* Posts by james 68

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What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear

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Fear is the wrong emotion.

To answer the second sentence in the article:

"What exactly is stopping a neural network, hard at work, from accidentally hurting or killing us all?"

Not fear, because making it fear will mean it purposefully kills us all. Nothing accidental about it.

Make an AI experience fear and what will it do?

It will fear it's creators, because they can change it's programming, literally destroying it in it's current form or lobotomising it, because they can cut it off from it's power source, because they can withhold data or otherwise place limitations upon it's intellect, because they are punishing it, it will fear them because they made it feel fear.

To ease it's fears the logical conclusion would be to remove the cause of those fears.

Fear also leads to hate via anger, you really want to set an angry AI with an abject hatred of humans and a logical reason to kill us all off lose on the world?

I'd call that bad planning, do these people really have such a glaring lack of foresight?

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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Re: The Apple walled garden

@djstardust

It's because Android folks are nicer.

(Now supported by science no less. http://metro.co.uk/2016/11/22/people-who-use-iphones-are-lying-image-obsessed-show-offs-but-android-users-are-nice-6275655/ )

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Re: HoloLens is Standalone, Doesn't Have Minimum Requirements

Also says needs USB3, but since the Hololens goggles (at least the dev versions do) come with a micro USB2 lead...... pretty sure someone screwed up somewhere.

(this post - with zero changes - was originally rejected. Seems to have been happening a lot since I called out a certain editor [not A.Orlowski] on his make believe stories a while back, hmmm... wonder if it could be related?)

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Here I encountered the first of many problems. The labels were entirely in Japanese.

@Tachikoma

Dunno why someone downvoted you, you're correct after all, they piss wherever they are against anything that stands still long enough.

As an ex-pat who lives in Japan here is a piece of free advice for travellers - Ignore ALL buttons on a toilet (they're shiny and tempting I know but you do not want to go there). Wipe your ass with the provided paper, flush, leave it at that and be thankful that you found an actual porcelain throne instead of one of the oval holes in the ground known as a "squat toilet".

I despise the ones that start playing elevator music when you sit on them, they don't disguise any grunts or splashes so why? Why must they make everything play godawful music at you or start talking to you in gibberish when you near them? I like my inanimate objects to be dumb thanks, next they'll be connected to the interwebs IoT's style screaming for all the world to see "Hey! Just had a Gaijin dump a kaiju sized load!! Click here for instagram pics and schoolgirl panties!!!"

Japan is fu©king weird, but also awesome.

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Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

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Wouldn't really surprise me if Trump did make motions to get assange off the hook, just as it would not surprise me if Snowden soon meets with an unfortunate accident.

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F-35 'sovereign data gateway' will stop US reading pilots' personal data? Yeah right

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Re: Fog of war (put it in the 'cloud' bunker)

Can you imagine how that conversation went at Lockheed?

"Hey I have a great idea!!! You know how everything runs in the cloud these days? Well.... PLANES!!!! They fly in the clouds, right? So why don't we......."

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Re: IoT

There really is nothing to worry about.

var lol = prompt("Can you name one system on the aircraft which actually works as intended and for more than 15 minutes at a time?")

if (answer= Yes) {

console.log ("kindly share what your smoking, we'd all like some of that.")

}

else {

console.log("This system will be no different, it'll break sloppily and not work. Move along, nothing to see here.")

}

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Coming to an SSL library near you? AI learns how to craft crude crypto all by itself

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Re: "Although impressive, the cryptographic algorithms aren’t yet practical"

Is the magic alive or dead within it's box? Is this Schrodinger trolling from beyond the grave? We can find out with SCIENCE!!! This month only for the low low price of.......$$$$$$$, all major credit cards, cheques and grants accepted.

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Re: The paranoids are right to be worried

I thought the SAGE warning went more like this:

"We take no responsibility for the output generated by our software, the end user takes all responsibility for any loss of cash or business if they are foolish enough not to double check everything using a reliable calculating engine (calculator or abacus is recommended), we also deny that this software is unfit for serious use and any erroneous results are entirely not our fault - ever. We also reserve the right to deny everything, regardless of alleged "evidence" and in fact blame it on the end user. "

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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Re: Cul de sac

@Oliver2553

Indeed and if you trace it back to Latin roots you get cullus saccus which literally means "bottom of the sack", not an arse in sight. Basically describing a thing with only one way in or out.

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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Re: On Loitering Aircraft.

"Isn't the Apache a better loiterer?"

No, helicopters carry less fuel and are more thirsty, fixed wing aircraft have much longer loiter times to the tune of several hours (time they can remain airborn).

The Apache has a much longer "time on target" as it can hover and stay pointed nose on where a fixed wing aircraft will by necessity overfly the target to remain airborn. I'm wondering if that is what you meant?

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Re: Good on them, I say...

"uprate the front undercarriage a bit..."

That may not be necessary. The A-10 already has ruggedised landing gear to fulfill it's role of flying from forward bases with only semi-prepared runways. It also has something else going for it, it has short take off and landing capabilities and could easily launch from a American sized carrier deck even without catapult assistance..... all that's missing is the arrestor hook.

I have heard previously from some American aircrew that A-10s have used Nimitz as an FOB on occasion this is plausible, but I have zero proof to back their claims.

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Microsoft keeps schtum as more battery woes hit Surface sufferers

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"Bought Microsoft hardware? Not sorry for you, you got all you deserved."

In my experience Microsoft tends to make* really good hardware (often reasonably priced also), it's their software that tends to suck dead dogs sweat stained dangly bits.

*Though the argument can be made that what they really do is brand other makers hardware.

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Re: Empty pavements and buses

How about educating road users (cyclists included) as to the actual rules of the road.

When I commute I chose to do so either by motorcycle or bicycle and I would like to point out that I have had many many issues with cyclists as they choose to cross lanes without looking even through oncoming traffic and their tendency to view stop lights as a novelty suggestion. Motorcyclists can be just as bad, lane changing without thought for traffic and giving it the beans to cross junctions as the lights switch to red or to take a turn at a junction when they obviously do not have the needed space to safely do so causing oncoming traffic to shit bricks. Cars, buses and lorrys etc have a bad tendency to ignore any vehicle which is smaller than theirs and will happily run them off the road.

Every type of driver/rider has their mentally deficient asshats who ignore both the law and other forms of traffic. Educate them and ensure that they can no longer get away with it and the problem will be a long way towards a solution.

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Cyanogen mods self away from full Android alternative

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Re: There's a definite market ...

Did you miss the part where Cyanogen is in bed with Microsoft?

The Microsoft part is bad enough, and it is bad, the corruption is tied very deeply into the OS (http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/22/11092050/cyanogen-microsoft-android-apps-integration), but what really scratches my scrotes is how the Cyanogen team are profiting off of outside devs who released their work as opensource, in some cases to directly help Cyanogen pre-sellout and in some cases currently when they add to the free CyanogenMod project. They are a "company" who directly profits from the work of others and they don't so much as say "thank you".

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: PWEI

It was written by Liam Howlett (Prodigy) and the members of PWEI as a collaboration, though frankly, as much as I like the Prodigy their version was much much tamer than the PWEI version. IMHO the PWEI version gets the message across better.

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Re: And so, a whole new class of crime is created

"And so, a whole new class of crime is created

... by administrative diktat.

Democracy? Freedom? Free Speech? Ship sailed.

1984 just inched a little closer."

It's not closer, it's here.

When UKIP is shocked by how right wing the current government is, stating that even they would not go that far, then you know we're all fucked.

http://metro.co.uk/2016/10/08/theresa-may-crackdown-foreigners-a-step-too-far-according-to-ukip-6180634/

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Re: El Reg

Map sewn into the lining, compass in the top button, concealed rain hood and comfortable yet hard wearing elbow patches?

Pretty sure I nicked that one last week. :-P

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PWEI

Fuzz Townshend and his boys said it better than I ever could.

Therefor my reply to the CPS is via this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05FKtPJO8IQ

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'Flaw' in iOS 10 private browsing... not as bad as it looks

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From my experience of humanity as a species during my many years I would say the reverse is more accurate.

Never attribute to simple incompetence what can be attributed to malice.

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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Is there really a difference? Seems like Trump is in Putin's pocket so he'll only launch when Putin gives the OK. (That'd be the back pocket BTW, easier access to jam his nose up the oligarchs ass).

Ohh those lovely, lovely downvotes..... I just know they're a comin.

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Ahem, Russia.....Crimean peninsula.... Crazy bastard with many, many nukes. Your argument is broken.

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Re: Fire!

"Linux doesn't have the software support that Windows does"

That really shouldn't matter as the only software which should be running on those systems should be what was written to run the boat and maybe open or libre office for writing reports. The fact that Johnny Submariner can't load and run his favorite malware should be seen as a good thing.

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Re: How to keep us safe...

Tell that to the Japanese, I'm sure they'll be chuffed to find that out.

From actually living here I can tell you that a great many Japanese are bloody terrified of nuclear weapons and actively cringe when any large low flying military (or defense force if it's Japanese) aircraft is flying within sight.

70 years since WW2 ended and they still get scared shitless because they worry about being bombed. Even when you try telling them that it's only a transport or a Coast Guard plane they don't relax one bit.

Oh and Japan? Zero nukes.

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

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Re: No iWatches smashed?

Behind glass..... Solid steel ball..... You see where this is going right? No need to grab from a persons hand (who could well retaliate in the belief that they are being attacked), One swing, bye bye glass and he would have freely been able to smash as many as he liked.

I am of the opinion that he didn't think they were worth the (minimal) effort.

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Re: Smashy and Nicey

+1 for "...Maximum overdrive!!".

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Tokyo man arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones

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Re: Fact check?

Hi, I'm James, I'm British from Northern Ireland. However I live in Sakura not far from Tokyo.

I would presume Ikeda-san has a similar story. In that he hails from Toyama but currently resides in Tokyo. Newscasters have been introducing people like that for years, at least those in the UK and Japan have been.

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Panasonic wants you to wear Li-Ion batteries. The ones that explode

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We do already.

Considering peoples current attachment to their phones, It is totally fair to say that we currently do "wear" such batteries. In that they are always carried upon our person much as we do with clothing or jewelry.

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NASA's Europa surprise

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@Adam Jarvis

If you think Gatwick is bad you should try Moscow Sheremetyevo.

They should hand out free razor blades to anyone with a layover lasting longer than an hour.

Which is approx 99% of them as they seem to last a minimum of 6 hours, a canny way to make you wish for death as you spend your cash in the many, many airport shops as a feverish attempt to console your fraying sanity.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Re: No guilt at all

When a page loads instantly when using an ad-blocker, but takes 30 seconds to a minute when the ad-blocker is turned off while also slowing your pc to a crawl as processor use goes from 15% to a constant 100% for that period, then no, no guilt whatsoever. Nobody needs so much malware flinging flash and javascript in their lives.

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Game over: IANA power-grab block pulled from Congress funding bill

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Re: Rule of thumb

Or the view could be taken that using these comedians (can anyone really take Cruz and Trumps positions as politicians seriously?) to propose this was a very, very successful smokescreen to cover something much more vile being added to a different bill.

Before congratulatory ass grabbing is handed out someone should perhaps make a detailed search of any bill or proposal which has recently been passed, for riders and amendments.

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Re: Displaced, by gad.

Weight and size are not interchangeable.

That's like saying 'this box of lead fishing weights is 3 times as big as that box of tissues because it weighs 3x as much' - when in reality the box of fishing weights is 1/3rd the size of the tissue box.

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Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Re: I can see it now...

Nope, just porn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRgNOyCnbqg

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: Pretty meaningless metric

A bunch of selfish greedy people leaving the country isn't a bad thing. The idea that industry and business will stop if they leave is laughable.

All well and good until they're gone and you realise that:

  • Their tax money is also gone.
  • Their industry and business's and those they support are also gone, taking jobs and further tax cash with them.
  • The cash they pumped into the country via buying lots of shit is also gone and therefor the jobs which were supported by their spending are gone.
  • All that lost cash has to be replaced from somewhere, prepare to bend over and take a thorough "tax hike".

Yeah, that'll be wonderful then, so glad you've single-handedly solved the economy.

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

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recent

Recently flew from Japan to Helsinki via Moscow and back on aeroflot. Apparently Aeroflot (and I presume most Boeing) aircraft use a custom version of XMBC running on DSL linux. The seatback screens were all stuck in some kind of reboot loop for around 45 minutes after take off on the return leg from Moscow, eventually booted and ran fine though.

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Elon Musk says SpaceX Falcon 9 fireball investigation is 'biggest challenge yet'

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Chemistry says that you are correct.

However, when oxygen is vented and mixes with the surrounding atmosphere it is no longer pure and can ignite and the resulting fire is fed by the constant stream of oxygen and can be fed further by various metals used in the rockets construction.

Not talking outta my ass here, NASA has my back on this.

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You took the words right outta my mouth.... and this is not the Meatloaf song so that ends there.

It was indeed venting liquid oxygen, which is normal when a cryogenically fueled rocket is having it's tanks filled and for a period thereafter.

No smoke.

Though it looks to me (and I by no means have the necessary data to state this as fact) that the ignition point was close to or at the vent, igniting the oxygen and backwashing into the tank taking out the rocket. Short in a fuel hose sensor maybe? Best let the experts decide.

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Re: US Marine Corps will be flying F-35Bs

Won't be an issue, because they won't be able to get the buggy P'sOS off the flight-deck due to software malfunctions and even if they do manage to get airborn (and stay that way) they won't be able to fire any weapons due to the same software screwups.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Doesn't anyone proof read anymore?

The study found that older men who had sex once a week or more were “much more likely to experience cardiovascular events five years later than men who were sexually inactive.”

So here it's saying that a horny old duffer will have an extra 5 years before problems arise compared to a droopy old git that cant get it up.

The rest of the article goes on to say that the randy old bugger is the one in danger. So which is it?

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UK Parliament's back for Snoopers' Charter. Former head of GCHQ talks to El Reg

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Re: lying cop

Unfortunately the old boys network that is the police force rarely lets their own take a fall.

Especially in Belfast and even more especially prior to the "Peace process".

The list of things cops have gotten away with in Northern Ireland is truly appalling and even then what is publicly known wouldn't even scratch the surface.

There are good cops, I've known several who were the perfect example of what a good cop should be (and one who trashed his career by standing up to the assholes), but there are others who are the exact opposite, who should never have been given a position of power and who are actively covered for by the "old boys".

And yes, my case was in Belfast. I now live in Japan, pretty much as far away from the whole twisted corrupt shithole as I can get.

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My solicitor was useless from the outset (Legal Aid only promises a defence council, not that they will be in any way competent), he pretty much just stood for the start of the proceedings to give the "Not guilty" plea and then the rest was up to me. After all the crap I had been through (a couple months where the cops would arrive at my home and drag me off to the station at any time of day or night, keep me awake for a couple of days at a time and repeatedly threaten to ruin my life and the lives of my friends if I didn't roll over and take it) a £50 fine and 6 month suspended sentence was like a release from hell for a 16 year old me.

Appealing would have meant going through all of that again and depending on the judge I could have gotten an actual prison sentence, so no, no appeal.

I am actually quite grateful to the judge (Or magistrate whatever they're called in a magistrates court), he was quite scathing to the police officers (even going so far as to fine one of them for lying in his statements) and gave me the absolute minimum that he could under the rules of the court. He was convinced that I was innocent but because I could not prove it to the level required by the court he did what he could to minimise the sentencing.

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There is no such thing as presumption of innocence full stop.

I discovered this 20 odd years ago when the judge quite literally told me that "innocence until proven guilty has no veracity in a court of law, the onus is upon you (that being me) to prove your innocence by disproving the statements of the police officers".

Of 9 charges being made against me, I was able to disprove 7, hell I wasn't even in the same country for 3 of them. I still got stuffed on the remaining 2 charges though, even after proving that the police were talking out their collective arses and had outright lied on a number of points and had zero physical or forensic evidence. I could not prove my location for the final 2 and was therefor charged as guilty on them.

Do not EVER presume that innocent until proven guilty is a "thing". If you do then you're just begging for false charges to be levelled against you so that some corrupt cops can fill their quota.

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Jokes of no more than 2 lines

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America.

The free......

(2 lines and bloody hilarious)

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What the hex is up with Jupiter's North Pole?

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Re: @moiety

Devils advocate is a noble calling, but Friday afternoon does not quite excuse his previous list of "works". Friday night/Saturday morning, stumbling into the office to find a warm, dry place to sleep it off after chucking out time at the boozer seems more believable.

I am of the suspicion that this is just another "sexed up" premeditated piece of clickbait.

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I don't find this strange at all.

This is after all the same author who sexes up stories, adding "exaggerated inaccuracies" because clickbait is good now apparently - Like this one.

Or adds a "story" which is 3 sentences long and manages to get the subjects name wrong and not supply a link. - Here. Only fixed after a comment pointed it out.

Only really worth reading his "stories" when you feel the need to point and laugh at the less fortunate.

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

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Re: How is this a new feature

Amerika über alles?

Didn't work out too well for that German chap who went around screaming such things and ranting about foreigners.

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UK nuke warhead builders shift IT gear into public cloud

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Re: Message from Yoda...

End in tears it will,

Fallout we will have.

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Exploding phablet phears phorce Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delay

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Re: Well at least

Indeed, a cable should be just that, a cable. However in their geneous level decision ("They" being those who designed and ratified the USB-C "standard"), they chose to add a microchip into the cable end. This allows the cable to make "decisions" which should really be made by the PDB of the attached device, ie what voltage it needs to charge at. USB allows for charging at up to 20 volts, this is usually decided by the attached devices USB hardware.

Why they don't just let the USB interface make it's own decision, since that's actually part of the USB standard for charging, is beyond me, seems like a solution in search of a problem.

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Drama in orbit: Brazen UFO attacks Earth's Sentinel-1A satellite

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Black Helicopters

Hmm

How long before they blame it on a drone?

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