* Posts by Graham Dawson

1778 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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@BurnT'offering Re: Says i don't want to bother shaving

There is this amazing new device called a "shower".

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

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Re: Bunch of tosspots

I have already encountered people unironically describing themselves as "devout" pastafarians. People are starting to treat it as a legitimate set of beliefs and a religion, which I find amusing as all hell because they're exactly the sort of uncritical crowd-followers that the whole thing was originally created to mock.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: Apologies in advance to all Christians......

Not parasitism; the new roman coverts to Christianity retained their old holy days and customs for convenience, which is why there is a clear descent of the Pope (pontifex maximus, the civil administrator of the combined roman cults, was a title often held by the emperor), holy days such as saturnalia/Christmas, and the whole ecclesiastical hierarchy from the religious institutions of imperial Rome. Given those customs broadly match all across Europe it isn't surprising that local cultures would adopt a similar syncretism.

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Vaizey: Legal right to internet access, sure. But I'm NOT gonna die on the 10Mbps hill

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The comparison to Luxembourg seems daft. A city a bit smaller than leeds and a country about the size of the lake district is in no way comparable to the uk, especially considering their very different demographics.

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Sweden 'secretly blames' hackers – not solar flares – for taking out air traffic control

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Re: Might be but...

Russia and Sweden do have a historically adversarial relationship, probably dating back to the days when Sweden held most of the Baltic coast. The Swedes developed a healthy paranoia about Russian designs on the scandinavian peninsula during the cold war and are still convinced that there are Russian submarines lurking off the coast, just waiting for the right moment to sink Stockholm and nuke Dalarna. The Russians, meanwhile, have long memories and are undoubtedly holding a grudge about the Swedish assault on st Petersburg.

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BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

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Re: What Does That Leave?

BES and their secure communications suite.

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

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Re: The plans are going to sound crazy

"His novel Transitions is sometimes M. Banks, sometimes plain Banks depending on where it was published."

that is oddly beautiful.

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ISS to host space truck rally

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Re: fingers crossed

Is it me, or is the Reg once again neglecting to mention SpaceX's successful land, er, landing?

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Surprise! Magic Kinder app could let hackers send vids to your kids

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Re: say what?

I'm no fool! That's David Bowie!

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Spotify to cough up royalties, just toss your copyright claims over there ... in the bin

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Re: $1.3 billion turnover but a loss of milions

Wow.

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Re: $1.3 billion turnover but a loss of milions

Hardly. They were profitable up to the end of 2013, which demonstrates that they have the ability. They may end up like Amazon, which has never posted a profit in its entire history as far as I can tell.

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Boffins build laser that can twist its own light

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Re: Use quantum physics language for photons ...

That's because they aren't studying uses of polarisation, but using a polarised beam to study orbital angular momentum, which is not dependent on polarisation.

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Re: Use quantum physics language for photons ...

Except it's nothing to do with polarisation.

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Hollywood could learn a lot from software devs, says GitLab founder

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Nah, it'll be more like this.

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How a Brexit could stop UK biz and Europe swapping personal data

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Re: @John Brown - Scotland not only gaining independence...

It creates a precedent for the dismantlement of sovereign unions. If the UK leaves the EU, it's a lot harder for the government of the day to then turn around and say "but Scotland should stay in our union!" without some people perceiving their actions as hypocrisy.

Personally I'd argue quite strongly for Scotland to remain within an independent the UK, but I see no reason why they shouldn't be given another chance to vote on the matter at that point. At the very least there needs to be a fundamental reconsideration of how the UK is governed.

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Fifth time's the charm as SpaceX pops satellite into orbit

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Re: All objections have been reviewed...

So, to clarify: you ignore everything that proves your assertions wrong, repeatedly declare your initial claim as if it were truth, and then wait for everyone to get bored and go home whereupon you declare yourself the winner.

Have you ever considered a career in politics?

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Re: Missing the point...

The cameras on the rocket - the important ones that can used to visually assess performance and which, crucially, operate in a much more extreme environment than the barge camera - were working just fine for the entire flight. The fact that they can get a reliable video feed from a camera parked right next to a rocket exhaust, operating in a vacuum and in a very high orbit tells me that they have all the engineering skills, knowledge and experience necessary for this sort of thing.

Like the man said, the barge camera isn't a high priority and is treated accordingly.

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What a pair of ace-holes: Crooks bug gambler's car with GPS tracker, follow him and rob him

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Re: Which one is it?

Zip-ties on their limbs, duct-tape on the mouths to keep them quiet.

Not that I've spent any time thinking about things like this...

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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Re: @ A Ghost

TVL's own page clarifies it quite nicely.

"If you own or possess a television set without installing or using it as a TV receiver (e.g. you only use it to watch videos or DVDs, or as a monitor for a games console) then you don’t need a TV Licence."

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@peter_dtm

NO (to coin a phrase)

The TV license doesn't cover the equipment, it covers the live broadcast reception. If your television is installed and used to receive live television broadcasts then you need the license. This includes time-shifting - recording and playback later. If your television is installed for the intent of playing back pre-recorded video then you do not need a license. I know this, because I've had a television for the last decade and not paid a TV license - because I don't watch live television. I don't record television. I don't even use iplayer, live or otherwise. I watch DVDs, I play games, sometimes I watch youtube. I've checked this with TVL themselves and they reluctantly agreed that I don't need a license (though they still send me their threatening letters every so often).

The license is not for the equipment, but for the use you put it to.

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Google Project Zero reverse-engineers Windows path hacks for better security

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Re: win32? in 2016? really???

It's amazing how you can manage to be more and more wrong with every sentence you write.

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Re: : in a path name ?

Sorry, should have been clearer. It's a reserved character in URI paths specifically. The post I was answering was blathering about how URIs contain a colon after the protocol and seemed to be comparing that to the colon after the drive letter in windows.

Never mind that : can be a drive letter...

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Re: : in a path name ?

It's use in uris is to delineate protocol, username and password. These are not part of the path, where the colon is a reserved character.

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Re: win32? in 2016? really???

Very nice, LDS, but we're talking about file paths and mounted filesystems, not protocols. For the record, the file protocol that every os recognises is file://. A windows file url would resemble file:///c|/foo/bar

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One-third of all HTTPS websites open to DROWN attack

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Re: Personally...

Bring back Gopher.

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Virgin Atlantic co-pilot dazzled by laser

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The protocol applies to lasers designed specifically as blinding weapons. These are laser pointers, not weapons; it's the same distinction as between a kitchen knife and a bayonet, or a nailgun and a pistol. Both can be used to cause harm but only one of each of the examples is designed for that purpose. The protocol doesn't apply to lasers which are designed to act as pointing devices. The wiki page even points out a number of military exceptions to the protocol.

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Bitcoin's governance bungles stain the blockchain's reputation

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Re: So basically, then ...

It's jake, what did you expect?

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What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls

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It's not the anonymous ones they have to worry about.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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@paul Re: I Wonder....

Hate to nitpick (actually when I'm right love to nitpick) but iron will fuse quite happily with enough energy and pressure. What it can't do is produce more energy in that fusion than is consumed by the process which, as you rightly say, kills the whole reaction stone-dead in short order.

Either way, earth isn't going to turn into a flaming ball of self-sustained nuclear fusion any time soon.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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Re: News angle?

I think the conclusion to be drawn from this is that all computers are a bit site.

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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

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Re: Ruptured oxygen cylinders

"That's still small beer compared with a few litres of liquid oxygen. Want to see steel burn to white hot rust? Want to see diamonds on fire beneath the surface?"

And when the insurance claims start piling in, all these memories will be lost, like tears in rain.

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Re: proper posh notw (was Strongbow?)

oooh, well look at this la de da mister fancy pants posh man, pronouncin the aitch in soli'ull!

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Re: Looks as though it requires a high-wing aircraft configuration.

Perhaps if they had said "large passenger jets". Military cargo planes favour high wings for structural reasons - a high-wing craft can have a larger internal bay - and to mitigate the possibility of their engines ingesting a large portion of the landing strip at makeshift airfields.

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AI pioneer Marvin Minsky dies at 88

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Re: What is death?

If you and he are right then your agreement is also a delusion and doesn't matter.

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Sainsbury's Bank web pages stuck on crappy 20th century crypto

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Re: I think they meant

More reasons to shop at morrisons, I guess...

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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@naselus Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

I suggest perhaps trying a different approach. Start by suggesting a distro by name, talk through the high-level advantages. Don't start blasting them with jargon. If they aren't capable of making informed decisions then you have to help them, and that means you have to narrow their choices and present them with options that you think might actually benefit.

Or you could keep being a stuck-up, pretentious nerd who likes to show off how much they think they know by flinging jargon and superfluous trivia around. They'd react exactly the same way if you started blathering on about the history of the Windows NT kernel, GDI and the necessity of using powershell in certain situations.

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

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Re: Heavy Falcons

The spitfire was never designed as a bomber escort. Its purpose from the very start was as an interceptor, a role that it fulfilled admirably (though the Hurricane outperformed it in the interception of German bombers and their escorting heavy fighters). RAF doctrine for the early part of world war 2 did not call for mass-escorted daytime bomber fleets, but lone, unescorted, raiders. Because of this, bomber escort wasn't considered necessary until well into the war, and by the time any serious thought was being given to purpose-built heavy fighters the role was already being rendered largely obsolete by technological advances, doctrinal changes and the fact that Germany had been driven back within her own borders - meaning that escorts didn't have to fly as far in the first place.

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Except they aren't selling the rockets, they're selling use of them.

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Webbing would not guarantee a stable stop. In order for it to not be destroyed by the rocket exhaust the engine would have to cut out quite some distance above it, in the range of tens of metres or more, which means a long unpowered drop toward a hard surface and a net that will be much more likely to fail than a controlled landing. Rocket goes crack, knackered components, fuel everywhere, big boom.

To make the net robust enough to catch the rocket without tearing apart you'd have to make it of some highly elastic material that still has a very high tensile strength, which means you're then dropping your rocket several tens of metres onto a giant trampoline, which will guarantee that your rocket begins to ascend with the wrong parts pointing toward the sky and descend shortly afterwards in an unpredictable location. So, even if the net holds, you have something taller than a house and full of volatile fuel flinging itself about in random directions and making an uncontrolled landing. Assuming it doesn't explode, the engines will almost certainly be damaged beyond repair by the impact.

Your docking clamp idea suffers the same problems of height and heat and adds a shitton of unnecessary complexity as well, not to mention time and fuel use. The rocket would have to come to a stop to be grabbed by the clamp, which means it would have to hover in place, using more fuel than a controlled landing and obviating the clamp's entire purpose - if you can hover the rocket, you can land the rocket, and that means you don't need the clamp. The reason why it has to hover is simple: if the rocket is still moving, it will impart energy to the clamp, by which I mean it will damage a complex piece of machinery. That adds repair time. It adds risk. There's also the very likely outcome of the clamp damaging the rocket, which more than likely results in - again - a big boom, at which point you've not only lost your engines, but you've also destroyed your docking clamp and have to rebuild it.

This is all assuming you're on a stable surface too. On the barge, you'd either have that big net swinging around like a trebuchet or you'd have the clamp waving about like a gigantic bat just waiting to slap the returning stage out of the sky.

So that's why.

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Apple's anti-malware Gatekeeper still useless: Security bloke reveals lingering holes

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Re: "It's their choice and they choose not to, fair enough."

Yes, actually, they do. Usually it's written along the lines of "X had yet to respond to requests for information at the time of publication", or words to that effect. It informs the reader that the article is incomplete and may be updated or may be followed if X ever decides to call back.

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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As you're leading us to infer, Nokia's attempt at a linuxy phone failed more due to marketing and internal divisional conflicts than anything about the quality of the device.

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Hillary Clinton says for crypto 'maybe the back door is the wrong door'

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<insert something about criminals going in through the wide open windows here>

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SpaceX launch is a go for Sunday after successful static fire completed

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Re: Routine Disasters

They use RP-1, essentially kerosene, which is also used in the first stage of Soyuz, the Delta family of rockets, Atlas and Zenit, and was used on the Saturn V first stage as well. It's pretty much the standard rocket fuel. The nazis used ethanol.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

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Re: @Voland's right hand ....you might as well put Jar Jar Binks in charge."

More than anything it was people saying "No george, that's stupid" in the originals that made them so great.

the first Star Wars as written was tight as an orphan's belt. The pacing was nearly perfect, at least partly in thanks to editors who told Lucas where he could stick his opinions. Nobody can do that now; he's too powerful. Nobody says no to him.

Without fail, practically every scene that was added to the remasters killed the pacing stone dead. Lucas has no idea about pacing, which is obvious from watching the prequels, which are a complete mess of meandering, go-nowhere scenes and pointless spectacle.

But that's George for you. He thought people liked Star Wars for the spectacle of its special effects, which brought him to blows with Irvin Kershner, who reckoned that telling a strong story about well-rounded characters was the key to success. Given that Kershner is the mind that brought us Empire and Lucas the one that brought us the CGI-laden farce that was the prequels, I think it's clear who was right.

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

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@sabroni Re: Curious

the problem isn't that they've made the haystack bigger - you can still find a needle in an arbitrarily large haystack if you think and maybe use a magnet. The problem is that, by designating everyone as a potential suspect at all times, they've replaced the hay with needles and are now trying to find one needle amongst millions.

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

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Re: Research

Off can mean deactivated, functionally an equivalent of death. La petite mort?

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Re: Quite nice

We've still got the HMS Victory in drydock. She could probably be made seaworthy again without too much fuss.

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Microsoft drops dogma, open-sources Chakra JavaScript engine

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Think they'll try competing with node. js?

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Re: Ah

3rd edition was probably the last good one.I still have my colonel schaefer's last chancers veteran unit lurking around here, a couple of cadian squads and a pair of leman russ, all done up in desert camo. I was pretty proud of that lot.

Then the dropped schaefer's squad before turning it into that generic shitty "penal legion". Basically every change since 3.5 has been one step or several further into the swamp. I gave up pretty quickly, not having the money to afford their rocketing prices, and abandoned the whole thing entirely for greener pastures. Looked back recently, find out they've completely nuked warhammer fantasy and dropped nearly everything that made the 40K world interesting, and realised that I'd got out at a pretty good time.

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