* Posts by TeeCee

8013 posts • joined 5 Oct 2007

Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

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Re: Released into the wild

I think we can cut this one a bit of slack.

Try looking at the situation from the snake's perspective. There you are, enjoying a snooze in a quiet spot and some bastard comes along and shits on your head........

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Florida man, Chinese biz fined $48k, $35m on mobe signal jam raps

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Re: really

Well you could always turn the jammer off.

Alternatively you could just walk away 'til you get a signal. You know, like every bugger in the world does when there's no signal somewhere.

Just out of interest, why don't the networks get fined $48,000 for every "dead zone" if it's such a massive safety issue? You'd almost think that it, er, wasn't really........

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German boffins' clock drops 10 seconds in a billion-and-a-half years

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Re: Not good enough

That's no problem, you can always leave and come back earlier.

This is, of course, impossible......

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

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Ah well.

I'm sure the ad pushers will just wait until the EU rules on net neutrality.........and then sue the mobile operators up, down, backwards and sideways.

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UK eyes frikkin' Laser Directed Energy Weapon

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.....the USS Ponce

Every........bloody........time........ROFLMFAO!!11!!!

God I bet the crew of that get the piss taken unmercifully by our Navy lads when over this way. I wonder if they get hazard pay for walking around Portsmouth with "Ponce" on their hats?

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Beleaguered 123-reg customers spot price hike

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.....the biz has doubled its fees.

You'd almost think that half their customers had suddenly buggered off for some mysterious reason and they have to cover costs.......

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Lost your shirt in the MtGox Bitcoin mess? Release the Kraken!

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Re: Blockchain accounting history?

IIRC most people don't keep the entire blockchain for their Bitcoins, as it's seriously fucking huge[1].

Fortunately there exists a mechanism whereby you can avoid each Bitcoin being a virtual Triganic Pu. You can allow an exchange to handle the heavy lifting for you.

The slight snag there is that if the exchange should happen to deliberately destroylose that data, you're a bit fucked.

[1] This is the elephant in the room, only it's a lot bigger than an elephant and chewing disk space. Presumably the idea here is to ensure that, like all other currencies, real control is held by people of wealth and power.

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MITRE fighter says CVE delays are no laughing matter, names bug ROFL in branding protest

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Re: "routinely report MITRE is responsive"

.....a researcher under the spoof account Justin Timberlake managed to get a CVE number......

Well, you don't get much less recognised as a technology firm than that. An example of complex technology in that quarter would be "shoelaces".

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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To paraphrase:

Biometric authentication.....blah blah data mining....blah blah advertising.......blah blah monitoring...............oh............yes.............wait.............it does some security stuff too.

Nice to see my rather jaundiced opinion of Google's real priorities reinforced.

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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

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Re: It's flawed research ...

.....some of the listed features are probably unnecessary but certainly not all of them.

Well the obvious yardstick here is that if whatever you're doing can be done in a legacy browser without it then, by definition, it's unnecessary. Only if you have to back down and ditch important functionality to handle legacy support is necessity of the newer method indicated.

It may well be "nice to have" or "easier", but that's a long way from "necessary".

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Re: Dubious

Probably correct. Flash's original purpose was to shove more garish and attention-grabbing ads in your face, presumably SVG is designed to serve the same purpose.

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Asteroid-sampling spacecraft prepped for September launch

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.... how gravity and thermal forces will affect its future trajectory.

And of course nudging it with a robotic sampler arm. It'd be funny if that slight deflection turned out to be the difference between "very near miss" and "oops, there goes Vienna".....

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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I was on one back to LHR from BRU that felt like it had its wheels on the ground the whole way. Bloody bumpy it was.

Most people on the plane looked in fear of their lives which, when the thing's bouncing around a few tens of feet while several thousand in the air, is just silly. The only real problem caused was that the dollies were sitting down rather than serving drinks.

Everyone relaxed and normal conversation resumed as we approached LHR. Just on the perimeter we hit wind shear and lost about 150 feet at once which, since that was a very significant amount of the margin between us and the solid stuff at the time, caused me some consternation[1] although nobody else on board seemed to care.

Most passengers don't know what to be scared of.......

[1] The immediate application of "everything and the kitchen sink" in the engine department to get the thing to claw it's way to the runway by its fingernails led me to believe that the pilots weren't exactly happy either.

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HD and SSD Prices not declining - why ?

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Re: How to Recover Dissertation writing Files from Storage device?

EaseUS Data Recovery has always managed to reconstruct as much as possible from thoroughly cacked flash storage for me (quite often producing several versions of anything updated thereon)[1].

As others have said, vital to keep a copy on less volatile storage. Also consider formatting your USB stick as NTFS rather than one of the FAT derivatives before use, as that way you have some error tolerance in there.

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

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WTF?

“hypersonic aero-thermo dynamic characterization of winged re-entry body along with autonomous mission management to land at a specified location and characterization of hot structures are planned to be demonstrated.”

Erm.......Bingo!

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

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Re: Great! Now how about never resetting Forms unnecessarily...

So some bunch of massive fuckwits have come up with a set of rules that even a drooling moron would spot as stupid and people are implementing them?????

Had one the other day where three other fields reset (two being the password and its copy) if the input wasn't accepted. The input was more than a screenful. Trying to get all three correctly populated and the captcha correct, all at the same time, proved entertaining.

(For a given value of "entertaining" that involves being reduced to desperately wanting to track down a particular web monkey and kick twelve buckets of shit out of him.)

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Three UK: Our MMS prices are up. Get around us with WhatsApp or Skype

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Re: This is tragic

Also remember here that the US has a quaintly archaic system that still charges the recipient for messages. So, while it may cost less to send them, I'd be entirely unsurprised to find that when you add the costs at both ends together it suddenly isn't as cheap as it would seem on first look.

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

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Hmm.

IMHO, the best thing to happen to mobile devices since their original inception was touchscreen input being made practical on the original iPhone, allowing a big screen without screwing up usability.

Or, in other words, this thing really sucks.

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Sky! Blue!, Oceans! Wet!, Yahoo! Overvalued!

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Re: All things come to an end

Death by bean-counting. Ouch!

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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The EU.

Pointless legislation brought to you by hideously overpaid, chair-polishing cunts.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Re: A380 ugly?

There is a very obvious problem with Boeing's "Hub and spoke is sooo over" strategy that led to the 787.

You try working out how many flights are required to go point-to-point from everywhere to everywhere else. There's a very good reason why commercial aviation went hub and spoke in the first place (even when all planes were small ones).

Apparently Boeing still wonder why the 380 sells, having done all the research to prove that big aircraft were dead before Airbus even started the 380 project. All this shows is that you can prove black is white in a business case........

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Re: The A380 isn't ugly

Just as spectacular from the inside as well. I was upper deck, over the wing when I got on in Dubai and I recall looking out across an aluminium peninsular and thinking: "Bloody hell! Is that really one of our engines all the way over there?".

Some hours later, waking up to sunlight, it was like being in a cathedral in the sky. The word "enormous" seemed inadequate.

Rating: 10/10 - would fly on bloody huge plane again.

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Reavers! Google patent would affix pedestrians to car hoods

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Hmm

Is there something that Google are not telling us about their AI systems?

Just trying to work out why self-driving cars would need the ability to stick hunting trophies on the front.....

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Cryptxxx shipwrecked: Laughing white hats shred latest ransomware

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Try harder.

What's missing here is Kaspersky really rubbing it in. So a PR like this should read something like; "Yet again, the genius lads at Kaspersky labs have pwned the pathetic little skiddie faggots behind Cryptxxx."

It's all about reputation down in the sewer.........

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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

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Re: The Diff

Actually by all the legislation and rules defining such, Snowdon was a traitor.....

Just 'cos lots of people happen to appreciate the leaks doesn't magically make him not so.

As for surveillance being illegal, if the Russian government gave a flying fuck about the legalities of their actions, that might begin to mean something.....

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Re: "Trusted"

So actually very like Android then?

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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Re: Google catches up to Apple, while Microsoft trails the pack

Edge does not support plugins, but has a heavily-sandboxed implementation of Flash built-in. That'll be what's updating.

The fact that it does update like that proves it's the internal MS version. Look on the bright side, if you were using the official Adobe version she'd have had Chrome and the Google toolbar installed on the qt as well.

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: Have to ask...

According to someone I know who works for BAT, they do very nicely out of e-cigarettes.

Where do you think the nicotine comes from, the nicotine fairies? They don't give a rat's arse whether you smoke or vape their product, as long as you buy it.

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Ofcom serves up an extra helping of airwaves for Wi-Fi

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Easy one.

NTE and thus Router one side of front door. Computer in a room on the other. No inclination to destroy floor coverings and rip up floorboards, which is the only possible way to get any sort of cable from A to B.

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Re: PR spin

Try having the router or AP in a different room. 5GHz goes through brick walls in much the same way as mice do[1].

It's fucking useless for any application other than direct LOS from client to access point.

[1] Really bloody slowly......

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Aussie wedges spam javelin in ring spanner

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WTF?

Odd really, as over here a box spanner is a completely different beast to a ring spanner.

Hopefully that should clarify things.

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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In my experience, most blokes use their dick for conducting illicit affairs.

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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...really big ball of Blu-tak, which can collect all the small debris.

You're trying to get someone to build a Katamari, aren't you?

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Jokes of no more than 2 lines

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And now, the news.

Police have arrested a Cornish / Italian muslim man and are holding him under prevention of terrorism provisions.

When arrested he was carrying a rucksack containing a pasty and antipasti.

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Meanwhile, in the real world.....

estimate..........comes in at $6bn....

Add 10 years and another 12bn for the NIMBY planning objections, protests, court cases, removing crusty tossers from construction sites, etc ad nauseum.

The days when you could build a railway and actually have people be fucking grateful for it are, sadly, long gone.

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Compression tool 7-Zip pwned, pain flows to top security, software tools

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Re: Not an install-over-the-top program.

Mine didn't complain. Just installed over the top of the previous version with no restart required.

I suspect the key here may be if you are using one of the AV products that uses it. That'll be running in the background and the 7-zip installer won't have the necessary privilege to stop and restart it. Hence the necessity for a full restart.

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UK.gov pays four fellows £35k to do nothing for three months

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Re: Pause for thought

Oh you can't beat a Project Approval board for delaying tactics.

You plan a project and work out that it's going to take n months and cost x.

Three iterations of the Project Approval board later, when it finally gets approved, you have n - 3 months to do it in and x - ${large_random_number} to do it with.

You can always spot a good Project Manager. At the drop of a hat he can trot out a perfectly believable and yet entirely fictional set of reasons why his project is over both time and budget, without once mentioning the Project Approval board.....

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Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

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Eh?

Surely these days the forum of choice for massive arseholes is Twitter?

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Prince of pop trash PerezHilton pwned, visitors hit with cryptxxx

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WTF?

Now I'm confused.

Normally I'm of the opinion that the sort of person who compromises sites to serve up malware should be nailed to the cross and have their goolies blowtorched.

In this case I can't help thinking they should get an award for single-handedly raising the global index of good taste by a noticeable amount.....

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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...how they present that elegantly...

Michelin tread patterns......

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Cyber-moolah boss gets 20 years' porridge for money laundering

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Tumbleweeds R us.

No, he can't serve his time in Second Life

Of course not. Solitary confinement for an entire sentence counts as "cruel and unusual"......

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Google-backed Yieldify has acquired IP from ‘world’s biggest patent troll’

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IIV/Google, do something "not evil" with this patent!

Define "evil". Remember here that, in Google-land, providing you with a more comprehensive advertising experience is on a par with luxury soft-centred chocolates and fluffy kittens on the scale of eviltude.

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Facebook image-tagging to be tested in Californian court

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....something the judge described as “unpersuasive”.

I reckon that's legalese for "utter bullshit".

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ww2 airplane geek? ever wondered about mach 1 w props?

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Re: ww2 airplane geek? ever wondered about mach 1 w props?

Hmm.

Messerschmidt 163 "Komet" pilots probably did go supersonic, but they had the right rocket powered, ogee-winged and tailless aircraft for the job. Unlike the spitfire pilots (and for that matter Yaeger himself), who had to deal with ramming the wrong design through the sound barrier courtesy of brute force and ignorance.

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Hey, YouTube: Pay your 'workers' properly and get with the times

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Re: "it pays out something far more valuable than money: attention"

Of course Google are going to think that attention is worth its weight in gold.

Getting people to pay attention[1] is the holy grail in their business, it's the rest of the world that doesn't give a fish's tits....

[1] To adverts. Obviously.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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Re: Oh so true (the water feature)

Jesus, you guys are so overthinking this one!

Stick a bloody bucket under the drip and ignore it until it's convenient to do something about it.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Re: "We are the engineers"

But this guy decided he wanted an argument instead.

That's not an argument, that's abuse. Presumably arguments are done by different people in a different building....

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Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber

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Re: I'd kick in

Nah. That won't even buy the platinum trowel it's applied with.

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Insurance article

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Re: Insurance article

Hmm, missed that the first time round. If I'm reading that right, the idea is to insure against being sued into bankruptcy 'cos your advice was shit?

If that's actually a legal possibility, how come the likes of McKinsey and Accenture are still in business? Their PI premiums must be astronomical.

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It's 2016 and now your internet-connected bathroom scales can be hacked

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WTF?

Wrong stress in article.

Embarrassingly simple vuln in IoT device is on a par news-wise with the sun coming up, bears crapping in woods and such.

The fact that the object in question can be updated and a patch has been issued? That one's way into "well, fuck me backwards" levels of surprise.

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