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You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

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So who actually uses Slack anyway?

Its a hobbyist distribution, no-one uses it in real life

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: I think they are very tricky to steer.

"Does anybody know if someone has tried to use an under water propeller for traction and steering of a hovercraft when on water? That could give incredible performance and response, like a hydrofoil without the skis."

yes - the Vosper-Thorneycroft VT-3

Designed, but dunno if it was ever built

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Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

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Re: Albatrosses not sharks

I guess the Sea Harriers did look like flying sharks when seen at altitude

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Albatrosses not sharks

Sharks fitted with lasers would be a waste of time

What you need are albatrosses fitted with them: airborne with virtually unlimited endurance

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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I use Google Drive / Google Apps as if they're a virtual PC with everything hosted remotely.

I don't synch anything locally - I access it online from whatever piece of kit I have in front of me, which often isn't mine. I don't want any of the files stored locally - I want / need it all to be 'in the cloud'

Is this going to affect my ability to do this?

Or should I switch to Microsoft's alternative?

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France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

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Re: One more sep

By using a drone its a lot easier to vet the target and ensure that

a) you have the correct target

b) that there are no non-combatants around

c) the pilot(s) are unstressed, more situationally aware and more likely to make the correct decision

d) the chain of command is kept

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Wouldn't surprise me if the calls were actually coming from the call centres used by BT in India.

During my time with Time Computers / Supanet we used contract call centres who - in the same room - also did work for TalkTalk, BT, and a number of Indian companies.

OK a few years ago, but the same principle applies: these overseas call centres are contractors, many of the companies running them are bent, and many of the staff are corrupt (including the managers)

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Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors

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where will you plug it in?

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Re: Using the jets instead of a rudder

same as any other aircraft

crash

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That virtually impossible classic compsci P vs NP problem is virtually impossible, say boffins

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can someone explain the question?

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China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Any patent the Chinese might claim must surely be invalidated by the host of scifi novels which have existed for years which feature such transport systems

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China's cybersecurity law grants government 'unprecedented' control over foreign tech

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NYPD head of IT doubles down on Windows smartphone idiocy

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Forget about the phones.......what I want to know is what happened to the pretty girl in the photo?

Does using an Microsoft phone send you boss-eyed?

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Thats an old ancient ATA hard drive thats crushed in the photo........seems unlikely its the right one

Methinks in a few years time the "real" drive will be miraculously found and a batch of new novels published by a ghostwriter

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MongoDB quits Solaris, wants to work on an OS people actually use

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So how significant is this?

Who actually uses MongoDB?

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US Navy develops underwater wireless battery-charging tech

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Why not simply replace a shark's brain with a computer and train it to do what you need?

Far easier than trying to rig up underwater charging

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

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Isn't a left-footer a catholic?

(or was it a freemason? same thing I guess really - both are the unspeakable who believe in the impossible)

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Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in

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another nail in the coffin

Mozilla's market share has been shrinking for years

Now it will shrink even further as it loses one of its USPs.

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What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

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Back in Windows 98 days, at Time Computers, we once had a customer tell the call centre that his cat had FDISKed and FORMATed his hard drive.

The tech offered the cat a job........."because it probably knows more than most of our staff"

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

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Nestle make crap chocolate anyway.

Bring back Cadburys

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WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos

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Re: UK NHS got his because of many vulnerabilities

I'm also an NHS IT contractor and the only pi I've seen on an NHS site was a standalone device monitoring a tropical fish tank

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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""may contain: buttholes, eyelids, feet, other shit we found on the floor"

America ain't the lesson here. In the Land of the Free we aren't even allowed to eat anything Truly Offal. It's for our protection, you know.

We are allowed to eat something like 3000 food additives that have been banned in the smarter parts of the world, however."

So America doesn't have chitlins as its national dish then

(For the uninitiated chitlins are deep fried crispy intestines. Think pork scratchings with an earthy flavour)

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Re: Best sausage roll

" Not sure which one it was, but one of the two or three that has the big round restaurant perched on top of a tower"

Forton (Lancaster)

Allegedly also used in an early Dr Who series as a stand-in for the City of the Daleks on Skaro

I believe the recording is lost

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Re: but does it taste any good

"Meat is made to stay pink instead of going grey by cooking it properly."

Pork is made to stay pink by dosing it with nitrites (or sometimes nitrates)

Heat + protein + nitrites = nitrosamines = cancer

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Up here in the NorthWest there used to be a small regional chain of pieshops named Birketts who made a fine range of excellent pies and pasties. Not just the ordinary stuff, but a wide range including multiple veggie options (their three-bean chilli pasties were wonderful, as were their cheese and onion pies).

Then around 15 years ago Greggs bought them out, killed off the existing range and replaced the offer with cheap standardised rubbish. The sausage rolls changed from delightful offerings that tasted of real pork, to sweet tasting tubes of sludge. The veggie range was ditched. The cheese and onion pies were given a new recipe with a heavy pastry and cheap synthetic "cheese"

Absolute crap

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Re: wrongo

" I mean there's a Gerald Ford and a Ronald Reagan floating around..."

A bit like Robert Maxwell then....

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"Aside from an issue with a propeller shaft, possibly caused by a fishing net becoming snagged in the prop blades, the trials appear to have been successful."

Was that net a Russian low-tech weapon? Imagine if the net had a mine attached....bye-bye Queen Lizzie

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The opsec blunders that landed a Russian politician's fraudster son in the clink for 27 years

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"Guam is American territory. Sorry to banish the tin-foil hat, but there it is."

But its not part of a USA state or any other organised territory, so normal rules of law don't apply.

The federal authorities can do what they like with him with little chance of oversight

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imprisoned on Guam?

Is that because the extradition to the USA could be deemed illegal, so he's been put in a USA territory outside the regular legal system?

A sort of overt rendition.

The guys a **** and deserves the sentence, but the yanks need to find a more legit way to do it.

Makes you wonder how many others are held on Guam - is it another Gitmo?

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Re: Runny eggs ?

"Welsh Breakfasts do exist. Especially in the Welsh speaking heartlands of North Wales and the Llŷn."

Doesn't a Welsh breakfast involve fried seaweed / laverbread?

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requirements for a proper breakfast

Cumberland Sausage

Smoked back bacon

Lancastrian black pudding (the spicy type)

Toasted cheese using a decent blue cheese on brown bread

Baked beans (with paprika and black pepper added)

A couple of fried eggs (sunny side up)

Fried mashed potato (similar to what the yanks call hash browns)

English mustard (none of that poncy red or brown sauce)

Black coffee

Orange or apple juice

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Reg reader turns Geek's Guides to Britain into Geek's Map of Britain

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the glass windows in the phone box are modded as well: last time I looked they were engraved with a kind of radial compass map

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So why is Dunsop Bridge on the list? OK it's a fine base to walk from, if you know where to look you can see Eagle Owls and Hen Harriers, and it's the exact centre of Britain, but there's not much geeky going for it unless you like to study water abstraction techniques

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Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

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With a name like ''pimp" it sounds like he was into selling women as well.....I suspect it was something from that part of his life that may have killed him: once he was inside he became an easy target for his rivals

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2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

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A-levels

Whats possibly more disturbing is the low computer science takeup at A-level

There are ten kids in my son's group at school, the first year of sixth form. Three of them are doing OK, the rest just seem to be making up the numbers and are struggling. The school has already decided to abandon the course: my sons group will be the last. Why? Because the majority of the kids simply are not up to it. The three who are doing well are all self-taught (they're also all on a 4-A level / extra maths regime) and actually end up teaching the other kids. My son has to help the teacher with web programming.........

No disrespect to the lecturers, but they are being expected to teach a subject which they barely know themselves

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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Come on, this is a marine environment, so we should be measuring the tub in units of blue whales

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

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Re: The infamous chemist Max Gergel...

"Amazingly this was not the most reckless story in his memoir."

Its the stories that aren't in Max's memoirs that are the most alarming. I knew the guy, and several of his staff. Columbia Organic Chemicals was a death trap and an environmental nightmare. The two sites - and the sites of several spinoff companies are still subject to federal superfund legislation 20-30 years after they closed. Gergel was a crook and should have been jailed - but he escaped any prosecution by selling the business to his son-in-law (another crook) and blaming him for all the problems

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Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

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SPADS? =Signals Passed At Danger

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Boeing details 'Deep Space Gateway' for Mars mission staging

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we're doing a fine job screwing up this planet. What gives us the right to pollute another with our presence?

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Steppe thugs pacified by the love of stone age women

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It was ever thus........

The Rape of the Sabine Women?

The Irish and English women carried to Iceland and Greenland by the Vikings

The fact that the native language on the Isle of Man is Celtic not Norse (who looked after and taught the children? The WOMEN)

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Google court filing names a second source for Uber's lifted robo-car plans

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"The slip pops up on the last page of an exhibit filed in the case of Google v Levandowski and Ron on April 3."

I would have thought the case name "Google v Levandowski and Ron" gives a big clue. Or have you got the name wrong?

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Optical boffins tweak antennae with photons so MIMO can make WiFi serve more masters

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sack the sub-editor (again....)

"and cary radar"??????

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Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway

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shoot the subeditor (again)

" and it saw development of steam dredger - rare machine in Scotland at that time "

what kind of English is that

"the canal had a specification larger than others in the country at that time: a width of 33.5m (109.9ft) at the surface and 15.2m (49.8ft) at the bottom."

yet later you say

"the 29 gates it needed were then the world’s largest at 55m (180.4ft) long, 12.1m (39.6ft) wide and between 7.7m (25.2ft) and 6m (19.6ft) in depth."

while from Wiki

"Maximum boat beam 35 ft 0 in (10.7 m)"

Looks like someone has got feet and metres mixed up

"Thomas Telford was the project’s principal engineers......" Telford is plural???

"– and took nearly twice as long as forecast – 12 years rather than the initially calculated seven"

from wiki

"Date of act 1803 Date completed 1822"

I make that 19 years: i.e. it took an EXTRA 12 years

"Scotland, never mind Britain, have may locks - but few like this one. What’s more, following its course is easy."

Following the course of the lock? Surely following the course of the canal?

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

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Idiot! He left a trail with the e-mails. He should have purged any that were incriminating as soon as they were sent

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How to leak data from an air-gapped PC – using, er, a humble scanner

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Re: re: slip a 4g dongle

"I disable USB ports with two part epoxy. (They shouldn't exist on "secure" hardware to begin with, but bean counters being bean counters ... )"

Must make fitting a keyboard and mouse to a modern PC a real PITA.

Or do you glue them in and chuck the PC away when the mouse or keyboard fails?

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Was this article translated from the original gibberish by Google Translate? An average eight year old kid could have written better structured prose. Trying to write a news story in the present tense is just wrong.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Before they can get to grips with the automation they need to get to grips with the human element.

In Manchester today I had to try hard to avoid running over an Uber bicycle courier (on a pizza delivery???) who appeared to be toying with road-assisted suicide. If they can't train the riders of pedal powered vehicles to obey the rules, what chance have they of making an automated car work?

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UK cops arrest 20-year-old on suspicion of blackmail and hacking

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Please please please get a subeditor to read these reports before posting. This one is an affront to the English language.

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IT contractors behind IR35 calculator to leave HMRC... because of IR35

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Also affects others, not just IT staff.

For instance most of the breast cancer screening staff at the NHS clinics in Manchester are affected, and are likely to leave. Breast screening in Manchester is likely to come to a stop as a result. Management hasn't realised this yet. Other parts of the country are also affected

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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All this fuss about replacing the baggers...........a few things you need to know:

1) for the past few years the baggers have almost exclusively been used over land, tracking insurgents a controlling strikes. This could be done equally as well from an Islander or similar fitted with a simple radar.....we just had the baggers available

2) where their unique radar HAS been invaluable is in identifying disturbed ground.....synthetic aperture radar is quite clever like that. I leave you to work out why thats useful. But again, its an overland role.

3) considering the new carriers should always be in the company of a Type 45 destroyer, and those things have a very powerful very accurate over-the-horizon radar, is a maritime AEW platform required? Especially so given the capability of the radar in the F-35

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