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1075 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

US govt: You, ICANN. YOU can run the internet. We quit

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Re: Managing names

1. The Skydrive case was a straightforward trademark dispute - nothing specifically to do with domain names. (Skydrive could have being at skydrive.microsoft.com - Rupert would still have been upset.)

2. Ditto. Companies need to protect their trademarks even if sometimes they do it badly.. (There's nothing ironic about competing interests - it's just how the world works.)

3. Get your own domain name - they practically give them away these days.

The domain name system is not without it's problems but it's nothing that can't be fixed.

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

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Actually I did expect better.

I expected at least one penis pun.

(edit: thanks AC below.)

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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The Quebecóis captions

Are just the same loop of ooohs and aaarhs but with more accents. (And also the occasional mention of 'gros seins' but I wouldn't know about that.)

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ROBOCOP statue, Minecraft film, revived Sinclair ZX Spectrum...

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Is there a Regretsy equivalent for Kickstarter?

There should be.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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So it's a combination of a fridge magnet (a magnetically attached accessory) and say any USB device. At least the Workmate is an inventive combination - it's more than "a device with feature A and also feature B".

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The USPTO

How does it work?

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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Touche

Can't top that.

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Re: 10GB

Nice try, but downvotes for Eadon are the definition of perfect compressibility.

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SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

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Re: Today? Today where?

Don't worry. UTC - it's a boffin thing.

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Reg readers fret over misty-eyed LOHAN

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I know how this goes

It starts with friendly waves and ends with AAMs.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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Animal husbandry = Hitler

Seriously?

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'The Mystery of the Martian Doughnut' solved by NASA sleuths

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NASA funding

solved.

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SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

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Sounds like

a rap supergroup/

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Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children

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Quotes Socrates

on why writing is inimical to true knowledge. Realises Ellison is no Socrates. Runs away.

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

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Re: More than just a name?

As I understand it, if it can be used to identify a business it can be used as a trademark. (Three piles of cow dung anyone?) Words themselves qualify with certain provisos - no generic terms, proper names etc. If the bare word doesn't qualify you can always make a trademark by writing it a certain way for example the, in itself fairly generic word, 'ford' written in a fancy typeface placed in an oval.

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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To be fair

the military has a harder job than Google. Nobody is (I hope) working hard to find ways to send a convoy of Google cars over a cliff.

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

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No,

but it's in the killer robot business these days.

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French drug dealers regretfully announce 'temporary closure'

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Calling the Académie Française

What is the correct French term for a 'dealer'.

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Herschel boffins spot fat dwarf Ceres in TEARS over astro-identity crisis

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Dwarf planet, asteroid

or steampunk Deathstar?

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CERN boffins fire ANTI-HYDROGEN BEAM

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Re: Interesting

Curiously, I've been working on the theory that antigravity = antipasto. Unfortunately all my attempts to build a bacon-powered starship have been foiled by people 'from the internet' turning up and eating the engines.

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Brit boffin tests LETTUCE as wire for future computers

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The post is required, and must contain lettuce.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: Henry Ford

Interestingly enough that's also what Eugene Pinklewhicker said when demonstrating his steam powered trousers. Unfortunately, for every Ford there's a thousand Pinklewhickers.

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Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

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Re: Rigorous Logic vs. Methane Spirals from Uranus

TCSBR*

*Too cranky - shouldn't (have) bothered reading.

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Boffins: Antarctic glacier in irreversible decline, will raise sea levels by 1cm

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Re: It is time for people to stop moaning about climate change and look at ways to live with it!

Yes, but who's going to pay.

Hint: this is what wars are fought over.

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still you can't deny

that over geological time scales glaciers approach light speed

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

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For comparison

try doing a Google image search on 'burnt Ferrari'.

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E-tagged insects a buzz for research

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Forget talking

I want that on my resume.

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Space Station bags extra 10yrs of life as SOLAR STORM scrubs resupply

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@I ain't Spartacus

I'm not convinced that a new could war would be a prerequisite for a US/China space race. I suspect that somewhere deep in the Chinese psyche it rankles that they lost the technology race with the West when that Italian guy stole all their secrets and now they are once more a super-power what better way to use all those iPhone manufacturing profits than with a mission to Mars. I'm no economist so I have no idea whether either country could afford it but since it's the Americans who are buying the iPhones I suspect they'd have the worst of it.

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Spock-style gadget can SMELL my PEE! Weird gizmos of CES 2014

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And here's me thinking

that it was a tiny black and white screen for watching porn.

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Thought the toilet camera was weird? Try actual thumb flash drives from tech's supershow

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Coming soon to the Register

The fun new quiz - tech toy or sex toy.

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Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

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The thing is

In a democratic society you're free to "call for" pretty much anything without fear of sanction by the state. Threatening people on the other hand has always being a different matter.

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Two white dwarfs and superdense star. Yup, IDEAL for gravity lab in the sky - boffins

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Not sure if you're simply joking

but this is standard science stuff. The model is constructed using the theory to be tested. If the predictions of the model check out, score one for the theory. If not, more interesting science stuff.

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Samsung snafu at CES causes Michael Bay meltdown

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Auteur Michael Bay

Surely you jest.

Please tell me you jest.

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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

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For the real geek

buy five and build a newton's cradle.

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That's because

you're a full desk kind of person. This is intended for the empty desk kind of person.

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Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

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Re: Harvard need to reassess their admission policies?

Or simpler. Don't send a threat to an organisation using internet access provided by that organisation.

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Android nasty sends your texts to CHINA

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I suspect the chinese might find

"Darling fascist bully boy, give me some more money, you bastard. May the seed of your loins be fruitful in the belly of your woman" somewhat less than useful.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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Re: What's te problem?

Dodos? You mean they all went on to be clubbed to death by hungry sailors?

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Is it a NAS? Is it a SAN? No. It's Synology's Rackstation 'NASSAN'

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Re: Erhm?

You need it to store those Noxious Ancient Souls when you run out of space in volcanoes.

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Boffins release 44-MEEELLION-star Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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That's one helluva funky

disco ball.

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NASA pic: DOOMED ice Comet ISON literally had snowball's chance in hell

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And the Eadon memorial award goes to. . .

linicks.

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Moto's DIY smartphone Ara to be 3D PRINTED in exclusive new deal

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As I read it

only 3D Systems have the technology to print the parts and they've made it clear (or at least as clear as possible in managerese) that they won't be making it available to third parties. If you want to know about the availability of designs then, you're right, Motorola is the company to ask. Let's hope a lot of people do.

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Super-stealth FLYING CAR prototype seen outside GOOGLE HQ

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Re: build your own!

If this were any other piece of tech I'd probably agree with you. However "flying car" and "fail" go together like "foolish investor" and "money" don't. (e.g. see Moller)

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Space tourist Dennis Tito begs US to BANKROLL HIS manned Mars flyby

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Re: Older couple? WHAT? Nooooo!

I wouldn't want to be around when they find out about the 20 minute lag.

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Re: 501 days of fun..

+1 for the shit reference.

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KILL SWITCH 'BLOCKED by cell operators' to pad PROFITS, thunders D.A.

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Re: How stupid are they?

While they're at it they might as well get rid of those pointless "receiving stolen goods" laws as well.

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Nvidia, AMD tout 12GB GPUs for supers ... But ONE question remains

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The word "ceepie-geepie"

gives me the heebie jeebies. Please stop using it.

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

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Well, that was fairly pointless

The video that is, not the actual research. "This stuff here - it's as stretchy AS RUBBER. Oh and it does some other stuff which we won't show you or attempt to explain in any way." Conclusion: Stanford uni PR unit is run by a bunch of balloon fetishists.

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Google Earth SHOCK: ZERO point ZERO ZERO SIX of world forests disappear each year

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It's good that forest loss has been reduced to less than one percent per year.

It's not good that forest loss is almost one percent per year.

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