* Posts by Captain Hogwash

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

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Re: Does she like pina coladas?

I wish I could upvote this many times.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Re: What was the registration of your father's car?

His first car, his previous car or his red car?

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Re: Even worse

Use modifiers e.g. dark black, light black, pale black, etc.

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Russia will fork Sailfish OS to shut out pesky Western spooks

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Re: It would be nice to have...

Surely there would need to be another Russian made phone that is up and working in order for your loved ones to be able to take your call?

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

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Holmes

Re: Re: But what do they hope to find out?

Something to do with having a tongue like coarse sand paper.

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

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Mushroom

Re: "Or is that not what you meant?"

English grammar wasn't taught in comprehensive schools during the late seventies and early eighties. You know damn well what I meant.

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Re: "Surveillance is a sensitive issue in Germany"

It should be everywhere.

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'Tough' UK public sector blamed in BT sales hiccup

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WHERE'S MY FTTC?

GRRR!!!

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse chap in 'desperate' cash shortage

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@VinceH

Fancy a change from your usual do you Vince?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Not-Insects-Vincent-Holt/dp/0946014124

:-)

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Meh

Re: Missing the big picture

My apologies. When you wrote of toppling the system I hadn't realised you meant tweaking the system slightly.

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Re: Missing the big picture

Having torn the system down, what would you put in its place?

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ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? NOOoo!

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Re: Was gutted...

I feel your pain. Was gutted to have to take any Sky channel when all I wanted was Film4 (it was £7/month on top on Sky subscription but not available standalone.)

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Surveillance, broadband, zero hours: Tech policy in a UK hung Parliament

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Re: raising the subject of reform is still possible

Perhaps. But the two main parties will argue that the result was a vote of support for the current system. This means getting another referendum is probably just about as likely as if AV had won the day last time.

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Re: its time to call time on our stupid voting system

I agree. Unfortunately, when given the opportunity to do just that, the electorate said no.

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Love-rat fanboi left bobbing for Apples in tiny Japanese bath

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Wow!

Tell me more about the bath. What are the dimensions? Where are the taps? What's that strange lid type thing at the narrow end? Is it really an enormous bidet? Are these available in Blighty?

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Horsefly says no to mosquito!

OK, I'm going.

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: Assembly, now that was Punk

The point about punk was that anyone could do it. You no longer had to be a virtuoso as the progressive guys had been - just pick up a guitar and bang out three chords. I graduated from BASIC to typing hex into the Pet's machine code monitor just as I graduated from three guitar chords to fancy quasi-classical finger style. So BASIC WAS punk, assembly was something requiring more skill (metal/prog/jazz?) and just running other people's programs was Bay City Rollers (manufactured - geddit?)

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BASIC - Punk Rock!

I liked this analogy. I was 13 in 1979 and wrote my first program on a Commodore Pet. I've always been aware of the fact that I was just between two revolutions in popular music & culture (too young for punk, too old for acid house) but, being exactly the right age when the early eighties micro boom happened, I've told people for years that this was the rock & roll of my generation. Sadly too many my own age don't get it so it was nice to hear someone on Radio 4 who does.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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For me, Spartan evokes...

memories of a box of chocolates with hard centres available for a while in the seventies. I liked them but I don't think they were a commercial success.

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NHS England has some sneaky plans for Care.data acceleration

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Phil Dude

Why the joke icon?

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

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@fandom Re: Oh myyyyy....

Er, whoosh!

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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Re: Am I the only one...

No you are not. I too am concerned at the prospect of becoming 0xDEADBEEF.

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: turned off registering

Maybe that's the point. Remember the poll tax?

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Re: Lordy

unless these things fly themselves and drivers are required to get pilot's licenses

FTFY

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'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims

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Headmaster

Re: Markie Sugar town Cannot be Trusted

What about Markie Sugar Mountain?

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

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DroidBerry?

BlackDroid sounds much cooler.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: why does every small computer get compared to the Raspberry Pi?

Because, on the original BBC website article at least, it's the only thing most of the target audience will have heard of that conveys the essence of the thing.

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Re:Glocester

Did you mean Gloucester? Or even Cheltenham?

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: self-indulgent onanism

Is there any other kind?

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

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Re: where you would end up

Don't worry. Apple would never let you out on the big bad scary roads. You'll be perfectly safe riding around inside the walled garden.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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re: not mattering

Each to their own, live and let live, etc.

But this really baffles me. Why are people terrified of not mattering? It seems to be a widespread affliction.

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Assemblers were once people: My aunt did it for NASA

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Re: cannot remember what for

Probably to make it go faster. That's what I did on a Commodore PET to get over the atrocious speed of the BASIC interpreter. First I poked a subroutine in what was largely a BASIC program. Then on a more ambitious, machine code only, program it was SYS 1024 and start banging in the hex. The improvement was so great that I had to artificially slow it down to make the game playable. That would have been somewhere in time between the zx81 and the speccy release dates.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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WTF?

Re: "would probably see an increase, because the middle class value their Radio 4"

Er, conditional access for radio? I think I might have misunderstood something. They got rid of the need to have a radio licence in 1971.

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Denmark tops European tech table, two other Scandis right behind

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@Cuddles Re: Scandis

I didn't say or even imply that the article claimed the Netherlands is part of Scandinavia. Read my post again. The article asserted that two of Sweden, the Netherlands and Finland are Scandinavian. That assertion is incorrect as only Sweden is part of Scandinavia. As for Finland, whether it counts as part of Scandinavia or not IS very clearly defined as I believe a later poster has elaborated.

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Re: Scandis

Neither the Netherlands nor Finland are Scandinavian countries. The Scandinavian countries are Denmark, Norway and Sweden, all of which are also Nordic, as is Finland. The Netherlands is neither Scandinavian nor Nordic. This is all basic stuff which has been out there for a long time yet news sites keep making the same damned mistake.

Disclaimer: I have no Scandinavian or Nordic connections.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Re: Alternatively

When did you ever hear of a cult fostering individuality?

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Re: Truman

I had the idea that this would actually be some sort of Truman Show/Capricorn One hybrid. I certainly don't believe this mission will happen as currently being touted.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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I thought we'd all agreed...

...that science programming was over at the BBC after the Horizon strand's assertion via Danny Wallace that "Chimps are people too".

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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Jesus in a vacuum tube

They look like those decorative neon lightbulbs with Jesus inside that were produced in the thirties but were still popular in Irish holiday lets in the seventies. Surely someone else can see what I mean?

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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"failed to meet standards ... arising from hairy arms or dry skin"

So the users were wearing it wrong?

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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I don't see why he's so concerned.

GCHQ/NSA will take care of it.

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Amazing, cool, wow: Humans naturally use POSITIVE words, and that is GOOD

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re: load mouthed

eeuuwww

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Re: Note to the first three commentards

Or even a moderatrix.

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California Uber Alles: Google wants to become the World Privacy Court

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Deja vu

“wars will no longer exist. But there will be...Rollerball.”

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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Big Brother

Just add this to the list I guess.

war is peace

freedom is slavery

ignorance is strength

Illegal is legal (as long as we let you know about it)

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Re: Your right to privacy

"If you are the subject of a lawful investigation you have no right to privacy, nor should you expect it."

The point here is that they are hoovering up communications data of everyone. Not just the subjects of lawful investigations.

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Unhappy

Heads, they win...

tails, we lose.

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NSA raided hackers' troves of stolen data: report

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Re: Yet Another Anon Cluetard

Hi Matt. Fancy a big shiny spoon?

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Re: Lovely Horse

That's almost certainly where the code name comes from. Because "I can get this."

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Kill Facebook's creepy on-by-default Yelp 'killer' Place Tips – your guide

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Re: "family pressure"

Some people think Facebook is THE INTERNET.

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