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3375 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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Re: Not even that...

Excellent idea. Use a similar technique on dry land with a 'careless' digger driver to cut the cable and your tapping crew a few miles away along the run, all ready to make a neat tap.

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Hackers-for-hire raided 300 banks, corporates for TWELVE YEARS

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Re: Did they by any chance have red hair?

They certainly have some twisted mentats working for them.

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

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Re: The region lies at the top of the comet

It's the part that gets most of the sunlight at noon.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: At last the 1936 Show, Folks!

" I mean iPlayer is great but only if you want to revisit last week."

Or watch a broadcast as it happens (if you don't have a televison), or watch after the programme has just finished because you wanted to walk the dog, or watch from yesterday because you had better things to do at the time. For some programmes, they have the links to all previous episodes in a series, which has been very useful for me in the past.

I can find out all I need about a TV programme from Wikipedia (hurrah for volunteers) then do my own searches (in various places of variable quality). What the average Joe(line) needs is a simple way of finding content they'd be intersested in and then a means watching it at their own convenience. We're not there yet and probably never will be.

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LOHAN tin-rattles to a whopping £27,000 on Kickstarter

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Just a thought

As a result of pipe smoking in my 'youth', I have a crooked tooth on the upper left side. I hope the young lady only does this for the short time required to take a picture.

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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Re: Ah, the t'internet of things ...

That should be: Ah, t'internet ... What do you think t' stands for? (Actually, the entire word "the" is elided with a lingual stop but you need to indicate it in writing, hence t')

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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@ 'Faux' Science Slayer

From one of your previous posts:

" ... i started writing Satire....posted at Canada Free Press and even more at my website..."

It's interesting to see how you've developed.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Re: eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN...

.... they bought their servers on eBay.

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'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

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I'm sorry, can you say that again? I can't understand your accent.

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Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

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Re: weakness in this story

I use the Solwise AV500 around the house for an upstairs WiFi repeater and various non-demading connectivity. I have noticed that if I stream two videos from my network storage box via Homeplug, then there is the occassional stutter, compared to ethernet cable connection to the router. That might be my house wiring or various other factors.

Is there still any argument running about the Homeplug devices causing interference to various radio bands?

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Re: Security?

" ... or to store images off-site, a potentially expensive aspect."

That's what the 'cloud' is for, 10GB of free storage from many suppliers. With a mildly clever monitorung system, it will only store images or video if the scene changes. For 'evidence', you're better off with a few high resolution snapshots than a low resolution video recording.

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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

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I've started wondering about the sound made by two excited atoms but I want to keep my comments 'family friendly'.

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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In the Arizona desert

A company called ACME has been formed to produce a non-military version. This will be cheaper and surprisingly effective but will lead to disappointment and/or disaster for anybody who uses it.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber Pool is bogus: Ride sharing biz is illegal in the state, says regulator

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They say that the legailty is something quite atrocious

Those Californian liberals, they always sound precocious

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Sleepy spotless summer Sun's shock solar storm surge stuns scientists

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" ... our nearest star."

I think of it as 'OUR star'.

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SHINY NEW GADGETS! No, we're not joking, here's a load of them

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Just wondering

Sony Action Cam: Can you get a decent stereo recording with microphones so close together?

Self-stirring pot: Can it stir porridge well and does it tell you if you need to add a bit more water?

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Salesforce plan to rename London skyscraper 'Salesforce Tower' DEMOLISHED

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Re: Fishy Fishy

Saltwater or freshwater? Tropical or temperate? Details are important.

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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@Technical Ben

I'm with you on this. My Asus Transformer is a fantastic little machine to use and does just about evrything I need. I used it as my main machine (by length of time) until I resurrected my old laptop with Linux. I found myself wishing that the Asus had a larger screen and keyboard.

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

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What happens if they get together ....

... and turn into an e-dust assassin. That could be the end of _our_ culture.

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Satellite weather forecast: Cloudy with a chance of p0wnage

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All perfectly reasonable

"Some flaws, including nasty ones, have persisted for years due in part to contractors having a four-year reprieve in 2010 from addressing any security flaws while the station was repurposed from a research project to the JPSS."

The contractors who fitted my double glazing made a total mess of the window for the small bedroom, it leaks rain and the wind blows through it. I don't expect them to fix it for a while because I'm trying to repurpose that room for a personal study and storage room.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: Just when I thought they were returning to a click-wheel style interface

I think Sony have a patent on that. I remember the old click-wheel with rose tinted fondness.

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YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess

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I feel left out and marginalised.

"The attackers check the user agent to work out whether a target is running a Windows or a Mac machine, and redirect them accordingly."

Damn, I regret switching to Linux now. Would it help if I disabled AdBlock and Request Policy and NoScript and FlashBlock?

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Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International

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Thin end of the wedge

This particular request may have been craftily designed so that any reasonable court would find that there is no threat to security in requiring GCHQ to reveal the information. It's a long term 'thin end of the wedge' tactic to set a precedent.

Next: an FOI request for the average number of miles traveled by GCHQ employees on 'company business', broken down by air/train/car miles, in order to determine if they are being responsible about carbon emissions.

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Australian whistleblower laws weaker than China's, report finds

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It's the law, or is it?

There may be laws in China but from what I've read the enforcement of the law against you depends on how well connected you are and how well connected your 'adversary' may be. This study needs some case examples.

Does anyone have personal experience or good information about strength and integrity of enforcement in various countries?

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Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS

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How do they know it was piebald?

Did they have some skin/scales to examine?

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Ultimate hardware hack: Home Depot nailed by vice merchants

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Re: re: DEBIT cards

The clerks are probablly penalised if any fake notes appear in their till. Control by fear does work, sadly.

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Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies

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... if one wants to 'Hide BCC recipients' ...

I thought the entire point of BCC was that nobody else (apart from you, the sender) knew that they had been sent a copy? Have I misunderstood something?

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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People who talk about what is 'cool' (or not) and argue about what is 'cool' are definitely not 'cool'. I'll tell you what 'cool' is; .... oh .....

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3D scanning made easy: Reg man ponders terrifying Xmas pressie

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Creepy chess set

How about a 'family' chess set where the King/Queen are Dad/Mum and favourite aunts and uncles are knight, bishop and rook. Cousins and siblings can be individual pawns; or whatever. I'm sure there are some people who would pay serious money if the end result was of good technical quality.

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Oi, you don't work here, MR ANYTHING BUT incisive – get your grubby mitts off our commentards

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a quick Google tells us exactly who you are

Jack Gilbert has a neat and tidy beard that matches his eyebrows and his hair (just like mine does). As such, I have a lot of admiration for him and I think that you should cut him some slack.

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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Mxyzptlk

em eks why zed pee tee el kay

I wonder if they take into account that the user may be Polish (etc) and is using a password this is perfectly pronounceable for them.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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So, your wife is a linguist?

I'm on my way.

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Alibaba swings a large one with STONKING IPO legal bills

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big $15.8m payout to lawyers

I assume they had fourty lawyers working on the IPO.

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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the “adult weight” of 87kg

I weigh 68kg (I'm 5'10" so my BMI is about 22) and regard myself as 'normal'. Am I actually 'skinny'?

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Re: Yeah...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWVshkVF0SY

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

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Re: why?

" ... open source crows ... "

Do you think of them as flocking and feasting on the fruit of the Apple tree? You've got some deep symbolism going on in there. Lie down and tell us more.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: I just use...

"whatthef**kismypassword"

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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The truly sad part is that many people can't recognise a parody and really do make an association between the original creator and the scene expressed in the parody. Hence the concerns of the original creators.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: "We've all done these things"

I suggest that you start with a picture of your naked feet. You can then build on that in a manner and over a timescale that you feel comfortable with. [creepy voice] Join us.

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Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

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@AC Re: Interesting form of words

I just had a look at that judgement - it was about low flying military aircraft in 'navigable airspace' under the 'minimum safe altitude'. Causby was claiming damages for injury to livestock due to intense stress on them. The court determined that the government had taken an 'easement', a property right defined in law, which they have the power to do but which they must pay compensation for. That judgement would not seem to apply to this situation on a variety of counts.

[edit] Tom beat me to it.

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Interesting form of words

"The creator of the video said that footage was shot at the FAA-approved altitude of under 400 feet and was timed for shooting when no workers were at the site."

Did he ask the site owner's permission though?

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Claimed Home Depot credit card hack could be biggest retail breach yet

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Translation

"we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers."

That's " ... frantically gathering facts while working to cover our backsides."

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South Korea's top wireless carrier builds Internet of Eels

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If they put a few electric eels in there ....

.... each tank could be self powered.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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@AC

The principles of logical thought, planning and abstract construction could easily be taught using BASIC and are in fact a necessity to get most BASIC programs working eventually. The fault finding and bug hunting skills would quickly follow on from the children's early attempts; with adequate teacher guidance of course. All this would give children a regular 'slap in the face', which is what they need to get used to if they want to function in the adult coding world.

You get an upvote from me.

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Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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Re: Funny thing is ...

"... so-called "social" networking addiction."

You've posted many comments here Jake and you've often told us details of yourself and your domestic/personal activities and interests. This could be a slippery slope situation.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Assailant?

"The assailant was likely to face a well-resourced investigation by the US authorities."

Are we using that word for data 'thieves' now?

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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Re: Oooh Goody..

Predicting the future isn't too difficult, is it?

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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If you know what you're doing ....

... you can put a bit of cold water into the pot before you pour freshly boiled water into it. This is how I make coffee and various teas. My kettle cost £10 about 10 years ago and if it breaks I can walk to the shop and buy a comparable replacement. I'm even capable of bringing water to 100degC in a pan on a cooker if all else fails.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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I am amazed and delighted

My inner engineer feels a sense of wonder whenever I consider what's happening up/out there.

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Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

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Tony Blair was half right (*cough*)

Politicians do need privacy to conduct negotiations. So do industrialists, lawyers, bankers, road sweepers and lorry drivers, among others. Then again, the security services would never spy on politicians, would they?

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