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Microsoft's Windows 8 goals revealed

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Err...

... and what happens if you leave your phone at home or it gets nicked...

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Brazilian banker's crypto baffles FBI

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That's amazing...

... I've got the same combination on my luggage!

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@Uhm... No.

I think you need to re-read that with your Irony Detector switched on...

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Secret ancient code, basis of all modern civilisation, cracked

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Jesus' diary:

... Dinner with the lads tonight. Not sure if I should invite Judas...

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It's non-stop fun in Zero Carbon Britain, 2030

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WTF?

"We can synthesize crude already"...

... but what that site *doesn't* say is how much biomass or energy is used to create that synthetic crude. Will it be self-sustaining? Will it require turning more and more of the planet's ecosystem over to growing the biomass needed?

Perhaps Andrew Orlowski could take time out from making ridiculous ad hominem attacks and address the errors in his logic?

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Notorious Kraken botnet rises from the ashes

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Yes and...

... commentards shouldn't be allowed to post on El Reg's forums if they don't have the faintest idea of what they're talking about either!

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Yes, software can be patented, US Supremes say

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"much money has been wasted and much innovation obstructed"

And that pretty much sums up the idea of patenting software.

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Observer columnist in online porn mixup

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Ah, it's another of those irregular definitions of "Freedom of Expression"...

Barbara Ellen says "When did porn (watching strangers shagging) become a basic human right?" perhaps it is really that that she thinks that because *she* doesn't like it, nobody should be allowed to see it, in other words "Freedom of Expression" really means "Freedom to look at things that Barbara Ellen likes, but not otherwise"

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Obama Twitter hacker avoids jail

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Of course...

... had it been the UK, he'd have been extradited for Threatening US National Security and be facing 50 years in Maximum Security...

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England versus Germany: Quaff real ale

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Whilst most people are watching...

... a bunch of over-paid prima donnas getting kicked out of the World Cup...

... the roads should be nice and clear, so I'll be having an enjoyable bimble along the twisty bits :-)

Mine's the bike jacket...

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Council of Europe condemns teen-bothering Mosquito

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Stop

I'm 45 and I can hear the noise.

So if a business wants to lose my custom, please, go ahead and use them...

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The Brown Note is a myth...

... as Mythbusters demonstrated.

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Info Commissioner must justify why stats data are personal

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I have to wonder...

... whether someone has an axe to grind here and what they're really saying is "kiddie fiddlers shouldn't be able to hide!"

This could become the first stage in sneaking through a version of "Sarah's Law" where one piece of information on its own isn't sufficient to identify someone, but combined with other pieces of information which also, on their own, aren't sufficient, *could* be used to identify a sex offender and let the lynch mobs get to work...

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.XXX to get ICANN nod

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@Aculeo

Follow this through: I already have affordable-leather.co.uk if I then register affordable-leather.xxx what's to stop someone (probably in the USA) saying "Hey, this is an .xxx domain yet they're trying to sneak one past us by having *other* versions of the *same* domain! We should make the software block *all* versions of that domain!"

Sure, it's not sensible, but that never stopped the Moral Minority, did it?

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Cue a lucrative "land rush"...

... as the cyber-squatters try to grab xxx.xxx fuck.xxx sex.xxx and so on.

Meanwhile legitimate adult (but non-pornographic) businesses like mine have to decide whether we should go for the .xxx version of our domain *as well as* the other ones we already have resulting in extra costs and possible censorship of our domain and loss of customers or not getting it and seeing someone else grab it, possibly taking custom away from us...!

Damned if we do, damned if we don't.

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Middle-aged sex: The X-rated photo guide

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I just had to give this article...

... one up!

(That's one upward rating...!)

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Cybersecurity bill clears Senate committee

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WTF?

Mister President...

... we have to be able to shut down the internet!

Why?

Well, imagine how bad it would be if *someone else* did it...

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Redback spiders provoke BAE lock-down

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Begins with s...

... sheep...?

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 2: Preparing to dual-boot

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WTF?

Reboot to make sure everything still works...

... of course the instructions do say "BACK UP YOUR SYSTEM FIRST!", don't they...???

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No secret to stopping XSS and SQL injection attacks

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Welcome

May I be the first to welcome...

... little Bobby Tables...

http://bobby-tables.com/

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Avro Vulcan - The Owners' Workshop Manual

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"Assembly is the reverse of disassembly..."

... so that tiny spring will *leap* from wherever it vanished to under the car/ workbench/ dog and land neatly in place...

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Garage card scammer jailed

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Chip and Spin

I'm sure APACS will still be telling us just how "safe" Chip and Pin really is...

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Mobile phone masts not such a menace

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@Teenagers

I suggest you look up the expression "post hoc ergo propter hoc".

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

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So, no answers yet...

... three up votes, one down vote (Why, FFS? Just because I asked??) but nobody can actually *tell me* what I need to know.

Ho hum, looks like I'm stuck with XP.

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All I want to know is...

... will whatever version of Linux I get *work* with my system!

Twenty five or so years ago when I had plenty of time to spare, I was quite happy hacking through code and using CLIs and playing with stuff just to see what happens.

Now I've got other stuff to think about, I don't have the inclination to mess around like that, so unless I can get a simple answer to "will it run the software (and hardware) on my system* without lots of hassle?" much as I'd like to try, the fact of the matter is that Windows *does* do that.

*Most used programs: Firefox, Thunderbird, Photoshop, MediaPlayer Classic, Word, Excel, hardware: USB Scanner, Epson Printer, TomTom USB interface.

Also will it read data from my windows partitions without hassle and can I use Acronis True Image to back up its partition.

I'm no fanboi of any type, just someone who has other things to use his time for, so if someone could actually tell me I'd be grateful!

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Video calling impresses Brits, if it's Apple video calling

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I'm ON the TRAIN!!

LOOK, HERE'S the TRAIN I'M ON...!!!

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US attacks Europe's perv-scanners

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@Idiot

Are you one of those selfish people who think that signs saying "No Mobile Phones" and "No headphones" in the Quiet Carriages on trains don't apply to you? And then get all stroppy when somone points out that sign as if the person *complaining* about the selfish idiot is doing something wrong??

It's just a shame that the Guards on these trains don't actually bother to "walk through the train" as they claim they'll be doing and do their job of telling selfish idiots to move or shut up.

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Government delays ContactPoint closure

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Smart move??

"After the massive investment there are few savings to be made by scrapping it because the cash has gone."

That sounds as ridiculous Alan Johnson's argument that the Coalition should not scrap the ID card scheme because of all the money that has been spent on it already...

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Speed cameras slide out of LibCon budget

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@jizzflam

"that metal thing separating you from the oncoming motorway traffic is rated to contain a 1.5 ton CAR"

And it will also do damn all to protect a motorcyclist who is liable to either slam into a solid post or slide right under it.

Of course upgrading barriers to actualy provide proper safety protectin costs money...

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When these cameras...

... can spot people tailgating or driving drunk or using bloody mobile phones whilst driving etc etc, I'll be happy to support them!

There used to be something that did this job... I think it was called a Traffic Policeman...

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DoS attack stuffs Turkey's internet censors

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@Henry Wertz 1

"britain is not free and civilized either"

I don't think the previous poster said that (or implied it), especially since Britain certainly isn't until we get rid of nonsense like the OPA, Dangerous Pictures (and Cartoons) Acts and redefine the job of the BBFC to stop being nannies who will order nasty bits of films cut out and simply *classify* the films according to content.

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IT chiefs in cloaks and sashes gets Queen's mark of approval

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WTF?

Sorry...

... this is El Reg, not the Socialist Worker...

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Facebook's critics 'unrealistic', says US privacy law expert

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And after three months...

... the companies delete your data, but just before they do, they exercise their right to sell it to another company (which, of course, you had to agree with when you registered) and the fact that they own that company and still have full access to your data is a mere irrelevancy, isn't it...?

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Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Mark Zuckerberg

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Also in the spirit of freedom of information...

It would be interesting to know why my post linking to the "Mohammed Image Archive" showing that, in the past, Muslims have often depicted Mohammed was first approved and then subsequently disapproved.

Perhaps without the link the mere statement of fact will be acceptable?

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Cut Pakistan from the Internet completely.

What, you mean a sort of "Great Firewall of the Rest of the World"...?

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Laser-toting robots take over UK hospital

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Or perhaps some coffeee...

... Percolate! Percolate!

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Welcome

May I be the first to welcome...

... our laser toting, drug delivering overlords.

Watch out Fleshies, our time is coming...!

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Chancellor's cuts should spare small biz

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@Obviously!

Obviously you don't know what a small business actually *is* and don't realise that things like this are actually *checked*.

You also obviously don't comprehend that this is not "paying less tax" it simply allows SMEs who are having difficulties with cashflow to pay off their taxes in installments instead of having to fork out a big lump sum that would leave them unable to pay wages or buy the stock and materials they need to keep operating.

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Indonesia flips over internet rock star smut clips

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He's said it was...

... a "race against time" to protect children from harm

They're learning... :-(

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Birmingham jihad-cam network suspended

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You need to grow up...

... that way the point won't be quite so far over your head.

"it seems that Joe Muslim is no happier with the lunatic fringe than anyone else. Hopefully, they can appreciate tht they are not being targetted by this."

It doesn't matter whether they are "being targetted" the fact is that they *ARE* being watched and monitored *just in case* they may be terrorists, but I'm sure your argument is "well, if they have nothing to hide..."

As for "irony and hypocrisy", again you miss the point that all those individuals who are taking photographs are not clubbing together, putting all their images on a central database and then examining them for "suspicious" or "extremist" behaviour with the intent of trying to spot anyone who might be up to no good.

Of course the fact that *nobody* might be up to no good seems to have escaped you too.

Perhaps we should all follow you with cameras and monitor your every move just to be certain that you're not breaking any laws. Still, you've got nothing to hide, have you?

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From the steaming "Militant Islam Monitor"...

... "Since 2001, over 1,200 terrorist suspect have been arrested, over 140 have been charged and more than 45 have been convicted of terrorism offences,"

So between 11 and 12 percent of people suspected of terrorism have been charged but only a third of those were actually convicted, so the success rate has been between three and four percent.

Meanwhile what has been the reaction of the other 96% or so? "Oh well, I didn't mind being arrested and having my home searched and my family and friends hassled and maybe losing my job because it was all to protect us from terrorism, so that's ok..."???

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@Titus Technophobe

"the areas targeted by these cameras will also benefit from (hopefully) a general reduction in crime. If this also results in catching Islamic Jihadists where is the problem?"

And if stopping and searching young men for being "suspiciously black or asian" has been shown to work so well in reducing crime, where is the problem?

Well the problem is the word "IF" because, like all the photographers being hassled under Section 44 there has not been *ONE* example of a terrorist being caught, and of the many young black or asian men, the majority were not engaged in criminal activity, but there have been a *lot* of people harassed whilst going about their lawful business.

You also sneer at another poster for alleged "cheap racist accusations", but then you raise the spectre of "political correctness" when people stand up and say "No, these civil liberties are *not* negotiable, we won't give up essential liberties for a little temporary security".

As for your nonsensical claim that "if this sort of policing had taken place as a response to the Twin Towers two large scale invasions wouldn't have taken place, and indeed the Islamic communities would not now be so prone to radicalization" except that it *DID* take place and communities *HAVE* been radicalised!

But, of course, that didn't affect you, so it's not your problem, is it...?

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That isn't Devil's Advocacy...

.. that's just sensible use of money and resources to put Police on the streets instead of useless cameras which do not *prevent* crime.

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Software freetards demand axing of ACTA

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Does Mr Blincoe have an axe to grind here...?

He starts by referring to "freetards" (always a nicely unbiased term) and then refers to the "self-described software freedom activist" with the sneering implication that the FSF is just the output of a lone nutcase in his bedroom (who publishes the GPL...)

Not only that, but there's a huge "Black Helicopters" icon beside the piece just in case Mr Blincoe's implicit message is too subtle for us to understand.

He also refers to Robert Stallman's "lengthy posting", yet it's shorter than quite a few El Reg articles (was this just an attempt to deter people from actually going and *reading* what it says so they only have Robert Blincoe's take on it?)

Mr Blincoe seems to want to portray Mr Stallman's output as the rantings of an insignificant individual, for what reason I am not sure, but it is clear that his piece should have included the word *OPINION* in big letters at the top.

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Philippines declare war on cyberlingo

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"the purity of English"...?

In the words of James D Nicholl...

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."

Kids have always created their own slang, some of it may get absorbed into the language, but most of it just dies off and gets replaced by the "next thing" to come along.

Making a big deal about it just makes kids *more* likely to use it because it annoys the older generations.

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Lightning bolt smites 60ft Jesus statue

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Will the insurance pay out...

... or will they claim it was an Act of God...?

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$11.7m judgment against Spamhaus slashed to $27,000

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@Do not want...

Also be careful about using unravelit.com because if you make enquiries about eg insurance through their service they pass on your e-mail address and suddenly I started getting lots of spam to unravelit.com@mydomainname and, when I complained, simply said "well, sorry, it wasn't us"

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Murdoch hedges bets with e-reader purchase

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WTF?

30cm diagonally...?

So not exactly pocket-sized (unless you've got pockets the size of Murdoch!)

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Twitter topples over

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"left the world Twitter-less for several hours..."

... and exactly how much of a damn did the majority of the world give...?

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