* Posts by Haku

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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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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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