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Star Wars missile intercept fails for fifth year running

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The problem

The most worrying thing for me about this is that if they ever get it working properly, they will be itching to try it out for real and might (Will?) be inclined to try and provoke a missile war for the purpose.

The Hardware Hacker's Guide to Home Automation

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Re: Remember,,,

It does a bunch more than just home automation. That's the difference. It handles home security requirements as well, capturing video streams from IP cameras and sending SMSes that contain links to video streams as well as encoding them to WebM. It can be used for serious security uses. And it talks to Phidgets as well.

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Re: Slowly creeping in

The hydra control freak has a very flexible event processing engine that handles both input and output http events as well as hardware I/O events and events from home automation pirs. In this way it goes a long way to providing the flexibility you will likely want as a geek. It's also self contained and doesn't rely on any provider's website in order to access it from the outside.

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Re: C4's "Home of the future"

If your house is being burgled and you are aware of it (or even better, aware of it just before it actually happens) then you *can* in principle do something about it, set off alarms lots of flashing lights etc before they have broken in. If you are lucky they might give up before they start. If you want something really effective, then you can trigger a bandit fog generator so the burglar has a hard time seeing what he is wanting to steal. Of course, if your detection system only provides alerting but no response you are right.

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Re: Remember,,,

Homeeasy plugs currently cost < 12 pounds a plug in the UK. And there's a system in the Netherlands called Klikaanklikuit which effectively cost about 5 euros a plug. Maplins sell a unit in the uk that is 5 pounds a plug but I'm not sure what protocol it runs, it might possibly be proprietory. It's not listed as supported by the rfxcom device in any case.

The Hydra Control Freak device is easy to install and maintain but does require you to add a port forward if you want to access it from outside your home from your smart phone for example. The all the rest is just adding actions to events that you buttons send all via a web interface.

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Re: rfxcom

The rfxcom device definately does support European devices.

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rfxcom

Hydra Control Freak (http://www.hydracontrolfreak.com) are working on providing support for a similar device from rfxcom (http://www.rfxcom.com) that would also add support for a wide range of devices including homeeay, lightwaverf etc.

Patent tax break takes effect in April 2013

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We're doomed

Just goes to show. We are all doomed if the government still doesn't understand that patents destroy innovation.

Nipples and teen lesbians sexy even when ironic, ASA rules

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Totally agree

34 complaints should read as having an implicit 50 million or so thumbs up. I wonder if when cool ads like that happen you can send the ASA an anti-complaint/thumbs up and cancel out the idiots complaints?

Samsung may try to block next iPhone in Europe too

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It's the politicians fault

For giving them the laws to do this. If they really want to help the economy you drop the entire patent thing on the ground for anything that involves a cpu be that software or hardware. On the balance of things any possible value from patents is outweighed a million-fold in today's age by the disadvantages.

Be chums offer 1Gbit/s fibre-to-the-premises in London

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Cool

But can they make a statement guaranteeing no packet shaping or filtering ?

AlertMe network power-meter kit: Suitable for techies?

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security?

Any comments on the security side of things ?

Dob in suspect blingy neighbours on Facebook, say cops

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Anonymous?

Via facebook? Yeah right!

Segway death blamed on good manners

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Netherlands

Yeah, they use them at Eindhoven airport. But again, the stupid laws have messed up their general purpose use over there as well.

US court test for rights not to hand over crypto keys

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The last I heard

The last I heard anything about him was that he was put in an asylam after he came out of jail. God knows whey he wasn't put in there first. Or whether being in jail made him crazy. Sounds like a little person that doesn't have money for big lawyers.

'Robots can save America', says Obama

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An excuse

Sounds like they just want an excuse to keep their massive military budgets in the age of having to deal with massive US debt.

Brit censor stamps on The Human Centipede

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Bizzare

It's bizzare the the first one was allowed on sky. I wouldn't want to watch it either, but with the new suites there does seem to be a huge double standard with respect to what hollywood is allowed to show on tv and what you are allowed in your own private collection, which would inevitably result in the jackboots kicking down your doors. Same applies to the "Last house on the right" which contained a rape scene that I swear would put you in jail if it were on your private dvd collection but cause hollywood put it out it was fine to show on tv.

Personally, I think it would be funny to apply the same vigor to tv as is implyed by the new draconian laws and watch hollywood shriek as they loose money and watch the politicians loose out on their favourite violence movies.

Porn found in Osama bin Laden compound

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Next

they will find some Swedish girl that claims he raped her.

Jon Bon Jovi accuses Steve Jobs of murdering music biz

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Break even?

If they only break even if they went platinum. I would tend to think it's not that they don't get much margin from Apple rather it's more likely that they don't get much margin from the the record company and that they production costs are too high. If you could the album marketing costs in that then the statement is mispresentative, because the production costs of the digital files clearly are very low. I'm sure that Apple are indeed not giving a huge cut of the profits, but I bet that the amount taken by the music execs is still higher. We've all read the articles that detail the income versus the cost break down that the music execs come out with.

MS embraces/shuns Google's open video codec

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Have you read the license recently?

I've read articles that state that even high end camcorders come with a license that actually forbid their commerical usage. How open is that?

Google insists it couldn't have been British. Excuse me?

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Copyright? WTF???

Copyright is not the problem. It's the patent system. Creative development is not hinder through the inability to literally take someone else codes, it's more than todays copyright's are mostly BS based on rearrangements of existing code and you can only afford the mountain of lawyers to play the game if you are already huge. Cameron... Keep software "patents" out of the way and forget about copyright from an economic perspective. If you want to take about preservation of culture, that's something else. Why did the government extend copyright to 100 years for the music industry? However, that has little connection with small startups.

Ex-PM blocked Steve Jobs knighthood

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Bill Gates

I've always thought that Gates stunted software development by many years through some of the choices he made with his monopoly position. Linus should have received it over preference to Gates.

Microsoft reinfects Chrome with closed video codec

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Re: Bloody hippies

Actually, this is funny. I remember actually buying my first copy of netscape. Then the non-hippy, i.e. microsoft, installed explorer for free. And that was the end of that.

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Re: bloody hippies

Have you sent your donation to the mozilla organisation yet? Everybody benefits from these "hippies". I guess people forget so easily the price that software used to be before the hippies got involved some 20 years ago. You have to be that old I guess.

Google axes Jobsian codec in name of 'open'

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It's a good thing

The only people that have a problem with it are the people who could never envisionage themselves in a position to wish to provide video content on a website and hence the costs are of little concern to them. Small entrepeneurs would tend to welcome it.

Interpol issues arrest notice for Wikileaks' Julian Assange

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Google slips $3.1bn through 'Double Irish' tax loophole

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What's it called

So it's a sort of reverse dutch steamboat for taxes ?

Alternative iPhone 4 nears end of test phase, claims insider

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Antennae gate

Forget about the antennae, the iphone has bigger problems. Gazillion call drops go away when you switch off the 3G, after which the iPhone seems to perform quite ok as a phone, implying that there is a very bad software fault that occurs when 3G is enabled.

Hefty physicist: Global warming is 'pseudoscientific fraud'

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Re: No facts just politics

In his defence, he's stating that the climate gate documents are full of information to share. I bet that's a lot of information, he's just asking others to take a look for themselves.

Google tuts at gov caginess with Transparency Report

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Precogs

You mean because of the "recorded future" company ?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-jacobson/google-and-cia-invest-in_b_664525.html

Ex-spook jailed for selling secrets

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Didn't think they were Dutch?

But he was Dutch himself. I suppose they could have been Dutch imports, but a native Dutchman would have trouble hiding his Dutch accent from another Dutchman. Despite the fact the Americans in the movies would do it all the time with Germans and get away with it :-)

Nandos 'village bike' ad not sexist, rules ASA

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Over my head

I would never have got the innuendo. I guess the moral complainers had a more racey upbringing than I did. Which would have surprised me.

Murdoch predicts iPads all round

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Hammers

There's a guy with a hammer looking for nails.

Court slaps down coppers in photography case

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President of the ACPO

I watched the Andrew Maar show in the weekend and they had the president of the ACPO on there. And the main points he wanted to make amounted to "Think of the childre, CHEOP is great" and he wanted the police on the street to be about to make up their own minds even more and rest assured that they would back him if he happened to make a mistake. I couldn't beleive my ears, he's not learnt a thing about the change on Government.

UK.gov smiles and nods at commentards

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Lies man

See the section on the home office website entitled

"More tools for police and security services"

And they state that many people wanted the police to have more powers and tools and that they agree.

From what I saw of the suggestions, they were overwhelmingly the opposite of this view!!

Cameron asks Obama for McKinnon compromise

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Flip side

I'd like to see the US estimate the cost of securing their systems had Mckinnon not been involved at all. In addition, I'd like to see the cost that would have been estimated if they had simply left their systems the way they were and North Korea or Iran hacked into their systems.

These were the early days of hacking, there's was not the criminal intent that hacking these days tends to have and what he did then can best be looked as doing them a favour. He he hadn't done that back then, then the risk to their systems would have greatly increased with all passing time.

Extraterrestrials strafe Bosnian with meteorites

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Money

I thought you could sell these rocks or a lot of money. The guy's sitting on a goldmine.

Sozzled Oz bozos in reciprocal literal ass-cap-pop

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Cousins

When I was younger, I had some cousiins that did something similar, but with 22 rifles. They didn't actually shoot each other, just played around shooting close to each other. My brother on the other hand had an air rifle and said "Run or I'll shoot". I didn't run and he shot. Hurt like hell. Another brother shot me with a home made crossbow. Luckily it was somewhat wimply but it didnt' happen to have a barbed nail on it. I found it was an accident at the time, years later he told me it was on purpose.

Fedora 13 – Linux for Applephobes

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Fedora = Good

I love Fedora. Used it for years (And many others). I tried Ubuntu recently and quickly changed back to Fedora and many servery things (Flame away if you like) were just not as mature I thought than on Fedora. I started with Slackware back in 1994/5 and have used many systems over the years.

Personally, I've never had a problem with the stability of Fedora. In a production role one is more likely to be using bulk standard equipment, much of this bleeding edge thing would be in the area of hardware that typically doesn't come into a production server. If the sort of things you want in a prod server are disk, memory, mail, dns, vpn's, java then you'll probably find that it's a very stable system. If you want to plugin esoteric new cards of some sort perhaps not so much.

Fedora appears to me to be the easiest system to compile new apps on and be able to find the dependencies IMO.

Vodafone shocks data users with roaming price rise

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5MB is not big

I'd be surprised at any session worth being a session using less than 5MB data. My spam is frequently about 50MB/day. Personally I think that is a bullshit statistic that would bear no relevance to the truth.

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City Police still using Terror Act to bother photographers

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Do we want more police?

Last time there was a topic like this, I asked if we really wanted more police like the politicians were saying as they go about ring fencing police budgets. Many of the people on this list replied, "yes' we do want more police.

Sigh... If we go about protecting their budgets and stating in public that we want more police, obviously the message they take from this is that we are happy with them and want more of it...

Twenty somethings shocker for UK music sales

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Bluray

Although I will still buy cd's occasionally, after recently having purchased a bluray player, and in spite of loathing drm, I was recently looking forward to buying some bluray movies, only to get a real bitter taste in my mouth when I find that I am forced to watch several movie trailers each time I power up the disk and lost the ability to play from where I left off. This experience makes me feel quite shafted and whereas I may have become a born again media purchaser I now doubt very much if I will be buying very much, it's just too painful.

Man of God backs Beverley porncoder

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Mental health issues

Where did this idea that sex is evil? I still can't understand why there isn't a murderer's offenders register and assault offender's register. Make's no sense to me. I personally think all of the people that are trying to repress sexuality these days have mental health issues and should be in any position of power or influence.

Sexy is as sexy does: UK.gov struggles with sexualisation

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GB's post is right on the money

Loved the bit about women not reading men's magazines. Funny thing is the that's sexy psych girl is a regular on Cosmo.

And yeah, I'd do her as well, she's so sexy and hot. Though I'd have to put a tinfoil hat on her head to protect her evilness from distorting me.

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Do you find yourself start to resent the whee ones

Over time, the people who don't have children themselves and perhaps some that do will start to look at children with disdain as they start to represent the excuse used to fuck with all of the reasons and freedoms that make adults like being adults.

I can't see the resulting trend doing children any favours.

US judges leave definition of obscenity to Amish, Kansas

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Re: Think of the children

Loved the comment about invisible friends :-)

5-megapix 'iPhone 4' set for June?

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Re:resolution != image quality

Exactly! So what do you gain? Nothing. What do you loose? The extra memory the photos take up to provide you with no gain in resolution. This is a feature that takes away from you. An Immodium minus feature.

Google and MS sued over links to file-sharing site

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Just an idea

I've always thought it would be fantastic if one could somehow co-ordinate every consumer in the world to boycott all music buying for a year. Imagine how much fun it would be watching all the music companies scramble and change their tune, it would be a barrel of laughs.

Obviously that's not feasible, but complete boycott of any page that even mentions a title from a particular music company by Google may well be. Sad though that maybe then they would be accused of abuse of power.

Still, it would be fun to watch.

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Searching

Gee, sounds like a Rupert Murdoch type of action, time to explain all of that music companies sites and any page at all that refers to any music from them? Maybe the economic effect of that might make them rethink.

Brown launches 'Zip it, Block it, Flag it' net code for children

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Big asumption

This assumes that the teachers or "adults in general" know how to protect their own computers. Do the government think that botnets are large networks of childrens computers or something ???

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