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Apologetic Audacity rewrites privacy policy after 'significant lapse in communication'

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> Apologetic Audacity

They're not apologetic - they're audacious... mindless hypnotised automatons constantly triggered by the product name

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back

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Re: Biggest Bang Since The Big One

Sod this edge of space carp, I want all three wobblies at Eroticon 6!

In Space, No One Can Find The Zero-G Spot...

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Biggest Bang Since The Big One

...is four minutes of zero G long enough for...?

Mountains on neutron stars are not even a millimetre tall due to extreme gravity

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Re: Dragon's Egg

Rare, spectacular science fiction, and he's updated the science in reprints.

Ad tech ruined the web – and PDF files are here to save it, allegedly

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Re: Maybe

It's great the the Reg still works without JS, for however long that lasts... The internet's future looks grim.

Not only is Hubble back online after outage, it's already taking photos of the cosmos

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It'll take about the same length of time for capacitors to fail (or less) than before, if they're from the same batch.

Buyer of $28m Blue Origin space ticket has a scheduling conflict – so this teen will go instead

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STOP! BURNING! MY! OXYGEN!

Amazon is fsucked, as are we:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57839364

El Reg visits two shrines to computing history as the UK lifts coronavirus lockdown

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I sold my ZX Spectrum for £50 in 1998 but I wish I hadn't, it'd be worth £51 now

Cyberlaw experts: Take back control. No, we're not talking about Brexit. It's Automated Lane Keeping Systems

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How safe are cyclists? It's bad enough already with drivers zooming past far too close, or trying to overtake me but underestimating my speed (UK legal ebike, 250W, 15mph max cut off speed, no throttle), and ending up close to crashing into bollards or oncoming traffic. Do these systems recognise cylcists and more importantly, will they make room?

NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer

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Facepalm

It'll be a bunch of puffy capacitors. Typical.

Xiaomi parties like a winner after coming second on world smartphone sales charts

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Compared to Oneplus's support of older phones, Xiaomi is carp.

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I hate Xiaomi as much as I hate Samsung for their lack of updates. Fsucking e-waste.

Restoring your privacy costs money, which makes it a marker of class

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So did Windows CE. Ah, the innocent days...

Linux Mint 20.2 is a bit more insistent about updating but not as annoying as Windows or Mac, team promises

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Re: Linux Bloatware

Yep, I think you're right re: graphics drivers - that machine has an old ATI 5450, browser runs like a fat sausage along a sidewalk in the snow.

If some sort of Linux mafia could wave as much cash in vendor's faces as Microsoft does, Linux would be rapidly improved on the desktop... but that'll never happen. Too many flavours and factions.

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Re: Linux Bloatware

Adobe needs to join the Haiku party. It'd be impressive if they managed to with four lines of code.

Linux Mint Cinnamon was fast on first boot, glacial after a week and then I lost my mind yelled "FSUCKING LINUX BLOATWARE!!!" at it and went back to XP.

Too many Linux fanboys here... It's great for databases.

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Re: Linux Bloatware

The future looks fsucking grim. I hate the internet. Now.

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Re: Linux Bloatware

That machine is too old for Win 10 in the first place. Microsoft is disappearing into it's own asshole.

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Re: Linux Bloatware

You have TWO?!?!??!

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Re: Linux Bloatware

Core2Quad 9400, 2GB RAM, loads of hard disks. Mint was too damn slow.

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Re: Linux Bloatware

I use Firefox 52 (Core2Quad 9400) runs fine for most websites, and it runs all of my old sound programs and devices better than my Win 7 Pro i7 4790 does. XP also flies for DTP; it's firewalled and port blocked to hell. Mint a few months ago with Cinnamon was just too damn slow starting up, the browser was bloody slow, too damn slow overall. And not terribly useful, despite the huge choice of programs, most are rubbish.

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Linux Bloatware

It was slower than Windows on the same hardware, so I went back to XP.

Linux kernel sheds legacy IDE support, but driver-dominated 5.14 rc1 still grows

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My laptop runs XP from a CF card through an IDE converter I got from Maplin, when it was. Boots fast, more battery life.

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip

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QUIT!

BURNING UP MY OXYGEN

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

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Mushrooms are great whole - throw them into a pan with about half a cup of boiling water and a bit o salt, boil at as high a heat as possible, covered, for about two minutes (there should be clouds of steam venting at high pressure from under or through the lid), then uncover, add a knob of butter and reduce to fry brown while stirring. Awesome. What starts as a large mass of whole mushrooms, becomes delicious miniatures. Thank you Malliard.

Amazon Lumberyard is dead, long live the permissively licensed Open 3D Engine

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...this will be a boon for game dev in schools...

Microsoft patches PrintNightmare – even on Windows 7 – but the terror isn't over

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TPM wouldn't have prevented this at all.

Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features

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The Audicator

...it's BACK!

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Audick

Richard Branson plans to trump Jeff Bezos by 9 days in billionaires' space race

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I wouldn't mind but for the fact that they're burning up oodles of oxygen and polluting my air, much more once their "Space" ventures really take off... which wouldn't be all that bad if they were actually doing something useful, which they're not, it's merely brief tourism and a stupid waste of resources.

Euro court rules YouTube not automatically liable for users illegally uploading copyright-protected material

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Youtube is the last place anyone should post original music - it gets ripped off. I make original jingles, after a hard day's soul death working in IT... and one of my tunes, my sequence of 12 notes featured on Ridley Scott's "Raised By Wolves", Episode 5 - between 9m 53s and 10.25s. As the notes rolled out, I became more and more incredulous - I knew what note was coming next, note after note, and it didn't stop... my music continued playing at me from a TV show. It was simply sampled and stretched out to occupy more time, without altering pitch, but those are my notes in sequence and my unique instrument. So I've stopped posting new material on Youtube. Fcuking annoying. I left some narked off messages on an answering machine, because after I sent an email to Ridley Scott, his website went offline. It's too expensive to do anything about.

UK gets glowing salute from Bezos-backed General Fusion: Nuclear energy company to build plant in Oxfordshire

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Thorium reactors

...can't be weaponised, can't melt down, thorium is plentiful, cleaner (or not dirty for nearly as long):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium-based_nuclear_power

Fusion reactors are ever "10 years away", have been for decades, and will be for many more.

Inventor of the graphite anode – key Li-ion battery tech – says he can now charge an electric car in 10 minutes

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Re: There still remains......

I'm sick of waiting for fusion, thorium reactors please - plentiful, reactors are cleaner, they can't easily be weaponised. India seems to be the only country interested in developing this technology and I for one am thoroughly pissed off that VCs are chasing shiny looking fatuous fusion dreams instead - it's ever 10 years away and has been for decades. Frickin thorium already!

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...cue digging up of sea floors for lithium and other rare earths; the death of all humans not in deep bunkers or space.

Crane horror Reg reader uses his severed finger to unlock Samsung Galaxy phone

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It doesn't check for a LIVE finger? And this is why I never buy Samsung phones...

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years

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...and this is why I never buy Samsung phones or tablets. My venerable (by today's standards) OnePlus 5 received the latest android slurpware OS a couple of months ago and it runs sweeter than ever. They've even fixed the auto call recording facility.

Audacity 'scared and excited' to be bought and brought under Muse Group's roof, promises to stay free and open source

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Audacity has great potential: The only justification for a change in interface would be to facilitate easier multitracking. If it could be re-made to be as intuitive to use (and as stable and memory efficient) as Sonic Foundry's Acid, that would be ideal.

CERN boffins zap antimatter with ultraviolet lasers in the hope of revealing the secret symmetry of the universe

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Re: Definitions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z6UJbwxBZI

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Buggery is right, in the hypothetical time reversed antimatter universe

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Re: Definitions

...but will it stay inside?

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So in the hypothetical time reversed antimatter universe, things go into Uranus more often?

Facebook says dump of 533m accounts is old news. But my date of birth, name, etc haven't changed in years, Zuck

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I'm not on Faecesbook either, but my old unused email address is listed in 17 breaches - it's a good job I never use my real name, DOB, address or phone number...

Android, iOS beam telemetry to Google, Apple even when you tell them not to – study

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How much slurpage is there from LineageOS? It'd be good to know, before I overwrite the firmware...

Xiaomi scoots off to build electric cars, pumps $10bn into the tank to get things rolling

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> easier to park

...but not easier to fit in a train's luggage compartment, I bet. Useless.

So, where does Silicon Valley stand on S.230? Zuck wants 'industry best practices', Pichai demurs, Dorsey urges more Bluesky thinking

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> "What is noteworthy about Zuckerberg’s suggestion, however, is that it makes the shield contingent on company action; something that the tech industry has argued furiously against for over a decade"

...it's because they're running scared. They'll never be forgiven for the Orange one.

We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. A halo of light polarized by a gigantic black hole's magnetic field...

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Gosh I hope that the hypothetical Planet 9 really is a tiny black hole...

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft

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Re: A question

Satellite dishes could be disguised as woks

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A fight with China means a squabble at the very least, with Russia, There's no mention in the article about Russia, who could jam nearly all of the sky just by themselves - China has been steadily buying up important strategic assets all over Africa and Asia, including many ports. Between them, the can jam the whole sky.

A borked bit of code sent the Hubble Space Telescope into safe mode, revealing a bunch of other glitches

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Re: It depends...

Actually, it was a 486 Overdrive, some might remember what those are. Still are as well as were, obviously, because it's still up there. So there's at least one still working. Probably.

There was hope Samsung had turned a corner in repairability, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a step backwards

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Coat

> guitar pick

I see your point

How Facebook uses public videos to train, deploy machine-learning models and harvest those eyeballs

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Re: It's a world wide web, not your local pub.

>Big tech's arrogant and unethical behaviour is a free gift to the people they should really fear.

It won't be long before Government and Big tech are one and the same: President Zuckerturd...

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