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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

NorthernCoder
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There are a few errors in the article...

-The name of the political science professor is Ulf Bjereld.

-The translation of @framtidsminist would be "future minist", misspelled on purpose I suspect.

-The ending qoute is incorrect; "Det är inte konstigt eller ovanligt att finnas i sociala medier. Det är det omvända, att inte finnas där, som börjar bli konstigt" becomes " It is not strange or unusual to be in social media. It is the opposite, not being there, which is becoming strange."

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone movie: report

NorthernCoder
Coat

I'll wait for...

...the (NSA) director's cut!

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

NorthernCoder

Jurisdiction..?

If the photo was taken in Indonesia, why isn't it a question about what Indonesian law says?

And from there, international copyright treaties?

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

NorthernCoder
Black Helicopters

Re: And...

Morpheus, is that you?

And why are these suited gentlemen approaching my cubicle wearing sunglasses indoors?

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Coat

Tinfoil hats...

Would this make the tinfoil hat brigade reconsider their choice of head wear?

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Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it

NorthernCoder
Coat

June/July?

"The Russians managed to get a grip of Foton-M4 on Saturday, after they lost control on 19 June."

According to thrustworthy [sic] sources (Wikipedia, HuffPost etc.) it was launched on 19 July

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

NorthernCoder
Pint

Alcohol abuse!

...and it's not even pub o'clock yet!

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Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

NorthernCoder
Boffin

Re: Consider this

I suggest also considering the use of the compiler as a search function when you do a change in an API (in a project which isn't too large).

I.e. if you change the number of arguments to a function, instead of grep'ing for the calls to the function, you compile and then go to the places the compiler has pointed out errors.

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Drone-assisted Swiss construct virtual 3D castle

NorthernCoder
Facepalm

What?

No 3D-printed model?

Swedish Spotscale has a similar idea:

http://www.nyteknik.se/nyheter/it_telekom/allmant/article3822333.ece (article in Swedish, take a look at the pictures for a general idea).

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

NorthernCoder
Pint

Re: An idea..

Out of professional courtesy.

Same reason why sharks don't attack lawyers.

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TOADOCALYPSE NOW: Madagascar faces down amphibious assault

NorthernCoder
Coat

Wrong amphibian, but close enough...

"Who let the frogs out? {Croak, croak, croak, croak}"

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NorthernCoder

Did you forget the <irony> tag?

"local snakes, lizards and other defenceless animals."

Surely, Australian snakes are anything but defenseless?!?

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Coat

Connectivity..?

I think I will connect it to SkyNet and call it Christine.

What could possibly go wrong?

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EXPOSED: bizarre quantum sibling LOVE TRIANGLE

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Coat

The subtitle...

...somehow got me thinking of Tom Lehrer's "I got it from Agnes":

"I love my friends and they love me

We're just as close as we can be

And just because we really care

Whatever we get, we share!

I got it from Agnes

She got it from Jim

..."

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

NorthernCoder
Boffin

Water depth

Does anyone know what the water depth is in that area?

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UK.gov to train up 11-year-old cyberwarriors

NorthernCoder
Coat

Obvious Star Wars reference

Am I the only one thinking they might be training an Anakin Cyberwalker, in the hope that he will bring balance to the Net?

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Get out your Allen keys: Facebook's cooked up flat-pack bit barns

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I must protest a little...

"Maybe that's because, as anyone who has made multiple trips to IKEA to retrieve missing parts can attest, even products designed for low cost and easy assembly can go awry"

Living relatively near an IKEA store, most of the furniture in my home comes from there. I have estimated that my wife and I have bought between 80 and 100 IKEA products containing screws.

How many screws, bolts or parts have been missing? Zero!

I'm guessing that nowadays it's products from other, even lower cost chains, that have missing parts; not IKEA.

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

NorthernCoder
Coat

Man pages

Naturally, the "Man pages" will be renamed "Woman pages".

Mine's the one with the Fredrika Bremer biography in the pocket.

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

NorthernCoder
Coat

In the voice of George Takei

Oh Mooo...

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Baldness fix from foreskin follicles

NorthernCoder
Joke

Why..?

But why would you want to grow hair on the end of your penis?

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Japanese pussies slurp 'meow meow' sex wine

NorthernCoder
Coat

Re: so what is the correct pronunciation?

Couldn't you just ask for the House of the Rising Sun?

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

NorthernCoder
Paris Hilton

What does automated trading add?

"This is as true of my buying some Royal Mail shares as it is of high-frequency trading, algobots, futures, options and all the rest. It is the very fact that people are trading on their knowledge and opinions..."

Algobots != People with knowledge and opinions, so how can they add or improve information?

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

NorthernCoder
Trollface

Re: Testing in a representative environment

"...mpg figures for a car?"

Does it count if it is in a long downhill with the wind in the back, the sun behind me and an urgent need to find a toilet?

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Unknown Aussie and Dutch family car spring solar surprise

NorthernCoder
Black Helicopters

Enquiring minds want to know!

Has the Dutch car been handed over to the Stig yet?

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Apple wins patent for entrance to retail store

NorthernCoder

Re Re: To all commentards:

I personally do not approve of patenting of a building, nor do I agree with US PTO on what constitutes an inventive step or for that matter their definition of "obvious to a person skilled in the art".

However, saying that Apple has tried to patent a garden fence based on the summary of this patent is to me going a bit too far.

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NorthernCoder
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To all commentards:

El Reg journalists have on numerous occasions published articles giving the impression that large companies (with Apple as the most obvious example) try to patent old things. Said journalists do so by quoting any part of the patent text they find amusing.

What they don't do is quote the appropriate parts of the patent text.

As I have written earlier about this article; the quote in the article is from the summary, not the claims.

The word "may" in the claims would never survive a legal test and Apple´s patent lawyers know this (unless it is much more carefully used).

Having said that, I don't agree with Big Business policies of patenting anything that can make them money, but please comment on the right issues (such as the good and bad sides of patents), not an illusion of evil companies created by taking quotes out of context.

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NorthernCoder
Stop

Re: Erm..

No.

The quote in the article is from the summary, not the claims.

What they actually have patented is "A glass building, comprising: a plurality of curved glass panels disposed adjacent to each other to form a cylinder...".

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Brits are world's most wired drivers, says fleet tracker CEO

NorthernCoder
Coat

Re: Most wired drivers?

My first thought was

"Most wired"? -> Highly strung

Mine's the one with the half-pint thermos mug of espresso.

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

NorthernCoder
IT Angle

Nominative determinism strikes again

Ulla Beckman Sundh...

Sund is Swedish for sound (healthy), with a silent 'h' added to make it obvious (to a Swede at least) that it is a name.

Oh, and "Where's the bootnotes angle"?

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LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

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Thumb Up

LOVER

LOHAN

Operator;

Vertical

Emergency

Remote

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Now your iPhone apps can be FAT losers: Apple gobbles data diet upstart

NorthernCoder
Boffin

Re: Because you're not worth it.

Perhaps they want to transfer considerable amounts of data to/from something smaller, such as between an iPhone and an iWatch or other iDevice.

Then the point isn't to save RAM, but bandwidth or more likely the amount of time the transmitter is active, thus saving battery.

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Apple's Siri 'hurls insults' at Google Glass

NorthernCoder
Paris Hilton

Re: @Simon Sharwood

-I think that Glass is half empty, Sean (@seanmbrage)

-Just so you know, I don't do anything when you blink at me, Wes (@weskroesbergen)

-Stop trying to strap me to your forehead. It won't work. (@leongreen)

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

NorthernCoder
Coat

1 Direction, who?

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Nude swimmers warned of GONAD-GOBBLING FISH ON THE LOOSE

NorthernCoder
IT Angle

A few details:

The fish was caught near Saltholm, on the Danish side. The Danish men should be equally afraid.

Pacus are not uncommon as aquarium fish and has spread over the world as such.

My guess is that someone in Copenhagen got tired of their fish tank and dumped the fish in a canal in the city, from where it swam to Öresund. If it had any friends, they'll freeze to death in the winter.

Oh, and Where's the IT angle? (I can see the bITe angle, though.)

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Apple will swap fanbois' killer phoney phone chargers for legit adapters

NorthernCoder
Coat

Re: Ground (& regulations)

The knock-off manufacturers seem to think CE marking means Chinese Export

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Finally, someone's fixed THAT Android hole. Was it your mobe network? No

NorthernCoder
Boffin

The Android device needs to be rooted

From www.rekey.io :

"In order to patch the vulnerabilities on your device, ReKey requires escalated privileges. Normal unprivileged applications on stock Android devices do not possess such privileges, hence the need for a rooted device with the Superuser (or similar) application."

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

NorthernCoder
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Re: Nothing to contribute

Will the winner please take a bow?

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NorthernCoder
Coat

Re: Nothing to contribute

Well, it mast be said, schooner rather than later

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Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

NorthernCoder
Black Helicopters

Re: It would be interesting...

A guess could be that the threat would be more like "Land now, or your airline won't get a flight into this country for a very long time".

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

NorthernCoder
Facepalm

Re: Runs Android? - No

Found the stainless steel, also from the link in the article:

"High quality materials (aluminium body and stainless steel wristband)"

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NorthernCoder
Go

Re: Runs Android? - No

From the link:

"Sony SmartWatch 2 is a second screen for your Android smartphone that, as well as enhancing existing phone functionality, offers unique new benefits. Combining form and function in a sleek design, it serves as a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control, all-in-one."

No mention of stainless steel straps either...

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Thousands of fingered crims, informants spaffed in web security COCK-UP

NorthernCoder
Coat

Re: Hire peanuts, paid monkeys

Oook!?!

Mine's the one with a Terry Pratchett book in each pocket.

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Facebook turns on frigid Swedish ice-maidens in new data centre

NorthernCoder
Headmaster

SI units..?

I thought The Register was going to stick to SI units (except of course beer and aircraft altitude)..?

Anyhow, according to the contractor, the facility is 28000 square meters (appr. 300000 square foot), not 900000 square foot.

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UN report says killer bots could fight WAR WITHOUT END

NorthernCoder
Terminator

Re: Stupid pointless waffle

I'm guessing that if it is globally prohibited, there is a lot less incentive for private companies to develop such technology, thus delaying and/or reducing the risk for the Terminator movies coming true, or for that matter killdroids going into lethal deadlock.

Having said that, I also realize that there are superpowers who can provide enough cash anyway.

But who knows, even they might grow consciences. <insert jokes about temperature forecasts in hell here>

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NorthernCoder
Terminator

Icon, for obvious reasons

There, someone had to do it.

Now tell me more about this SkyNet you are developing...

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Russians draw liquid blood from frozen woolly mammoth

NorthernCoder
Facepalm

"It is the first time we managed to obtain mammoth blood. No-one has ever seen before how the mammoth's blood flows."

...for the past few millennia, at least.

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Security boffins say music could trigger mobile malware

NorthernCoder
Coat

Tin-foil brigade

Does this mean the tin-foil brigade has to add egg trays to their protective measures?

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Ancient thumb-driven whirly-wheel smartmobe UI ported to Android

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Coat

Re: as a left-hander

"where's the Human Rights Act when you need it?"

Don't you mean "Human Lefts Act"?

*I'm going, I'm going...*

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Website which 'could have prevented Rwandan genocide' goes live

NorthernCoder
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Early psychohistory..?

Mine's the one with "Prelude to Foundation" in the pocket.

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Swedish judge explains big obstacles to US Assange extradition

NorthernCoder
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Re: Actually, no @Mad Mike

@Mad Mike

The original statement was that the Swedish government could issue a guarantee at any time, to which I objected that they can not (implicitly -now-) due to the constitution.

I didn't use the term impossible.

Now please listen to "I ain't Spartacus", because his first paragraph is right.

Also, a retroactive law as you later suggest would at least in Sweden be improbable to the point of certainty due to a tradition of actively not making such laws, and the entire legal professional community would create an outcry which the law makers couldn't ignore if they tried.

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