* Posts by Haku

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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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If The Register made reality music TV, this is what it would look like

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Aw I missed the original thread, however:

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Mike and the Mechanics

By day they fix mediocre cars, by night they make mediocre music.

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Huey Lewis and the News at Ten

The daily news sung in classic 80s rock style.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: What about methane collection?

Aww, really?

I hate it when film science lies to us.

Screw you Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome!!

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What about methane collection?

Surely the politicians and big businesses that operate in this country spew so much bullshit that the methane from it can power a small city?

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FAA to test Brit drone-busting kit

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"disrupting the flight using an inhibitor to block the radio signals that control it"

Sounds like a challenge to make a drone controllable by using a modulated beam of an IR laser.

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Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

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Re: internetofshit

Favourite one so far:

"lol my bank just called me

because you can give your accounts nicknames to remember which savings acct is which

and I put an emoji in one of them

and apparently somehow broke their entire banking system

so I guess... don't do that"

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Queen guitarist Brian May releases virtual reality viewer

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Owl be sure to order one then.

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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Barclays once paid Stephen Fry to tell us that Barclaycard was safe to use online.

If this proposal goes through I don't think anyone will be paying Stephen Fry to tell us that we'll be galloping up diarrhea drive without a saddle if we get defrauded online in the future...

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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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