* Posts by Annihilator

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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

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"Investigations at Langenbach's palatial home found hundreds of unopened Lego kits, shipping boxes, and barcode printing equipment."

Do they mean "a printer and some labels"?

Either way, when the penny dropped on what he was doing I did think "genius!!". I'm off to Rymans to buy some labels.

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Transdimensional rift appears above Australian bolt supplier

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"keep watching the skies"

You mean skis?

Because the following story is true, and by true I mean false. It's all lies, but they're entertaining lies and in the end isn't that the real truth? The answer, is no.

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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Re: If Occam was alive today ...

"he'd be the first to point out that until an object is actually identified it remains, by definition, an unidentified flying object."

Or in this case, it was an unidentified flying object, then became an unidentified falling object and is now an identified fallen object.

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Strange noise, perhaps meaning a gradually increasing:

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...splat

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

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Re: Not just radio signal safety

"The announcement for the safety briefing usually says "please give this briefing your undivided attention", not "please give this briefing your undivided attention unless you read a newspaper or a magazine"."

Yes... but the point was that they don't prevent you reading during take-off or landing. Besides, watching the safety briefing is hardly likely to prevent people having a nervous collapse or wibble in their seat after a plane crash, up to 12 hours after watching the safety briefing. For instance, putting a life-jacket on will take some concentration - having seen someone do that once is hardly likely to help you figure it out, let alone in a high stress/smoky env. Equally when trying to find the nearest usable exit, your eyes will take precedence and you'll go for the one in front of you, regardless of if there's a closer one behind you.

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Lies, damn lies and statistics

"Seventy-eight per cent of those questioned said they turn their phone back on before disembarking the plane ... Fifty-six per cent don't bother turning off their phone during takeoff and landing"

Who are the 22% of berks who switch their phone on, having not turned it off in the first place?

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You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

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Re: Oh for goodness sake

@Brenda - spot on. What really grates me in the corporate environment is they spend a boat-load on single-sign-on solutions, that work for about a week before some berk in HR buys a new external web tool that lives outside the domain.

What I find incredible however, is that it's these 3rd party systems/services that require the Trident-level of secure passwords while the main AD log-on requires less detail.

One example - at a company I worked at, password was required to be 6 chars, at least one letter and number, to be changed once every 2 months. The HR "performance" systems (externally hosted, but with IP filtering) required 8 chars, mixed case alphanumeric with at least one special character to be changed monthly. On a system that was accessed once every 3-6 months.

The kicker was that if you clicked the "forgot my password", it would email you password in plaintext.

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WikiLeaks: Manning guilty verdict sets 'dangerous precedent'

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Re: Not a whistleblower

"Intent has the square root of hee-haw to do with it"

Except it kind of does (which is why I'm asking the question further up) - an unintended benefit of a criminal act doesn't usually negage the crime.

If his intent was to whistleblow, then fair enough he should be protected as such (then there's the question of why the extraneous info?) but if he just planned to leak classified info "just because" and got lucky, then why should he benefit from that?

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This is an interesting point that I was wondering myself as it all boils down to intent.

Did Manning know he was blowing the whistle on some pretty heinous crimes, in which case, why leak the rest of the (largely) irrelevant stuff. Or did he just leak a bunch of stuff that happened to contain the whistleblowing stuff?

Genuine question, not coming down one way or the other!

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Disney finds new way to give movies depth

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Hmm

While I congratulate them on the work, the cynic in me can't help but think "oh good, a new tool at their disposal for them to ruin Star Wars with"

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The Old Reader evicts Google Reader refugees

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Re: name calling of people providing free service

"I don't owe you anything either, however you'll most likely not like it if I'm a dick to you. You might even speak your mind about it, too."

Not quite - in this case, "being a dick" has apparently been defined as withdrawing your free services from me. The only services you appear to be giving me is the ability to read your comment. You'll find that if you withdraw that, I won't be in the slightest bit bothered.

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Re: name calling of people providing free service

"Yes, because drawing people into a system and then telling them to sod off without appeal or recourse isn't dicky in the least."

Caveat emptor - it's free, so what do they possibly owe anyone? If they were being dicky, they'd have shuttered the service with no way to export your details - they haven't.

As the old (new?) adage goes, if it's free then you're not the customer - you're the product. In this instance, you're neither.

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China Labor Watch gumshoes uncover TOP SECRET PLASTIC IPHONE

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Plastic iPhone?

So it's an iPhone 3G/3GS then?

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Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem

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Give away

Sky are also giving away what looks like an equivalent product.

http://www.sky.com/thankyou

Though quite why they can't just get their Sky boxes to receive net content anyway?

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First burger made of TEST-TUBE MEAT to be eaten on August 5

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Re: Totally disgusting

"Are you terrified of genetically altered corn too? OMG THE GMO BOOGYMANS!"

Interesting addendum, the corn isn't genetically modified, the plant that produced it is. Although it's pointed out many times in debates that "normal" corn is identical to "GM corn" you still get the reaction you jokingly point to sadly.

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SPEARS joins the 19-mile-high club: Intimate snaps

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Hydrogen filled orbs... And yet you're still calling it Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator...

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Re: That's why they put WEEE recycling symbols on them

"Why doesn't some company make a real printer in the UK/USA with real steel and no cartridges and charge for the printer and not the ink"

Because they can make far more money the other way.

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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Similar to the episode of Luther the other night, demonstrating that you can fire a bullet quite easily without a gun (bullet wedged in door, nail, #whack#) but that you really need a strong tight shaft (giggiddy) that will preferably put a spin on the resulting projectile by having a metal harder than the bullet to bite into it. Result in Luther? Mildly irritated bad guy who had effectively had a little chunk of metal thrown at him with a loud noise.

Note to all the people shouting "but it'll improve" and "just buy a metal tube". The "metal tube" (which will be unlikely to be printed in the near future) needs to be a very close (i.e. actually marginally smaller than the bullet) fit and of a material stronger than the bullet. Get one of those, and the "printed" part is irrelevant anyway.

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You've got 600k+ customers on 4G... but look behind you, EE

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Re: EBITDA

I think you mean this strip?

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2004-06-16/

PS - FutureShock999 - try search.dilbert.com - just using "acronym" as a search term brings it up :-)

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Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless Plus: Triple-tech connectivity for the home

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"On which note, what is the need for a modern-looking round-pin socket? Is this for a legacy lamp, or some sort of clean supply?"

From the looks of it, the socket part is replaceable to cater for US and EU pin sockets (you can see it with no socket in place on the screenshots of the software)

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Re: RFI

I assumed it wasn't mentioned as this may take the fun away for angry ham users who trawl the Internet looking to tack this on as a comment.

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Re: DDWRT?

Which is great if you can span the wireless that far. But Powerline kit is largely for places where that's impractical.

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Boffins flip optics to make booster-free superfast fibre

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Misread

"Because it's an all-optical approach, the key component – the optical phase conjugator – could be retrofitted to any suitable fibre"

I read that as "the optical phase combobulator" which I actually think is an apt name, assuming "combobulate" means the opposite of "discombobulate"

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Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

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Re: So...

instead of the nice payout she was expecting, she's now the poster child for "don't buy counterfeit goods"

"You wouldn't download a battery..."

Or something.

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Planetary paparazzi snap candid pics of Earth, Moon from space

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Re: Sorry but ...

That dot, it obstructs my view of Venus! (which makes me very angry)

Yours sincerely,

Marvin T. Martian

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

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Re: Let there be.....Ignorance?

"Just about every living thing appears suddenly in the fossil record, with no gradual lead-up. Look up Cambrian explosion."

If you define "suddenly" to mean "over 70 million years", then yes - humans are particularly bad at imagine timescales of that magnitude. And if you exclude everything living today from "every living thing". Dinosaurs have come and gone in that period of time, as just one example.

There are also many credible theories for the Cambrian explosion - all of which fit better than "God did it"

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Re: Trouble with all this

@Wzrd1 - well he apparently moves in mysterious ways. Catch-all non-argument right there for you sadly.

Religions have been playing this game for many years now, they've gotten quite good at non-answers (additional ones include "$deity is testing us" and "because the $book says so" and "the $book is $deity's word")

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Re: Only 87% of atheists?

" It simply says survival of the fittest, where fittest is defined by the environment"

Indeed - a common misconception around evolution is that "fittest" means strongest, where it actually aligns more to "fit for purpose"

Although with regards the multiple choice question, I couldn't have selected any answer. The closest I could have selected was:

"Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process"

but only if I changed it to "and God did not directly or indirectly guide this process, by virtue of the idea of him being purely a human construct"

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Darth Vader's old gaff awaits exogorth desert DUNE DOOM

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Or a really confused one

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"Over my burnt carcass!"

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Who will Dr Who chew in 50th TV do before Matt Smith bids adieu?

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Re: Thanks El Reg for trying not to spoil it from the headline

I'd hardly consider revealing that the Daleks were featuring to be a spoiler. A real spoiler would be revealing that John Hurt's incarnation mates with a Dalek to create a Who-lek....

Anyone who considers mention of Daleks to be a spoiler will probably need to switch their TV off between now and airing, as the trailers will no doubt feature similar bits of information.

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How our shaken Reg Playmonaut survived a 113,000ft stratodangle

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Outsourcing

Can't tell, was Lester there? Or have you outsourced this particular venture? A protest at the use of hydrogen? :-)

Disappointed not to see any pics of the mighty orb though!

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Samsung lifts lid on 1.6TB flash whopper spaffing data at 3GB/s

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Re: And the write performance is?

You have to read articles veeerrrrrry carefully before jumping in with a comment moaning there's a salient fact missing. Usually turns out it's there, as in this case.

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Shortsighted developers

I suspect the reason we're waiting for prices is that Samsung are waiting for their developers to recompile their pricing calculator, changing the declaration of int_price to long instead of short....

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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

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Re: In fairness it's Samsung rather than Jay Z

I wondered just that, but from an HTC perspective it was rather the same. Most apps I saw on the store wanted far too many permissions than was strictly necessary. Granted this was a couple of years ago now, it may have changed.

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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013: Netbook with next-gen tech

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Re: 3rd review of an Air???

"Also, remember you are NOT obliged to read everything posted on the internet."

What? Awesome! Have you any idea how much time you've just saved me?

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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"Any other easy way to get past the idiocy once implemented?"

Yes, you phone your ISP and say loudly and proudly "I'm a grown-up - switch my Internet back on to include porn and kindly eff off out of my browsing habits"

Or switch to a provider that just won't implement it. AAISP springs to mind.

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It's not DNS lookups (primarily for that reason), it'll be similar to Cleanfeed - essentially a selective proxy based on IP blacklists that then kicks in with some DPI shenanigans. Same way TPB was blocked.

But yeah, proxies will work just fine.

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Anti-nanny?

Strikes me as odd that the champion of market-driven solutions and vehement critics of the nanny state are supporting this.

If there's such a market for a "clean" ISP, logic would dictate that the market would have created one by now.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: All’s well that Haswell

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"Now I - and, I suspect, most of you lot too - find this irritating. I want to be able to increase my computer’s memory and storage capacities over time as I see fit."

I'd find it irritating if I owned one, but I don't, so... Apple can build it however they like, it doesn't meet my requirements so I won't take it into consideration for purchase.

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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Re: Already exists

Erm, no, the best of both worlds is transferable digital copies while retaining physical copies to give the user the *choice*. Right now I wouldn't buy a digital download as I can't sell it on.

There was nothing to stop MS just re-introducing disc-only versions on top of the digital market place that they were suggesting. Instead they've thrown their toys out of the pram!

In short, this petition would be better approached by asking "can we get digital trading on the existing solution please"

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Already exists

I can see MS's direction, it just went massively far.

Sony are being a bit disingenuous in that they already operate the Playstation Store which gives you a single locked down version of a game, without any rights to trade or even give away to a friend. How about MS launched a version of this that allowed trading and gifting, but allowed the DRM token to remain the disc where applicable? Best of both worlds!

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

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Mee-dju

Thing is, despite all this coming out, who's shouting about it? Guardian is about the only newspaper I'm seeing chasing this, the rest are just ignoring it having swallowed Hague's jaw-dropping "innocent people have nothing to fear" line.

The world has pretty much accepted that being spied on is the norm and will protect you against terrrr-ism.

Privacy isn't about secrecy. It's not a secret when someone goes for a dump, doesn't mean you should leave the door open.

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Daddy-o, you're all wet... baffled by your own kids on the web - survey

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YOLO

Can't remember where I heard this, but I LOL'd at hearing YOLO described as "Carpe Diem" for those with a double-digit IQ.

Besides, now I'm a bit older and wiser, YOLO applies in different contexts. For example: "Look both ways before crossing the road - YOLO!"

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Hanslope Park: Home of Britain’s ‘real-life Q division’

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Re: re: Bletchley Park

"Shady" as in "shadowy" as in "cloaked in secrecy"

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Re: Mods required

"I notice that although the gentleman is drinking ale, he has not brewed it himself!"

You don't know that, perhaps he's taken it to extreme levels and is bottling and labelling it himself! :-)

I hope there are a couple of bottles of sloe gin sitting in a darkened corner too.

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Re: Just know I could better this in my own back garden...

I suspect the sequence of events could be easily reversed.

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Going lo-tech to avoid NSA snooping? Unlucky - they read snailmail too

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Re: Photograph THAT !!!

You mean RM4SCC? Hardly a state secret and easily decoded. First thing Royal Mail do when processing mail is to OCR the postcode (and throw out anomalies to a human) and stamp it on as a more easily readable delivery address – all subsequent routing uses that instead of OCR. Stamping it on in red ink makes for an interesting time around valentines day though.

The bores of a day trip to a royal mail sorting office during school years :-|

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Fitbit Flex wristband: What to wear out when wearing yourself out

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Re: How does it gauge effort?

Yup, 80 quid for a glorified pedometer, and not mentioned once in a 3-page review, I had to google what the thing does... Amazing what some people will buy these days.

If it had a GPS tracker I might be slightly interested. As it is, this device will merely make avid left-hand surfers appear to be wildly fit.

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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Re: Dubya

Presumably by "objective historian" he means "someone who agrees with him"? Quite brilliant logic - "I'm sure I'll be judged correctly, but waaay off in the future when I'll be too dead to care if I'm not"

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