* Posts by Allan George Dyer

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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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Pint

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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Devil

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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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

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Re: Data protection implications

"Turn the camera off, of course sir."

*click*

"Right, get 'im lads"

*thump* *thump* *scream* *moan*

*click* (facing street)

"Thank you sir, have a good evening."

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Re: Microsoft was different

"I bought OS/2 in 1994 to avoid Windows, how many of you did?"

Well, me, for one. Later I bought NT4 (because it supported Traditional and Simplified Chinese - which was a crock because you had to reboot to swap between them) and Office 2000. The point is, I moved to Word not because it was a better wordprocessor, WordPerfect 5.1 was all the wordprocessor I needed, but because users at other companies only knew what to do with .doc.

"why get something illegally if you don't like it?"

Many small shops round here were selling no-brand PCs with *cough* "free" pre-installed Microsoft software, not using it would require some technical know-how. Of course, Microsoft didn't approve of the piracy, but it did cement their dominant mindshare position.

Basically, it is difficult for an individual consumer to go against a monopoly. That's why it's useful to have a strong government agency to stand for everyone's best interests.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Re: Some political minds might be concentrated if...

@Vimes - If I promise to pass a law making manifesto pledges legally binding, will you vote for me?

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Warning: Tautology Alert

"wandering planet"

Mine's the one with the geocentric model in the pocket.

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Using Office 365 at work? It's dangerous to go alone! Take this...

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No need, the NSA does the job well enough.

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Re: "increasingly sophisticated attacks"

So the new attacks are sophisticated enough for you not to recognise them, perhaps?

Just a thought, just a thought...

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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Despite using OpenSSH on 100% of my servers, and most of my desktops, I had no idea it was available on an official CD.

So, what was your point?

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US law enforcement rushes to assist bumbling Canuck pirates

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Pirate

Wrong masthead picture...

Should be Captain Pugwash.

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Re: At the end of the day...

"...does it stop your mum or girlfriend from easily looking at stuff on your phone?"

No. Obligatory xkcd:

http://www.xkcd.org/341/

And even someone clueless about tech can think, "hey, there's an encryption app, must be something juicy on here. Maybe I can ask a friendly geek to crack it".

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V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

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Re: Angle grinder?

From what I understand, it was the Guardian staff who actually destroyed the machine, as instructed by the GCHQ staff. Presumably the angle grinder is back in the shed of some Guardian staff member.

Which leads me to wonder, who came up with this "secure wipe" procedure? Did it develop as some kind of "we can be more unreasonably pedantic than you" game between the spooks and jurnos?

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Re: me

Me too.

Though I will admit drilling through a stack of CD-ROMs.

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Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets

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Re: Home ADSL OK in NW6

Fine in HK too, so yeah, pretty localised.

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Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

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"That video is no longer available online"

So veoh has a different dog party video?

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GLOWING TAMPONS hold the key to ending pollution

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I'm guessing:

A: Dave Chandler's girlfriend is wondering where her tampons have gone

B: Dave's going to be in trouble when she finds out

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Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet

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Re: Feeling il.head

Let's replace personal names with numbers too, 1920.

More seriously, you really want to update your bookmarks every time someone changes their ISP or hosting company?

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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Re: says:

I'm using one from a Tandon 286 on my home PC. I prefer the positive feel of the old keyboards, you really know when you've pressed a key, and the weight keeps them from sliding around the desk. The kids say it's too much exercise. It's really easy to avoid the PS2/DIN converter by wiring in an old mouse cable.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Context, context....

"what would they say about a true Scotsman wearing a kilt?"

I hope they would say that it is unsuitable attire for a data centre with underfloor ventilation!

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On 50th anniversary of first spacewalk, Aurorae light up two planets

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Joke

"on the five days preceding Christmas 2014"

So the Martians don't put their Christmas decorations up riddiculously early, thank goodness.

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

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Joke

I'm glad you included the colour chart, I've often wondered what IR and UV looks like. I'm surprised the shade is so similar.

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Once it's registered?

"ICANN has nothing to do with content."

So, an MD can register sexynursesand.doctor as a legitimate medical practitioner, and use it for, well, what do you think?

Has ICANN thought this through?

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Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime exhibition – blurs scientific interest with grotesque curiosity

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Re: molecular death...

Useful for what? For criminal cases, the focus is on establishing when the crime occured, so the possibility that the victim's mitochondria were still working hours after the murderer left seems irrelevant. For biochemical research, whether the organism is "alive" is less important than understanding the relevance of your experiment to the normal processes. Even cryonics (which, to me, just seems like a method for scamming dying rich people) is interested in "information-theoretic death", not molecular death.

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Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

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Take an interest in local affairs...

All you have to do is go down to the local council offices in Alpha Centuri and fill in the Voter Registration Form.

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

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Put the TLD first, but keep the dot separator

With scammers around we need a clear difference between the host and path sections of the URL.

Yeah, I remember uk.ac.

Oh, and while we're asking for the impossible, can we standardise on Chinese date ordering? yyyy-mm-dd, so easy for sorting.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: Cue

So why are masks of the current Prime Minister so popular for Guys?

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'If cloud existed decades ago, backups wouldn't have been developed'

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Re: Typical bullshit

Obligatory XKCD:

http://xkcd.com/908/

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: This is just stupid

"scan everything in and out of your fridge, and thus only ever buying things that had compatible bar codes"

"Run down to the butcher, we've run out of zebra meat again!"

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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"fold into a Transit van"

Wow! Elite ninja origami skills, but shouldn't that be unfolds?

"with the wheels removed"

Uh, OK, still elite ninja origami skills, but zero practicality.

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