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Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Re: I watched the broadcast

It wasn't so much Musk's awkward style, which I'm used to by now, but Maezawa's!

Also, Elon Musk's nipples...

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WTF?

I watched the broadcast

It was utterly bizarre

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FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Facepalm

This guy would argue that black is white

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A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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When you're set up to fail...

...but succeed anyway.

No wonder the boss was upset.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Joke

It's fine

It seems to change every time I visit!*

* I use RSS so I don't visit the front page very frequently...

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SpaceX dodges lightning while storms keep Japan earthbound

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Re: drone ship

Malaysia? It was Thailand.

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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What was the storage capacity of the typical PC when XP was released?

More than 8GB

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Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses

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Re: Finally?

The surprise for me is in a (or perhaps the) premium ISP reselling a budget ISP's services.

But you're right, it might be a little surprising but not entirely unexpected or unpredictable.

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Re: Finally?

Blimey, dogs and cats living together!

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Finally?

It's worth noting that some Australian ISPs have been offering IPv6 for years, some even to residential customers (e.g. Internode). However, between them the top 25 ISPs still host only 4,248 unique IPv6 addresses...

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Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then

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Does it have to be for narcissistic millennials only?

Why the discrimination against narcissistic Gen-Xers and boomers? Most of them probably got it from their parents after all.

Given that the oldest of the "millennial" Gen-Ys are now in their mid 30s, why shouldn't some of them want a "business" oriented phone?

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If you weren't rich enough to buy a Surface before, you may as well let that dream die

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Re: You don't cancel a successful program

Alternatively, they might now be popular enough not to require the incentive program.

Haha, I know...

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Happy

Thanks for the nostalgia

I had that book, except it was written for (mostly British) 8-bit micros from the early 80s, while I had a 386. The programs never left the pages, sadly.

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Vodafone, TPG propose 'merger of equals'

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I don't think so. I don't believe TPG and Vodafone currently compete with each other to a significant degree. TPG's mobile services for instance are provided as an MVNO, using Vodafone's network.

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TPG's history as an ISP stretches back to the 90s. They were a budget dial-up provider then.

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Windows 0-day pops up out of nowhere Twitter

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This guy's angry about something

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Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early

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Re: On one hand...

Someone signed up for an account using my email address. Stopping the emails and then getting it deleted was a total PITA.

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Shmup

shoot-em-up Fortnite
Fortnite is a shooter rather than a shoot-em-up.

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Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking

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Re: When will it be safe to by a new system?

There is a (currently very good) alternative to Intel...

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MyHealth Record privacy legislation published

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Re: Health minister resigns

Now that Trumble is clearly sunk*, as of the morning of 23/8, they're all tendering their resignations, which is an actual resignation.

* Despite apparently still being the preferred leader amongst both Australians in general and Liberal voters.

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Re: Health minister resigns

He didn't "resign in protest", he and several others offered their resignations because it's convention to do so after you've voted against the PM in a leadership ballot.

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The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

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WTF?

What

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SentinelOne makes YouTube delete Bsides vid 'cuz it didn't like the way bugs were reported

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Mushroom

Also

And as usual, fuck youtube for its troll-friendly takedown policies.

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Linux 4.18 arrives fashionably late while Zorin OS shines up its Windows

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Zorin OS

Is it named after a Christopher Walken character?

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Pint

Blowing smoke

If I may gush for a moment, this kind of thing is why I (and I'm sure so many others) read The Register in preference to the "mainstream" tech press. Here, they might not always be first to press (except when they are of course) but you know you're going to get some sort of analysis or opinion, rather than reformatted press releases or fawning cretins who won't call out terrible products for what they are. Cheers!

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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Space rover

The joke, poor and somewhat obtuse as it is, was that wheels (or tracks, or whatever) don't do you very much good in the vacuum of space. As opposed to on the surface of a planet. Oh well.

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Space rover

For roving around in space?

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New Zealand school on naughty step after ransomware failure

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"with a ransomware attack locking down its student's course work."

That's not so bad. It could have locked down more than just one student's course work.

(Unless there's only one student of course)

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: They Live....

LCD screens that don't black out when you're wearing polarised sunglasses do exist. They use circular polarising filters, like the ones in passive stereoscopic "3D" glasses that work regardless of their angle relative to the screen. And yet, there are cars being manufactured with linear polarising filters on their LCDs even today.

The probability of having problems with polarised sunglasses appears to be inversely proportional to the price of the car, but shame on car manufacturers for still designing cars that don't work properly when the technology is available to avoid it.

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IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits

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"Google Translate isn't better than humans yet"

Granted, Google Translate is better than me at translating anything into English, but will machine translation ever really be "better than" humans?

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Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines

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Re: 1952?

The normal decay chain of plutonium 239 goes through uranium 235 via alpha decay.

That may be so, but a Plutonium bomb (or reactor) doesn't work like that. 235U is not an intermediate step between 239Pu and *kaboom*.

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Re: Hiroshima & Nagasaki

My favourite quote from that event in history was told to Oppenheimer (by Bainbridge):

Now we are all sons of bitches

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Re: Worse than anti-freeze!

"Known by the state of Cancer to cause California"

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By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

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Gimp

Spanking moons eh?

Oooer etc.

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Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes

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Meanwhile, at amazon.com.au...

*crickets*

Nobody knew about it and there doesn't appear to be anything worth buying there anyway (i.e. business as usual for amazon.com.au). Imagine amazon.com without any of the interesting products and the Australia Tax alive and well. At least it avoids the reverse buyer's remorse from not getting a better price on something because you refuse to participate.

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Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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FAIL

Smell that?

Desperation.

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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Re: 1.6 litre!

The biggest problem is that people haven't been taught the driving style change needed to get the better mpg out of them.

These modern small capacity turbos have been designed to short-circuit fuel economy test cycles and don't hold up in real world use. Fuel cycle testing standards are now being revised because it turns out that when a real human gets behind the wheel of one of these new turbocharged economy cars, it can easily consume 50% more fuel than rated. Meanwhile, the equivalent naturally aspirated vehicle is only 10-20% over its rating, so it usually ends up using less fuel.

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Re: 1.6 litre!

I should say 10-15 years.

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Re: 1.6 litre!

VW make a 2.0 that produces the same power output as the 3.7 V6 in Ford's Mustang and has higher peak torque (at 1800 rpm)

One of those engines is turbocharged and the other won't be shagged in 15 years.

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For €10k, Fujitsu will tell you if your blockchain project is a load of bull

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2. No - it'll probably work, but that's not really a blockchain any more, is it?

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US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

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Well I suppose it is hate speech if you're George III

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When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?

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"This guy is running important multimillion dollar production on a consumer plan. This is on him, not Google," observed one Reddit member.

Well, sure, but Google arbitrarily threatening to delete all his things isn't...

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Oracle gets busy with Lazy FPU fix, adds more CPU Spectre-protectors

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WTF?

Version history

Spectre is already up to version 4?! Where does this end?

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Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

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Re: @Rich 11

'It's just what we asked for, but not what we want!'

Ahh, government clients...

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Wait a minute...

The first of the month was an edge case?

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Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?

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Re: " We need to act before it’s too late and London’s success is threatened. "

Crowdfunding absolutely has its place, small investments in small businesses has existed for centuries, with the Internet opening new opportunities to contact potential investors. And investors is what they are - you risk a small amount of money up front for something later.

That's a customer, not an investor.

BECAUSE IT IS AN INVESTMENT IN A STARTUP

An investment typically gains you equity or interest in the success of the venture. Crowdfunding doesn't provide any of that. It's a speculative pre-sale, often without a solid guarantee that the product will be delivered as described (or even delivered...)

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