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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

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Thanks for the heads up

I shall have to try that. Problem is, after choking on the update- install-re-install more than once my Mac Pro crashes randomly. One time ran fine for more than 24 hours (indexing A LOT of music files for Plex Media Server) but then began choking randomly.**

**Well each time a report is sent to Uncle Mac (who must be bombarded with 'em) so perhaps it ain't so random but who knows? The log is crammed with any and every possible assistance - short of REAL HELP.

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Latest High Sierra and 2013 Mac Pro

Crashed more times in one week than all my other Macs in 10 years - in total.

I had to search for an explanation of nothing on the screen but a floating question mark - "cannot find the boot disk". Crikey - welcome to 1988.

'Course I could rewind to Sierra. But then the SSD is 100% invisible.

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Bloke fruit flies enjoy ejaculating, turn to booze when starved of sexy times

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Fruit flies and sex education

To save parents the embarrassment of teaching their children about "it" (S - E - X) in the early '60's there was a booklet available* using fruit flies as the exemplar. Written by some totally po-faced medic - or maybe he was an entomologist. If in early puberty "it" was a confusing topic there is no way this immensely misguided booklet would have helped. Worse than what Stevie said behind the bike shed. H&E magazines did not help either.

*My Mum gave the booklet to me with an expressionless face and merely a "Read this. And don't take it to school". I am not sure why she bothered.

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Last Hurrah?

Enjoy it while you can, punters. The rationale for F1* is that the technology once proven (supposedly) filters down into the marketplace. But the market is going to electric and autonomous driving. Will there be F1 in 20 or even 10 years?

* Real reason is that blokes like driving fast cars with screaming engines.**

** Real reason for declining popularity is the diminishing need to wear earplugs when watching F1 from the home straight. Now where's the fun if you cannot feel your sternum vibrate when the cars go past? Sheesh - modern pussies!

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Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets

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“...implemented this pause...”

Love it! I can think of many and varied uses for this phrase and will employ it from now on. For example instead of “go **** yourself” you can say “I have implemented a pause in our relationship.”

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Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro

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Strangely, reminds me of an Eric Idle joke

Q. What is your usual sexual position?

A. The married man’s. Flat on your back with your wallet wide open.

P.S. Note the same FB troll dv’ing automatically every post which is not gushingly supportive of FB.

P.P.S. Every Brit knows what “FB” stands for.

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Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress

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“makes sense to discuss”

i.e. “No”.

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In a sorry state again: Zuckerberg dusts off apology playbook in mea culpa to Congress

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The Russians!

Ah yes. Draw the teeth from a rabid assailant by anticipating and diverting an attack before it comes. It was all THEIR fault. We were the nice, helpful guys too innocent to know evil when we saw it.

The thing to watch for is when Zuck starts saying that new protective measures being worked on are top secret and must be kept that way to derive maximum effect. That will reveal which question by which committee member roasts Zuck's chestnuts.

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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Blowing up Buddha

It’s ok. It’ll be reincarnated countless billions of times

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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

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Cathedrals and Bazaars

A new take on an old meme:

The rogue trader will quickly go out of business, or get beaten up by fellow stall holders, whichever comes first.

The Cardinal is untouchable by the masses, either because the ignorant unwashed, at least once upon a time, thought he represented the common go(o)d, or because his lackeys bundled unhappy parishioners out of the side door before they cause any real trouble. That is, until a vocal minority realise he is preaching fake sermons and breaching the Confessional.

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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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1x4x9

This is where the book scores in going on to say that the dimensions of the monolith did not stop at number 3.

A subtle key to the entire film and the start of wonderment for a breathless kid.

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You're watching it wrong

Kubrick started off as a still photographer and this informs every single scene and shot in every one of his films. You just have to hold and examine each image on the screen to understand the effort he put into that particular frame.

That was 99% of his total film-making effort.

The theme, story, concept, dialogue and actualisation was the other 99% :-)

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Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

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"cheaper than Intel"

Assumed by whom? I do not know when the expression "economies of scale" was coined but I very much doubt the foundry price per unit of Apple-branded ARM chips could match those of Intel. And I also doubt that fundamental cost was the main driving factor. For example the switch to Intel was because Macs could no longer do what Apple wanted them to do on Power. More to do, if memory serves, with speed, and heat.

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Facebook exec extracts foot from mouth: We didn't really mean growth matters more than human life

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*de facto* good

That has to be a candidate for the most obnoxious and shocking expression I have ever heard.

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Microsoft's Windows supremo Terry Myerson is now Terry BYE-rson

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Co-foundered (sic)?

Nice one!

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Dudley Moore reference

UV.

Wonder how many people these days have a clue what a mangle is (was). Joke may be lost on ‘em.

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Wombwell

The place!

Urrmm.......yeah.

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Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower

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Re: Re : "described Wylie as a charlatan"

Agreed and this guy is going to have to have balls of steel since the deeper this goes into "the Establishment" the harder time he is going to have and the longer it will last. Just try and imagine where he may look for another job, given his line of business. It is dead easy for a new client to come along, dangling the prospect of a large contract oh and by the way "give your resident piece of shit the heave-ho, yes?"

If even a part of what he says is substantively correct and he is motivated by ethics I doff my cap to the guy and we should all do the same.

Sadly I am too long in the tooth not to be sage and cynical** but there is a range of personnel who need to get their comeuppance.

**For example - Ball tampering? I mean - how stupid : getting caught!!

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Linus Torvalds says new Linux lands next week and he’s sticking to that … for now

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"old x86 PPro SMP"

What do you mean "old"?? That was far and away the most solid, unbreakable 24/7 PC system I ever had.

'Course running OS/2 on it helped

The Intel board it all ran on was state of the art/work of art.

Pardon? Speak up. My hearing aid batteries are going flat.

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Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!

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Clean house

Yup - "Cambridge" = Friends in high, sorry, low places

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That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

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Come on - He's serious. He said so - and more than once!

Has to, 'cos he's got the sort of face that looks as if he really doesn't give a shit.

Funny that.

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BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

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Short Memory Syndrome

Scenario : Over-hyped over-priced IPO.

Problem : How to justify the price.

Solution : Monetise FB.

Q1 : How to monetise?

Q2 ; What assets does FB have?

A1 : Punters? Forget it. They are tight-fisted bastards who want to use a free service.

A2 : A-ha! Punters' data!!

Q3 : How to monetise user data?

A3 : Any and every which way you can.

Phew - Job done.

Chapter II - Cue media exposes.

Chapter III - Everybody acknowledges the Era of Zero Privacy* and moves on.

*Zuck mantra : E-Z-P-Z (using the American "zee")

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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What took them so long?

This is MS and it is 2018.

One, they are going to do it.

Two, it is just the start.

Three, MS routinely claims that changes** have been overwhelmingly supported in consultations (at least by those who supported it, and the rest - apostates, all of 'em) do not count).

Four, MS wants everyone to use Edge exclusively - duh... !

Five, the only lesson they learnt over 30 years is that the average punter is now savvy enough to squeal when a crap browser is foisted upon him. And - end of civilisation as we know it - flock to a competing browser.

Six, the timing suggests that even MS realise their new browser was crap but now is not quite so crap, although they are moving forward in what are (for MS) baby steps (so it is still partially crap).

So what else is new?

**Oh, a "feature". Of course, Silly me.

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IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

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"reached 2,000 people"

My goodness - That's almost a whole ... village!

My goodness (2) - When I saw the heading I had to look at my watch to see what century we are in.

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

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God you luddites are boring

Queue the DV's but mention smartphones in these forums and the same tired old "my phone is now 5 years old and it's great" mantras and told-you-so's come ringing out.

No I do not need or want a removable battery, or an audio jack, or 48 hours talk time (Kee-rist : only a tiny portion of time on a smartphone is talking to somebody) or a bleeding keyboard. I could happily live without any phone but I choose not to. A great deal of stuff is far easier today than it was 5 or even 2 years ago. OR a lot more stuff can be done from what's in your pocket than 5 or even 2 years ago.

Trite example but time was it was a complete p-in-the-a to have to take 2 minutes firing up a microwave oven-size computer just to check the frigging email. Now my pocket gives me a gentle nudge when one arrives. Magic!

Nor do I have to look anxiously at my watch (in fact the phone time is more accurate) while in a rush to get to the office and a desktop to review an important document since I can look at it on a (very high quality) screen a few inches square.

I do not need to go to the bank, visit HMV, consult the yellow pages, or call directory enquiries, ever. I never need to carry an A to Z. I do not need to squash into the corner seat of the 8:13 to Paddington to open awkwardly the cartoon page of the Daily Telegraph (or Hustler, or -yes!- this very forum! Woweee....).

I could go on, and on. It will get only better and I do not believe there is a plateau - except possibly in absolute growth, for the reason which is the one and only partly correct statement made hereinabove, i.e. that most smartphone customers already have (a fairly new) one, amongst a mountain of bollocks.

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La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans

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Re: Mine is better than yours debates....

Try The Who at 11.

No .... 12

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OK, who is shooting at Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

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Re: "bait bus"

Exactly. The cops have zero evidence and this is a desperate tactic.**

On the other hand, I am perversely re-assured that they did NOT claim to have a record on CCTV, which would have been an almost certain outcome in the CCTV-blanketed UK.

**Reminds me of the scene in The Milagro Beanfield War when the local sheriff played by a Ruben Blades is told to find the culprit who shipped a crate of ripe fish to the property developer’s wife as a scare tactic. His response : “What do you want me to do? Check them for fingerprints?”

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Into the valley

Disappointed that El Reg’s resident music fan did not take chance to reference this track by The (aptly named) Skids.

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Paul Allen's six-engined monster plane prepares for space deliveries

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You'll never get me up in one of those things

IANA scientist, or an engineer, but the forces acting on the central section are going to be massive, yes? It suggests to me, just by looking at it, that it could split in two.

Even if the two fuselages are very light they are going to have to be robust enough also to withstand major stress, stress which the central section thus has to bear. And unlike a conventional aircraft their will be different forces to contend with such as twisting, and a few more for which there are probably technical terms.

Seem to recall even the fuselage of the Russian Concordski blew apart in mid-air because the turn was too tight.

If this thing flies I shall be gob-smacked. And impressed.

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US Supremes take a look at Microsoft's Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start

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Re: A Minor Quibble

Long history. And complex. Used to be banks were the target :

https://books.google.com.hk/books?id=GNmhsJ44XYEC&pg=PA101&lpg=PA101&dq=gucci+and+chemical+bank&source=bl&ots=NmGTRmoC6o&sig=NMp5X5UVuec-81XWSOEFyd6ggOs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj6q_6dhcjZAhUX57wKHX9gDDAQ6AEIXjAF#v=onepage&q=gucci%20and%20chemical%20bank&f=false

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"The whole idea of territoriality is strained"

No, it isn't, and this is a very, very dangerous idea. Elementary to most visitors to this site is the fact that the data may be digital but it is real and for, say, a document on a server in one country to be opened on a system in another country the data has to cross borders albeit electronically.

The suggestion that the strict territoriality of data is weakened just because it can be moved around (duhh.... like things. And people ...) is disturbingly simplistic.And wrong.

The real problem is the US courts do not respect any country's borders, except their own - when it suits them.

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Neil Young slams Google, after you log in to read his rant with Google or Facebook

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What a relief

Musicians being ripped off by tech companies instead of record companies, agents, managers, promoters etc etc**

Now I can sleep more easily.

**Bandmates, fellow musicians, TV companies, restaurants, shopping malls, discos, ...oh....the Russians! Don't forget to blame the Russians!

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Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members

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Re: That'll show 'em!

I await with trepidation your explanation as to how "consumers", "corporations", "profits" and "management" could possibly impact the NRA.

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That'll show 'em!

Urrmmm .... No it won't

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Billionaire's Babylon beach ban battle barrels toward Supreme Court

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Private property ..... but

Taking the point in isolation, I sympathise with anyone who does not want the great unwashed trampling his geraniums, and there could well be a security issue, but ... 90 acres? If he cannot block access with a padlock it suggests he cannot collect admission fees either. But how about an ice cream stand, surfer shop, bar ....? No he does not need the money** and come to think of it I do not suppose he has the obligation to maintain a footpath either. So how about cultivating impassable foliage or pet tigers?

A little more imagination is called for - on both sides.

** I do not see him lounging on the beach either, since it is not his, but he needs to remember that the second half of Robinson Crusoe would have been boring without that footprint in the sand.

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The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

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Re: Half Man Half Biscuit

Best of British

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Not a 2018 Psion ...

A 2018 IBM 110 Palmtop PC from IBM Japan, and a different era :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt4kf-PYy44

Psst... It also made phone calls

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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Viewer discretion advised

I and millions of others used to be exposed, starting from early childhood, to fake news every Sunday morning.

Then I developed what occasionally passes for.a brain which somehow interprets, re-interprets, digests or discards what is transiting the grey matter throughout the day, every day.

Give it a try.

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Re: Bah!

Agree somewhat less than robotic (like some barmaids I have known) and don't understand technical terms such as "variable" and "geometry" but might I suggest the magic is inside the spout.

[ Cue Mel Smith "She's a bit loively tonoight" and pull out a shovel to clear the rising tide of foam. ]

Which suggests the magic is inside the liquid stuff (but we all knew that).

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Jekyll-Hyde

Nice clip, Dabbsy - thanks. Haven’t seen it before, and I am mightily impressed by the special effects, since everyone knows special effects were invented by George Lucas several decades later.

For aficionados Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor (no, not the pathetic Eddie Murphy re-make) did equally entertaining conversions in what is a very funny movie.

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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Cornflakes, ketchup and 20x20 hindsight

Echoing in part Ledswinger’s comment right at the top, I wonder if Google saw the significance of every new Nokia feature being emulated within days by the energetic engineers of Shenzhen, and the immediate need for an homogeneous mass market product (OS). The speed with which ripoff phones hit markets in the usual locations - before shipments in volume even arrived at retail in the Western Hemisphere in some cases - demonstrated the impossibility of maintaining control and integrity with the state of the market, the status of the technology and the breakneck pace of development at the time.

In other words Nokia’s platform would eventually have been eaten, undercut and sunk anyway. The difference is that instead of buying a new cheap phone every few months and binning the old one that breakneck pace has given us - after a period of years, remember - very highly engineered and expensive phones we have to keep for 18 months.

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Face, face, face! Apple, TrueDepth and a nose-driven iPhone X game

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I'm A Believer

Sigh. The El Reg resident sub-ed/DJ again with the primeval song references totally lost on proto-millennials -

[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Diamond ]

[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkees ]

- but a resonant and entertaining distraction for those still breathing.

"Why do we bother, Fawlty?" ... "Didn't know you did, Major."

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Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

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Sweat-proof?

Nope. There are such things available e.g. Jabra for gym junkies but Airpods ain't one of them.

Some e.g.Bragi even say you can swim with 'em in but [ditto].

I shall be happy to keep any form of electricity well away from any form of water (and sweat), thank you.

Not sure why nobody has yet mentioned a (very) short circuit as the cause of the problem.

Must be techies never ever break into a sweat.

And could a non-techie learn whether he correctly identifies sweat as a good conductor?

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Uber and its 245 million reasons to settle with Google's Waymo

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Four days in court

Partly brinkmanship, which they lost.

And partly because all those legal arguments prepared intensively over a period of months or years take on a whole new or different perspective when aired in open court. The same way all the excuses you had prepared to convince your wife that nothing happened fall flat when she is standing over you with the bread knife.

So U’s lawyers would have said “This is looking a little iffy” and “Better to do a deal before the judge sinks you.”

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: Got my copy!

Agreed, “Hans” - when he does (means he got the hint) so will I.

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Re: Got my copy!

Way to go, Jake. Oops - I mean Anon.

P.S. You may want to consider deleting your post.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Life on Mars

Urrmmmm ... yes .... I know ....

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******g A, Elon!

Well done, son!

As a side note, El Reg's resident musical sub-editor had better go to the BBC. El Beeb said the music on loop was Space Oddity. Gulp! Every fule no that would be an inauspicious track (with a less-than-happy ending) to use on such a flight. It was of course the more famous title track to the gritty Northern police drama starring Philip Glenister and John Simm.

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Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies

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Other side of the ... ummm ...coin

Without a doubt the PRC will have been investigating its very own crypto-currency, which will be introduced when it has sufficient (i.e. complete) controls built in for the "protection" of the Party. After all there are ways to monitor digital transactions which do not apply to attache cases stuffed with bank notes.

In the mean time, hear this Rest of the World, Wechat Pay* and Alipay* are sweeping across the region like a tidal wave. Sorry - have swept.

*Not for speculation I know, but crypto-currency is supposedly intended to pay for stuff, yes?

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A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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"Mad" and "California" (twice) in the same report

Why am I not surprised?

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