* Posts by Annihilator

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Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

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Re: Ah...

"Dougal, here’s a mad guess, just out of the blue, em, did you press the button?"

"Ah now, Ted, come on!"

"Did you, Dougal?"

"I did, yeah"

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WTF is... backend-as-a-service?

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According to the PFY, the back-end server as a service is the other side of the rack servers

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AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

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Re: SR71 Blackbird

Nothing tops the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in DC. Best day of my life :-) SR-71, Space Shuttle Discovery, Enola Gay, Concorde, F35, F14, the list goes on.

And back in town, Apollo 11.

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Is NASA planning to send LAVA LAMPS to Jupiter?

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Re: Wrong orientation?

Cunning, thanks I missed that. Presumably if you put a lateral G of 2.83, combined with the vertical 1G and angled at 19.5 degrees it would replicate a 3G vertical then?

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Wrong orientation?

Have never been clear on centrifuges, but isn't the lava lamp experiencing a *lateral* 3G? So this is testing if it would work while lying on its side on Jupiter?

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

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Re: 3...2..1..Blame

"So far as sub-paragraph (v) is concerned, two points should be noted. First, the orders require IP address blocking of the IP address for FirstRow's domain name firstrow1.eu . FAPL's evidence is that this will not result in over-blocking since that IP address is not shared. The orders also require IP address re-routing and URL blocking for URLs at any shared IP addresses. "

They kind of do both. The specific IP isn't mentioned anywhere in the court order, just "firstrow1.eu". They also contradict each other, by saying that sharing isn't a problem (it is) but also that URL-blocking is required. URL blocking wouldn't have cause this issue (though the server would see all valid traffic coming via the ISPs Cleanfeed proxy servers, similar to the Wikipedia album cover screw up a few years ago).

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Re: 3...2..1..Blame

"The Judge can only act on the information presented to him and the Premier League told the court that that IP should be blocked"

Ah, but they probably didn't say that an IP be blocked, rather a website. That was certainly the case in TPB (so they didn't just switch IP and carry on).

The court asked them to block a website. They've blocked access to an entire server. Granted, the court won't see a difference, and the ISP has never had the tools to do anything else!

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BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

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Re: Classic!

Came to say exactly the same thing: "The PFY then proceeds to introduce the Boss to the rear end of all the servers he's just shown him, pretending that they're the backend servers."

Quite possibly the best thing ever written.

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Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

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Re: Right...

"Sign up and they send a password through the post? That would verify the address."

Who's going to pay to post mail all around the world? And FFS why?

Consider two sites - one demanding full proof of where you live and your identity, one that doesn't. What do you think would be more popular? Consider if this site were a domestic abuse support site.

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BRUCE WILLIS (ad) DIES HARD (in Sky broadband telly fib ban)

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Re: Too late.

Better yet, they should be forced to actually sell their product at the price the ASA interpreted it to be for a fixed period (say 2 months) from the last broadcast of the advert. A fine doesn't help customers, if anything it penalises the existing customers. Sky would pass the costs of the fine onto the customers in the end, or under-invest in the product to the same tune.

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5C parts portend ugly Google legal battle

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Re: Where have I seen those colors before...

It's also the colours of the Windows flag logo! All incontrovertible proof that Google, Microsoft and Apple and all the other big companies are all run by the lizard people.

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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"It's not just the exits, it's the fact that Californians don't understand the delicate art of signage"

Much like Nevada, Utah and France in my experience...

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Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

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Platform switch

"Microsoft did a remarkable job of switching platforms last year without anybody really noticing"

So they managed to do it without either of their users noticing?

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Vulture 2 spaceplane flies to the 3D printing press

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Re: Is there a Gerry Anderson fan around?

"Or maybe there is just a natural way of doing these things."

Probably not "natural" - so far as I'm aware there's no evidence in the fossil records for hewn nylon ballockets. Though if wishing made it so...

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Re: No Doubt

That "servo access hatch" looks a bit risky....

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NSA to world+dog: We're only watching 1.6% of internet, honest

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Re: 1.6% and they want to cut jobs...ok.

1.6% *of traffic* - doesn't necessarily translate to 1.6% of users.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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"do read the bootnote"

While the bootnote is there, this is the equivalent of the Mail et al running stories of MMR causing autism with a couple of lines at the end of the article saying "some other scientists dispute this". Yes you've covered your arse in the interest of faux "balance", but you're supporting the wrong message.

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Patching Xerox's number-changing photocopy phlaw will take weeks

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Are we really sure this isn't a BOFH story that's escaped from the lab? I'm there's been one where they actually did this (may have been a fax machine)

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'Look, give us Snowden' - this Friday's top US-Russia talks revealed

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Re: Bah!

"Wasn't it Obama himself who said whitleblowers should be protected and not procecuted?"

Yup, so he's taken the ingenious* step of declaring him to not be a whistleblower and blame "cold war mentality" on the Russian's part, despite it being a cold war mentality that's led to the US spying on all and sundry.

* ingenious by a 9-year-old's standards

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The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

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Re: Sigh...

"Until the 3-d directors (I'm looking at you, Cameron) can provide an image which is in focus at all depths, we're going to be stuck with moving elements on which the eye tries to track and focus and *can't*."

Hits on a point about 3D that the article brazenly skips over - it's not all about eye position (or Columbo would have no idea about depth), but combines with visual cues and where your eye is focused. Similarly, if the picture was in focus at all depths, your eye would be baffled at switching relative position and *not* having to adjust focus.

This is pretty much the cause of people feeling nauseated and getting headaches.

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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

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Re: Frakking Skylons

A fair proportion of "space junk" exists because:

a) all of our delivery methods leave a fair amount of waste up there as part of the launch - a reusable system like this wouldn't do that

b) it's too expensive to clean up after ourselves - this could potentially change all that

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Re: Had the UK only invested more generously in this earlier

Sadly for science investments, hindsight is 20:20. To invest in Sabre more generously earlier would have been to invest in 50 other suggestions that look promising at the time but end up nowhere.

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Behold, replica Nazi-code-cracking Colossus computer IN LEGO FORM

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I do prefer the pointlessness of the Great Ball Contraption:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUtS52lqL5w

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World's FIRST TALKING SPACE ROBO-CHUM BLASTS OFF to the ISS

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Re: Intruder Alert

"What happens if the robot doesn't recognize him?"

YOU HAVE 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY

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Irony

"Wakata will then conduct the first human-robot discussions in space. The robot [..] is ultimately aimed at curbing loneliness by providing companionship."

Ironically I'm pretty certain that chatting to a robotic friend will all but guarantee his fellow meat-bag astronauts ignoring him or pointing/laughing...

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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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