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From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

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It's a fidget spinner. It's a smeggin' fidget spinner!

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

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"I've said for many years that the next leader of HPE should come from within the company, and Antonio is exactly the type of leader I had in mind," Whitman told financial analysts on a conference call today, adding that the board of directors had approved the handover of power."

Interesting. I've said for many years that the next leader of HPE should be someone with a fucking clue.

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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Re: Lab rats, the lot of you

Well, a smaller polulation would be much easier to handle, I guess.

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Re: Bah!

Pen Island.

Guess what their web address was.

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"Cars don't have Unions getting in the way."

Autonomous cars will have owner/operators that will offer them "as a service" and make us pay through the nose for riding them.

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Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

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Architect and town planner, not civil engineer. If you mean who I think you're meaning. Other than that...

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Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

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Splitters!

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Amazon launches Secret Region – so secret it's endorsed by the CIA

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You'd think the NSA would be able to run a secure gov.cloud that other agencies can use for secret & sensitive stuff... OTOH, given the internal turf wars, struggles over jurisdictions and, above all, budgets and perceived relevance within the US intelligence community, I can see the CIA be in favour of using AWS rather than the NSA. Not that I would put it past the NSA to try and get a copy anyway.

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UK.gov 'could easily' flog 6m driver records to private firms this year

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Re: If it is such a small revenue stream and only covers costs....

Why? Anything for a quick buck quid.

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UK.gov told to tread carefully with transfer of data sets to NHS Digital

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"Has anyone worked out what the government does have a particular aptitude for?"

Is that a trick question?

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The Independent 'live streamed' space vid recorded in 2015

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Re: Famous Quote

You're going to tell me that there's a fault in the AE-45 unit next, aren't you.

No, don't answer. I'm going to take a stress pill and think things over.

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How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

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Re: I have been to a Sisters of Mercy gig...

"Mein Irisch Kind, wo weilest du..."

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Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

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... 'cos I'm the Tax Man ...

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Container ship loading plans are 'easily hackable'

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Re-routing a container full of iPhones seems more attractive... OTOH, messing with a couple of big cargo ships at a bottleneck (canals, straights) would be pretty disruptive.

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Re: A4...BOOM!...B4...BOOM!....C4....BOOM!....

C4 is always "BOOM!"

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Re: some sort of a climax / monoculture / outsourcing

One EMP blast over, say, Mumbai and a serious chunk of US and EU companies is in real trouble, including the military-industrial complex.

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Re: Overload

Thanks for the links!

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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But you can't make 'doughnuts' and stink up the mall parking lot doing it!

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Maybe Simon was really tired when he wrote this?

(Mine's the one with the ADAC membership card in the pocket.)

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Re: So how do you heat it?

"Or they could alloy the an appropriate ratio of nickel and titanium to ensure its attains superelasticity at the desired temperature range " (And what Dave126 posted.)

Thinking along similar lines here... Basically, it comes down to using an alloy that maintains elastic properties while in use. As in "that'll just pop back after the force doing the deforming is gone again"; IOW "that'll buff out by itself". Like, you know, a spring. Clever, but if that's what they're doing, the bit about plastic properties is a bit misleading. Time to test the elastic/plastic properties of (sub)editors?

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User experience test tools: A privacy accident waiting to happen

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Re: Diversion tactics needed?

No analyst, software-based or human, will be surprised or confused by data suggesting that Breibart readers are wankers.

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So, spending money to get past that paywall - which I do to avoid the data slurping and privacy invasions on ad-revenue based sites - will probably expose me to data slurping and privacy invasions at a scale that is worse? WTF?

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Hermes was a proposed spaceplane designed by the French Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) in 1975, and later by the European Space Agency (ESA). It was superficially similar to the American Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar and the larger Space Shuttle.

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Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

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Re: Cheapskates?

Gilks sighed. ‘You’re a clever man, Cjelli, I grant you that,’ he said, ‘but you make the same mistake a lot of clever people do of thinking everyone else is stupid.

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

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https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Colani_Truck

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Los Desaparecidos di Disruption: The Final Days of Conservative 2.0

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Not being a Brit I had to look up some of the names for context, but it was really worth the effort. This is brilliant.

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The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong

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I don't know, I don't know... you can read "Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy" as a confession.

You can also read it as an application.

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New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

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Re: Maybe carriers need to be honestly named.. truth in advertising as such?

USS Mission Accomplished?

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

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Re: "It's in my home!"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075931/

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Re: "It will be flimsy and plastic..."

Of course!

"Your plastic friend who's fun to be with!"

(Share and enjoy!)

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Re: Sign me up for one

But what if they've just popped around to deliver that new gas cooker you had ordered?

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ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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Re: Is there any Indie project which did work out?

Nah, you've got that all wrong. Waterseer only tanked (heh) because they never got those power converters from Tosche Station.

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Re: Angry complaint webpages- the way I.T geeks hit back!

... just add a MySpace logo, and the illusion of time travel is complete!

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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Of course there is a "tell" that warns you that people are about to post crap on any given social network: they have an account.

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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

"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."

I like the idea, but can we have a reversed version?

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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I thought boffins were meant to make the world better?

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The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

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I've tried to come up with a witty comment I could somehow work in spiders from Mars, but no luck so far.

Have a nice weekend, everybody!

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Tesla buys robot maker. Hang on, isn't that your sci-fi bogeyman, Elon?

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Somewhat off topic, but technically my glass is neither half-full or half-empty; I simply store 50% of my water in a redundant glass.

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"If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em."

Worked for Microsoft.

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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....

"Cover up those table legs, mother, they're inflaming my sexual ardour."

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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280 MEEELLION in Ethereum

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Re: This is when I know I'm getting old...

Everything Needs An Update!

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Where hackers haven't directly influenced polls, they've undermined our faith in democracy

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Re: Why must democracy be digitised?

"I get that counting votes by hand is laborious, expensive and prone to error, but isn’t trust in our democratic processes worth more than what can be saved with voting machines?"

Counting by hand isn't that laborious actually. And not that prone to error. And it is done by volunteers, so I'm not sure whether using voting machines would actually save (that much) money. The ballots used plus all the paperwork that goes with the counting and collating is archived until a couple of months before the next election, which usually works out to 3.5 years, so plenty of time to check on any possible irregularities.

I've been in charge of a polling station (not always the same one) in every election in my area since 2002. Federal/general, state, local, referendums, public petitions to get a referendum, run-offs, what have you. Some 20+ elections by now; I would have to flip through my old diaries to get the exact number. This year, it was two, state and general.

I can highly recommend it. For the first time in 2002, I was kindly persuaded to "volunteer"; I've been genuinely voluteering ever since. It's interesting and fun. And every now and then I can invest a day of my own time in something that is important.

But yes, trust in the process is essential, so cost must not be the first thing to consider.

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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Re: When I were a lad...

"Can't you just lock your children in a filing cabinet when you're not there?"

And would that filing cabinet be located in a disused lavatory in the cellar?

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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"... what the public are interested in, rather than what is in the public interest."

Well put. Also part of quite a lot of other problems.

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Post-Brexit economy SAVED: Posh-nosh truffle thrives in Wales

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"In 2016, it was available wholesale for a pocketbook-clenching €1,000 a kilogram [...]"

Still cheaper than printer ink.

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Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

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"Apple denied avoidance, saying in a statement the problem was that the EU was trying to steal tax dollars meant for Uncle Sam. Since the majority of its design work and engineering is carried out in the US, the majority of its tax bill should be owed to the US Treasury, which is itself concerned about the EU's attempt to take money destined for its own coffers."

Wow. I knever knew Apple was so altruistic. Maybe I should buy the new iPhone after all?

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That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

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Mondays, right?

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

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I would like to hear a second opinion.

El Reg, please get one of those to Dabbsy soon.

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Scientists think they've found primordial goop whence life first sprang

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So, best case we learn more about how life on earth took off, worst case we learn more about fertilizer. Both good.

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Estonia government locks down ID smartcards: Refresh or else

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Re: Is there any chance

20.08.1991, actually. But yes.

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