* Posts by Bob Wheeler

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NASA dismisses asteroid apocalypse threat

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I guess I shold ...

book my holiday for before the 15th then?

I don't wont to loose out on my entitlement.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Re: Does anyone know... @Timmy B

Being stonge minded, or as I would phrase it having the right 'mind-set' is vital to giving up smoking.

It is the same with any other addiction, until your get into that 'mind-set' to give up booze, drugs, gambling, smoking, you won't give up,

The key aspect is MAINTAINING that mind-set over a long period to stey not smoking.

And I speak as a twice ex-smoker - I gave up for 18 years and then went back.

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Re: Does anyone know...

Some years ago, a chap in the office started using a e-cig. for me, (a smoker at the time) it had a very negative affect seeing 'smoke' being puffed.

So I would hazzard a guess that it stops the psychological impact on smokers, from seeing someone vaping, especially on long haul flights.

What most non-smokers don't understand is how hard giving up smoking is. Nicotine is just about the most addicitive chemical there is.

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

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QOTW?

"And the problem it is supposed to prevent is not a problem "

This applies to just about every aspect of my working life :(

The problem now is that I just need to find my coat.

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

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Never mind using shotguns...

I'm going to get me some eagles.

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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WTF?

WTF?

"He will be very unhappy if the conclusion is that he is the winning party here, he doesn’t see it like that at all: he wants to clear his name."

Then why not go to Sweeden and clear your name?

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Popping the Tesla S bonnet – to reveal SIX NEW FLAWS

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I guess ...

as Tesla is a new ground-up car maker, as oppossed to the old school GM, Ford's of the world they can, and indeed need to take a radically different approach to software security.

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MoD splashes £1.5bn on 10-year IT deal to 'keep pace with threats'

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Re: What baffles me is

I suspect the sad truth is yes, it does have that number of civil service types to suport the folks at the sharp end. Around 1:1 ratio

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Jeep hackers broke DMCA, says EFF, and that's stupid

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"to better secure their wheels "

Is this for trips to Liverpool?

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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@Vic Re: A start, but...

Th sharpen their attention,the Directors and managers that signed off the 'bad' design/implantation are personally libel jointly along with the company.

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

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Didn't he run a brewery?

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Silly Question Time

An awesome engineering monument.

I've always wanted to know how concrete sets under water?

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Re: As I've commented previously

Going into BRS mode.....

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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

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WIN10 Compatibility Checker

A little while ago, I downloaded the MS Win10 compatibility exe.

After letting the utility run, all it came back with is “x number of applications on your PC will not work with WIN10”

The trouble being it did not give me the list of the which applications on my machine would not work. If it had, then I could have had something I could work on getting upgrades/replacements or discard etc.

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US yoinks six Nigerians to Mississippi on '419 scam' charges

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Crime across boarders

I'm not legal expert but it the question I suspect has to boil down to 1) victim is in the USA 2) perpetrator is in Nigeria. So where is the crime committed?

I would guess, if the 'victim' wants justice, then that is where the trail should take place.

However, the tag 419, comes from the Nigerian penal code for this type of crime.

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How many top-level domains are there now? 300? 500? No, it's 1,000

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I've always wondered...

Why has .com been used(abused) when many shoud be .co.us.

I can only consider truly global companies should be allowed to use the .com TLD.

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'Real' vampires reluctant to 'come out of the coffin' to social workers – barmy prof

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WTF?

Wha....

people get paid for doing this stuff?

Where do I sign up for this kind of work.

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Smart Meter biz case still there, insists tragically optimistic UK govt

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How many times ....

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has the excuse of "used different accounting methodology" been used?

I've seen it twice in the last few days here on El Reg alone (Universal Credits Project I think was the other one??).

I mean, when looking at these schemes/projects that total £xxBN, can there be that many different ways to count money spent, and add on money to be spent?

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I know I'm being simplistic, but this is becoming a very tired and overused excuse.

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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Alien

Isn't alien slime....

just one evolutionary step away from politicians?

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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WTF?

Even if..

France did grant him asylum, how does he think he will be able to travel to France without stepping onto British soil, and therefore get nabbed by Dixon of Dock Green waiting outside?

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Wikipedia: YES! we’ve SAVED the INTERNET again!

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I've saved the Internet

It's called a bookmark......

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Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...

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@Siv "and brings you into the 21st Century"

I've been in the 21st Century for the last 15 years, are you surgesting that MS is only now catching up?

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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AI is hard

How do you define an algorithm to describe a chair, something to sit on. Is that algorithm good enough to correctly distinguish a dining table chair, a stool, sofa, a park bench?

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How do we train the next generation of data centre wranglers?

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"Manchester Encoding"

Oh my, Oh my, tip of the hat for that one. Manchester Encoding was the best, it only lost out due to the greed of some company that shall remain nameless.

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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

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Memories

I had a BBC Master, complete with 80186 co-pro which allowed me to run MS DOS programs faster than the IBM PC and IBM XT machines I used at work! Greast bit of kit.

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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A simple method

Either it is Beer O'clock, or it's not and I can go back to sleep. What more do you need form any time system?

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Re: Technocodger

There is one in every IT office, they sit quietly in the corner. Have you noticed how they never break sweat, no matter how loud the management shouts, they never rush. They don't need to because the Technocodger just knows.........

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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1066 and all that

Umm, that would have been the Normans, not the French.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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What about No. 6?

I am not a number, I am a free man

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From TV

I'd go for Dexter, fomr the show of the same name.

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

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Re: Oh crap!

Genua had once controlled the river mouth and taxed its traffic in a way that couldn't be called piracy because it was done by the city government.

-- Local-body politics explained

(Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad)

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Version 0.1 super-stars built the universe – and they lived all the way over there, boffins point

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Re: God is bigger than the Bible

In fact, no gods anywhere play chess. They prefer simple, vicious games, where you Do

Not Achieve Transcendence but Go Straight to Oblivion; a key to the understanding of

all religion is that a god's idea of amusement is Snakes and Ladders with greased rungs.

-- (Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters)

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EU: Explain your tax affairs. Google, Amazon, Facebook: Mmm... nah

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Re: Get a life

Not quite. This panel may well heavily influence tax policies in the EU for the next few years. But the issue of internataional tax is dealt with at International Law & Trade treaties level.

I suspect that when a lot of this was done back in the day when international trade involved selling cars, or food, or raw products (coal, steel) etc around the world rather than thse more intangiable 'electronic goods'

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Spanish TV journo leaves subordinates cowering after verbal shoeings

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Re: "In response, CLMTV said: ..."

The best defence is offence, or should that be offensive defence? Just aksing like.. :)

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Industrial Wi-Fi kit has hard-coded credentials

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Re: Unfortunately not

"b) They will just send it back as it's not broken as per specification"

However if they have used the word SECURE, at least once in their advertising or the specification, then......

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Glass door to the ancient past FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Rock-boffin?

What next, a Rock-Chick Boffin?

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Why did Snowden swipe 900k+ US DoD files? (Or so Uncle Sam claims)

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A large Quantity of documents...

One thing that strikes me is the big numbers being thrown around, 900,000 documents, 1.7 million etc.

How long does it take to read that number of documents, let alone fully digest.understand what they talking about, and then decide if they should be published?

If you take the 900k number,

At one page per document, and a reading time of 30 seconds per page that still takes just shy of 4 working years (8 hours per day, 5 days per week, 48 weeks per year)

given that the 'interesting' documents are morel ikly to be a lot longer than 1 page, you do the maths!

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: A little damage was enough

If (a big if) I remember correctly, with operation Black Buck, the logisitics of setting a rolling relay of in-flight refueling points, where the tankers had to be refuled in mid flight, to refuel the Vulcan's (I think there where two on the mission??) was mind blowing.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

I always wondered how the hell the F104 Starfighter could fly with it's very stubby wings.

Mind you, if I remember correctly there were an awful lot of accidents with the F104.

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

At one air show I went to (late 70's) a Vulcan flew down the runway at 200/300 ft then the pilot pulled the stick back so far that it looks like it was standing on it's tail. The afterburners were lit up and the ground shook as the Vulcan went up veritcally.

God it was a beautiful sight and sound!!!!!

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

I think the same was said about the Vulcan as well.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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An old Saying

Vote early and vote oftern.

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Apple Watch: Exactly how many vids does it take to teach a fanboi to tell the time?

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“raise your wrist” to see a message

Many years ago, I has a 1974 Vauxhall Viva, in the owners manual, to said

"to increase the ventalation in the car, wind down the window"

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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Re: Bloat Law a.k.a. Gate's Curse

"....640KB (of RAM) is more then enough for anyone...."

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Did he get the idea from...

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=19980523&mode=classic

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Re: Come on guys

Got to say, therre have been many times over the years I want'ed to throw a server or ten out of the 3rd floor window.

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In some ways, dating apps are the anti-internet

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Paris Hilton

What I read...

"A male boss will both crap anywhere and wave his willy at any- and everyone"

I need my eyes testing......

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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FAIL

Why?

Can't Hollywood find any good scripts to churn out into a film?

I mean, honestly, well will this translate into audiance numbers?

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Your home automation things are a security nightmare

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Who is this product aimed at?

"MyQ Garage (an Internet interface to garage door systems)"

Why on god's green earth does anyone need an internet interface to their garage door?

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Google open-sources Santa Claus

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a fictional fatty?

Say it ain't ture!!!!!!!!!!

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