nice hot cup of tea over it?

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Warm, perhaps ALIEN LIFE-bearing water gushers FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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Re: Pleanty of bears, plenty of houses

What are the current and future limits of observation from Earth or near earth? It seems a bit tricky to look for geysers on small moons of planets faf, far away. (Tthe diameter of Enceladus is only 500 kilometers, 310 miies). I would be much more in favour of flinging a few petri dishes at Enceladus (and perhaps Europa too).

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China: Microsoft, don't shy away from our probe

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Re: bring back all the production ...

... sadly (for us) they'd probably carry on as before and people would still buy Chinese because of the price.

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The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

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Re: Amateur Hour

There is an Amateur Hour after every article.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

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Re: Impressive and I'd expected it to be *much* colder

The lower levels of glaciers here on Earth end up looking pretty murky because of the dust in the ice concentrating on the surface as the ice sublimates and melts. Might possibly be something similar on comets.

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Hurrah for Boffins.

Just arriving 'alongside' and getting ready for orbit around a comet is mind boggling. Sticking a box of tricks on one will be sheer fun for us spectators wot don't have to do all the hard work. Well done Boffins, you're a credit to humanity.

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