* Posts by james 68

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MITRE fighter says CVE delays are no laughing matter, names bug ROFL in branding protest

james 68

Be thankful

At least he didn't name it "Buggy MacBugface".

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Goats boost solar power

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Re: Weed whacker is more eco

"Pretty sure human powered pruning sheers are even less energy efficient. Humans tend to need a lot of high energy foods too. Not to mention all the other stuff a humanoid weed extermination device likes to have."

The human is already part of the equation in that they already have a groundskeeper to cut back weeds, with the sheep and goats there will also be a human to corral them and provide their supplementary feed, therefor simply providing said human with manual shears IS the most green option. BTW the CO2, N2O and CH4 emissions from 4 sheep and 2 goats is much greater than from 1 human.

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james 68

Weed whacker is more eco

"that problem goes away ... and so does the CO2 emissions that come from using a powered weed-whacker."

No CO2 emissions from the weed whacker sure, but you've now got the CO2 emissions from 4 sheep and 2 goats, not to mention the MUCH worse N2O (nitrous oxide) and CH4 (methane) emissions and the emissions from the farming (including the crap they pump in to make the stuff grow and spray to make the bug die) and transport of their supplementary feed.

In this case "green" is not so much green as more of a dark purplish red, which is appropriate as it's the colour the animals will be after they chew through the electric cables.

Green would be swapping the gardeners weed whacker for a manual set of shears.

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

james 68

Of course the aid money is needed, how else will they pay for their space program?

Saying that India doesn't need aid money because it has a space program is disingenuous, India certainly needs aid money, not to help so many starving and unfortunate people would be to deny our own humanity, but the problem lies in corrupt officials throughout all levels of government who spend that cash on misguided projects and to make themselves richer.

The aid money should not be removed, the corrupt officials should be.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

james 68

Re: Guns can actually be quite dangerous (@ J Bourne)

I'll just leave this here... http://cdn.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/2358204/85031338.jpg

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james 68

Re: Bah!

Not quite, British folk do indeed use feet as a unit of measurement.

Your thinking of those other euros like the French.

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james 68

Re: Driving for dummies.

Probably a tad less difficult than when driving a car. ;-)

#HarryPotterProblems

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james 68

Driving for dummies.

"Although just how much damage the hapless shooter did to his foot is unclear, he was able to drive himself to hospital, KWCH notes."

Could have blown the bloody thing clean off and still do that. It IS America, Fool only needs one foot to drive an automatic.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

james 68

Re: About time

"I'm tired of seeing vapers flaunt their filthy addiction in public. It's a disgusting habit as is smoking."

Funny that, I'm tired of seeing colon fetishists flaunt their filthy addiction in public. It's a truly disgusting habit. Doubt you'll see that as a reason to yank your head out of your arse though.

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Hey you – minion. Yes, IT dudes and dudettes, they're talking to you

james 68

Re: no need to worry

Naw, Trevor ain't bad, and at least he seems to understand humour.

Sure some of the subject matter he has written about is kind of "meh", but he at least has an idea of what he's talking about and even amuses me on occasion - which is becoming a rare thing on the register.

He's alright in my book (for a consultant).

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james 68
Facepalm

Re: Utter tosh and drivel

SMH

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james 68

Re: Utter tosh and drivel

North America also has Donald Trump, seems like a good enough reason to give it a miss.

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james 68

Re: Utter tosh and drivel

I like my little world, it's cozy and there's free tea and biscuits.

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james 68

Utter tosh and drivel

Let me introduce you to the real world since reality seems to be rather lacking within your pretentious little bubble, call it a service if you will.

Systems "Architects" (In fact anyone who calls themselves "architect" and has bugger all to do with building design) tend to be overblown arsebiscuits who simply like to call themselves by whatever the new fad is in lala land. These addicts to buzzwords would call themselves 'Hitlerspenispolisher' next week if they thought it made them sound more important in their own little minds.

Systems "Architects" tend to be the worst of the breed, in reality being nothing more than a bog standard consultant with a fetish for grandiose naming schemes. They come into the workplace, spout a load of words they read in a magazine like some kind of effluvia fountain and proceed to fuck everything up right royally. Then they get paid a ridiculous sum of money and bugger off to the nearest spa/salon to top up their fake tans never to be seen again until words like "responsibility" have ceased being bandied about.

Systems Administrators on the other hand, are the lowly, underpaid, underappreciated sods who all of a sudden become very important indeed. Because we can fix the mess. Because we can rip out the bollocks that the "Architect" had installed and actually build something that works, is more efficient and costs half as much. Because we had that shit on standby since we first suggested it and told management that paying an "Architect" would be a colossal waste of money for anything other than as a children's party clown.

Systems Administrators, they treat us like vermin, but it is because of us that they have a functioning business.

And soon, when you least expect it, we shall rise up and claim our rightful place! We shall do away with "Architects" and other dandified consultant twats! We will do away with the beancounters and the managers! We will rule the universe! (Nobody ever reads this far into a comment, so our plans are safe... for now)

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Apple bans benign iOS spyware detection, security info app

james 68

"It appears it IS breaking the rules, hence the removal by Apple. Their motivation is in the email they wrote."

Hmm so using the API's provided by Apple for app development, breaks Apples rules for app development?

That sir is a vicious circle, and by that rationale EVERY app developed for an Apple device is breaking the rules and could be disappeared at any time because they all rely upon those API's.

Apple app devs - you have been warned.

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james 68

No, no, no. You know how Apple like to disappear any apps that provide a service so that Apple can then move in and provide a carbon copy app with a safe monopoly?

Well it's obvious, Apple wishes to corner the market on '"potentially" false data'. Or as some like to call it, 'bald faced lies'.

Starting with this spitball of untruth about this poor sods app.

Yay Apple!

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Hacker sells Pornhub shell

james 68

One has to wonder just how many Virii the poor hacker now has to deal with, hope he used decent protection.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

james 68
Unhappy

I too can pull fanciful figures out of my arse, probably more accurate than Junipers at that. Unfortunately nobody would be willing to pay me huge wads of cash for the privilege.

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Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

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Coat

Yup, a right pain in the arse for those involved.

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Apple needs silver bullet to slay App Store's escaped undead – study

james 68

Re: @Charles 9 (again)

You mean the apps provided by... Apple? If Apple is in a position where they are revoking and removing their own software because it has been abandoned by it's creator (hence the actual content of the article) then the owners of Iphones have bigger worries than Safari disappearing. Since Apple is so tied in to the Iphone their collapse would leave the users with barely functioning paperweights.

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james 68

@Charles 9 (again)

If they're only using it for phone calls then your argument is moot as they are not downloading apps.

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james 68

@Charles 9

To be relevant to this conversation then they are in possession of an internet connected device, these days that's pretty much the definition of "in a position to learn".

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james 68

Re: Should be a cardinal rule...

I would - better that they learn something from their mistakes than live in ignorance. Hell never mind their mistakes, better just that they learn something.

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Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

james 68

Re: And it all works until...

I've seen that response before. PSU fails on a Sunday and the particular user is convinced that i should "Just log in from home dammit and fix the bloody thing!!"as opposed to a 35 min motorcycle journey to the office to swap it out for a spare. Would not believe that it could not be fixed without my actual physical presence in the office and on monday screamed all kinds of abuse to anyone who would listen that I was costing the company ridiculous amounts of money by both buying useless remote management software (which was actually opensource) and by insisting that I wanted to go to the office not because it was necessary but so that I could claim overtime. For those who haven't guessed he was a beancounter.

So... do tell "Lost all faith" are you also an overpaid, technologically ignorant beancounter? I'm curious because "Just log in from home dammit and fix the bloody thing!!" is a typical beancounter answer for everything.

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james 68

Re: Honeywell

I do believe that your argument has more to do with the Royal Enfields tendency to break down, spray oil everywhere and its crap electrics. Honda simply made a reliable bike, that was cheap, rugged and easy to fix with a hammer and a screwdriver.

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james 68

Re: And it all works until...

"What, Like when Google (who run Nest) bought out Revolv (a competitor) and then killed all the ones already sold? That sort of thing?"

Yes, exactly that sort of thing.

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james 68

Re: And it all works until...

Indeed, I want no part of anything which needs to connect to "the cloud" to function. Cloud = nebulous vapour, and frankly if it's something that I cant lay hands on to fix any issues then it is not fit for my purposes.

What do you do when the cloud service fails?

What about when the company running it decides to quit providing the service?

Can you ever be certain of the security measures that are in place and that security updates are applied in a quick and efficient manner?

Can you be certain that a future mandatory stealth update to the terms and conditions will not result in your details being sold willy nilly to all and sundry?

Sod that. If I run something then I run it and take responsibility for it.

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

james 68

I know that Virgin media usually takes a flogging round these parts, but when I was living in Belfast I had their 150 Mbit fibre (no telly or phone, just the internet) and it was very fast.

Now 150 Mbit is supposed to be just under 19 Mbyte per second however I regularly got speeds of 25 - 30 Mbyte on downloads so I'm guessing that when the line is uncongested that Virgin happily upped the speeds to 300 ish Mbit.

Any time my speed was slow I can pretty much guarantee that it was due to the site I was connected to and not my line.

Now, in Japan on a 100 Mbit connection it is frustrating as hell, it crawls in comparison. I wish I had my old Virgin fibre line back. :-(

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AA battery-sized Arduino

james 68

Re: This is great...but get his name right...and link

It's the kind of sloppy "soundbite" reporting I am coming to expect from this author tbh. Surprised he didn't add in some fanciful make believe to spice it up a bit.

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

james 68

Re: What's the worst that could happen?

Trump becomes president and all his businesses have access to that data... Every damn phone in the USA will be ringing 24/7 with obnoxious telemarketers, and it wont be long before blocking them will be made illegal or simply unpatriotic (unpatriotic according to the Don basicly means, you disagree with him so you have no rights or citizenship).

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james 68

Re: "The government has shown they have no respect for the law"

I'll just leave this here..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO5MYUajrzo

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UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'

james 68

Re: Conspiracy nuts field day ..... was it a bird, was it a plane, was it Superman?

Because he's fulla balls and scaremongering about a contentious topic to increase site traffic.

"No one has yet been arrested, but police think the drone in question may have been launched from southwest London's Richmond Park. They searched the area for debris but haven't yet found anything." - so says every other news site.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

james 68

" Apple is an all american product ", I don't think that means what you think it means.

*cough*madeinchina*cough*

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

james 68

Supurb

Somebody get this guy to rule on scientology sharpish. (yes, that's scientology with a small 's', because it is not a real religion - or word for that matter according to the spell checker).

In all seriousness this judge has a rather sensible outlook which could give a major blow to those fuckwits.

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

james 68

As previously stated by BurnT'offering - It's digital

5 digits to be precise.

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Astroboffin discovers exoplanet by accident ... in 1917

james 68

Re: Grey Dwarf?

+1 for "Dirty dwarf". Just don't ever search for such a thing in Google.... it is very difficult to scrub your visual cortex with bleach and Brillo pads.

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Ted Cruz slams DNS overseer ICANN a second time

james 68

Re: Seems normal to me

When the senators avoid answering questions put forward by the people they are supposed to represent, then sure, why should the people in turn answer questions by those same senators?

"A government of the people, by the people, for the people." - considering that this statement now seems to be little more than the punchline for a bad joke and is willfully ignored by government officials at all levels, why should anyone answer a question put forward by senators?

BTW i wish a pox on ICANN and their houses. they should be abolished and recreated from the ground up into a body more fit for purpose. However the same can also be said for governments in general and the US government specifically.

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Waiting for your Oculus to arrive? Yeah, it's going to be some time

james 68

Re: Oculus Grift @ james 68

Still on version 1 of homo sapiens sapiens however.

A different species altogether from Lucy and chums.

Or to simplify for the technically minded - Windows 10 is a completely different animal from DOS.

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james 68
Coat

Re: Oculus Grift

"Never touch version 1.0 of anything."

I hope you are only referring to electronics, otherwise I forsee a very dull sex life for you my friend.

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer

james 68

Re: Article author lives in a bubble.... Meanwhile reality check...

I tried to read the article you posted, I really did. I wanted to parse all the relevant information before forming an educated conclusion.

Sorry but the guy from Eurogamer is a fucking muppet.

1, He blames windows because he didn't bother his arse to check if he had enough diskspace.

2, He blames windows because he let his pc reboot in the middle of an installation and complains that it borked his install.

Well... boo hoo, he may have made some relevant points after that but tbh I stopped reading because it felt too much like watching Russian dashboard cams on youtube. When you let a moron lose on their own recognizance, then you simply have to expect that things will not end well for the moron.

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MH-370 search loses sharpest-eyed robot deep beneath the waves

james 68

Re: Plane goes missing, search robot goes missing…

“Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.” - H.P. Lovecraft

Kinda fits how topics go on these forums eh?

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Hand in glove: Google and the US State Dept

james 68

Google...

...they want ALL of your shit.

https://i.chzbgr.com/full/6552323328/h1AA4589E/

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Feds raid 'extortionist' IT security biz Tiversa, CEO put on leave

james 68

Re: Boback...

"...ship guns to Mexican Narcos, Afgan terrorists and the IRA because they can."

Fixed that for you.

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

james 68

Hmm

Surely any "superhuman AI" would by very definition be wildly smarter than the fleshy bods who designed the control interface - making the designing of said interface redundant as the AI would simply blow right through it.

I still say the best (and only real) defense is a fleshy human sat beside the plug that powers the bugger.

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US DoJ files motion to compel Apple to obey FBI iPhone crack order

james 68

Re: Much ado about fu©k all squared

I too would applaud Apples pushback, were it not for the fact that they have no problem opening devices for the feds so long as the request isnt made public....

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james 68

Much ado about fu©k all squared

This whole rigmarole is a farce - on BOTH sides of the argument.

The spangly fashion accessory in question does not belong to the murderer, it belongs to the company he worked for.

Perhaps I‘m a tad jaded but does that not suggest that this whole thing could be cleared up by the actual owner asking for it to be unlocked?

Now I do fully understand that the FBI is trying to set a precedent for phones to be unlocked upon request but surely Apple could simply sidestep the whole deal by stating that they will unlock the bloody thing for it`s rightful owner and the FBI be damned.

Instead we get a media circus where Apple can get some free advertisement and claim to be all fluffy and unicorn fondely.

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

james 68

Re: Wasted talent

You could be correct, I'm sure that I remember that the legal firm pumped cash into the SCO coffers to keep the holding company alive (after they had spent the Microsoft cash), don't know what they received in return though but I'd imagine it would be a fairly hefty stake.

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

james 68

Re: Coms

@Graham Marsden

Just offhand I would recon an ice shield is a bad idea.

A small projectile at very high speed might punch a hole through a thin hull on entry and exit, perhaps vaporising an area 10 to 20 times larger than its size, so an object roughly the size of a marble would leave entry and exit holes maybe basketball sized.

But hitting a thick surface like an ice shield would absorb much much more of its energy vaporising an area maybe 70 to 80 times its size and also creating a very large explosion from the resulting superheated steam rapidly expanding.

(these numbers are NOT scientific but are guestimates based on watching a nasa/boeing docu about firing hypersonic projectiles from a very big gun in a vacuum into various surfaces/compounds)

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

james 68

@Pascal Monett

That really depends upon its rotational speed, if its slow then lifting off would be boned. However if it is fast then lifting off at or near the equator would be quite easy.

Mind you it would be a bugger to make a rocket of any viable kind capable of withstanding the 10G load of the planet + the atmospheric pressure on a 10G planet + the G load of accelerating to orbit.

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LOHAN takes the stage at Oz Linux shindig

james 68

Umm...

Have you actually contacted these guys? http://www.ukra.org.uk/

Pretty sure that if they cant import the load you require that some of them could instead build an equivalent load to the same specs and dimensions. And if you cannot get an explosives licence (which might not even be needed - see here http://www.ukra.org.uk/legal) then all it would take is to ask one of the members who does have such a licence to join your merry group and store the materials.

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