* Posts by WonkoTheSane

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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Re: Future history telling speak.

I think you missed a few zeroes from the price.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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More likely, insurance company profits may rise a little without hitting us in the wallet.

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There's ALWAYS room for a HHGttG quote. Have an upvote!

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Beautiful model to explain the universe to physicists

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Obligatory HHGttG quote:-

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

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Re: Ignominious defeat?

Sure you're not thinking of "Escape to Victory"?

Don't remember any football in "The Great Escape"

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

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Apple have other priorities than R&D

Most of their income goes to their legal department

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Microsoft sells 1,500 patents to Chinese mega-phone biz Xiaomi

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Re: How many???

Some nations use the comma as a decimal point.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_mark#Countries_using_Arabic_numerals_with_decimal_comma

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China confirms moonshot

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Re: India

"Why is UK doing a spaceport in UK, nearer equator makes more sense?"

So... British territory near the equator... at Latitude 7° 56' South, that would be Ascension Island* then?

Already home to an RAF base and an ESA tracking station.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascension_Island

*most appropriate spaceport name... in the world!

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Labour scores review of Snoopers' Charter's bulk powers from UK.gov

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May calls for "review"

World hears "whitewash"

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"And if he gets to be Home Secretary he'll go native. They always do."

+1 "insightful"

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Surrey teen charged over Mumsnet hack attack

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I rather suspect his sentence will be suspended, he may get ankle-tagged for a few months, and then offered a job in Cheltenham.

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Wrong conclusion

"I think perhaps it's best that the government is not responsible for judging that one."

Because they'd have to start by banning themselves?

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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

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Let me check...

Nope. I don't have a violin small enough for this!

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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Tracking ANYTHING at somewhere north of 30,000mph is kinda tricky!

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Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world's most controlling men

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Re: So all political parties are for it

Sadly, not voting is NOT voting no!

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Re: Was it repeated for a second time?

One if by land, two if by sea.

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Pop goes the weasel! Large Hadron Collider blown up by critter chomping 66kV cable

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Re: Veezels

Soooooo........

TL;DR - Night of the Lepus? (Ask IMDb)

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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Saved for future use on cold callers!

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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Except for the fact that Doohan was Canadian?

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Seems related

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CayMeza487M

(Mine's the one with 17 different weapons in the pockets)

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Megaphone

B*tch can't listen to you without a mic plugged in!

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Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

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FAIL

When May opens her gob...

EVERY b*llsh** detector on Earth goes up to 11!

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: ZFS

I believe oomwat is suggesting it would be more legally acceptable if supplied as a DKMS module.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_Kernel_Module_Support

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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Re: Alternate operating systems

The WileyFox Storm & Swift come with Cyanogenmod out of the box.

https://www.wileyfox.com/

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Australia's Dick finally drops off

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Next on the list

Maplin, a very similar company in the UK, seems to be going the same way.

A catalog that just a couple of years ago, was one over 700 pages of components, is now a mere 200 pages of naff gadgets & phone chargers.

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ExoMars works! 2 Mbit/s link established and camera snapping

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Re: Those bits that are following it

After the planned course correction, the probe will be heading in a different direction, so the debris becomes completely irrelevant.

(until the debris ploughs into an approaching starship, starting an interstellar war for which we are allegedly unprepared)

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: Excellent

As I understand it, the bet was with Harlan Ellison, not Sir Arthur C Clarke.

(But I agree with pitting this judge against any organisation that preys upon "The weak of mind and fat of wallet")

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

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Sure Officer, you can scan my phone.

Just let me get it out of the boot.

(When driving, my phone is in a pocket of my work bag, in the boot of the car.)

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Inside Nvidia's Pascal-powered Tesla P100: What's the big deal?

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Re: Charles 9

IF there is an actual Pascal-chipped consumer GPU coming, I think the reveal won't be until E3, in June.

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Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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Didn't fool me!

Luckily, I'd already seen the story on the BBC's "Ten things that look like April Fools, but aren't" page that day.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: Bizarre

GM have stated they do not intend to bring the Bolt to Europe.

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'Planet nine' theory boosted by Kuiper Belt Object with odd orbit

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Planet Ten?

Beware Red Lectroids!

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William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

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"To sum up; the guy's a fucking idiot."

He's a politician. It's in the job requirements!

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Dear Mr Hague

<insert 20minute non-stop tirade of expletives here> and the horse you and your "honourable" colleagues rode in on!

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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

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Re: machine brought in in a garbage bag

Nope, the top of the PC was covered in little towels!

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Google reveals rapid cloud expansion

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I know a LOT of Australian "Star Citizen" gamers are hoping for an "Oceania" region to be on that list.

The game runs on Google's Cloud, and their current nearest DC is Singapore, which does NOT make for good latency.

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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Poll site fall down, go boom

Silly wins again!

How about RRS Michael Palin, or RRS Jeremy Clarkson. Both have links to that part of the world.

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UK Snoopers' Charter crashes through critics into the next level

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You forgot one

Parliament

Orders

Legal

Investigation

Concerning

Electronic

Surveillance

Total

Animosity

Towards

Everyone

*Hint - Read downwards!

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UK draft super-spy law 'not fit for purpose,' say 100s of senior lawyers

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"Senior lawyers"?

If they're serious, they should offer to defend ANYONE charged under this law "pro bono" (for free)!

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Hi-def ExoMars launch vid lacks volcanic lair vibe

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Sadly, there is no longer "still time". We lost Sir Ken last Thursday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35780260

'Splody icon, because that's how his Bond sets often ended up.

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Labour will create FUD and then abstain on UK Snoopers' Charter vote

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Abstention DOESN'T work!

Not voting is NOT voting NO!

These gimps are all as bad as each other. Pic of typical MP off-duty ---->

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Google emits Android N developer preview early to smoke out bugs

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No love for 5 & 7?

Not happy.

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Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

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Re: Interface with an Arduino

"For that you first need to specify the speed of an unladen Celery - and no African/European shenanigans please..."

Oldest known reference to celery is from Tutankhamen's tomb, so definitely African.

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Phorm suspends its shares from trading amid funding scrabble

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GOOD!

See title

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Gosh, what a huge shock: Ofcom shies away from BT Openreach split, calls for reform

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OFGUM you mean?

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Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

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At least Murica still has call centres!

Most of the UK's are now in India!

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Google to snatch control of Android updates from mobe makers – analyst

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Re: Great

"Where's linux on the fondleslab when you need it?"

Wait a month:-

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/02/bq-m10-ubuntu-tablet-everything-you-need-to-know

Unless you meant phones, in which case right here, right now!

https://store.bq.com/gl/smartphones

Note the phones at each end are running Ubuntu

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Microsoft Office 365: You don't need 27 floppies, but there is desktop friction

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Just plain NO!

LibreOffice FTW

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Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

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Transmissions?

It's kinda hard to make a concrete block transmit anything!

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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What are the odds?

In the first example, what are the odds that the ex-programmer who called in was the one who wrote that comment in the first place, back when the world was young?

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