* Posts by Dan 10

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Security audit finds dev OUTSOURCED his JOB to China to goof off at work

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Re: Fallen star

Doesn't surprise me, I worked with some genius devs who, once outside of the pure programming world, didn't seem to know one end of a computer from the other.

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Vibrator guru on pleasure tech: 'Of all the places you'd want a quality UI....'

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Re: "sexual health and wellness"

Blimey, that's an odd story. Seems I missed my calling!

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Eric Schmidt heading on mystery mission to North Korea

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Re: Why Hello Hans Blix

"Hans Brix you f***ing w@nker!"

My mate nearly did himself an injury laughing at *that* sex scene.

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Delay climate mitigation, escalate the costs: study

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Re: Propaganda still winning hearts and minds?

Alternatively, perhaps it's merely indicative of the Reg being frequented by the kind of people that would rather see data and evidence than hyperbole.

But of course, rather like climate 'science', you conveniently ignored any possibility which didn't suit you. Funny that.

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Re: Message Translated..

I was thinking more along the lines of:

Buy one window or door and get one free, ONLY at SAFESTYLE UK! But hurry, this offer is strictly time limited! Honest!

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The latest tech firm to be accused of tax dodging: Microsoft

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Dodgy

Any higher indeed. What bothers me most about this is that the capitulation of Starbucks, while great for UK public funds, has established a precedent whereby the government can look at something they don't like, realise there's nothing illegal, therefore set the UK lynch mob of media and screaming masses upon the target and wait for them to cry 'ok, ok, you win!'. How is this different from the insipid whinings about being tried 'in the court of public opinion' by Harman or Wacky Jacky or whoever it was a while ago?

Sorry, but it's a companies duty to act in the interests of it's shareholders. If I was a shareholder, and the company declared a £10m write-off 'because it seems like a fair thing to do', I think I'd be rather miffed.

It might seem like a good idea currently, but this is nothing more than tabloid-inspired lynching, and it won't be long before the same approach is tried on other things where we might not be as keen.

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Curiosity finds organics on Mars, but possibly not of Mars

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Coat

Re: Hang on a minute

David Bailey-n? (Try saying it)

Sorry.

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

Dan 10

Re: Also obligatory

Damn. I came here just to post that!

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Is lightspeed really a limit?

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Re: Limits.

@Chemist. I find this interesting:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-09/20/warp-drives

"The drive works by using a wave to compress the spacetime in front of the spaceship while expanding the spacetime behind it. The ship itself would float in a "bubble" of normal spacetime that would float along the wave of compressed spacetime, like the way a surfer rides a break. The ship, inside the warp bubble, would apppear to be going faster than the speed of light relative to objects outside the bubble."

Now I'm no mathematician or physicist, but this seems to broadly concur with the Adelaide prof mentioned here?

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Hapless Kate topless, toothless law useless

Dan 10

Re: In Royal News Today!

to quote Cartman:

"You've warped my tiny little mind!"

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How talent-spotting boffins help Team GB bag Olympic gold

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Re: Trivia Fact

Apparently one of the American swimmers is not as tall as his wingspan and that makes him great at butterfly stroke - he's the one with underarm muscles like batwings.

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Hobbyist builds working assault rifle using 3D printer

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Re: Metalwork class

No, more likely the 3D printer that my wife's school bought for £3k last year - and the prices are tumbling all the time.

Wait for it, and the biggest growth in torrented data will be *.sta (think that's what they're called) files that can be pointed straight to the printer. Once these relate to illegal items or those with copyright, this shit's going to get interesting.

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Atos IT workers threaten strike during Olympics over 'living wage'

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Re: Atos IT workers are threatening to strike

Sorry I've obviously completely missed this one - what's the score here? Are ATOS contracted to complete assessments of claimants of incapacity benefit or something?

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HP patents teleprompter-esque transparent screen tech

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Re: Questionable utility

"there isn't much use for this". Seriously?

One the big growth areas right now is mobile, closely related to location-based apps. This tech provides the means of seamlessly overlaying the two.

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Computer error triggers mass rocket launch

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Re: Result

Stiff neck

I've always wondered what a display would look like if they set everything off at once.

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The touchscreens that push back, thanks to Brit hi-fi boffinry

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Nice!

"dehydrated bacterial slime that Sony used for diaphragms"

I've got this half-formed mental image of a slimy blob creature breathing (diaphragm) via headphones. Bravia-branded, perhaps...

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CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

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Yep

Checking Google news for this as soon as I logged on, the first link was for The Telegraph. This story is like a magnet for religious nuts!

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Techies evac'd as raging wildfire menaces $100m Colorado data centre

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I know it's the reg and all...

...but all the comments above this one just seem random

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So you wanna be a Wall Street techie? Or anyway, get paid a lot

Dan 10

Re: Impossible to answer interview questions

knowing zilch about pianos, I was thinking that the question referred to a tool of some kind, in which case I thought your reply was going to be "what about the basic ones owned by all the piano players?"

Regardless, I'm sure there are many many piano players who can do basic tuning. He didn't count them either. Can't blame you for withdrawing your application.

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

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keyboard

I think the cover doubling up as a keyboard is a cool idea, I can see a third party offering an iPad equivalent.

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Oracle staffer accused of sex-for-favours in Singapore

Dan 10

Re: Really?

Sounds like you're _too_ grown up for a site such as this one...

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Terror cops hunt laptop snatched from retired MI5 spookmistress

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Re: airport security?

I feel like I need eyes everywhere when this happens - you're supposed to just trust that the passengers in front of you don't pick up your stuff as it sails past your spread-eagled/nekkid-photographed form and idles at the end of the conveyor.

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Canary Islands host long-distance quantum teleportation

Dan 10

Re: Where's the teleportation?

The way I read it, the entangled photon pair (of which one half was sent over the fibre) merely acts as the baseline. It was sent merely in order to create distance between points A and B. The teleport bit was when a third photon was injected into one half of the entangled pair (at point A) and the OTHER half of the pair (at point B) reflected the changed state immediately - from oodles of km away.

Impressive stuff, my brain hurts trying to imagine how the teleport itself actually takes place.

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Audi proposes PC-packing stunt bikes

Dan 10

Re: Computerised bikes from Audi.

I may be wrong, but ISTR that it had more to do with cocky magazine journalists thinking it was so kitted out that they could hoon around with impunity in the knowledge that it wouldn't let them do anything stupid. Hence the early models 'flipping' when the lateral forces were strong enough.

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Re: The Raleigh Vektar rides again!

I forgot about the Vektar! +1 the Streethawk comment.

I had the road bike version - the Raleigh Sensor:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/files/raleigh_sensor_2_162.jpg

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Defend your phone against loose networks? There’s an app for that

Dan 10

Or...

...an attacker can download the app to scan networks for presence of the FW type that would allow the attack to succeed, reducing wasted time.

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Google+ dying on its arse – shock new poll

Dan 10

Re: Pitch to your strengths

Given that the majority of those kind of comms are likely to be within private circles, that would appear to align with what an earlier poster said about only public comments being counted for this report.

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Re: Wasn't it meant to attract people with things to say?

When talking about Facebook, the interesting thing is that you *knew* them before they joined.

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Vote now for the worst movie NEVER made

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2/10 - must try harder

see me

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Queen unveils draft internet super-snoop bill - with clauses

Dan 10

Re: Alternative approach.

@Seamon - I see that as not much more than a modification to SETI - and I agree that it's not only feasible, but becoming rather a good idea. The master node would be populated with new search terms as and when they become relevant, to be spat out to all the client devices. The fact that the other post above points out the anti-google effect merely gives it a legitimate purpose.

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Billion-dollar high-tech ghost town to run itself without humans

Dan 10

I disagree

Someone thinks it's a good idea to build the ultimate testing environment - this is a good thing for other companies wishing to innovate. This has the potential to be an enabler for economic growth.

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Google's self-driving car snags first-ever license in Nevada

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Anyone read Daemon?

They'll kill us all...

Seriously though, Google don't have a culture of developing safety critical embedded systems, remains to be seen how good these are.

Also, taking the responsibility of driving away from me, but leaving me with the responsibility if it crashes is a cop-out. If the thing runs for miles without incident, do the authorities really expect you to pay attention constantly when there is no incentive to do so? Already there is talk that drivers are less attentive when besieged with myriad driver safety aids (lane deviation sensors, stopping distance sensors linked to auto-braking, etc etc) - if I buy one of these it's because I want to use the travel time more productively.

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Syrian secret police endorse male hair remover

Dan 10
Pint

Great friday fodder

hilarious

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GCHQ's spy death riddle shines light on UK hacker war

Dan 10

Re: Bizarre

Yeah, but he makes a very good point if you consider that:

a. it was in his job description to mingle at Blackhat/Defcon etc

b. (assumption) he had unusual private interests

c. the *really* (in hindsight, natch) obvious route to having a hold on him would be to obtain access to his browsing habits etc in the interests of blackmail

d. we (or any black hats so inclined) wouldn't know all of the above, but he did - all along

e. I'm not buying that he had a careless personality that would have ignored such a threat

The whole thing stinks, and his family have my deepest condolences - almost any other death in recent memory hasn't been followed up by quite such an awful line in sordid detail.

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Ultimate simulator to streak into living rooms next month

Dan 10

Coming to...

...the basement of a footballer's house near you...

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Dan 10

Hmmm

I'll bet he's single.

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'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

Dan 10

Re: Does this guy know anything about Cook?

think you're right, it probably comes down to Cook acknowledging his own limits and making damn sure he holds onto Ive.

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Courier mishap sends woman's corpse to shopping club

Dan 10

Damn

That's made me hungry again.

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ISPs torch UK.gov's smut-blocking master plan

Dan 10

Re: Stupid idea

Better education and information might be the way forward if 'think of the children' was actually the real reason for this, which I'm pretty f***ing sure it isn't.

Think about it, the net snooping thing has just resurfaced, as has this net filtering agenda. Last time, IIRC, they were both about terrorism (mostly); this time one of them has reverted to the kiddie angle, but it amounts to the same thing.

What really bothers me is that if you take a conspiracy-nut dose of scepticism to this and view it as an attempt to control the population, it's explained really easily. But there is surely a more sensible answer, since that's just paranoia. Isn't it?

Hello?

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BYOD is a ticking time bomb for B2B resellers

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Re: Lies

I'm contracting for a global manufacturer, and they're seriously mulling it over. Only problem is, no-one seems to be really thinking it through - I have heard a senior, supposedly technical, manager (yes, I know it's an oxymoron) say "just sign the authorisation and that's it - people can bring stuff!" No mention of security or anything.

I have posed the question that if I bring a Macbook running Office for OSX, and edit a Word doc which I then send to a Windows user, and they find that the Word doc contained a virus, whose liable? I might not have AV installed. Is AV even a mandatory requirement for the Windows user? Where is that written down? Does the client-side LAN need to become nothing more than a DMZ? What am I allowed to connect to? If I was a DBA, would I be allowed to connect directly to business DBs?

Brainy icon because someone needs to apply a bit of thought to this stuff.

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Oakley: 'smart' sunglasses ready to shine

Dan 10

Halting State, anyone?

Charles Stross has this nailed right down. Location-specific software overlays that turn a street from a dismal grey concrete jungle to a busy urban landscape, advertising the exclusive merchanise within each building only to the target audience. Welcome to the world of private dimensions.

I don't want to think what the Facebook overlay will look like, showing crap status updates over every person on the street- or, more accurately, over their mobile device.

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Zuckerberg blew $1bn on Instagram 'without telling Facebook board'

Dan 10

Re: There you go

Now *that* is really a rather good point.

Glad I don't use either.

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Pew study finds one in five Americans still won't go online

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Be interesting to see this by geography. Assuming 90%+ are on the web in, say, New York, there's probably a lot of little backwater towns where being online just isn't on anyone's agenda.

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The tech jobs headhunters just can't fill

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That's true

One of the good things about it is that the sheer amount of experience required serves to combat (a little) the tendency towards young graduates with less experience.

It also enables the individual to get off the hamster wheel of non-stop certification courses, since it's only the concepts and fundamentals that are required.

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Mega-star HD 10180 could have more planets than the Sun

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Re: Must be a typo

Same here - there's some sort of irony that the details are so vague...

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Storage upstart boasts of not losing a single customer...

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Happy

I used to work for a startup...

...and this is about right for the "pedal-like-mad and hope the money rolls in" crowd. We had good times.

Tony/AJ, is that you?!

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UK.gov to unveil reborn, renamed net-snoop plans in Queen's Speech

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Law of unintended consequences etc

Currently, if you wish to use encryption, anonymising proxies, darknet etc etc, you at least need to make a modicum of effort to research it all. If this pile of shite goes ahead, all that info will be collated together in a glossy supplement, bundled with your favourite sunday paper, "Learn to protect yourself and your family online! Free with tomorrow's Mail on Sunday" and everyone who is even slightly bothered will be making a little effort to secure themselves to the gills.

So, one possible conclusion is that this is intended to build the ultimate social network map of "everyone else" - those that don't take such security precautions. This is suspicious at best.

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Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

Dan 10

Re: Hmmm

I was thinking more about:

Miami Vice - for taking a perfectly good concept, great visuals/styling, cool soundtrack, a good basic plot idea, yet managing to abjectly fail to flesh out the story AT ALL and having to fill two hours with the chick taking her clothes off. I genuinely think I could have done better.

Dreamcatcher - when I say it's a shit film, you need to think literally.

Transformers. Oh Dear.

I rented Green Lantern to watch with my 11-year-old nephew. It was truly awful. Even he wasn't keen.

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NDS says Beeb's Panorama emails were 'manipulated'

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Re: Panorama has a lot of form

Years ago my dad was a nurse in a secure hospital for mentally ill adults. He was informed that Panorama were doing a documentary and would be having a look round with cameras etc. When they turned up, they took one look at the nice thick carpet in the lounge, full size snooker table, the walls full of books, big TV, patients with keys to their own rooms (security approach was perimeter lockdown), duvets on the beds, and a patient racing a radio control car round the place, and turned their noses up. "Have you got a bare concrete room with doors that bang?" My dad refused to allow them to remain on the ward, and good on him.

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HP offers contractors a choice: 5 per cent pay cut ... or 100 per cent

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Re: Easy way to cut costs

Not only that, but we expect to be paid on time every month, whereas the agency may wait 6 months for the invoice to be paid. That does deserve something.

(But yeah, they're still schmucks)

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