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Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead Worstall @ the Weekend  As is ever the case, by the time squares have caught on to the value of whatever hipsters have been doing this week, the latter are off doing something else entirely. Much the same happens with economic fashions: it takes time for those not actually involved in the subject to grok to what the cool kids are saying and by the time they do actually grasp it it's all entirely out of date.…

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Hm. Do optimists really have more fun? QuoTW  Google researchers came clean about a nasty little security vulnerability they discovered in SSL 3.0 this week, though not before El Reg first caught wind of it.…

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43mpg from a Jaguar XJ-S Crawling from the Wreckage  Cars are mass-produced consumer products sold to users who mostly know very little about them. They are optimised to make a profit for the manufacturer, so low build cost is paramount for most manufacturers – which automatically excludes many design and engineering ideas that would raise efficiency. John Watkinson has been busy in the garage and applied those concepts to his own vehicle and found that they work.…

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Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing eXpat Files  Welcome once again to The eXpat files, our Vulture Weekend feature in which readers who've well and truly left the nest explain what it's like to ply their technological trade in another land.…

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We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already TV Review  El Reg's resident Doctor Who fans – Brid-Aine Parnell, Gavin Clarke and Jennifer Baker – have come together to discuss the plot of tonight's episode, Flatline.…

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Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew! Facebook's security bods routinely trawl public "paste" sites for email addresses and passwords stolen from its users, as part of an effort to outfox wrongdoers trying to hack into personal data on the free content ad network.…

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Fiery star's hidden depths probed by astro boffins Vid  …

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The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat Apple has quietly removed Bose headphones from its stores, following a noise-cancelling patent dispute that Cupertino settled with the music tech company last week.…

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iTouch myself, so Cupertino IDs me Fanbois can now pre-order Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 online, after Cupertino unveiled its latest fondleslabs on Thursday.…

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Tune in for this week's top stories, pre-recorded at Vulture Central Vid  Youtube Video…

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Time for users to HIT self-destruct button permanently? Snapchat has begun serving up adverts to its willy-waving, boob-jiggling users in the US.…

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Forget the character - concentrate on the PLOT ... against YOUR freedom Review  There is no subtlety in the political stance of Laura Poitras, which makes Citizenfour a completely one-sided documentary. Yet oddly enough, this bias doesn’t detract from the power of the film that covers a week in a Hong Kong hotel bedroom, during which Edward Snowden reveals himself and the extent of the NSA’s cyber-surveillance to Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and fellow Guardian journalist Ewen MacAskill.…

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Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut Page File  Anyone who’s read Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen, a searingly bleak and intricate fantasy series, will be bitterly disappointed with Willful Child (and yes, pedants, that is how he spells it).…

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This organic crowd sourced viro- social fertiliser just got REAL #VultureTRENDING  We here at #VultureTRENDING are quite literally shitting in our pants with excitement over the latest app startup to take the internet by storm - Ploppr!…

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And we also have stroppy teenagers saving the world Page File  Phil Strongman joins El Reg bookworm Mark Diston to review the pick of publishing this week. Neil Young's second autobiography is more, much more than cars and girls, while the nation's omnipresent telly scientist Brian Cox offers insights to our origins. Also, James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton team up for the first time for a teen adventure fantasy that's already been snapped up by Hollywood.…

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Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs There is no techie angle to this competition, so we're not going to pretend there is. Everyone loves chocolate, though, so who cares?…

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Honestly, it’s a piece of piss Something for the Weekend, Sir?  When you have to go, you have to go. And when you do, don’t rush it otherwise you can end up with damp socks… as my father-in-law discovered during a hurried slash-and-dash in a not-so-lonely lay-by one night.…

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Beep, beep the foot is reversing from the mouth, beep beep Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who earlier this month made astonishingly sexist comments to a room full of women, has decided its about time to make his workforce more diverse.…

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Commission examines plans to add new spectrum room The FCC is opening up an investigation into a possible new class of wireless broadband services which could improve mobile network performance and reliability in the US.…

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Robbers could target your wallet and your fingers MasterCard and Norwegian biometrics firm Zwipe have announced the first fingerprint-activated credit card that the firms hope will replace signatures and PINs.…

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674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle The US Air Force has confirmed that its X-37B spacecraft designated Orbital Test Vehicle 3 has glided back to Earth and landed a0 0924 PT (1724 UTC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base.…

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Celeron added to line-up .... but it's not the top of the line Score another point for Chipzilla in its quest for relevance in the mobile market: Samsung has announced a new, low-cost Chromebook that's powered by an Intel processor.…

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Brings POODLE to heel While the world+dog was distracted by all the shiny new iThings Tim Cook was showing off on Thursday, Apple quietly pushed out patches for 150 CVE-issued bugs in its server and desktop operating systems and the iTunes media player.…

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Lighten wallets, expand pants A retailer in China has found a novel way to accommodate the added dimensions of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus – adjust customers' pants* to fit the large handset.…

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Includes Android 5.0 system images for Nexus kit Android 5.0 "Lollipop" won't ship to the public for a couple more weeks, but Google has tossed developers a bone by releasing the final SDK and system images for select Nexus devices ahead of launch.…

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