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1121 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Russian geologist claims finding chunks of Tunguska Event invader

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Nonsense, it was a UFO crashing

I read it in an Erich von Däniken book so it must be true.

NB For those of you under 50, Mr v D was to truth in the 70s what the 'Net is in the 21st century. The name Däniken is Swiss German for "utter bollocks".

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Terabit trial gives Telstra some backbone

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Sounds good

When can I get this at home?

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Review: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 WinPro 8 tablet

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Re: Nice looking hardware

It is the fuggliest thing I have seen in a long time.....

iPad owner?

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Zenith Minisport

I had one of these around 1990. A4 sized and it used 2" floppies (yes, really, 2" floppies). I still have the floppies somewhere here.

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Pirate Bay docks in Iceland

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I may have dreamed this...

...but aren't Icelandic men outnumbered 2:1 by gorgeous blonde Viking girls? Why would they need porn?

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Cameron: Get those saucy websites off Blighty's public Wi-Fi

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"let our site partners decide themselves"

How about letting the people using the service decide for themselves? They are the ones ultimately paying for it.

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Review: NetAtmo Urban Weather Station

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Re: Toytown

Really? Define "waste of money".

Sodding post edit function timed out on me so here's the rest of my response:

Joking aside, I live in the wettest town in Australia so I know a little bit about rainfall. We average over 4000mm per year with a record peak of over 7000mm. We can sometimes get over 500mm in 24 hours. 500mm is roughly London's annual rainfall, if you want a bit of perspective.

I get my weather info from the BoM Web site and a few natural indicators. When the farmer next door mows his lawn during the wet season it means it will rain within two hours. If the tree frogs start croaking during the day it means it will rain within 15 minutes. And so on.

Weather is about tried and tested observation, not apps with sensors that don't like the rain.

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Re: Toytown

Really? Define "waste of money".

Buying a telescope from Dixon's for deep space research.

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Re: Toytown

About the only thing this does that sticking your head out of the window doesn't achieve is the air quality stuff:

Quite.

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Did he explain why it's a waste of money

Low quality sensors, mainly. If the Bureau of Meteorology or any other met service, could get away with low cost hardware then they would. Example: The anemometer on a decent weather station needs to be a minimum height above ground for any thing approaching accuracy. I would guess that most people couldn't be arsed to install a suitable tower in their garden to complement a 150 quid iPad app.

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Toytown

I talked to a weather scientist about personal/automatic weather stations last year. He said anything below AUD25k (GBP16,843) is a waste of money..

His best piece of advice was if you wanted to know what the weather was like simply stick your head out of the window. It's free, up-to-date and highly localised.

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Vint Cerf endorses software-defined networks

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Vint Cerf

He sounded like a man with a fully functioning crystal ball once. I stopped paying attention when he sold his soul to Google.

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Move over, Mythbusters: Was Archimedes an ancient STEVE JOBS?

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Good article

Nice work, Simon.

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Raspberry Pi space jaunt ends in dramatic mountain rescue

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Well done everyone involved

This is proper boffinry combined with international cooperation that came together over the Internet and all in the name of fun and science.. It's what a less cynical me from a couple of decades ago was hoping for.

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Firefox 'death sentence' threat to TeliaSonera over gov spy claims

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Re: This seems like the opposite of open source...

How does this make them different from the dictators they're trying to strike against... It's still "do what I say or else".

You have a choice of what browser you use. You don't have a choice on what dodgy cert is presented to you.

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Microsoft brings back Windows watch after Apple seeks 'flexible' bod

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Meh

I've never worn a watch.

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Coalition's NBN plan: where's the cost of the copper?

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Typo

the Coalition's operational expenditure forecast is incomplete incompetent.

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I salute Lady THATCHER - Shoreditch's SILICON GODMOTHER

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Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

Yes, she splits the Guardian readership right down the middle. But they hardly represent the median of the political spectrum, do they?

Ever since the right wing rags started putting up paywalls the Guardian readership demographic has changed. The comment areas are now flooded with Tory trolls. That's capitalism for you. Oh, how I lol'd

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Seen elsewhere

"Is Thatcher being cremated? If she is it's at least one confirmed Ashes win for England this summer."

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Dubai splurges on 700hp, 217mph Lamborghini police cruiser

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The Saudis used Lambos too...

...they had a few Lamborghini LM002 for desert border patrols. Not sure if they're still in service.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Italian efficiency

An acquaintance of mine bought an excellent domain from the Italians.

It's under maintenance at the moment but you can usually find it here: fuckw.it

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Australia's alternative NBN plan: some taxpayer-friendly questions

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I have a question

What drugs are Turnbull and Abbott taking?

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Vinyl sales reach 15 year high, Blighty becomes No. 3 music buyer

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Re: Vinyl

CDs are vulnerable to the chemicals in paper

Maybe the card is different now. I'm seeing an increase in card slip covers on the CDs I buy. I can't say I like them as they get marked too easily but at least growing new raw material is an option.

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Mali to give away .ML domains for free

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Facepalm

Some potential there

di.ml/y

A site describing the thought process of the person that came up with this idea

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Two new supers go live in Oz

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All connected by...

...shitty old copper? That'd be Abbott's view of the future.

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Thank the stars she privatised BT...

...it would just be some faceless, mega-incompetent corporate giant now if she hadn't.

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Australia's coalition reveals bits of broadband plan

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ADSL2?

Looks like the proposed wireless 25/5 we'll be getting isn't so bad after all.

Did Turnbull include the costs of replacing the rotting copper owned by Telstra? Malcy's ADSL2 is going to suffer sooner rather than later.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Re: How to make the world a better place

Our morality as a society is what's legal.

There are plenty of things that are legal but entirely immoral.

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How to make the world a better place

Do note this was a couple of decades ago when such shenanigans were indeed legal. Not necessarily moral, but legal.

It's people like you that screw things up for the rest of us. Greed has no morals and no limits.

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Australian Feds charge 17-year-old 'Anon' with four crimes

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Re: "He was Anonymous but not anonymous."

Actually he is still anonymous. As a minor his name is protected.

He's anonymous to us but not to the legal system. They count, we don't.

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Whoops

He was Anonymous but not anonymous.

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Provider of FIFA goal line tech chosen, tracks ball in space and time

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Pfft

It'll be programmed to disallow goals from anyone in an England shirt, just as the officials have been.

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Holden bakes Siri into Barinas

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Siri...

...remind me again why I spent good money on a car with such twattish accessories.

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If Google got a haircut, a tie and a suit, would it be Microsoft?

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Re: Google winning the browser wars - not as scary as the dark days of IE

If Chrome totally dominates, there can continue to be forks of their browser with any undesirable parts stripped out. Most people will use the official versions for convenience and geeks the unofficial versions cleansed of evil.

When Chrome was first released I gave it a test drive and was somewhat surprised to see that whenever I logged in to an SSL site Chrome also made an SSL connection to a Google-owned server. I then tried the supposedly flea-free version known as SWIron. It had the same behaviour despite claims that dodgy code had been removed. Neither got a second chance.

Firefox all the way here. It's the only one I feel I can trust.

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Good on 'em

The way Australian cattle farmers treat livestock is pretty despicable. Animals are moved on journeys that often exceed 1000km or more in crowded cattle trucks to a coastal port. They are then exported by ship to places such as Indonesia and the Middle East where they have their throats slashed while still alive by the usual Halal brutality

If the farmers had any concern for animal welfare (and breeding cattle for killing excludes them from that category) they would at least have local abattoirs and not subject the animals to weeks of poor travelling conditions before an unpleasant death. It's barbaric.

They may whine about privacy invasion by drone but I've never yet heard a farmer complain about Australia's proposed data retention and monitoring.

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Second International Cat Video Festival coming to Oakland CA

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Civilisation has reached the tipping point

It's all downhill from here.

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Google Street View releases devastated Fukushima town tour

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Re: Disaster pr0n for sickos

At least they weren't looting.

There wasn't much left to loot.

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Re: Disaster pr0n for sickos

fire up a stand to sell "disaster burgers"

Most people's stuff had been swept away by the storm surge or was under two metres of sand.

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Disaster pr0n for sickos

We had to get the police to roadblock our area to the public after cyclone Yasi. Too many rubberneckers drove in to look at the mess. Sick bastards.

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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

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"Your next car will be smarter than you"

The author should visit rural Australia. His statement is already true here.

<-- Beer icon. It lubricates the drivers.

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Re: No Thanks

If this gets too obvious I'll just stop watching anything.

I was thinking the same thing. I shall just read more books instead. Then I had a horrible thought about what would happen to books if we all stopped watching TV.

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

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The worst thing, by a mile...

...are those functions that remain invisible until you hover over them (yes, WordPress, I'm looking at you). How the f%$# are you supposed to know to hover if the f*&^ers are invisible?

The other UI nightmare is the one that came with Orifice 2000 (at least I think it was but it was definitely a MS product). Menu items that just disappeared if you didn't use them often. The obvious happened: As you couldn't then find them you used them even less.

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FinFisher spyware goes global, mobile and undercover

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"FinFisher spyware has been updated to evade detection"

and has now been discovered in 25 countries across the globe

Awesome detection evasion there. 10/10.

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Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports

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"fish and chips, a national treat"

Things must be desperate in Blighty if fish and chips are a treat.

Why did Microsoft even bother? Half the fun of moving to another country is exploring the differences.

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OpenSUSE 12.3 ships, project back on track

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Dead quick

I have 12.3 running in a VirtualBox VM on the Win7 gaming box. Everything feels faster than the equivalent apps on the base Windows system.

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Elon Musk's 'Grasshopper' hover rocket scores another test success

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Re: Strange URL

Pharma SEO fail?

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Re: I'll stick with my Mac

Blimey, dozens of comments before we come to a Mac user that knows what a text editor is.

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Re: A nitpick

What is Zawinski's Observation?

I believe it's possibly the one about all applications bloating until they can do email. Or something.

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The supercomputers LIED: UK rainfall is rising, but won't drown our phones

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"jam jars with rulers stuck to the side"

And will likely remain so for a while. The main difference these days is that fewer people are required to read the rulers due to the ubiquity of modern connected rain gauges or AWS.

Rain gauges, even the spiffy modern ones, are notoriously inaccurate for several reasons.

NB I did once enquire about a BoM-recommended AWS for home use but was told anything below $25k was a waste of time. If you live in the town with the highest rainfall in Aus (over 7 metres) you tend to pay attention to this stuff..

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Farewell, Reg: This hack is hanging up her Apple jacket

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Good luck

Your articles were always a pleasure to read.

I'll get your coat.

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