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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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Re: I Thought the Reg was an IT mag.

Don't you know about the GreenVac500 list, which ranks vacuum cleaners by Pascals per Watt?

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Re: Sewerage workers

The problem there is that the aggregate of everyone's pee and poo water contains pathogens, which are apparently screened out in the NON-DIY POOP REVERSALS.

Sanitation is a pretty cool story.

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Samsung, Apple soap opera drama: Korean giant WILL churn out chips for iPhones, iPads

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wow

I'm amazed that Apple still can't cut out arch-nemesis Samsung from the picture. Good game, TSMC.

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SCREW YOU, net neutrality hippies – AT&T halts gigabit fiber

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Re: Yeah, right

You'll see that Google Fiber has "started early discussions with 34 cities in 9 metro areas around the United States to explore what it would take to bring a new fiber-optic network to their community."

How many regional monopolies does Google Fiber have to put to shame before the ISPs start competing again? Do Google Fiber and other entities have to expand gigabit to every city before Time Warner, Comcast, AT&T et al. will improve their services? Keep in mind that Google Fiber plans to make money while doing this, independent of theoretical benefits of more Google users or ad exposure.

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Re: Yeah, right

"In what, two cities?"

https://fiber.google.com/ourcities/

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Re: Yeah, right

Meanwhile, Google thinks it can roll out 10 Gbps before 2020.

I shed a gentle tear for the poor, misunderstood, and most importantly, over-regulated AT&T.

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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pics

Panoramic photograph expected within an hour or so!

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Re: it's optional

Intel tried. Their roadmap keeps 1366x768 in the entry category of 2014 laptops. Intel completely missed the phablet and ultra-high PPI phone displays (as high as 2560x1440), but correctly predicted a trend towards greater than 4K premium displays (Dell, iMac).

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it's optional

As long as I can be more productive on the laptop, and it costs less while performing better than a phone or tablet, with a better UI and a larger screen, the laptop can be the desktop. Surface is a neat idea but entirely overpriced. Just getting a stupid keyboard for your choice of app-laden tablet costs $70-130.

The $300-500 laptop range is great. Broadwell will arrive in force soon along with Kaveri's successor. 1366x768 panels will hopefully die out.

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WATCH Rosetta's Philae's SUCCESSFUL drop on Comet 67P

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Re: Fascinating viewing

Got to love the music mix though

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Mozilla makeover to boost Tor torque, capacity

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advertising

"The company was also developing an 'experiment' through it's nightly Firefox builds to establish a means to keep advertisers happy without invasive user tracking."

My guess is that it will end up replacing "private window", so the users that don't bother initiating a private session can still be tracked by advertisers. Since they are setting up relays, it seems they are all in and will make Tor part of the core functionality of Firefox. Let's hope they can get some Tor vulnerabilities patched up before it launches.

"First, Mozilla engineers are evaluating the Tor Project’s changes to Firefox, to determine if changes to our own platform codebase can enable Tor to work more quickly and easily."

Even before Tor lands in vanilla Firefox, the Tor Browser might get improvements.

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Kryder's law craps out: Race to UBER-CHEAP STORAGE is OVER

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Re: I'm old enough to remember

Fill a 2.5"/3.5" form factor with these, and watch disks, NAND, and tape die.

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Re: WTF?

Everyone to Stewart Baker: Don't quit your day job. Oh wait...

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Hans Neij of Pirate Bay arrested in Thailand

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Re: As ye sow, so shall ye reap

Yes, society will reap incalculable benefits from keeping filesharing kingpins behind bars.

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Except there were no cheap computers and Internet access, so edgy blokes had to curse the aeromobiles from the pub.

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Multi Jet Fusion: THAT's HP's promised 3D printer, not crazy 'leccy invention

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coming soon

Another exciting and revolutionary innovation from HP... in 2 years. Maybe. Along with memristors.

I read the hype about this printer yesterday. It seems very capable and a real effort in making HP not just a leader in 3D printing but making the plasticky goods that come out of it useful. I want to be less skeptical than Simon but HP talks big (memristors, "The Machine") yet the company has been cleaved in two since. Tom's Hardware claims that "Those competitors are not so much the consumer-grade MakerBots of the world, but more like Stratasys; which is to say, this technology is aimed primarily at commercial applications." I'm eager to see more ceramic/metal/circuit/cellulose extrusion in the future so we can move beyond plastic, chocolate, and pizza printers.

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

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Re: Another reason it might be pointless

They should have spent the $185-200 million on encrypting everything.

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NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA

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Re: Great steaming hairy...

What's pathetic is less this story and more the MPAA and North Atlantic Theater Organization.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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This could have been avoided by renaming it "Al-Quida-Free Anti-Terror Network"

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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

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Paris Hilton

Now an HP scanner - that can be sexy.

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Re: Pretty arrogant

This would all be fixed with a covert smartglasses device, with the lens as the screen, rather than a corner screen that causes eye strain and gets you attacked.

As for romance, allow the distracted to fail. Let the few who can deliver cheesy lines dictated by their smartglasses succeed.

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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"Worst one-night stand EVER"

"Worst one-night stand EVER" - sez who?

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How to hit the top of Google's rankings: 'Use a new dot-thing gTLD'

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$$$

ICANN made its millions, now it's Google's turn to help out the owners of shiny new gTLDs. Nothing selfish about that, right?

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Re: Great Scott!

2015: The year we sob in our terrestrial cars, clutching hoverboards made from spare lawn mower parts and swigging Pepsi Throwback.

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Vote for us: We're slinging cash at supercomputers!

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20 Tflop

"Its latest, the 20 Tflop “Barcoo” machine, started pushing electrons in August of 2013 to feed its 70-node, 1,120-core Sandy Bridge iron."

So this sentence is describing two separate computers, then?

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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the off-ice

Maybe it was an office for appearances only, like those empty patent troll offices down in Texas.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Re: "so that the car knows the human is not a reliable input.”

It's the quote that defines this article.

I assume the answer is something like #3, except the car passively attempts to reduce the risk of an accident by driving slower, and will attempt to go off-road (off-cliff?) if necessary. Keep in mind this is the 90% autonomous vehicle.

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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

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Re: Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

Ebola is barely transmissible compared to measles or the flu, and ISIS is a problem of the US's own making, surrounded by enemies (Assad, Iran, Turkey, Saudis, Kurds, "Iraq", US from the sky, etc.)

Whereas the NSA programs have barely slowed down, and will improve in reach as technology improves.

Good luck on developing that perspective.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Re: 2GB GPU to drive a 5k display?

Enlighten us? There's no such thing as 5K content unless you are downscaling from some uber-expensive 8K recording equipment. There is 4K video. So the 5K will be used for stuff that scales to any resolution, like browser windows or the desktop with icons. Are you saying 3-4 GB of VRAM is needed for 4K video content or... for gaming purposes on the iMac?

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Re: Retina iMac

I like the 5K stunner because I hope Intel's trickle down theory of display resolutions comes true. (1366x768 plz go)

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Disaster roster: OMG, are YOU SAFE? I dunno. Check Facebook

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checking in

"According to Zuck's spin doctors, people don't rely on the police, UN or even the Thunderbirds when disaster strikes. No, no, no. They flock to Facebook."

It's true though, just look at the social media response to the Fukushima tsunami. People "checked in" on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Retweeting the Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Disaster: "Twitter was an important social medium for distributing information to millions of people worldwide, including in Japan, with the Japanese government sharing emergency information, relief organizations sharing shelter information, and ordinary citizens posting news of their local situations."

A Social Network for Emergency Notifications: "Yeah, you know, when we first started, we actually had that in mind, because we really noticed things like Twitter, things like Facebook. During the whole Japan earthquake tsunami crisis, there was a lot-and there's also another social network in Japan called Mixi. They really were leveraging that for information sharing and posting status updates of 'I'm safe' or 'Do you know where my sister, daughter, whatever is?'"

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Julian Assange discovers Google's given MONEY to EFF

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Ouch! Criticism rejected!

Assange may have waffled on the EFF example, but he has a book and specific claims about Google and Eric Schmidt that can be scrutinized. The tone of this article is a little much.

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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Re: Hungarian notation

Shouldn't you be sporting a shiny vulture badge?

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BEND IT like YOGA: Newest Lenovo gadgets have built in PROJECTORS

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hangouts

1 tablet per wall

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Chatting to Al Qaeda? Try not to do that – Ex spy chief defends post-Snowden NSA

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"Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal. The only thing America respects is power and power concedes nothing. I'm a reflection of the community. Only God can judge me. Let the Lord judge the criminals. Support me... If you don't understand me don't write about me. I was raised in this society so you can't expect me to be a perferct person cause Ima do what Ima do." - Keith Alexander

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Rise of the Machines: FIRST HUMAN VICTIM – 2015

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Death via internet, online contract killers and crime-as-a-service

Good luck finding reliable reviews for assassins on a Dark Wallet type Bitcoin marketplace. A++++ would kill again.

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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Paris Hilton

Can't believe I've never read the corrupted word "sleb" before.

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You folks probably don't have much to say on the Comcast-TWC merger ... FCC extends deadline for comments anyway

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We should tell the FCC to force the resulting company to follow net neutrality rules (insert your definition here) for 10 years. By 2024 there should be real competition, more fiber, and more mesh.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: Missing the point

To be fair to the author, whom I just bashed below, Wired reports that "Subversive ambitions aside, Wilson doesn’t hide the fact that the Ghost Gunner is also a money-making project. Unlike Defense Distributed’s 3D-printing projects in the past, Wilson says selling its own CNC mill offers his group a way to fund its activities."

The product isn't merely intended to advance a debate, and should be scrutinized.

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this article is anti-hype hype

>This "news" comes to us because a man famous for pretending to make working guns from 3D-printed plastic is selling such machinery - which does rather prove that his 3D printed plastic guns were indeed rubbish, and that you should take everything he says with a large pinch of salt.

No. Cody Wilson is trying to push the envelope of what's available. A cheaper CNC mill for crafting lower receivers here, a successful demo of a plastic gun there. I don't think his followers are specifically looking to create weak plasticky weapons they can sneak through metal detectors. They just want the ability to reproduce 3D designs that happen to be weapons, without bothering with pesky rules and regs. If 3D printing advances to be able to fully print a metal gun cheaply, DD will push that technology.

>And there you have it - by spending thousands of dollars, learning some complicated skills and doing some machining, you have obtained a functioning semi- or even, potentially, fully-automatic** weapon and you didn't have to comply with any pesky gun controls. Wow! Big stuff, eh

Backers of Ghost Gunner are getting exactly what they pay for: a cheap general-purpose CNC mill well suited to creating lower receivers. 80 percent lowers already exist on the market, so there must be some existing interest in crafting lower receivers without serial numbers. It's irrelevant whether this is cheapest or easiest way to acquire AR-15s. What's relevant is the demand. If it doesn't exist, Cody Wilson doesn't get his DD funding blitz. Somehow I don't think many backers willing to lay down $1200 are going to be confused as to what they are purchasing.

>Well that may be, the argument goes, but there's more: if the people are armed the government can't oppress them.

I don't think the point is for one person to defend their home against SWAT with one AR-15 (DD are also working on other lower receiver designs). It's for swarms of people to advance on the government with weapons. Look at how much mainland China fears dissent without guns involved. Whether that fantasy can or will need to become true is another story.

I'll agree that DD's efforts are redundant considering the already strong opposition to gun control legislation in America. This is just one more way to give the government the finger.

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Re: Oh dear gawd

https://ghostgunner.net/

"By miniaturizing the build envelope to just large enough to mill common firearm receivers, we were able to improve rigidity, reduce material cost and simultaneously relax some design limits, allowing us to sell an inexpensive machine with more than enough accuracy to manufacture firearms."

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Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens

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Re: "Plenty of other users don't feel comfortable giving the firm their personal information"

And yet, Facebook has backed down in part on their policy in response to pressure. I guess not participating isn't the only solution, huh?

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They haven't stopped people from being anonymous on Facebook. Whatever they are doing to enforce the policy is ineffective. Instead, they are angering users and creating bad press.

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Plenty of people get away with having a "fake name" account on Facebook (and the names are full of memes, trust me). Drag queens, domestic abuse survivors and others actually have compelling reasons to hide their true identities.

I'll join this burgeoning chorus in condemning Zuck. He doesn't want what's good for users or society. He's looking out for the advertisers, his real customers. He doesn't want that 140 dollars per user figure to shrink. This setback for the policy is in response to bad PR, and the policy is not going away. It's just getting more selective enforcement.

"According to Cox's statement, Facebook has never required people to use their legal name, merely the name they are known under."

Get out of here with your BS intact policy. How do you determine the name someone is known under? You put them under the microscope and kill their anonymity in pursuit of the targeted ad impression dollar.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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Even after he's announced his plans to retire, Holder tirelessly defends the interests of the U.S. police state. Truly an inspiration to us all.

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Canberra drone team dances a samba in Outback Challenge

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The next step: swapping the bright yellow jacket for camo.

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