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Optical archival system - where to buy from?

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Followed by the eject mechanism hurling springs and metal covers across the room...

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Re: I'm pretty certain I fiddled about with all of them ...

My high school jumped on the eMate bandwagon, and bought a couple "carts" of them. Literally a wheeled cart cum charging station for some thirty or so eMates. I remember using one once or twice, but only as a novelty. (Probably the school trying to justify the cost.) We already had proper computers in the classrooms, and they wouldn't let us take the eMates home.

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787 battery fix approved

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Re: Manual update...

Glad to see the Aperture Science Enrichment Center getting such high-profile work. Re-certifying the 787 will be good press for them.

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Re: 6/8 time...why not 3/4 time?

As others have said, it's mostly a "feel" thing. 6/8 time is also syntactically useful for cases when the music is played in triplets, but the music has a "1 2 3 4" rhythm to it. Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata is a good example for the "feel" of 6/8 music, although Beethoven didn't write it as such.

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35 US states petition for secession – on White House website

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Re: This is the demographic the Republican Party courts

Balls, you say?

http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20001107

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SpaceX and Bigelow sign deal for inflatable space stations in orbit

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Inflatable Tech

Dr. Schlock would be so proud. I only hope there's no Dimensional Flux Agitator on that thing.

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Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part Two

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Boffin

Time machine

Lion's full disk encryption is similar to TrueCrypt's. (It's actually implemented using LVM features.) You provide a password (Lion uses your login password), the disk encryption key is fetched from the disk, and then the computer boots. From that point, the disk is treated as a "normal" unencrypted hard drive at the application level. Time machine sees the usual disk structure, so it can back up file-by-file, even when not logged in.

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Livescribe Echo Smartpen

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That's all great, but...

...how does it write? There are some pretty lousy ink cartridges out there.

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Mac trojan evades Apple's brand new security fix

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Unhappy

Userspace

But running in userspace isn't much of a deterrent. A userspace trojan can still empty a user's home directory, encrypt the user's files ransomware-style, steal banking details, etc...

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DARPA aims to make renewable power practical at last

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Na na na na...

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

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US Navy laser cannon used to set boat aflame

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FAIL

RTFA?

Except that this is about *not* killing the targets immediately.

"The idea is to tickle up pirates, smugglers, suicide boats etc with relatively gentle sizzle-beams as an alternative to blasting them to scrap with regular guns straight off."

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Interwebs stunned by musical atrocity

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Maybe not, but...

There is always unicorn chaser.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/unicorn-chaser.html

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Microsoft rallies IE6 death squads

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"Friends don't let friends use IE6"

Funny, I remember thinking that when it first arrived, too.

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Hungry boffins turn 3D printer into snack maker

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Commands

make: *** No rule to make target `me'. Stop.

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'Tree Octopus' proves journos no smarter than 13-year-old Americans

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FAIL

Laziness + Google

I suspect that most 7th graders, when tasked with writing a paper about a subject, do not assume that the subject in question does not exist.

In fact, I suspect that most people, when tasked with researching a subject, do not assume that the subject in question does not exist. This was demonstrated twice, by the students and the reporters.

In fact, that the students did not catch the hoax -- we assume they were not simply playing along -- is a positive sign, because they must have ignored the Wikipedia article on the subject.

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Verizon backpedals on unlimited iPhone data

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Yes

Not much else to say, really. Operator lock-in has left US wireless rather lagging the rest of the world.

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Cops break up Kinect Boxing bout

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Those responsible...

...have been sacked.

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Sony PlayStation Network vs MS Xbox Live

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PS3 updates still free

But the auto-update feature is part of Sony's "plus" program.

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Walmart falls in with Washington's war on terror

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FAIL

Fail

That is all.

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Mass mind control artist condemns El Reg to obscurity

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An attempt at an explanation...

...from an American that is disappointed with most American politics.

Liberty is meant as you say, personal freedom. However, it is the debate over what the "constraints of society at large" are that gets otherwise sane people all frothy.

Examples. On the "conservative" end, there are few to no constraints on business, land use, gun ownership, etc. But that same demographic endorses constraints on civil union, scientific progress, financing the government, and who can become a member of society. These constraints are usually argued on the basis of Christian morality, and when Christian morality doesn't agree, they are argued instead on the basis of nationalism. Note that when I refer to Christian morality in this context, I mean mostly the evangelical interpretation thereof, which unfortunately leaves out a lot of the "love thy neighbor" lessons. To summarize, this mindset specifies that the individual must prosper, and that society will benefit if this is allowed to occur. However, the individual must prosper according to a set of moral rules that have been tweaked a lot in the last hundred years or so.

On the "liberal" end, the constraints on the individual are largely removed, and placed on society instead. For example, gay civil union is legal and drugs like THC are legal (but heavily taxed). However, due to heavier regulation on society as a whole, personal liberties are stifled by laws such as the DMCA. Small businesses suffer under one-size-fits-all legislation designed to reign in the larger corporate behemoths. These constraints are mostly argued on the basis of advancing society, or on the basis of protecting society from itself. To summarize, this mindset specifies that society can best advance when managed from the top, and that layers of organization and regulation will insure compliance. However, by limiting the resourcefulness of the individual, the desired progress is stifled.

Both sides are hypocritical. And thus I find both sides completely disappointing. Those of us caught between the extremes try to pick and choose the best of both sides, but American politics is extremely polarized, so there is rarely a viable centrist option.

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How to make boots on Mars affordable - One way trips

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No children, at least initially

Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.

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Enormous Paleozoic flesh-eaters created in lab

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Re:

Might have to content yourself with this for now.

http://www.vat19.com/dvds/worlds-largest-gummy-worm.cfm

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CIA used 'illegal, inaccurate code to target kill drones'

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Clearly...

"The complex case, which has so far received scant press attention..."

More likely, the majority of Americans don't even know about this, and plenty of other similar situations. Defense reporting generally doesn't make it into the trough of our mainstream media.

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Consumer Reports: 'We were wrong about the iPhone 4'

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It is a real problem

I've had the phone about a week now, and can say that the issue is certainly real. As I am right-handed, my usual grip for one-handed operation of the phone is fine. But for two-handed operation, holding the phone in the left hand resting against the base of the thumb, the signal will drop to nil. Using the phone two-handed in landscape mode tends to be OK for me.

I have been using the phone without a case.

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Rancid IE6 'more secure' than Chrome and Opera US bank says

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FAIL

Versioning

"Also making the cut are Mozilla's Firefox 2.0 and higher and version 3.0 and higher of Apple's Safari on the Mac - but not the PC."

I really hope they meant "and lower."

I suppose it's easier for them to maintain the hideous IE6 web code than try to write something remotely standards-compliant.

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Approaching space object 'artificial, not asteroid' says NASA

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Thumb Up

Admiral,

there be whales here!

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Green Berets to get Judge Dredd computer smart-rifle

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Organic

adj., "characterized by the systematic arrangement of parts; organized; systematic: elements fitting together into a unified, organic whole"

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx: A (free) Mactastic experience

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But but...

Dropbox's url is already shorter...

http://dropbox.com

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Mole-cruiser planned to attack Iranian nuke bunkers

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Someone call Bebop and Rocksteady

They'll be needing some test pilots.

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Attack code for Firefox zero-day goes wild, says researcher

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rm -rf ~

"...they may be able to empty my home directory..."

And you would be OK with that?

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Fanboi site squeaks on crocked iMacs

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For what it's worth...

My iMac did arrive with a ~1" hole punched through the boxes. Thankfully it was in the back, and didn't cause any damage, but things like this point to some carrier manhandling.

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Honda goes NUTs for future micro-car

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FAIL

Shuttlecraft... now with more blind spots!

Title says it all, really.

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Beeb gets grief for Humpty Dumpty rewrite

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@Sarah Bee

If you have that shirt made, I will buy it.

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Google urges developers to get in loop with Noop

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Who names these things?

No-op for a programming language? I'm reminded of the urban legend about the fate of the Nova in Mexico.

Sigh.

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PS3 phone out next month

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Headmaster

@Seriously???

Actually, it should be pronounced "eye know." So it's a phone of love? /shrug

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Engineer commits suicide after losing iPhone prototype

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Unhappy

@AC 21/7/2009 22:15 GMT

Let's keep in mind a couple things.

1. There are plenty of Americans on this page. I happen to be one of them. In my experience, most of us recognize a tragedy when we see one.

2. I don't judge British culture by web page comments. Please give American culture the same benefit of the doubt.

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Don't call me Ishmael

Salmon

More Games

At work we used a few Blizzard games for servers. We had Mulgore, Tirisfal, Durotar, Eversong, etc. Before that we had Corsair, Wraith, Goliath, etc. Even before that, we had the planets, and I can vouch for the inherent problem with that naming scheme. "Logging into Uranus," "Uranus has a virus," etc. were commonly heard.

At home, I don't have very many machines, so they get a set of fictional city names. Truce, Choras, Medina, Porre, and Sandorino. Tip o' the hat to whoever gets those first.

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iPhone owners are superior beings, says survey

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Seems Obvious

So, those who own an expensive luxury good are more likely to make $70k+? Shocker! And the college education statistic will follow the income statistic, so nothing surprising there.

I think my favorite statistic is "internet access." Given the quality of internet access on a "dumbphone" (especially within the walled gardens) versus a "smartphone," is anyone really surprised in the wildly different percentages?

I did a survey that shows that Mercedes owners make more than Ford owners. Where's my $750?

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Apple patents all-seeing display

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How very Orwellian

I suppose it is fitting that Apple would be the company to patent the Telescreen.

(Also, apparently "1984" by itself is not a valid title.)

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Apple spooked by white powder

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Black Helicopters

"Biohazard Suit"

I find it a bit odd that Apple's latest TV commercial is called "biohazard suit." Very coincidental.

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Lotus offers to end e-car silent running

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Let me get this straight...

They're going to silence the cabins of petrol-driven cars, yet add fake engine noise to the cabins of e-cars? Now *that's* an incentive to go electric!

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Revo Blok

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Remote silliness

Design considerations of the remote aside, they've rotated the "click wheel" controller 90 degrees from what's on the iPod. Rather silly of them.

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LG DVS450H 'floating' DVD player

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Upside-down?

All the images of the player containing a disk appear to show the disk label-side-down. That's disappointing, for in combination with the recessed enclosure not much larger than the disk itself, the DVD will be difficult to handle.

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Datawind PocketSurfer 2R internet palmtop

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Cost clarification?

"The 2R costs £199 and, if you're careful, there's nothing else to pay, ever...for as long as Datawind's in business."

"Usage after the first year involves a £40 annual subscription, or you can stump up £60 and be sure you never have to pay a penny to Datawind ever again."

Which is it?

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Apple disables Egyptian iPhone GPS

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Coat

Walk Like an Egyptian

Apparently that means "wander about in a lost manner."

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NASA kids' compo: Name the inflatable moon habitat

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Coat

Ahem...

"The Rabbit on the Moon lives in a bounce house."

"The bounce house is rubbery."

"It puffs up when you blow into it."

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Apple condemns FileVaulters to seventh circle of Safari hell

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Not just Safari

I've seen this issue on Tiger and Leopard, and not just with Safari. The last time it happened to me - this was on 10.4.11 - Safari, iChat, and iTunes all "lost" their preferences. And no, it wasn't a permissions problem. I like the idea of FileVault, but Apple needs to sort this out.

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Microsoft dyes hair orange to cheer SQL Server 2008 release

Salmon

Looks like AMfM brought a friend

Feedback loop, anyone?

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Congress quizzes world+dog over data pimping

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Regarding secure data...

ISPs are just seeing the same HTTPS-encrypted gibberish that any other man-in-the-middle would see. And if you're typing your SSN, credit card details, etc. into a non-HTTPS form, having it gobbled up by your ISP is probably one of the least of your immediate worries.

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Google supports US privacy law

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@AC

Maybe this is only in the U.S., but https://mail.google.com looks like it works. Granted, this is only half of your problem.

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