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3743 posts • joined 10 Nov 2014

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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Long pig?

Plenty of stock at a university

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Without pictures it can't be true!

Where are the photographs?

Bordeaux-no! Wine guzzling at UK.gov events rises 20%

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Re: cost of French wines

"even though the Champagne method was invented here."


The champagne method was first documented as being used in Somerset (for cider, not wine), but at a Clunaic (i.e. French controlled) abbey. They may well have been using a process with a much earlier, undocumented, origin

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An average of £90.90 / bottle?

Someone must be having a laugh

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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So where is

the White Rabbit?

and can we get Grace to press the "go"button?

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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Re: Is that US Gallons or Imperial Gallons?

Was the engine built by Volkswagen-Audi?

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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How about George Porter?



Outstanding scientist, Nobel Prize winner, but also he was a nice bloke. Unlike a lot of elite scientists......

Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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When Trump retires he'll be the first American President to be awarded the "Order of Lenin"

'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

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Second hand software........

Well.........if the rumours are true, TPP SystmOne is based on code copied from the long-dead EMIS-PCS clinical system.

Mistakes happen when you borrow things..............

Google leaps on the platform formerly known as Firefox with $22m splurge for KaiOS

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Extend, Embrace, Extinguish

Just like Microsoft

White box server makers flounder BUT big brands shine

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Do white box servers exist?

I've never seen an unbranded server yet, except for ones I've assembled from bits.

All the servers I've seen have been branded, one way or the other. I'm convinced "white box" servers are close to mythological

Every bloody gadget in the house is ringing. Thanks, EE

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but can you turn it off?

you can turn this ever-present phone presence on, but can you turn if off? Can it be remotely initiated? Running your phone through your TV and potentially having it on 24/7 really does have shades of 1984

Lily Cole: You'd hate me more if Impossible.com were a success

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Re: how the hell are they losing THAT much money

You can bash away as much as you like, but you won't get anything out of it

Fingered: Pants-down 'poo jogger' alleged to be corp exec

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Presumably he did it each time after a night in the pub.

Says a lot about Australian beer

Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board

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One day, China, the Arab block, Russia et al are going to turn this on its head.

All they need to do it announce a new regime of sanctions against Israel, and then fine any US company that breaches them.

Apple, Microsoft, most of the defence companies.......a $billion or two from each would soon make the trumptons sit up and think

Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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Re: Slurp the Clueless

"Slurp the Clueless"

That sounds like the name of an old Viking chief

Un-bee-lievable: Two million Swedish bugs stolen in huge sting

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Bees are not bugs

completely different class of insect

SpaceX to pick up the space pace with yet another Falcon 9 launch

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Re: x 7

Well if you crowd-fund me I'll start the X7 Reuseable Rocket Corporation

I'm sure there would be more chance of developing a workable product than that bunch with the Sinclair Spectrum retread

If everyone in the USA and Europe would give me £10 I'll guarantee a flyable demonstrator one day.

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In which case they should scrap it, recycle the materials and fly one they can reuse.

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If they could recover it and won't, then they should be prosecuted for littering.

Dropping lumps of toxic waste into the ocean simply isn't acceptable any more. Recovery should be the new legal minimum

FBI fingers North Korea for two malware strains

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Active for nine years and only just spotted?

How much is the drone biz worth to the UK? How's £42bn by 2030 sound? – PWC

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And that is why PWC are shite auditors

They have no idea of reality or truth

But then do any of the big accounting companies?

Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

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New Scientist article this week saying the drive doesn't work.

It does produce thrust, but not through any EM effect

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Re: Scam call from 08000 988 674

that number is linked to this fake support company


https://hp.supportnumberuk.co.uk (appears to be offline)

DON'T call them

they're scam scum

Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

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I can see the BBC using this technology to match TV licences to users and geographic location

'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers

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I don't understand why anyone went into this expecting a usable product. These delays shouldn't be any surprise.

In his heyday, Sinclair's products were all at least one of:

late, badly designed, hare-brained, faulty, unsafe, unreliable or just plain crap.

Why did anyone think this would be different?

Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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"Midlands-based reseller Aria Technology "

Really? They're based in Longsight, Manchester

Eye in the sea skies: Insitu flies Scaneagle 3 UAV in first public demo

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BAe might get upset over the "Skyhook" name.........

that was used by them for the planned (but never implemented) Sea Harrier crane launch system

Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

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Go back a few decades, stealing and burning small boats wasn't unusual.

It was done to get at the copper (=rustproof) nails used to build them. The nails would be sold as scrap

Kaspersky Lab's move from Russia to Switzerland fails to save it from Dutch oven

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Swiss antivirus is like Swiss cheese

too many holes

Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

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If it was sitting in the front seat I hope it was wearing a seat belt. Or maybe at 1 year old it should have been in a child seat

Australian foreplay: Bum-biting in an underground hole

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Not unusual

I can think of plenty of females who practice bum biting

Zero Tech Emitted: ZTE halts assembly lines after US govt sanctions cripple mobile maker

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Re: A cunning plan

No, you got that wrong.

More like every sentence he manages to complete starts with an exclamation. Usually an untrue exclamation.

Can't wait for Linux apps on Chrome OS? And you like stability? We'll see you in December, then

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I don't see the point of this.

Why not just run Linux natively?

Or if you need virtual machines, run Linux on Linux.

Surely the Chrome OS is simply an irrelevant complication?

NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

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Re: Keep old drives

is this it?


Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Re: Minor Point

"I'm not really sure why it has them as it doesn't fit with the rest of the exhibits on naval aviation..."

It was the only air museum with a long enough runway close to Bristol

BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

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the e-mail retention policy was similar to what happened at Time Computers in the months before they went bust - except the retention period was 3- days

ALL e-mails over 1 month were deleted without warning or backup

LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

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If it takes off, the demand for beer will drop.

Most men only go to the pub to gawp at the barmaid's assets

ZTE now stands for 'zero tech exports' – US govt slaps 7-year ban on biz

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Re: It's not just ZTE

The Desire range of phones came from HTC not ZTE

SpaceX's Falcon 9 poised to fling 350kg planet-sniffing satellite into Earth orbit

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"guidance, navigation and control systems."

"Updated to add

SpaceX has now put the launch off until Wednesday, citing the need for further checks on the guidance, navigation and control systems."

Does it use a Tesla autopilot?

European Space Agency squirts a code update at Mars Express orbiter

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surely "system restore" is one of the boot options?

Want to terrify a city with an emergency broadcast? All you need is a laptop and $30

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at least the yanks HAVE warning systems......ours got turned off years ago

Though what you were supposed to do it the alarm went off is anyone's guess

Hawkwind got it right: DO NOT PANIC!


Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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So is the cargo hold going to be heated and pressurised?

Get ready for the Internet of Battle Things, warns US Army AI boffin

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Big assumption

"Kott’s ideas rest on the assumption that countries have obeyed a ban on autonomous weapons “beyond meaningful control”."

Bad assumption

Weapons are increasingly going to be "fire and forget": it reduces the risk of hacking, and allows longer range attacks at a higher rate.

ISIS et al aren't going to obey any bans, any more than Russia is obeying any bans on chemical warfare

Jury to Apple: You owe patent troll VirnetX half a BEEELLION buckaroos

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East Texas anything like Kansas?

For some reason I keep thinking of the Yellow Brick Road when I see reports of East Texas

Backpage.com swoop: Seven bods hit with 93 charges as AG Sessions blasts alleged child sex trafficking cyber-haven

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I'm making no criticism of you, your work, or your way of life. I'm not suggesting in any way that you should be stopped from working. If anything I'd prefer to see the system regularised in some way so that there's no room for the likes of the crooks at Backpage to make money through exploitation.

You're right about the difficulty of identifying who is / isn't trafficked / exploited. There's a fine line sometimes in deciding the truth.

But, yes I've been watching this for a few years now and I'm confident of the figures. Backpage was a criminals paradise: in most cases either the girls were victims, or the adverts were come-ons for the punters to get ripped off.

You use Adultwork. Good, the chances of a trafficking victim being on there are a lot lower and have reduced in the last year with the extra verification checks, but there are still some especially among the chinese / romanian / hungarian / russian girls. But they are relatively easy to spot.

As for other businesses, yep you're right. Car washes, farms, nail bars, cannabis greenhouses - they all need close attention.

German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

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What the hell is a sauna for if its not to have fun with the other sex?

or even the same sex in some places.......

All the king's horses and all the king's men could probably put Huawei's P20 Pro together again

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still to expensive for a chinese brand phone

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but who is going to spend £800 on a Huawei phone?

In the mind of most buyers, Huawei = Chinese = cheap

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