* Posts by Mycho

1522 posts • joined 28 Mar 2007

'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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That is a really idiotic design choice.

Notwithstanding this engineer, that is the kind of situation you're likely to be called in to look at at 3AM. One keypress from obliteration without so much as a warning message when you're only half awake is seriously not what you want to deal with.

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Do we have to bring them right the way back?

What about using some cloned cells to make synthetic mammoth burgers? I'd pay over the odds for something like that.

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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I think you're being downvoted by atheist war veterans rather than Musk fanboys.

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Re: Refreshing to read the coments here....

I will confess to being absolutely furious, but I'm not dumb enough to expect foul play every time something insanely dangerous goes wrong.

Dammit, we were so close to the first step toward 3d farms.

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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Re: Oh, they will.

For those who want to go hunting for the index, this wikipedia article is a good place to start.

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Oh, they will.

It's called The Index and it already lists things like videos and magazines.

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DuckDuckGrow: Privacy search soars 600% after Snowden dumps

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DuckDuckHoisinSauce

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AssangeTM says Sweden squibbed on promised interview

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If this were actually about the alledged rape then Sweden would have given the necessary assurances that he would be allowed to choose where he went once he left Sweden. Then there would be no reason for this circus to remain an issue.

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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What isn't said...

The expert says that the British intelligence agencies don't store information which could identify British spies, but Snowden didn't leak British files. Did the NSA identify British spies and then leak that information to a contractor?

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: Now it becomes clear.

They are constantly putting new hangers in my wardrobe.

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Limited edition Iron Man S6 sells for $91,000 thanks to ... serial number

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I just spent 45 minutes preparing what equated to meat and three veg.

So yes, we're dumb. The things we waste time, effort and money on...

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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Re: High WIS

There's a point to be made there actually.

Is there a gender divide in the incidence of the kinds of mental issues which result in an aptitude toward IT positions?

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Nude celeb iCloud hack: Feds seize Chicago man's computers

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Re: hmm

And one man's whoopee is another man's gross.

But yes, this is why digital cameras are here to stay. Camera phones don't conveniently airgap your snaps.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Re: Can't buy

Did you enter a quantity? It defaults to adding a quantity of zero coins to your basket.

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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Re: They're out early

A straw man of a straw man?

Surely you can be more meta than that? This is El Reg.

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He is wrong.

Sadly we'll never get to discuss why he is wrong because the red and purple folk have drowned out all conversation.

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'Draconian' French Charteur des Snoopeurs gets senate approval

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Pint

Pissing on the graves of the cartoonists.

(ceci n'est pas une biere)

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Chips can kill: Official

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We've been working on the problem for years.

Reduction of Acrylamide Formation in Potato Chips by Low-temperature Vacuum Frying

PDF warning.

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

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I blame the Flying Spaghetti Monster

After all, if he hadn't been drunk when he created the world she wouldn't exist.

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

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Re: Official Title

For the record, calling them Daesh actually seems to piss them off.

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

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Other way around

ISIS are tech-savvy. If we didn't have strong crypto they would be carrying out far more assassinations because they could just plan them out from all of our comms data.

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ISIS member posts Selfie taken at base. Target Acquired.

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From the article, it seems like a computer vision approach was used to compare the background to images of the region and narrow down which landmarks looked like the landmarks in the image.

Certainly if there was usable GPS data you'd have expected a faster response.

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ISIS member posts Selfie taken at base. Target Acquired.

Ideally this should be the penalty for all selfie-taking.

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'I thought we were pals!' Belgium, Netherlands demand answers from Germany in spy bust-up

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Re: typical

The earliest recorded use of that quote is in the script for The Godfather part 2.

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

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Now your computer can literally rot away.

I predict a big industry in avoiding premature biodegradation.

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Re: breaking news : european dna

Mary had a little lamb.

She also had a duck...

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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Re: Cause and effect

Close.

Cause:

Salmond repeatedly boasted in public that he would blackmail the labour party, insisting he would write both the queen's speech and their budget and give them no choice but to accept them.

Effect:

Thousands of Labour voters get scared by this strange scary man talking like a playground bully and they don't vote Labour, so the Tories get a majority.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Searching for "scum" still highlights one British university and one British gay bar. I presume this is the same problem.

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Extreme community policing: West Virginia crook pepper-sprays HIMSELF mid-robbery

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"the tit with the pepper spray is arguably far more dangerous."

To whom?

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: It's almost like...

I hear Canada is quite nice, and only warm for a few weeks of the year. Anyone know more?

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

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Re: Aliens!

But why did they shoot down our balloon?

Also can we still get the bounty on thargons?

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Election Alternative ideas

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That does work better. Although I wonder if it needs more randomisation?

Every 1d6 months review 1d6 MPs and replace those necessary?

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Okay.

Another problem with one swap per month is this. If all 50 MPs become corrupt and we know it, then every month one new person goes into a corrupt environment, alone, and has to make do on their own for a month. How many of the newbies are not going to be corrupted by the time the next newbie comes along?

Instead I suggest that every five months we swap in a new five. As a round figure. Might even go for six every six months and up the number to 54 to keep things fair.

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I like the plan but the numbers are way off. One region per day would mean they have to contest every couple of years. One a month is essentially a job for life.

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Oculus Rift VR bucket will be seen on noggins near you in 2016

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Re: Microsoft, what challenge?

Overlaid Reality?

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Where's Johnny Marbles when you need him?

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Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

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Re: why, why, why... what is the point?

@John Brown

Since they changed the rules for speeding tickets. If a fixed camera issues you with a speeding ticket then they have to get the ticket to you within 14 days but assuming they do then you're expected by law to know who was driving at the time of the offence.

It's intended to close the loophole that got a lot of people off on speeding tickets because the police couldn't identify who was driving from the camera photo. If you can't prove who did the crime you can't prosecute.

Now, if you get a speeding ticket, you will notice new references that say that if you can't identify the driver then the owner is liable.

See point 1

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Re: why, why, why... what is the point?

"I have a friend who used to leave his garage unlocked and the keys to his bikes in the ignition, with the comment: "if you are in the area and want to go for a ride, just take a bike, just remember, you bend it, you mend it."

He never used to lock his patio door either.

He never had any problems."

Before the days when you were legally required to keep a record of who has driven your motor vehicle in the last 14 days, I take it?

Try that today and you're legally liable for any and all speeding tickets.

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Google Maps Doesn't Like Tottenham

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I think this is probably vandalism considering that "scum" takes you to an Edinburgh gay bar and certain racist slurs ... well, I think it's probably vandalism.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: Brain damaged?

Just replying to myself to add that John Glenn made it into space at 77.

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Re: Brain damaged?

I will admit a certain curiosity as to whether a Russian matriarch can survive spaceflight after all these years. Though I'd not bet against it.

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Brain damaged?

You do know that several of the most awesome astronauts ever have volunteered to go, right? People who were willing to risk their lives going into space in the 60s are now realising that they're going to die soon anyway so why not be the first person to die on mars?

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Re: Pornography and minors

"Some single issue groups and State agencies want summary convictions because they "just know" that people are guilty of a thought crime."

Hmm...

Naah, I'm going to go with them trying to distract people from their own crimes.

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Re: Pornography and minors

You'd expect the word Knowingly in there, but increasingly British laws don't include it. Got to distract people from ... I mean got to keep children safe.

Vote 1d6.

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Mounties nab Canadian woman, 27, in webcam hack shenanigans bust

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Just a joke...

... yeah, that's what sex pests always say.

Just remember, consent is a magical thing. It turns theft into charity, assault occasioning actual bodily harm into a healthy sporting activity and this kind of thing into an expression of love. You might want to think about getting some consent next time.

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

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Re: National Identity Card

More than anything it was the intent (confirmed at the time) that it would be illegal to go out without your wallet. Secondly was certain politicians insisting that despite this, no police officer would ever stoop so low as to exploit a law that allowed them to arrest a burglary victim for having their ID card stolen.

This was, you'll remember, before they started arresting photographers for being too tall.

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Stop the war between privacy and security – EU data watchdog

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Of course they're not.

Without privacy, no security.

Without security, no privacy.

This message brought to you by Duh, inc. Specialists in nothing anybody else doesn't already know.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: Armadillo!

Would you like to try a Dime Bar?

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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Leave your front door open

Spooks want to hand all your data over to Al Quaeda the first time one of their own defects.

Idiots.

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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If I were the suspicious sort (spoiler: I am) I would wonder if it was really the IT Manager each time. Happenning twice at the same location does seem like the connection is something to do with the location. Perhaps it's not that they treat their IT Managers badly enough for them both to take identical revenge, but rather that someone else on the staff is stealing their stuff and blaming recently fired personnel.

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