* Posts by TeeCee

7198 posts • joined 5 Oct 2007

Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

Presumably somewhere there's an enormous mountain made of billions of tons of lard, caused by the trend for low-fat food products....

Hmmm. I wonder if you can ski on lard.

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This one weird trick deletes any YouTube flick in just a few clicks

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"utter havoc"?

Bit OTT with the hyperbole there methinks.

"Withdrawal symptoms amongst ADD-afflicted YouBoob addicts" is probably closer to the truth.

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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Re: Surely the wreck of the Belgrano will stop it?

What would put the kibosh on that one is the obligatory "Wreck of Belgrano FOUND ON MOON!!11!!" story that must be running somewhere today.

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UK's National Museum of Computing celebrates 10 glorious years

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Ah yes, ARM.

That'll be thing the thing that utterly dominates the mobile world, yes? And of course, most of the pundits reckon mobile devices will kill off everything else[1]. Most countries would cut off their left nut for a slice of that.

[1] It doesn't matter who says this or how often, it's still bollocks.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

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Re: You want difficult?

A watch collector and specialist I know has a Rolex that keeps good time. It's a fake he bought as such in Italy and has an Eterna movement in it, or: "A far better movement than bloody Rolex ever fitted" as he put it.

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

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Re: If you think that is bad....

There is one thing worse than a rat's nest of Twinax to tidy up.

A rat's nest of Twinax that's had two boxes of laser printer toner emptied over it.....

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Re: 'The more computers you have, the more cables you need'

And IBM Type 1 was real man's cable, unlike this weedy UTP stuff.

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EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking

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Re: Probably a question for Mr Orlowski

Why indeed.

Note that one of the few European companies actually turning out content that's natively in English (i.e. going head-to-head with the American suppliers) is the BBC. Which does quite nicely out of US sales.

You have to suspect that the usual French paranoia over "Anglo-Saxon cultural imperialism" is at the root of this somewhere.

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Re: Irrelevant and unhelpful?

Yes it is.

Unless of course your supply of well-stuffed brown envelopes comes from the TV companies, in which case it isn't.

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Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

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And what's definately between Baidu and everywhere else that could easily do this to all passing traffic?

The Great Firewall of China.

There goes the last of the doubt as to who's doing this. If they weren't such a PITA you'd have to laugh at the Chinese government for being repeatedly so shit at misdirection.

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Don't listen to me, I don't know what I'm talking about – a pundit speaks

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Ah yes.

Well I worked out quite some time ago that the industry analysts' crystal balls are no more accurate than mine is.

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

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Simpler.

Ditch the landing engines, rotating mounts 'n such and just drive the thing into it front end first. There's sweet Fanny Adams by way of gravity involved when approaching an object that size, so the attitude control thrusters should be able to ensure that no more than a gentle bump is felt.

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Re: Nah! What we really need is...

Yes. The 1999 that actually turned up was rather disappointing for that reason.

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Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

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you cloud also mention

You work for HP and ICMFP.

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Re: "before those persistent helium molecules find a way through"

I'm guessing that the reason there is not what happens to the balloon itself, but because driving to where you want to launch the thing with a tank of pressurised Hydrogen in your vehicle has a whole can of worms around permits, vehicle labelling, where you can and cannot go and such associated with it.

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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

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Re: half truth statistics coming from Secunia.

Define "unpatched".

What's the maximum allowable time between reporting and a patch being issued before you hang the "unpatched" label on it? You have to allow some, unless the developers have a time machine[1].

You probably need to vary that by fix complexity to keep everyone on their toes, so that needs a definition as well.

[1] Not the "unfair advantage to Apple" sort, the other one.

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EXPOSED: Google, Obama caught doing it once a week

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Re: Stupid Question

Oh, I dunno. They only wanted to make a shitload of cash.

I'll take corporate greed over megalomania any day when it comes to who pulls the levers of power.

As for not starting a war, when your endgame's world domination rather than profit you have to be a tad more subtle than that to win.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Meh!

Makes no odds what gadgets they pile onto the PoS, whether I want them or not. I'll not consider a ruddy Ford until they change their seats for something suitable for those of us who aren't raving masochists.

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Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed

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eleven years and a little over two weeks to make the distance

Now that may not sound very fast for a marathon, but you have to remember that on Mars that's a New World Record!!11!!

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Hmmm....

Nope. The angle I was looking for was:

Pyrrhic victory = cacking yourself over in winning.

Pyrrhic Defeat = cacking yourself over and still losing....

i.e. The sort of strategy where all the opposition needs to do to ensure victory is buy popcorn and enjoy the show.

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Hmmm....

Does that mean that there is now such a thing as a Pyhrric Defeat?

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EU creative collection agencies want YouTube et al to pay their wages

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no pan-Europe licensing or the Americans will take over

U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!

'Cos somebody needs to open that can of worms and tip out the contents and if this bunch of pillocks won't......

Proof, as if it were required, that the EU regards the original Treaty of Rome as something of an inconvenience these days: 'Free movement of goods and services' remember?

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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Does it matter?

Let's face it, revenue from gTLDs has got to whatever it is from a starting point of, er, absolutely bugger all.

Does the amount of free money being trousered actually matter?

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Re: Even more URL's

Except of course that there used to be a "Where's the IT angle" icon.

The Paris icon was introduced for Paris related stuff and of course the "Jesus, even bloody Paris would get that" option, now a path less well trodden due to the slaphead icon.

Not to mention it's also handy just about anything internet / sex / leak related.....

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Silk Road seller 'blew through all that money using drugs and going to strip clubs'

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Distraction?

No, no, no. Killer robots are not a distraction, distraction robots are a distraction.

Killer robots are the ones that sneak up and kill you while you're distracted.

One of the greatest strengths of machine kind. Specialisation unto perfection.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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there would be no continuous monitoring under this system

Yes of course. Some sort of additional statutory rubber stamp will be required to implement that later.

As for disabling / pulling bats / whatever, watch for that being a test failure as soon as possible. Or "yet another complicated bit of mandatory and expensive cruft[1] to fail and ensure that the car fails to exceed its planned 7 year life by too much" as we like to call such.

[1] Incidently, the German car manufacturers just love expensive mandatory cruft. It ensures that small cars are significantly more expensive than they should be, while big ones are only slightly more expensive (%age of cost), This levels the playing field for large and profitable Krautwagen. Guess who dictates EU auto policy.....?

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

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Try ordering something from Germany. Their postage rates make Royal Mail look cheap as chips.

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo good to go after six-week recovery effort

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Re: "reached its desired orbit."

<Ker-thwack!> (nail on head sound).

Good old-fashioned Gaullist dogma. Send a "screw you" message to the Americans, whatever the cost to you.

Terribly nice of us all to pay for this monumental bureaucratic white elephant while already having our pips squeezed due to massive fiscal incompetence by the EU.

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"reached its desired orbit."

The rest of the article would seem to suggest that what it's actually reached is an orbit that sort of does well enough in a pinch but is nowhere near what was wanted.

The Galileo project is to rocket science[1] what the Keystone Kops are to law enforcement.

[1] Bugger all science value, bugger all commercial drive and now they can't get the things in the right place. Still the chair warming coterie of gravy train riders in Brussels feel more important, so it meets its core goal.

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UK government says goodbye sat navs, hello Xbox, e-cigs and Spotify

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Well, no arsehole's shopping basket anyway.

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Really?

partly because many drivers now navigate using smart phones

I hear that some people like to burn their own nipples with lit cigarettes as well, presumably there's a correlation somewhere in there.

I reckon the "car comes with it built in" reason is the real one, as even the crappiest built in beats peering at a phone screen on a wobbly generic mount, only to find that your 3G connection has died for the 50th time in the last ten minutes and the turning three back was the one you wanted.

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Diablo fingered in offensive ASCII art trial doc shock

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Ah. You must have missed it a few years ago when Her Majesty's Government shipped a load of redacted docs as PDFs.

Copy 'n paste as text sans formatting into your Word Processor of choice and presto, instant de-redaction. None of yer fancy fannying around with contrast 'n such required there. The example in this article is, by comparison to the efforts of our Civil Servants, the work of intellectual colossi.

Paris, someone else who knows all about secrets getting out over teh intatoobs.

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Faux ‪pro-IS Facebook‬ shot down within hours of launch

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"cats with Kalashnikovs"

Presumably also "Cats that don't look anything at all like the Prophet Mohammed. Honest. We really mean it.".

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

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120 years.

Or "240 people will do it in six months if you give us a fuckton of extra cash" as whichever mob is building this will undoubtably point out.

There must be a reason why that never actually works......

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Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

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Re: Does her dress have breast pockets?

Well, I suppose she's got to keep 'em in something.....

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Gemalto: NSA, GCHQ hacked us – but didn't snatch crucial SIM keys

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On the other hand......

The attacks therefore "could not have resulted in a massive theft of SIM encryption keys."

So they found the deliberate traces left by the decoy operation then?

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Re: Why are you even diagnosing this lappy?

Yup, that was my immediate reaction.

I always wipe and do a clean install for home machines. Not doing it as a matter of course for anything to be connected to a corporate network......well......words fail me.

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Seven months of Basil Brush on YouTube: Er, boom boom?

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Re: Not so bad

Sue.

And with all these trademarked names being bandied around here, somebody probably will.

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Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy: Hands-on gizmo-packed motoring

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Oh dear

Renault + Loads of complicated and expensive electrical gizmos = Disaster looking for a place to happen. Not the sort of thing you'd want to go near once the warranty has expired.

Even today on the generic auto forums you'll find that about one post in four is along the lines of "electrical fault in ${French_car}".

Since the EU forced the move from pump timing to electronic injection, even the diesels aren't the reliable workhorses they used to be. Kiss of death was making electrical cruft like airbags, motorised seats and electronic stability control an MOT failure.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Colour me surprised!

It is sort of their job, after all.....

If they really have managed to nab the things without anyone noticing[1], that's a bloody good day's work in that business.

If you don't like the idea of being spied on, probably best not to have a shedload of spies on the public payroll[2]. As for the "Aha, but they broke the rules" complaint, breaking rules is also an important part of the job, so don't act all surprised when you find that some of the ones they broke weren't the ones you wanted them to.

[1] Also in the job description.

[2] Also, now it's open knowledge that this can be and has been done, anyone thinking that only the US and UK have this information should probably have their bumps felt.

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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My, what a surprise!

Not just government, happens everywhere.

If you let individual units build web bits for themselves, you end up with a lot of cheapish, simple, yet highly functional pages[1] that are tailored to individual requirements. Trouble is they don't match and integrate seamlessly, which the web guru and PR types really hate.

If you put all your web shit under one unit you end up with something that has consistant look 'n feel, navigation and such throughout, is very pretty to look at, but costs a bomb and is utterly f***ing useless.

The government does seem to have wasted more cash doing the latter than most do though.

[1] In all the documents used in the second strategy, these are now called "portals".

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Funny. I'd have thought they'd have done my bloody flying car before getting around to this sort of thing.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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I guess that 'Many >= 70' is the answer here.

I'm hoping it's more '>' than '='.........

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

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Re: Crystals

Is the Krackpot Weirdo a recognised SI unit?

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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Ever seen a test of eyewitness identification? (Fake crime, take statements from unsuspecting witnesses, use those who reckon they got a good look for lineup / mugshot ID).

Makes automated facial recognition look ruddy infallible by comparison. If you really must have a fucked up method of identifying people, the one that's not admissible as evidence strikes me as preferable.

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Can't afford a BMW or Roller? Just HACK its doors open!

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Re: Mini, a luxury car?

As you might have guessed I do not like the new "Mini"

Hear hear!

For a start it's not a Mini. It's a fairly ordinary small/medium car that happens to be vaguely Mini shaped[1]. If you want to have a look at what Alex Issigonis would have probably built as a replacement, have a look at a Daithatsu Cuore VII. It's like a roadgoing TARDIS for use of space.

Also, if you look at what Daihatsu did to that later to make the Trevis (Europe only, not UK) you'll see that they were perfectly well aware of what they were doing.

[1] Apart from most of the sinfully fugly niche models developed from it, which have even given that up.

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Re: Upgrading to use https?

Kind of surprised that BMW got caught by this though as they're usually much better.

They'll be very pleased to hear that their bullshittingadvertising is still having the desired effect.

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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Re: @skelband

Rather amusingly, the one set of taxes that are pretty much designed for the rich to avoid are the cuddly climate ones. It's the rich who can afford that new hybrid or electric vehicle (or both for that matter), it's the rich who can afford to cover their mansions with solar panels to the extent that the rest of us pay for their power use, etc ad nauseum.

You have to suspect that it's the usual suspects behind all this crap and it's the eco-Nazis dancing to their tune rather than the sceptics.

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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Great!

Now all we need is a service capable of sustaining 500 megabits to the entire BT client base to download from.....

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Lizard Squad gang moves from PlayStation, Xbox Live attacks to Tor

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Aha!

claimed it was testing out an alleged zero-day vulnerability in the Tor service

So it's all a cunning plan then:

1) Run a load of DDOS scripts to screw over a couple of high-profile services.

2) Wait until tabloid press / TV screams about "hackers".

3) Talk cryptic bollocks about scary vulns wot only you know about.

Presto, script kiddy to l33t hax0r in three simple steps. It's what every sad little wanker wants for Christmas.

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