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Source code for world's first MUD, Essex Uni's MUD1, recovered



MUD2 is still regularly played at mudii.co.uk - It's the incarnation from the old Wireplay days. I wonder if releasing the source code for MUD 1 will damage the game for the remainder of the MUD2 players?

Ofcom coughs 3G coverage maps


Sea Coverage

I'd be interested to know the land/sea coverage ratio....

Emotional arguments do not make Street View illegal



Has he got any shred of credibility left?

Vauxhall launches virtual backseat driver


A combination...

of toyota's noise reduction and the vaxhaull system to stop me hearing back seat drivers sounds to be the best solution to me!

Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat


It's official...

The terrorists (decepticons) have won!

/Mine's the plain coat with no distinguishing features, images or logos.

Teen battles City of London cops over anti-Scientology placard


@ AC(s)

Until I'm notified(forced to be) otherwise I'll be a british subject thankyouverymuch!



the guy in the orthopaedic shoes!

Mobiles help UK malls track shoppers' every move


@ Tom Wood

There are clearly defined DPA issues with recording CCTV, hence the signs will have a legal declaration about what they are collecting data for, usually something along the lines of "for the detection and prevention of crime" . I've yet to see one that says "To collect and sell information about where you've been"

That's the fundamental difference!


Boeing raygunship fires first blasts in ground testing



...we need lots of mirrors!

/Mine's the sequin one...

Vista security credentials tarnished in malware survey


Three out of four people make up 75% of the population.

This is meaningless,

Number of infections is not a useable metric to define security. Move along nothing to see here.

BOFH: PFY's mum pays a visit


The PFY's mum...

...isn't scared of Bill Ray.

Were the snatched Brit sailors in 'disputed waters'?

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Not only...

...an excellent article and a shameless plug to boot!

I'm off to order a book I heard about somewhere...

El Reg celebrates 10th birthday

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Happy Birthday....

How you lot have managed to survive without a real job is beyond me....

I'm insanely jealous!

Keep up the good* work guys**

*the usage of the word "good" is purely relative.

**in the purely non gender specific meaning.

US law makers seek ban on in-flight calls



Ah well, we've survived for a 100 years, yes why bother. Whilst we're at it, lets sit back and survey the world, our work here is done. No need to improve chaps, time for a holiday. Survived without mobile phones and computers you say? Jolly good. Lets get rid of it all. Electricity? far too modern!

Ah suck it up, I can't wait to be "ON THE PLANE!"

/Mine's the loin cloth, next to the club!


Free that speech!

It's not allowing mobiles that's the issue, it's training people to realise that the sound only needs to travel 6 inches from their mouth to the reciever.

I'm in favour of allowing them..so next time I'm sat on the tarmac or circling above some dingy town I can let people know not to bother coming to pick me up just yet!

Local council uses snooping laws to spy on three-year-old



...they came for fingerprints and I did not speak out because I was not a terminal five traveller.

then they came for the web profiles and I did not speak out because I was not a BT (or Virgin or Talktalk) customer.

then they came for the school applicants and I did not speak out because I was not a school applicant.

When they came for my thoughts, there was no one left to speak out.

/Mine's the one with the Niemöller biography in the pocket.

US student planned to ice Chuck Norris


Chuck Norris...

...isn't scared of Bill Ray.

Information Commissioner: Phorm must be opt-in only

Paris Hilton


I think an interesting question is how the ICO views the opt in, as the DPA applies to individuals one would assume that the opt-in has to be on an individual basis; this would indicate that a cookie is NOT fit for purpose when it can be shown multiple users may use a single system.

I know this has been asked multiple times, but now we know opt-in is required, am I as an account holder able to give consent for information to be collected about other people who use my connection?

Surely the opt-in is on a system level, which is entirely separate to an individual giving consent under the DPA?

Answer's on a postcard please(it's just as private...)

/I'm as confused as Paris

HSBC e-payments system limps back online


Who's betting...

...a small but critical part of this was running on a box under someone's desk, it got 'accidently' turned off, the delay was in working out exactly *which* desk it was under and finding someone who could remember the admin password to fire it all back up?

BT and Phorm secretly tracked 18,000 customers in 2006




Google have released several time travelling services...



/Mine's the one with the mirror shades in the pocket, next to the mr fusion

Botanist sues to stop CERN hurling Earth into parallel universe

Paris Hilton

So it's cheese or custard?

I think we can conclude that if you're lactose intolerant, you're screwed...

/Paris 'cus she knows about getting...ah it's too obvious.

DIY satellite TV installer shoots wife dead

Paris Hilton


typical Yank idiocy, but then what do you expect with a president who can't spell 'Guantemanomo' without the aid of My First World Dictionary, eh?

/Paris, because she knows what Yanks would rather do with their 'guns'.

/the whole effort has gone out of commenting; somehow something's lacking.

Canadians go out clubbing


Obligatory joke...

A baby seal walks into a club...

/Mine's the fur lined one.

Famous Five film lined up


@Natalie Gritpants

It doesn't preclude you from having offspring now apparently...

We've all seen Jurassic Park now haven't we?

/Mine's the one with the test tubes

BT targets 10,000 data pimping guinea pigs


At the start of a web browsing session...

So actually, anybody using the connection (I'm guessing whoever happens to use the web first on the day they flick the switch) can agree to your data being used in the trial....

Not necessarily the account holder; and I'm guessing the person who has the legal rights to change things.

Now you try doing anything over the phone if you're NOT the account holder, it's virtually impossible!

Data pimping: surveillance expert raises illegal wiretap worries



Who else guessed that it would boil down the the marketing department with their seemingly blank cheques and limitless unaccountability getting the jump on legal, security and compliance?

Happens everywhere whilst the security staff are left to clean up the mess, now where's my clue stick?


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