* Posts by Mycho

2030 posts • joined 28 Mar 2007

Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Sounds like Jonathan Pie just turned real.

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VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

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Yeah, right

Of all Trump's policies, the one I don't see him doing a U-turn on is making it harder to hire non-Americans.

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Re: Maybe...

The question is whether the wife was aware that her naked pictures were on her husband's phone.

If she wasn't, which she might not have been, then she is a blameless victim. Her husband, meanwhile, deserves everything she no doubt did to him as a result of his endangering her, and it serves him right if she divorces him and takes the whole settlement. He may not have given permission to access her pictures, but he was reckless towards his wife's safety.

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Re: Maybe...

No, nobody is talking about the way anybody was dressed, we're talking about lax security.

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Re: Maybe...

Without victim blaming there is no security. Take a look around your local car park some day and count the signs saying "Leave it on show, expect it to go."

Note that acknowledging the carelessness of the victim is not the same as exonerating the perpetrator. Also in this case the perpetrator was even stupider given the way in which he got caught.

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Eugene Kaspersky is now personally defending your feet

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You mean all AV companies don't do these?

I particularly like the Clippy ones

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Really weird quantum phenomenon spied lurking near neutron star

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Re: Read the paper ...

If you want to understand the phenonomon:

Buy a linear polarising filter (about a fiver on Amazon) and hold in front of your LCD monitor, then turn it into the view through it becomes black. This happens because light from an LCD monitor is only vibrating in one direction and the filter is now blocking all vibration in this direction.

Now hold something transparent and bendy between then monitor and the filter and notice how you can see some of the light from the monitor and not other bits, and there's weird patterns and colours and shit. Try bending it a bit and seeing the patterns do weird stuff.

Now you're in a better position to understand it. Or at least to act like you do to show off. Or something.

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Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

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Re: Great pop song

It still does a good job of communicating to people who don't remember the 80s that we had stuff like that even back then.

As a Doctor Who-mad kid in the 80s, I was bullied with that song.

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How cute

People love to find a period when they think pop music became crap and imagine it ever wasnt.

Example of a number 1 hit from the 80s

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: Blasphemy?

Tallow is usually either beef or mutton. I've not heard any reference to pork tallow before.

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Blasphemy?

Just to clarify, doesn't this mean that using the placcy fivers is blasphemy for Hindus?

I forsee interesting times.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: This country

Nicomach, you are directly responsible for this government. The Lib Dems blocked all the laws which just passed, over and over, until you decided to blame them for the Tories existence and got them smashed so thoroughly that half their seats went to the Tories giving them free rein to do whatever the hell they like.

Stay away from politics, your fingers are working for the Tories.

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Re: Jeremy Hunt

That slip has been made a few times. Youtube has most of them.

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Re: We need a new icon...

Everybody has their kinks. Theresa May's is spying on everybody else's porn habits.

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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Re: Next steps

"If you have nothing, you have nothing to fear."

FTFY

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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Seriously tho, I do think the next election will be won by the party that pledges to revoke the harmful policies of the Tories (not that I think Labour would be any better)

The Tories already ran on that pledge in 2010. Then they started issuing bills that closed loopholes in the harmful laws they had pledged to revoke and it was business as usual.

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Re: So how does this magic work?

I think you mean Teresa May. It's all about the h.

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Re: Rather transparent..

That will be half the reason.

Let's not forget that the BBC censored the Sex Pistols because Johnny Rotten wanted to blow the whistle on Saville. Sometimes censors really are bad people.

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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Re: What forces you to live in a rural area?

Availability of jobs.

To live in London and save what I currently do per year I'd need to earn 60K and even then I'd have a crappier house.

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I'm just going to cite Ashby De La Launde again.

Government initiatives are universally shit, no exceptions. If we want decent broadband in rural areas we need to dig stuff up ourselves. It's been shown to work, now let's repeat it.

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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Re: dataset

That's basically what I was going to say. In a country where being black makes you more likely to be convicted of a crime, a classifier like this will show that being black makes you more likely to be a criminal.

Racism in, Racism out.

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British politicians sign off on surveillance law, now it's over to the Queen

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Re: What happens

Actually, there's been a few strong hints down the years that Charles might not take the throne anyway and will defer to William.

Though personally I would prefer King Harry.

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What happens

They have an early election, win in the absence of anyone better, her position becomes untenable and long live King Charles.

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Pythons Idle and Cleese pen anti-selfie screed

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Running away with the phone

Maybe there would be a market for high security selfie sticks? The normal ones you can snap with one hand

... so they tell me.

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Re: Selfies are the symptoms of a much deeper disturbance

I think it's more about distrust.

A few years ago cute youngsters would ask you to take their photo in front of famous monuments. They've cut out the interaction with strangers.

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Re: Shouting at clouds

I don't disagree, I just think that selfie sticks prove the need for us to develop cyborg arm replacements that do extend.

Not that this would encourage me to take a selfie, I just want cyberarms.

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Your body reveals your password by interfering with Wi-Fi

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Out of interest

Do you still get phones using their headsets as an extra antenna to improve reception? I confess I stopped paying attention long ago.

If so, surely that would confuse this?

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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WTF?

Re: Re:Hillary was supported by people who wanted to kill gays.

Where the fuck did what come from, Steve?

The OP argues you can't in conscience vote for Trump because some scumbags support him.

Sadly, every politician has some scumbags supporting them, so if your criteria is never to vote for a politician who is supported by a scumbag then stop voting.

Or else growing up is totally an option. Accept that you might vote alongside someone you hate, but embrace the different reasons. You're not a stopped clock, they are.

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Re: How can any decent voter

Hillary was supported by people who wanted to kill gays.

Trump was supported by people who wanted to kill blacks.

In election season, silence means approval, so there's really no option if you want to support someone not supported by scum.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Re: This is based on unwarranted assumptions

People have noticed?

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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@Why you might have heard some French politicians calling Isis 'Daesh'

Australians are more straightforward.

Tony Abbott, Australia's prime minister, says he will now refer to Isil as "Daesh" because the jihadists hate the term and "what they don't like has an instinctive appeal to me".

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Weird

Daesh would hate him for calling it that.

Incidentally there's a station in lincolnshire where you can pick up a wifi network called MI5 Surveillance.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: Was'nt one of the " reasons" for these referendum reasserting the soverignty of Parliament?

@ John Brown (no body)

Not sure why you're quoting me in that, since we seem to agree. Brexiters are up in arms about Westminster getting a vote on something after they voted in huge numbers to give Westminster more power.

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Re: Was'nt one of the " reasons" for these referendum reasserting the soverignty of Parliament?

IANAL but that seems pretty bloody clear to me and any attempt by an unelected cabal of lawyers and bankers to overturn the democratic result is likely to go down very badly.

Good thing all they've done is clarify how to legally deliver on this promise then.

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Re: Was'nt one of the " reasons" for these referendum reasserting the soverignty of Parliament?

Of course it was.

You can't vote en masse to return power to Westminster and then throw a fit that Westminster get to use it.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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If Brexiters don't trust Westminster then why did they vote to give more power for westminster?

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Bookmakers William Hill under siege from DDoS internet flood

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Yanks, deffo,

Probably motivated by the amount of money being bet on Trump in the last couple of days.

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Ex-soldier slapped with sex offender order after flouting private browsing mode ban

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Interesting detail

If I want to talk about, say, Brian Blessed's beard do people with these orders automatically violate them if they click the link without reading it?

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Iceland's Pirate Party wins 10 seats, will need unlikely coalition to rule

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Hopefully Regeneration will have the balls to be part of a country with a minority government. See some of the establishment cut down to size.

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Soylent fart powder sales halt

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Speaking as someone with food intolerances...

What doesn't cause digestive issues in some people?

Kale is evil to me, but I don't seek to ban it, I'm just not going to eat it because it gives me the shits. How is this different to the Soylent situation?

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Locky-slingers summon .Thor

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Hopefully

They will all now get struck by lightning and deserve it.

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Bad news, Trump. NASty storage is pretty popular, too

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Re: huh ?

I guess the reg hired Johnny Fartpants to write headlines?

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Meanwhile, in America: Half of adults' faces are in police databases

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It will fix itself

I give it 5 years before the database is in criminal hands, 10 and it's public. Once the criminals are known to be targetting cops' families using this tech it will get sorted out.

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Yahoo! begs! US! spymaster! Clapper!: Spill! the! beans! on! secret! email! snooping!

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Re: Unpopular opinion time...

For the first time I think it's time for Yahoo to actually fail.

I mean sure, people will point to their poor performance for a while, and they've been falling behind, but for a company to actually die because it cooperated with a nation state's secret services to spy on foreign users will be a message that doesn't get eliminated just because people get to hum and haa about possible other causes.

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Re: @I guess that's economists for you

In that case why don't you justify your argument for not using logic and reasoning skills? Presumably you have everyone join hands and sing Koombaya.

If you're going to straw man try to use clean straw. That stuff stinks of obvious bullshit.

But if it needs saying, what you describe as an argument against using logic and reasoning skills is actually an argument that logic and reasoning skills are not enough if you don't also have knowledge about what the fuck you are talking about. Logic, reasoning and knowledge of the subject are the best option, but regurgitated book knowledge is a fair second over making it up as you go.

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@I guess that's economists for you

The author is a philosophy major.

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Report: UK counter-terrorism plan Prevent is 'unjust', 'counterproductive'

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In response, the government announced an intensive 3 year fact-ignoring mission to justify more of the same. Again.

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Skin tattoo will tell your phone when you've had a skinful

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Um, no.

Most drink drivers are morning-after drivers. That's where this device would have an impact.

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Soylent bars farting recall

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It probably depends on the gut in question. Brassicas do nasty things to me, but are considered normal food for this time of year.

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