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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: Double Plus Good

They were in there as well, she mentioned the NSPCC were pushing for it and ignored all other conversations.

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Re: Double Plus Good

I hate that phrase with a passion. There are plenty of legal things I would like to hide from anyone else. But numbnuts in parliament and do gooders think its fine.

I argued this with my MP about whether she should sign the snoopers charter and she came out with the same stupid half arsed argument. (she voted for it in the end)

Bereavement, redundancy, bankruptcy, terminal illness, domestic abuse victim, rape victim, marital troubles, criminal convictions to name the ones I can remember from my argument with the MP.

Why should anyone else get to know about them? (She had no answer either.)

Sad times for Oz.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

For minuting a meeting outside of work, where I didn't have a laptop. the kind of club meetings in someone elses house or a rented room in a town hall or pub etc. Didn't need paper, and it was quick, much quicker than finger typing. Then I could just send them via email to a proper PC for writing up.

And as for Jobs, didn't he say you didn't need two mouse buttons amongst his other stuff you don't need?

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: Travesty...

Isn't that applicable to most Disney offerings nowadays? Including the star wars remakes (sorry new films)

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UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom

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Re: Finally took the plunge with 18.04 last night..

Eh?

Vmware workstation 12. Download as fast your internet will allow. Install I think is 4 lines of text might have been 5.

Time to create is about five minutes of a few sliding scales and some numbers then next next. Then depending on your install it takes as long as it did with a disk. For windows 7 I think mine took about 20 minutes to go through the normal install wizard.

Once setup install time is a double click and watch it load, maybe twenty seconds for windows 7. This is on Ubuntu on my dell XPS 13.

Sounds like you had a bad experience but VMWare workstation 12 also passes through 3D graphics, much better than virtualbox.

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Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

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Title.

"Admittedly, those days were already over as soon as a user worked out which way round to plug in a USB cable."

Brilliantly put and so true.

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FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week

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Re: Eggs out of pancakes

Careful. The TSA have a master key that has to be able to open any locked luggage that enters the US. So they sell locks that are TSA approved, meaning the lock will fit the master key. (I assume if not they break the locks)

I read an article that actually said "Don't worry, only TSA approved staff have access to the key." :)

So America wants a skeleton key because they already have one for physical luggage.

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If at first you, er, make things worse, you're probably Microsoft: Bug patch needed patching

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Title

Best Headline pun ever. Love it.

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Brit tech forges alliance to improve cyber security as MPs moan over 'acute scarcity' of experts

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Phew!!!

Well its a really good job we are not putting up walls and barriers to allow all those people that want a job in a suitable industry to come here. Or building in steps to really slow down their applications.

That would be a really stupid idea for any government to do right now.

Mines the one with the "currently" red passport in it.

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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Actually probably much higher than you think if it is education or NHS or Banks etc. where legacy systems mean they get wiped for Windows 7 (or even XP.)

Not sure on your downvotes as I know every PC and laptop we get in a large organisation is wiped for windows 7 image. Windows 10 just ain't ready for us.

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Re: What does it run?

To be honest I only tried it to have a look and after a couple of months I just couldn't find a use for it in my normal routine.

I had the ubuntu laptop and the VM of windows was for a few steam games when away from my main rig in a hotel.

I did like it but just never used it. My next laptop may well be that direction however.

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Re: What does it run?

Confused. My Ubuntu server has raid and hasn't been an issue for about 3 years its been running. (Basically a NAS)

And my Dell Ubuntu XPS 13 laptop runs 3 VMwares, windows 7, Kali Linux and I tried an El Capitan VM once. All using the VMWare workstation 12 which is fully supported in Linux. It ran all three at once - because I could.

However my ubuntu laptop was ubuntu because I tried windows 10 and was officially told windows 10 once installed can't dual boot because of UEFI (I was asking for the ubuntu install disk) So probably because of Dell not windows, I had to send back and get a new one.

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New Android P beta is 'very close', 'near-final' but also just 'early'

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Re: Wonder what it'll break ?

Just the same in microsoft though, a window 98 piece program won't work in windows 8 etc.

We just seem to accept it more with a computer and sulk when it is with apps

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Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms

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Re: 'The seemingly misbehaving app is the default messaging tool on Samsung's Android devices'

Recent security survey suggested 90% of all smart TV's are hackable, by the aerial. So not just Samsung.

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ZTE remakes board as demanded by USA

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Re: Some new directors have ties to Chinese elite, government

Yeah but American elite ties to american government aren't going to insist you put back doors and spyware onto your hardware and.... Oh... Wait... I see what you did there.

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USB-C for Surface owners arrives in form of a massive dongle

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Re: Eh?

Wireless mouse = batteries

Wireless headset = batteries

Wireless keyboard = batteries

Connecting all these to your laptop means more drain on your battery, or you plug in the little dongle and that draws power.

All of that means charging stuff up. And cost if you don't use a rechargeable battery.

Bluetooth and WIFI signals can get interference from all kinds of sources depending on quality of build and location. Other frequencies getting in the way, Microwaves, brick walls, hot air, phase of the moon sometimes. (it can be the oddest things)

Wired means none of the above (I am not aware of power drain in a wired mouse, presume there is a fractional one).

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Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites

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Re: Dangerous?

We have toll roads and crossing in the UK as well to be fair. (M6 Toll being the main one that springs to mind)

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UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers

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Re: Give it a year

Which particular two words? He has come up with plenty and is an advert for plenty of two words phrases. :)

However despite his best efforts the EU don't care about him or his thoughts. So the rules will still apply.

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It's getting more and more Azure'd: For Microsoft, sorry seems to be the hardest word

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Re: Idiocy compounded

Exactly, who actually downloads Edge for Android?

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Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies

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Re: Barnier bombastic bullshit

Not really.

You cancel your membership but when you joined the gym you signed an agreement for the next seven years to pay for your membership. Like any gym when you pay, the gym makes use of that money to do stuff that gyms do - like provide new gym equipment (as well as cleaning the showers, paying wages etc) equipment which you yourself make use of during your membership.

Then when you cancel they ask you to provide the agreed and contracted 7 years before you can leave because that is what you signed and agreed to do. (like any other contract)

Oh and once you leave you can't have the all the benefits of being a member and you can't then whinge when they close the doors and ask you to stop turning up.

FTFY

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Re: Pooh to intelligence sharing

All that lovely imported beee... oh.

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Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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Re: C'mon, everybody knows that the real theat to nationals security is...

Trump really does appear to have alienated all his existing trade partners and allies, while cuddling upto dodgy dictators and rogue nations. (Russia, China, NK)

But to declare Canada an issue, I am wondering if senility isn't an issue for Trump. Worlds gone bonkers.

Whoeveer follows will have a rough sell to bring it back.

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Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums

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HOLD THE PHONE

MS employees attended MS forums to offer Help.

SHUT UP!!!!

Never happened.

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Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by

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Re: F****d.

I already run out of popcorn for this story, gonna have to buy some more. Can I claim that back as well?

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1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration

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Reminds of the old saying.

"A fool and his money are easily parted."

It seems "A fool who stays with the TSB is easily parted from his money."

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: "Judge us by our actions"

Nearly a %100. Wow, for a top flight manufacturer of software operating systems you shock us with such a glowing "nearly" reference. Nearly, shouldn't it be just %100?

My windows 10 (brand new install) takes around 60 - 65 seconds to start software some times. So I guess nearly is accurate (still a pile of garbage when we are talking Steam or some of the games) but it is nearly %100.

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Re: Or more accurately..

Except the UK didn't try and come to sensible agreement, David Cameron whinged - a lot (he even argued about the EU wording in the charter FFS). Mostly to look good to his own party and the other 27 nations just carried on like they do. We are not special in the EU we are one country with the same rights as 27 others.

Still amazes me how brexiteers think the other 27 nations have to listen to our demands at all. And remember lobbying in other countries to get the contracts we used to enjoy is making negotiations tricky, to them it is a windfall because they no longer need to compete with us.

We voted to leave (stupidly in my opinion but there you go) because media made it about NHS money (that has been confirmed as not happening) and immigration (which is actually harming us in certain industries). And absolutely nothing else of fact came out of both sides during the run up to the vote making the whole thing a mess.

Now people are whinging when the EU is doing exactly what the EU would do if people thought logically. When you close a door things need to be brought in from the cold so you keep ownership. So now we have the 90% drop in foreign investment, the EU money house leaving, the EU medicines center leaving, Galileo kicking us out and a host of other critical things like the NI border imposition. All predictable. But still media peddle the line that we are somehow owed something for when we were at the big table.

But look at it another way. If this was a divorce you wouldn't still expect access rights to your ex-wifes computer you paid for when you were married? You would accept the loss and move on.

If we were still in this wouldn't be an issue and countries outside the EU would be having these discussions but no one would care, we would be simply stating they are none EU etc.

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Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes

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FAIL

Brilliant.

Good job that won't be confusing or annoying for anyone.

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Re: PIcky picky picky

Problem there is Android has Google associated with it and that brings its own "data slurping" headlines making even more people paranoid.

It also isn't a very good linux distro because it has that java layer. So is rather stand alone from the other distros.

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About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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Sad fact.

The fact there is one of them is the saddest part to this whole Windows 10 mess.

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Re: Windows Schrödinger edition

MS certainly had a much better track record though, back during XP days. I certainly don't remember an XP service pack causing this amount of problems so often.

And wasn't the fall update, the creators update and a few in between just as bad? Wasn't one update a test update that accidentally got released and bricked a few million machines?

On release didn't windows 10 have serious issues with drivers? Even now there are blogs dedicated to what to do to turn off Windows 10 things just to make GFX work. (I know as I have had to go through them to make Nvidia GFX work so things go full screen and not windowed)

MS has fallen very far behind where it used to be liked and trusted.

I have used Linux for ten years and only had 1 failed update by comparison. that was a Kernal problem with Dell native drivers and it killed the WIFI and bluetooth drivers - in Ubuntu 14.04. They are so rare I even know when and what it was.

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Re: Steve

I use ubuntu with windows 7 in VM. I use the linux install of vmware workstation as it allows 3d GFX pass through. (The not for commercial use one as it is free).

Another good alternative and relatively easy to install (I managed it so must be easy).

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GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide

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Wow

M$ values privacy???

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha what a crock of absolute horse ****!

So can I turn off Cortana? I mean like dead, killed, taken outside and nuked? The code and all semblences of a trace of it erased with bit rot and a serious dose of DBAN?

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Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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Re: Did you ever notice...

You one of these people that think Brexit will fix all our woes, that the UK failing tax system will somehow magically bounce back? Lol.

HMRC are being halved like everyone else so won't get any better when we leave the EU.

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Congress vs Facebook: Great soap opera TV, but don't expect big results

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But wait.

Its also irrelevant because the EU will have the same round of conversations so for UK based people they will mean far more than US rules, regs and appeals.

That I expect to be very different and with EU GDPR I expect popcorn moments. Might take a few years and a few billions in fines but worth a watch.

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Microsoft vows to bridge phones to PCs, and this time it means it. Honest.

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Re: Yep...

I was recently forced to get windows 10 (don't, I am hating it) and it flashed up a pop up with a phrase something like. "Windows like all your devices" then links to download extra crud, the phrases around the headline were about keeping things the same across multiple devices. I clicked ignore pretty quick so didn't get the name or where it was taking me.

I took it that they had a bridge for mobile devices but then I realised the way it was hinting was that it actually wanted my data.

So even if MS did something beneficial I just see negative data slurping now.

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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

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Re: Microsoft will truly endorse Linux...

Word and Excel now native on Android though, which is certainly not what I ever thought I would say.

So almost there.

But as another post said, it is about foot fall and desktop linux isn't mainstream.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Sigh.

Just made the jump to win 10 after much animosity and hatred - because of games (still a Linux fanboy for everything of importance) and need for new hardware.

I have read how pretty much every release has crashed, bricked or burned one or two things in Windows. and it is always someone elses fault, but I always thought how it can't all be true. Despite supporting my families laptops who actually have crashed at 100% CPU for 2 days and then eventual death and roll back with each major release.

However with hope my new machine arrived and I have been hit by the seemingly very common fault that games don't play in full screen. You have to use 'windowed mode'. And none of the fixes so far (11 and counting) work. Surely someone at MS realises games are a key use of computers? Even a half dead lobotomised monkey from Mars knows that games are played on computers, but not MS apparently.

Now I realise win 10 is garbage and all the negative reports are true.

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Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: Fucking Brexit

They won't need to find us as they won't trade or care about us.

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NASA demos little nuclear power plant to help find little green men

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Re: Only 10kw?

A quick google and average UK house is about 5KWh, global average is about 3.5KWh and we have lots of crud you don't need in space and stuff that isn't designed to be low power etc.

So I think it is pretty good as a basic power plant.

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Post-Facebook fallout: Americans envy Europeans' privacy – top EU data watchdog

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We could

However, we then have to accept that we can't tell 27 other countries to do what we tell them, and they won't agree as they have their own tried and tested method that works. Which we will have to agree to depending on which trade we want.

And lets not forget, we can't as a government organise a high speed railway (or its successor), a third runway for heathrow, military spends, NHS funding, anything that has Brexit attached. And you think we can organise a GDPR replacement on our own. LOL.

160 million, where are the facts? Cabinet office said we had 15 to 50% of laws from Europe when it started, if they don't know what EU interaction was, how can you be sure your numbers tally. Need to factor in cost versus benefit, something missing in most numbers from AC's on forums.

And most EU budgets were actually held by our government under the EU flag. Only the CAP was a purely EU budget. Maybe I hang around MEP's more and have a more objective view on the mess we are all being dragged into..

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Facebook furiously pumps brakes on Euro probe into transatlantic personal data slurping

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Not quite so.

We have to have GDPR in order to trade with EU, we have to basically abide by their rules on a lot of things. Unless they do a deal (unlikely) that lets us off.

And the way Brexit is currently going with the bunch or tools in parliament I think we will be begging for scraps from a table at this rate.

With that in mind unlikely we would have a two tier DPA system for EU and then a lesser one for the US and all these make believe trade agreements ready to be launched.

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North will remain North for now, say geo-magnetic boffins

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Wow

"There global warming crap"

Apart from 'their' being the the correct word, plenty of evidence exists that climate change is actually happening, from most of the world. But I bet you think smoking doesn't kill either?

When I studied Geology I was always told time scales were much shorter for the magnetic swap (guess 20 years of science can do that), that and the chandler wobble always kind of freaked me out.

But this is an interesting article that ties them together for you.

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/global-warming-is-making-the-earth-tilt-on-its-axis-and-shrinking-india-is-pushing-the-north-pole-a6975611.html

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We wanted a camera, they gave us the eye of Gemini – and an eSIM

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Christmas Pressie for me.

Not bothered about camera, want a smooth back, not bothered about 4g as I have a phone but everything else looking good.

Just need to save the pennies.

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Brit MPs brand Facebook a 'great vampire squid' out for cash

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Bit ironic.

MP's arguing about privacy when they approved the snoopers charter where everyone gets access to everything. (partly because Government can't secure anything from leaks)

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Incredible Euro space agency data leak... just as planned: 1.7bn stars in our galaxy mapped

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Obligatory

"J u s t remember that your standing, on a planet thats evolving, and revolving at 900 miles an hour...."

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Samsung-backed gizmo may soon juice up your smartphone over the air

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Re: Science-fiction, here we come

Not lazy, but you can't sell a wire as the 'latest' technology and get idiots raving about it.

Imagine the latest i device or samsung mobile phablet having the 'best' in mobile charging technology if you then ship it with a wire. :)

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Holy helmets, Batman! Bane-like mask lets you 'talk' to computers without making a sound

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Seen these before.

Looks more like the shadow tech interfaces from Babylon 5. Except it is on the sides of their faces not their chins.

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Hubble sharpens measurement of distance to ancient cluster

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Nice.

I don't understand the description of the maths involved. But a real life use of trig that any GCSE student will understand. (being one of those things in maths they can't apparently understand the need for.)

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Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine

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Hope the judge is keeping track.

Have to ask yourself, why would you claim something you know a proper engineer can prove or disprove so easily. 70 degrees? Presence of soot. Even I could probably do some tests and see if that was true.

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