* Posts by Haku

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Surrey teen charged over Mumsnet hack attack

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Re: SWATing

"No, because most of them are babysat by the TV and everyone knows in real life you can get shot 3 dozen times and get up, then still fight 300 baddies with your bare hands"

It has definitely got worse since I was a kid because back then the good & bad guys on tv would shoot at each other all day long and nobody got hit.

"If you have a problem... if no one else can help... and if you can find them... "

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Re: Meanwhile....

Sampler, have you recently been watching The Fifth Element?

Multipass!

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NASA's stadium-sized sandwich bag overflies Oz

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Is it bigger than Kim Kardashian's arse yet?

No not her buttocks, I mean Kanye.

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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I dabbled in programming on my BBC Micro back in the 80s, mostly BASIC but did get into some of assembly for its speed, and the best book I ever owned for it was I think 'Advanced Programming For The BBC Micro' (going by memory but I do still have it in a drawer with the BBC Master Compact), which I bought for £2.49 from Toys'R'Us.

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Stupid masochists.

*goes back to cutting his 1/2 acre lawn with the nail clippers in his coat pocket*

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NASA 'Kilo-Kitty' Super Pressure Balloon goes aloft at last

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"the SPB is carrying is a gamma ray telescope"

Are they looking for Bruce Banner?

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Raspberry Pi Zero gains a camera connector

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Re: Prophecy coming true.

It has already begun, so to speak.

The top end RGB LED strips have lots of microcontrollers on the cable so each LED can be an individual colour, allowing creative people to do things like this.

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Re: Lets MASH UP!

What about The Prodigy's Outer Space and The Trap Door?

Actually I have The Flumps on DVD...

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Re: They've only just noticed?

Including this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O6TqhrAcVo

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Crusty jugglers...

Anyone else get a Hot Fuzz vibe?

I'm not a Radiohead fan but I really liked the video,

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Apple needs silver bullet to slay App Store's escaped undead – study

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This app will self destruct in 5....4....3....

I'm with The_Idiot over this issue, remote wiping of apps without your concent or approval can lead to very bad things happening.

I used to have an Android app on my phone+tablet that allowed me to change the settings on a Mobius action/dash camera, until one day I was forced to do an update because it turns out it had a mandatory monthly update check built-in, and what did that new update do? It completely disabled the app, until weeks later a new update was available with a fully working version, which was no longer free.

It's precicely this sort of crap that has made me turn off automatic app updates, because too often the new version has a 'new' and 'improved' layout which usually worse than the previous version, and useful functions are sometimes removed.

Also I no longer use my Mobius as an action camera, it has been relegated to a dash cam (which it's very suited for), I now have a Xiaomi YI & SJCAM SJ4000+'s which sit in gimbals much easier, and no such update issues with their control apps.

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Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'

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And the DVLA for double dipping on car tax...

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FAA rules out fast-tracking drone regulations

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Also I expect they'll send someone round to specifically check the place where you want your deliveries dropped is suitable for a drone landing, then marking the GPS coordinates in their delivery database if they're satisfied, because they're under the spotlight on this one and they won't leave anything to chance that they can help - people are just itching to say they fucked up and it was a stupid idea.

Personally I only care that they don't screw things up for the airborne hobbyists.

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I expect they'll have to make some sort of rule for customers:

No Amazon landing pad, no drone deliveries.

And the landing pad will have to be a specific size which is no closer than x meters away from any drone-unfriendly obstacles such as trees, lightpoles, overhead cables, buildings etc.

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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"they will probably kill us off by accident"

Anyone like any toast?

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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

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Re: My old...

I've got a Quantum Bigfoot drive in my old HDD stockpile, I wonder what sort of capacity you'd get if they made them with today's platter density.

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

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Amazon et al need a new tagline, I suggest:

"Drones. Because fuck energy efficiency, we want out shit delivered immediately."

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

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Re: Quicktime still exists!?

@MartinB105, that's practicaly my experience of the video player too, it was atrocious to use and it really didn't make me want to buy any Apple products if they couldn't even get a simple video player working well.

I do have to deal with .MOV files these days though, because for some reason it's a preferred choice of video container for various sportcams/dashcams, but most recent video players & editors handle a huge variety of formats so it's not really an issue anymore.

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

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Someone hurry up and make a pocket sized directional EMP device please.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Ah shit.

My coin sorting/counting machine is probably going to think some of the new £1 coins are 10p's because it sorts them by their diameter, smallest first so a £1 that doesn't fit in the gap will then slide along and fall through the 10p gap, screwing up the counting result.

£1 = 22.5mm diameter

10p = 24.5mm diameter

New £1 coin = 22.5mm to 24.5mm diameter

Time to drop the machine back on eBay before everyone gets wise...

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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Re: Many have tried...

You're right about coding being boring from a spectators point of view, so to make the film/tv show interesting they can only really use coding as a plot point.

Hackers (1995) happens to be one of my guilty pleasures films because it's pure hollywood cheese, and the soundtrack is kickin' (The Prodigy, Leftfield, Orbital, Underworld etc.). Antitrust (2001) isn't that bad, but like I just said one of the plot points is the coding but it's overshadowed by the lies, deceit, theft and murders that happen in it.

TV show wise, I'd really like to see the 1995 series Dweebs again one day, I know it's going to severely dated technological wise but I remember the jokes being spot on. jPod (2008) wasn't a bad tv series either.

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Worst TV show in the world?

Have you not seen The Star Wars Holiday Special?

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

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If I'd known about the open suggestions for names I'd have submitted:

RRS OMG Nowai

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Labour: We want the Snoopers' Charter because of Snowden

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Sounds like those shrink wrap contracts where you agree to a bunch of terms and conditions you don't know the wording of until you break the shrink wrap on the product, which in doing so automatically binds you to those terms and conditions you didn't know the wording of...

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DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

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@allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

Little known fact, Talkie Toaster is infact an incarnation of Box, a portable handheld supercomputer from the earlier BBC TV show Star Cops.

Animated gif of Box

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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

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Re: Seriously

"Hedge porn", so named because of its location and contents...

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Spanish cops discover illegally parked flying car

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This is one of my favourite harmless pranks I've seen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC_SxQ55r7o

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This program can detect if you're bored – which is going to make annoying ads, articles so much more annoying

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Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft holds

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Cigarette?

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I've bought many small to medium sized lithium batteries over the internet and can't think of any of them that have been mislabeled, except the ones that are included in something (phone,quadcopter etc.) haven't been labeled as having a lithium battery in the package. Apparently putting "Toy" on the customs declaration form covers everything :)

The one time I ordered 28x 18650 sized li-ion batteries to re-cell an ebike battery the seller had to post them in 5 separate packages due to specific regulations regarding amount of energy per parcel, and plaster them with big warning labels about not opening if damaged. This was within the UK.

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

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Re: Anyone remember the Atari Lynx?

I have a few Atari Lynxs, the first gen is big enough and heavy enough to have sat on your bedside table to be used as a bludgeoning weapon in the case of a break-in, and it wouldn't get the attention of the police in the same way a baseball bat by your bed would.

I also have a pile of Sega Gamegears and a mountain of cartridges for them, occasionally I'll scour up 6 charged AA's and give them a whirl. Fun for a while but the biggest letdown of the handhelds of that era is the LCD screen quality, very poor viewing angles and low resolution. The phones/tablets of today have in comparison astonishingly good screens, but what they lack are the physical control buttons needed for 'proper' gaming.

I'd pitch in for one of these new fangled Spectrum handhelds but after spending lots of time on the Android emulator Marvin with a bunch of games and a bluetooth games controller I realised nostalgia isn't what it used to be. Plus I still have a working ZX Spectrum +2 :)

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519070 or blank: The PINs that can pwn 80k online security cams

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Boffins' 5D laser-based storage tech could keep terabytes forever

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Re: Ah, Arthur C Clarke "half baked ideas"

Did this vague idea occur after watching that 1974 film Zardoz by any chance?

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New Monopoly version features an Automatic Teller Machine

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Re: Does it include ATM downtime?

Knowing my luck I'd get the junk Lloyds debit card version that at first allowed me to use it in any card machine, then it would only work in Lloyds machines for many years before the restriction was lifted.

Bitter? Moi?

You damn right!

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Re: Anyone working on an Ad-Blocker for board games?

@TRT

I found the advert free version of that game.

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Streetmap's lawyer: Google High Court win will have 'chilling effect’ on UK digital biz

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Re: The google Effect

I just looked at streetmap.co.uk for the very first time.

Yeuch!

I see what you mean about the amount of screen space taken up by adverts, and the entire interface, layout & colour scheme looks like it came from the 90s! I had this horrible flashback to Win95 and the early days of the web, as seen through Netscape Navigator and searching with AltaVista.

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Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies?

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Re: Security Theatre

The Dutch drone was the same 230 size as a Syma X5C but actually a Spyrit Max FPV T2M which reportedly weighs 580g with the camera and prop guards, which they didn't have on for the tests.

A Cheerson CX-20, 360 size, brushless motors, approx 1kg weight, has killed an eagle that attacked it - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=33893158&postcount=56152

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FAIL

Still a really dumb idea.

Especially as the Dutch demonstration was a 230 sized TOY drone weighing less than 600g when the larger camera carrying size (360, 450 and up) weigh over 1kg and use powerful brushless motors, with the option of using carbon fibre blades.

You wouldn't want to get near 9 inch carbon fibre blades doing 7000 rpm, so why would you potentially send an animal near one?.

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FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update

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"would then proceed to install software and serve ads...without user knowledge or permission"

I bet you can't guess why I turn off auto-update on all my Android devices.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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Re: Stephen Fry picking bad investments? Shirley not!

@Pete65 I know about the QI Elves, hence the troll icon.

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Stephen Fry picking bad investments? Shirley not!

He comes across so intelligent on that QI programme, each week spewing out mountains of facts, figures and details about things in the world that only experts know.

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Dutch cops train anti-drone eagle squadron

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Re: Yeah nice promotional video, but...

A fresh post from someone on the CX-20 thread at rcgroups.com:

"The very first quad I owned was a wrecked CX20 that a friend had given me after it was attacked by a bald eagle at 200 feet. The shelk was a mess but with the exception of the ESCs everything else was intact. He told me the eagle was killed and shredded quite badly. That was with the standard CX20 8045 props."

So if that happens with the standard plastic props, carbon fibre ones on a 450 size quad would most likely take the bird's legs clean off if it tried to grab it mid-flight.

What were those cops even thinking, pitting flesh & bone against plastic & metal like that?

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Yeah nice promotional video, but...

That was against a Spyrit Max FPV T2M which reportedly weighs 580g with the camera and prop guards, which they didn't have on for the tests, and it's smaller (230mm diagonal motor-motor distance) than the DJI Phantom sized quadcopters such as my Cheerson CX-20 (360mm motor-motor) that weighs 1.2kg with camera+3 axis gimbal, along with powerful brushless motors and the option of 9 inch carbon fibre propellers that can do some serious damage if they strike you (or an eagle).

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Won't be long now until we get the movie "Ass".

The acceptance speech at the oscars might be a bit smelly though.

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Does anyone know what their broadband costs? The ASA hopes to change that

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Re: 3D & Hoverboards

On top of all that I still don't have the wiiings I was promised.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

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Mate I think your keyboard is broke, everything's coming out all umop apisdn.

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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

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Re: Just think, someday the law will fun just as fast as computers....

"someday" was supposed to be last year according to a certain film, but that film isn't as prophetic as many had hoped.

Still no bloody flying cars, and the sad excuse 'hoverboards' aren't legal to use on the streets/pavements.

Anyway I'm really looking forward to next year's highest rated tv show in history...

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

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I hope it doesn't get too real.

I mean I wouldn't want to be woken up at 3am by my tablet or smartphone making a loud ringing sound because the half the data center crashed in the Server Tycoon game and it wants me to sort things out immediately.

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