* Posts by nagyeger

63 posts • joined 2 Feb 2008

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Crazy bug of the week: Gnome Files' .MSI parser runs evil VBScripts

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Mushroom

Fixed it!

sudo apt-get purge gnome-exe-thumbnailer

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

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Paris Hilton

.bank

Given the two (plus) nationwide issue, I propose that .bank be 100% required to also include the country code in any registration. That way some innocent doesn't accidentally end up at an organisation in Nigeria when they think they're going to the one just down the road.

Not that I'm suggesting she's innocent>>>>

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

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Thumb Up

Try Transylavnia..

I've just checked my nominally 50Mbit connection via our local cable TV company (rural Transylvania). According to http://beta.speedtest.net, I'm getting 60Mbit download and 30Mbit upload.

The Older ISP (wireless based) is just being taken over humungous cable company who are offering 300Mbit FTTH for about £3.50 / month. Not sure what the installation fee is. The other problem is that my main router only has only 100Mbit ports... It looks like the router upgrade is going to cost more than a year of internet.

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Yeah, if you could just stop writing those Y2K compliance reports, that would be great

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Just in time for 2038

If this law's been around 2 decades, does that mean it's about time for for unix "end of time" compliance reporting to start up?

We must be getting into the era when hardware (IoT?) is going to last long enough that this is a problem.

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16 terabytes of RAM should be enough for anyone. Wait. What?

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You'd hope...

That by the time it reached that sort of level someone's gone over the code and removed any storage bloat quite carefully.

On the other hand, maybe it's all running in Java and burning someone else's cash...

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RF pulses from dust collisions could be killing satellites

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Re: Slow

OK, I recant my bit about "most" impacts, as measured per hit. But I stand by my argument regarding plasma, since I'm pretty sure that's far more prevalent in higher velocity impacts, and so for real velocity you want to look at plasma-creating dust, not so much debris.

@Bill Gray "Low-earth orbital speed is 8 km/s, relative to the earth's center. Most satellites, and therefore I assume most dust, is in lower/medium-inclination orbits,"

Urm, to me (out of the field for a few decades, I admit) Dust=natural, debris=paint flakes, dropped zips, ASAT tests, and of course impact ejecta.

Dust, by the time it's dropped down the gravity well can be prograde or retrograde, at any inclination, and (back when I was studying this stuff) is/was considered a significant source.

Hmm... looked it up. Dust impacts on the space face of NASA's 69 month LDEF experiment consistent with the natural flux at an average impact velocity of 15km/s. So, 15km/s average, with a random inclination, and you're going 7.8km/s or there-abouts, in LEO circular orbit, faster for elliptical orbits, of course.

I'll leave the calculation about if we can or can't just average the max & min (15 +/- 7.8km/s) because of the "running into the rain effect" as an exercise to the student. I know it's spawned papers....

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nagyeger
Coat

Slow

5-10km/s? Come /on/ people, I know that's an attainable lab speed, but admit it, it's really slow. "Most" orbital impacts are going to be 10-14km/s, and get some Perseid particles involved and it's 67 or something.

ICON: Mine's the one with the 20 year old space debris conference proceedings in it.>>>

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Dell to patch AMT-vulnerable systems

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Re: Poweredge T20?

I've just found my 2nd hand fujitsu celcius. But the patch is windows only, and it arrived from the

refurbisher running linux.

grr,

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Show BOTH?

Why don't browsers show BOTH? (punycode first, with some note about the alphabets in use)

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Apple fans, Android world scramble to patch Broadcom's nasty drive-by Wi-Fi security hole

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Full list?

Anyone know where there's a full list of affected / patched devices?

Is this only on "top end" devices, or is this affecting 89.4356% of everything?

This started as "patch iOS" and now it looks like it's 'unless you're on patched iOS, turn off wifi'

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Today's WWW is built on pillars of sand: Buggy, exploitable JavaScript libs are everywhere

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Re: choices

Dear AC, I'm very interested in learning how to do a zoomable slippy map without JS. Could you post some pointers?

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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It's not just speed

smem output, exact same tabs open, both running noscript.

9626 me palemoon 0 170736 173311 188400

9696 me firefox___ 0 233544 239198 256420

this computer's short of RAM, too. What's that, FF, you want an extra 50Mbytes? WHY?

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Meet 'Moz://a', AKA Mozilla after it picked a new logo

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Because byte-count counts

Congratulations on the low byte-count bloat-free ascii logo. Now all they need to do to make me happy is reduce the memory footprint of the thing, which seems to have quadrupled in the past year or 2, with no real increase in usability, at least for my usage pattern.

Who do we need to write to to get have the old fast, small, efficient firefox we used to love, rather than this bloated RAM-hog which is currently taking up 10% of my total RAM just with el Reg open?

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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break=overthere

Shocking, you have ze physical access, you can interrupt ze boot process....

Just saying break=sidewayz or various real options or (my old favourite which used to work, but doesn't do so well these days was init=/bin/bash).

Just a few days ago I used this to add myself to /etc/passwd before letting the system reach multi-user mode.

I must admit it's a bit embarrassing for whoever wrote the comparisons in that bootscript, but this is really nothing to see, move along...

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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those cornery things...

Missing from the instructions:

If you happen to find that your new hyperexpensive wobbly desk is too wobbly, you may, assuming you never want to flat-pack-it again, apply copious quantities of GLUE to all joints. For additional stability, apply to the GLUE, the materials known as PINE or MDF (available at all good hardware stores for a small suplimentary fee). PINE and MDF may be conveniently cut to size with a 2.5kw Circular SAW, much to the enjoyment of neighbours.

We also supply strange cornery bits known as 'braces' that when attached to the legs and the desk-top in the correct manner (6.75 packets of araldite) provide additional bracing.

There. Fixed it for them:

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Windows Atom Tables popped by security researchers

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Re: Firewalls to block the downloading of executables?

And... how far down the chain does this go? Are "atom tables" aceesible in Silverlight, flash, macros in word docs, javascript?

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No shoes for little Timmy, Mama needs a new 10TB hard drive

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tech?

And what sort of tech are they based on? Air-filled or something exotic, etc. etc.?

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

nagyeger
Mushroom

Kettles

In case anyone ever tries arguing with you that lower powered kettles are more efficient... Please apply the following simple bits of physics: convection, radiation, evaporation.

The longer the kettle spends getting from 30°C to 100°C, the more these sources of heat loss will come into effect, therefore low power kettles are better at heating the air, and less efficient in heating the water.

(The icon is for a nice efficient way of heating /lots/ of water.)

D.

PS. Would someone like to test how hot a 25W fish tank heater (without a working thermostat) will actually get a typical fish tank? My guess is somewhere around 50°C, but I don't have a fish tank to test it these days.

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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It must be niche

it doesn't run on my old 286.

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'Boss, I've got a bug fix: Nuke the whole thing from orbit, rewrite it all'

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Re: Beastly, Just Beastly

The problem with your entire argument is that it's based on a false premise: that no one tried to write linux in C++.

It was tried, back in the time when I had a 386 PC and an entire distro fit on 2 floppies. Maybe it was before the time when "a C++ compiler has been able to generate equivalent code with "no overhead for the stuff you don't use" " But the result was a significantly bigger kernel which ran much slower.

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Overheating iPhone 6S+ BLINDED my cam, cries flashgate fanboy

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Hey, this is El Reg!

playmobil or it didn't happen.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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Re: Chrome sleek and fast, Firefox bloated and slow

Good for you, enjoy your bloat. Some of us are still using "made for XP" motherboards, maxed out at 2GB, and want to run other processes too. Firefox used to fit on almost /any/ hardware.

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Feared OpenSSL vulnerability gets patched, forgery issue resolved

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Re: Wet firecracker

This is a major bug if you're relying on SSL to provide end-to-end certification as a user. So I won't be connecting to my bank until it's fixed.

It doesn't mean we need to unpug any servers while we wait for the distro to catch up with upstream though. I for one am happy about that.

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Re: Wrangel Island

> or it might be that they used something which wasn't that durable.

Ugg told them and told them, if you want durable storage you can't trust it to spinning rust.

And as for those faddish crystal ball user-interfaces the girls loved, well, the batteries in them just don't last and then what have you got? Just a fancy paperweight.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Deep-fried cheesy Hungarian

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garlic + sour cream + cheese

Is the only true way to eat them.

And the middle should be as thin as a thin&crispy pizza.

Next challenge: Then round it off with some Somloi galuska (Hungarian trifle)

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

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No ethernet

"Just about a clone" seems to ignore the fact that it looks like there's no ethernet port on the A+.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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just like water

Oh, wait, they meter that now, don't they.

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NASA beams vid from space via laser

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Re: this why the SETI alien radio monitor is a JOKE....

Reversing the polarity of an oscillating EM field... Instead of going up-down it's going down-up now?? I can see that carrying a lot of data.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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entrepreneur != Boffin

To me, an inventor can be a boffin, but an inventor who's an entrepreneur cannot be.

For example, Dyson is certainly an inventor, but I'd say he's probably got far too much business acumen to be a boffin. A boffin shouldn't be willing to waste time on things like business plans and the like. It keeps them away from the lab.

I guess that this means a boffin is employed rather than employer, except where the boffin (part) owns the company but has a good friend who "gets on with handles the business side of things", while the boffin tinkers in the lab / dismembers the universe.

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Swiping your card at local greengrocers? Miscreants will swipe YOU in a minute

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Headmaster

Re: But....

But you might have more than one local supplier of rabbit food, so it could be

greengrocers' too.

But since this is greengrocers that we're talking about, on ElReg, shouldn't it be

green'gro'cer's'

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LOHAN's handsome young autopilot springs into life

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C of G

I hope that no one is forgetting what the careful placement of bits does to the centre of gravity / mass... it could be embarrassing if it wanders too far. from spec

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CURSE you, EINSTEIN! Humanity still chained in relativistic PRISON

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Re: Stupid question

No no no, what you need is "Light Inextensible String", available by the mega-furlong

in any mechanics problem near you when you were 18 or so. You don't even need to

turn off friction.

Way back when there were still shops selling videodiscs (OK maybe I'm exagerating)

some friends and I proved that it violated causality.

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Human rights groups rally humanity against killer robots

nagyeger
Terminator

too late

We already have (single use) technologies that can automatically select their own targets. Have had for years.

I'm thinking of the spectrum of missiles, (e.g. anti radar-installation, anti tank, anti-aircraft, anti-missile, etc), mines (sea and land), and so on. About the only difference is that "killer robots" presumably have a

shorter loiter time than your average WWII mine, and if we're lucky they might struggle if there are stairs / pylons in their way.

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Stop

EEPROM + UV?

The whole massive advance of EEPROM over EPROM was that the thing was Electrically Erasable, no need

for your UV gadget. Or leaving it in the sun for a long while if you were hard up. Maybe Verity's fingers need a holiday in the sun?

How come no one else has commented on this?

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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

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Pint

prize

Psyx, you've just won my first ever up-vote. Congratulations. Have a vitual beer/cider/whatever.

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Appro adds water-cooling to Xtreme supercomputers

nagyeger
Childcatcher

They used to do that...

Where I grew up we used to play in the remains of a heated public outdoor pool, care of the water works pumping station. Sadly the beam engine it provided cooling for had been replaced with electricity by the time I arrived on the scene, so it wasn't heated any more. Of course now they've gone and built houses there too.

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Royal Society hosts edit-a-thon to get women onto Wikipedia

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Re: Consider Her Ways

Trouble with lichen

The Crysalids

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Take a look at atom’s shadow

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urmmm

"images of single atoms are much easier to capture using scanning electron microscopes"

Did you mean TUNNELLING electron microscopes?

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Walking through MIME fields: Snubbing Steve Jobs to Star Trek tech

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Facepalm

Re: 7 bit US-ASCII - Grrr!

"Most of the accent marks and other character modifiers in latin character set european languages are syntactic fluff and the languages are still perfectly understandable without them."

Really? "syntactic fluff" ? Phonemic maybe, not syntactic for most languages I know.

Letters are there to represent sounds (ignoring English so called spelling rules for the moment)

Change the letter and you change the word. If someone went and replaced all the 'O's in your document with 'U's you'd be a bit upset wouldn't you? People can often guess from context, but not always.

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IP registry goes to Defcon 1 as IPv4 doomsday nears

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NAT'd isp

Not looking forwards to living behind an ISP that does NAT'?

Naah, that's old hat. According to traceroute last time I ran it here in the wilds of transylvania our local small ISP provides us with a 192.168.xxx.xxx IP address, his uplink connects to an upstream provider who gives them a NAT''d 10.10.xxx.xxx address, which goes through yet another 192.168.xxx.xxx NAT box. I'm guessing that somewhere in there there's a bit of copper/fibre crossing a border, since those geotracking adverts think I'm in another country!

What amazes me is that skype still works!

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Microsoft blows Windows Phone update, again

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Alert

is it late?

Why did I read this comment as referring to Word Perfect 7? Years ahead indeed, I just didn't know WP powered phones...

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US robot ornithopter spy-hummingbird in flight test triumph

nagyeger
Pint

power-source? flight time?

Now why do I doubt that the one pictured runs all day on small sips of sugar water? (or other forms of liquid refreshment)

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Santander mixes up 35,000 bank statements

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FAIL

tick-list

Fraud: Tick

blackmail: Plausible

heart-attacks: Tick

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Electric forcefield space sailing-ship tech gets EU funding

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FAIL

What about impact damage?

Have they done an impact damage (micro-meteoriod and / or space debris) assessment at all?

A) This thing is going to have a big surface area (each wire at 25 micrometers* 40 km length is a square metre), and they are planning to make a disk out of these things. Sounds like hundreds of square metres.

B) Each broken wire is going to go sailing off into the distance, unless these wires are actually in some kind of net (more weight, and not as described in article).

C) A 5 micrometer thick piece of Al foil which was pointing away from the earth for about 6 years in low earth orbit got 30 micrometre holes punched in it at a rate of a 0.5 per day / sq.meter (7*10^-6 impacts / sq meter per second) (MAP experiment on LDEF, Hi to Tony et al if you're reading this)

D) If a particle could make a 30 micrometer hole in a piece of foil, it could almost certainly take out a 25micrometer wire.

So... I'd give each 40km piece of wire about a 2 days lifespan before it breaks somewhere, or maybe 4 days before at least half of it has gone off into the void.

And they want to get to Pluto?

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Great white sharks menace Blighty

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Go

playmobile!

We need a playmobile reconstruction!

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ISS ammonia pump 'working well'

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UTC not GMT?

I thought that there was typically a non-zero difference (in seconds) between GMT (average solar time at Grenwich) and UTC (adjusted atomic clock measurement)?

NASA should really use it whatever it's called though.

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Volcanic Eyjafjallajökull dirt-splurt space snap

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Re: two years

Want to bet that share price in the ferries and tunnel go up? If so see your friendly stockbroker.

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Blighty gets DARPA cash to put sat-phones in satellites

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free-flying solar pannels and engines...

Anyone got a nice dish to listen in with? a few milliwatts can go a long way in space...

Not to mention the issues of larger surface area for getting hit by and making space debris. I like the idea of them putting the solar panels and the engine in separate spacecraft.

No wait... come baaaack!

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iPad runs Windows, Nokia runs OSX

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How about...

you swap to cassette tape?

Youve just got to love those page faults....

RECORD....

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MIT boffins invent robot clam-grapnel

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Stop

mole-cruiser

Headline coming soon?

Newly qualified driver crashes internet and tunnel

After a loosing his way on trip from Clacton to Southend a mole-cruiser driver has accidentally turned the UK's main fibre-optic links to Europe into mush, and caused severe damage to the channel tunnel. Earlier suggestions of terrorist action were quickly denied after the teenager broke through the outer casing of the tunnel and asked for directions to "Saafend".

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