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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Re: We are coming to the Moon FOREVER

On the one hand, honoured to have received attention from Mars. On the other, it wasn't broken. Weak maybe...

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We are coming to the Moon FOREVER

Iron-ski

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Japanese schoolkids arrested in £2.4 MEEELLION phone fraud bust

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Re: Interesting...

Thank you for sharing those cultural insights. How could we ever hope to understand Japanese culture without the knowledge vouchsafed to us by a bloke that knows another bloke.

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Re: I know this might be a little inappropriate.....

Funny you should say that.To me, all trolls look the same

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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You can get seriously rich from J P Morgan advice

Especially if you work for J P Morgan

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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

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Re: 65 inches won't make me look any better

It might - to a she-whale

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sounds like a TV with a Chromecast dongle plugged into it.

Or even an Apple TV

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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The eBook-selling model is wrong

What follows excludes reference, technical books and so on, applies to the mainstream consumer publishing, and is all IMHO of course ...

Publishers are trying to force their paper business models onto a digital market and that's not sustainable. Why buy an eBook? Physical books are for keeping. eBooks are just for reading. A Spotify for books is technically feasible but the publishers won't allow it.

Currently publishers force libraries to buy multiple copies of an eBook if they want to lend to more than one borrower at a time. And they force them to restock the eBook when it 'wears out'. That's why libraries have such limited stocks of eBooks, which never include the more obscure titles.

Since libraries can already manage to pay per-use fees to publishers for paper books, it will be immediately obvious that they could easily do the same for eBooks. And, since digital distribution is so much more feasible for niche titles, such a system could easily extend to the most obscure and out-of-print.

Ideally governments would take the lead on this but if not, there's a whole new lucrative monopoly business out there for some visionary

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ICO plugs XSS vuln in its website. Only took watchdog FIVE YEARS

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(Re)Curses!

Someone should report the ICO to the ICO

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Re:a credible reason for having five people working on the same document

Composing vision statements - those usually require the literary skills of the entire board. Note - the answer would have been different if the question had been about 'credible documents'.

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

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Re: Nice try

Sorry I'd missed the part about all the NSA's snooping being lawful and legal. I'd somehow got the impression they'd been engaged in covert and illicit activities.

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Re: Nice try

"Report: NSA Has Plans To Infect “Millions” Of Computers With Malware"

http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/12/report-nsa-has-plans-to-infect-millions-of-computers-with-malware/

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Nice try

In order to defeat the Trojan that the NSA has installed on your PC, they'll need to encrypt the data before it gets to your keyboard. And then the NSA will initiate a covert program to have us all chipped.

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

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Re: mirrors the endless discussion of Max Clifford's penis

Odious leech? I think you'll find that only describes one part of him

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Audio reviewing is not what it used to be

Audio is the Reg's deaf spot - the one technical subject matter where apparently no experience or knowledge is required (well, that and global warming...).

Plots from a Bruel & Kjaer analyser or it didn't happen.

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Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

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Using disasters to promote sales

Despicable

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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The real story

Reg articles seem to be getting more sceptical about Cabinet Office and the Government Digital Service - that's a good thing. In comparison, Impossible.com are mere dilettantes in the art of budget-splurging and nondelivery. I'm hoping one day for some real digging into Cabinet Office's track record - it'll be a shocker.

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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Bloody officer class

Ironic given that it's part of that story of how we plucky Brits all pulled together in the war. Not surprising though given the involvement of Scarlett, that pinstriped Poundland knock-off of Field Marshall Haig

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From corporate bod to startup star: The 10-month gig that changed everything

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Working through iron bars

Don't get me started. Security in big organisations is (in my experience) mandated by professional arse-coverers. They can quite ISO standards verbatim but couldn't tell a certain item of network equipment from the homonymous tool found in a carpenter's workshop. They are the kind of people who force web developers to work on IE6 because newer versions may have undiscovered bugs (and that's a real example)

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

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Margaret Hodge has said she was "shocked to her bone"

Presumably said in the same tone of voice used by Claude Rains in Casablanca

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Re: Wearables could still be attractive if you have a smartphone

If your watch has a cellular radio and colour screen, it will be power hungry too

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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

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A transparent camera?

Let's all the light pass through, and doesn't block any? I see no problems with that...

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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Wearables are definitely the solution

Remind me again - what's the problem?

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: My head wants to explode thinking about this.

If that doesn't do it - wait till they give you your change!

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Re: Kids today don't know they're born.

But no doubt you have pointed that out to them

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Brilliant idea

Then you could make contactless payments with coins

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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Re: As much as I loved Star wars

Hear hear - children's movies for middle-aged men. That goes for Star Trek too. There must be some other spaceships they can explode.

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Ex-Xbox gros fromage joins wireless speaker whizzkids Sonos

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Now they need to recruit ...

... someone from Bose to be in charge of sound quality

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Haunted Empire calls Apple 'a cult built around a dead man.' Tim Cook calls it 'nonsense'

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Re: Someone is WRONG on the Internet (was: Great Automator Script Available)

Comment is an irregular verb:

I comment

You rant

They babble

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Re: While Steve Jobs was alive, it was fair to call Apple a cult built around him.

You worked there? No? Then how the flip do you know?

Is it the reports of employees being programmed in weeks-long indoctrination sessions? The stories about daily Steve worship? No - because those things didn't happen

Apple is no more a cult than Oracle, Softbank, News International. Virgin, or any other large company with an egotistical figurehead who gets shit done.

I'd venture to say there's an anti-Apple cult - that's if a cult can be defined as a mass of people who mindlessly repeat a litany of clichés without thought of what they mean or whether they have any basis in reality.

This, by the way, is not a pro-Apple rant. I think I'd probably hate to work there. It's just my fuse being blown by the sheer unthinking inanity of what passes for comment on the subject

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Re: Apple was doomed before Steve Jobs came back to take its helm

All companies are doomed - ultimately.

I'd bet several of my ex-Mt Gox stash of Bitcoins on Apple having another decade of industry leadership before fading away Sony-style

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Those things can take a long time to build up

Like Mao said - the longest march begins with a single step

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

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Re:Smart watches an Apple product?

No. Not yet. Probably not ever.

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PAF! MPs go postal over postal location data sell-off by Coalition.gov

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Re: Thus the Royal Mail owns it.

Solution - transfer PAF and the responsibility for updating it to the Ordnance Survey

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Crap turnover, sucky margins: TV is a 'terrible business' – Steve Jobs

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TV's old hat

Basing a strategy around a big box in the corner of the room went out with 1950s-style nuclear families. TV is just another screen for beaming our devices at

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Re: Jobs was a genius

When the TV's backlight goes, take the back off, move it in front of the window, and watch only daytime TV.

You're welcome

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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Obligatory kickstarter

Mamod desktop steam engine coupled to a generator with a micro USB plug. Sounds a mini steam whistle when your device is charged.

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Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

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Re: Johnny Castaway

I miss Kitten Shaver (and its Easter egg mode Bloody Kitten Shaver).

Good, clean, innocent, sadistic fun

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Report: Apple flushes 12.9-inch MaxiPad plan down the drain

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So...

... no Apple Large Screen TV, iWatch, MaxiPad, Large screen iPhone.

If all these analysts were laid end-to-end, it would be easier to load them into the circus cannon

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: You missed the obvious

Hence the old proverb, "love and marriage goes together like corned-beef and pliers"

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Re: Not correct!

It means "wingless iron eagle that bites metal splinters in its beak of steel"

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Nipper rolls up at nursery with 48 wraps of HEROIN

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Pity

I was expecting a story about the HMV pooch's fall from grace

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Punters think 'cul de sac' sounds upmarket

Whereas the French know it really means arse of a scrotum

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

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And while all that's going on...

Terrorists are writing their messages on slips of paper and leaving them in cracks in walls

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Re: I invite the US and the other 5 eyes partners...

Having sex in a prison cell with a misanthrope in an orange polyester jumpsuit - those 'babes' will be queueing around the block!

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It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

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Note to self

When I go home tonight - uninstall Flash

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It's BANKS v TELCOs: Mobe payments systems go head-to-head

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My money is already in my bank account and they pay me interest

My bank is regulated and I have a pretty clear understanding of who is liable when things go wrong.

The phone companies would like me to move money through them, so they can earn interest on it, and probably charge me a fee for the privilege. And when things go wrong they'll no doubt engage in a circle-jerk of blame with the banks leaving me without my money.

Phone companies - here's a thought: invest in your networks and leave banking to the banks

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Apple iOS 8 'will put end' to crap map app rap flap misery

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Re: Crap Map App

But at least, if you run Mavericks on a Macbook, you'll have a Laptop Crap Map App with App Nap

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YES, new Office for OS X is COMING, says German Microsoft bod

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Obligatory post

Bring back Word 5.1

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

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I haven't read the patent but ...

As it's an Apple patent mentioned on the Reg, it must be bogus.Cue Daily Express-style rant about how we used to do exactly the same thing, when I were a lad back in the Bronze Age, with a lump of amber and a sharpened stick. Now if I could just remember where I've put me teeth and me Werther's Originals...

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