* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

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Identity protection outfit LifeLock picked, popped

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Re: Lol

I believe their CEO is aware of the attitude of people like you.

So, in a bid to demonstrate how well his offering worked, he publicised his own social security number.

...and his identity was promptly stolen.

http://www.wired.com/2010/05/lifelock-identity-theft/

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Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

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Re: Chatroulette without the dick pics?

I thought we'd all agreed that dick pics are appreciated by *no one*?

// especially, women

// maybe the word hasn't got out?

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Re: Refreshing to read ... TRUTH

It's nice to be above average, then. I have never watched Fox "news", and even CNN has shifted over to more talking heads than hard news. I get mine from BBC.

We're not all idiots over here in the colonies, but you could be forgiven for thinking so, if all you go by is our "news" media.

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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Re: Rule #1

Perhaps it's Rule #1 on page 42?

// now, where did I put that book of rules?

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Rule #1

"Simple" changes...often aren't.

// that's why we don't do them on Friday afternoons.

// simple...if you don't understand the details, that is.

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: Old rant...

THIS. So much, this!

Microsoft: Do One Thing Well.

You are, or can be, good at building software. Stop adding frills, and build the best g*ddamn word, spreadsheet and presentation software in the world. Build software that people *want* to buy, not software that's rigged with incompatible file formats, so they *have* to buy it.

Forget, please, about competing in the phone marketplace. Apple and Android own it and you don't have the experience or the products. You (sort of) still have a chance in the gaming market...only because Sony is as clumsy as they are. But please, just forget about hardware and concentrate on building the best software in the world.

You're welcome.

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: How about a swap?

Let me know how it goes when the Scots are told that their new national language is Spanish.

// I see blue bottoms...

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Re: Argies are too late

Perhaps the Falklands domain could be changed from .fk to .fku?

To emphasise to the Argentinians the fact that they're part of the UK, of course...

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Re: One big problem

Three questions:

1. How long will your mobile work without being recharged. Mine lasts 2 days. And, as it's an iPhone, I can't "do" a spare battery.

2. How long do you think a mobile tower can operate without mains power? Depends on the size of the tank for the generator, but 24-48 hrs is what I have heard. Then someone had to drive up there and refuel it.

3. Cell site overload. The numbers have improved with digital, but still an issue, especially since all those with nothing to do will immediately get on the mobile to their friends, to discuss the fact that neither of them have anything to do. Tough luck if you have an emergency.

Yeah, it's better than nothing, but cellular can't hold a candle to POTS in robustness or reliability.

// have an old Western Electric phone...ever since the power went off and my cordless didn't work...duh?!.

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One big problem

Internet doesn't work for long if mains power goes out. POTS is powered by batteries at the central office. Designed that way so that the parts likely to fail are all in one place, and easy to fix.

I understand the economics and the reasons for this, but I have a soft spot for the old copper system, which, if it were allowed to, would outlive me, because it's so damn well designed and built. I have much respect for The Telephone Company, their engineers and craftspeople, may they all rest in peace.

In My World, you'd have a single fiber connection for fun, and a POTS connection for when you really need it, like when you need an ambulance and the power's out (and the little dinky made-in-China backup battery in your fiber interface has long since departed)

// don't forget who Tommy Flowers worked for...

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Whoops, there goes my data! Hold onto your privates in the Dropbox era

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Re: TLDR - Urgent

And I'd prefer not to think about the edges of the boards and their little glass fibers that stick into the skin, oh, so easily, and itch for a week!

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Re: Terminology

"...I am fighting for the work of the Lord.." --

...said every leader, ever.

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

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Re: Really? The WERE Brazillian Wandering Spiders were they??

If you'll check the linked article:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/mother-attacks-worlds-most-venomous-5927056

You'll notice the spiders were identified by none other than the distinguished entomologist Chris Tosney, in reply to the frantic mum's Facebook post.

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I couldn't help but notice

The photos in the linked article showed a white fuzzy patch (presumably the former home of the offending arachnid) which looked remarkably un-stepped-on.

Bananas usually look a lot more worse-for-wear than the example in the photos after being stepped on.

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Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

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Re: Insane

Ask me for a phone number, you're getting my work number.

Ask me for my email, you're getting my "for orders only" email

Ask me for my ZIP code when I'm purchasing something at a shop, you're getting my work ZIP (or a random one).

Any more questions?

// yes, I actively try to pollute databases...

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Cambridge’s HPC-as-a-service for boffins, big and small

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Funny how little has changed

First photo: Respected boffin and guy-who-does-the-real-work pose in front of impressive hardware

Second photo: Suits pose in front of impressive hardware (guys*-who-do-the-real-work noticeably absent)

* intended to include female "guys" as well

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Arkansas Kum & Go onanist did just that

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SCID

You know how I know the Springdale plods have too much money and not enough to do?

On the brighter side, there's obviously no real crime in Springdale.

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Phone scamming up 30 percent last year: Report

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Re: Somehow

I happened to be at home for the last tech support call my wife received. She said nothing, smiled, and handed me the phone. Which I promptly took over to my Linux Mint machine, and played along (the menu items are similar enough), strung the poor sod along for a good 15 minutes, until he gave up and told me to call Microsoft.

It was at that point that I, still playing the unfortunate computer user, asked him if I should tell them I was using Linux. His response had us giggling for another 15 minutes.

"Fuuu..." [click]

// since 1993

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

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Other than XBOX, mice and keyboards...

...with what hardware has Microsoft ever made money?

Kinect, I guess.

Remember the Microsoft KIN Social Communicators? Died a month after introduction, and you can bet the development costs weren't insignificant.

Microsoft does software (passably) well. They should stick to it, build the best software they can and support it well. The term "best" does not at this time, encompass Office, Visio or Project. They all have flaws, some of which have existed for years. However, they all also have shiny new UI's. This says something about MS's priorities. (Hint: they're concentrating on form over function)

Stop releasing every year, stop changing the UI, go back to building quality....

Ahhh...why do I even bother?

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Re: quaternary, quinary, senary....

NO! NO! NO!

There'll be no singing!

Get back to work!

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The watts in a box that kept West London's lights on

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Re: UPS/gensets

Oh, it was *brand new* :-) And, they had "tested" it...by pushing the TEST button. Genset cranked over and started right up, just like it was supposed to.

They hadn't wired the powerfail start-up circuits correctly. The test switch worked fine, but when it came to the Real Thing...five minutes of UPS, then crickets...

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UPS/gensets

For those of you counting on the UPS to hold up your systems while the genset cranks over and starts up...make sure to test regularly.

A friend in the broadcast biz had a nasty surprise when his genset didn't crank over.

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PRATCHETT chats to Oz from 31,000m above Planet Earth

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Looks like you had great weather for it!

And very successful, too. Being in sight of the touchdown is proof of that.

// No LOHAN tankards visible?

// Just checked Google - Springs EAST Airport is comfortingly located EAST of Colorado Springs, not west.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Oi! Microsoft!

Hire some competent architects, stop letting the marketeers run your company!

Executives: start listening to the architects and stop ruling by fiat!

And, please, if there's ONE thing you do...stop changing the UI!

If you want your OS to be taken seriously, pick a UI and stick with it. Users see your OS as a necessary evil, required to get their work done. You're not helping them get their work done by having them spend all their time looking for where the "whatever" button has moved to, this week.

Honestly, if I had a hammer...I'd use it to pound the above idea into Microsoft execs' brains...if I could find them, that is.

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Re: Modern Applications

V41.exe

:-)

// RPN 4 LIFE!!`1!

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Well, we USAians *did* rush in to Vietnam as they were leaving. So perhaps there's a lower rung on the ladder...

// seems to be the correct icon

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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"It may speak volumes that Mr. Peters considers cows to be sentient."

You're claiming they're not?

Gary Larson would argue otherwise.

// no cow icon?

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A 16 Petaflop Cray: The key to fantastic summer barbecues

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Re: 2 million lines of FORTRAN code

Real Programmers use FORTRAN to write weather models!

Tip of the hat to those men (and women) who write code nobody else does. Interstellar navigation, weather models, power grid models...now, that's a challenge!

// COBOL programmers also in high demand, I understand

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Bill Nye's bonkers LightSail spaceship unfurls solar sails at last

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TLE - in case someone wants to try a real photo

from: http://www.satobs.org/LightSail-A.html

1 40661U 15025L 15159.06218063 .02648498 00000-0 67226-1 0 94

2 40661 55.0136 260.3261 0243391 227.2228 135.1229 15.14087982 04

or, on heavens-above.com

// of course, overcast at my location today and tomorrow night...

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Did you almost prang a 737 jet with a drone over Dallas? The FAA would like a word

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It's Texas

They were trying to spot Obama's invading Jade Helm force...

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US court agrees $563m settlement over CRT anti-trust allegations

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Re: Chances of claiming?

Given that most have already PAID to dispose of their lead-containing CRTs, the judge would have shown extreme perception if he had mandated that all unclaimed funds be used to recycle CRTs, not revert to the lawyers...

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Intel imagines chips in nappies to create the Internet of sh*t things

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Re: Two things

Ahhh. Wet wipes.

Amazing how useful they were, and yet, there was one company that didn't "get it".

My favourites were J&J in the rectangular blue container, with the flip up lid. Easy to open one-handed, take a wipe off the top of the stack, utilize and discard. Nice and stable, so it didn't get knocked over.

Then, there was the "yellow tube" company. My lovely wife, deciding to try something new (or because the J&J brand was out of stock), brought these home one day. It was the standard cylindrical container, with a small flip up lid, and the wet wipe protruding through a small hole. Seemed OK. Until, I tried to extract a wet wipe one-handed. Couldn't be done. Pull on the wet wipe, the container, not heavy enough to hold itself down against the friction in the dispensing hole. Other hand occupied, holding two legs and a poopy bottom suspended off the table. Finally managed to extract a wet wipe, by waving the container/wet wipe until the container went flying across the room.

Bottom cleaned, new diaper installed, wet wipe container recovered, and words were had with the wife, explaining that the remainder of the container would not be used. Sometimes, the packaging is important.

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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That thought, had it occurred to the gentleman subject of the original article, would have resolved the "problem", more or less immediately, I am positive.

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Won't someone please hand that man an ice pack?

Be prepared!

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High-flying LOHAN fan raises ale-filled tankard

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Re: Vapourware

It's the per aspera part he doesn't get, I think...

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WTF is going on with the zombie NSA-friendly Patriot Act? Let us help

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Re: Last Refuge of the Scoundrel

There's a tradition over here of cute names for legislation that are the exact opposite of their effect.

For example, a bill which doubles or triples the number of H-1B visas would be called something like "Getting America Back to Work Act", while legislation allowing industry to pump more pollutants into the environment would be the "Increasing American Competitiveness Bill"

The PATRIOT Act needs to die. Now.

// We're not the only ones who do this, BTW. See: "Peoples' Democratic Republic of..."

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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

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Ubuntu's too complicated now

I used it for years -- until Unity. Around the same time, Shuttleworth started raising his media profile. Ubuntu got too complicated for me, seemed like they had some kind of agenda, but damned if I could figure out what it was -- I just knew they were taking Ubuntu in directions that didn't appeal.

I'm using Mint now.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: In good company

And he'd be a good right-hand man for the current Governor of Florida...

Ham's an ex-science teacher from Queensland, which is often referred to as the "Florida of Australia".

// EX-science teacher...I think I can see why

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Re: "Seriously? You think people who disagree with you should be murdered?"

Aw...let's go to the stoning.

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Re: All Things Considered...

Not so much "purchasing" as "renting", I would say.

As opposed more rural areas, where the objects of affection are more wooly

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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

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Re: Did he actually filibuster it?

He's no Fidel Castro, that's for sure!

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Robocalling Americans? That'll cost you $1.7 MEEELLION

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Re: no executions ?

Isn't violation of the Do Not Call list a capital offense ?

It is if I ever get my hands on the buggers.

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Candlelit vigil planned to honour executed Newcastle cow Bessie

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Re: Praying's not good enough

Mmmm...I could go for some pulled pork right now.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: What a shame

Chiming in from the US here - I was working a summer job at DEC's Westfield, MA plant. Got to the parking lot early enough to have two F4 Phantoms take off from the adjacent Air Reserve Base, right over my head. In formation, on afterburners.

It was a good day.

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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

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Re: Alas for myths...

Except, of course, in the US Embassy, where they have a contraption that counteracts the coriolis force to make the water spin the AMERICAN way.

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

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WTF?

I never thought I'd find myself agreeing with Rand Paul. In this case, though, he seems to have the intestinal fortitude that our other elected representatives lack.

The PATRIOT Act needs to go. All of it.

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FTC slaps orders on alleged diet pill spamvertising scam scum

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Re: Wait ?

Second rule, is that if you are operating in a country that *might* care (e.g.: Former CIS), be sure to offer gratuities to the appropriate persons (lest you end up face down in a drainage ditch somewhere).

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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"People seem to have forgotten 9/11." ®

No, they haven't.

What they *have* forgotten, is that all of the hijackers were in the US legally, and many had overstayed student or tourist visas. The Immigration Service had done squat to locate them. The FBI had been alerted to those taking flying lessons and had done squat about it. All the agencies had their turf and viciously defended it, to the extent of not cooperating with other agencies.

That is what caused the creation of the Orwellian "Department of Homeland Security", which excells at detecting bottles of shampoo and pocketknives, and placing surveillance cameras everywhere.

There are those (myself among them) who believe that a US airliner will never again be taken by force, because the passengers know their fate and have nothing to lose by resisting as strongly as possible.

Joke -> (It's all a distraction anyway -- while JADE HELM 15 allows Obama to occupy and subjugate Texas) <- Joke

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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John Travolta's Scientology Classic

I thought that was the Oprah episode involving the couch?

(oops...that was the *other* crazy Scientologist actor, wasn't it?)

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Security bods gagged using DMCA on eve of wireless key vuln reveal

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Re: Oops

"What IOActive have unwittingly done is demolish an entire business. Cyberkey has a thriving business based on an extensive range of now shown to be unfit for purpose products and systems. "

Don't shoot the messenger.

And if I were a CyberLock customer, or potential customer, I'd just as soon know that there were holes in my security, because I'll bet the Bad Guys already do!

CyberLock can either keep selling what they're currently selling, or use the information provided to improve their product. Their business fortunes will change according to their decision.

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