* Posts by Allan George Dyer

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Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Russians blast supplies to the ISS

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"Pass my vodka, comrade – I got this"

FTFY. Everyone knows vodka is rocket fuel.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: Aiming Error

@AC - Are you sure the Chinese wanted an early takeover of HK? If they were impatient, they could have turned off the water supply and walked in any time fromthe '60s. AFAIK, the issue was brought up because local businesses wanted assurance about land leases when Britain's 99 year lease on the "New Territories" ran out.

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US police to throw big balls in criminals' faces

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Did anyone else read the headline and think "The Prisoner"? I suppose these are better for indoor use; isn't miniaturisation wonderful.

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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

@Richard 45 - I think they were more common in the 1970's, at times, once a week. But that was more for political reasons.

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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Re: Fast track to offense

@asdf - and the phrase is "beyond the pale", referring to the fence delineating the extent of English rule in Ireland, so could be considered offensive too.

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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Re: Next question...

Yes, with a special emphasis on discrimination against motherhood. It can be seen in many of the comments here, where changing jobs from paid employment to pregnant is described as "leaving work". In our past, childbearing has been a very dangerous occupation, modern medicine (handwashing) has improved this but it is still not without risk. If you love your job, it doesn't make it any less deserving of pay; parents are making a long-term investment for Society.

Doing something about it is complicated, involving a fine line between overpopulation and rising retirement ages.

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Google: Help us! Our search engine is STUFFED FULL of your 'revenge smut' pics

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Re: Silly question

"Of course Google would have to keep copies of those"

And employ people to look at the photos and verify the match. Google's HR department could become a very lucrative revenue stream.

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Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina

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I'm guessing the paint's from the performance-art "The Seduction". Don't worry if you missed it, I hear there will be new pieces in 9 months.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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Re: How can you trust...

@Dazed and Confused - You're thinking of Ken Thompson's "Reflections on Trusting Trust", https://www.ece.cmu.edu/~ganger/712.fall02/papers/p761-thompson.pdf

but apparently there's a fix for that by David A. Wheeler, http://www.acsa-admin.org/2005/abstracts/47.html

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: Popcorn time!

@wolfetone - You're definitely looking red-faced.

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Did climate change scare off vegan dinos for millions of years? 'Yes'

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I must be a dinosaur...

I also find that temperatures of about 600° Celsius put a real crimp on my love-life.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: El Reg was unable to contact Mossad for comment

"El Reg did not receive a comment from Mossad." FTFY

Come on, they're a spy agency, saying "I wonder if we can get a comment from Mossad?" in a moderate voice is probably enough to get their attention.

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Might even help with sales...

Top-left corner... if you buy the dead-tree version, you get a poster about the Magna Carta. Is this to remind readers of the rights they've lost?

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Limited edition Iron Man S6 sells for $91,000 thanks to ... serial number

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Re: 69 more lucky?

And 6 ("luk") sounds like flow, 9 ("gau") sounds like long lasting...

Where's the NSFW icon when you need it?

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Re: Bit confused

It gets complicated... 0, 6, 8 and 9 are considered lucky. 4 ("sei") sounds like death, so stay clear, but 54 ("ng sei") sounds like no death, so that's good. If you're creative enough... who knows what explanations you can invent.

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Temperature?

Wouldn't sensing UV be more useful? The occasions when the wearer finishes a swim and there's a nice, cooling breeze comes to mind.

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US Navy wants 0-day intelligence to develop weaponware

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0-day intelligence?

All they are lacking is a day...

They are going to pay someone to provide lists of vulnerabilities in software that they themselves use. Then, instead of fixing the vulnerabilities, or paying someone to fix them, they are going to pay for live exploits. What could possibly go wrong?

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Re: Another mess up with the DVLA paperless scheme....

"only country silly enough to obsess over personalised number plates"

Hong Kong is also keen on them. The plate "1" is reserved for the Commissioner of Police, and "1 L0VE U" was sold at auction for HK$1.4m.

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Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack

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I bet I could get a lot better that a 10-foot range if I cut a hole in the side of my microwave oven...

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ROBOTS in sinister public-relations push ahead of coming WAR ON HUMANS

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$3.5m?

I'll go for that.

Can someone help me on with this Tin Man suit?

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

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Woman Owning an Unshielded Nuclear Reactor Inundated with Damage Claims for Radiation Burns

I thought I was standing at a safe distance, but got terrible sunburn on the back of my neck.

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Ed Snowden should be pardoned, thunders Amnesty Int'l

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Knew?

Knew that it was technically possible, yes, but had proof, no. Suspected that it was going on, yes, but the scale of the indiscriminate slurping was a big surprise. Or am I one of the clueless?

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Windows 8.1 market share grows, Windows 7 slips, Windows 10 lurks

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Have I missed something?

"Both also record small upticks for Windows 81"

81? They're going to be re-releasing Windows 95 soon!

What? You say I missed the "send corrections" link? OK, I'll do it now.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Re: Mag-safe

You mean the ones where the cable fails from the bending whenever it is pulled off, so that you have to buy another overpriced power adapter?

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Case for drone usage now overwhelming as Enrique Iglesias concert almost stopped

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Re: Here..

It was shocking, all I could hear was cries of pain!

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

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Re: The Nightmare

@Charles 9 - Taken to the extreme, this omnipotent God has created everything, including my current thoughts, and memories of my past joy and pain, and so already knows the result of the trials inflicted on me. Backing off from that a bit, this omnipotent God created a parasitic worm that made many generations of children blind, presumably so that, once we developed modern medicine, some doctors would have the opportunity to create a cure, don't worry about all those suffering children of earlier generations. Whichever way you look at it, this God created a lot of suffering; couldn't this omnipotent God have thought up some better way? This God is an omnipotent sadist, and certainly not the kind of intelligence we should revere or worship.

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Re: The Nightmare

"it will be a nightmare if their views become part of kids education"

Yeah, it's bad enough with these human nutters, if goats start espousing creationism, we're all DOOMED!

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Chap mines Bitcoin with PUNCH CARDS and ancient mainframe

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Re: Next challenge

No, no, no... you can't do that with the antikythera mechanism, but it will tell you when high tide will be and how soon to plant your wheat on the day the 1401 finishes*.

* Warning: results may be inaccurate if the optional "Sun explosion and Heat Death of the Universe" module has not been installed.

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Four beers?

Pass me two phones, I'm going to get smashed!

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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@Lee D "Why the hell would you want the boot unlocked at any point except when you're standing behind it?"

To allow your slave family member to unload it while you stay comfortable?

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Re: In this fair-sized town

Oh, it's OK if you treat with caution...

It's recommended walking directions from my office to my home include taking a ferry and jumping 14m straight up onto a road bridge when it's in the middle of the harbour.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

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Suckling pig is a popular dish in Hong Kong too, often served at celebrations, business openings etc. Quite impressive when a dozen waiters bring in one with flashing red eyes for each table.

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Re: Utopias?

@glen waverley - "Oz is much better than the old country" But isn't that because of the climate, beaches and cute animals?

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Malfunctioning Russian supply podule EXPLODES above Pacific

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@Remy Redert - So you're saying that, in the event of a cut, there will be ~50km of elevator cable hitting a major transport hub at terminal velocity? OK, not a dinosaur killer, but a hell of a lot more than a broken fingernail, probably dozens of deaths and enough public outcry to shutdown the orbital elevator industry for decades.

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Rogue cybersecurity firm killed cancer testing lab, claims ex-employee

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Re: No contradiction

Well, Wallace did rather undermine LabMD's claim ("we were framed") by his evidence that the data LabMD should have been keeping safe was open to anyone who tried to access it with LimeWire. However, that doesn't let Tiversa off the hook - they lied, changing "this data is open for anyone to steal" into "this data has already been stolen" and demanded a fee, grassing on LabMD when they didn't get it. That is perilously close to blackmail.

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Online pizza order saves woman and children from knife-wielding kidnapper

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Surprising News

Someone reads the comments field!

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18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

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Re: Won't work in England.

@caffeine addict - I suggest calling these trucks "Wile E. Coyotes"

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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At least 2 Facebook accounts use that as their profile picture... though they could both be created by the same person.

Perhaps Facebook thought they could safely select "not butterflies" from profile pictures?

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PICTURE-TASTIC: Microsoft woos devs to HoloLens virtuo-goggs

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"B15's sensors aren't good at detecting obstacles, but they don't have to be. My HoloLens can communicate that information."

So it's a robot that can avoid obstacles while you are watching it?

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Chinese report loopy Facebook redirections

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Re: Disconnect China.

Sure, break off contact with the world's second largest economy, but first find someone else to build your electronic equipment.

Take gun, aim at foot...

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UK's annual PCB waste = 81 HMS Belfasts, says National Physical Lab

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Re: Reminds me of the classic

I think the long stand is an acceptable alternative. Not to mention the metric adjustable spanner, tartan cotton and red-and-white striped paint.

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Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

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Re: Taser Axon body-worn cameras.

Beat me to it, have an upvote. It's the generic trademark problem.

I am curious about the axon part... does it connect directly to the wearer's central nervous system? Ouch!

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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

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Sorry, messed up there, I was trying to reply to h4rm0ny.

But, to answer my own question, 26 pages, many seemingly a typo in 'biased'.

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So how many occurrences of 'baise' are there in the source code?

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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@Crazy Operations Guy - So the first thing you typed after returning from lunch every day was, "Where is the 10:30 meeting today?"

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Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

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A politician ordering security services to make arrests on a deadline? Now, how could that go wrong?

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The big boys made us do it: US used German spooks to snoop on EU defence industry

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Could the BND claim to have selectively modified the sensitive data?

It gets them off the hook, and the NSA starts doubting the veracity of the data...

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Google guru: Android doesn't have malware, it has Potentially Harmful Applications™ instead

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So if 'aggressive advertising' means grabbing all your SMS or grabbing all your installed apps to send off your device, then 'aggressive retail' means armed robbery?

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re: Legality of torrent downloading vs ripping old vinyl?

@bill 27 - Isn't a corvid in a domestic environment murder on the upholstery?

The one with the dictionary of collective nouns in the pocket, please.

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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But the UK re-used the aluminium in pre-fab housing. OK, so the US didn't have a desperate housing shortage, but just dumping them seems like a criminal waste.

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