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Legendary steampunk computer 'should be built' - programmer

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Not nearly as much

as NetBSD, which *does* run on everything, short of a kitchen sink (but I haven't kept up with the latest ports, so I may be wrong there).

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*RECENTLY* lost their way?

Umm, the Agilent spin-off was ten years ago. Since then HP stopped inventing however much their slogan tries to convince you otherwise, with the possible exception of inventing more ways to turn pigments into money.

Getting EDS, and now Apoteker, on board is just par for the course.

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Write failed: Broken pipe

Clearly, UNIX is steam-powered

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Nigerian perv scanners lay Lagos ladies bare

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Perv scammers

"then rush back in to admire her assets." - those assets (worth TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSANDS US DOLLARS ONLY) then being offered to a trustworthy party, with just a small bit of cash required to get them moving?

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Las Vegas death ray roasts hotel guests

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Oh, really?

"Absher explained that there's no easy fix for the problem, "

There are no problems which cannot be solved by judicious use of high explosives.

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Channel islanders attack Street View car

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Not that backwards

"They probably think the cameras will steal a bit of their soul."

They do. Think about it

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US forces drop dead drug-poison killer mice from helicopters

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So they switched

To "War WITH Drugs"

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Vacuum-wielding thieves siphon €500,000 from store safes

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Still in use

But most of the systems I see today don't use pods. Usually there's a slot into which the checkout clerk can slip bills, and apparently those travel through the tubes just like that. With pods you would have to modify the tubes in a way that the entire pod could be diverted without jamming, but loose bills are much less restrictive that way.

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The Hoover Heist.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0123282/

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Under pressure

They're certainly not airheads

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Code for open-source Facebook littered with landmines

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Even the dumbest of fscks

are generally competent enough to run some torrent client or other. At first glance, Diaspora looks to me to be technically similar.

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Facebook follows papal line on censorship

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Just checking

"a much, much, much ruder sculpture made from... parts of herself "

Recycled amputated bodyparts?

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Cops cuff man who exposed holes in 'perfect' voting machines

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But with a paper trail

in this case the printed chits, you can always do a manual recount and compare its result with what the counting machine is programmed to spit out.

Whether or not a manual count can be seen as sufficiently precise and fraud-free, at least it's a process that people know and have kindof trusted.

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Trojan-ridden warning system implicated in Spanair crash

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So, in what way

is a problem-tracking tool a real-time application?

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The change in tactics

should be to keep those systems *OFF* the Internet. Period. Oh, it's convenient, yes. Security is inconvenient, *good* security is fscking inconvenient, and so a decision to do something like making SCADA systems accessible from anywhere "because it's convenient" should be shot down because of those three words alone.

A proposal to run such a system on Windows should be chucked out too. Including the proposer, and preferrably from the board-room floor of the main office.

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LG touts 'surprisingly productive' iPad killer

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It's not.

"It is the only MP3 player available which has a decent sized hdd."

Well, the Creative Zen series has a few: 20, 30 and even 60G. I'm sure there are others.

Anyway, given the way it'll be used I'd rather have a smaller flash-based unit than a 40G rotating disk. And now with 32G (and even 64G) solid state media players there's no reason at all, other than aesthetics/UI, in going for an iPod, especially since most of the others appear as a mass storage device to their host, and can be easily filled without some bloaty proprietary tool. I didn't look too closely into it, but I suppose there are also players that have an SD slot. With such a player and carrying a few of those cards you could carry way more than 60G in less space, and with longer playing times too.

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Polaroid 300 instant print camera

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They could offer that as a special firmware version

Review and delete buttons disabled, no frozen image in the display after you've taken a pic, no "best shot selector" option, 36 pics max (or 12 for the real pro) after which the camera simply goes into standby for a minute or so, and maybe 4 frames/sec max in motordrive mode.

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Those postcard photoprinters

aren't inkjets but use a dye transfer process, so no smudging, waiting for the ink to dry and clogged printheads. The dyes sit on a film that gets changed with the print paper. But yes, building an instant photocam around such a printer (the camera bit would be negligible, sizewise) might have been a better idea.

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Well, it's chemical

"However, it's still hugely enjoyable to watch the image develop, turning from smudges and blotches into a fully-formed photo within about 90 seconds. "

Printers, especially inkjets, tend to go the other way round.

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LaCie touts tough truck-resistant flash drive for tough guys

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Sandisk

has a line of thumb drives with a titanium shell. I own two (a 512M and a 16G; the smaller one is noticeably larger), and stood on them (for demo purposes) several times each. Not a scratch, and no failures either. I'm fairly certain you could drop them off the top of a highrise building onto pavement, or drop a brick on them and they'd survive,

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Fanbois end Judas Phone 'Death Grip' with, um, SIM tape

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AHS, ASS

All hardware sucks, all software sucks. There's nothing that's non-sucky, with just a small amount of stuff that has a bearable suck-level. And with greater integration of functions the suckiness increases exponentially.

I believe the average rotary desk phone to be the last of the non-sucky telecoms devices (that's obviously excluding telco cockups).

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You're not an antenna engineer

No sweet spots? You're talking utter bollocks. Any tuned antenna's performance is affected by its loading, and the factor by which a load detunes the antenna depends its type (capacitive, resistive or inductive; in real-world situations a combination of all three) and on the position of said load with regard to the antenna feed point.

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Google's Wi-Fi snoop nabbed passwords and emails

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Now clone yourself umpteen times

do this for three years, snap pics while all of you are about, and simultaneously record where you are. Still not a problem?

It's funny how people still keep saying "well, I could easily snoop open WiFi too, what's the big deal?". But that's just part of what Google was doing. It's the agglomeration of all the data, including GPS and pics, the googlomobiles are collecting that pushes it way beyond simple eavesdropping. It's also not just some random internet user collecting all that stuff, it's the largest adbroker around. Who has a serious commercial interest in knowing as much as it can about you, and not limited to your online behaviour.

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Linux wins the SCO vs Novell case

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To borrow the words from an acquaintance:

"Let's erect a Memorial Latrine".

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Google's Wi-Fi sniff probe reveals 'criminal intent' - PI

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Not just the word of some people.

>>The patent is odd, but we only currently have the word of some people who are suing Google on that one. Hardly unbiased information is it?<<

Aaaaaaand the text of the patent, linked to from one of the earlier articles in this series. Which is full of technical guff of what it does, and how, but nothing about what it doesn't do. Now, it's fair to expect the patent not to mention that this stuff doesn't do the dishes or feeds the cat, but it also doesn't mention packet payloads being discarded.

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Google blames Wi-Fi snooping on rogue engineer

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You could try following links

"The article you link to contains NO INFORMATION AT ALL about the patent, only what some lawyers who are suing google say"

The article Andy, and I, linked to contains the link to THE PATENT APPLICATION ITSELF, for all to read and dissect to the last comma. Do that, then tell us where it says they WON'T retain any data beyond SSID and MAC. I did, and it's totally silent on that point. And while Google may have been not evil at some point in the past, I don't trust them anymore.

Also, some Google spokesman may proclaim that the patent has no relation to the collection as it was done, but a) they initially denied having done so, and b) spokesmen output rarely has any bearing on what's actually happening.

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Ah, ad hominem attacks

The last refuge of those without real arguments.

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Funny how

critical posts are downvoted, and a common theme seems to be "I could do this too without problem, let Google have their way". Also, that handing the data over to privacy regulators is somehow worse than letting Google dispose of it (how would you know that they wiped *every* last copy anyway?). Maybe in the UK it would be irrelevant, the appropriate authorities apparently being a bunch of spineless, toothless penpushers, but their German (and EU!) counterparts pack quite a bit more clout. And why privacy regulators and not some justice department straightaway? It's not clear what Google have collected, their story morphing as stuff gets uncovered more and more. It may well be that their collecting wifi data, even unencrypted, is somehow illegal in itself already, but let's leave the legal stuff until it's been established *WHAT* exactly has been snooped.

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Hey , Google Apologist

In your hurry to defend your favourite adbroker, you sure picked the wrong person to address your ranting to. Take a good dose of valium and stay away from your computer for the next week or so.

Next step: go read the patent application linked to in http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/03/google_wardriving_patent/ , and tell us where it explicitely says that they *WON'T* retain and/or analyse packet data beyond SSID and MAC

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Finnish police raids target virtual thieves

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Your lack of comprehension

is at least as impressive as it would be to have 15 million users on a Finnish-language website.

Had your two braincells cooperated, it might have dawned on you that Habbo might not be Finnish, just rather popular there. And a quick check would have verified that this is a website whose primary language is English.

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Terence Conran slams 'appalling' Olympic mascots

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The UK recognised as the leading creative country?

By whom, exactly? Sir Terence Conran, obviously, but who else?

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Huge Indiana Jones rumbling Moon billiard potted in crater

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But evidently

it's simpler to bring a golfclub on a moon mission than a pool/billiards table. And that's why the Lunatics are playing golf now, although they clearly scaled the ball (and probably the clubs) to their size.

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Wobbly drive array problems? This'll stiffen your rack

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Acoustic persuasion

When I shout at things, they tend to start performing better (up an infinite percentage from zero).

Your suggestion to isolate drives individually may have merit, but this would take up room that enclosure manufacturers are trying hard to save. OTOH, I can build a sturdy rack with the same footprint as a wobbly one; it'll just be a whole lot heavier (and more expensive).

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Transit site coughs up private info for 168,000 passengers

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Par for the course

Note that what they're promoting is the "OV Chipkaart", powered by the U1tr4 H4xx0r-pr00f Mifare Classic.

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Biometric cash machine lands in Europe

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And with PIN input

the chance of this is negligible, yes.

Because they'd just need to take a bit of paper, not an entire person. It's a little less conspicuous that way.

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Twitter bomb joker found guilty

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Being criminally stupid

"No argument that the dude's an idiot, but if a criminal conviction were a reasonable penalty for being an idiot, the whole country would be a jail by now..."

Sound like the right approach.

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Err, that'd be

the first week of November, between 4th and 6th.

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Microsoft's Linux patent bingo hits Google's Android

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Read the article

It says the patents have to do with the Linux kernel. As the icultphone doesn't run Linux, Apple will simply not be affected by this bullshit. Even if they'd want to stand up against m$, they would have no legal standing in this case.

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Newtonian Rock shop leaks iPad prices

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So what you're saying

is that the iPad, as a tablet, _is_ a general-purpose PC? Would you mind telling us what you've been smoking?

Apart from that, do check the Newton and Palm Pilot production timeframes, 'kay?

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BT mops up after flood and fire

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Flood *AND* fire?

What was it flooded with? Petrol?

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Segway + motorbike = futuristic dorkmobile

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Stationary power plants

can have their waste heat harnessed and used, significantly improving their efficiency, something you'll find spectacularly difficult with a moving vehicle. Even capturing the CO2 itself is being considered, with pilot tests being run. And I'd rather have a a single power plant being maintained by its team of engineers and technicians (and you can build it right in my neighbourhood, if you feel the need), instead of the multitude of cars it's equivalent to, being kept at whatever maintenance level their owners feel necessary.

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Yeah, and what happens then?

The wheels move out from underneath the center of gravity, making the bike want to fall inward into the curve. So you DO steer a bike by leaning, it's just that you usually don't initiate it by flopping your arse around.

Pay attention to what happens, especially on a motorbike.

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Pedantic pedantry pedanticized

"You can steer the vehicle by leaning much as you do when steering a motorcycle"

Did they mean *YOU* leaning off the motorbike, or leaning the motorbike? Because the latter is definitely how you tend to go around corners at speed (except offroad or with a sidecar rig).

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So, what do you want to break?

Stuff that you failed to brake in time for?

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Get dressed for?

If you mean this thing, I don't see much need for protective clothing given its maximum speed, almost matching that of the lowest class of mopeds here (which don't require a helmet).

If you mean dressing up for a motorbike ride, that time is more than compensated for by the time gained over your caged lemming cow-orkers, who feel the need to use motorways as parking places.

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Man could face prison over six second 'extreme porn' clip

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No, they will appoint a new committee

to deal with the disaster. Can't let the hunt for filth slip because of this tsunami that took out the home counties, no? And best to keep the people who were on the filth hunt doing that; they have the experience.

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If there are laws against XP

why the hell are they not enforcing those? And how about Vista, W7, and all the other variants (except ME, which is a punishment in itself)?

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Y2.01K hits Garmin satnav

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There's eBay

where I found a suitable cable for, roughly, 5 quid (maybe excluding shipping, but it came in an envelope, so postage wasn't that much either). USB-RS232 converters can be had for a similar sum.

And there's the reputable outdoor shop who will gladly apply the patch if you bought the unit there. When I bought my CSx60 the shop assistant took it out of the box, connected it to a laptop and checked if it was at the newest software level. He also made some initial settings (which he explained to me and asked how I'd like them set).

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I doubt it

There are date/timestamps in the GPS signal (it's right at the core of what makes GPS, ahem, tick), so there's no real need for the receiver to do perfect timekeeping.

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Whatever happened to the email app?

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Or

make your system believe that the adserver for the offending ad lives 127.0.0.1 or 0.0.0.0

The easiest* way to do this is by using one of the files offered on hostsfile.mine.nu . Works against all kinds of third party javascrap too in one go.

Making your local DNS server authoritative for particular domains involved in ad-peddling achieves much the same result (of course, it responds 0.0.0.0, or NXDOMAIN)

* as in, I can tell any windows user down to the level of nitwit to "download this file, uncompress it and stick the result in \windows\system32\drivers\etc ", and have it work.

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