* Posts by Haku

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Sometimes you HAVE to use an ad blocker because otherwise the site doesn't work properly.

Take for example http://www.speedtest.net/ for testing your internet speed. If I don't use an ad blocker then my speed test results cannot be trusted because of the bandwidth & cpu the adverts take up when loading the page & doing the test.

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WTF ... makes mobile phone batteries explode?

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Re: In the phablet, the silent phablet, the LiOn sleeps tonight

Awimaway awimaway awimaway awimaway awimaway awimaway awimaway awimaway awimaway awimaway awimaway awimaway...

*runs away quickly*

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Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report

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I'd hate to be the first driver to crash an Apple F1 car.

Being blamed for it because you were 'holding the steering wheel wrong' would royally suck.

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Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

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I'd be shitting bricks if I was caught smuggling gold up my ass.

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Meet DDoSaaS: Distributed Denial of Service-as-a-Service

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I got this email 8 days ago:

Subject: "EXS" WARNING!!! Attack!!! "EXS"

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We are a HACKER TEAM - Armada Collective

1 - We have checked your information security systems, setup is poor; the systems are very vulnerable and obsolete.

2 - We'll begin attack on Tuesday 06-09-2016 8:00 p.m.!!!!!

3 - We'll execute some targeted attacks and check your DDoS servers by the 10-300 Gbps attack power

4 - We'll run a security breach test of your servers through the determined vulnerability, and we'll gain the access to your databases.

5 - All the computers on your network will be attacked for Cerber - Crypto-Ransomware

6 - You can stop the attack beginning, if payment 1 bitcoin to bitcoin ADDRESS: [snip]

7 - If you do not pay before the attack 1 bitcoin, the price will increase to 20 bitcoins

8 - You have time to decide! Transfer 1 bitcoin to ADDRESS: [snip]

The rest of it was telling me how to use bitcoin to send them money.

I don't know whose servers they hit last Tuesday because I don't own any :)

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

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I want Joey Essex or Justin Bieber to get the role.

Because the film forums would be hilarious to read.

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Google hover-drones to drop burritos on campus

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Don't be too hard on those damn millennials, after all, their first experience of Star Wars on the big screen was Episode One...

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Re: "pet drone on a leash"

Oh I've so got to try that with one my of little quads.

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World eats its 10 millionth Raspberry Pi

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Overpriced starter kit.

thepihut.com has a £50 Pi bundle 8 or 16gb card with a preinstalled OS, PSU, case, HDMI cable, ethernet cable.

For £99 the official starter kit has an 8gb card with preinstalled OS, PSU, case, HDMI cable, mouse, keyboard, Adventures in Pi book.

So how does a £6 keyboard + generic USB scroll mouse + £15 book add up to £50?

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It's time for humanity to embrace SEX ROBOTS. For, uh, science, of course

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Happy

Obligatory related Robot Chicken sketch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKBJxZf-Dgs

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

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Re: Been there

What's the difference between intelligence and stupidity?

There's a limit to intelligence.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Re: Easily solved ...

Make drone manufacturers & sales agents responsible for end users mishaps?

What?!

Even if such an astoundingly absurd law were to be put into place, it would be absolutely and totally uninforceable due to the fact that you can (and many many people do) build a drone (fixed wing & multirotor) from individually bought parts, often driven by an open source flight controller, the likes of which has no sort of manufacturer enforced geofencing like DJI products to try and stop people flying near airports, or even limit the height to 400ft.

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Re: Operational distance...

Some out-of-the-box commercially bought quadcopters can reach a mile high, people have posted such videos on YouTube.

With the right parts you can build a ~5kg 680 sized hexcopter with 45 minuttes flight time, easily enough to get to 7000 feet & return without crashing.

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Re: Cue loads of people saying...

"Really care to estimate how many pieces of a drone actually have the size durability, and density of a set of keys? Answer none."

Brushless motors are pretty tough.

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London cops hunt for drone pilots who tried dropping drugs into jail

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Re: Time for Trebuchets!

"Quadcopters make a furious whining sound and attract attention."

I'm patiently waiting for the shift in prop design from high efficiency / high thrust to low noise. A stealth multirotor could be an interesting thing.

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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FAIL

Let's see, OS maker pushes out update that stops many devices people own from working properly.

They're just copying Apple again.

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New science: Pathetic humans can't bring themselves to fire lovable klutz-bots

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When robots become employable, Autistics may find job openings in HR.

That digital frowny face won't work on me.

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NASA dangles ONE MILLION DOLLARS for virtual Mars robots

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I'm going to submit a copy of WALL-E

What do you mean Pixar/Disney own it? Did you not see how it brought the human race back to Earth??

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Re: A possible 'Laura' scenario

The missile comment made me immediately think of this; This Is Not Happening - Jim Breuer - Bombing in Sears - Uncensored (YouTube)

Background: There's a tv show in America called "This is not Happening" where comedians tell true stories of things that happened to them in their lives, often nearly unbelievable, almost always hilarious. The tv show trims the stories short to fit in the timeslot, the YouTube uploads are full-length.

P.S. Long live PAINT!

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Watch hot 'stars' shower ... again. It's Perseid meteor showtime

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Re: Any money

Last year the sky was obscured by a big cloud above my town, estimate about 2-3 mile radius, but I was about 4 miles away on a night bike ride... :)

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My neice was born on that day

so she'll get a cosmic firework display every birthday.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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Re: Ahh yess

I thought you were joking about it uninstalling classic shell, so I ddi a quick search and found an article on the web titled "Windows 10 May Delete Your Programs Without Asking"

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?!

As if I didn't need another reason to stay away from this abomination.

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Re: They got a USB Pen, I got flowers

"Have you virus checked them?"

Yes, do check for bugs.

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Re: We need a double facepalm icon.

"When will people learn."

In a lot of cases, never.

But then there are instances that even take the most cautious by surprise, like you'd never expect a commercially pressed audio CD to root your computer.

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We need a double facepalm icon.

Or even a triple facepalm.

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If you use ‘smart’ Bluetooth locks, you're asking to be burgled

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If you have one of those vulnerable bluetooth locks

how about an upgrade, available in 5 colours, including blue!

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Black Helicopters

I'm going to change my SSID to

The Laurels

(that's the name of next door's house)

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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Re: Portrayal of computer tech guys in films/tv.

"....or the way almost any database search displays all the data they're not interested in before finally leaving just the data they want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

But when you're searching for something, it's always in the last place you look.

Think about it. Logic is wonderful.

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Portrayal of computer tech guys in films/tv.

I do wonder how much damage the image of the tech help guy has had through films & tv shows, because all too often some 'super hacker' is shown to be doing stuff with a keyboard (why do they never ever use the mouse/trackpad?) that gets impossible things done in super quick time.

Also, those little file transfer bars zip by so quickly when the USB stick gets plugged into the computer, yet in the real world even USB 3.0 sticks can't transfer tens of gigabytes of data in a few seconds, and the film would be over long before they tried to transfer terrabytes.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Hmm

I have an unregistered gun.

It runs on 4x AA batteries and squirts out hot glue...

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Wait what? Forced app installs?

You can fuck right off!

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Apple Watch exec Bob Mansfield 'gets into secret Apple car'

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I think they're still trying to patent the wheel.

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Secret footage of secret Apple Car...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtqEdrfRwi4

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: am i the only one resisting this

"It's a bit like meeting an excessively pushy salesman. Eventually you outright reject the product he's pushing our of sheer principle..."

Imagine this; Roddy Piper = Microsoft, sunglasses = Windows 10, and go!

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IoT baby monitor style hacks still a threat

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I was recently introduced to The World's Most Dangerous Search Engine

Most search engines crawl the web, this one crawls for open ports:

http://shodan.io/

Some background reading: https://www.mikecarthy.com/offensive-security/shodan-worlds-dangerous-search-engine & http://www.zdnet.com/article/shodan-the-iot-search-engine-which-shows-us-sleeping-kids-and-how-we-throw-away-our-privacy/

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: Wow

Reminds me of some tv programme about James Bond where someone in the props department got a call from the 'lets kill the bad guys' department of the government, very interested in the underwater breathing apparatus shown in Thunderball, wanting to know how long it would enable someone to breathe underwater for - the answer they received was 'for as long as the person can hold their breath...'

Half makes you wonder if someone in the government thinks that a flesh covered metal man could come back in time to prevent a future global war from being stopped.

Well I suppose it is possible, I mean there are already reports of security robots attacking people.

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ROT13 - the future of encryption in the UK?

V shpxvat ubcr abg.

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One word: RIPA

Because we all know if authorities had the power to decrypt any 'private' communications they wouldn't abuse it. They'd be totally above board and responsible with such powers...

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Scientists want you to know how to have sex with a hyper-long dong

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Re: #1 proof that penis enlargement pills do not work:

Have you seen the film Secondhand Lions? Definitely worth a watch.

There are some great scenes in it where the two old rich guys (Michael Caine & Robert Duvall) are sitting out on their porch enjoying the day while they get frequent visits from salesmen trying to get them to part with their money.

Shotguns are involved.

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

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The gaming industry has been doing this sort of thing for years.

Companies regularly advertise their newest game by using cinema quality CGI 'game footage' but at least they put these words at the bottom:

Not actual gameplay

The food industry too, bright colourful pictures of perfectly presented food on the box but when you actually open up the box... IMHO the person who takes the photograph of the food should be forced to eat it afterwards, that way they won't use all sort of tricks like hairspray to make the food look good.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

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At least when I was young there was nobody tracking the movement of magazines in hedges...

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Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat

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Re: End of the world

So, Mad Max 2+3 meets Idiocracy?

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Wannabe West Midlands gun smuggler jailed for ten months

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Framed

So all someone would have to do to make a victim's life very uncomfortable is to order gun parts on the dark web in the victim's name?

Oh dear...

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Eat my reports! Bart ransomware slips into PCs via .zip'd JavaScript

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Re: It's Twenty Sixteen

I can still remember nearly 20 years ago there was a joke going round about getting a virus from simply opening an email...

Oh how we laughed.

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Re: UMMMM!

JavaScript is what Java reads when it's being religious.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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I have this uneasy feeling I'm living in a Twilight Zone episode today.

I don't like it one bit.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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I used to like going to Maplin to get bits'n'bobs...10 years ago

Now the prices are through the roof compared to the plethora of online sites available, so much so that I don't mind the wait because I can avoid spending a fortune.

For example; 5 meter RGB LED strip with remote & PSU.

Maplin: £39.99

eBay, UK sellers: £12.98 (£6.99 LED, £5.99 PSU)

The only advantage Maplin are left with compared to online sites is the ability to get items within a very short time, so long as you can get to a store during working hours.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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A light went out at El Reg towers.

And no amount of IT knowledge can replace it :(

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