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Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

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Pint

There might be some court order in specific cases, but there will probably not be a general order, to make all conversations available to a three letter agency, issued by a secret court, together with a muzzle for the site owner.

That said, NSA and GCHQ will most likely do everything they can do to get their hands on that site. Honey and bears...

Beer - for good intentions.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Excellent marketing at work

Apple saw that people rather buy the 5s instead of the 5c, even though the differences in spec are marginal. So it is only logical to push the price for their top model up. It's just good product placement.

It might also have to do with the premium, the carriers enforced on their customers by pricing LTE deals significantly higher and at the same time outphasing 3G models. (At least in the country where I live - and no, they don't accept 3G only contracts for LTE capable phones). Apple naturally wants their slice of the loot.

If this works out, people with smaller budgets or people that want a compact phone will go for the 5c and the rest will probably swallow the 6.

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Microsoft is still busy

polishing their turd. When will they finally understand, that alienating your customers is generally a bad idea? (that is a rhetoric question)

Adding features that compare well against IOS and Android is kind of laughable for a desktop OS. Doesn't anybody at Microsoft understand, that their grand vision for the future is a bad joke, at best?

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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All of you said it cannot be done

but Microsoft went ahead and proved you wrong.

They polished a toad!

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Uh oh! Here comes the first bug in the Windows 8.1 Update

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Re: Not just enterprise customers

Did he migrate from XP to Windows 8 to receive security updates? Irony, oh irony...

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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Bees are no challenge

I dare him to use Japanese giant hornets next time. Or perhaps bullet ants.

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Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom

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@ AC: Re: I find it amusing

Hmm, where in my post did you read, that I support infringement (not stealing, btw.)? I just find it amusing, that it hits Hollywood. Btw. Have you even heard of Edison? 140 years ago? And he stole what?!? Talking about sophistication... Are you American? If so, then shame on you, sir.

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I find it amusing

That Hollywood is suing anyone over IP rights. Wasn't the very reason for the foundation of the Hollywood studios, to dodge Edison's patents on film equipment?

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Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

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Dr Andrew Przybylski of Oxford?

Also known as A.O.?

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Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS

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Why not earlier?

Brilliant! They can squeeze out some more years of work from existing hardware, support local software shops, that provide the distribution and if they go for a XP-like window manager like XFCE, they don't even retrain their people a lot.

The question is, if they can pull it off in such a short lead time? I think they are at least one year too late. Of course it depends on what they use their PCs for. If all applications are browser based, hosted on a central server, and perhaps a bit of local office suite usage for writing letters, it might even work.

Anyway - whatever OS they choose, they will be more or less in the same situation.

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Vodafone brings African tech to Europe

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Damn

I cannot tell, if this an April fools day joke or not!

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Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange

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Terminator

"this one is a maker of exoskeleton “suits” and supports designed to help those with serious muscular, nerve or cerebral damage recover movement."

They would say that, wouldn't they?

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Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh

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Accomplishments?

"Our agreement with Dell shows what can be accomplished when companies share intellectual property,"

Entry barriers for start ups, blocking competing technology, extorting fees for widely formulated trivial patents - and not least of all, an ecosystem of lawyers that feast on the whole mess.

I thought SCO already proved this point?!?

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

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The ultimate test

would be to see, if the device can survive in the washing machine. 60 degrees with a good measure of washing powder and softener rinsing.

Last time I forgot my cellular phone in my pocket, the results were not pretty...

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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Re: Yowser

IRC a Core i7 reaches around a hundred GFLOPS or so. So we are talking about a facor of roughly 80.

Imagine the power supply and cooling needed to run 80 Core i7 at top speed!

That said, not all tasks are suitable for GPU processing. Also there is a good reason, why they talk only about single precision performance. Most GPUs sold on graphics cards, have significantly lower performance for double precision calculations. One of the reasons why AMD cards were more popular for GPU computing tasks is that they were less restricted regarding double precision calculation. I'm not sure, if this is still true, however.

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Another day, another nasty Android vuln

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The price of freedom

Android gives you the right to install unsigned 3rd party apps without jailbreaking and rooting the device. IMO this is much safer than the Apple approach, that forces you to effectively jailbreak and root the device, if you want to install anything they don't like you to have. (Like emulators, UI tweaks, Wifi scanners or other evil things).

Of course that doesn't mean you are always 100% protected. No security system is ever 100% safe. Stick to official appstores like Google's playstore or the Amazon Appshop, and you can be reasonably sure, you are safe, download dodgy apps from warezsites and live with the consequences.

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FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

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Re: Android

Anyway, United is a terrible airline. Got an "upgrade" last year and honestly can't say what the difference was between that and cattle class.

You get out of the plane earlier than the rest, so you will be the last one to get out of the shuttle bus. Also your baggage will be marked for priority disembarkation, to make it easier for the thieves to find the "rich guy's" baggage.

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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We are not spying on you, honestly

... we wrote the letter during lunch break, so technically it is true.

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

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Re: Lets clone it.

It's probably like keeping a horse. You need lots of time and space, and it will eat you out of house and home.

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Japan preps new law to bolster government cyber defences

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Sounds strange

Only one attack every 30 seconds?

That sounds way too low. I wonder how they count these attacks?!?

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We all owe our EXISTENCE to lovely VOLCANOES, say boffins

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Past ice ages?

past ice ages – the most recent of which ended less than 20,000 years ago

Who says the ice age is over? Technically we are just in a interglacial period. The ice could come back any time soon. (Soon being relative - when we are talking about geological time scales).

Mine's the thick one with hot-water bottles in the pockets.

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

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Re: Crysis

@AC: Here's the news: 90% of your "billion billion other games that haven't made the jump netively yet" don't run on windows neither, because they are locked down with a copy protection that only works on windows me or earlier. And newer games might require access to an activation server, that has been deactivated half a year afer you bought the game. But go ahead, spread your FUD, if it pleases you.

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Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

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@Nick Ryan - "they do have a habit of stitching up the older devices"

It became a little bit less nasty, lately. They used to stop supporting older devices pretty fast until now, but a few days ago I was very surprised to see an update for Skype in the App Store, when I opened it with my old 3G model, running IOS4. I thought I try out what happens and it actually offered me the last available version for my flavour of IOS for installation. Quite a big surprise! I checked out some other apps that are now "unavailable for your version of IOS", and unfortunately there was no change. I suppose it is up to the developer to support this feature.

Still - better than the outright ignorance of older devices they showed before.

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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Gingerbread?

Does anyone know, why they chose Gingerbread? Quite an odd design choice!

Otherwise it sounds like an interesting idea to use e-ink.

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MtGox, that bastion of unregulated e-currency Bitcoin, turns to Texas judge for protection

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Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me...

Surely all they know is that someone transferred the coins, not necessarily who?

Your wallet has a unique ID, that will never change. As soon as you register in an exchange, they will ask you for a proof of residence and will have your wallet ID.

Depending on the country of residence of the exchange, the local three letter agency will have access your credentials. You think they will somehow not swap this information with each other?

Yes, no proof of residence is 100% sure. Organised crime can certainly find ways to provide a nice, good, false, proof of residence. But the question is - can you?

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Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me...

Yes, pretty much everyone could start a new crypto currency, just as pretty much every country can start its own currency. If it has any value is a completely different issue. (Certain companies seem to think 1£=1US$, but that is another story).

Bitcoins, litecoins, dodgecoins or whatever have no value by themselves other than what the people are willing to give them.

Right now the market is driven by speculation. Yes - you can already buy some real world stuff with bitcoins, but this is mostly a gag driven by marketing, not by any customer demand. I haven't heard of any shop accepting litecoins, dogecoins or any other altcoins.

IMO cryptocurrency has mainly one big advantage. As long as you have access to your wallet, people cannot STOP you from transferring them. This means, even if the US of A decides, they don't like a certain web page and US based payment processors (-> pretty much all of them) stop fund transactions to that page, you can still transfer your cryptocoins.

The US will still know, that you transferred the coins, however. All transactions are registered forever in the blockchain.

That said, my personal feeling regarding cryptocurrency is that the computing power to mine them would be better spend, on calculating asteroids' movements or analysing galaxies.

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Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me...

This means that their value is determined by their going rate in exchanges, where they are traded for Stuffz that are actually worth something in Real Life

Theoretically you can make bitcoin payments without an exchange. The wallet application lets you transfer coins to someone else's address without any exchange involved.

One weak point of Bitcoins, however is the time this transfer requires. Usually you have to wait several minutes, until the transfer is finished.

If the two parties have both an account on an exchange, however, they can just swap the (virtual) money from one account to another. In this case the exchange is supposed to keep the coins in their wallet. Btw. an exchange should always keep all currency, entrusted to them in their custody. Otherwise it would be doing banking business, for which a licence is required.

Newer cryptocurrencies like litecoins, etc. are designed to allow faster transfers of virtual funds, btw.

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The bankruptcy hearing will be on 1st of April?

I see lots of April fools day jokes coming.

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Foxconn preps for Peak Apple with FIFTEEN THOUSAND new hires

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What saved apple's bacon

is the carriers' stupidity. At least here in Japan. If you take an IPhone on a 2 years mobile contract, it is about 500yen (~£3) per month cheaper than if you choose Android, - with the exactly same conditions. (They don't offer any windows phones, btw). Japanese carriers also offer generous cash-backs, if you take an IPhone. You could nearly buy a new IPhone from the money I was offered, just this weekend.

No doubt they contracted for huge volumes and got surprised that their fellow carriers did exactly the same. As a result they dump them and the cheapest Android is still much more expensive on a contract than even the IPhone 5s.

I wonder how to call this - war for Apple share? Apple war? Anyway, as long as it lasts there will be enough work for Foxconn, I suppose.

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NASA to programmers: Save the Earth and fatten your wallet

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"dinosaurs didn't have a space program" – and look what happened to them

They evolved into birds and flew away?

On a more serious note - make a boinc client that searches for non matches on photographic data and let it loose on the internet. People will happily donate their computing time and the electricity would be much better invested than for coin mining.

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China to blow away smog with DRONES

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Progress is marching on...

stomping over everything in it's way.

At least it's cutting edge technology. As next step I propose to build some water treatment facilities.

- What do you mean: "the water is already poisoned, anyway"?

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PayPal mudslingfest TELEVISED: Icahn and Donahoe go on telly

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Re: He'as a jerk

You described his business model quite well. On the other hand one of the main purposes of companies is to make money for their owners. One way to create this is to grow and get more and more wealthy, so the stocks price goes up. This works well for a company with a good business model in a growth market. In this case the money earned is best used by re-investing it to further grow the company.

At some point the market might be satisfied and the growth slows down. Now the company has two options. Either try to find new business fields to invest all this money coming in, or starting handing out the cash to stock owners.

CEOs usually go for the first option for various reasons. Investors might prefer the second option, however, as it is less risky.

Icahns business model is to buy stocks of seemingly peaked out companies with lots of cash or other valuable assets and try to convince the other stockholders to cash out. Perhaps not a very nice business model, but at least he is not outright evil.

Other "investors" are much worse, buying good companies, burdem them up to their neck with debt, rip them apart and sell off the pieces. Now, that is evil!

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Squidge-droids maker updates iRobot for SUCK, SCRUB action

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I bought a "discovery" years ago that still works fine. I had to replace some FETs in the charging circuit once, but otherwise no big issue. Can't use it in the living room, however, as it always sucks in the carpet fringes. Also it likes swallowing the wiring around my PC. I wonder if the new brushless system works better.

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

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If it is sold for $49 in the US and £49 in the UK, will they sell it for 49 Yen in Japan?

Mine is the one with all those wallets in the pocket...

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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@ Elmer Phud: Re: As we are talking about anecdots...

Well, there's a surprise -- a user who gets something new, doesn't like the 'newness', expects it to work exactly like the old one and 'doesn't like it'.

Did I mention, she bought a book and tried to get into "8"? Also she has lots of time on her hand.

Anyway - good for you that you got used to it quickly. I suppose you are also a 80 year old lady. If not, I would like to remind you that she got into XP when she was around 70 years old.

You do understand, that El Reg commentards are not the only ones that have to get along with "8", do you? After all it is preinstalled on pretty much any PC, sold on this planet. With a monopoly comes responsibility. A responsibility Microsoft failed to abide IMO. Personally I think it doesn't matter, as there are now tablets on the market that are easier to use than PCs ever were and will do everything the average user needs.

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As we are talking about anecdots...

my aunt bought a brand new laptop in January, after she heard that "Windows XP will be stopped". Last week she told me the following story:

- She turned it on and got completely lost how to use it. The book about using Windows 8, she bought with the laptop was no big help, apparently.

- She asked some PC support guy to help her. He updated to Windows 8.1 and took some 200 euros for his efforts. 8.1 didn't help, however. She was still lost.

- She took the whole thing and gave it away to a friend as a gift. She told me, her Windows 8 experience was so frustrating that she really wanted to smash that laptop with an axe. Unfortunately that laptop was relatively expensive, so she didn't do it.

- Now she is back, using her old XP laptop until it "stops working".

That means at least one WinXP PC is back now. It will probably turn into a troyan infested zombie, as soon as the first security hole goes unplugged. Not that it would make a lot of difference for her.

Yes, I proposed installing start8 or switching to a tablet, but you know how these old people are. They don't want to listen - reminds me of some software company.

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HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

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Re: USB was thought to be shorthand for a European country

United States of Belgium?

United States of Britain?

Hmm, not sooo unlikely.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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My first PDA

was a Agenda VR3, back in 2001. I was impressed by the OS (it was Linux based, rock stable, lots of open source ports and synced OK with outlook) but disgusted with the mediocre hardware.

My second PDA was a ASUS A600. I was impressed by the hardware (lots of RAM, fast ARM processor, colour display), but not so much by the software. PocketPC 2002. What? No writing back data to the flash? All data lost, once the battery is empty? Outlook syncing only over "active sync", which had a nasty habit of messing up my contact list?

I thought Microsoft would surely catch up quickly, after all everything had been done before. Then came a row of PocketPC incarnations that had only one thing in common - they looked, felt and worked pretty much all the same and were unavailable for my poor not so old PDA, anyway. That they changed the name to "Windows Mobile", in case it was used as a telephone OS, didn't change much, either.

I wonder how it is possible to neglect a market for such a long time? It probably takes a very concious effort. I can imagine a bunch of clueless top managers sitting in a meeting room with meta-plan boards around them, filled with phrases like "minimalise efforts", "concentrate development on core business", "follow the vision", ...

That famous video of Ballmer, laughing off the IPhone tells one thing for certain. Microsoft thought smartphones are a low margin, commodity business. You know what - that might even be true for 90% of the market. He just didn't see these 10% that are willing to pay big money.

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GNU security library GnuTLS fails on cert checks: Patch now

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Less secure than what?

So how does this make open software less secure? With a closed sourced software this bug would probably go unpatched for just as long or longer. As an added bonus you then depend on the goodwill of some company to fix it in a reasonable time frame and for the software version you are using.

A bug in a library? Good luck, finding out, which of your closed source software uses this library and is affected.

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Flying fondleslab causes injury after plane hits turbulence

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Re: Typical reg

Did you bother to read the story before posting?

If so, where do you see any attack on Apple?

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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@crisp: I feel that wearing that particlar device in a pub is quite offensive. Not to take it off, once people state, that they are feeling offended is either arrogant or stupid. To start taking a video after people get angry about you wearing a video device is - well, offensive. Add enough alcohol to the mix and things can go violent pretty fast.

IMHO she should call herself lucky that she only lost her purse.

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"she was able to capture some footage of the confrontation, which she started recording in the bar"

Did it come to her mind, that this could be part of the problem?

She should call herself lucky, that no one punched her in the face. I could imagine it would be difficult to extract parts of her spy glasses from her eyeball.

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Worlds that could support LIFE found among 715 new planets

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Pity Kepler didn't survive longer

to find a planet, Kepler needed to see at least 2 transitions of the planet in front of it's sun. Given that Kepler didn't survive even two years, there is zero chance that it could have found a planet in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. The planets it found were either around suns with lower mass than ours, or in a very low orbit.

Just a few more months of measurements would have made such a big difference. Anyway - even with the limited scope, it was still a great success, of course.

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'Demon Killer' who tied SD card to cat pleads not guilty

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The best part

was that the Japanese police already pressed confessions out of some of the innocents they arrested.

They seem to be very committed to their work - quite frightening...

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It's a scientific FACT: Online comment trolls are SADISTS

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Troll types

I wonder what kind of different troll types there are.

Up to now I identified 3 types:

- The foam in the mouth "my system is best" type

- The offensive re-poster of the same sentence, depending on the headline (usually AC)

- The accuser (everyone with another opinion is a corporate shill)

I suppose there must be much more. Any suggestions?

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North Korea to switch on the interwebs

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Mushroom

I suppose each single one of these 20 PC's will be secured with the North Korean version of a firewall - a Nork soldier, armed with a flame-thrower.

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MtGox takes heat as reasons for Bitcoin FAIL surface

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This would be a good moment

to invest in some bitcoins. First open an account at MtGox and then -

Oh, wait...

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Judge: Google owes patent troll a 1.36% cut of AdWords' BEELLIONS

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Re: @Chairo

Sure enough - I liked Altavista quite well at the time and switched to google when it was clear that they had the better search engine.

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If it was really that great a patent, why did Lycos go bust then?

Because "let's Lycos the answer" doesn't really sound so good?

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: Not sure I understand this...

and he even did it for free - how horrendous!

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