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* Posts by Mahatma Coat

1128 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

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Re: Amazing!

Yes there is. The latter contains more-than-trace quantities of horse urine.

Touché

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Re: Amazing!

It can tell the difference between water and Budweiser!

Quite obviously a false claim. There is no difference between water and Budweiser.

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Crack Telstra Cabling SquadTM goes all Tarzan to restore internet

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On a topical sporting note...

Scorchio!

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Doubletalk: Geeksphone Revolution dual-OS smartphone

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Tempting

I'm still a die-hard feature phone user but this may lure me to the dark side.

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FAA: All systems GO for Virgin Galactic space plane to launch from US

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Where does space start?

The most recent such test, conducted in January, saw it reach a maximum height of 71,000 feet – which, while fairly impressive by ordinary aviation standards, is still almost 200,000 feet shy of what the US Air Force considers "space".

I prefer Fred Hoyle's definition of space: "Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards."

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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Re: Bruce Schneier *doesn't* reveal what he'll use

Bruce only has to look at a file and he can memorise all the 1s and 0s contained within. And encrypt the data using an algo that only he knows about. In real time.

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Anti-coal protestors rated top threat to Australian e-voting

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Pesky greenies

Damn them and their terrorist anti-farming activities. Oh wait.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

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Re: I used Chromium rather than Chrome

I think you meant SRware Iron. I just now installed from the rpm, copied ~/.config/google-chrome to ~/.config/chromium and everything worked, extensions and all settings. It's brilliant thanks for the heads up.

I tried it when it was first released as the claim that it was de-googled seemed fair enough. The first time that I logged into a site it made an SSL connection to a server owned by Google. It may have changed since but once something has lost my trust I don't give it a second chance.

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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Repton!

I feel an evening of nostalgic gaming coming on.

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Report: Google's NSA dealings not as bad as you thought – THEY WERE WORSE

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Re: Daniel Brandt was correct

Downvoting facts, eh? I can understand downvoting opinions but...

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Daniel Brandt was correct

It's a pity that his site is no longer online. It used to have a map of connections between NSA staff and Google.

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THREE BILLIONTH person to come online in early 2015

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They come over here...

...taking our Internets. Send 'em back!

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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Re: Never click links for banks etc in emails

Yes, couldn't agree more. Set your mail client display content in plain text too. It's much harder to hide iffy links that way.

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Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

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Re: Their web page is already snooping...

And it also runs JS from Amazon AWS. Surely they aren't storing real data on Amazon S3 or are they just keeping a bit of JS there?

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Nup

I've never trusted it and I never will.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: What about the JS?

OkStupid still uses JavaScript, so they're a bunch of hypocrites anyway.

Not least of all on the "Warning: You are using Firefox" screen. If you had JS disabled you couldn't go past that message to access the rest of the site.

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Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

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"showing a Firefox install running on the console."

Blacklist that car immediately.

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Forget Spiceworks

As Mrs Coat says: "Spiceworks is shit. Really shit."

Mrs Coat now uses GLPI and lives happily ever after.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Er, camouflage error

Isn't the blue paint supposed to go underneath?

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Re: Product != CEO

The bigger question is "where is the line drawn?

You had better boycott Boeing then. They make devices for killing innocent children.

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OkStupid.

1 All your hardware is probably made in China, a repressive regime that regularly imprisons or executes dissenters. Ok!

2. Big US software companies. A nation that invades smaller nation for their oil and kills 100s of 1000s of civilians. Destroys your privacy via spook activity. Ok!

3. Mozilla. One employee is a bigot. Boycott!!!!

Ok, stupid.

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Re: A Red. Dwarf?

Shum mistak shurley?

I thought it would have more sense naming it after Biden if it was a leprechaun planet.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Back to school

Reading this reminds me of the conversion tables on the back page of my school rough book*.

* I'm sad to find that Wikipedia doesn't have an article on rough books. You kids will have to use your imagination.

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The Reg's guide to cursing in Mongolian

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Not all bad.

Cockwomble seems to be safe for now.

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iiNet CEO Michael Malone resigns

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"waning enthusiasm"

Probably wants to spend more time with his money family.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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From the horse's mouth...

...an old friend of mine is a fairly senior manager at a well regarded airline. He says no one has a clue what happened and that lines up well with Mr Page's last paragraph.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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The Most Bonkers Explanation award goes to...

...this person. It was the Freescale 20 wot dun it.

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Brit 'naut Major Tim could carry YOUR name into SPAAAAACCEEE

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UK entry

pISSed Up.

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Apple patents the super-soaraway selfie system of the future

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So it's true

a new section in the iTunes store specifically dedicated to "Sharing Selfie" apps

This confirms we have long passed peak civilisation and it's all downhill from here.

I'm going to stock up with food and fuel as iPhone-wielding barbarians will be at the gates soon.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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@ AC Re: At least those other publications…

As the OED says about petards and hoisting:

Have one’s plans to cause trouble for others backfire on one

Ms Fiveash's article was intended to "cause trouble" for the non-tech media because they got a word wrong only to get a word wrong herself.

It may be the middle of the night here and I may be dyslexic but I don't see a problem with my comment about her use of "worldwide" instead of 'world wide".

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Re: Ahh the WWW

The Kiwis say it as "dub dub dub" which is a but faster.

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Re: At least those other publications…

And they didn't call it the "worldwide web" either.

Is that your petard I see being hoisted, Kelly Fiveash?

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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"Star in a jar"

A star in a reasonably priced jar, no less.

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

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Ahh, the luxury of the few.

for most of us bandwidth is no longer a problem

Most of who? Feel free to speak for yourself but many of us still don't have that luxury.

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Qantas' biggest problems are … Apple, Samsung and Google?

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Re: Couldn't agree more

I certainly don't regard QANTAS as the worst airline I've flown with

If you'd been fucked about by Qantas as often and as badly as I have then you'd have a different opinion. They are awful.

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Couldn't agree more

Qantas is in trouble because it's a shitty airline and the worst I've had the misfortune to fly with (apart from LOT. I once flew with them in the 70s and it was a bit scary.)

As for Indian food, many airlines offer Asian meals as an option and they are always better than the standard fare.

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Australian bureaucrats to journalist: 'Give us back our bits'

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Don't forget digital photographs

Always destroy the negatives.

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

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Re: Erm. Yes. Known for a while now?

And this ace research that I posted here a couple of weeks ago:

Fewer but much bigger cyclones

I'd rather deal with twenty Cat 1 cyclones in one season than one Cat 5.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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"throwing wet bar towels at her"

By US standards isn't this getting off rather lightly? Given that the alternative is usually anything between a bullet, being "democratised" by an invading US army or even nuked, I think she should be quite pleased.

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'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

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Re: Doing the Warmist shuffle

Who to trust? Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump and some conspiracy theorists or skilled climate scientists? Tough call.

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Re: Congratulations

So it's suddeny fun to gratuitously mock someone's sexuality

You couldn't have been more wrong if you tried. Impressive.

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Congratulations

It must have been tempting to use the phrase Nancy boy in this article.

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Fandroids get their very own PERVY SMUT browser

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WTF?

"the world's first ever smut-focused web browser"

Really? The Pornzilla project is over ten years old.

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App-maker King hopes to CANDY-CRUSH $500m from IPO

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Hmmm

I wonder how this will affect it.

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

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"We used JavaScript to create an immersive user experience"

I'd love to give these people an immersive experience in a bath of acid.

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

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Re: Should have spent a bit more

Duracells and a different name. Maybe something that doesn't sound like it was picked from an Anne Summers' catalogue.

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Renault unveils mini-SUV equipped with a QUADCOPTER DRONE

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The Kwid

Bargain price.

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Google invades videoconferencing market with Chromebox for Meetings

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Meetings rooms haven't really changed that much for last 25 years

Now with available with added NSA industrial espionage.

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Greenland glacier QUADRUPLES speed, swells seas

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Let the downvotes commence

One of the predicted symptoms of warming is a decrease in the amount of tropical cyclones but an increase in their intensity. Well, looky look:

Fewer cyclones, but bigger blows

Smart science.

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Dead Kim Jong-il's OS makeover takes a page from Dead Steve Jobs

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Re: That featured screenshot doesn't look like the boot screen

That screenshot rather much looks like an installation screen

Yup, that graphic of the world in the last image looks like a dead ringer for the time zone selection dialogue in an openSUSE installation.

Anyone know if it's used in other distros?

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