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Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

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Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Re: I've always liked RSS

My phpBB board has an Atom feed, that I read on Fossamail. I can monitor posts without having to keep refreshing the browser. A favorite site of mine, American Bird Conservancy, switched from RSS to Twitter. I don't see their updates anymore. I miss the days when everything online didn't have to be monetized.

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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@Peter Christy

I can foresee some very angry US citizens when a cop shoots down an expensive (in terms of both money and time building it) model, just because he's taken a dislike to it!
Based on my experience with police marksmanship, the odds of one shooting down a drone are small. If they're shooting at yours, just hover until they run out of ammo, then retreat while they're reloading.

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Laser-sharp research sees three top boffins win the Nobel Prize in physics

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Nothing for the sharks?

Typical. Lab assistants always get screwed.

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Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Grease

Once had a contract doing a QA manual for a HD named Aztec. There were process problems, one of which was pretty clear. The person assembling the heads wore latex finger tips to keep oil from places it didn't belong. As she assembled the heads, she'd occasionally scratch the outside of her nose with a gloved fingertip. Then there were the tolerance stack-up errors when machining the base plate....

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Working Apple-1 retro fossil auctioned off to mystery bidder for $375,000

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Gimp

OMG! Maybe this will give them ideas as to where to price the next iPhone....
They need to get Jobs to sign one. I'm sure they're working on an app for that.

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While the UN laughed at Trump, hackers chortled at the UN's lousy web application security

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Re: I'm here all week, try the veal!

The seniors home entertainment circuit
A fancier name for Fox "News."

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Scary Clown

Trump has finally found his calling.

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Guilty: The Romanian ransomware mastermind who infected Trump inauguration CCTV cams

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At least they had some fun before they got caught

From Observator, translated by Google:

But, surprisingly, they made a mistake that cost them expensive: they sent messages on these addresses from their personal mail and so they got naked, which relieved the work of the US authorities to identify the two Romanians .

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A silver lining

Police figured out something was wrong after checking CCTV systems ahead of the swearing in of America’s 45th president in January 2017.
Finally, something good that came out of the inauguration!

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In a race to 5G, Trump has stuck a ball-and-chain on America's leg

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Re: Experts

Yep. The only thing worse is the "experts" who think that non-ionizing radiation is, axiomatically, "safe", regardless of dosage.
There are billions of cell phones in the world. We aren't seeing a significant increase in brain cancer. While not absolute proof, I have no fears about using mine. You're more at risk texting while driving or walking.

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/cell-phones-fact-sheet#q4

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Re: Experts

Microwave ovens don't use ionising radiation but would you stick your head in one?
Do you understand the differences between a cell phone and a microwave oven? If not, I'm glad you're not making dinner.

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Experts

They're everywhere, self-proclaimed experts who don't know the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. "We don't need evidence, we're experts!"

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No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

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Orwell warned us

"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past," repeated Winston obediently.

"Who controls the present controls the past," said O'Brien, nodding his head with slow approval. "Is it your opinion, Winston, that the past has real existence?"

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Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room

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Big Brother

Conductive paint

I predict an increase in sales of the stuff in certain quarters.

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US State Department confirms: Unclassified staff email boxes hacked

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FAIL

But you didn't take measures to prevent it, did you?

"Like any large organization with a global presence, we know the Department is a constant target for cyber attacks."

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Biz! Formerly! Known! As! Yahoo! Settles! Data! Breach! Cases! To! The! Tune! Of! $47m!

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Re: Didja think we'd get rid of the exclaims just 'cos you're Altaba now?

Well, I was hoping.

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Florence and the Machines: Data centers brace as hurricane smashes into US coast

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I hate to say it

But here's a case where corporations operate more efficiently than government agencies tasked with similar responsibilities.

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Remember all the Fake News you've ran about Trump? Need a reminder?
Nope. He's still a comedy-act bully, racist, sexist, and bigot, who won by appealing to the basest instincts of a minority of people who voted, but managed to swing the Electoral College. He may be president, but that doesn't make him any less reprehensible. And the wolves are closing in. Manafort's about to flip. And that, buddy, ain't fake news either.

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Martian weather has cleared at last: Now NASA's wondering, will Opportunity knock?

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Please don't spoil my day

I'm miles away

And after all I'm only sleeping

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Reeks of desperation

This is not only a clear abuse of Microsoft's position, it also reeks of desperation. For that reason, I'm a bit amused by it.
Agree. They're clearly afraid of losing their Edge.

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Thanks!

Thanks for the heads-up. I fixed the problem before it became one.

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Activists raise alarm over insidious creep of surveillance in the UK

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Just now waking up?

Netflix U.S. ran a UK-produced series on video surveillance there, touting its excellence in catching bad guys. It's not as though this is something new.

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Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

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Re: Rewritten for "new incantations"

What are you, a software wizard? ;-)
That has to be a twist.

But his supple wrist seems to have problems with the keyboard.

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Good news, bad news, weird news – it's the week in networking

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Alien

Brace for impact

Your flight is low on fuel, you're circling the airport in minimum conditions -- and the controller's PC suddenly begins an unstoppable Windows 10 update.

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If you weren't rich enough to buy a Surface before, you may as well let that dream die

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You don't cancel a successful program

If you have to flog your stuff on credit with 0% APR, you probably know it isn't going to be that popular. And, when a 0% APR program fails, you cancel it. M$ has hit the Trifecta: Software: FAIL. Hardware: FAIL. Marketing Program: FAIL.

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Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Don't make me go there

While doing tech support for a major PC manufacturer, a caller just would.not.shut.up while I tried to research his problem. Early in the call, he said, "I hope I don't have to unplug things because the PC is under the desk." To shut him up while I worked -- yep, sent him under the desk to unplug everything and then reconnect it. By the time he came whimpering back, I'd figured out what to do and we fixed his problem. When I got off the call, my supervisor, who'd been monitoring, came over and congratulated me on doing a fine job. I think he missed the part where I sent the guy away to give me some peace.

Lost count of the number of people who had dial-up modem problems, and the phone plugged into the back of the PC. Reconfiged the modem, they initiated dial-up, and disconnected the phone. Well, now we know that part works!

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Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

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Re: Kapton tape

I'm disappointed that all the kapton tape sources I could find didn't say "As used on the space station" anywhere.
Kapton's Wikipedia page has already been patched.

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Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web

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"We will not allow the federal government to endanger New Yorkers."

Ms Underwood clearly hasn't been reading the Times lately.

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Juno this ain't right! Chinese hackers target Alaska

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Re: A response to the tariff rhetoric?

So you don't expect to feel better any time soon, then?

There's always this to help --->

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A response to the tariff rhetoric?

Would-be spammer registration attempts to my phpBB board had been scarce for a while, but now I'm seeing a few a week, from Chinese IP addresses. Then there was the meaningless set of search strings resulting in 404 errors, reported by Google, that looked like someone trying to look for vulnerabilities. My board would be as interesting to a Chinese hacker as a recipe for egg drop soup, so I figure it's being used to train entry-level hackers, the kids destined to do Great Things to our cyber infrastructure when Winnie the Pooh pushes the Big Red Button. If someone in power over here would stop whining about the so-called "witch hunt" and pay attention to his duties, I'd feel better, as we really should be prepared for some push back on every conceivable vector.

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Whistleblower org chief quits over Assange critic boot demand

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In solidarity with Assange

Colvin blows the whistle on Courage. Where this will end one can only imagine.

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Advertising Dept In Mass Panic

There are some new Chromebook ads running on TV over here, and they specifically target Windows error pop-ups and the BSOD. Will be interesting to see how they work their way back from that marketing strategy. "All the power of Google with all the inconveniences of Windows!" Maybe with a photo of Big Brother as the default desktop background image?

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

Who says you can't make this stuff up? Is Johnny Depp old enough to play Nicolas in Part 2?

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How evil JavaScript helps attackers tag possible victims – and gives away their intent

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Re: What if you don't allow JS at all?

No shit Sherlock, you can wait until Hell freezes over
I would pay -- PAY -- for a browser that would say that out loud to the owners of sites that require enabling scripting to view them.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Glad to see

Winnie the Pooh Xi Jinping get a well-deserved slap down. When Nixon "opened the door" to China by legitimizing the Mao regime (while the Cultural Revolutionaries brainwashed thugs were still murdering anyone who knew more than they did), many of us who had reached the age of consciousness knew no good would come of it. Western Capitalism, who thought they saw a gold mine in cheap Chinese labor and a willingly-complicit government organized criminal enterprise can surely take credit for Xi Jinpooh. Like so many other chickens hatched for similar greedy reasons, that one will eventually come home to roost.

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No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

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Alert

In a way, worse than Pearl Harbor

So the story goes, the attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise. Now we know the attacks are ongoing and we even know the targets. But the response from the White House continues to be "meh." Note to self: Stock up on batteries and candles.

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Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Re: The funnier Google related story today,....

If indeed

We are experiencing characters and a dramatic developments in the world, which indicate that we are approaching the end times and Jesus' return (Google wouldn't lie, would they?)
I'm putting off transitioning my site to HTTPS.

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Owe you one

Best of luck, Simon. You'll be missed.

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As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

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Re: Seems obvious ...

Couldn't people just stop dropping phones, rather than relying on phones not breaking when dropped?
Next you'll be telling us to stop using this kind of glass.-------->

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Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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Re: Wouldn't it be nice ..

What would be nice is, when people are shooting video, they'd hold the damned phone horizontal.

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Code of conduct claims new Texas Instruments CEO after just six weeks

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The butcher, the baker....

And the moral is, don't get your meat where you get your bread.

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Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

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Re: The real test

@Khaptain

( The Americans don't care though as evolution has left them devoid of taste buds)
FTFY

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The real test

Will come when it can tell the difference between horse piss and American Budweiser. Meeelions of Americans can't.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Re: Typical post modern bolx

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be!

"CIA warns of Cyber War" Wow, they sure missed it on that one. The vulture icon was pretty rad, though.

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Don't miss the sidebar

Right away, the home page looked friendlier. The sidebar was distracting. Good job!

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‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it

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Re: Every IETF document needs its errata

When using the pedant icon, check you work...

Maybe he was very drunk at the time he typed that (hic).

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Intel, Microsoft, Adobe release a swarm of bug fixes to ruin your week

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Flash Security Update?

I'm shocked, I tell you. Shocked!

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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So we can fill your seat

What are they going to do, shanghai people off the street?

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Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc

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Meanwhile

In the name of $DEITY, Jeff Sessions is arguably committing crimes against humanity on America's southern border. Sessions is a putz.

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