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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Which are all good reason why Mars will never be terraformed. At least not in the next thousand years.

Planets are gravity wells that are a pain to climb out of. Expansion in the solar system is going to bypass them.

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"suddenly provided with atmosphere and oceans"

Where from? Terraforming is largely about taking what's already there and rearranging it so it can support life. If the required molecules aren't to be found, you are severely limited in what you can do.

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

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Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --

I genuinely fear for Putin's health. His sides must be splitting and his face ache from grinning.

And the Russian Federal Assembly will wet themselves laughing when he recounts the tale of his trip to Finland.

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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Re: WTF!!

"The entire enterprise is premised on the idea that water is magic and has a memory of compounds it has been in contact with."

It's more magic than that. It relies on water have a memory of *some* of the compounds it has been in contact with (i.e. the ones that homeopaths are charging for) and no memory at all of all the others.

Otherwise every glass of water on the planet would contain a homeopathic remedy for every ailment known to medicine, at really powerfully diluted concentrations, for free.

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Astroboffins spy the brightest quasar that lit the universe's dark ages

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A long, long time ago

"also shoots out huge jets of plasma"

Shouldn't that be "shot", past tense?

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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A better Idea

Here's a better idea. Now that the truly enormous clusterf***ck that Brexit is has become obvious to anyone paying attention, and now we know that the Leave campaign lied about the facts, their funding, and their motives, why can't it be put to the vote?

If it's too much to expect the Tories to grow a backbone, risk their political careers, and save the country, then why can't they allow the country to decide for itself?

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El Reg works with Byte Night to put techies out on the streets

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Re: Really?

I think you've lost sight of the purpose of the event.

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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

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Depressing

Wow. So many Anonymous cowards in these comments. So many heartless monsters happy to tread on the most vulnerable for political purposes. And so many lies and distortions.

Can't remember a discussion on The Register ever being so depressing.

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Dinosaurs permitted to mate: But what does AT&T Time merger mean for antitrust – and you?

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Re: What does it mean to me?

And yet here you are. Reading and commenting.

Aside from that, it's very silly to assume that changes in the IT landscape in the US have no effect on the UK. It being the information age where national boundaries have less and less significance.

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: Microsoft 'Shill' (the product)

"Shill" - definition: Anyone who disagrees with me and holds an opinion that doesn't treat all corporate bodies as sons of satan. Since it is impossible for any right-thinking person to disagree with me, they therefore must be in the pay of said corporate body. Stands to reason.

Any online forum that doesn't recognise, and immediately ban, those with these opinions are also obviously in the pay of said corporate body. All online forums should be group-think hives where right thinking developers are safe from evil sons of satan and their obviously paid-for opinions.

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A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash

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QA's fault

That's an interesting position to take. Programmer gets leeway to make mistakes, QA doesn't.

I'd suggest they're both at fault.

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One year late, US senators act on fake net neutrality comments that drowned the FCC

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Why bother?

I think most people are mystified as to why anyone is bothering wilth fraud on the comments. It's not as if Ajit Pai had the slightest intention of paying any attention to what they said. It was a flimsy attempt at pretending to consult the public, doomed to be abused and ignored from the start.

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What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console

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"pretty much all UK based IT-types-of-a-certain-age (ie us oldies), have very fond memories of the Speccy."

Indeed. Which is why it's tragic that this bunch of clowns are pissing all over those fond memories.

The Spectrum and its day are long, long gone. It is always a mistake to try to bring these things back. Just let it go.

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Click bait headline

Headline: "Make masses carry mobes"

Content: "He did not personally advocate the compulsory carrying of location-aware technology"

Actual words: "if the legislators were, for example, to require citizens to carry phones at all times"

Are we not supposed to notice the difference between the above three? He's simply speculating, and in a direction that isn't unique and sadly isn't completely impossible.

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UK government's cloud spending hits saturation: Love of Microsoft endures

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Re: Cloud themselves

Yes, it's a stupid idea.

The UK government "running their own cloud" would simply mean them contracting the task out to an IT company, who would then "develop" an inferior copy of their own cloud that is out-of-date by the time it is delivered, at massively inflated prices and ongoing maintenance costs.

Far better to simply use an account with a cloud provider like everyone else.

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GoDaddy exiles altright.com after civil rights group complaint

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Re: re: The solution is to educate people

The website was not banned, and GoDaddy's action was not necessarily intended to make the world a better place.

The idea was to get fascists off their systems, as is entirely their right.

They are entirely free to take their website somewhere else, and GoDaddy is not responsible for educating them otherwise.

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PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

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Pirate

A little analogy for you

I'm selling dodgy meat from an unlicensed back-street abattoir, and labelling it as Tesco's Finest.

It is not fair that I be prosecuted on the basis that there *may* be botulism on it. They have to prove that there *was* botulism on it. I'm happy for my customers to bear the risks of my dodgy meat, and I should only get prosecuted once there's a few deaths first.

Suggestions that I might kill someone is just playing the botulism card, and pretty low.

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Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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It's not just ownership that was revealed. It was combined with occupancy. That is not public knowledge.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Think you've heard this one before?

Well users like this seem to be uncannily common. Here's almost the exact same story from last year;

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/31/on_call/

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BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

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Not what you meant to say

"BT monthly landline costs are to be trimmed by £7 from this weekend but only for customers who don't buy fixed-line broadband from any provider – in other words, most people."

This says the exact opposite of what was intended. If "customers who don't buy fixed-line broadband from any provider" was phrased in "other words" it would not be "most people", it would be "very few people"

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: "Mangers feature prominently in the Christmas story"

I more puzzled about what context exactly can the word "manger" appear in a letter, and "manager" be substituted in and still make sense?

Are we to assume that this picky customer had no problem with a letter saying "Away in a manager, no crib for a bed", as long as it was spelt correctly?

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Re: Linux Torvalds

Is that Linus' brother?

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Re: No Cussing Allowed?

Microsoft is not the US Government. Therefore the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution has absolutely no relevance to the matter.

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Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

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Re: How is it any better than running NoScript

"After the 56 update, though it became a horrible UI mess of complexity"

This. So much this. NoScript was never the easiest of add-ons, but recent updates have been disastrous. A complete and confusing redesign of the UI, with a lack of any documentation on how to use it. End users were expected to just figure it out themselves.

And it keeps breaking or forgetting settings. I got to the point of purging everything (poking through Firefox setting files to achieve this was fun) and attempting to start again. But then it screws up again on the next update.

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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It's not so much that his ashes are being put in Westminster Abbey, it's that there will be a "Service of Thanksgiving". Thanking who?

Here's a man who spent his life as an atheist, but now he's dead the god-squad muscle in. Giving thanks to a entity he didn't believe in, and co-opting their mythology onto his science work, "together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe".

I've no problem with people choosing to have religious services on their death, if that's what they believed and wished. I'm fine if it is all for the benefit of friends of family. But having these performances upon the death of those who specifically refuted them seems extremely disrespectful.

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Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket

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Tin foil hat on

"The sensor reads the card it's looking for and ignores the others."

Yeah, I'm sure that's what they tell you it does.

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YouTube plan to use Wikipedia against crackpots hits snag

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Re: Correcting Wikipedia

Did OH cite what they were changing?

OH needs to understand that anyone can say they're an expert on the internet. This is why Wikipedia relies on sources being cited.

And student everywhere should know that Wikipedia can only be a starting point for research. Check the cites! Determine how much trust to place on the sources.

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Re: Partnership requirement to read?

You only have to spend a small amount of time looking at Youtube comments to see there are plenty of nutjobs who live there and probably don't go elsewhere for their intake of nuttery. Anything that encourages these nutjobs across to Wikipedia to spread their particular brand of trolling is a concern. But then, equally, it's good that maybe they get a chance to step outside their nutjob bubble. Maybe they might learn something that resembles the real world.

But not particularly nice that Youtube didn't even mention this to Wikipedia first though.

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London Mayor calls for social networks and sharing economy to stop harming society

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Re: increasing social division and nativist populism

"If the MSM would just grow up and, get over a certin lil' Girls loss about what Fourteen Months ago now."

You know who bangs on about Hillary Clinton more than anyone? Clinton is yesterday's news. No-one cares. Yet not a day goes by without some Trump-ite, or the Man-child himself, giving us the old "But Hillary!" whine. And here you are with today's whine.

Meanwhile, back in the real and present world, Trump is securely in Putin's back pocket and his supporters are too blind to notice. Putin could land on the White House front lawn with a fleet of gun helicopters, and Trump would be out the back, waving his arms and shouting "Nothing to see here! Hillary! Emails! Lock her up!"

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What would Jesus sue? The FCC, it seems

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Re: 30 Pieces of Silver

"the real money is made in the years after public office from directorships and sinecures."

.. in the very companies the public office was supposed to be regulating.

It's a open invitation for corruption. You don't need the messy risk of offering a bride to a public servant. You just reach an agreement of a lovely fat salary for a "job" in a few years time, when they've finished rubber stamping your list of wants. Then all they need do is turn up for the odd board meeting, annual shareholders meeting (with accompanying dinner), otherwise do what they're told and they're a consultant director on a couple of million a year. Easy money.

Pai probably already has at least half a dozen such jobs lined up waiting for him.

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Re: Mess

"Yep. I've done dual boot with Mint."

Congratulations, Anonymous Coward! You are the first in this discussion about Windows to take the time to inform everyone that you use Linux. Your prize is: a cuddly penguin!

Thanks for sharing!

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10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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I have the afternoon I spent coding a borrowed ZX80 positively seared into my memory. Plugged into the TV. Tuning the TV to the right frequency. Lying on the carpet. The slightly burny smell of the components as they heated up. I started with a printout from somewhere, but soon went my own way, coding the animation of a graphic square bouncing across the screen, then "exploding" in the corner.

I used a ZX81 not long after that, and of course a Spectrum. But no exaggeration to say that ZX80 was a defining moment in my life.

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US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

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Re: When is the bandwidth good enough?

If I know you are paying so much for "up to" speed X, and then sell you a plan for twice your current price for "up to" speed X*2, when I know for a fact that you cannot possibly get speed X*2, and only occasionally even get speed X, then that's fraud. Plain and simple.

Worrying about the "up to"s is beside the point.

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Re: Ends-Means

I think it's time to send an invoice email to the BBC, that turns into a request for Steve Wright to play "The Power Of Love" when opened a second time.

Email audit trails.. who needs 'em?

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Judges are usually not big on victim blaming. Or at least, when they do it's them that gets a new one ripped.

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UK worker who sold customers' data to nuisance callers must cough up £1k

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Re: Actual accidents

"Oh good. My accident was fatal, but I'd like my widow to get compensation. Can you arrange that?"

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right to silence

"If I were the judge I would hold him in contempt of court until he named names."

Well you'd be a rotten judge then. A principle of UK justice is the right to silence. You cannot be convicted of anything purely on the basis that you declined to talk.

Otherwise the courts would be full of trials where people would be told "Own up to what you done, whatever it may be, or we'll have you for contempt."

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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HiisssszzzzZZZZZZZZ!

"a dual tape HIFI in my bedroom, so copying tapes was much easier"

A yes. The days you could be enjoy at parties fourth generation copies of tapes that sounded like they were recorded in a tin outhouse during a rainstorm. Also great fun if the tape-to-tape automatically set recording levels, so the quieter the music was, the louder it would turn it up until it was 90% hiss, 10% quiet bit.

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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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cack-handed good intentions

Agreed. This is really an case of misguided good intentions. They mean well, but they've gone about it in a completely cack-handed way.

Just because the NHS is a government agency, does great work, and is under-funded, doesn't mean they are a charity case who'll eagerly snap up everything that any civic-minded group might do for them. They have to follow processes, just the same as any other massive organisation. Probably even more so.

NHoS are a self-appointed group who decided to appropriate NHS logos for a project that NHS England didn't ask them for. It's not unreasonable to the NHS to then worry that people might think that there is an official project, when they have absolutely no over-sight or control of it. How are they to know what kind of quality control is being applied? How are they to know that it won't turn into an embarrassing mess? Can you imagine the headlines? "Broken NHS system depends on 4 men in a cupboard."

The fact that they'd already re-branded from another name suggests that they really weren't paying attention the first time.

If they had wanted to produce something for the NHS, the way to go about it is to create it first, under a completely unrelated banner, and then impress the NHS how good it is, and it's free! Why couldn't they do that?

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China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

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Re: Murican serfs

"Really? When the world's military is trying to get people out of military aircraft for numerous reasons?"

Military aircraft spend most of their time on the ground, where they are serviced by people.

Satellites don't come down when they need fixed, they have to be repaired in orbit.

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Re: Murican serfs

You have a rather naive idea of why military powers might want people in orbit. It's not about it being a first step to somewhere else.

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Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

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"Ain't broke:"

Unfortunately, as a long term user of Thunderbird, my experience is that it is broke, and I've just spent the last week migrating away from it. It had simply got to the point where I could no longer trust it to do its job. Emails would download and vanish into a black hole, never to return. Folders would corrupt, rebuild, and dump 90% of their contents. Search functionality became increasingly a hit and miss game of chance.

This, combined with the continued history of neglect and changes of ownership, does not fill me with confidence for a software application that I need to rely on. So I am afraid we must now part ways.

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Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

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Congrats!

You are the first on this story about Microsoft Windows to take the time to inform everyone that you use Linux.

Thanks for sharing.

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Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

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Re: "there would probably be a nationwide riot when you see the amount of absolute rubbish"

"So people without tv's are paying tax for other people?"

Same way that people without children are paying for other people's children's education. Or people who have never wanted to go to war with anyone are paying for other people's army.

Taxes generally don't allow you to pick and chose how the money is spent.

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

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Mince Pies

A fistful of wet leaves and twigs, not unlike what I raked off the lawn last month, wrapped in limp pastry and dunked in sugar.

No thanks.

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Why is Wikipedia man Jimbo Wales keynoting a fake news conference?

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Fake news

" we highlighted sixteen of Wikipedia's "fake stories" – although it could have been 16,000."

Speaking of fake news. Where does this number come from?

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Netflix silent about ridicule as it discusses punters' viewing habits

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Re: 'because its 'amusing' or just because Netflix can!'

"It just makes you sound like a smug twat."

Which is exactly why they should use it. It helps other readers get a better understanding of the person using it, and a better idea of whether everything they say should be ignored.

There's a whole host of popular, supposed to be witty, tired, words used in online forums that immediately flags an opinion as best ignored. You can probably think of a few yourself. They're very helpful, save time, and should be encouraged.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: how is assembler outdated and by what?

The language is only outdated if it's been replaced by newer ones.

It's not like someone can nip out there and update the hardware. So for the CPU on Voyager 1, this assembler language is the latest and only language. It therefore cannot be outdated.

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GCSE compsci kids' work may not count after solutions leaked online

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STILL needs pointing out

"UK Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

*English Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

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Elon Musk says he's not Satoshi Nakamoto and is pretty rubbish at Bitcoin

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Re: The clue is in the word 'elusive'

So it must be only a matter of time before some other modest, elusive fellow reveals himself to have invented them.

Then we'll appreciate how bitcoins are smart, he is smart and PROBABLY the smartest person you know. Bitcoins are going to be yuge. All other currencies are failing and over-rated.

If only there were any clues to who that might be.

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