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Faster-than-disk 1TB USB on sale soon... but if you lose it, you've lost £2k+

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"An automatic cryptographic-erase occurs...

"...if an unexpected host attempts to access the HDDs or if a defined number of authentication failures occurs. In other words the key access information is deleted rendering the data contents inaccessible junk."

So how's that going to affect cases where the Police abuse anti-terrorist legislation and say "Give us your password or we put you in jail for two years"?

"Certainly officer, the password is XN157s88s9b08g9xyh!adf*TH&7"

"That didn't work"

"Maybe you mis-typed it, try again."

"It still didn't work"

"Oh, sorry, that should have be capital X, small n at the start, try it now"

"Ah, right, now it's doing something..."

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Re: From the movies

Well, yes.

Yesterday's Science Fiction is tomorrow's science fact...

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Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump

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Re: Three simple bits of information:

@Santa from Exeter

1) I am aware that BMI is nonsense, but I'm not talking about BMI, so please take that particular red herring and waft it somewhere else.

2) By doing nothing more than the same exercise I was doing previously, but watching my calorie intake, I dropped my weight by 13kg which seems a positive result from my POV.

@Omgwtfbbqtime

My diet (ie what I eat) could probably be described as "carb heavy" (for instance I get through at least two if not three loaves of wholemeal bread a week!) yet, along with my weight, my HbA1c has dropped from 7.3% (the reason I decided to lose weight in the first place) to 5.5% simply by keeping my calorie intake down to sensible levels.

My problem now is that I've got so used to eating less, I've actually got to get back into the habit of eating more so my weight doesn't drop further!!

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Three simple bits of information:

1) Find your Basal Metabolic Rate here: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ and then multiply that number by your activity level to find how many calories your body actually needs per day.

2) Keep a food diary, ie every time you eat or drink something you write down the calorie content.

3) Remember that a pound (just under half a kilogramme) of fat is 3,500 calories, so if you eat 250 calories a day fewer than your body needs, in a fortnight you'll lose a pound and if you also do 250 calories of exercise a day as well, you'll lose a pound a week.

Simple and no surgery or faddy diets required.

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Chinese go online to protest censorship

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"will stop people posting what they are not willing to associate with their real names."

Perhaps you are not aware of Mao's "Hundred Flowers" campaign which invited people to speak out against the Communist Regime, ostensibly to encourage debate and to improve the country.

Of course what subsequently happened is that those who did speak out were rounded up and sent to "Re-education Camps" (ie Prison Labour Camps where many of them were subject to torture or even died)

PS and is MrXavia *your* real name??

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Bob Dylan's new album is 'Copyright Extension Collection'

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"Sony has been unashamedly cynical"

But at least honest...

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@Old Tom Re: 'expiration'

Expiration: [...] 5. The coming to an end; termination, close. 1562 - Shorter OED.

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US Patent Office seeks public input on software patents' future

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"to paraphrase Hobbes"

I don't recall a stuffed tiger ever saying that...

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"how to properly handle software-related patents"

Simple answer: Don't allow them.

Problem solved.

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'Wide-set' twin stars can drive dirtball companions WILD, insist boffins

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Well...

... that pretty much wraps it up for Tattooine...

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'Chinese Pirate Bay' taken down after appearance on US blacklist

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Re: As it should be

Over-reacting much?!

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Twin brothers nabbed for scrap over sex with 'shared' girlfriend

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Re: Idiots all.

Why? Because they have a relationship which differs from what you consider "normal"??

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Minicam movie pirate gets record-breaking five years in prison

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Re: And

But just think... now these people have been arrested and convicted the FBI can interrogate them about all the Terrrerists they've been funding with their ill-gotten gains!!!

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Lights, camera, infection: HACKERS get Bollywood makeover

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Song and Dance Numbers...?

The Big Bang Theory did this one already!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJV3UqsycKs

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Al Jazeera buys Al Gore's Current TV news network

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"Such moves have given Al Jazeera a spotty reputation among Americans..."

.... who believe that "Freedom of Expression" means "Freedom to say only the things that we agree with..."

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Exploding stars drive Galactic geysers

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Where is...

... Beowulf Shaeffer when you need him?

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Israel taps teens to become 'interceptors' in cyberwarfare

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"It was not immediately clear, however...

"...whether the training dispensed under the new program will be purely defensive in nature."

What do *you* think?!

"Sure it's only defensive, suuurrree. Any offensive training is just so they can write attacks to give other people training, no other reason at all, honest..."

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Movie oldsters FAIL at internet: Online Oscar voting 'too complex'

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"it's easier to break into the CIA"

Or NASA...

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I tried to buy a satellite and all I got was this lousy $67,000

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I can do you a very good price...

... on a second hand space shuttle, only one owner...

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Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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Fortunately I own my own domain, so any time I register with a company like Fred Bloggs and co. I put my e-mail address down as fred.bloggs.co.uk@mydomain which means that I can always tell where someone got my e-mail address from and then create a custom filter to file their stuff straight into the junk mail folder :-)

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Official SCIENCE*: HIGH HEELS make you SEXY (Ladies)

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Re: Really?????

Yeah, but heels don't work in isolation.

The University of Portsmouth could have researched the negative sex-appeal involved in poor choices of clothing, make-up or the lack of intelligence by going down Guildhall Walk or South Parade on a Friday night...!

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Obligatory XKCD cartoon...

http://xkcd.com/386/

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China turns the screws on netizens with real-name registration plans

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Re: Paranoia strikes again

Well, yes.

Anything that challenges the power base of an entrenched minority who know that they can only remain in charge by making sure the peasants are kept under control is a threat which must be dealt with.

And the same goes in China...

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New York takes 2,100 pervs offline, gets gaming support

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So let's see...

"Under New York State’s Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP) law, convicted sex offenders must register all of their e-mail addresses, screen names, and other Internet identifiers with the state. That information is then made available to certain websites so they can purge potential predators from their online worlds"

Right, so that's *potential* predators even though "According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, New York State has more than 34,000 registered sex offenders: 13,260 are level 1 registered offenders (lowest risk of repeat offense); 12,342 are level 2 registered offenders (moderate risk of repeat offense); 8,596 are level 3 registered sex offenders (high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists)."

That's about 40% who are lowest risk and only 25% who are "high risk" and "a threat to public safety", but rather than educate people ("Parents often do not realize that gaming consoles have these capabilities, or that parental controls exist for these systems") far better to consider anyone (even those who have only been convicted of taking a piss in public or teens who have had consensual but underage sex) should be thought of as a potential child molestor and banned from playing online games!

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Facebook tests feature to let strangers pay to message you

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'the message is probably "important" '

To quote the BS that American TV presenters come out with when the commercials are due: "This comment continues after these important messages..."

Bullshit, *I* decide what is important, not Facebook!

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UK.gov stalks jobless online to axe work refuseniks' benefits

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"We don't see why you wouldn't want to [let advisors track you]...

"...After all, if you've got nothing to hide..." they added, socco voce...

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MIT boffins demonstrate NEW form of magnetism

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Re: Herbertsmithite (named after its discoverer)

Not forgetting the mineral that was discovered near the town of Cummington...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cummingtonite

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End of days: Possessed POWERPOINT predicts Mayan Apocalypse

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No Boom today...

... Boom tomorrow. There's always a Boom tomorrow

- Susan Ivanova

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TSA agrees to review of perv scanner radiation risks

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Once again...

... it's time for this clip of Adam Savage who went through a body scanner with two 12" industrial razorblades on him....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3yaqq9Jjb4

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After Sandy Hook, Senator calls for violent video game probe

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How many people...

... have been killed by a video game...?

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GRAIL orbiters make DEATH DIVE into lunar mountain

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Moon Dive?

Doesn't have the same ring to it (or effect) as "Sun Dive"!

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Senator threatens FAA with legislation over in-flight fondleslabbing

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Re: Interference vs. Distraction

Ok, I don't work in the industry, but a thought that comes to mind is to load a plane with *every* damn piece of electronic equipment they can think of that someone might carry and put sensors around to detect and record all the possible frequencies which they might kick out.

Then "play back" that recording in a test plane using signal generators, starting off with it stationary and see if there's *any* result. If not, then try a low speed taxi test, then high speed taxi test etc until eventually you carry out a simulated landing approach at eg 5000 feet such that if anything goes wrong you've still got time to switch the recording off and re-establish control.

If, after all that, you still get no result, try it with other planes. If still no result, I'd think you've got safety certification.

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Top-secret US spaceplane sets off on another classified mission

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Re: Its a fair bet its off to pick up whatever North Korea launched yesterday

And then land in a secret base hidden in an extinct volcano...?

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MPs: 'Chilling' new libel law will CENSOR THE TRUTH online

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@auburnman Re: One tiny little country

"As I understand it you always have the right to not have photos of you published"

No, you do *not* have the right not to have photos of you published. You can only object to a photograph if, once published, it is defamatory and the publisher cannot provide a reasonable defence for why it doesn't defame you.

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

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Re: Prior Art, with rounded corners too!

But what about one third of the Adidas Logo?

http://www.hdwallpapersarena.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/adidas-logo.jpg

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New York invites designers to invent Future of Phone Booths

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@jake - "What's wrong with rotary dial telephones?"

Please press 1 for the answer to your question...

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EU, US launch biggest ever global fight against online child sex abuse

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@AC "as long as there is a market for the images...

"... new abuse will continue to create new images."

Nonsense.

These images were being created by perpetrators long before they had any possible "market" for them and even if we could shut down every possible method of distributing them now, the creation of new images and, much more importantly, the abuse would still be happening.

The images do not cause abuse, it is the abuse which causes the images and *that* is the problem that we really need to deal with.

Of course when a whole new category of "abusive images" is suddenly created as happened when the Blair Regime decided to redefine "child pornography" as images of anyone under 18 instead of anyone under 16 (the legal age of consent in the UK!), it doesn't help matters in the slightest...

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Motörheadphönes Motörizer rock 'phones review

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Bingo!

Sorry, was just checking the number of song/ band references in the piece... ;-)

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Ouya gaming project announces console giveaway

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Ouya?

Isn't that the sound that Billy Bunter made when he was caned...?

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Sex offender wins case against Facebook vigilantism

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Re: Yes but

Try looking at the "Bloody Code" from the 17th Century where all sorts of crimes (such as stealing property worth more than 12 pence) attracted the death penalty because that would "act as a deterrent".

Obviously this sentencing strategy worked so well so we still use it today...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Code

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" - George Satayana

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IIRC the UK Police know where something over 97% of all convicted sex offenders live, so if a related crime happens anywhere near them they know there will be a knock on the door.

In the USA where they have Megan's Law, I believe around 30% of convicted sex offencers have absconded or failed to register a change of address with the appropriate authorities because this law does not even give them the *chance* of trying to rebuild their lives.

Facebook vigilantism benefits nobody.

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Crooks inject malicious Java applet into FOREX trading website

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Re: For a moment

No worries, mate, she'll be alright...

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Japan Airlines to serve KFC on Christmas flights

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Down here we have Ken's Fried Chicken which makes me even less inclined to sample its wares than the KFC near the gym I go to.

Oh and that KFC wafts the smell of grease and fat through the air, presumably to make people think "Gosh, I'm hungry, I could really do with some Chicken Marinated With Salt, Sodium Phosphate, and Monosodium Glutamate. Seasoned With: Maltodextrin, Salt, Bleached Wheat Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Monosodium Glutamate, Spice, Palm Oil, Natural Flavor, Garlic Powder, Soy Sauce (Soybean, Wheat, Salt), Chicken Fat, Chicken Broth, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Extractives of Turmeric, Dehydrated Carrot, Onion Powder, and Not More Than 2% Each of Calcium Silicate and Silicon Dioxide Added As Anticaking Agents"!

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Staples to offer in-store full color 3D printing service

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Re: This is a handy service for all sections of the community to use!

A paper ball gag is going to end up in a soggy mess very quickly!

And bulldog clips are so tacky, too...

You should buy a decent rubber ball gag and set of nipple clamps from a supplier of affordable leather products which would be much more suitable and effective :-)

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PM demands media clean-up, not keen on doing much himself

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The press have had their chance...

I am in no way in favour of legislation that removes freedom of expression, but there need to be some way of enforcing the attendant *responsibility* that comes along with it, especially in the big media.

We've seen too many examples of the press printing blatant falsehoods and unsubstantiated stories and then, when they're called in front of their tame lapdog, the PCC (run by newspaper editors for newspaper editors) they say "it's just a difference of editorial opinion" and the PCC says "Right ho, no problem, see you down the pub for a few beers later".

We need a truly independent regulator to replace the PCC which has the teeth to force papers to behave or face fines and even imprisonment to stop them ruining innocent people's lives in a cavalier manner simply so they can sell more copy.

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Leveson tells media to set up independent regulator or bow to Ofcom

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Re: Why?

@Geoff332

"Either that, or it's against their self-interest to understand the difference and they are deliberately mis-representing the issue."

Which do you think it is?!

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

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What about...

... the Difference Engine from Gibson and Sterling's book of the same name?

A self-aware *mechanical* computer!

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Re: Hitchhiker Guide to The Galaxy

@RodB

Unfortunately your memory is failing:

Slartibartfast: I was most upset to hear of its destruction.

Arthur: *You* were upset?

Slartibartfast: Five minutes later and it wouldn't have mattered so much. Shocking cock up. The mice were furious.

Arthur: Mice?

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: Didn't I make 100 posts in a year?

@Will Godfrey

I always remember ?&FE4E=&7F

It would freeze the computer by setting all the interrupts and the only thing to do then was hit Break (which would do a power-on memory wipe) or switch off and back on again. Either would wipe the memory but it was so much more elegant that *FX 200,3 :-)

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Bradley Manning to speak in public for first time in two years

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Re: Waterboarding? Suicide missions?

Hell, why bother with waterboarding, suicide missions or firing squads? Why don't you just burn him at the stake and be done with it!!!

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