* Posts by Ben Bonsall

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Trump carded: Wannabe prez's hotels 'ground zero' in banking breach

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Whenever I read one of these stories, I always read POS as Pile of Shit...

"Cards were stolen via hacked Pile of Shit terminal software"

"Malware was discovered in our Pile of Shit system"

"40 million cards have been stolen from a Pile of Shit used by Home Depot"

etc.

And the first comment on this story:

This is what happens when your Pile of Shit systems run an inherently insecure operating systems like MS Windows...

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: it was the music

You could network STs with the midi ports... There were a bunch of multiplayer games working like this (mostly PD though). Midi maze was the best- Networked FPS where all the characters were big grinning spheres. A friend of mine wrote a 3d tennis game you needed red-blue glasses for. Fun times :)

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Had this on my lynx. (Still do, actually) The only time I completed the first level, the power brick smoked out, and being a skint kid I didn't have any batteries in... Annoyed me so much I went back to playing through Chip's Challenge again.

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Re: Smoking recipe

I blame the smell checker.

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Re: Greek Gyros?

Gyros is strips of marinated meat cooked on a giant vertical spit and shaved like a doner... Doner is minced and mixed with spices and sawdust and formed into an elephant's leg.

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Sticky Pasta

1) Open tin of tuna in oil. Must be in oil.

2) empty onto large plate

3) Boil spaghetti in a pan, with the plate with the tuna on as a lid.

4) once done, remove plate and drain spaghetti

5) grate copious quantities of cheddar cheese onto now warm tuna

6) put spaghetti on top of cheese

7) grate on more cheese

8) mix thoroughly

9) microwave plate for 1 min

10) splash on tobacco

11) eat with knife and fork. there is no way you can do the windy thing with the spoon if you have made it right, as everything will be one big lump of pasta tuna and cheese.

12) wash down with more of what you were drinking before

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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What the hell is an emoji?

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Elon Musk pours more Kool-Aid into Powerwall

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10kW inverters are common in the narrow boating community, well, among live aboards anyway... (often as a pair of 5kV with a manager and phase syncer)

But then most of the continuous use stuff is 12 or 24v anyway, so the only big loads are oven, hob (if gas-free,) washer/dryer, microwave.

Still, if you want a solar house, or a battery backup for storing economy 7, then time to convert as much as you can to 24v anyway. Do these things have a 24v take off, or only 240v?

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: Oh yes!

What icon, exactly, best expresses this sentiment?

Surely it just needs to be a thumbs up icon, with an arse above it?

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ECJ: Hey Belgian telcos - don't bother serving the huddled masses

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"Unlike other Robin Hoods, *I* can do an English accent"

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A 16 Petaflop Cray: The key to fantastic summer barbecues

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Finally, the met office has a computer which has power and heat characteristics significant enough to require inclusion into the climate models it's designed to run...

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Spaniards get that cinking feeling

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Re: Optional

They say 'whiffy' here. 'Do you have whiffy?' 'There's a problem with my whiffy.' etc.

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Google I/O FORTRESS: Sold-out dev conference is in LOCKDOWN

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Do the wristbands include a heart rate monitor and skin galvanometer, feeding back to a chip in the speakers brain that allows them to tailor the speech based on the emotional response of the audience?

Or some kind of electroshock or tranquilizer needle for pacifying unrest or removing 'awkward questions'?

And does the personalized mountain dew contains a specific isotopic tracer so they know who you meet with... And maybe to check that when you popped out to the loo, you really went to the loo and not to post some secret sauce to an anonymous blog?

And if not, why not?

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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If I get free choice of question, then I tend to do jeopardy-style, the question goes in the answer box, the answer in the question... So 'please answer your security question: Bugsy?' with the answer 'what was your grandma's dog called'

Surprisingly easy to remember.

If not, I make up something rubbish like 'Where did you go to school?' 'Zamonia High' and store it in my password manager. Which is kind of redundant. If I have the password manager to get the answer from, then I also have the password.

Note: My grandma didn't have a dog.

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Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

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Re: Fail Safe?

Rule Zero: Do not be on fire.

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Please no non-consensual BACKDOOR SNIFFING, Mr Obama

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We have breakable non breakable encryption anyway, they just don't get it.

With enough compute power, you can crack RSA, it's just maths. Sure, you can't crack all encrypted communication, but once you have a legitimate target, you just need to crack theirs. 5 years ago (when 768 bit was first cracked), they reckoned a $1billion computer network could crack 1024 bit rsa in a useful timeframe. I'm sure they've spent several more billions since then. No backdoor required, just cash and a target.

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LOHAN's final test flight moniker: The people must decide

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Cheers!

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PRATCHETT is good, but for me it's a tossup between FIREBALL and FIST. As always.

Atmospheric Balloon-O-Rocket Test For Ultimate ChecK oF Unstable Configuration

Korrection And Also Reentry Guidance Handling!

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Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

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Re: No need to worry

If it doesn't have Robert Picardo's head in the front seat i'm not getting in.

Also, 25mph on my commute? Luxury! I'm lucky if I get 25kph.

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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NINE (cheer!)

ELEVEN (cheer!)

Hey, this politics lark is easier than I thought.

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Calamity cargo capsule DOOMED: Space station pod in fireball re-entry

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Re: Gaining altitude?

IT's in an elliptical orbit, right now the apogee is over the south pacific, perigee over the uk

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Jawbone Up4 tapcash wristjob: Get BONKING with the latest sweaty hipster toy

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Year of NFC

Doesn't sound half so interesting as Year of Bonking.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Chicxulub

That's not an asteroid impact crater, it was made with a spoon.

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Big Data shocker: Over 6 million Americans have reached the age of 112

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Re: Or, just *maybe*

"One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach; all the damn vampires"

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Droidberry dangles: Why the BlackBerry-Samsung alliance is big potatoes

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Droidberry dangles sounds serious.

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Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

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Re: I'm having trouble visualising the scale of this thing

Depends. It's exactly the size of one standard Galactipool table though.

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World’s oldest IT dining society breaks into the House of Lords

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Re: Damn good show.

They tried that, unfortunately government rules say you must have a secretary present if a decision is to be taken. So the official decision is taken after the lunch, when no one can quite remember what was decided before the brandy arrived. Because of course you wouldn't want the secretary taking notes over lunch.

(Dramatization, may not have happened)

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The Platform?

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The Platform?

What is it and when did the link appear next to the channel?

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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...including the aviation-related environmental impacts...

I.e. Crashes.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Re: Threepwood!

"How to get ahead when navigating?"

"Hey, this sounds interesting!"

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: the hypocracy

I should possibly qualify my previous statement- even when Belgium doesn't have an actual government, there are still 6 other sub-governments up and running,

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Re: Not to be confused with Project Satan

Made from the evilest parts of the evilest browsers from history?

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Re: the hypocracy

"Shortage of government?"

Is there such a thing?

Yes. Every time Belgium has an election, there is a shortage of government for up to a year and a half. Interestingly, things generally improve during these periods, and then go crap again once they all stop infighting and start working out what they can break.

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Re: Strange, but true

delphiDeveloper, dD

Obviously, the usually used unit would be micro dD, because there's not a lot of use for the full unit.

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Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

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Omni.science is gone :(

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US trade bods: No, your iPhone can't detect CANCER

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Re: Paging - Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard....

Mostly it's used in snake-polishing.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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The texts aren't the problem. The people trying to convince others that it is 100% true and using persuasion sticks to help are the problem.

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Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

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Re: Harumpf!

Thanks. I just had it stuffed.

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Drinking games: Tapper 1983, this Bud's for you...

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Check out the range of bars on Discworld Mud... And the range of drinks. You can get so unbelievably pished that you fall unconscious or wander blindly, have an unbelievably strong coffee that sends you out the other side of sober, have absinthe that makes you see bunnies... There's even badly rolled cigarettes and dodgy mushrooms if drinking isn't your thing. And a type of pepper you snort and sneeze so hard it blows you across the room...

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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, Dead Girl Walking and Chasing the Scream

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I know that it is considered bad form to divulge too much of the plot in tales of this nature, but I will say I found the rope descent wearing Louboutin heels unfeasible – though, not having tried this stunt myself, I can neither verify not deny its possibility.

It wouldn't be the first on-the-edge-of-disbelief rope descent in a parlabane book... I'm thinking of Be My Enemy here

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Re: Spotted what's missing?

Southhampton is pretty flat- but the contour lines are there, just very faint in that screenshot... look around the motorway intersection at the bottom left.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

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Re: That is not Saag Aloo........

Saag is actually generic greens- Palak is specifically spinach

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Lost SPACECRAFT believed FOUND ON COMET

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Re: When philae wakes up

They're all the one true hitchhikers :) I;m sure Addams said they all happen in slightly parallel universes because some jokes don't work in some universes...

Except the movie. Because most of the jokes are there, but only the first half of them. And because Marvin.

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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There's only one feature I want in a new browser:

Tree style history and back and forward buttons- so I can look at three links from one page and see what order I visited them, or go back 3 levels and up another branch of the tree and still be able to click back and see the pages I visited up the other branch

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BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

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Terminator

Well, I for one welcome our new robot vampire overlords...

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SpaceX ROCKET HOVER-SHIP space station mission now on Friday

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Re: Flying milk cow ?

For example, NASA wants a huge lasso in space now.

For catching the cow again, obviously.

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Re: Burden

So everything that there isn't a law demanding it be keep secret... goes on a public sharepoint site.

Thus absolutely guaranteeing that no one can ever find it.

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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But good god, please not Justin Beiber.

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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Re: Eight-minute empire

upvote for recommending Hey! That's my fish!

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Full Carcassonne - or small world

The spinoffs- hunters and gatherers and ark of the covenant are not a patch of the full game... Particularly not with a full set of expansions (well, not catapult or wheel of fortune... too random).

A full set has over 200 tiles and takes several hours, there's a lot of politics around who you attack with your towers, who you can talk into making a different move that advantages you...

Small world with the expansion (also available on android) is an idea starter game (and if you get it on a tablet, an idea pub/waiting for train/on train/pub again waiting for people type game), it takes about 5 minutes to learn the rules (there are only really 3...), and a total beginner can get lucky with a race and do surprisingly well and want to keep playing, even if they drop back to not doing so well in the next few games...

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