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936 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

'Kindness of America' snapper shot himself in 'act of self-promotion'

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Re: Makes More Sense

Did you miss that the truck driver might still be on a drunk driving charge? If you're stupid enough to drink and drive, should you really have a firearm?

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Google in dock again over defamatory auto-complete

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Re: Do these idiots actually believe ...

Whether the plaintiff believes he's the only person on the planet with the same same is irrelevant if there's evidence his employer was that stupid, and fired him because of it. Of course, it might make more sense to sue his employer for stupidity/unfair dismissal, but I've no idea what Japanese law says on that.

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Japan still in love with the fax

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Re: Fax prevents fraud!

I usually paste the image file of my signature into the document, before sending direct to the fax server... preserves the "security" level, while saving paper.

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Habeas data: How to build an internet that forgets

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Re: In the US

Most privacy laws refer to "living persons" or "natural persons", which do not include corporations.

Oh, I forgot, US is home of "Not Invented Here".

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Germany reveals secret techie soldier unit, new cyberweapons

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"The initial capacity to operate in hostile networks has been achieved,"

Congratulations on connecting to the internet!

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Global warming helps Arctic algae suck CO2

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Mammoth blooms?!

OK, phytoplankton blooms I can understand, but, "also be harboring mammoth blooms"? They think there's herds of submarine hairy pachyderms beneath the ice?

We are DOOMED... unless the sharks with lasers can deal with them.

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US Navy uncloaks stealthy underwater solar cells

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Re: Hmmm....

Great idea, but are the pirates organised enough to use them? Or perhaps they will simply re-purpose the Navy ones...

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Milky Way DOOMED to high-speed smash with Andromeda galaxy

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Re: The simulations look impressive

"why would the Vogons want to destroy earth?"

Because the plans have all be passed, and all the forms completed, buried in peat etc. Can't change it now, its Orders, more than my job's worth...

The one with the poetry book in the pocket.

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MPs brand BlackBerrys for bobbies scheme a failure

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Did anyone else read that as boobies?

I really couldn't work out why seabirds needed to be given fruit.

Yep, the specs, please.

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People-powered Olympic shopping mall: A sign of utter tech illiteracy

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Re: Energy calculations.

Actually, Sandtreader, on a revenue basis it sounds very good - for the Mall: Visitor walks in, feels tired, buys sugary drink. Visitors, however, should pinch the free granulated sugar packets from the coffee shops, as recompense for being unpaid treadmill-slaves.

Reduced carbon footprint at this Mall can only mean they are providing visitors with small charcoal sandals.

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UK High Court split over Twitter airport bomb joke

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Re: "But the hardest thing has been the waiting..."

Def, you are being arrested for making a terrorist threat in a public place. Please cooperate with the men in the black helicopter.

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Man's car warns of AIR RAID OVER LONDON

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Re: Bullfights?

709 - Blasting Work

They are blasting across the road here, for a new rail station. Can someone lend me a satnav to check if they are advertising correctly?

Yep, the one without the satnav in the pocket.

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Boffins develop nanoscale vacuum tube running at .46 THz

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Boffins are busy today...

How long before a nano vacuum tube device can read data stored on biological non-volatile storage?

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Boffins cram binary data into living cells' DNA

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Happy

s/they/we/

There, fixed it for you.

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Re: It'll still be susceptible to viruses.

Alan Smithie, I call pedant fail. The boffins were using bacterial cells and bacterial enzymes, so antibiotics would mess things up, just as a few bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) would.

And I'd be willing to bet some Saccharomyces cerevisiae product that the bacteria they used was E. coli.

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Does Britain really need a space port?

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Re: And then there is the weather

Great jai, build a space elevator!

Now, tell me, which site in equatorial Britain were you thinking of using?

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China begins work on world-beating MEGA power cables

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Re: It doesn't bode well...

Re: "沒錯!

雖然中國文字是一樣的,我相信"

Traditionally, yes, but simply, no.

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Re: It doesn't bode well...

and their mandarin (putonghua), which is likely to be more relevant.

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Stuxnet ≠ cyberwar, says US Army Cyber Command officer

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Re: Cyber cold war?

Quite so, Beer_M0nster, and from the phrase, "more precise definitions needed to invoke laws of armed conflicts", I take it Clarke wants to make it clear that "we" (US + allies) can do this to "them", but "they" are definitely not allowed to shoot back.

But, no worries, it seems Richard Clarke is outranked by Mikko Hyppönen now, I mean, with a job title like Dick's, and he only gets a stream speaker slot?

@DanDanDan... you READ amanfromMars 1's posts? Wow!

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75,000 Raspberry Pi baked before August

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Frustration:

The feeling experienced, when, on finally receiving your email from RS with the one-time code to enter the Pi order website, you mess up the checkout process and can't restart.

Anyone got a good book to read while I'm waiting for a code reset?

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Button batteries BURN KIDS FROM INSIDE

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Re: Duh!

Completely agree.

But, I have to ask... is the merging of Health and Veterinary Services the result of budget cuts?

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Why embossed credit cards are here to stay

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More evidence that gorillas have excellent camoflage

"a card that had a picture of a gorilla in the box"

file with that ball-throwing video.

The military should stop researching those invisibility huts and just put gorilla suits on its tanks.

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Re: Never use credit cards.

"never borrow money from anyone for anything other than a car or a house!"

Why borrow for a car? It's a depreciating asset. A house of course, is as safe as, well, you know...

(disclaimer: not counting the property bubble. Buy after it's burst, not before)

Yep, the one with the bus ticket in the pocket.

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Dinosaurs were DRAINED of blood by GIGANTIC HORROR FLEAS

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Re: grain of salt

And your point, Kleykenb? There are plenty of modern insects larger than this, there's a 3cm hornet that regularly visits my lounge, for instance. I wouldn't like to get attacked by either... I'll leave the hornet be until the gecko gets it, and the flea, well, 65 million years in the bedrock should do it.

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

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New unit of time?

Is the IKEA-shelf-assembly-time set to become a new Reg standard unit?

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

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Re: Ughh... Still shudder when I recall those days

You mean proper ANSI-standard BASIC with variable names of one letter and one digit? That sure made for readable code.

I'd been using BBC Basic for years when I encountered ANSI-standard during a Uni project on a mini. That came as a BIG shock!

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Suspected freetards to face piracy letters in 2014

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Re: If its so widespread AND illegal

"outdated business model of content providers"

s/providers/distributors/

People who produce content still need to be rewarded, but the massive infrastructure of expensive distribution is obsolete, replaced by the Interwebs.

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DARPA overjoyed that its hypersonic glider came apart, blew up

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Re: The cost of impetuousness

So what about "delivering a warhead to any spot"? Can the US military research "delivering a warhead to the correct spot" instead?

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Chinese and US military square off for cyber war games

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Re: Chinese selective historical memory

I don't think it was only the British humiliating China at that time... all of the Western powers had some involvement, and Japan wanted (and got for a while) a piece too. Don't forget that the US supported the Nationalists against the Japanese, and they turned out to be the loosers in the subsequent civil war, so it's hardly a point in their favour.

Anyway, I'm sure both sides are taking a pragmatic look at the situation now, International Politics isn't about morality, it's about what you can get away with, e.g. Iran-Contra affair, support for Saddam Hussein... add any examples you like from any World Power's history.

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Dad sues Apple for pushing cash-draining 'free' games at kids

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Trading Standards?

Ieexgx, you make me think Apple should be in breach of trading descriptions laws by calling it a smartphone... it should be described as "a device for debiting money from your credit card, that also can make phonecalls"

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Pew study finds one in five Americans still won't go online

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Re: Reverse

I admire your unparalleled dedication in personally contacting 62 million people to ensure our safety. But tell me, how did you do it? Can't have been email, and that is a LOT of phonecalls!

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Over half of IT hires in Asia are duds

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Meaningless Survey, Meaningless Conclusions...

Remember, 50% of people have a below-average understanding of statistics.

For HK, 37% of hires were considered average and 9% bad. Therefore 54% were good, but this is seen as an unsatisfactory result?

If, as seems reasonable, executives are comparing the latest employees with their past experience, then the current batch are better than their predecessors, and, in the next round of recruitment, executives should have revised their expectations upwards. Over the long term, exactly half of the employees should be above average, and exactly half below average.

On the other hand, the executives asked were just putting down the first thing that came into their minds, and the recruitment agency was analysing this according to their preconceptions. GIGO.

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Mega-star HD 10180 could have more planets than the Sun

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Re: About that troll detector....

I think that is the troll eradicator upgrade.

No, don't laugh at this joke, the next one is MUCH funnier...

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IPv6 networking: Bad news for small biz

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Re: crazy academic led BS as usual?

@MacRat - can I print to you're printer too? I've run out of paper. It's only a few reams.

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Windows 3.1 rebooted: Microsoft's DOS destroyer turns 20

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Re: networking?

No, it was Novell Netware.

I never got the rush to 3.11, after all, the networking was working fine already. Of course, it quickly went downhill when you needed Novell driver updates every time MS changed something.

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Windows XP support ends two years from now

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Re: Microsoft ending support... so what?

So have you tried renewing a W2K AV license recently?

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'Super rogue wave' scuppers Lego pirate

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Who wanted...

to call out "It's behind you!" to warn the poor, doomed, heavily-armed mariner? I did.

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Feathered Tyrannosaurus uncovered in China

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Fluffy carnivores...

Obviously advantageous. The prey keeps on repeating things like, "Aww, how cute!" right up to the moment it's throat gets ripped out.

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Yes, Prime Minister to return after 24 years

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This is old news - I've already seen the first episode...

You know, the one where there's a threat of a tanker drivers' strike, and a Minister tells the public to fill up and store petrol, thus creating the shortage he was trying to avoid? Though I thought the bit about a woman burning herself while transferring petrol in her kitchen was bad taste.

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Lucy in 3.4 million-year-old cross-species cave tryst

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Re: Wait for the creationists...

My ambition is to BE a transitional fossil... preferably for a new phylum.

Just think how cool that would be... not only immortalised in millions of descendants, but preserved in rock, rediscovered and given a new name after millions of years. Hope there's a good pop song on when I'm dug up!

icon: my photo.

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Chinese to burn iPads in upcoming celebrations

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Re: Voodoo its all voodoo

Well, they also have paper servants, so that the ancestors will have someone to serve them. But these are all mostly used at funerals. Grave sweeping day is generally more restrained, with offerings of paper clothes and money (special Hell currency). The graveyards and collumbariums get very crowded, and the Police have special crowd control measures.

I hadn't heard the legend before, but the tradition of setting fire to hillsides is still very common - usually accidentally when the intended offerings are left unattended.

I think you're geography is a little askew, voodoo is totally different continents.

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100 EARTH-LIKE PLANETS orbit stars WITHIN 30 LIGHT-YEARS!

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Re: Fermi Frightens Me.

"Why would we bother putting aliens in this simulated universe?"

I believe SimCity answered this one... to spice the game up with some random destruction!

Oh dear...

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Solar power towers overpower PV panels by 20X

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Re: Re: Trees got there first

s/commercial economics/biochemical costs/

s/light into energy/light into sugar/

s/supplying it into a power grid/supplying it into a vascular system/

s/return on investment to shareholders/return on investment to acorns/

Its amazing how much freedom you get to innovate when thwarting herbivores is taken out of the equation.

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Now CHINA complains of surge in cyber-attacks

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Obligatory Reminder

location of launch != location of attacker

Only idiots would leave themselves open to an easy trace. Conspiracy theorists will obviously conclude that it's X stirring up trouble between Y and Z. Substitute your preference of countries or (we're talking the *crazy* conspiracy theorists here) alien species.

For the record, my honeypot statistics for Feb show most of my attacks are local: http://articles.yuikee.com.hk/newsletter/2012/02/b.html

And heyrick, I don't use PHP at all, but my weblogs show plenty of requests for .php pages. It's the shotgun approach.

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Facebook tracking makes for non-angry birds

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Surely...

the birds can Tweet themselves.

Well, it's cockatoos, so make that Squawk.

OK, I'm going. The one with the white marks that's been ripped to shreds, thanks.

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ARM's ultra-low-power fridge-puter chips: Just what the CIA ordered

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Re: Orwellian

Haven't you noticed? The forests are already full of bugs. And spiders.

Yes, the one with the insect repellent.

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Spider venom to be tested for pesticide potential

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Re: Spider resistance

So stage two of the research is implanting the spider venom genes directly in the plants, along with the web-spinning genes.

Reminds me of a book plot. I'm just out to watch a meteor shower....

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Busty blogger bursts Bulgarian airbag in mud-wrestle blunder

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Re: Won't someone think of the children!?!

Was Tom Hank's character short sighted or long sighted? Short sighted specs would be useless for firelighting.

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Voice prints at risk from impostors

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Combining the worst of...

* The false positive / false negative problems of biometrics

* The transmission encryption of telnet

* The secrecy of password reset questions

And the solution is to ask the user to change their voice unnaturally. What could possibly go wrong?

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The seven types of commentard

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How do you count Type N?

and is this post Type 2, 4 or 6?

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