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iWatch rumours grow as Apple hires Nike fitness guru Jay Blahnik

Natalie Gritpants

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

Try telling that to someone afflicted by disease or disability.

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Things we take for granted...

> I od'ed the signon.sqlite and key3.db files in my firefox profile on my laptop. I saw the sites for which I have saved passwords (e.g., The Reg), but nothing resembling the passwords themselves, so apparently they are not stored in cleartext.

They are scrambled and if you know the key you can decrypt them. The key is in the source code ans probably google-able. However, if you use a master password they site passwords are scrambled with that which makes it much harder to crack.

You could try looking through firefox's memory for the passwords or even the master key but that requires super-user privilege and shouldn't be possible unless you run as root or admin.

You could try hunting through the hibernation image but then you should not hibernate a machine without full disk encryption.

You could dump the machine in a liquid nitrogen bath, pull out the memory cards and go through them but it's probably cheaper and quicker to just threaten the owner of the said machine.

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Gov: Smart TV bods must protect users from smut-riddled badness

Natalie Gritpants

Take a tip from the pirates

"Here be dragons" has worked for centuries.

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Roses are #f00, violets are #00f. This witty code is a boffinry breakthrough

Natalie Gritpants
Paris Hilton

I like my sex-partners like I like my cocoa: hot, thick and rich. Like the lady to the right.

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Gmail, Outlook.com and e-voting 'pwned' on stage in crypto-dodge hack

Natalie Gritpants

So what should we do? Is logging out then trying to log in again and using the wrong password good enough?

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UK economy to lose £198m if BBC and pals lose EPG slots - Ministry of Fun

Natalie Gritpants

Well, that's the point. When you surf the EPG you start at either channel 1 or the channel you were watching. By the time you have gone through 20 channels you have probably lost the will to live and will watch any old shit.

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Galaxy S4 FIREBALL ATE MY HOUSE, claims Hong Kong man

Natalie Gritpants

It's a ground floor apartment from the photo's so that may explain the smoke damage to the Merc parked outside. But why on earth did he try to put out the fire with a foam filled sofa. He couldn't have made it worse if he'd used the contents of a petrol can to douse the flames.

Here's one for the Reg research department: Is the average contents of a man's bladder enough to put out a flaming mobe?

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

Natalie Gritpants
FAIL

Re: Waste of time

I guess it will just not print tubes of a certain diameter. Good luck trying to print a bicycle. Good to know what printers to avoid.

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Does anyone know

It's called a drive through and is designed for cars. It's intended for you to collect your food and drive off. It's not safe to hand over a collection of burgers in bags and drinks to a cyclist or motorcyclist. It may be safe but it's not economic to serve just one fruit smoothie to a cyclist when you could be serving burgers and fries to whole family.

Sorry to sound grumpy but winging about not being able to use the drive through lane with your dog sled is just the kind of lazy self-entitled attitude I expect from a MacD' customer, not a noble commentard.

As for the nutter taking a horse inside, she should have had a fine for cruelty to the horse and reckless endangerment of the people inside. Humans and frightened horses do not mix.

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ULTRASONIC BOLLOCK BLASTERS help Hawkmoth battle The Bat

Natalie Gritpants

"Not sure how the females do it"

Once knew a lady whose fanny farts could rattle windows. She was batty as well.

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

Natalie Gritpants

Is it possible

to buy a keyboard with the number pad that matches telephone number pads?

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How Alan Turing wanted to base EDSAC's memory on BOOZE

Natalie Gritpants

Works just like a flip flop

If you look at the transistor structure of a register it looks like two inverters driving each other so, yes, they do amplify the signal around and it stays stable. Computer programs only work because they do stuff in the right order so you need to delay the logic circuits so that everything doesn't happen in random order. Flip flops are used now with a clock in the GHz range. These devices ran at kHz and could also store more than one bit in each loop. Although they are called delay lines they were used because they were fast (in comparison to relays) and low power (in comparison to thermionic valves).

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John McAfee releases NSFW video on how to uninstall security code

Natalie Gritpants

Watch and learn children...

why it's never a good idea to get a tattoo. Once you get one the best you can hope for is to die young.

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IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

Natalie Gritpants
Boffin

Correlation <> Causation yet again.

You could say that high unemployment causes high home ownership - maybe something to be celebrated.

Or there could be something (i.e. technological advances in the last few centuries) that have led to high home ownership and high unemployment. As a species we can now achieve more and work less. Which is OK as long as the achievement and reduction in working are spread around fairly evenly.

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

Natalie Gritpants

“The next five-10 years will reveal whether or not 2012 was a rare event..."

In other words - Looking forward we can look forward to to some forward looking mispredictions of the future based on backward looking research.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

Natalie Gritpants

Best way to get rid of them

is to cost them money. As you say if there is a live human on the line when you answer getting them to wait is very effective. If it's a recording asking you the press button I always do then give the silent treatment to whoever comes on the line, seems to freak them out as much as it does ordinary humans.

They eventually learn and go away. Whatever you do don't sound angry or annoyed, they just mark you down on their lists as stupid enough to eventually fall for one of their cons.

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Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

Natalie Gritpants

Re: History

Ah memories.

Just before HP bought Apollo the market share in workstations was (Sun, Apollo, SGI,..., HP). Just after it became (Sun, HP-Apollo, SGI...). Three months later when all the current and unstoppable orders had gone through the order became (Sun, SGI..., HP-Apollo).

A colleague of mine left HP for Apollo about six month before the buyout, he was gutted when it happened and shortly after was made redundant by HP after they'd bought him. Seemed to him that HP was just persuing him around making him miserable.

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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Duh

I rather think Anonymous have missed that point too.

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Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place

Natalie Gritpants

Re: HTPC?

Or get a usb-cec adapter from pulse-eight (others are available) and you can use the TV remote if you have a reasonably up to date HDMI TV.

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Daft tweet by Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife DID libel lord

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Oh the conflict!

"Libel laws are far too strong in this country"

They are not as strong as the truth.

Sally Bercow is a libellous tweeter.

I don't expect to get sued for the above line (maybe told off by a grammar geek).

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EU boffins in plan for 'more nutritious' horsemeat ice cream

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Using as much of the slaughtered animal as possible,

I would flinch at cow cock as it would imply the cow had been subject to massive hormone treatment or had gender reassignment surgery.

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It! Started! With! A! GIF!... Yahoo! Actually! Buys! Tumblr! for! $1bn!

Natalie Gritpants

Re: When women get power .....

Same as men really. Can't think of any exceptions.

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Cameron's Tech City: Desks? Yes. Cash? Yes. Coders? Nope

Natalie Gritpants

Agreed, Silicon Valley is not in Washington or even New York. When it started it was in a nice place to live. Not true any more but it now has the brand.

I live in beautiful Somerset and there is no money that would make me move to London. I'll contract there but the closer to London the higher the price to compensate for commute time and hotel costs. Currently in Borehamwood and working from home on Monday and Friday so it's bearable

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I know identity of Bitcoin's SECRET mastermind, says Ted Nelson

Natalie Gritpants

He's wrong too, it was me.

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London Olympics site to become digital mega-hub

Natalie Gritpants

Re: 40 mega volt-amperes

No no, this is the new thing, the amperes are 40 megavolts wide. It makes them go faster. The fuse boxes glow in the dark and the plugs only have one pin.

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Office Software Checkpoint

Natalie Gritpants

Re: why download the whitepaper

Of course not, it's a powerpoint.

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ISPs: Get ready to slurp streams from Murdoch's fat pipe

Natalie Gritpants

"Sky will be sending you a welcome pack as well."

And a copy of every email you have ever deleted.

Seriously, I'm with Sky (because they bought the ISP that was the only one in the exchange that wasn't BT) and it's OK as a basic home broadband. I moved to using gmail as an email sender but that's because I'm the geeky type that likes to control my reply-to headers. I think port 25 is also unblocked so you may be able to run your own MTA.

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Google 'will be pulled back in front of MPs' on its UK tax affairs

Natalie Gritpants

Re: A missunderstanding of roles

Just to confuse the AC even more, most drugs are illegal in Amsterdam but not because they are immoral.

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

Natalie Gritpants
Facepalm

Re: About "time"

Presumably that's why there is a "lithium-polymer battery fed through a micro USB port".

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Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

So what happens when the bonds mature?

Apple will need to find more cash to pay them back. Will they issue more bonds? This could keep going forever but there is interest to pay and that is eventually going to be greater than 35% tax.

Maybe the bonds will be bought by overseas buyer and they can be repaid with offshore cash.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

Natalie Gritpants
Stop

You need to shoot yourself

Feeling miserable because GDP has gone up? I remember what this country was like in the 70's and 80' and the sense of entitlement in some sectors was higher than it is now. Thanks to Thatcher we have now stripped most of the power from the unions (but not before they destroyed the car industry).

Music on cheap headphones sounds better than on expensive old stuff because it has no wow, flutter, clicks, print-through, interference from engine ignitions. It has similar harmonic distortion and frequency response but your brain is quite capable of compensating for that and removing a fair bit of random noise otherwise you wouldn't be able to have a conversation while walking between rooms.

Cheer up and listen to some music you enjoy.

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High-rollers’ shop pitches wallet-pounding, wall-pummelling MONSTER TV

Natalie Gritpants

Ugly

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Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

Natalie Gritpants

Re: "Fair Share"

or moral?

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Winklevoss twins claim to have enormo $11m Bitcoin stash

Natalie Gritpants

Is there anything to stop bitcoin2 being invented?

Fed up with bitcoin volatility? Try my new, improved virtual currency bitcoin2. Based on the proven technology of bitcoin but without any of the hordes of greedy people trying to inflate it (yet).

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Where's the value?

Well the USD, GBP and most currencies are backed by their countries armies, some of them have nukes.

As far as bitcoin being worth the electricity used to generate it - can you turn it back into electricity?

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

Natalie Gritpants

Anyone know how to configure exim on debian to work with Sky/Yahoo!?

I used to get it to send mail with a From: pointing to my old freeserve mail account. It now looks like that is causing problems and everything has to be from @sky.com.

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Natalie Gritpants

Re: People still use ISP mailboxes ?

Pray tell exactly how you send emails without using your ISP? I'm on Sky and they seem very happy to bin any connection to port 25 to anywhere except themselves.

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Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?

Natalie Gritpants

Re: re. Feedly

tt-rss looks very simple and may be what you want. All the data stays on your computer so only you can shut it down or mine it and sell adverts to show your own eyeballs. Also has debian packages.

freedomboxfoundation.org is looking more and more necessary even in free societies.

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Philips pushes out SDK for multicolour Zigbee LED lights

Natalie Gritpants

Mood sensors and privacy concerns

Do you really want your neighbours to know when your bitch is in heat?

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News Corp challenges iPad with $299 education tablet

Natalie Gritpants
FAIL

Stiff competetion

They are up against educationcity.com which runs on all those computers that the schools already have and is probably very cheap for schools. Personal copies are about £30 per year or two so the educational license is going to be much less.

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Oh god

Well a CD is about 600MB but CDs can have about 60 minutes of recording so that's way above an LP. Also CDs are sixteen bits of pure digital stero joy whereas LP comes in at around 12 bits (yes it does) - and you have to reduce that because of the noise floor for a typically dusty and worn LP.

The answer is about 150MB.

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So you won a 4G licence. The Freeview interference squad wants a word

Natalie Gritpants

Had a phone call today

We think you have been mis-sold Freeview TV, please press 5 to talk to one of our leeches.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

Natalie Gritpants

OMG

Lots of broken spokes on the London Eye! I'm not going on that till they fix it.

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

Natalie Gritpants

"but the Acer has Caps Lock"

THAT'S THE WINNING FEATURE FOR ME.

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Wikipedia's Gibraltar 'moratorium' - how's it going?

Natalie Gritpants

No, we're having a strong moratorium.

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Dish boss on ad-skipping service: 'I don’t want to kill ads'

Natalie Gritpants
Facepalm

Re: Dish was like Indiana Jones

So he had to sit and watch the adverts while recording the program. Probably got good because he had to pay attention.

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Montana TV warns of ZOMBIE ATTACK in epic prank hack

Natalie Gritpants

I've seen the same on UK motorway signs

Except ours was a very English hack, something like:

"Pick up your litter, others do"

Maybe too subtle to be noticed.

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Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

Natalie Gritpants

Re: When

Why wait? They can't really complain if you steal it.

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Solar undercuts coal in New Mexico

Natalie Gritpants
Boffin

Easy solution to the noon power 6pm demand

Just put the solar plant 6 hours west and run a cable.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

Natalie Gritpants
WTF?

Is that typo really in the trademark application?

> and a oblong table

Is it OK to have an oblong table? or even rectangular?

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