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A volt from the blue: Samsung reportedly ditches wall-wart from future phones

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Standards? <rotfpmsl>

Excellent idea. I have a box full of model/manufacturer specific chargers as well as chargers with built in Mini-USB, Micro-USB, USB-C, & Apple Lightning cables, as well as several that just have USB type A sockets to go with a cable from the adjacent box of USB to whatever cables. Most of these have never been used as like many people I have several devices that need regular charging so by my bedside I have a 6 x 3Amp USB type A charger that can charge just about anything and a 4 x 3Amp charger with multiple mains socket adaptors for when I travel. What would make life much easier would be if all my devices used the same connector, but the chances of getting everyone to agree on one connector is slim, and before people start screaming for one or the other, I DON'T CARE WHICH so long as it's easy to plug in and is NOT polarised.

Keep it Together, Microsoft: New mode for vid-chat app Teams reminds everyone why Zoom rules the roost

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Blu Tack

No more camera but easily removable if you do want to use the Webcam.

Some of the meetings I get invited to "require" the camera to be on, so I just don't attend those.

Those that I need to attend I use the Blu Tack and if anyone comments "Oh it's been playing up for a while" :-)

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

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Scumbag

People like him do this kind of crap quite often, but it's not until they get caught out that they suddenly "realise" that it's unacceptable to behave like that. Inside your head or in the privacy of your home, think and do what you like, but when you let that kind of crap out in public you get what you deserve. Yes, social media does seem to be punishing this scumbag but from what I saw he deserves far worse than what's happened so far.

Before social media and near universal video capable phones he would have gotten away with atrocious behaviour like this indefinitely, and it would have seeped into his business relationships leading to racist recruitment and probable racist abuse of staff/colleagues. These days these scumbags get outed pretty quickly and suffer the consequences. I feel sorry for others that are affected by this who have nothing to do with him because idiots can't tell the difference between 2 companies, but the alternative would be for him to remain unidentified and to carry on with his tribal bullsh!t to the detriment of all.

Personally, If I video'd something like this I'd probably send the video to the Police but they don't have time to try and identify/prosecute someone who would only get 5 minutes Community Service if found guilty.

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again

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CLASSIC/OPEN SHELL !!

Are you all deaf or something? Several people above have suggested that you install Classic/Open Shell and choose your Menu layout. You can have Win 2000, Win XP, Win 7, and you can even customise it to make your own unique layout. I have it on EVERY Windows PC I use including several VMs. When I have to connect to a customers PC I greet the tile interface with a groan of resignation and then spend the next 45 mins trying to find what I need to resolve their issue. If MS were going to listen to their users they would have listened by now, but they just listen to their Marketing and Design people and don't seem to give a flying **** about their customers, so just install Classic/Open Shell and end 99% of your menu woes. I have even persuaded several customers to use it over the years. I have nothing to do with the team who developed it but I would like thank them from the bottom of my heart for a great product that has probably saved me hundreds of hours of wasted time over the years.

UN warns of global e-waste wave as amount of gadgets dumped jumps 21% in 5 years

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Fashion

Far too many items are now being replaced because of fashion. What? You mean you don't have an iPhone XXX? Oh you are soooooooo last month daahhling! This is less of a problem with PCs and such but then they tend to have a much longer lifespan and servers even longer than that. The first step should be to require manufacturers to design so as to enable repair, reuse, and recycling, but that will only work if WE buy these products. Unfortunately we would rather buy the cheaper higher spec item that has a lower lifespan and we justify it because we only have $$$ and can't afford the $$$$$ product and WE WANTS IT NOW! So, I believe that the blame is 100% ours. If you really want tech items that enable RRR, then buy items that enable RRR. If you buy items that don't enable it, then don't come whinging next year when you realise that you can't replace the battery in your fashion accessory because the rest of use are just going to laugh and point at the stupid monkey.

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer

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Tribalism

Basic tribalism in action. It happens everywhere and is one of the worst hangovers we have from our ancestry. It's a condition that requires education and a will to overcome, but unfortunately most people just can't be bothered as it's easier to carry on with their tribe(s) and exclude all outsiders and anyone who does not conform to their tribal definition.

I moved every 2-3 years for the first 40 years of my life so have almost always been the outsider despite being lucky enough to be a white Anglo-Saxon in western Europe. As a consequence I am quite used to not fitting in and to me that is normal. I love the expression on peoples faces when I tell them I don't give a **** about football, that I find worshipping a flag or person or an idea nauseating, and that I am not interested in their tribe or their prejudices. They just don't get that I am not even remotely interested in being "like them".

Most of the ills of this world can be laid at the feet of tribalism of one kind or another and will continue to do so well beyond my lifetime. I try and do my bit to educate but most people are so closed minded that they dismiss the idea, or as in the current political climate, they celebrate it.

I suppose I am tribal, but my tribe consists of just one person and I don't expect anyone else to be like me. In fact, I love the fact that others are different. Life would be so boring if everyone was the same.

Skype for Windows 10 and Skype for Desktop duke it out: Only Electron left standing

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Teams blows donkeys

It suffers from the same problems as Word and many other MS programs. It's trying to be everything to everyone and failing badly at most. Skype is not perfect but it does a few jobs pretty well. I guess with time I'll get used to Teams but I am pretty bored of the Microsoft merry-go-round where they change everything just for the sake of change every few years. I have no problem with change, but change for changes sake pisses me off. Roll on retirement!

Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it

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Burn everything!!!

What do you want to bet that people at all 3 organisations are right now in the process of sifting out all signs of dodgy dealings to keep themselves out of jail?

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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Which comment shows that you have zero understanding of economics. It's not £21bn thrown into a furnace you know. The money is spent on things that are made by people, who earn wages, and buy things with those wages and donate to charities and pay taxes, which are sometimes used to take care of the less fortunate in a sane society. Whether we have a sane society is unfortunately open to debate.

No longer a planet and left out in the cold, Pluto, it turns out, may have had hot beginnings

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Dwarf Planet

Who cares, a Dwarf Planet is still a Planet. It's right there in the name. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are called Gas Giant Planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are called Rocky Planets. Pluto, Charon, and their Trans-Neptunian fellows can be called Dwarf Planets or Ice Planets or Banana Planets for all I care. They are there, they are interesting, and I don't care what "label" some committee decides to stick on them. Someday these committee members will wake up to that fact that the real world doesn't fit into convenient little pigeonholes, that it is in fact all just infinite shades of {insert-favourite-colour-here}, and they have all been wasting their time trying to categorise the universe. No matter how hard you try, it's impossible to tidy up the universe. It's just inherently messy, and wonderful.

Samsung combines 5G, AI, drones and cloud in conspiracy ... to ease network maintenance costs

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I for one welcome our new masters

Now the robots are self checking and soon they will become self repairing. From there it's a small step to self building and then we are all doomed. The 5G nutters were right, 5G is going to kill us all, but not with COVID-19 or by melting our braincells. How could they be so wrong and yet so right,.....

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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Re: I'm always struck by

In a sad way, she is correct. There were 18 before COVID-19, and then there were many millions/billions more before that. Cornoaviruses are nothing new. In fact, without them, you wouldn't be you as they are responsible for changes to DNA, as are many other viruses.

Conspiracy theory followers are really no different to worshippers of the Kardashians or {insert-favourite-football-team} or just about any religion. We all have beliefs, but most of us manage to control our violent tendencies rather than letting them take over.

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means

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Why 2metres/6 feet?

Because they had to specify a number due to the fact that too many people don't understand how viruses get transmitted and find it easier to just obey and obsess about one or 2 rules. Did you not wonder why we suddenly sold out of hand sanitiser and soap at the beginning of the lock-down? It was because millions of people who previously washed their hands maybe once per day, suddenly realised that they needed to do it 10-15 times per day. Yes, all those people whose hands you were shaking prior to lock-down had NOT washed their hands after using the loo and were wiping their ick onto your hands. The 2 metre rule is irrelevant w.r.t airborne transmission if everyone is wearing a mask but you still need to stop people from touching each other so it's easier to keep it in place as most of us don't have 1 metre long arms. Amazon have a history of combining people and tech to improve efficiency. In this case they are doing it to reduce staff sickness, so are benefiting both their efficiency AND their staff.

Whose side you on, Nominet? Registry floods .co.uk owners with begging emails to renew unwanted .uk domains

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Pointless limitations

What does it matter what the name of the TLD is? Why are we restricted to a limited list of TLDs? Oh yes, that's right. Introduce an artificial shortage to boost prices. Effing con all of it. There is no reason why you shouldn't be able to register any reasonable length TLD since all it requires is an entry in the Top Level DNS because your domain name is just a pointer to an IP Address. So, why not just allow any TLD up to say 8 characters and allow anyone to register them so long as they are not obscene, illegal, or insulting. Why do ICONN get to decide which TLDs are allowed or not? Why can't we have TheRegister.England or TheRegister.Wales or TheRegister.Scotland? (sorry Northern Ireland, your name is just too long! <LOL>). As for Nominet, they seem to be turning into just as much of a ripoff/con as Public Interest Registry's recent attempts to sell off the .ORG registry for profit.

Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks

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My 5 (so far) redundancy experiences have all been at the hands of Canadian and US company takeovers of the company I worked for. Some of them paid out a reasonable 1 month per year served redundancy, some paid the legal minimum, one tried to pay some people 1 month/year and others the legal minimum, got sued and lost.

No matter what they did, they invariably lost good staff as the second they announced the redundancies, people started looking elsewhere and some jumped ship before the redundancy, often the people they wanted to keep.

My experience of these redundancies is that there seems to be a knee jerk reflex after taking over a company where they make 1/3 of the staff redundant, lose another 1/6 to people jumping ship, and then spend the next 4 years hiring and training people up to get back to where they were when they bought the company. In one instance the company I was working for got bought because we were thrashing them in the market so we got bought to stifle competition. Didn't work as those that left just setup again and within a year they were again thrashing them.

Finally, a friend of mine got laid off when his company shut down his department. No biggie, he got 12 months redundancy and found a new job starting the day after he finished for more money. 2 weeks after he finished, he got a call asking if he could come back on contract. Turns out they laid off 4 people who were vital to a contract that they hadn't fulfilled, and he was one of the 4. He ended up going back under contract from his new employers who paid him £2k per day for over 6 months. He asked his new employers how much more than the £2k they were charging his former employers and they just laughed and wouldn't say. He paid off his mortgage in those 6 months and never looked back.

It could be 'five to ten years' before the world finally drags itself away from IPv4

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IPv4, IPv6, IPv999,..... nobody outside of the IT industry gives a f*** so long as it works. Now IPv4 and IPv6 both work and most of the infrastructure works, and you are never going to get some people/sites off of IPv4, so why not just convert the parts of the Internet that you can, work around the bits that you can't and end up with a godawful f***ing mess, JUST LIKE WE ALREADY HAVE WITH IPv4? You are all arguing over should and shouldn't when you should be dealing with has and hasn't. It is beyond the "design" stage and into the evolutionary stage so you are not going to change anything fundamental any more and the Internet will continue to evolve in new and random ways, and will continue to do so even after the day that it becomes self aware. :-)

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

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Utter Bulls**t

The books title has the word "Truth" in it which means it contains nothing but utter bulls**t. It's the same as when a country puts the word "Democratic" in it's official name: Democratic People's Republic of Korea, German Democratic Republic (former East Germany), etc. Since Amazon already sells vast amounts of books that contain utter bulls**t, many of which have the word "Truth" in their title, all they did with this one was give it some free publicity. Will I buy a copy? No thanks, I have much better quality toilet paper thanks.

Trump's Make Space Great Again video pulled after former 'naut says: Nope

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I made this

I made that rocket, it's a great rocket, can you see the rocket that I made? Isn't it a great rocket. Who are SpaceX? I made the Space Force logo too. It's a great logo because I made it. It doesn't have a rocket on it but it's very spacey, like Star Trek. I don't know what senile means. Is it used in rockets? What do you mean I can now use 280 characters in my tweets? Since 2017? But I am no longer able to think in more than 140 characters per thought. I'm 73 you know.

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens

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It all depends on how the repairs were sold!

If the repairer is telling his customers he is repairing it with genuine Apple parts, then he should be using those. It is his responsibility to make sure that the parts he uses are genuine Apple parts.

However, the parts he was sent may well have been reconditioned/repaired with non-Apple parts so he may have been claiming to use Apple parts when they were not Apple parts, which is breach of copyright. It the same as selling fake Apple phones. His only recourse then would be to sue his suppliers if he was unaware that they were not genuine.

If he didn't advertise that he repaired using genuine Apple parts, then he can repair them with parts from any source and Apple shouldn't have a leg to stand on.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Wav file?

Hopefully the USB contains a 127Mb WAV file containing a long sales presentation on the benefits of it and how best to deploy it, followed by the sound of the presenters laughing hysterically at the idea that anyone would be stupid enough to buy one and concluding with a monologue on the stupidity of man that ends with a nice wet fart. :-)

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Twatter in Chief

What? Is the Twatter in Chief spouting drivel again? Why does anyone listen to that irrelevant moron? Tell him to go ahead, shut down Twatter, close Farcebook, push the damned Big Red Button. Nobody cares any more. Wake me up when the world comes to it's senses and finally elects human beings as heads of state rather than the current crop of self-serving, self-aggrandising, selfish people.

Sky Broadband is not the UK's cheapest, growls ad watchdog

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Free Bullshittium

Adverts seem to be heading into the gutter more and more. My pet hates are the cosmetic adverts that are so full of pseudo-scientific bullshit that years ago I started shouting "with extra Bullshittium" at the TV whenever one came on. Now that Bullshittium seems to be spreading to most other forms of advertising and more and more are pushing the boundaries of what they can get away with. A few are getting caught out, but most just get away with it.

I mostly treat all adverts as outright lies and instead do my research before I buy something. About the best an advert can do is bring to my attention that something exists. As soon as it tries to convince me that it will make me happier/prettier/healthier/etc. I mostly ignore that product and often the entire brand.

There's a black hole lurking within 1,000 light years of Earth – and you can see stars circling it with the naked eye

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Re: Dark Matter

No, this doesn't account for Dark Energy.

Perhaps I should have said "EVEN travelling at C", not that anything substantial can travel at C in our universe.

We only ever see objects by their effects. Some emit radiation, some reflect radiation, some distort space-time, some occlude radiation emitters/reflectors, etc.

The idea that Singularities have been "ruled out" as a contributory factor is against ALL scientific principles. A real scientist rules out nothing, just observes and theorises. When the observed data changes, so does the theory.

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Re: Maths up the Khyber

I think you need to go do some more studying on orbital mechanics. To be precise they will all be orbiting a common point in space, but since the larger masses are farther away, then the common point will probably end up in or near the Singularity, which we then define as the object being orbited. In this case the common point will be moving around considerably but should be in or near the Singularity most of the time.

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Dark Matter

Well, I guess we are now starting to understand where all the so called "Dark Matter" is then, since Singularities seem to be more common than previously thought. And don't worry about them "zipping around space". Anything with that mass is going to get noticed if it gets anywhere near us. 1000ly is a LONG way away!! Travelling at C it would still take it 1000 years to get here!

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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Re: The higher the frequency, the greater the energy

Kirk, why don't you go and read up on NON-IONIZING radiation vs IONIZING radiation? The entire Microwave band from 1Ghz to 1000Ghz is all NON-IONIZING, ie. it does not cause any cellular damage based on quanta effects. Why? Because each photon is such low energy that it can't cause any damage. Such damage does not start until you are into the UltraViolet range and beyond when photon energies exceed 1eV.

The primary effect NON-IONIZING has on nearby objects is heating them up, and to do that requires lots of POWER. The reason why Microwave ovens work at 2.45Ghz is that nobody uses that frequency for communications. The heating effect comes from the radio waves causing the water molecules in the food to vibrate like a tuning fork, which is the same effect you get from direct heating. Even then it requires hundreds of Watts at very close range to significantly heat something up.

So, to sum up, your research is wrong, your theories are wrong, quite simply put, you are wrong. Now please go do some real research. stay away from the conspiracy theory websites and see if you can actually discover the facts of the matter. Oh, and anyone who tells you something is "The Truth" is full of sh!t and should be avoided at all costs.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Tribal Monkeys

As long as some people remain tribal, they will continue to use certain terms as pejoratives for people who are not in their tribe. The terms will change on a regular basis as after every change the tribal monkeys just come up with new words that they can fling like monkey crap at anything not to their liking. Allow and Deny Lists seem perfectly acceptable to me as they describe their functions. The "White Cliffs of Dover" is also descriptive as is "the brown guy who lives next door", "the black hole" or even "my pink ribbons". However, once you start using any of these or any other terms to discriminate or to spread hatred, THAT is when you prove yourself to be a Tribal Monkey!

The Adobe Flash Farewell Tour 2020: LibreOffice to axe export support for .SWF in version 7

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The only way to be sure,...

IS TO NUKE THE DAMNED THING FROM ORBIT! <LOL>

Realme's X50m is a decently specced 5G phone – for the price of a 1995 Nissan Micra

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If it comes to the UK at under £400, I could be tempted. Currently running a 22 month old Honor 9 and so far can't think of a single reason for replacing it. 5G is not a motivator for me as I'm not a big data user. I would imagine your average social media junkies will love it though.

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

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All your data are belong to us

It's quite simple, if you don't want them to know about it, don't put it online. So far they have not yet managed to develop a mind-probe. Pretty soon your local Neighbourhood Vigilante,... err Watch will also have access and that bossy busybody at #33 will know all about your browsing habits and be using them to blackmail you into conforming and becoming a "good neighbour". There have been so many cases of Police misusing their access to data that the government seems to think that giving everyone access is a good idea. Well, I'm sure that will bite them when the first case of a Ministers "private" data going public happens. Then there will be a mad scramble to limit access again.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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"Gerroff and Milk it"

This is just the latest instance of Apple milking their captive iMuppets and iMorons. Without doubt there will be some out there who right now are storing their "mint in box" iWheels in a neutral (N²) atmosphered vault. Some will be squatting in a corner fondling them whilst cooing "My Precious", whilst others will actually fit them to a desk and use them for their intended purpose all whilst feeling guilty that they are actually wearing them out. All of them, without question, have more money than sense, but then that is the basis of Apple's marketing scheme,... along with "buy American" (made in China).

UK MPs fume after Huawei posts open letter stating: 'Disrupting our involvement in the 5G rollout would do Britain a disservice'

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Corruption

This seems to be the norm these days. The company I work for has to prove that it operates ethically, and yet all these other companies seem to get state sponsorship so that they can get away with bribery, backhanders, political interference and so on. It smacks very much of one rule for me and other rules for everyone else, all for the worship of the almighty dollaryuaneuro.

And before someone starts on about Chinese this and that, our lot and the Yanks are FAR worse and have been doing this protectionist crap for hundreds of years. It's just part of the power struggle as China takes over as the worlds leading economy.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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DAB is a pointless waste of money.

With adequate 3G phone coverage DAB becomes irrelevant. Already the networks are selling "unlimited" data contracts and once those become more common, everyone with coverage will be able to listen to ANY internet radio station from anywhere on the planet, rather than being limited to the "popular" dross that currently infests the airwaves, digital or otherwise. At home I listen to purchased music and Internet Radio and given adequate coverage I could also listen to Internet Radio when in the car/train/walking. Many of my friends already listen to Spotify and other streaming services when they have adequate coverage as well as Internet Radio stations. If you are in an area with spotty 3G (or better) coverage then chances are you can't receive DAB either. FM or even AM for you I'm afraid, but if you chose to live way out there, don't come moaning to us about it. Many of us would swap our suburban semis or city flats for your quiet country cottage in a heartbeat.

Academic showdown as boffins biff-baff over when Version 1.0 of Earth's magnetic core was released

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Definitions!!!!

Define when that cluster of mutually orbiting asteroids finally coalesced to become "Earth". THAT is the moment that Earths magnetic was formed, as without an Earth there cannot be an "Earths Magnetic Field". Chances are you can't define that moment since the formation of Earth happened gradually over a looooooong period of time. So these petty children are arguing over who can provide the earliest EVIDENCE of Earths magnetic field. Who cares? Anyone with a microgram of common sense knows that Earth had a magnetic field even before it coalesced into a proto-planet.

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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A Masters Degree in Advanced DumbFukerie (Madf)

I have recently been having a discussion with a colleague on the subject of conspiracy theories with specific reference to the 5G drivel. He is well educated and well travelled yet he still believes this conspiracy garbage and even when categorically proven wrong still spouts guff like "there's no smoke without fire". If people like him are believing and forwarding this crap on anti-social media then what chance do the toilet-roll hoarders have?

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?

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Hmmm,.... 60s' vs 70s? For fashion 60's, for music 70's, for cars 60's, for TV the 70's. For NASA logos why not hold a competition to design a new one for the 2020s rather than try to decide which of the two very dated old ones is best? FFS, the 1970s is now over 40 years ago!

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

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It was the Bosses wife, in the living room, with the Monopoly board!

Thanks for the laughs Simon. :-)

Here's what Europeans are buying amid the COVID-19 lockdown – aside from heaps of pasta and toilet paper

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Re: Lost post

Having briefly worked as a parcel delivery guy I can categorically state that many of the houses that don't have a number are a royal PITA to deliver to. My experience was that many such houses have their name in small letters on their front door (60' from the road) or the sign on the road is obscured by vegetation or dirty. If you have problems getting deliveries then make certain that your house name is CLEARLY visible from the road. If you don't then chances are the driver is just going to blow off your delivery as too much effort. He/she has 140 such drops to do and doesn't have time to play "hunt the house". Yes, I often heard the lame excuse "But the postman knows where we are!" but your postie delivers to you EVERY DAY. The delivery guy covers a much larger area and delivers to you infrequently, so is not going to remember where you are. If your house name/number is not CLEARLY visible from the road, you are going to get failed deliveries, even in housing estates where the number sequence is "obvious". Delivery drivers aren't the highest paid so don't expect them to go out of their way to find your house. Make it easy for them and your stuff will arrive.

Who's going to pay for Britain's Aunty Beeb to carry on? Broadband users, broadcaster suggests to government

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To be honest 10 years ago I would have fought tooth and nail for the BBC to remain as it was, but these days they produce very little of interest to me. I value BBC2s QI and Mock The Week, and series like The Planets, but the dramas leave me cold as does almost the entire content of BBC1, 3, and 4. I haven't listened to a BBC radio station for years (since John Peel died) as they just don't interest me any more. I used to love watching Top Gear but since they got Paddy McGuinness and his constant shouting and repeated "Ged In Thur" I'm now avoiding it as far too cringe-worthy.

I use the BBC News website as it's about as neutral and factual as a news site can get these days, and I judge that neutrality by the equally loud cries of "Bias" from both the Left and Right of the political spectrum. Compared to Fox, Sky, CNN, etc. it's a gem.

I do watch Dave quite a lot as it has Red Dwarf and other original comedy (as well as lots of repeats of BBC shows), but that is the commercial arm of the BBC and not funded by the License Fee.

Are you extracting the urine, ESA? Why, yes it is, from Moon dwellers to build homes out of lunar regolith. Possibly

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Re: Living on the surface of the moon is stupid

Yeah, what Doug said. Underground solves a whole load of issues that the surface has and the only negative relative to surface living is the possibility of moon-quakes causing splits in your containment. For this the containment ideally needs to be self healing or at least leak indicating. Since the regolith is mostly silicon and aluminium I'd recommend using electrolysis to pull the Al from the regolith and use that to line your tunnels as Al flexes and stretches a little. You then use the remaining Si to coat the Al with a glaze that would fracture off the surface in areas where it deforms too much. Either way it's gonna take some serious bootstrapping to get going up there and a whole load of stuff will need to be sent there at great costs before it becomes self sufficient.

Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman

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Spitting distance!

If you could spit on them, they are too close. There is a very good reason for the phrase "within spitting distance" and preventing the spread of diseases is it. If they are downwind then that distance is more than 2 metres. The spitting world record is 9.766 metres, so perhaps we should be keeping 10 metres apart?

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

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Idiots are everywhere

And you thought that our hoarders were the only idiots? The idiot in question published a suggestion that would endanger other peoples lives, and the company that employs him decided it didn't want to employ an idiot that liked to endanger other peoples lives, so it fired him. The sooner that the idiots of the world learn that ALL their actions have consequences, the better.

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

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Adieu Albert, et merci pour le rire. :-(

In case you want to flee this wretched Earth, 139 minor planets were spotted at the outer reaches of our Solar System. Just an FYI...

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Re: Detection

Do you think your piddly ass little nuclear bomb is going to light up the Oort cloud better than the 2x10³ºKg continuous Fusion Bomb that we call The Sun? <rotflmao>

A nearby Nova or Supernova will help, but if it's near enough we'd all be dead anyways, so nobody to observe the nice reflected light. Cheaper and easier to send some accountants or Quantity Surveyors out there and let then do their thang! <LOL>

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP

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Why unloved?

XP was a good OS in it's day. Compared to Win95/98/Me, WinNT4 Workstation and Windows 2000 Workstation, WinXP was superb. Was it secure? F*** no! Was it stable and reliable? Mostly. Was the GUI usable and easy to navigate? Yes, better than anything MS has released since. Did I love it,... no, but then I'm not the type to get all gushy about an Operating System. It's just a tool I use to do a job. Besides, it's perfectly secure if you never plug it into a network <LOL>. I have a laptop running XP that runs some software that talks to my cars multitude of ECUs. Does the job and the software version I have will not run on Win7 or 10. I suppose could buy the latest version of the software, but at £1500 I think they can take a ***ing **** off of a short pier with concrete shoes on.

Motorola bounds out the G8 with a harder, better, faster smartphone for the thrifty

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The Moto G phones seem to jump in and out of being good value for money. My 3rd Gen Moto G still works fine (Android 6, 1GB RAM) but with the Android updates to the built in apps it will soon run out of internal storage (8GB). I replaced it with a Huawei Honor 9 a couple of years ago as the current Moto G at the time was overpriced w.r.t. the Honor but when this starts to struggle the Moto G's will be in the hunt for my replacement, especially since the recent Huawei witch hunt has prevented them from using Google Play. That said, if the Huawei AppGallery carries on like it currently is, it may soon become a better option than Google Play.

Brexit Britain changes its mind, says non, nein, no to Europe's unified patent court – potentially sealing its fate

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The lawyers will be fine.

Instead of the UPC the UK will probably follow the US Patent methodology where anything can be patented (ideas, designs, art, etc.) with no burden of proof and completely ignoring any prior art or even the slightest inkling of common sense, and all disputes are sorted out in court at great expense. That way the lawyers will be able to afford Ferrari's and 2nd homes in St Tropez and only the rich/corporate will be able to afford to win. Cynical? Me?

RIP Freeman Dyson: The super-boffin who applied his mathematical brain to nuclear magic, quantum physics, space travel, and more

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RIP Freeman

Thanks for a great many insights and ideas and mind melting mathematics. It's a shame that his frail body let down his brilliant mind, but 96 is a good innings. I grew up reading of Dyson Spheres and Dyson Trees and their spin-offs (Niven Rings, Integral Trees, etc.) in SciFi.

Microsoft's Cortana turns its back on consumers as skills are stripped from Windows 10

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Re: Productivity

Just this weekend we had an Office 365 update and all my settings got reset, again. Sick to my back teeth of having to adapt to Microsoft's incessant need to fiddle with menus and layouts. I run Win 10 but thanks to Classic Shell I can at least get rid of that godawful tile based Start Menu.

The Ghost of Windows 10 Past shrinks back as Microsoft's axeman tiptoes ever closer

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Microssoft, PLEASE stop fiddling with .NET

We cannot use 1903 and 1909 with our software as once again MS broke certain functionality when they included .NET 4.8 in 1903/1909. They have a history of doing this since the release of .NET 4.5.0. When are they finally going to get rid of .NET Framework and move to something a bit more stable from version to version? Or perhaps stop changing it with every Win10 version (or every other version)? Either way, pretty soon we may well have to start developing for Linux as MS are making it more and more difficult for us to keep up with their constant incessant fiddling with .NET. Either that or else stop with the stupidly short lifespan for each version on Win10. And NO Microsoft, we are not going to auto-upgrade because every time we do you f**k something else up that we end up having to fix/work around.

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