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Signs of ground ice found on ancient protoplanet asteroid Vesta

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Re: What would stop the water evaporating when it hit the Earth

It would definitely evaporate during entry, but it would be trapped by gravity in the atmosphere. When the density got too high it would condense and fall as rain. Same net effect.

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Re: Water from comets or asteroids?

Estimated ass of the asteroid belt is about 3e21kg, 4% that of the moon. Mass of oceans is about 1.4e21 kg. If all the water turned up from asteroids, that's an awful lot of asteroids. Lets say they were 50% water back in the day, that's the entire volume of the current asteroid belt hitting us to supply enough water.

I have to admit when I started this reply I thought that was bollocks, but I suppose in a much lumpier early solar system those numbers aren't beyond belief. It would have made life on earth at the time a little awkward, glad I wasn't about.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Re: RE: Sabroni

It's not like the EU is forcing us to spend the rebate on chocolate teapots. The money will be spent anyway, probably on the same things that the rebate would cover anyway.

If we had full and complete control of everything (which we're aiming to achieve by closing our eyes and pretending we're the only ones in the room), I'd expect the percentage of that budget that would be spent differently would be fairly miniscule.

Boris, the human clickbait.

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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No downvote from me; I spent some years on drugs in London and I have to say it was simply marvellous.

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Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

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Not censorship

I'm still amazed how many people misunderstand the meaning of "censorship", or think that freedom of speech means something more than just "you won't be prevented from saying it by the government". That's all it is - it's a very, very low bar. No-one has to help them do it, and although they have a right to say it, I'm very much OK with private citizens or corporations trying to stop them exercising that right.

The Daily Stormer can stand on a soapbox on a street corner and shout like all the other nutjobs. Presuming they can find someone to sell them a soapbox.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Genuinely struggling to understand why the strong feelings...

I've read four pages of comments, and the article, and I'm still not sure I get why the hatred for these is so vociferous. There are whole websites dedicated to people hating smart meters and 200 comments here that pretty much say the same thing: smart meters are 100% bad.

To sum up what I've got from these pages, people don't like smart meters because:

1. It probably won't save them any money - so they're no better off, but no worse off.

2. It may make the energy company more money - ok, they're 90% fuckers but as this won't cost me anything, good luck to them.

3. They may be turned off remotely deliberately. I thought I'd read that this feature was proposed but discarded due to concerns over liability (if they disconnect a dialysis machine, for example) - can't seem to find this now, but I have found an Ofgem Guidance Document outlining the process for disconnection, which is broadly the same as the current process except that they don't need to make a house call with two polcemen and boltcutters.

4. They may be turned off remotely accidentally - true, but we already live with this risk and call it a "power cut". Getting it turned back on will be a phone call.

5. The meter itself is shit and overpriced - this one I can understand but only on the grounds of "it could be better". I'm offended technically, but not surprised.

6. The meters get it wrong sometimes. First, that's no different to current meters - after reading my dual-tariff meter recently EDF tried to charge me several thousand pounds for the kinds of usage that would have melted the copper in my house. Utility company incompetence exists now and will continue unabated long after we all have smart meters. But smart meters can fix this with software, and the metering hardware, if anything should be more accurate, no? Modern technology and all that.

7. Smart meters give you cancer - ok, haven't seen that one on the Reg, but have seen it elsewhere.

8. They allow the energy company to know when you're using power to spy on you - true, but I'm struggling to care.

9. The might be hacked. Theoretically true, but many orders of magnitude less likely than anything else in the house being hacked for most consumers, and to what end? So someone can read your meter? This risk seems very low.

10. It's a one-off disruption to install - irrelevant in the long term.

11. The meters themselves use power so it's wasteful - OK, but at 4W a meter plus a bit more for the hub (which I believe is optional) it's not exactly going to single-handedly ruin the environment. More data centers being built to process this data is a bit spurious - if we're concerned about this, surely we'd be better off with a single monopoly and one large datacenter?

As for benefits - at a minimum:

1. It stops the nagging calls and knocks on door asking for meter reads, and it saves me banging my head on the hatch to my basement every few months.

2. It also removes the "estimated bill" boondoggle, which always seems to involved the utility taking £400 extra up front then paying it back to me when I close the account.

3. Assuming software bugs are fixed, it should be more accurate and less error prone.

The beef I understand most is that it's a wasted opportunity because they could be better technically, and that it's a typical government IT cockup: overpriced and poorly managed. True, but even with that I'm struggling to find more than a "meh" as an argument against (or for) smart meters. What have I missed?

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Crowdfunding scheme hopes to pay legal fees for Marcus Hutchins

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Re: To get justice in the US...

"I ain't gettin' on no plane, fool" - maybe Mr T was right all along?

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Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

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@samzeman, that might be one of the more well thought through comments I've ever read on the Reg. Sadly one upvote is all I can give.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Re: Get an nVidia shield (or your box of choice)

I made exactly that decision when I bought our new Samsung last month - it has a power cable and an HDMI to a Raspberry Pi, and that's it. I want my screen to be as dumb as possible.

Having read this article today I am feeling rather smug about that decision.

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CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

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Re: The real reason ?

It's not as consumer friendly, but if you're a Linux guy you should take a look at tarsnap. It's the first one of these cloudy backups I've found that does exactly what I'm after - it looks a bit amateurish, but google the guy who runs it before you write it off.

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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Re: Worth a read

You're in the shipping lanes at night in a 24 footer near a busy port, and expect that you are somehow the stand-on vessel to a container ship - and you continued to believe this to the point where you had to gybe out of the way? The laws of physics trump COLREGs. Just stay out of the damn way, you'll live longer.

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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Re: The main point is this :

Hogwash. They have American-influenced Taiwan and Japan not far off, and UK influenced Hong Kong is not exactly distant either. As for the Chinese fearing a Korean Diaspora, you don't make any sort of case for it other than they're energetic. Unsubstantiated conclusion, wild conjecture, C-

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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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Re: You're confusing Kim with Bob.

I find as a rule, people accusing others of (hashtag) virtuesignalling tend to be largely defending their own right to be a complete prick. I do hope that's not the case with you, IsJustABloke?

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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

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Re: Why use a standalone PDF reader?

The in-browser PDF support is usually pretty incomplete, and while it will work for the majority of PDFs you're going to get plenty of edge cases where it doesn't and you ned a proper viewer. Theres's a reason for this.

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Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

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From Russia?

It's been a while since I was on the roads in Russia, but I recall there wasn't much of it that wasn't in use: median strips, grass verge, you name it - they were all covered in cars. Some of them were still smouldering.

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Vaping ads flout EU rules, even if to promote healthier lifestyles

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Re: So presumably Niquitin and that ilk...

I was under the impression that these days vaping was largely he product of Big Tobacco - and why not? It's very lucrative, highly addictive, and likely to cause them a lot less grief due to relative (compared to cigarettes) lack of restriction on marketing and increased survival of their customers.

If I were BAT I would be hyping vaping like crazy (and they are: "Introducing Vype! Pebble Vaping Rocks!", google tells me). I know they're better that cigs, but I'm very uncomfortable about the way they're marketed.

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Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

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Re: After so many version of Fedora that promised brtfs as the default filesystem

I'm just waiting to for the next great 'Linux schism when it's announced Lennart Poettering is doing a new filesystem for Red Hat.

Don't even joke about that. Please.

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GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

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Then I will wear my idiot label with pride.

If you feel political censorship is always unacceptable I'd suggest a little thought experiment: try to imagine any political group from, say, the last hundred years that history shows should have been shut down by any means possible, including censorship. If you can't find at least one, you're not trying. Start with Isis beheading videos if you're struggling.

Politics does not exist in a vacuum, and truly abhorrant behaviour should never be tolerated in the name of free speech.

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Re: Looks like the Russian investment is paying off

Jest? No, just taking the pith.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: RTFM

Shall we try turning that around and we'll see if you can spot the problem?

- men relatively prefer jobs that involve working with their hands rather than more intellectual pursuits

- men have a harder time empathising with customers, with taking direction, with admitting mistakes.

- men on average focus on their career and money ahead of their families, and are more concerned with money and status.

Offensive? Maybe not. Amusing? Perhaps. Accurate? Obviously not: while I clearly could be describing any one man, I am by no means describing a typical one (and even to attempt to do so is absurd). But if you were in an organisation where 80% of the management were women and these opinions were in a manifesto from one of them, you could rightly be concerned about your chances for career progression.

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Re: Wow...

For what it's worth, I enjoyed the article. Your point that the original author, in commenting on racism or sexism is talking on an area he has no experience of, is a good one. And the numpties you've managed to find pitching in with their 160 characters of hate are deserving of being singled out. Sadly there will be plenty to choose from.

"If you ever make a statement about what a broad group of people are like, especially in comparison to another group of people, you are going to be wrong." - not sure there's much to add to that. Well played Kieren.

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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Re: It is NOT positive discrimination - no such thing exists

Er, I think you'll find there are at least three possible reasons - the two you mentioned, plus the "well, she'll probably get pregnant so we should hire the guy" or "I'm not sure he'd fit into the team, probably likes hip-hop and has a slightly-too-urban accent, maybe we should hire the white one".

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After we ran our article about the fate of .sk, the nation of Slovakia flew into a rage. And now, here's part two...

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I do love a bit of original research. Well played El Reg.

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

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Re: Not knowing who or what KH is

I think of her as a white version of Abu Qatada ,or "Abu Hopkins" for short. Try it, it fits.

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Watch: Armed Ukrainian cyber-cops raid MeDoc in NotPetya probe

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Re: Hmm

Ah, a story from Russia Today. No mention of the firm being run by Nazi sympathisers?

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GnuPG crypto library cracked, look for patches

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Re: Lessons will be learned

Perhaps we could have an icon for "the old fix-it-yourself chestnut", which would be ideal for comments like this. I'd draw one myself but have a headache, and am a bit busy trying to recreate paracetamol from the open-source description of the molecule. I have no expertise in the area, but all you need is the source, right?

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Re: If THIS isn't a reason to hate systemd...

I have literally never managed to get PulseAudio working. Not once, and I have tried four times (because Alsa is a pain to configure, and because Pulse allegedly offers a BlueTooth audio sink that I covet).

All these installs are on headless machines, which is the problem as doing anything Pulse without it being owned by a user logged in at the console is discouraged and (it seems) untested. FWIW I've been using Linux as my primary OS since 1995 (Redhat Mothers Day FTW). If I try to bend this OS to do my bidding, it almost always works.

PS. Seconding Kiwi's sentiment above, AC has it nicely summed up.

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Don't give me no static ...

I'm sorry, did you say you go to the bathroom, touch your laptop and feel a chock? I don't think you should be concerned, that's supposed to be there. But your spelling does need improvement.

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Prior art

Nice to know this still happens!

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The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter

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Re: Let's not ask who really benefits from the Union

There's some very interesting reading on the politics surrounding the Irish Partition back in the 20's by the Liberal government under Lloyd George. The Liberals were trying to reform the House Of Lords and needed the support of the Irish MPs, and home rule was the price they would have to pay for it.

This would have included the 6 counties in the north, but the protestants there were whipped into a fervour by none other than... the Tories, specifically Andrew Bonar Law. Here's an excerpt from one of his speeches in Belfast in which he's basically advocating military uprising.

In our opposition to them we shall not be guided by the considerations or bound by the restraints which would influence us in an ordinary constitutional struggle. We shall take the means, whatever means seem to us most effective, to deprive them of the despotic power which they have usurped and compel them to appeal to the people whom they have deceived. They may, perhaps they will, carry their Home Rule Bill through the House of Commons, but what then? I said the other day in the House of Commons and I repeat here that there are things stronger than Parliamentary majorities…

Before I occupied the position which I now fill in the Party, I said that in my belief if an attempt were made to deprive these men of their birthright as part of a corrupt Parliamentary bargain, they would be justified in resisting such an attempt by all means in their power, including force. I said it then, and I repeat now with a full sense of the responsibility which attaches to my position, that in my opinion, if such an attempt is made, I can imagine no length of resistance to which Ulster can go in which I should not be prepared to support them…

as I recall he also encouraged the marching folk to perhaps consider training and marching with weapons, because, y'know, it may come in handy. The rest, sadly, it history. Lovely man all round,

So the current DUP shenanigans have some precedent.

Incidentally much of this ill-recalled truthiness comes from the excellent book "The Strange Death Of Liberal England", which I picked up presuming it was about the recent death of Liberal England, when in fact it was about the last one. Some 95 years have passed, but it's basically the same story.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Re: Bit stunned to find it's not nuclear

You're thinking New Zealand. No ship is allowed in unless it is declared to have no nuclear weapons or nuclear power, which is why the Yanks haven't been welcome since the mid 80s

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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

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Re: Grumble

You have managed to completely invert the situation Snorlax.

It's not Linus "expecting people to work for free" (no doubt because of the billions he rakes in selling Linux, for nothing). Most of the patches are from firms, because they make use of Linux (which is free, remember) for their own benefit, or to ensure it runs on the hardware they sell. Or do you think Intel and IBM are just being altruistic?

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The Internet of Flying Thing: Reg man returns with explicit shots

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I see what you did there

...and this push into cloud-based apps...

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US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

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Re: 200 million people in the DB?

All the answers to your questions, and more besides, are in the article on upguard.com linked to from the original article. It's a very, very interesting read.

Link here if you're too damn lazy too look for it yourself.

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Stack Clash flaws blow local root holes in loads of top Linux programs

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Re: Why am I not surprised to see sudo there?

Removing sudo is only half the solution - I've gone one step further and deleted the root user altogether. This is working fine, although I confess I am struggling to log in at the moment as "sshd" doesn't seem to be listening on 22...

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Uber sued after digging up medical records of woman raped by driver

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It also claims that, in an effort to discredit the woman, Alexander went to Delhi and managed to obtain her private medical records.

I find this the most bizarre part, if true. Forget Uber: what could motivate an individual to do this? Where was the moment he paused for a minute and though "no, this is probably the wrong thing to do". I hope he was exactly 100% convinced she was lying, because even at 99.9% a little warning bell should have triggered that he was about to do something he wasn't going to feel good about.

I'm sure Mr Alexander isn't actually a psychopath, but there's at least a trace of psychopathy here, surely?

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Re: So when will the politicians learn? @werdsmith

You open your comment by suggesting a politician would "have to" stand by their manifesto, and yet somehow expect to be taken seriously? I don't think politics is your strong suit, friend.

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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Re: UK Fault lines

They're going about it all wrong. Why try to build a vacuum underground when we already have a perfectly good vacuum in space? Just run the pipe 100km above the earth and there's no need for an expensive tunnel.

So, who's investing then?

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Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law gets six months for hacking sweary super-chef's computer

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Re: There must

I remember cringing at this event at the time. Fairly ugly situation for all involved.

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Horror in space: Hot alien giant boiled alive by nasty radiation-belching star

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Re: A day at the beach for The Great Old Ones

I hope they have their sunblock:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCTSCAQzY9k

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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Re: Any incompetent should know what todo by now.

I think the name you're struggling to remember was Colin Powell

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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It's not an airline by any chance?

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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You have to factor in the Mails need to pont the blame at someone foreign. Allow for that and it all makes more sense. Surprised they did t accuse him of eating a Swan for good measure.

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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Re: Normal USB Attack Vector

I suppose on the plus side, the Russians have little incentive to hack our submarines to launch a first strike against Russia. Although now I've written that, I can't help but wonder...

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Having built a multi-hull boat in a too-small shed, I can confirm that accidentally building it around a central pillar is something that can easily wake you from a dream at 3am :-)

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Oracle asks for more time to finish Java 9

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Re: Please pull the pull now

You crazy kids with your wacky ideas. Why don't you go off and rediscover functional programming for a bit and leave the comments for the big boys.

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How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections

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Re: MAKE the RITE REFISION DEVISION decision uk!

Upvoted, because it's so absurd it has to be parody. Doesn't it?

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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Re: F-35A

Serious? Nope

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Re: F-35A

.... aaaaand my Ali-G reference was wasted.

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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Re: But but but.......

> That's something which would usually happen as part of the trial proceedings

Exactly. By his own hand, Mr. Assange will never be "the man found innocent of rape". He will always be "the man that avoided the question of whether he was innocent of rape", until the end of his days.

That's fairly long winded, I'm sure it will be shortened to "Possible Rapist Julian Assange" over time.

Ps. I note his tweet: "Detained for 7 years without charge while my children grew up and my name was slandered. I do not forgive or forget.” There is no doubt, he really is a first-rate cock.

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