* Posts by Johnny Canuck

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Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

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Did they have to...

use real urine in the test?

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

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I run a wifi network in a largish rooming house (90 rooms). We have had problems in the past where a single user would strangle our bandwidth using torrent software. To fix this I installed a "torrent killer". If it detects torrent traffic, it disconnects the offending computer from our wifi network, forcing the user to come to the office and ask to be reconnected. It has proven to be quite a successful deterrent. When Windows 10 started the "optimised" update distribution, it would activate the "torrent killer" and cut people off. I had to issue instructions on how to turn off Delivery Optimisation.

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Well...

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Android Mew-ware, I choose you: Code nasty poses as Pokemon GO

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My friends call me a luddite

But I'm actually very happy with my old Nokia feature phone running Symbian 6. Its a great PHONE, but poor at anthing else - including malicious apps.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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knock out gas?

Not sure there is anything like weaponized knockout gas. Dosage would be uncontrollable so probably either useless or fatal.

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So. Farewell then, BlackBerry Classic. You were a classic ... of sorts

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wow

"a 3.5inch socket, for music". Hate to see the headphones.

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Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank

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bald chimp

Lest you think it's OK to taunt chimps, thats because their hair hides their muscular, ripped bodies. Just google "bald chimp" and you'll see what I mean (NSFW - maybe)/

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Lester Haines: RIP

Johnny Canuck

RIP

Lester. You will be missed.

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Typewriter for iPad review

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Believe it or not, my company still sells and services typewriters (as well as renting them for movie props). Also, a lot of hipster types are gaining an interest in these machines with my boss being asked to speak at a typewriter meet-up in a craft beer bar.

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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mmmmm

space sausage.

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NZ hotel bans cyclists' Lycra-clad loins

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Jeggings?

What about jeggings - are they OK? Might be a bit sexist.

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We wrap our claws around latest pre-Build Windows 10 preview

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stupid windows 10

I upgraded a fresh install of Windows 7 to Windows 10 on the weekend. I made the blatently stupid mistake of having an ethernet cable plugged in whilst doing the upgrade. Apparently the windows installer thinks this means I don't want to use wireless...EVER! That's right, I can no longer turn on my wireless!. The correct driver for the wireless is installed, I've tried most the solutions I found on the internet without luck. The correct solution, it seems, is to roll back to Windows 7, and do the upgrade again but without the ethernet cable attached. Did I mention I bought a brand new SSD to put Windows 10 on?

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

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The first rule...

of Twitter chat bot is, we don't talk about Twitter chat bot.

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Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

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In a similar vein

I once Ghosted a blank drive over a client's hard drive instead of the other way around - oops.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Has anyone

stopped to think what governments will do when all the revenue they take in from gasoline taxes dries up? Once everyone is driving electric that revenue will have to come from somewhere else, and you can bet it'll cost us all more (governments being the way they are).

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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Cosmicdome

Two black holes enter, one black hole leaves,

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UC Berkeley profs blast secret IT monitoring kit on campus

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Hmmm

So the kid who dropped out of school to work at the garage gets access to the full fat internet, but the kids in university and their profs get spied on and restricted access in the name of academic freedom? OK.

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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Exotic matter

Bring on the Alcubierre drive!

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Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

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Hairy black holes?

Seriously people! No one's made a joke about this yet.

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Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

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So thats what it is.

Got two calls today to go and fix problems with outlook tomorrow. Thanks for the $150.00 Microsoft.

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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Build your own

Anyone wishing to build their own Cray-1 case to house their motherboard and bits can find instructions here -

http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/case-mod/2010/07/28/cray-1-by-daryl-brach/1

You can probably find other examples out there on the interwebs as well.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Hat

That's not a fedora, its a trilby.

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Travel back to the 19-Z80s this weekend

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Where is he getting the floppy drives from? The supply is drying up.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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That video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqL1BLzn3qc

There were 2 versions on the disk - low resolution and not quite so low resolution.

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Canadians taking to spying on their spies

Johnny Canuck

Trevor is way over inflating how much the average Canadian cares about the election and the issues surrounding it. The reality is that barely 50 percent of eligible voters will even bother to show up at the polls. These "hotbeds" of political discussion Trevor makes reference to are likely nothing more than already disenchanted, semi-radical types who hate absolutely anything to do with Steven Harper and the conservatives. But he is right about one thing, the NDP look poised to form their first national government ever, largely at the expense of the Liberals. As long as they don't start spouting radical leftist nonsense and Mulcair keeps his “Angry Tom” persona under wraps, They stand a very good chance of winning.

P.S. I hate Bill C-51 as well.

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

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It seems to me

... that, given androids growth, and the judgement that it does infringe, then Oracle might br better off NOT trying to limit its uptake or ban current stocks. Maybe they'd get an extra 1 billion infringements to claim against.

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Too much vino? LG brings Wine Smart oldster-mobe to Europe

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Me too!

Still using my old Nokia slider with numberpad. Lasts a week between charges and has very good phone performance.

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$100m fine? How about, er, $16k? AT&T teabags FCC with its giant balls

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Its a shame

how legal weasels have tortured the english language. To me, unlimited bandwidth/downloads means just what it sounds like. If there are conditions attached then its not unlimited.

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Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

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Honestly, I don't recall ever seeing him. When you consider that the "Just for laughs" Montreal comedy festival is on 2 or 3 times a day, you'd think that couldn't be. Even when they do "best of..." stuff he's not there. I watched the first video and found him mildly amusing by today's standards. That said, comedy is a very subjective thing. After all, some people just love fart jokes and slapstick.

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NASA boffins peer at Pluto: Could it be ... is that ... OATMEAL?

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porridge

When I was young and we were living in northern Ontario country, I used to love hot porridge with brown sugar and milk for breakfast during the winter. We never got it any other time so I guess I didn't have time to get tired of it.

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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Its obviously evidence of alien intrusions into our solar system. Or less obviously a chain strike, similar to the "string of pearls " strike on Jupiter by Shoemaker/Levy. Or liberals - damn liberals.

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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Rabies?

Don't know the prevalence of rabies in the UK, but in Canada, a fox behaving in this fashion would be assumed to be rabid, put down and then tested. Anyone bitten would be getting rabies shots as a precaution before the testing was even completed.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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I think its amusing that its runs on Pu!

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Hordes spaff cash on Chip titchyputer to rival Pi (maybe)

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perfect

I was considering a Raspberry Pi for the job of hammering torrent users on my network, but this looks way better. I administer a wireless network in a large rooming house (90 users). Presently I use a cheap computer to monitor network traffic for torrents and redirect that traffic and any subsequent traffic to 127.0.0.1., forcing the offender to come to the office to get de-listed from my ban-hammer. Its for our protection as we are a small internet provider.

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NSA domestic dragnet NOT authorised by Patriot Act, rules US Appeals Court

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impliedly?

Is that a word?

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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I like

the poop one.

Regarding youth in general, well, the more things change...

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

Socrates

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Mortal Kombat: Brawler gaming's quintessential gorefest

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I remember the first time I saw Mortal Kombat in the arcade. I was walking through with a friend and just happened to glance over at a crowd around one of the games just as Sub Zero pulled the spine out of his opponent. The image was so shocking (for the time) that for some reason I burst out laughing. Then I watched, mesmerized, for a good 45 minutes as the players performed fatality after fatality. How they got so good so fast is beyond me. Anybody ever hear of planting expert players in an arcade to drum up interest in a game?

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Gwyneth Paltrow flubs $29 food stamp dare, swallows pride instead

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People who are poor and have been so for some time develop tastes and habits that are a result of their situation - basically its all they've ever known. It also has a tendency to carry over when/if they finally get out of the financial crisis they've been surviving in. Here's a formerly poor person's perspective/

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-5-stupidest-habits-you-develop-growing-up-poor/

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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"Staingate"

Isn't that the name of the building where the BJing/urinating Ms K. lives?

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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Help learning Linux

Most Distros can be made to run from a USB stick. In your case I would recommend Puppy Linux.

http://puppylinux.org/main/How%20to%20download%20Puppy.htm

Try the "Wary" version.

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

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700 million years!

Thank god, I thought you said 700 years for a minute there.

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Hey, America. Canada's watchdog just slapped net neutrality rules on wireless internet

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OT I know but the AC who posted 4 hours ago about our "mission" in the Middle East is partially mistaken. We have 2 missions in the area. One is to bomb ISIS targets from the air in support of Iraqi troops - everybody know about this one and its going as advertised. The other is to train and advise Kurdish troops. The second one is the cause of the controversy because our people came under fire from ISIS and returned fire - engaging in combat. The mission is to "train and advise" and by defending themselves, some people see that as an escalation of that mission without proper debate in Parliament.

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Wouldn't a small drogue chute make sense for this type of scenario, to keep the rocket more or less perpendicular?

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ASUS router-popping exploit on the loose

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I have a RT-66U and just checked it and it showed there was a firmware update available so I installed it. I guess they are not that slow.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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drank a gallon of beer and got a taxi home

But then the police came to get the driver's taxi back.

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Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

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sticks fingers in ears

blah blah blah...haven't seen it yet. But just look how pretty Jenna Coleman is.

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Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

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Safe, I think

I have 6 access points behind a DDWRT x86 router. All of the APs (2 different models) are not in the list, so I think I'm safe.

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A general's tale of the US's Gulf War follies and Glyn Johns' life in music

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please...

The western powers gelded themselves when they invented and prosecuted the Nazis' for war crimes. I have no love for Nazis or any fascist regime, but by being so eager to prosecute and punish their enemies for the made up crime of "war crimes" we have essentially taken away our ability to win a war. By not punishing the entire population of our enemies we have essentially given them safe haven. Our enemies do not distiguish between civilian and military targets - to them both are equally valid. Yet under our "enlightened" "rules of engagement" we must put our soldiers in imminent peril before they can actually shoot at the enemy!

This is all the result of politicians (lawyers and businessmen) trying to engage an enemy without sustaining any negative publicity. They see the miltary as a monlith, not individual soldiers with families and children. They are unable to engage with the soldiers - the military is just a tool.

TLDR: You can't win a war unless you kill so many of your enemy that they fear for their very survival as a family/community. When you invent laws that stop you from doing that, you will nevr "win".

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Rosetta beams back colour pics: 67P shades of grey are SO HOT right now

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Water???? Ice????

Appears to be mostly rock and dust. This completely blows away the theory that comets are mostly ice and that said comets deposited mega-tons of water when they (allegedly) impacted the Earth. Seems like more study is needed and this latest data will help somewhat with our own origins.

"TROLL" It has been the scientific CONSENSUS that comets deposited all our earthly water and now that seems less likely.

(Grabs popcorn and runs and hides)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Have to agree with petur, the top article takes up too much room. The login bar, Reg banner, navigation bar and top article take up 3/4 of my screen on 1920x1080 monitor.

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