* Posts by Fibbles

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Nobody stopped and asked the question; 'Do we need to remake Star Trek?'

Air on vulcan......?

I'm sorry, but that, is just such a classic 'comic book guy' post,...

"Uh, yeah, well, whenever you notice something like that... a wizard did it."

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Re: Nahh, the old Star Trek was for nerds...

Didn't they do an episode of Next Gen where most of the crew were obsessed with some silly game?

As best I remember it was also an augmented reality game. You may be onto something...

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Since you love Flash so much, Adobe now has TWO versions for you

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Take off and nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Edit: Bah, beaten to it.

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Teresa May's Punishment Party

I'm sure James Murdoch is awaiting his invite with bated breath.

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A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet

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Re: SIEUFERD

Sie Ferd.

If you speak German and Norwegian I guess you could take it to mean 'they journey'. It describes what your queries will be doing through the database.

My consultancy fee will be with your office momentarily.

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Oracle says it is 'committed' to Java EE 8 – amid claims it quietly axed future development

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Re: Die Java Die

Whilst you wouldn't write your typical application program in it, you can't get at those special purpose instructions even in C.

I suppose that depends on if you count using the asm keyword as writing in C or writing in assembler.

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

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Used to have something similar back in ye olde student days to be used for dares, drinking games and the like.

Black liquorice Sambuca infused with Ghost Chillis. We called it Devil's Blood.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: Be careful what you wish for...

So much this.

Instead of trying to convince Leave voters why they should actually vote Remain, the campaign spent a great deal of time decrying anyone with a differing opinion as a racist. Sure, some of them undoubtedly are racist but the majority are likely just disturbed by endless media scare stories of mass immigration and repressive EU regulations. Insulting people is no way to win a debate.

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Re: Anti-democratic?

And if Remain wins next time will we let Leave call for another referendum just to make sure of the result? Best two out of three? Or if the result is still not what you want, three out of five?

At some point you've got to accept that no matter how shit the result, it's not going to change. Personally I'm hoping we'll at least join the EEA. It fulfils the demands of the referendum by leaving the EU but mitigates a lot of the financial fallout.

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Re: wtf?

Come on now, 15 years is fairly reasonable. If you've been away that long you're not likely to be coming back. Most host countries will offer naturalization after being resident for less than 10 years.

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Re: 4Chan pranked

The amount of middle aged and older people I saw on election day asking why we used pencils instead of pens really lead me to despair. How can you get to that age and never have been in a polling station before?

I'd say better late than never but I'm still pissed off about the result. If only the under 30s had embraced democracy with such vigour...

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Yeah, if only there could be some possible lingua franca apart from English, eh?

The original Lingua Franca, from which the term derived, died out centuries ago. It was mostly based on Italian.

So long as the USA is the world's preeminent power, English will be the world's first choice for conducting trade and diplomacy. It would be very odd for the EU not to keep their politicians and bureaucrats in practice.

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: " with a third of its staff in the UK from overseas"

Priti is a woman's name...

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Re: Best security practice

Don't use a banking app on Android in the first place.

Every sane OS is patched at least monthly, if not more often as bugs and security holes are found. Most phones one per year if you are lucky for core OS parts, occasionally more often for app and that often asks for more permissions.

I don't know where you're getting your info from. I've got a Motorola which received an update to Lollipop and then later Marshmallow. I still regularly receive updates to Marshmallow. The OS also gives me granular control over app permissions; I don't have to allow everything to install an update.

I'd say modern Android is a pretty secure OS. Of course you're much more likely to get pwned if you're browsing porn sites with it or installing apps from warez.cn but that's true of any OS. Even if someone does gain control of your phone I don't understand your fear of banking apps. The most any attacker would be able to do is view your balance or transfer money to a pre-approved list of recipients. You need to use a separate card reader to authorize anything else.

To be honest your post is another example of the self-congratulatory Luddite circle-jerk that seems to happen far too often on these forums.

"Kids using banking apps? Pah! When I was their age we had to walk FIFTEEN miles, uphill, both ways, just to find the bank was closed!"

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

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Coat

That could only be true if the emissions were of black light.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: Champagne Cider

The exclusive right to the name Champagne for a sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France is protected under the International Regulation of Marks, aka the Madrid System under a treaty of 1891 and specifically reaffirmed in the Treaty of Versailles.

Does the exclusive right to the Champagne name only extend to sparkling wines? If so that'd explain why the wine producers haven't sued the Champagne Cognac producers. It'd make for an interesting legal battle since AFAIK the Champagne regions in south-west France have been making brandy longer than the Champagne region in north-west France has been making sparkling wine.

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Re: Adventurous

And? That's still less than half.

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Re: 2 x Twats!

Found the nationalist. Now, where do I claim my £5?

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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The alcohol content if beer isn't anywhere near high enough to be antiseptic. Beer is basically liquid bread and is a perfect breeding ground for all sorts of micro-organisms.

Presumably you've heard the old tale that people used to make beer because it was safer than drinking the water. However, this is because part of the brewing process involves boiling the water, not because the beer contains alcohol.

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The length of the pipe means that using line cleaner is going to be tricky. The stuff used by pubs is corrosive (and actually has to be very heavily diluted). If you leave it in the line too long it'll cause the inside to become pocked. The pocking causes the build up of biofilms to happen more rapidly meaning you have to clean more often.

A line that is kilometres long is going to take quite a while to flush through.

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Facebook: 'We don't listen'

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Re: Loads of other apps too

Android now contains fine grained permission controls. If an app requests a bunch of permissions and you think one is unnecessary then simply deny it. It's no longer all or nothing.

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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Re: According to Mr. Orlowski

Even if Google clean-room reimplemented the API rather than copying and pasting it, it would look pretty much the same. The header files would have the same names, the function prototypes would have the same names, accept the same arguments and return the same value types. The differences would mostly be in indentation and declaration order. A copyright claim based on indentation is fucking ridiculous.

IMO Oracle would only have a leg to stand in if they said Google wholesale copied their comments/documentation but that doesn't seem to be the case.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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How dare you mess with my fake internet points! You think this is a motherf*****g game!?

/s

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Been saying this for years. Got heavily down voted every time...

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Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

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Re: Tunnels aren't as good when everybody likes them

I liked tunnels before they were artificially cooled.

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UK plastic beats cash in 2021

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Re: Titles are for toffs

Is the reg just posting sub 100 word articles now or is the mobile site b0rked?

I've found myself coming here less and less since the editorial staff changed; I'll probably not bother at all if super short articles are now the norm.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Re: "As I have said a million times"

hyperbole

[hahy-pur-buh-lee]

noun, Rhetoric.

1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.

2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”.

Origin of hyperbole

1520-30; < Greek hyperbolḗ excess, exaggeration, throwing beyond, equivalent to hyper- hyper- + bolḗ throw

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Three UK: Our MMS prices are up. Get around us with WhatsApp or Skype

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Re: Wow, first Canada has worse internet now the UK has worse cellular

You get charged for incoming calls. In what universe is this a better system?

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Photoplethysmography up

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Re: Are we playing Headline Scrabble here or something?

Presumably that's why the article is less than 70 words...

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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

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Re: Age Verification

1) All pornography websites must institute age verification. Think of the children!

2) Those damned foreign websites refuse to recognize our laws, this makes them illegal. ISPs must block all illegal sites. Think of the children!

3) ???

4) Thank-you Mr. Chinese Ambassador for lending us the technical expertise to implement this "Great Firewall". 想想孩子们!

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Big Brother

The same way China does.

Don't worry though, it's only to protect the children.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

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Instructions unclear. Deleted root file system.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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For reasons unknown American instant coffee tastes like soap.

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Copyright in the UK has an exception for parody. I can't see any legal action getting very far.

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The fork? Node.js: Code showdown re-opens Open Source wounds

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Re: Without open source there would be no leftpad

Just because they're old, doesn't mean they're good. Tables are generally agreed to be bad unless you're actually representing tabular data, i.e. what they were designed for. I've yet to meet any web developer in the last 10 years who doesn't advocate CSS, it works fine cross browser unless you target ancient versions of IE.

Using tables you're bloating every single HTML file with presentational info, rather than allowing the browser to cache it once in a single CSS file. If you want to modify your site's design you'll have to edit/rebuild each HTML file rather than a single CSS file.

Tables are also slower to render in the browser since they need to be processed in full before any rendering can begin.

Last but not least, using table tags is actually more long-winded than using divs.

<table>

<tr>

<td></td>

</tr>

</table>

vs

<div>

</div>

tl;dr Shitty code can often be quicker to write but it's a bitch to maintain.

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Re: Without open source there would be no leftpad

/me points out (again) I hand-code my html and use '<table>' to format it really nice. Why can't others do this?

Because this isn't the 90s and we have CSS now?

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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Re: sort of dull red?

Well it does appear to hang in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

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Debian farewells Pentium

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Re: Time moves on...

It's a lot of effort for very little return. Virtually no one will be still using Pentiums in a home setting. Those using them for business are likely using an ancient LTS Debian and won't be affected.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

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Re: If

This is already how it works with other Ubuntu based distros. The codecs aren't on the live CD though, they must be downloaded during installation. That's OK for most people but if you don't have a net connection then you're stuffed.

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Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

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Re: not quite as acceptable as VISA/Mastercard

That's because all your nice AMEX rewards are paid for by the retailer rather than the card company.

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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Re: propylene glycol plus some flavourings ?

I'm fine with vaping but the flavour additives definitely need to be regulated.

There were stories last year of e-cig liquids containing Diacetyl. It's an artificial flavouring added to 'butter' popcorn and is safe to eat. Inhaling it however will seriously mess up your lungs.

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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The more articles from Simon Sharwood that I read, the more I realise he knows very little about technology.

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ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

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Re: ironic

Isn't that a text speak contraction for 'amazing'?

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If you're appy and you know it, say five Hail Marys – cyber-Pope

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"Technology is not a REPLACEMENT for life"

Speak for yourself meatbag.

All hail the singularity!

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: Yep

Search for kkrieger, it's a full FPS game in 96KB. Sadly the original download page appears to be gone so I can't link it.

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Comcast stabs set-top boxes in the back, pipes directly into smart TVs

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Re: The cable companies had already been trying to push this "app" model

My advice has always been to get a dumb TV and a smart box to plug into it. Smart services will inevitably suffer code rot or be deliberately made obsolete in which case it's a lot cheaper to replace a box than a TV.

This move by Comcast shouldn't be the death of set-top boxes, it's just going to allow consolidation of multiple services into one box.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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I suspect if the FBI had gone to the correct, more senior judge they wouldn't have gotten the warrant. The FBI were effectively distributing kiddie porn 'for a couple of weeks' before they shut the server down.

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

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Re: but... but..

Bring back the death penalty for numpties who demand we bring back the death penalty!

Oh bugger...

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: This is awesome!

You don't know that. Maybe his giant CRT has irradiated him.

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