* Posts by Tom 7

4162 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

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Should have driven it hard ashore near ColdHarbour point.

Be worth about £1Billion as 'affordable' housing.

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Bloke sold cash register code to restaurants that deliberately hid sales from taxmen

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Re: the various tax boards WILL check up...

Bob, I'd love to see a small area of some country where they try and emulate Ayn Rands childrens books as a way of actually living. The joy of seeing your food deliveries arriving and rotting at the bottom of the truck due to having to shell out for private provision of everything taxes currently cover that in private hands would be prohibitively gouging.

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Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge

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All the best science

ends in the fiery destruction of something.

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Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

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Re: battery life

When they first came out I could calculate Planck's constant from information received from idiots wearing these things. After a week or so it went blissfully quiet. It seems even the most gadget happy idiot finds them useless.

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Its not just the creationists

CNN reported at the weekend about a fire where a concrete statue of jesus survived. This was taken as a miracle: concrete not burning!! Oh and 11 people died. Fucking miracle.

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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Re: Well there's also the US election result

Osbourne said there was £0.5trillion available to calm the markets before he was pushed. Alas a FOI wont tell us how much of that has or is being spent but I'm not expecting things to get better when that's all spent.

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Cargo capsule goes AWOL, explodes on its way to Space Station

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Not sure I want to go on the ISS

the ignominy of being killed by an intergalactic tin of baked beans!

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Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

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Re: SO VERY TRUE!

"But NEVER NEVER NEVER do they let the actual workers see prototypes or ask them if something will actually DO THE JOB"

If you get the people who actually know what to do with the data involved you may will finish the job. Unless that is you get some MBAs to ask them what's what. If I apply to do an MBA will they actually remove any logic circuits from my brain?

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What you need to know from re:Invent – FPGAs-as-a-service and more

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RE:Right now, a lot of bitcoin miners are trying

it they're trying to calculate they're too late. Doncha just love the law of diminishing returns!

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Really weird quantum phenomenon spied lurking near neutron star

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Cant help thinking that a magnetic field that strong

is going to align almost any matter in it in a way that would polarise light anyway.

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

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With a half-life of 30 years, wouldn't Cs137

be around 1024 time less irradiative after 300 years. But 1000 of something that will kill you in a week means is will take 20 years to kill you. And you are assuming that it decays into something harmless - most things tend to keep decaying for many iterations. Caesium decays to radioactive barium 137 - which has gone in a few seconds but Pu238 goes to u234 which is around for 234,000 years and then to Thorium 234 for a month then off to Proactinuim.....

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Re: RE: Chernobyl wildlife

The thing about the wildlife is it mostly just dies. It doesnt wander into a clinic complaining of unusual symptoms.

What is good for the wildlife is there aren't many humans wandering around giving it lead poisoning so even if it is irradiated it gets a good chance of reproducing before dropping dead next to the tree that no-one hears fall.

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Anyone got a copy of the Guardian article with the radiation map?

They printed a radiation map of Chernobyl's shitting over Europe. I was amazed to see it caused a plume from Sellafield at the time.

Wish I'd kept my copy.

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

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Re: Ubuntu adopted it

So? I've been a faithful Ubuntu user for a few years but I now cant get a middle mouse button to work on my machines. Its marked as a kernel bug that even swallows any attempt to emulate the third button. Only another 37 kernel release to wait for the fix. I dont play games but I'd imagine steam might like a MMB and its a long way off on the standard releases.

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Re: What's that high pitched humming noise?

na the ludites in the next grave got to him

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: why...

Its not that there is no synthetic option - its would just be too costly. I think most vegans would be surprised to discover that almost all synthetic products have some animal products in them Biodiesel contains animal products - not just the fat from burgers but when leather is made the fat scraped of the skins is boiled down and goes in along with your chip fat.

To make animal free synthetics you'd probably have to build a whole new production line and supply chain for everything.

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Re: Perhaps the Superior ones

"If you're calling someone else's attitude to animal rights stupid then you're acting superior." No we're not asking you to live by our rules but you seem to expect everyone else to live by yours.

You just need to be aware that if you co-exist with meat eaters you are going to be contaminated.

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Most £5 notes I've seem are covered in kebab fat.

Probably not animal but not vegan either.

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How to confuse a Euro-cop: Survey reveals the crypto they love to hate

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RE: but torture does in fact work

no it doesnt - it gives you answers that you wish to think are correct when they are merely given to stop the torture continuing.

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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Re: Fibre for Exchange-Only lines : no chance!

My cabinet was about a mile and a half from my house. When my exchange went FTTC they designated the exchange 4.5 miles further as my new cabinet. The annoying thing is they pulled fibre to that no-longer-a-cabinet around two years ago.

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Re: Availabilty vs cost

" BT are really dragging their heels if they can get away with it"

Why would they deliberately do that?

I dont know - round here they would be better off pulling fibre through rather than the two or three attempts at repairing the 'copper' every year. It could be they are waiting for the government to give them a grant to do it. I dont think you can expect rational decisions from BT and Openreach. I'd guess the fibre is already in place from the amount of fibre they have installed - but they dont seem to want to connect it.

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AWS shines light on Virginia solar scheme

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Re: Well good, maybe, if it's your own money...

Strange - I bought some solar a few years ago. Without subsidy its better than having the money in the bank even thought I dont use all that it produces on a sunny day. And this is in darkest Devon where we get a lot more cloud than they do and it should pay for itself in less than 10 years before I add FIT in to the equation. Its a lot cheaper to buy these days than when I bought and a company like them will get it even cheaper in bulk so it would be dumb of them not to.

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NASA trying to rein in next-generation super-heavy lifter costs

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Re: James Hansen will be furious

But Big John you do realise that Trump will be increasing NASAs funding - if he's going to create jobs for Americans then the best way of doing it is to fund NASA - every dollar spent on NASA generates 18 elsewhere in the economy. The best way for Trump to make america grate again is to use socialism.

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Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

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Re: No need for the open button

A place I worked in had those electromagnetic doors and swipe cards fitted. First day I just walked through four of them on the way to the computer room as they decided not to put them in the same place as the old doors and I walked through them in the dark of an early morning start. Once the boss had recovered from the shock of finding me in the computer room and giving me a swipe card for the doors I tried crashing them again. Didn't seem to work so I guess ignorance is bliss.

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

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Re the sun

page 3 may be fund but the coprophillia on the other pages is not to my liking.

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Pluto has massive underground oceans, say astro-boffins

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Re: Past and present

Two possibilities:

1)The impact that cause Sputnik Planitia created the heat required to cause the effects we now observe.

2) The impact crater looks as if the impact may have been slow - this may have been a moon whose eccentric orbit caused heating of Pluto before impact

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Ureaka: What drains off lamp posts has to go somewhere ...

So the universe is expanding to get away from Pluto's smelly dark matter! It all fits!

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Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought

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Now thats a little worrying

The article picture doesnt seem to show the current tariff the customer is being charged. I've been hoping to use a pi-zero and camera and ocr to read the tariff from the smart meter screen (I've seem in on a few meters) in the hope of actually being able to use the tariff as part of the home energy management system these things should have had in mind from the start!

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Firewalls snuffed by 'BlackNurse' Ping of Death attack

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RE:The question is really why nobody has noticed sooner

I've written 'throw any kind of shit at the ports program' for penetration testing, having done the same previously for functions when coding, and it interesting to try it. The number of permutations is astronomical - and therefore so is the time required to cycle through all possibilities. So you choose ones to limit the search area. And of course you do this in a stupidly biased way.

Or you discover this and keep it to yourself for possibly dubious reasons.

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Boffins find Galaxy making killer radiation, rule out Samsung phone as source

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This is why intelligent life is so hard to find

its had its DNA reset to chemicals.

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Race for wireless VR headset heats up

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Needs more padding

for when you bang your head against the wall when you realise how much money you pissed up against the same.

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Red squirrels! Adorable, right? Wrong – they're riddled with leprosy

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Given how easy it is to cure leprosy these days

I'd say they're less dangerous than a big mac.

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Russian banks floored by withering DDoS attacks

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Withering?

So we have got to the stage in AI where we can gain entry to banking software with a really good putdown?

Your SSL smells of elderberries!

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Borax?

Used to use shitloads of that for glazes in Pottery at school.

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Bolting the stable door

while the horses are galloping into the matter transporter in stall 2.

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The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

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With the republicans holding sway everywhere apart from the White House

TPP will fail?????

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Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones

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Re: We will have to wait and see

Given one of the first things he said after his election was 'I want to unite the country' he was reversing a campaign promise after 30 seconds so dont expect any radical changes - he's got to get most of his shit through congress and they wont like it at all.

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If you're good at your job then globalisation shouldn't pose a threat to you. Hah!

That of course assumes your employer has a clue. I have been made redundant a few times to be replaced by outsourcing and find out later that the outsourcing has been pretty disastrous - a little bird told me the last job I was made redundant from they spend more flying out to India to find out what's going on than my salary was. But the MBAs and accountants seem to still be working there despite this.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Re Big John

John - you lost but you think you won so be happy.

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'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

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Re: Its just a big moon.

I was waving my 16" Dob at it. Didnt use term 'terminator' as everyone seems scared enuf already!

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Its just a big moon.

When its near the horizon it may look bigger than normal but then viewing conditions are shit. When its well above the horizon the only way you can tell its bigger than normal is with a graticule or something.

And anyway at a full moon there are no shadows so even through a scope most things look pretty flat. So hypermoon is probably the best moniker.

It was near a half moon last night and the dark/light edge looked spectacular when the clouds weren't hiding it.

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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Re: Recurve or Compound?

Until a few years ago I could pull a 70lb longbow and I shoot 34" arrows. You dont want to be on the receiving end of that - it goes through a pig carcass and out the other side.

I could string it in about 30 seconds (if left on the stringer stand) and you'd still be a target even in the car!

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What a bee-lief! UK's asian hornet outbreak is over ... for now

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Re: Hardly surprising.

I was out walking my dog and chucked the ball a few yards off course. The dog leapt after it and after rummaging around in the undergrowth came out with the ball and half a dozen wasps attacking it.

This was late January this year. The striped stingy thing season is NOT over.

We may be lucky though - not seen a lot of striped stingy things this year as the not-cold enough winter meant the little bastards didnt hibernate and starved to death but it may not be long before they can annoy us all winter and then breed like rabbits.

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CERN also has a particle decelerator – and it’s trying to break physics

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[This comment was brought to you by the Donald J Trump School of Science.]

That's the one they just relocated to Titan? But not for tax purposes this time.

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World-leading heart hospital 'very, very lucky' to dodge ransomware hit

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Re: OMFG

I've found it relatively easy to set up secure systems as demanded by management - the same management that demands it taken down because they are too bloody stupid and lazy to follow their own rules. However I'd still imagine that 80% or more of the files could easily be un-encryptable as there is no reason to modify most data.

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Re: medieval murder bastards

I think it would go well on the back of the Red Hunting jackets tho!

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James Dyson's new startup: A university for engineers that doesn't suck

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Wouldnt it be cheaper to pay a decent wage to engineers?

Then the engineers we have trained and educated might stay in this country.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Re: No F35 in the list?

Its formation flying for gods sake - they can tow gliders!

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Capita STILL hasn't delivered usable Army recruitment IT system

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Capita IT solutions

That's a serious Oxy-zika-infected-cabbage if I ever heard one.

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Run a JSON file through multiple parsers and you'll get different results every time

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Re: Ok, so I actually read Seriot's blog

So some implementations need updating to conform to the well defined bits and the Specification needs to be updated to define the non-defined bits people are working with.

Or we could just have a meltdown and run around waving our hands about screaming the world is going to end.

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