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Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

Luther Blissett

Re: Formerly, your gov. sucked - you moved to the US. Today, there is no recourse.

> One simple question remains unanswered: do we actually need those agreements?

The one simple answer is that if the current Hegemon cannot effect an economic capture of the EU at this time, it is more than likely that European nations will buy into the New Silk Road, running from the Pacific to the Atlantic. It is the Yankee pathetic vision of international affairs (and game theory), that this must inevitably make them an also-ran. So critical is this thing to the Hegemon that drafts of TTIP are not being released to national governments. Indeed, any final agreement cannot be published for 3?/5? years.

Think Bhopal w/o legal redress. Think Deepwater Horizon without legal redress. Worse: think of the muppets negotiating this agreement

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MP 'shocked' at failures 'at the top' of the BBC over epic DMI tech fail

Luther Blissett

re: "There was no Senior Responsible Owner"

Fractally correct of the UKreign today. Shall we have a treasure hunt?

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Google in Dutch: Privacy changes BREAK data law, says Netherlands

Luther Blissett

Re: we respect your privacy police. honest. now go away.

Oh. they have nothing like that - they wait for NSA to tell them (or not, as the case may be) what it is.

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NASA shines a light on rehab plan for crocked Kepler probe

Luther Blissett

Re: Not all that sci-fi.

Premature ejaculation in vitro. Let's see the real thing happen. And what might the explanation be when it doesn't.?

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KILO-MACH SONIC BOOM probed in fireball embers of 1572AD SUPERNOVA

Luther Blissett

ex nihilo nihil fit - conceptual black hole emissions

The conceptual difficulty here is how any such reverse shockwave might be big enough to be noticeable. How would one measure the presumed shockwave in emptying a bucket of water - presumably the shockwave due to air impeding your emptying the bucket?

What is beyond dispute is that if I hold a telescope to my eyepatch (Lord Nelson, natch, rather than Pirate Bay) no-one can say I don't see unicorns.

Shock and awe. Iraq 2003 meet cosmology 21st century style.

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Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT

Luther Blissett

Now we know

Another reason why there are birds.

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RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

Luther Blissett

Re: getting down and dirty

What you need is a front panel with lights and toggle switches.

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How Google paved the way for NSA's intercepts - just as The Register predicted 9 YEARS AGO

Luther Blissett

Re: as secure and private as communicating by postcards

With G**gle's googlewashing of the meaning of 'read' and 'search', this also has a useful new meaning. Think about IT for a moment -> virtual postcards.

Aren't you thinking: subsubversion of G**gle's subversion. It's here, it's ready (AFAIK), and waiting for your... uhh... call. So, why give the NSA a little 6k email nibble, when you can give it a massive 600k byte JPG attachment; or if you're feeling particularly fractious AND|OR vociferous, a 6GB movie of what you did on you holidays to have, to hold - and to crack if they can.

Spell something like stegasaurus but with different phonemes on the end.

Have a nice day, NSA. You've really screwed the pooch with this one.

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

Luther Blissett

Re: Floppy disk

Yes. And it lives too, off a ASRock Z77 Extreme6.

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A post-Snowden US had better not SQUEAL about Chinese cyber-spying

Luther Blissett

Re: I really feel sorry for snowdon

I really feel sorry for Kerry. When you're trying to find a needle in a haystack, the last thing you want is the local peasantry chucking on more hay.

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Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void

Luther Blissett

Re: re Technically a planet?

Literally correct, but otherwise confusing etymology and sociology. Are we sure there is no star it is (not) orbiting? Why, just the other week, they found another star in the Fomalhaut configuration. Obviously what they need is a Bigger Telescope (or perhaps a Bigger Machine to run a Bigger Database).

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Luther Blissett

Re: Imagine

So you think the BBC should buy it? Fan of theirs, are we?

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Hacker cracks Vodafone Germany, steals data of 2 million customers

Luther Blissett

Now why would they say they that?

"other countries were not affected". And howTF would Voda Germany know about the status of servers in other countries anyway? Since when has Germany taken over the EU, lol?

It turns out this is not the first time that Vodaphone have been seriously deep pwned. Here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/11/greek_mobile_wiretap_latest/

Fingers in the security budget again?

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May the fourths be with you: Muso John Williams returns to Star Wars

Luther Blissett

Re: Could be worse

until one day Hans Zimmer wanders onto the family farm and finds everybody dead, including Danny Elfman, and realizes the rest of the episode will have to be scored by himself, and that his only chance to get out alive is to run the score retrograde

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Luther Blissett

Re: he does steal them quite well. :-)

IANAL but IIRC the trick is to not get sued.

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NASA Van Allen probes discover PARTICLE HURRICANES

Luther Blissett

Re: NOT CO2, THEN WHAT?

re amanfromMars - you did mean a stream of conscience type thing didn't you? Good spot. Someone else might have said C of acronyms.

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Star Wars missile intercept fails for fifth year running

Luther Blissett

Amazing the number of songs titled 'Here I Am'

> there have been some successful intercepts using the Star Wars system – notably when the target missile carries a transponder to guide the kill vehicle

I cannot believe I read this. Perhaps they ought next to find out if the system is actually capable of winning at Whack-a-Mole (simulated, natch).

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Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

Luther Blissett

Re: "most developers prefer..."

Have you ever seen what Cobol programmers do when allowed a C compiler? </shudder>

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BBC lied to Parliament about doomed £100m IT monster, thunder MPs

Luther Blissett

Re: "value" - or, how to be lost in space/time

I suspect less that senior Beeboids are all fans of Zen & the Art of M/cyle Maintenance, more that they've all imbibed (passively by osmosis for the most part I suspect) far too deeply of the kool-aid that is hegelianism. From where it is just a short intellectual hop to marxism, and then onto the Garden of Delights that is fabianism and communitarianism. (I say 'hop', probably better is 'inadvertent trip').

A curious thing about all those -isms is that none foster self-awareness - in all of them, someone else not you determines what is true/valuable on account of self-proclaimed superior self-awareness. (Goodness, even St Richard of re/con/d/Evolving doesn't claim that for himself exclusively).

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Luther Blissett

Re: "The UK is arguably the most tech-savvy nation on the planet."

I'll trade you my synecdoche for your metonymy. Rather than the number of gizmos per unit pleb, perhaps one should count inventors - using as a proxy perhaps (not altogether accurately in this age of climate scientology, tho) scientific papers published per unit boffin, in which the UK comes out quite well. Or, more entertainingly, National Treasures in the Tech Dept of UK plc? Y'know, like SirTim. </blush>

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Luther Blissett

Re: "BBC lied"

Shame on you Sir, the BBC rarely lies. Mostly it doesn't need to. (One exception being the Global Warming Scam on which its future pensions depend). All it needs do is be economical with the truth. If you believe that every coin has two sides, the Intertubes will show you BBC journalist economics in minutes. For that reason I've refused to pay the BBC tax since I've had domestic broadband.

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Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

Luther Blissett

@DaveCrav

>> stuff people haven't yet got raped by corporations for, such as air.

So what do you call "carbon taxes" (regardless of where they are hidden in your bills)?

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

Luther Blissett

Re: "decent chap with decent values"

Especially, at one time, when the values were attached to credit cards.

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Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

Luther Blissett

Re: Resizeable/groupable tiles - meh

I installed Classic Start Menu 5 mins after Win 8, and I haven't seen a tile for months.

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Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby

Luther Blissett

Re: Is he talking about the Perl 5 source?

Hahaha. True. But it's not clear to me why a Perl mess should evoke merely meh, wheres a C++ mess (or a C mess, for that matter) - and it is invariably code you didn't write - evokes the reaction that the author was an incompetent idiot who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a serious compiler.

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Parliament to unleash barrage of criticism on Snoopers' Charter

Luther Blissett

Re: Quite scary really

Especially the line "...Home Office Permanent Under Secretary, shortly to be supersized as “Chief Executive”."

Which suggests the merger of Big Business with Government is almost complete, and then the two will no longer be distnguishable or discernable.

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Brr, feeling cold? Galaxy is home to plenty of WARMER Earth twins

Luther Blissett

Re: Aha-

And the energy density of a unit eco-lune is...? Not that it matters much when there are so many available. A finite resource? Of course. One can never predict (oops, 'project') when the next bunch of incendiaries will turn up, only that the Creator seems to have guaranteed there always will be some for the rest of us to burn.

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Japanese ultrasonic speakers fire out digital info rays

Luther Blissett

Re: What's new about this?

It's worse than we thought. Directional ultrasonic acoustic devices have been in existence 10+ years, operating in the utlrasonic 200kHz-220kHz range to carry audio which is demodulated using sum and difference tones within a small space confined by the acoustic collimation. For example, combining 201.000kHz and 200.000kHz creates an intermodulation tone of f1-f2 which is 1.000kHz. The perceived effect is uncanny - you take a step into the 'hot' spot and suddenly you u hear music. Practical devices havs been investigated by the Coca-cola company to create an 'ambience' around vending machines, and by the US DoD in higher power versions to create a different kind of 'ambience'.

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Google 'wants to dodge consent decree' in any FTC antitrust deal

Luther Blissett

trying for a wink and a handshake

That would make G**gle about 2 days old :-) Or so it would like us to think. Voracious little b*gg*r isn't it?

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Boffin claims Bigfoot DNA reveals BESTIAL BONKING

Luther Blissett

Re: Gotta catch them all - her real test

Her real test shirley is whether the result is errr reproducible.

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Your brain, the Internet and the Universe

Luther Blissett

My love is like a red red rose

How can this be?

[It's logic, Jim, but not as we know it]

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BBC Newsnightmare: Opera chief brought in as new DG

Luther Blissett

Re: Patten on the run?

>> The peer was the only person approached by the trust with an offer to take the DG gig.

There's Fat Pang in action for you. So while I would not quite say that Pang is on the run right now, if things don't get better PDQ (I won't ask How?) then he will have to walk.

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AARGH! We're ALL DOOMED, bellows UN - right on schedule

Luther Blissett

It's high time

Big Oil started taking the credit for saving the whales, as well as creating economic development. And Big Shale should start describing how it's going to save the trees, as well as create economic development.

You see, sometimes you can have your cake and eat. The miserabllists hate that.

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BLAZING HEAVENLY gas BRIDGE filament links galactic clusters

Luther Blissett

"...80 million degrees Celsius and the gas in the link..."

Are you quite sure about this? I would have said plasma.

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Luther Blissett

Re: Streetlights etc have stolen so much from us.

Are you quite sure? I would have said banksters. Then rent-seekers,

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Luther Blissett

Re: Alderson tramline

Are you quite sure? I would have said Birkeland current.

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NASA SECRET DISCOVERY ON MARS: Meteor offers possible clue

Luther Blissett

Re: Uh oh - potential PR disaster

>> The trouble is the people involved in researching this will be inclined to wet themselves with excitement at slightly hydrated minerals.

I see a great career ahead of you at El Reg.

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SECRET 28 'scientific experts' who Greened the BBC - Revealed!

Luther Blissett

Re: Impartiality about what?

Your are correct about Human-Engendered Climate Change being real, but not in the sense you intended. The danger, as the screed from the UN Durban jamboree showed, is the the eco-totalitarian astroturfers of the UN would like to implement policies which reduce atmospheric CO2 to levels at which plants fail to grow, thus endangering not just humans, but the whole food chain. Somehow the concept of eugenics doesn't quite cover this.

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Luther Blissett

Re: i wonder

Given the attendee list, the supposition is not plausible. But let's entertain it anyway -- so would the back room meeting have been for those people on-message or for those off-message?

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Top IT bods bail out of new Universal Credit online dole system

Luther Blissett

&wtf;

<shudder verbalisation=off/

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EXTREMELY RARE never-seen-alive WHALES found (briefly) alive

Luther Blissett

Re: "...that boffins thought might be extinct..."

Jolly bad luck sir. It seems we are adding to our inventory of species rather more than we know to be losing.

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Snooper's-charter plans are just misunderstood, sniffles tearful May

Luther Blissett

Re: Theresa in the Dark? ....... Let there be Light

I am cool about having amfM sort Theresa out in private sessions - just as long as he brings an appropriately big ray gun along for the ride.

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Luther Blissett

Good spot there

Iceland. Whose banks in the UK were shut down by McCavity under anti-tourist legislation.

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NASA's long shot shows Titan glows in the dark

Luther Blissett

Neon signs point the way

They really reallyreally really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really don't want to say p - l - a - s - m - a do they.

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British judge: Say you're sorry Apple... this time like you MEAN it

Luther Blissett

Re: Apple told us it had no comment on the matter

I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this.

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I just LOVE Server 2012, but count me out on Windows 8 for now

Luther Blissett

Here is how to get rid of the "Metro" design and return to the old-fashioned desktop

Set RPEnabled in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer from 1 to 0...

So...

add "RPEnabled"=dword:0

Auto set (DISABLE Metro) (save as ".reg" file):

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]

"RPEnabled"=dword:0

Set to "dword:1" to enable again

[h/t Tim Dolbear of Magix]

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Australian boffins have a ball with lightning maths

Luther Blissett

Re: Sums

rithmetik, innit?

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Water, water everywhere on the Moon: But not a drop to drink

Luther Blissett

Re: Sod the water

Betcha there's enough Na+ on the Moon to go with the OH- and hey presto... there's your soda water, well, somebody's soda water.

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How Nokia managed to drive its in-house Linux train off the rails

Luther Blissett

What Theory?

This >> Activities are open systems. When an activity system adopts a new element from the outside (for example, a new technology or a new object), it often leads to an aggravated secondary contradiction where some old element (for example, the rules or the division of labor) collides with the new one. Such contradictions generate disturbances and conflicts, but also innovate attempts to change the activity. <<

Is pure marxian dialectical materialism. And no-one at Nokia spotted it...? So, the USSR did manage to strike from beyond the grave.

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