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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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> Electric vehicles are already the stuff of nightmares for her. Imagine you are standing at a road junction with your eyes tight shut, several cars around you are eletric and running totally silent. Now cross the road...

That is an area where I would expect the vehicle manufacturers to get together to develop a transponder that people can (optionally) carry as a way of signalling to autonomous cars that they are there. I imagine a variety of models or signalling modes: one for blind / deaf people; one for elderly / disabled / slower moving; one for cyclists; one for dogs. The ones for people might have a button on it that can be pressed to signal "I'm going to cross the road now."

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Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

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Would much rather see developments in stopping drivers from exceeding the speed limits or vehicles being able to travel safely in convoy on motorways to reduce duel costs.

Yes. A good second who knows how to properly prime a pistol is becoming ever harder to find these days.

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Re: It appears from the article that Mr. Wolmar is a railway enthusiast...

> One thing I have never seen mentioned is that the car drops you at the office then autonomously takes itself to the car park.

It has been mentioned but is usually quickly discounted as it simply magnifies the rush-hour: you'd never actually get to work because everybody else would be trying to do the same.

Which is a good thing, because if it were possible for everyone to be chauffeured to work in an autonomous car, literally everywhere within an hour or two of London would be clogged by autonomous cars parking up for the day, waiting for the evening return journey to start.

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

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> It makes me depressed - literally, medication-taking, psychiatrist-seeing, body-harming, sleep-losing depressed - to have this non-stop weight of guilt shoveled upon me just because I was born a certain way and have decided to try and make my career in the tech world. I don't need it and I haven't done anything to warrant it.

Like others, I agree with your post and recognise many elements of myself in you. But don't let things depress you - most people have enough shit in other parts of their lives at various times that you don't want to be taking on extra.

Do you hire people? No? Then you're not responsible for the gender imbalance at work.

Do you post social media articles saying that IT jobs are not for girls / only for nerdy men? No? Then you're not responsible for the public's mis-perception of the industry.

Do you treat the women and minorities that you do work with with respect and as equals? Yes? Then you're doing great.

> I am in my position because I was the best applicant at the time

See - you're thinking positively already!! I like to think that I am in my position because I was the cheapest applicant that passed the minimum grade. If anything goes wrong I console myself with the thought that if the company were really worried about it they would have paid more and employed someone better. :-)

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UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

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Toy sub

Years ago I worked on an MoD submarine project and one of the ex-submariners on the project told me how he once tried to play a practical joke on his c/o by putting one of these into an envelope with a note saying "latest submarine design", sealed the envelope, stamped it Top Secret and then put it into an internal post envelope addressed to the Head of the Submarine Service in Whitehall. He was expecting his c/o to remove the package from the out tray (as they're always nosey and would never have let something out to such a senior officer without it going up through the chain of command). Needless to say, something happened, it wasn't intercepted and it was indeed delivered.

Fortunately the top bod had a sense of humour and returned it with a note saying something like "Excellent innovation, design approved". But he sent it back via his chain of command. And as the top bod had found it funny, each subordinate down the chain then felt obliged to add a note showing that they too found it funny.

A week or so later he got called into his c/o's office who said he couldn't give him a bollocking because the top bod had approved it, and the notes from those down the chain of command were simultaneously hilarious and cringeworthy as each tried to be more witty than the previous.

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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Re: Sci-Fi is now Sci-reality

> What's the next exciting step?

Flying cars, of course. :-)

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Re: almost

> I can;t think of a film carried mostly or wholly by cinematography that wasn't live action or visually stylised enough not to be trying to create a live action simulacrum

So you're asking us to name a film that was:

a) filmed, and not a cartoon (the cinematography bit)

b) not live action

c) not re-creating live action?

That boils down to a pretty short list of films, the most famous of which is probably Koyaanisqatsi. Is that what you meant?

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UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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> Why is there a 9 year old girl in the photo?

I assume they chose that photo because it illustrates what a cheat looks like: someone who smuggles textbooks into the exam room and openly uses a smartphone to look up answers on then Internet. She's even written her list of 'memorized' equations onto the blackboard, hoping that the invigilator won't notice.

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Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it

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Re: Calling BS on the CPU graph

@Richard12

> Look at the scale - the bottom line is 20%, not zero.

The bottom line is zero (at least on the version on the website when I just looked) but just not labelled as such.

The original chart clearly has some time at zero CPU therefore - if the workload hasn't changed - there should be some zero CPU post patch. There isn't any, which leads to the conclusion that there is something else wrong.

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Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

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Re: primary auctions are the solution

> primary auctions are the solution

Or maybe mandatory ballots / lotteries? Every event must have a one month period during which anyone can register to buy tickets. Names are then drawn out the hat.

Enforcement is by the promoter being required to retain the ballot details for a period and the regulator being allowed to examine all ballot submissions if they get complaints. Bots should be easy to identify by checking the supplied credit card numbers, postal addresses etc to see if they belong to individuals or corporations.

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Titsup?

> At one point, Forcefully Unmap Complete Kernel With Interrupt Trampolines, aka FUCKWIT, was mulled by the Linux kernel team, giving you an idea of how annoying this has been for the developers.

Total Inability To Supply Usable Processors

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

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Re: What real use are they?

> For example I would like some kind of motorised letter-box

It already exists and is called a shredder.

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NAO probing Capita's sickly £700m GP support gig

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> So we're seeking another reason why they keep on being awarded public sector work despite their excremental track record.

It's simple: the 'r' in Crapita is both the service and what they promise to soak up. You never, ever hear of Capita executives complaining about the Government or ministers. And that's why they're successful again and again: ministers (and civil servants) know that, whatever happens, the crap stops with Capita.

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Re: Ordered

> What would probably work is to stick an UV LED in the top 2 corners of the display pointing to the keyboard and add some phosphor to the ink.

I think this is one idea that needs to be quietly shelved, for the sake of mankind (or at least office coworkers).

https://sciencing.com/kind-stains-black-lights-detect-5045775.html

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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Re: How many?

Ears are both sound and balance sensors. The skin is a temperature sensor.

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To Puerto Ricans: A Register apology

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Logarithmic tail

One would expect some sort of logarithmic tail-off simply because the final cell sites to be fixed are always going to be the hardest to do - and so take longer - which is precisely why they are left until last.

However, the change in reporting frequency is unrelated and oddly coincidental.

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European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

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Re: Barcelona, Spain

As opposed to Barcelona, Catalonia, not-in-Spain. :-)

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Re: So...

> It's really impossible to classify the company any other way

Oh, I think it can be classified as a non-law-abiding, rapist employing, driver and passenger gouging, rapacious, sexually-harassing, sociopathic kind of company.

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Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

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Re: Increased my interest in Vivaldi

> Anyway, just waiting to find the right phone replacement to drop Android, then I guess the only Google thing I use is YouTube

Sony Xperia X re-flashed to run Jolla's Sailfish is your only non-Android, non-IOS smartphone option. It's simple enough for a Reg reader to do, less so for the general public.

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Top Silicon Valley tech judge hits alt-F4 under cloud of sex-pest claims

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Re: where people are treated fairly and equally

Just to elaborate (because it was a long time ago), "Henry Kissinger" is/was a satirical caricature, based on a well known National Security Adviser named "Dr Strangelove".

You are a naughty, naughty man (wolf?). Have an upvote.

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'Subdued' year for poor old Capita means more 'restructuring' needed

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> managed by a bunch of numpties who themselves are managed by an even more incompetent bunch of numpties and so on ...

So what you're saying is not so much turtles all the way down, more turnips all the way up?

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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I hope they do a follow-up experiment using rope...

... in an effort to prove Spike Milligan right.

String is a very important thing.

Rope is thicker,

But string,

Is quicker.

p.s. The meaning of this is obscure

That's why, the higher the fewer

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Argy-bargy Argies barge into Starbucks Wi-Fi with alt-coin discharges

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Send back fake results?

So now we know this is happening, can we visit Starbucks and send back fake results?

At the very least, when they ask your name to write on the cup we should all be Monero Miner

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Euro Patent Office ignores ruling and refuses entry to vindicated judge

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> Thankfully, there's little chance that the next guy will be quite as bad as this one.

Robert Mugabe is available...

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YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

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Re: Learning from Experience

> I was 15 ( way back in the 80's )

A teacher friend, now long retired, once told me the staff were asked to watch some CCTV taken in the school from a camera looking down the length of a long corridor, to try and identify a miscreant who had broken into the school over the weekend and vandalised various bits of equipment. The reason there was only footage from a distant camera was because the miscreant (and mates) decided to nick a hacksaw from the metalwork lab and saw through the trunking carrying the cable from a closer camera. What they didn't realise was that the trunking also carried a power cable - not sure if for the camera itself or something else.

Needless to say, the staff all made the appropriate "oh gosh - I hope he wasn't hurt" responses as the one of the most disliked scroats in the 5th form lost his eyebrows to a large flash a few minutes after starting sawing. The metalwork teacher even went as far as to praise his sawing technique - and had obviously learnt something. :-)

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Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time

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Re: Image scale

> Could someone suggest an idea of the size of the rocks in that photo, wrt to Opportunity?

If you follow the link in the photo caption to the NASA site, they give the size of the full image, which is about 3.5m (metres, not miles). The cropped image used in the article is maybe 0.5m.

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US intelligence blabs classified Linux VM to world via leaky S3 silo

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Re: Yep its about time CLOUD took a roasting

Costly Leasing Of Unsecured Devices

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China plots new Great Leap Forward: to IPv6

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Re: Well, you can see the attraction of it!

> Addresses are dynamic now, but if they force local manufacturers to bake one into the networking stack of each device, how can they refuse?

An address baked-in at the factory and not assigned by the ISP? That'll make for interestingly large routing tables.

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Agreed re developed/implemented.

Also it says "The IPv6 network..." not "The IPv6 protocol..." which is what the RFC specifies.

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Logicalis lands mega air traffic computer deal. Yes, that Logicalis

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Re: Someone else's computer

Total Inability To Support Up-in-the-air Planes ?

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Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

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On the subject of bringing back old Dr Who's...

"The Sun Makers" had a great villain in the form of "The Collector" -- an evil tax collector, what's not to like?

The modern Who team should bring him back, with the comedian Andy Hamilton cast in the part - he'd be perfect.

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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Re: I am leet hacker

> sudo echo "80.82.77.83 sci-hub" >> /etc/hosts

I've tried but something seems a bit odd. Was that one or two greater than signs?

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Stick to the script, kiddies: Some dos and don'ts for the workplace

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Re: Something missing?

> Pardon my ignorance, but isn't the single most important aspect of a script that it actually works?

No, that's number two. Number one is that it does something sensible and well-defined if it doesn't work.

(Ideally, it leaves things as they were, but that's not always possible. For example; a script updating 20 machines might fail on one. It should be possible to fix whatever is wrong with the one machine and run the script again and it will know that 19 succeeded and don't need to be re-visited. Or it should be easy for you to remove those 19 from the list to process. And so on.)

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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Re: Just for a bit of extra info

>The 600k Uber Drivers whose data was stolen may receive Credit Monitoring Services, the 57 Million Users whose data was stolen will not.

>They really care about their customers, dont they?

Ah, but it's okay as these people are already getting free credit monitoring services courtesy of the Experian breach.

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More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find

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47 levels of nesting

> including nested dependencies (nesting up to 47 levels deep was discovered, with median five)

I can't decide whether that particular developer deserves an award or a kick up the bum.

I certainly wouldn't want to be taking over its maintenance.

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Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

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You're being too picky

> Given the job of moving a package of a certain weight over these obstacles, how would you design a machine to do it?

You're being too analytical. The demonstration shows what the robot can do, not that they have developed the minimum cost solution for moving a package of a certain weight.

Consider the dog: make one miniature poodle sized and give one as a 'pet' for people with Alzheimer's. The dog can then take its owner for a walk and make sure they get back home again. Program the dog with a time limit, or a distance, or whatever, and the patient can go wherever they like but can still get home.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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It's not about the range

Aaaaaarrrgrghhhh! Will you lot PLEASE stop focusing on the range. Hauliers don't buy trucks based on range they buy trucks based on lifetime cost per mile.

Yes, some are long-distance hauliers and range is important.They can continue to buy diesels.

But there are many others who have trucks that are used all day every day on multi-drop deliveries that get nowhere near the proposed range limit of the Tesla. RHA figures for 2016 gave fuel costs for a 44-tonner at 48-54 pence per mile. The cost of a battery recharge will be half that. They'll sell like hot cakes.

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Re: Tesla semi?

>...and we could run them on special tracks so they could be much longer with a whole series of trailers. They would need to be more powerful for the long train of trailers. But, instead of batteries, they could take power from overhead lines.

You mean like this?

https://electrek.co/2017/08/11/electric-truck-charging-overhead-contact-charging-autobahn-germany/

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

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Re: What if ...

> What if I am an Amazon approved courier. And what if I have a friend who is a thief. I deliver the package but conveniently leave the door slightly ajar so that it does not lock. Some time later, my friend comes by with gloves and a mask on and robs the place while I continue to deliver packages. My face will be on another camera at another location so you know I wasn't there. And how can you prove that I made an honest mistake?

Statistics. You would get away with it once. The second and subsequent times it would be rather obvious that the robberies were following you and you would have some explaining to do. If they stopped once the authorities had made their suspicions known to you, you would have more explaining to do. That's if you still had a job with Amazon, of course.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: fast forward.

But consider 100 years in the future. Where will the UBI come from then? What will the citizens of 2117 be getting. And more importantly, what about the families that have known nothing except getting all their money from the state for as long as any of them can remember - what will they be like?

It will be just like Star Trek. No one there ever seems to worry about where their money comes from. Except the Ferengi, of course.

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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Re: FTTP

Dual branding opportunity...

MumsNet => Fibre To The Potty

John Lewis => Fibre To The Porcelain

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Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

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Huge ripple (Mmm! chocolate)

Headline: HUGE GRAVITATIONAL WAVE

Article body: "large ripple"

Perhaps the wave's so big it's got ripples on it?

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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Re: Christmas and Religion.

@Mage

because I'm not a 17th Century Puritan

And what's wrong with being a 17th Century Puritan, may I ask? Black goes with anything, and silver shoe buckles are totally un-necessary.

Aunt: [slaps Blackadder twice] Wicked child!!! Chairs are an invention of Satan!

In our house, Nathaniel sits on a spike!

Edmund: ...and yourself...?

Aunt: I sit on Nathaniel -- two spikes would be an extravagance.

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

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> This half kilo boat of plastic has a sporting chance of being retrieved from the sea at some point

That might be true but so far it's not looking good: everyone who has retrieved it has put it back in again.

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Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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Re: The joker here is that session in the furnace.

The joker, presumably, will be the trainee who forgets to include a vent hole in any voids.

"Oh look, I've just 3D printed a boiler. Oh look, it went bang and bits flew everywhere. Oh look the furnace is knackered and needs relining."

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Jet packs are real – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

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> There's a willy joke here somewhere.

Not sure about that, but he really needs to partner with an investor named Trousers for the perfect eponymously named company.

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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Re: How Prevalent is Nude Photography....

> Serious question - how prevalent is the taking nude pictures of oneself, or the other half ?.

I'm pretty sure the second ever Daguerreotype was a nude, the first being a test shot for the lighting.

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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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Re: They way I'd do it

> Use an empty hall, court, field [...] Play the game without fear of bumping into anything

So no other players? And just one large hall per player? That shouldn't be a problem then.

> Could also be used for education

The best use for VR in education is to have the kids remain at home while the VR experience is of them appearing to be well behaved and sitting neatly at their desks.

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Equifax execs sold shares before mega-hack reveal. All above board – Equifax probe

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Re: "a day before the hack was uncovered"

> There were surely individuals looking at odd events in the three months preceding the official announcement of discovery.

Time sheets. I'm sure an SEC investigation will look at staff time sheets to see if anyone was booking to unexpected security event analysis type tasks in the 3 months between the hack and the announcement, and the reporting lines of those people.

That and the emails of course.

IMHO it stinks.

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Re: Chirp

> It's an anachronism originally created from necessity during WWII and resurrected in times of crisis.

Pedantically, it's a Cold War anachronism: the West was the free world because the Soviet and Eastern-blocs weren't.

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