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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

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@Mark

There are no pedants on The Reg, only loose-hanging pieces of jewellery.

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Oz consumer watchdog: 'up to' speeds shouldn't be in broadband ads

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Re: Only 15 years late...

Yeah that's right, it's a VDSL2. It's the absolute peak speed that's dropped, so I don't think it's caused by contention or congestion, but the interference explanation sounds plausible enough to my lay ear.

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Only 15 years late...

...but okay, good.

Meanwhile my FTTN line has lost a third of its speed in the three years since it was connected (using shiny new copper.) This is the future, thanks Mr. Broadband!

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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

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Re: Is there any great change from our point of view?

If everyone alive today tried to use bitcoin, on average each person would get one transaction every ~90 years, and the blockchain would increase in size by ~4.5TB. Little bit of a problem there that nobody's worked out the solution to without reverting to traditional (i.e. existing) methods of banking and exchange.

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Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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Re: Seems like the apple fanboi isn't very smart...

I have an "anodised" ipod mini from which the coating comes off the edges in flakes if you hit it with something sharp, so Apple products were already doing this more than ten years ago.

(Bought it second hand and upgraded with a 64GB CF card and uprated battery. Pretty decent device after the upgrade, though it's a shame most docks and cars won't recognise it these days.)

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Australia wants to jail infosec researchers for pointing out dodgy data

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Re: It won't pass

I wouldn't be so sure about Labor. You really never know which way they're going to go next on IT/data policy.

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Re: Brandis

Even a clue would do

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Pulsating white dwarf described as a 'dynamo' found, no, not in the back pages, 380 LY away

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Re: Yet Another pendant contributes

Similarly, one of the many reasons given for declassifying Pluto as a planet; the barycentre of the Pluto-Charon system lies between the two bodies.

As I understand it (not being an astrophysicist) stars large enough to produce Iron generally leave behind neutron stars or black holes rather than white dwarfs, because their cores are too heavy. Either way, the Sun and Jupiter have tremendous magnetic fields despite being mostly Hydrogen and Helium, so the object need not necessarily contain significant amounts of Iron.

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Another pendant contributes

With masses that similar they will both be in orbit about a point in space between them.

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

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Re: Low level loss of concentration

Where did they bring them?

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NASA's Curiosity puts cat among the climate pigeons: Lack of CO2 sinks water theory

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Re: @bob Carbons not the only greenhouse gas

Mention Carbon or CO2 and it's like a flame to the moths.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Lynch's Dune was good, lots of people agree

A switch in the genetic sense.

And does Gaff know that for sure, or just know she's a replicant and assume she's the same as all the others?

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Re: Lynch's Dune was good, lots of people agree

I got the impression that he and Rachel didn't have the lifespan limit switch turned on?

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AMD's had a horrible 2016: Never mind, it lost slightly less than half a billion this time

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I might wait for the reviews

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WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

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Re: Crowdsourcing?

That's a fair criticism of Coppola, but he does appear to have brought a bunch of experienced game designers along for the ride.

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Crowdsourcing?

WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

Crowdsourcing would be if he asked the internet to write the game for him. There's no hint of that in the article.

This is crowdfunding, but so what? The record of Kickstarter projects run by people who know what they're doing is pretty good. I guess you're suggesting that he can afford to finance it himself but the advantage of Kickstarter is that it identifies and locks in demand for the product before you start. Because, as any fule kno, stated preference surveys and observed preference surveys give very different answers to the same question.

I'll probably wait for the Humble Store sale though.

the team thinks they can have the game finished by October 2020 – although given the original movie was over a year behind schedule due to difficult on-set conditions (a hurricane and Martin Sheen's mid-filming heart attack) and extensive reediting, that date might slip.

...huh?

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Oracle sues its own star sales rep after she wins back $200k in pay fight

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Re: @Nifty

That's The Joke™

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Furby Rickroll demo: What fresh hell is this?

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Re: Friggin awesome

A new ROTM perhaps?

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Ooops! One in three tech IPOs now trading below their starting price

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Re: "I thought...failure was pissing all the money away without even making it to an IPO?"

To clarify, I meant the VCs lose if they don't make it to IPO.

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Re: "many companies have lower stock prices than their at the IPO is not surprising "

I thought that definition of failure was pissing all the money away without even making it to an IPO?

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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

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Blaming an inanimate object

Windows 7 “can no longer keep up with the increased security requirements” of the mid-2010s.

It's Microsoft that won't keep up, not Windows 7 that can't.

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RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

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RIP

I was fortunate enough last year to have had the opportunity to see him premiere the documentary film about his life, The Last Man on the Moon. I can highly recommend it for its insight into the US manned space program and the man himself. I think I should watch it again tonight.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Re: This is why he got angry.

My specific question was "Where do I legally register the vehicle and pay the sales tax if I own 3 houses in Russell County and 1 house in Tazewell county".

Uhh... the one you live in?

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Clone wars: Wrestler sues Microsoft over Gears of War character

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It's possible, but something feels different about this one. That one would have had a satire defence, surely?

Either way, other studios pay their likeness models. I can't see the game screenshot to decide for myself though.

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IBM: Hm, medical record security... security... Got it – we need blockchains

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Meh

It won't

Now where's my fat consultancy cheque?

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PlayStation 4 probs: Gamers struggle with PSVR headset blackouts

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The device itself might be deadly serious, but it's still a VR device.

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Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

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Re: Communication

Feeling's do not come before facts.

And apostrophes do not always come before an s.

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Re: Plausible deniability?

It really is damning isn't it.

He's the minister. It's his job to know these things.

He's lying, most probably, but if we take him at his word, how can his position possibly be tenable?

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NSW bus Wi-Fi privacy, regulation: 'Move along, nothing to see here'

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Bravo

Top job with the image selection

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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"Formula One Boss Max Mosley"

...is actually former Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile president Max Mosley.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Dead, but only temporarily?

If it's only going to be green in preview versions, the blue is hardly dead is it...

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Weather stops SpaceX from blowing up more satellites

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Re: Flight failures

I suppose total loss of payload is a failure regardless of the vehicle's thrust, velocity and altitude when it happened.

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NSW government drops a Catch: Bus Wi-Fi is a privacy nightmare

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"I think you may have been misled."

"The privacy policy proposes such data may be collected, not will be collected."

What's the fucking difference? If you can you will.

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Re: Next they'll bring out toilet paper with sensors

Coming in late, but I believe you're looking for this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJklHwoYgBQ

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Elon's SpaceX gets permission to blow up another satellite or two

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Re: FUCK YEAR!

I too hope this is a fuck year.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: "I hated the Walt Disney UI of XP"

net stop themes

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The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

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Re: Inflation at 5%

Looks like it's jumped a bit in the last 12 months but 5%?!

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Nicotine

I'm interested in these "notable health benefits" that weren't noted in the article.

If these are its potential medical uses, Philip Morris also isn't a pharmaceutical company targeting the drug at specific therapies.

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GET pwned: Web CCTV cams can be hijacked by single HTTP request

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Re: "Titathink Babelens"

Oh right, it's a "baby monitor." Apparently.

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"Titathink Babelens"

That all sounds perfectly above board...

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Third World

Technically Switzerland was a third world nation while Liberia was considered First world. Its all random bullshit to make us seem like civilized and superior to those not towing the party line.

Where to?

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Re: Not the developer's fault.

Have you ever worked on a construction site?

Also known as "open air asylums".

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WTF?

I didn't know that being rich (or even a tosser) qualified you for summary execution by building collapse.

I guess you learn something new every day(?)

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Re: So...

If they run any sort of OS from Google then they are infected!

Oh.

Can you help me install Windows on my phone?

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Re: I don't see espionage

I certainly paid money for the phone!

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So...

How, or when, do we find out which devices are infected?

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The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers

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Re: Basic misunderstanding how law firm works

Basic misunderstanding of how AI works. When the decisions are made by a computer it's only the paralegal jobs that will remain.

I wish you the very best of luck in teaching an AI to interpret law!

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'Ultimate Team' scheme: EA hackers charged for stealing in-game coins

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There's only one thing for it

Ban micro-transactions in games that aren't "free to play".

I know I should but it's difficult to find much sympathy when the victim is EA.

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