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Facebook taps up NASA boffins to launch drone fleet, laser comms lab

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Longevity

What happens when his products/services, and thus ability to fund this, goes the way of, for example, Second Life, which was the big thing a few years back?

Don't remember them? Exactly. But at the time it was going to "change everything".

It's a wonderful idea for a stop-gap but hopefully the countries benefitting will eventually be able to put in place something more robust before this project comes to an end. This might give them the breathing space to do so whilst their economies benefit (hopefully) from better connectivity for citizens.

On a totally separate tack, does this remind anyone of the ArchAngel network from "The Sound of Drums"? I am sure other similar examples abound on the bookshelves of Reg readers.

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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It really could be the fabled "Killer App"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-RkuXPj3Q4 should provide some clues as to why

Probably transferred from a Video Casette Recorder, whatever that is..... ;)

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Glow in the dark Y fronts?

Not likely to have the p*** taken out of you by anyone at all. Oh no.

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

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Alas I am reminded that here in the UK we've been similarly stupid

Regarding Daniel Cuthbert of the infamous DEC Hacking case.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/11/tsunami_hacker_followup/

So whilst the presentation of "fact" by the prosecutor in this newer instance offends our professional opinion, glass houses and stones.

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Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch goes nuclear: Claims HP 'misleads' its own shareholders

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@ ac "he should shut up"

That's a bit unfair. Given the tortuous length of time legal processes, especially transnational ones, can take and the apparent lack of progress, what's he supposed to do for work in the meantime?

Given the level at which he operates, it might be hard for any company or investor to be satisfied as to due dilligence of emploing him so until he is vindicated (if that is what happens, I appreciate the issue remains open) he's left in a potentially ruinous situation.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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No, ask Stan Lee, not Jet Li

I've been reading about the multiverse for decades in Marvel comics. And Michael Moorcock books. Glad to see the boffins finally catching up.

Now if they could start watching BTTF we might all get our flying cars just a bit sooner. If they watch Dr. Who as well, then perhaps I might already have missed the announcement....

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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Re: So what is going on?

I have no idea about most of your questions, but for the bit about the arc, I understand that the satellite really functions like a basic radar/sonar without any direction capability, so you've only got the distance it was from the satellite at that time with any certainty.

After that, it's just really a more complex version of "an artillery shell explodes in flight" questions that used to form part of the maths syllabus when I was at school. Plenty of variables such as the rate(s) of fuel consumption for the (uncertain) altitude(s) flown to that point and the possible glide distance from when it runs out but that's what computers are for....

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Object Storage suppliers: Bikers? Dentists? Or Biker Dentists?

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Biker Dentist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOtMizMQ6oM

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Dammit internet... you promised naked videos of my Facebook friends

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Meanwhile, in the Fortress of Solitude

Conforming to stereotype, we remain immune to all this and can venture forth to rescue mere mortals.

After all, looking at the bloke (probably) on the IT desk next to you, would you really want to see that undressed?

Slowly?

(Sorry)

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Re: Are they blond?

Leaving aside the fact that Dell could probably do the image at such a marginal cost that they should be offering it as a free option, if you extended the arguement about distribution cost, what should happen if a customer totally incapable of doing this for themselves gets a custom PC built at a small mom-and-pop shop and asks for this software (perhaps becuase one of use told them it was good idea)?

Is it reasonable to expect the builder to not charge for their time?

What if I go into a shop, for sake of example, PC World (No, I would never, but that's not the point) and ask for this to be installed on my year old laptop. The techie is no more likely to read the T&Cs than the rest of us do for most software. Can I then collect it and walk out without paying the bill, because that's what the agreement says? That would seem unreasonable at the very least and possibly criminal.

Whilst I am sure the motives of the Mozilla people are noble, there does seem to be a little bit of potential unfairness in this in some circumstances.

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti...

At least they've got the fauna for that kind of thing.

(Look, I didn't start the Python references, OK?....)

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Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum

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Harriet Jones got bored

No Sycorax recently for Torchwood to take potshots at

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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@ Dodgy Geezer

Probate is NOT required to settle an estate. I've executed several wills and thus acted as an attorney (IANAL. Any idiot can be an attorney and many also practice as what is referred to in the US as an Attorney-at-law, here we call them solicitors. Not all are idiots.)

As executor I didn't even need to involve a solicitor in one case and in the other the only thing I used them for was a land registry transfer of the house. It just depends on how reasonable the other parties are going to be about the will etc. Probate is usually required where there are high value estates and the parties involved (Banks etc) want to be able to avoid liabilities should they release funds etc to the wrong person, understandable from their point of view, but not a legal necessity.

Sheltering behind the requirement for probate and court orders is in many cases on the same level as marketing companies, councils and bailiffs that try to hide behind "data protection" when you challenge why they wont tell you information they claim to have about you (once identity and/or consent is established), or "health and safety" regarding stupid rules in other circumstances. In these cases it's the last refuge of scoundrels and the ignorant.

It is not the first time that Apple and what happens on the death of an account holder have surfaced here http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/03/bruce_willis_in_itunes_will_spat/ although apparently things later turned out not to be as originally presented.

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Facebook, Instagram give dodgy online gun sales the BULLET

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Usual nonsense.

There's no difference in the legal obligation on the gun dealer to make the appropriate checks simply due to the advertising being online as described in the article. Certainly it gives them a wider potential audience but this is the typical "blame the internet" response. Any substantial offence is the same and would be committed if they'd met in a bar or via a 5x3" card posted in the customer notices secton at the local newsstand.

It would be like complaining that paved roads enabled people to travel further and sell more guns and blaming the highways authorities for facilitating crime. That's leaving out the issue of the death rate on the roads...

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Where will the savings be made?

"will soon only be able to watch programmes commissioned for that channel on the iPlayer"

There's been plenty of repeats on BBC3 recently, my little one is currently catching up on Dr. Who that I felt he was too young for a couple of years ago. It will be a shame if those go off air as I prefer him to see them on the freeview+ recorder than give him access to the PC, but I digress.

If the programmes commissioned for that channel continue to be made so that they can be seen on the iPlayer, as I infer from the quote above, there will be the ongoing production costs. The rest is just repeat fees ("residuals"?) which I assume apply regardless of the method of transmission and which might for some programmes increase as it is possible to tell how many people watch the more popular ones, and some incidental expenses for the off-screen continuity announcers.

Thus it would appear to my relatively uneducated eye that the only real saving is the cost of transmission. Assuming that Auntie is not selling of part of the multiplex, and IIRC earlier in the day that slot is used by one of the (younger, natch) children's channels, then apart from the electricity bill for the transmitters what is being saved.

Or have I misread this?

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DARPA wants help to counter counterfeits

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Re: SHIELD?

Originally: Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division.

None of this new fangled stuff.

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Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too

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"Most systems currently expect the call to drop, which means you’ll have to redial."

Not exactly convenient or safe if I'm driving, having started a call and gone to handsfree before I set off (before anyone starts).

Particularly irritating if its my controller trying to direct me to a patient or I'm giving the hospital an update on what I've got.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Dont repair it, replace with fibre as and when this happens

Gradually the entire country will get done. Given that the labour is being deployed anyway, the marginal cost is not so bad.

Mind you, I think there'd be a rise in vandalism between the houses of most Reg readers and the exchange. Funny that.....

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China's web giants unite to defuse Windows XP bombshell

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Lets face it

If anyone (other than the NSA) knows how to find any vulnerabilities in (any version of) Windows, then given their resources, my money would be on the Chinese.

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Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

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A better flying car

http://www.aeromobil.com/#url-specification

Have a look at the video http://www.independent.co.uk/video/?videoid=3061425677001

Looks better than the Terrafugia

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Ethiopian journos hit by Hacking Team spyware, say infosec bods

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Possible explanation

Is it possible that such software has been "liberated" from such agencies in the same way as Snowden liberated documents, where lax controls seem to have not been much of an impediment?

I just wonder if a different agent/ex-agent with few scruples might have thought this could be a useful means of supplementing their meagre pension. I have no idea if the legitimate purchasers are required to do some kind of online registration when installing such stuff. I rather think they'd object to the IP/system type info that this would give a contractor so perhaps not, in which case once in the wild its rather free to replicate. Even dongles can be stolen and probably copied by those in such agencies with the right tools.

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So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band

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Passive sensors?

Is this the sort of thing that could enable me to scatter loads of pressure pads around the garden to act as a wireless, self powered net that can alert a home security system when activated?

Leaving aside the issue of false alarms from the cat, which can be filtered out elsewhere, if so there's a use for these in easy fit and (possibly) maintenance free fire alarms (the temperature bit) and security systems (as well as the pressure pad/door switch, the light sensor could equate to the old electric eye).

Enlighted replies from those who understand this tech better than me grateful appreciated.

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Duracell powers into cloud storage market

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Tech Support: Is their BOFH Mr Bumbledrop?

Because you know the PFY just has to be Torchy. The Battery Boy

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Crown Commercial Services turn screws on Commodity IT suppliers

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Should we pray they don't alter it further

The black cloak with the helmet, thank you.

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Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video

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Remember how silly some people looked when the first bluetooth headsets came out for mobiles?

Patience people, patience.

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@ AC 28 Jan 19:19 - Not necessarily true

In the UK at least, you are allowed to have screens or monitors on and visible to the driver if they are telling you about the condition or position of the vehicle. Examples include a screen showing information such as (k)mph, rpm, oil and tyre pressure, open doors, "GPS", and video including, but not limited to, reversing cameras. Some manufacturers are now fitting TV instead of rear view mirrors, on all the time, and there are trials of forward facing cameras using spectrum outside the normal range of the human eye to supplement driver's vision on a screen. There's nothing in law to stop you using your laptop or even your old CRT to rig up something like this, although the latter might prove cumbersome.

If the screens are positioned in such a way as to cause you to take your eye off the road for too long, and therefore becoming dangerous, that is a different issue and tackled with other legislation regarding drivers conduct. Google glass would seem to deal with that nicely so if it is in some way connected to senders in the car, that would place this information in the eyeline of the driver in an appropriate way, similar to the "heads up display" in the windscreens of some high end cars.

I suspect the legislation is broadly similar in other countries although there will be variations.

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A real life Romulan-Klingon alliance: Google, Samsung sign global patent pact

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Big Brother

Sharing Intellectual Property....

Given that Google (and many other companies) regard information held on us as their property, does that mean the reporting back to the mothership that my Samsung "smart" TV does (or would do it if was actually connected) will be added to Google's "database of everything" or possibly vice versa?

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Radio 4 is worth the licence fee alone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lzS8yW8INA

Oh the irony

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"Radio 4 is worth the licence fee alone"

Aah, memories

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lzS8yW8INA

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Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

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Re: Prior Art

And if you get the "shorty" configuration of the C3000, HP basically turn it on it's side and put a set of castors on, so the components can go in either way if MS as saying that's the USP. Also this chassis (and the 7000) is capable of taking blades of different sizes as well, some are "full height" as opposed to the more normal (here at least) half height and I think I've seen a couple of double width ones on an obscure page but I may be incorrect on that. Blades available in all sorts of types: Storage,Tape drive etc.

I am probably missing something but when I read the article I really didnt see anything our 3000 isn't capable of doing if asked nicely (and I get a budget).

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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"...to help /snip/ doctors..." Another pre-hospital health professional writes

We're going to need some new conventions, maybe even (gosh) standards:

How bright is this thing going to light up? If I rock up in my ambulance to a "person collapsed, query cause" with red flashing eyes, am I going to have to know that flashing red lenses are hypoglycemia if supplied by Google, of might indicate an MI if (for example) they're from Samsung? Do I look for a trademark? What if Eadon's made his own using Linux and I get it wrong (no, don't all reply to that one :) )

I might not want to get too close, it might in fact be that I'm actually looking at a damaged (but still powered) T800 with a slightly torn ophthalmic camouflage, or if the red effect is rather dull, maybe a human newly infected with Rage.

Also if the nearest and dearest are on scene, saying "my hubby's got these lenses which do X if Y has happened" and X has not happened, I'm still going to have to test for Y just in case the batteries are gone etc. I'm not sure who they will help but outside of a controlled environment it's probably not going to be anyone other than the wearer. Assuming they're in a position to relay the information of course.

That said, as an early warning system for the user, or a means to save people having to test their blood regularly, it might have much to recommend it.

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Tesla is on fire! Model S car sales are red hot – just like their chargers (yow)

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UK Numberplate

By spooky co-incidence I saw TESIA today on a Nissan Leaf on the A12 Link Road coming into London.

Yes the letters were pushed together to make the name and no it doesn't have to be printed as TES1A.

Perhaps any Tesla owner happening to have 1EAF would wish to swap?

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Pesky protesters FORCE GOOGLE STAFF INTO THE SEA

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Pirate

Re: If they are forced offshore...

If the googlemeisters venture out onto the briny deep, will this increase the risk of piracy?

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Circuits so flexible they'd wrap around your hair

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@ Martin Budden - Lightweight

"I want my self-driving car! I want it now!!!" - Oh ye of little ambition.

I want my self-flying car! I want it now!!!

(Before anyone tries to up the ante, lets not get silly about having teleportation unrealistiacally early eh?, not before say 2017 anyway)

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Justice minister tries to further delay snoop silo laws in Germany

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Re: Is it just me?

It just shows that they learn from their mistakes, for which we should give them full credit. I wish HMG (and others) would learn not only from our mistakes but those of other nations. Unfortunately at the time of writing, neither seems a likely prospect. It appears, and I hope I am skirting carefully enough around Godwin, that we are putting in place the means where such mistakes would be easier to execute, should anyone so wish in the future.

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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There's more good news in the press release

" The rules aim to keep pace with the growing number and variety of radio equipment devices and ensure that they do not interfere with each other while respecting essential health and safety requirements."

IF (note capitalisation) this works then presumably as kit us replaced over time my wifi and cordless telephone will no longer be wiped out by the microwave/baby monitor etc next door and also the amateur beardies will no longer be stuffed by Ethernet-over-power.

Admittedly when I saw the bit in the article about negotiating the sale radio equipment I held out some hope about abolishing DAB and standardising on DAB+ but you can't have everything...

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$1,000 BOUNTY offered for FINGERPRINTS of a GLOBAL SPY CHIEF

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I'm really intrigued by the possible proofs on this one. Perhaps successfully activating some kind of massive weapon?

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

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Blockbuster

Further functionality to be added soon, as predicted in the 1970's

"....She could kill you with a wink of her eye,

Oh yeah, it was electric, so frantically hectic......"

Sweet

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Bloke, 27, cuffed, charged over stolen selfie smut site UGotPosted

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Re: Nasty Blackmail @ rm -rf/

"The moral of the whole story is if you don't want to be highly embarrassed then don't have saucy pics taken of yourself and certainly don't be stupid enough to store them on Facebook."

That's a bit harsh. People take photos. People expect privacy, possibly based on what IT companies tell them. Sometimes people put the photos where they can be accessed by a wider audience than intended, and sometimes flaws are found in the configuration/settings of the software or they are (as appears to be the case here) victims of a crime which may include having their accounts compromised. We (as an industry) constantly bitch about all the security holes that get found in software we (as an industry) sell so how are the punters expected to have better security?

It's a bit like saying that if a burglar breaks into your garage, if you've a canister of petrol stored inside and s/he uses it to commit arson and burn down your property, that it's your fault.

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CyanogenMod Android firmware gains built-in SMS encryption

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Re: Nothing to hide

Or, hopefully, it may be someone sending personal data, and the sender is aware of their obligations under the Data Protection Act, It could for example be a GP responding to a request from a colleague for some information from notes on a patient and secure email is for some reason not available. The practice might irritate the authorities but actually it's just ordinary people/businesses trying to obey the law and it shouldn't upset them once this is pointed out. There's nothing to stop the authorities coming with a warrant and asking for the plain text if they've got a justifiable concern.

I handle some personal data and I'd present plain text in reply to a warrant to show that any concerns are groundless (at least as far as I know) and they can hopefully then quickly move on to something else needing their time and attention. (That's meant to be public spirited, not sarcastic)

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

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In Mexico, thieves die like dogs.....

....in this case, they die like Strontium Dogs.*

*OK, some poetic licence taken with the source (oops, sorry again)

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DON'T PANIC: No FM Death Date next month, minister confirms

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Adding kit in cars - actually a bit dodgy

Many of these things, like satnavs, are suckered to the windscreen. Anything in the "swept area", i.e. that covered by the wipers is an MOT failure, not just at the time of the test (when you can take it off) but anytime that the traffic police officer wants to start writing. It's especially relevant if you've been involved in a bump whether it's your fault or not. Having this sort of thing could make it so in the eyes of the insurers and the courts.

Yes I know world+dog do it with their sat-navs, that doesn't make it legal and I do see lots of road users with these things positioned right in their line of sight, not realising just how large an object it can block from view. Reaching for the thing to change channel if it's not close could also lead to a charge of failing to be in proper control of your vehicle. We used to have accidents as people changed cassette, that sort of thing might make a comeback.

I expect also that there might be issues with reception if they are not "visible" to the transmitter through the glass, and also some of the glass in cars such as heating elements, UV filtering etc can affect reception, so its a sort of no-win situation for many potential users.

And what of non-car vehicles with radios fitted? Radios are becoming more common on motorcycles, and I expect there are other types of users such as boats (both leisure and commercial). How far does DAB go, the trawlermen might need the shipping forecast?

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Fancy knocking off early? Just run our fake computer crash 'virus', say admen

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Re: Don't get mad, get even

If the beancounters, or similar, play this one too often, print a few creative financial statements on headed paper showing their outrageous expenses at Spearmint Rhino, donkeylust.com etc etc, shred them to only halfway down the page and then leave a sheaf of them in the dumpster and "let" some hack find them. Or maybe the puritan spinster from HR.

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ENISA wants mobes to wander freely between carriers in emergencies

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"prioritise voice and sms over data"

Just a sec, has anyone thought about the telemedicine kit that we're all supposed to be fitting in our ambulances now? If everytime there's network congestion or a failure the people needing our help most will the ones really suffering from denial of service. Accolc isn't going to be triggered for stuff like this (and it's pretty useless for working level emergency services anyway)

And don't you dare suggest data over Airwave.

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

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If you really want to cause confusion and upset

Think of a three letter word not currently banned, for the sake of example, lets choose "mim"*. Start something on the internet, mumsnet or the Daily Mail website might be good, about how this is a secret term for something really vile (remember "hobby"? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/10/nominet_review_of_registration_policy_dot_uk_domain_names/)

Then whip up a furious campaign about how hundreds of vehicles are driving around with this message concelaed in their registration (eg LB56 MIM), exposing the kids to this vile term and they should all be revoked before the kids google it and clearly the DVLA don't care etc etc, the sort of meaningless froth which panics public figures into soundbites.

*if this is a term for something nasty already, your author is in genuine ignorance of this.

I say M15 SPY for sale many many years ago. I wonder if there's a "BT repair van" with blacked out windows and the registration NS4 parked around the corner from the Ecuadorian Embassy? On the topic of offensive registrations, does Eadon (where is he by the way, the place doesnt seem the same without him...) drive around with L1NUX?

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HIDDEN SHRINE from 500 BC found, may crack Buddha's birthday riddle

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"optically stimulated luminescence"

They fired frikkin' lasers at it?

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SILENCE of the OWLS may mean real-life 'Whisper Mode' for Black Helicopters

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Re: Cavitation.

The Owls are not what they seem. Just ask Agent Cooper

(Very very old cult TV reference)

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Can't wait for 4G? Take heart, 5G is on the way

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There's also the cost to end users

You can bet your bottom dollar that IP in this spectrum for end users watching TV won't be "unlimited" and that therefore there will be a cost to the end user in terms of bandwidth usage etc. Now this may not bother those of you "buying" your boxsets from Sky, Netflix etc but all of a sudden it will cut a swathe into the viewing figures of much of the television output, and viewing of different programs at the same time by members of a family in different rooms would also be costly. (I remain deeply deeply traumatised by having to miss Planet of the Apes as it clashed with The Brothers in the early-mid 1970's)

Whilst such a cull might improve quality a bit it would also make the producers less likely to back anything "risky" and therefore ultimately choice will deteriorate and we'll have even more repeats of Bargain Hunt. I would point out that it also means that you're paying to watch advertisments but on reflection, given that some people pay nearly £1000 p.a. to Rupert Murdoch for just that my arguement invalid on that point is rendered somewhat invalid.

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Sony patents LASER-FIRING Wi-Fi SMARTWIG with sideburn buttons

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Trouble with the mouse buttons Mr. User?

No sir, no need to take it off for me to have a look, let me just try to activate those buttons a few times. I'll have to press them quite hard. Really really hard.

Icon, well from so many perspectives really

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FCC: How we'll RIP 'n' REPLACE OLD phone system for new IP tech

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Will this be as successful as BT's Century 21?

As the changes I see as an end user (both domestic and business) are not quite what I understood to be what was promised, I can only hope that they have more success over the water

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