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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

John 104

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"One of Firmin's last interviews finds him criticising the soulless quality of modern CGI animations."

Here in the States, we lost Ray Harryhausen a few years ago. He had a similar take on CGI.

Ray almost singlehadedly filmed the stop motion action in all the Charles Schneer produced moivies, along with Jason and the Argonauts, and many others.

It is a painstaking art that really is underrated by today's film goers.

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Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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FTFY

Despite awareness of the defect, Apple touted – and continues to tout – the %Apple Product Here% as having a superior and highly responsive %Computing Device Here%,

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'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear

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@AC

You might want to ask yourself the questions in the first paragraph while pondering that this is the same company who blamed users for holding their phone wrong to cover up a shit antenna design.

If any company has people sitting in a board room brainstorming on how to screw over customers, its Apple.

Seriously, why do people buy their crap? They give two shits for their customers, unless they are buying something new that is.

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They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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Worked On That Team...

I had the disprivilege to work on that team years ago. This in no way surprises me at all. The team was very aggressive in dropping new definitions - every 4 hours on the fast track, 8 hours on regular. However, their methodology for delivering the new bits was all based on a scripted work flow with flag files, and the like. It was a hugely delicate process. Any time one piece of it didn't complete on time or as expected, the whole thing came crashing down and had to be manhandled. It sucked.

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Yes, It was GIANT antivirus. That turned into Defender. Their other security products are based on their own code I think.

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

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Re: Ready Player One

Ugh. I have been trying to read the book for a few months now. It is horribly written with such a cliche' plot, the only saving grace is the references to 80s culture. I grew up in the 70s and 80s, so I get pretty much all of it. But that can only carry a story so far. If the book is better than the movie, I don't think it will sit too well with me. But maybe visuals will help.

Starship Troopers.

Great book and I loved the movie when it came out. I was in the minority, but I guess people eventually come around. And if you loved the book and haven't read John Steakelys Armor, you owe it to yourself to do so. When asked if he would consider a sequel by JS, Heinlein told him he should write it. So he did.

Dune

The Lynch version was dark, moody, and poorly paced. The SciFi channel remake of the late 90s or early 2000s (don't remember exactly) was much more enjoyable (miniseries).

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For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018

John 104

Crap

I use a T470 at work. I hate it.

Moderate weight, no biggie. Reasonably powerful. Nice form factor.

However, it absolutely blows chunks when being docked and undocked. I repeatedly have to fiddle with network devices to get it to work. The other day it was the worst yet. I had to remove my network device in device manager to get it to enable. Not to get it to pick up the network as if it was diconnected. To get it to work at all. Why was it disabled when undocked? PITA.

Waking from sleep is slow. This may be a byproduct of having to communicate with the docking station. I don't really care.

Keyboard is nice though.

I'm far happier with my HP Envy. It's a previous generation I7 and is faster and more reliable than the 470. Cost less too.

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Planning on forking out for the new iPad? Better take darn good care of it

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@Boohoo4u

What a stupid reader.

Some people will complain about anything when they don't have reading comprehension skills.

Did you miss the part about not waterproof? And not durable?

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Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

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Re: I will not hear a word said against Fender

@James Huges

Have you picked up any new Fender guitars? Even their super expensive kit just feels cheap. Frets are poorly filed, action is crap, sound is crap. Its all just a huge marketing machine for wanna be rock stars to buy in to. As soon as they came out with fake road worn guitars, that was the end for me. The Japanese stuff is well made and worth the cash if you can get a decent one.

As for gimmic Amps. No thanks. Why would you want to play anything other than guitar through your guitar amp? The speaker isn't designed to play voices or deep bass, or whatever else isn't guitar. Or, at least, it shouldn't be.

I'll stick to my mid 80s Warmoth Boogie Body and my Orange Micro Dark in its custom cabinet with my nice sounding Eminence RamRod. Sounds fantastic, no pedals needed.

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BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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Steam

Steam support.

Reminds me very much of trying to get anyone from Steam to help you with an issue. it is the biggest joke of circular redirects I've ever seen.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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And Nothing about Google?

Those twats are responsible for this late night patch frenzy that my company and countless thousands more, are dealing with. Their excuse for releasing the details is thin at best. So now, instead of a small number of nefarious types speculating about these exploits, the whole world + dog knows and vendors were forced to release their patches out of band. Good job ass holes.

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Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

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FAIL

wow

Since Ubuntu is free and you accept some sort of GPL agreement, I'd guess these folks are screwed. Which is pretty lame. Glad I'm lazy and don't rush to put the latest thing on my HP or I'd be in the same boat (possibly). I have no optical media as is with many laptops these days.

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Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

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IT Angle

IT Angle?

Oh, that's right, el Reg isn't a tech site any more. I can't believe this bull shit political article made it to the front page. You guys are twats for letting this fly, and for allowing the political editorializing in it.

Stick to technology and leave the rest to the foul media.

*No, mentioning Apple, Microsoft, et. all, does NOT qualify this as an IT article.

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IBM to expunge over 500 people in latest redundo round

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Re: Are IBM outsourcers or innovators?

@ AC pedantic.

You know, I struggled with how to phrase that. I always thought of 1st world as Western civilization, including Russia, as they have been a developed country for quite some time. 2nd world as places like India or China, etc, where the economy was modern but quality of life was lower when compared to more developed nations. 3rd for the rest. Probably a pretty narrow and uninformed view. Thanks for the clarification!

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Re: Are IBM outsourcers or innovators?

@AC

IBM WAS an innovative business solutions company. One that charged a ton of money for their solutions. But customers obviously don't need those solutions as much as they used to. Otherwise, IBM wouldn't be trying to make it in the cloud compute space, and they wouldn't be in such a panic to stay afloat. Small layoffs are part of any business. But how many tens of thousands of people have they laid off in the last 24 months?

Computing has changed and they didn't see the change fast enough and are getting buried as a result.

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John 104
Terminator

(1) "As IBM transforms into the premier cognitive computing and cloud platform company, we continue to remix our skills and invest in these priority areas. "

What a laugh. If IBM were the premier cognitive computing and cloud company they wish they were, they wouldn't be having mass layoffs. If they were even on track to be a contender, they wouldn't be having mass layoffs. And the fact that they continue to lay off and outsource IT roles should be an indicator to anyone interested in hosted compute to look elsewhere. I can think of 3 more reliable companies that are doing a bang up job of it these days...

(2) IBM does this in each market in which we operate, adapting to meet local client needs. Our clients expect no less.

Your clients expect a reliable business partner who has the technical expertise to meet their needs. Only the most established crony business partners would keep contracts with IBM at this point. Asking them to implement, support, and maintain a workflow for new business would be business suicide.

(3) IBM currently has about 25,000 job openings around the world for new skills in growth areas such as cloud, analytics, security, and social and mobile technologies

What a snake oil statement this one is. Did they not just say that they are laying off higher paying workers so they can ship their support and such to low paying 2nd world countries?

This downward spiral won't stop until there is almost nothing left of IBM. They can't make margin because they aren't relevant or because there is too much fat on their contracts and no one wants to pay it. They cut staffing costs to keep management in gold, meanwhile losing customers because they don't have the proper staff. Rinse repeat. It was a long run anyway. I see IBM going the way of Motorola. Someone will buy up all the IP and that will be the end of it.

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It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means

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Scrumban

Now THAT made me laugh. Because SCRUM or Kanban weren't good enough. We must combine them! Please tell me it was a joke?

What really gets my goat here in the comments are the developers looking down their noses at ops guys (like myself) as if what we do isn't just as important or necessary as the code that gets written. If I had a dollar for every developer who was as clueless about systems integration as I am about programming in C++, I'd be retired. You can't have one without the other no matter how you slice it. Put it in AWS or Azure, sure. but there are still highly skilled technicians keeping things going on the back end so that your code has a place to live.

As to the fellow who mentioned VMs towards the top. The reason VMs are around is because the hardware that we use today is so undersubscribed that it made sense to abstract it out. It isn't because of the laundry list of ignorance you mentioned.

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Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

John 104

it may take a day for everyone on the internet to reach it (in reality most internet users will do so within an hour or so).

Only if they don't understand DNS TTLs. Setting a lower TTL prior to a migration will mitigate this...

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Report: Women make up just 17% of IT workforce, paid 15% less than men

John 104

OK, 17% of IT are women. How many women vs men are actual applicants to work? That would be your telling factor on whether there is hiring discrimination. Otherwise its a useless number. Maybe there are only 17% because there are not that many women candidates. You can't make someone pursue IT just because you see a perceived defect in numbers... IT isn't for everyone. It is thankless work for the most part and requires an interest in the nuts and bolts of software and hardware that most people don't have. So tired of these reports.

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Microsoft's memory randomization security defense is a little busted in Windows 8, 10

John 104

sysadmins can set a registry value to force bottom-up ASLR, a wonderful task if you're in charge of a fleet of machines

Said the writer who has obviously never administered anything other and a single Windows Desktop.

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

John 104

"Apple's genius with the iPhone X may be in launching a device that, as it did with apps before"

There was nothing genius about iPhone apps. Palm and Microsoft had been doing it for years before. Apple just made it more mainstream because they have a very good marketing dept.

As for the VR platform. One could say the exact same things for Samsung and Google with their VR platforms. Huge user base, been out for a few years now and still no compelling reason to have it other than curiosity.

Like Sammy and Google, Apple is just searching for relevance in an overcrowded market.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

John 104

Flawed

So Amazon assumes it is just delivery drivers would re-enter? What about someone who waits at a local delivery center, looks for the big package, follows the driver to their destination, waits for them to exit, and then starts the camera jamming process?

Nice try, Amazon, but your spin is weak.

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Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

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FAIL

Wow

Wow, Reg. Way to regurgitate their entire synopsis for your article.

https://track-adventure.squarespace.com/our-adventure/

Still, very fun idea and execution.

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Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report

John 104

So... the people who lost jobs to robots, who pays for their new training? What about up and coming people? Who pays for their education to get some other type of work?

And don't forget, it isn't just middle class workers who get the shaft here. Every self checkout station in any store is a job lost.

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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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Re: $50K?

No kidding. Guy is a fucking millionaire and he's asking for money? What a tool.

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Picture this if you will: Facebook trousers $77,794. Every. Minute.

John 104

"We built these tools to help people connect and to bring us closer together, and they used them to try to undermine our values. What they did is wrong, and we are not going to stand for it."

Meanwhile, here are our corporate account details. you can make your daily deposits here.

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Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

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Re: The science, the hype ...: let's digest the digest

@Cuddles

Thank you for writing this so I didn't have to. So many people thing solar is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but its inefficiency has always been its weakest link.

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What's HPE Next? Now it's unemployment for 'thousands' of staff

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Cut Executive Pay?

I don't see any mention of reducing exorbitant pay of executives to help the bottom line. Funny that.

Still love my HP laserjets though.

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Sex harassment scandal scoops up Silicon Valley's Slimy Scoble

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Re: Why is it...

@Mark65

Everyone's sorry when they get caught.

No. They are sorry they GOT caught. Not sorry for their actions. It's pathetic.

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Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing

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Black Helicopters

So, just like the NSA

Do things you aren't supposed to do, knowing you shouldn't, but not giving a damn anyway. Keep doing it until you get caught, and then explain your way out of if, while lying about how you are going to fix it and not do it again. Then do it again. Fuckers.

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Priceless

Best ending in a long while. Love it!

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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@ROLLERBALL

Also the original Deathrace 2000

Back to the Future II 1989 2015 Hoverboard

Seriously? An electric skateboard with the wheels turned sideways does not HOVER! unless you consider that split second before you hit the deck after you loose your balance as hovering? But, really, that seems more like falling with the very slim chance of missing the ground entirely.

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John 104

Re: V for Vendetta, 1984 etc.

@Brazil

Or 13 Monkeys

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

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Re: Expensive importing goods to the area.....

@Pedigree-Pete

Considering the nature of the line, I'd guess they are running back dead-head (empty).

For those who don't know, multi engine trains are no new thing. Go watch vids of Tahachapi Pass or Cajon pass on the West coast for some good examples. Or older footage of the SP lines in Oregon.

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

John 104

So we mandate that the users must have some form of encryption on their devices. For Macs this is pretty easy (just turn it on); it's harder on Windows but still doable.

Harder on Windows? Only if you are a biased, clueless MAC user. Enable bitlocker. Done. The decryption keys are stored in AD. End of problem.

As for keeping data on the phone secure, that's easy too. Require encryption on your mail app. Require RBA on documents. Use Office365. Done.

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

John 104

Outrage!

As in, where is it?

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Am I Insane or...

I see a lot of folks sticking up for the two that got sacked. Excuse me, but they knew about it, failed in their implementation and then what? Did nothing? These two are not off the hook. Expect to see them in congressional hearings at the very least.

As for Equifax, sure they are doing what they can to assuage consumers fears, but not enough. Their check your SSN site is still a joke. A user should be able to just put the last 4 of the SSN in, along with a last name and get results. WITHOUT signing up for anything.

I expect a class action lawsuit will be forthcoming. It will present damages so high that Equifax will be no more. What monies they have after the pay out will go to government fines and an escrow account used to pay for identity protection for the entirety of the US for the next 80 years. They are finished as a company. Anyone besides damage control folks would be wise to start looking elsewhere for work.

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John 104

Re: What you knew yesterday (or when you graduated) about cyber security is already outdated

@have a sip on me.

You cheap bastard! It's a virtual beer! At least give him the whole pint!

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

John 104

Re: Personal experience

Maybe they stopped working because you weren't talking nice to them?

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John 104

Re: LMFAO

@AlexGrayhead.

You're welcome.

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John 104

Re: People compare apples to oranges, as usual

@llsa Loving

OK. Samson RTE 2 - Bluetooth. $47. 40mm driver, rechargeable, blah blah.

Argue all you want, but $200 is still a hilarious price for crap headphones. These ones don't have a cool B on them, but I bet you could fix that with a sharpie and impress all your friends as you jog along prettily with your $1,000 iPhone on the arm holder, you know, so everyone can see what you bought.

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John 104

LMFAO

Sorry, but anyone who punts $200 for consumer grade headphones is an idiot. Go to Amazon, search for reference headphones and buy a $50 set of Samson's. They sound incredible and are NEUTRAL! beats are nothing more than over-hyped bass biased headphones with very clever marketing.

And good luck in the lawsuit. This is Apple after all. Even if they loose, they'll never pay out.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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@ITNoob.

Wow. Lot of fur flying in that thread! Thought I was on Gizmodo for a minute

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Starting at $1000

TL:DR all the posts, but I haven't seen anyone mention this. The X starts at 1k. This will likely buy you the 32 or 64GB version. To get more storage, it will be $1,200 or more. Just wait.

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Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors

John 104
Joke

Re: "it can land vertically in practice, much like the F-35 fighter jet"

@inmypjs

Sure, but that helicopter has 5 wings with fans on it. You can see because they are slowly rotating around the axis to provide even lift.

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

John 104

Re: Pressure suits?

@DuncanLarge

What the hell are you going on about?

You would only be accelerated if there was a breach behind the direction of travel.

Heat from braking? Conventional brakes would only work if the train was on rails... Remember, this is a maglev. It will be hovering and all braking and acceleration will be provided by magnetism. Any heat generated by these systems should easily be shunted outside of the tube.

I'm no engineer, but these things didn't take much time to consider...

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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Illegal Transport?

That has to be mis-information. There are no laws against moving a firearm from state to state. There may be restrictions based upon the type and state law such as magazine capacity, or bullet buttons, etc, but that would just about be it. Typically pistols don't fall under this category except large capacity automatics.

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

John 104

Celebrate Diversity!

Just don't say someone is different.

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Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports

John 104

Re: The world never stops to amaze me...

The company I work for never makes a profit. It is by design. Has Amazon EVER made a profit?

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GPS III satellites and ground station projects get even later as costs gently spiral

John 104
Paris Hilton

Re: Do you have any idea how GPS works?

@Lee D and Sir Wired 1

And that, folks, is the state of today's The Register. The ole gray mare just aint what she used to be.

Even Paris misses the old days.

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