* Posts by Khaptain

2634 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Chat about Safe Harbour all you like, the NSA's still the stumbling block

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Re: Just ban Facebook.

Why was the Joke Icon necessary, the comment actually seems quite valid.

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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Re: Dafug?

The hackers have the advantage of time... Anyone that new +ORCs tutorials would have known his Martina-Wodka, one of his essential cracking tools...

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Half way house

So half way between the MacBook Air and the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga .

"Thinkpad" has a nice sound to it, it's a leitmotif in itself.

"HP x360" = Heavily Priced but not a Games Console.

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Gamers Steaming over dumb Valve password vuln

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"As he points out, now Valve is aware of the issue, anyone trying the hijack would be risking a permanent ban."

The hackers must be quaking in their boots... ( and not Quake 4, quaking)

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Australia to tax ALL international online purchases

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Re: Get a clue Joe - Wait a moment

I think that you are underestimating the power of HMCE or whatever it is called in Australia.

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Re: Get a clue Joe - Wait a moment

Erstwhile treasurer has his hands on the internet connections/proxies/the great barrier firewall, the ISPs by the bollocks etc......

Erstwhile treasurer can simply switch of Amazon and since these customs and excise people seem to have the power to do as they please it shouldn't be too difficult for the treasure to get hs demands met.

I can, unfortunately, imagine that it won't be to difficult for him.

Personally I would like to see local business grow instead of die, I can easilly understand why local business have been lobbying.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Re: How about construction then?

Aren't the majority of business dominated by one sex ? (Ironic, but this is just pure mathematics)....

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Vive le Act Patriotique: Liberté, égalité, fraternité, pick any two. No, not those

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Francais, Francaises,

Je vous en merde.

Monsieur F. Hollande.

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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The magic roundabout

"If they're married, they're risking their families, they're risking their careers, and they are open to manipulation by foreign governments and other agencies."

Does that mean that we might then get lucky enough to replace them with some honest people. No, probably not, because there is a huge queue of other greedy, dishonest politicians/business men/mafia/people just waiting to take their places....

It's pub time already and where's those bloody Google self drive cars, so that I can have my cold beer in the back of the car, with one of John's friends, whilst driving home.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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My brain hurts

"Apparently dressing well improves the holistic ambiance of a brain struggling with esoteric things like coding"

As soon as anyone mentions the word "holistic" you know that what is about to follow is nothing more than ideological diahhorea.

If you want people to code good, leave them alone and just let them get on with their "esotericisms"..

These situations are usually more about the requirement to change a shitty management team than anything else.. ( Peter Principle anyone)

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Re: Tad more...

@Phuq Witt

Nae sweat, ah ken whaur yer comin fae.

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Re: I'll take these with 0.3125ml of salt

I think it comes from the French "tas de", which would roughly translate to a "pile of".

Tas de chose = A pile of things.

Tas de merde = A pile of shit.

The pronunciation is almost exactly the same as the English "tad".... due to the French habit of not articulating .

You have honestly never heard anyone say "just a tad bit more"... Do you live across the pond ?

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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

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Outlook for Phones

Simon forget to mention that he is not talking about the desktop version, which runs very well thank you...

For the 4 users that actually use "Outlook for Mobile Microsoft Platforms", why not just throw away that MS thing, buy an Android or Apple and use BES or Airwatch etc.....which are nice a quick

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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Re: @ Alexander

Isn't it already law that it is completely forbidden to fly anything within the CTR or TMA zones ? Which this must have been if it had been within 20ft.

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Re: Consequences

A flock of seagulls ( thought I would never use that phrase) vs a largish sized QuadCopter or two.

I would easily prefer the Flock o'Gulls due to their meaty/bony disposition.. Flesh, feathers and bones would basically disintegrate... Plastic and metal would probably just bend and become lodged in amongst other parts that don't want pieces of plastic or metal lodged next to them...

Within 20ft of an aircraft should be considered as potential manslaughter.... ( 20ft sounds a bit exaggerated though as the trailing turbulence should have knocked the quad out of control.

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SPECTRE-tacular: New trailer out for Bond 24. But where's the pussy?

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Re: No cat...

Even though Monica is ageing a bit, she is still an lovely piece of ......... woman ....... all Italian woman.

The trailer looks pretty good, action packed and sinister.... Can't wait for the torrent official release..

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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Jean-Marc Ayrault also suggested, in 2012, that the usage of Open Source Software was to be encouraged, great... but...... They believed that they could have made a reduction in costs of 5 - 10% .. ( When you are dealing with a budget of 3 Billion, 5% is definitely a worthwhile reduction).

As far as I know though very little headway was ever made, my wife is a civil servant and their default documents are still in .DOC, .XLS format.( Word and Excel being the standard software).. I am convinced that she would not know what an .ODF document was....

Autant pisser dans une violin.

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Shock findings

So it appears that makes actually prefer to play against males in order to avoid the embarrassment of being beaten by a woman.

How many PhDs does one need to come to that conclusion? Isn't that simply the playground antics that we have all known?

The next study should be "how many useless studies can a research team manage to grab money for/write useless paper for".

Quick find me some Andrex for Plantigrades...

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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Re: One of the few modern automotive inventions that I applaud

>I'm resigned to the fact that autonomous vehicles will happen and can see the benefits

Personally, I can't think of aynthing that I would enjoy more. I have to drive the same damned motorway quite a bit and it is boring, time consuming, dangerous due to geographic position and weather and simply drives(pun intended) me crazy..

Now if I could get in the back seat, wth a cold beer and a good film I would be a happy camper..

As for bikes, gave that up years ago when my back decided that the draft would become a pain...literally... I still like to admire bikes but the pleasure has all but gone .. ( My wife refuses that I buy a quad, grrrrrrr, and yet she loved being in an offroad buggy whilst in Spain )

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Re: Fantastic projets

The Can-Am Spyder is pretty cool for a three wheeler, although for a familly of four it is probably not a great choice....

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Fantastic projets

I can only imagine how much fun it must be to be on the dev team of these kinds of projects....

Ok developer number 1, your project car for todays exercise is a Shelby Cobra, your only constraint is that it must remain on the track at all times.

Ok developer number 2, your project car for todays exercise is a Double Decker bus, your only constraint is that it must remain on the track at all times.

Ok developer number 3, your project car for todays exercise is a Reliant Robin, your only constraint is that it must remain on the track at all times.

On your marks, set, go ................................Maria Karts comes to life.....( without the drivers of course)

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More Apple Car mutterings: Cupertino slurps more autobiz brains

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Re: Apple car?

And it will also require that you inform "iTunes" about your destination, preferred driving speed, upload a copy of your passengers credit card details and validate your password before you are allowed to open the drivers door.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Doesn't the queen have a slightly similar problem at the moment with some videos of her playing in the garden....

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Re: >The leaked data could become fodder for extortion or blackmail,

"My masturbation practices performed in the privacy of my own home aren't fodder for blackmail."

That depends if you publically announce said practices and also who your employer is.... considering that you might be a priest, doctor or a primary school teacher....

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Reg reader? Work at the Home Office? Are you SURE?

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Tinfoil hat request

I wonder how many of the those Home Office IT staff are actually real people or just bank accounts...

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

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Re: Releasing Grey Squirrels

G Squirrels

G Men

G Spots

Gee whiz guv, what's with all the G's nowadays ? ( Neigh,,, don't bother answering that).... Golly Gosh

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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Re: Wondering about that too

There is no point in avoiding the copy as the authentication is usually done using the eponymous MS 25 digit "Licence key".. I very much doubt that they will allow full copies to be installed without the Licence Key being supplied from somewhere.

Obviously in the case of an upgrade I would presume that there will be a routine which verifies if the existing hard disk already has W7 or W8 and then uses some logic to determine if the upgrade can proceed.

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Thought for the day : "The disk media is not recognized, it may not be formatted"

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@P.Lee

Is this what you are looking for...

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722358%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

It must be horrible to be intellectually challenged :-)

[The OS is not as much of a problem as the persons behind the keyboard...] Personally I would suggest the people use both systems and get the best of both worlds...

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Agreed and personally I prefer downloading the iso's with MD5 checksums to match...

I can easilly begin to imagine the local markets stalls selling USB Windows "Ten" sticks that contain little else but the latest drive encrypting virus or a load of porn for a fiver.....

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India reveals plan to fix poverty by doing ANYTHING-as-a-service

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t. Announcements of the new plan included admissions that India's own economy won't be able to provide sufficient jobs.

I think I can spot a problem here. Last time I looked there was the same problem in most of the occidental countries as well. Or are they hoping to work for the Plutionians...

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iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

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"With big advancements like the A8 chip and the 8 megapixel iSight camera, customers can experience next-level gameplay, take even more beautiful photos, and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows and movies."

So basically it can do less than a current phone but it is still expected to excite... I need poked with the big clue stick because I just don't see it..

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Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

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SadNads

SadNads just doesn't cut it as the head of such a large corporation. I'm beginning to think that our ex-incumbent sweaty chair throwing lovable monkey was actually better at the job... At least Balmer had some character and he brought us W7, which is quite easilly their best desktop OS...( Let's give W10 some time before making judgement).

SadNads just doesn't have the panache, the clear vision, the flair or the presence to hold the chair... he just has a pair of emtpy, sad nads....

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Ex-MIT prof jailed for 'making experimental film' about bank robbery. In a bank. Without saying it was a film

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Re: No guns does not = no violence

Agreed, but that article is quite bare on facts and I was surmising that a budding director would have more to his palette than just some badly worded script.

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No guns does not = no violence

I do not understand why no guns = a lesser sentence. violence can also be psychological.

Example : Give the bank teller a note stating that her daughter/son/spouse will have something extremely nasty done to them should she not immediately hand over all the money.

So the years sentence means that this guy will be out in 8 months or so, if nothing else that gives him 8 months to improve his next robbery film script...

I do not see the relevance of mentioning that he was ex-MIT other than the fact that he obviously wasn't the head of the Intelligence Department.... Intelligent people do not rob banks they become politicians and rob the people legally.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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Great news

If we can use sea-weed to create food then we can triple, quadruple or quintuple the number of people on the planet. Now isn't everyone looking forward to that.

</sarcasm>

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Reddit CEO U-turn: Site no longer a bastion of free speech – and stop posting so much hate

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Its either free speech or its not

You can't stop people hating anymore than you can stop them loving.

In one sense it is good that people are able to vent their spleen as I imagine that it creates a kind of pressure release. If this option doesn't exist then that same pressure will probably be released elsewhere, ouch. When it's on the web at least we are aware of its existance and to some extent can take appropriate action. If everything gets pushed underground we simply blind ourselves.

The PC brigade always seem to fail to realise that the idealistic world that they would like to create is an unbalanced place. Nature does not allow for unbalance....the stronger the PC brigade become the stronger the Non-PC brigade becomes..

If anything, these forums and sub forums are merely a manifestation of the state of mind within a particular strata of contemporary society....it needs to be studied rather than banned.

Again it's just another of contemporary societies problems that will not be resolved by brushing it away.

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

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Alternatively

Microsoft has stopped entering other rings, temporarily.

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Huawei: in the world of 5G, we're all Europeans now

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Re: Grasshopper velly wise

Well that all depends on how long or short your memory is..

For approximately 4 or 5 years we see nothing but "Security Concerns", "Huawei dropped", "US refuses to work with Huawei"...

As an example : If you read the recommendations on page 20 we can easily understand the British governement does not trust Huawei ( or any other foreign telecoms development company).. In the end they state the what is most important is "how they handle the risk" rather than the risk itself............what, why not just give them the Private Keys to GCHQ headquarters while were at it.......

There are too many lines of code to verify therefore we will just mitigate the risk by ......coming up with a mitigation solution....no shit Sherlock..

Report-Foreign-Investment-in-the-Critical-National-Infrastructure.pdf

And now in 2015 all is hunky dory once more... maybe the Government managed to read the million lines of code that they feared in 2013....

Surprising how the world can change.

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Grasshopper velly wise

We own you data, you do we say...if not choppy choppy, you understand.

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

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Flash : Just say no....

'There are extensive efforts underway internally'

They have changed the coffee machine and are now using a stronger Robusta mixture...

Seriously though, this is not a new problem for Adobe, it has only been like this for the last 5 years or so.....Is the company run by ostriches ?

+1 for the comment relating to a "dog egg", it's the first time that I have heard the expression, made me laugh this morning which is always a good thing..far better than having to install an adobe product.

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

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Re: Map Source?

@AC

Please excuse my lack of clarification I was being generic rather then specific, I couldn't agree more and would quite happilly encourage anyone to return to using physical paper maps..

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Re: More and more people expect to be spoonfed

I sympathize with you on the cloudy nights... I can only imagine that you have to resort to actually reading the street signs, or worse still actually having to "ask someone"....oh the shame, oh the shame...

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Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

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Re: Laughing all the way to the Swiss Bank.

>Blue Nun?

I guess that I am showing my age, the cheapest of Rieslings that even the unemployed could afford..

PS : I know why you shuddered. ( Definitely not what you would find in a 3 Macaron Michelin Restaurant.)

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Laughing all the way to the Swiss Bank.

This guy must have left court in a wheelchair as the fits of laughter that he must have suffered would have rendered him unable to walk.

As he walks into the Geneva branch of Lombard Odier, thinking to himself, I wonder if I should have a nice Blanc de Blanc with my lobster today or will I simply send a bottle of Blue Nun to HMRC with a nice card saying thanks for everything, lol....

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

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Re: Who?

A quick Wikipedia later et voila : Quick version, They deepfried "nut shaped" balls of dough ....

The earliest known recorded usage of the term dates to an 1808 short story[13] describing a spread of "fire-cakes and dough-nuts." Washington Irving's reference to "doughnuts" in 1809 in his History of New York is more commonly cited as the first written recording of the term. Irving described "balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog's fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks."[14] These "nuts" of fried dough might now be called doughnut holes. Doughnut is the more traditional spelling, and still dominates outside the US.[15][16] At present, doughnut and the shortened form donut are both pervasive in American English.[17]

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Donuts definately donuts

"Denny's Donuts" looks fine and they taste great with some good coffee.... America's obesity problems probably stems from here and I can easilly understand why. (There might also be better "donut" shops but I thought Denny's was pretty good)

"Denny's Doughnuts" is too snobbish... ( England is more about Scones, double cream and raspberry Jam)

Never forget that the Americans are still learning their 3Rs . Reeding, riting and arifmetics. so they are excused for their ortograf...

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'Ugly Reddit commentards made me doubt humanity'

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Re: Ugly..The Ultimate Sin

@John Bailey

>Places like Reddit and here are what happens when all that post are essentially trolls.

What's interesting though is that it is indicative of contemporary society. The rage of anonymous and ephemeral courage shown by the great unwashed is simply a manifestation of it's state of permanent fear.

Everything has become a dichotomy, if you are not for something then by misguided logic you automatically become against. No longer do we learn to debate, now we learn how to hate..

El Reg has bitten it's own tail long ago, it is after all a business, not a charity, and as such now panders to the unwashed masses, have you seen some of those damned 10 best of lists ( facepalm and tears stuff).

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Yes, and as we all know Brian is in the kitchen?

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