* Posts by Thecowking

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Spaniard claims WWII WAR HERO pigeon code crack. Explain please

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Re: Exactly.

If it's a one time pad, that's exactly true.

The logistics of using a one time pad for every communication are... hard. Especially with the requirement that the pad be of greater length than the data it encodes and the recipient having an idential copy of said pad.

But a one time pad is simple enough to use by hand and unbreakable if used correctly

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Ugandan 'rolex'

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Re: not so keen on your chapatis

Roti chani is the breakfast of kings.

Bah! I miss Malaysian food so much, it's high time I looked for a telecommuting job here in the UK and moved to Penang.

That way my pension will go to my wife after I die from terminal food overdose after a couple of years.

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Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

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Seaquest DSV, my word, that's a blast from the past.

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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Re: Google.... software updates... really?

It'd be the same as the Nexus range in that respect. So not an issue really.

It's the manufacturers and networks that are the gatekeepers on most Android phone upgrades.

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Microsoft pushes us closer to the Edge: Test new web browser now in free Windows 10 VMs

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At first I was

Surprised at how modern the headline was. After all I was only listening to Hybrid Theory in university. So it can't be that long ago.

Then I realised exactly how long ago it was.

Now I feel old.

Completely unrelated to the article but I felt the need to whine.

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What a shower: METEORS will BLAZE a FIERY TRAIL across our skies

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I have my telescope and camera ready

I'm expecting some truly spectacular low lying clouds and reflections of Cambridge's street lighting over the fens this week.

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Yahoo! parties! like! it's! 1999! with! retro! billboard! revival!

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Yahoo own Flickr

Which is the only reason I still have a Yahoo account, because Flickr's not a terrible service, though I suspect it will soon succumb to the general malaise at Yahoo with the random changes they keep making to try and make it into a social network.

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LibreOffice 5.0 debuts, complete with fewer German code comments

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Re: (Some joke about code Nazis)

So Ubuntu, based in London, is what?

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Hacklands introducing geeks to something called 'outdoors'

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Two of my team are away this week, one's hiking in the Alps and the other is saling in Poland, but you don't see me coming here with my facts and so on to spoil a perfectly good stereotype. Do you? No.

On that note, I hope they have a good pizza place nearby.

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Re: eCows? eCows?

They probably have super cow powers.

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Wanted: beta testers for El Reg’s Android app

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Re: Why?

Offline caching of articles for those of us who commute through the unlinked wilderness.

Or El reg could make 3g 100% coverage in the UK, I'd settle for that too :P

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Re: Before I sign up

Permissions are network access and to see network interfaces, the application is taking up 8 mb (not including article data, which will vary clearly)

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I'm in!

All signed up and logged in, I'd have put the comment in through the app (which is a lot faster and smoother!) but that's apparently not supported yet.

Still, it's a lot faster than the old app.

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Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

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Re: Moto X Play

You and me both.

It's the SD card and the nice big battery that's tempting me, possibly, to not go from the 4 to whatever Google release this year.

That said, if it's a revamp of the Nexus 5, I might be swayed again.

My problem is that the Nexus 4 is still such a good phone that I keep putting off upgrading, because it's still more than good enough.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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I've been using the technical preview on my gaming box since it launched and I'll be honest, it's no worse than any other version of Windows and faster than 7 was (which is what I updated from).

I've seen all the stories and failed miserably to find any bugs in every day use. Which as a software tester by trade is a bit of an arse.

Frankly it's been as boringly stable as ubuntu mate is on my laptop.

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Samsung emits mobe charging monitor. For your 'active lifestyle'

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Re: Wireless charging is bad.

My nexus 4 has been only charged wirelessly for about 2 years now. I pop it on the charger before I sleep and it has a cover on to prevent slipping (The nexus 4 appears to have achieved a perfectly frictionless back) and it's fine.

So yeah, anecdotal data is anecdotal.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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Re: A fine staple of hangovers in the Southern USA....

Last time I was in Texas (December last), I had biscuits and gravy.

Airline food was much better.

So was pretty much everything, including McDonalds.

That stuff is sodding awful, like wallpaper paste on sad scones. As for what passes for "sausage" there, the less said the better.

BBQ on the other hand was magnificent.

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Ubuntu defibrillates 14.10 for one LAST patch

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Re: Why on earth?

A bug is a specific type of insect, having piercing mouthparts iirc. Thus crickets with their mandibles are not bugs.

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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

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Strontium Dogs was an excellent series though, that and ABC Warriors are crying out for TV series. Luke Kirby got toned down and became Harry Potter (though apparently that was convergent evolution)

I wonder if there's a Strontium Dogs collection on the Kindle like there is for lots of Dredd.

Oh and Nikolai Dante, I loved that too. I should really resub to 2000AD

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Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

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Re: Chrome and uMatrix

I'm running elinks in dash, I am probably already compromised :P

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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

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It's like Sublime Text

But a little slower. And I already have Sublime Text so... (that said it's already a faster release than ST3!)

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Coco pops toastie

Requires, coco pops, bread, toastie maker.

Butter the outside of the bread, add coco pops to the middle, put in a toastie maker (a proper one that fuses the crust into a kind of chewy ceramic). Wait a few minutes.

Enjoy having your mouth burnt to a blistered mess by the hot sugar.

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Free ethical upgrade offered as Fairphone launches mobe No 2

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I still remember my parents cries of anguish when they discovered that I had done that to the VCR.

In my defence, you shouldn't leave a screwdriver near a child, asking for trouble.

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It's curtains for you, copper: IBM boffins push the LIGHT FANTASTIC

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Re: kitten

I use ukitten in the UK for similar reasons, never do I need to see Nigel Farage's face.

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Re: You know you've hit them where it hurts

I disagree, the British public still have Private Eye, which can still spread the dirt on everyone, much sued though it might be.

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'Stolen' art found on nearby shelf. Police keep looking anyway

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My school library colour coded its Dewey Decimal stickers on the spines.

Only down to the hundreds level, but it meant seeing a grossly misfiled book was easy.

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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

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Good lord no.

Homogeneity is a curse when it comes to programming languages. Let them muliply and let the good ones flourish and the bad ones die.

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The USB Lego, bluetooth coffee cups and connected cats of Computex 2015

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Re: I despair ....

Me too, after Civ 2, I think the whole series took a downward turn.

I don't see why I'd build a temple unless Elvis is going to tell me that the people love me.

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

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Re: WoW?

Like the iPhone, WoW did nothing new, but it did a lot of things in a shiny way which got great press and got MMOs into mainstream thinking.

I love WoW, but what it does best is rip off other games and polish their ideas.

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

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Re: Consumer subsidy per car

I wanted a Tesla before this, but you've just made me _really_ want the Tesla 3 when it comes out. You're saying I'd save its price over about 7 years in various savings.

The subsidies work, I've got the incentive to switch to a Tesla 3 :) Just hope they roll out more super chargers around the UK

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Re: Don't ask the user!

That's not what people said when they tried adding more horses to lasagne!

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: Who actually cares?

I'm amazed you need to ask that question.

Seriously, are you trolling?

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

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Re: Don't buy the Latest Roku 1

I got the fire TV stick too, but my experience was clearly different to yours.

I used it for half an hour where it failed to stream anything, suffered input lag (especially with voice) and got thoroughly annoyed with the fact that on their app the touch screen is used to emulate a damn D-pad instead of a touch-screen for the TV. *fumes*

We unplugged it and then went back to the chromecast, which despite apparently having much worse specs, actually lets you watch TV. Of course Amazon won't let you cast amazon prime instant video in the UK still so I don't get that from my renewed Prime sub (meaning I don't watch anything on it, but the free postage and delivery on Sundays is worth it for me now).

Maybe they've improved it, I can't imagine how it'd be worse than that half hour I tried with it.</rant>

The sad thing is there's a lot I want to watch on Prime instant video, but Amazon make it extremely hard for me to watch it, so I don't. The stuff isn't compelling enough to make me jump through the hoops they've put in front of me.

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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Re: Parents...

In all fairness, XXXXX is a pretty unusual surname.

It's more of a middle name in my family.

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BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS

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As long as Phil Tippet isn't involved

I was stunned to find out he was _still_ the dinosaur handler in Jurassic World. He only ever has one job and it always ends in a dino eating a lawy...

...clever girl.

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BILLION YEAR SECRETS of baking hellworld Mercury UNLOCKED by NASA probe crash

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Re: Interpretation ..?

Terra != Sol.

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Online pizza order saves woman and children from knife-wielding kidnapper

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Re: Pizza saves lives

See also: Samurai Pizza Cats.

Definitely not a knock off, nope. no siree.

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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Re: Mortgages are go!

Depends what your goals are.

I've visted the states a lot and while it's lovely to visit, living there would grind me down in months.

The food, the accents, the television, the politics, all of it would just wear me out if I didn't have the escape of Blighty to come back to.

I'm very happy to keep my lower pay but my (personal percieved), higher quality of life. I've lived in China, I've got a job that takes me round the world when want it to, but I always look forward to coming home.

Eventually I'd even like to get back to Manchester. If I was more motivated by sheer remuneration, I'd probably have taken that offer of a job in Sacremento four years ago.

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

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Re: Hmm...

An actual maths examination doesn't get any easier if you have a calculator.

For a start, it rarely involves many numbers. If you're at an intermediate stage all it will allow you to do is skip the chore-work of, for example multiplying all the elements of two matrices by hand. Not that you shouldn't be able to do that if needed, but it's at a level so far below that which you're actually testing that to enforce it only serves to make maths feel even less appealing to those who are not inclined to love it.

If you're testing arithmetic on the other hand, calculators are right out.

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

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I will be playing this weekend

I'm interested to see what I can put on it, see if it has good drivers for the pi's various chippery so I can get a transcoding DLNA server running on it.

I won't be deleting my rasbian images, but I'll certainly see what I can do on it. I fear this will mean installing visual studio though. Such sacrifices we must make.

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Mortal Kombat: Brawler gaming's quintessential gorefest

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It was called the package check.

I still have the T-shirt that came with my master system version of Mortal Kombat.

I might dig it and said console out tonight and have a bit of a retro gaming fest.

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Re: "Mobile Friendly"

Oh that would be lovely.

Just imagine how fast pages would load without 8 megs of javascript to load or hideously large images that you don't actually care about.

I have to admit to browsing using elinks often just to get a nice clean, fast, web experience.

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

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As previously stated, she'd be staring.

Probably at them.

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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Re: profitability still seems a way off for YouTube as a whole.

I think that's more Uber's issue than Google's.

At least until the self-driving cars get out in force.

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Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

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Re: Um....who uses these things?

I can probably live without that cup, capacity is too small.

My tea mug holds over a pint and has Mr Greedy on it. Pretty hard to top that without some major engineering.

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Re: Um....who uses these things?

I've got nest running, a pebble, an old Nexus 7 hooked up as a voice interface and handydandy wall clock/news feed on the wall. I'm looking at getting echo when I can, now I hear it integrates with wemo.

I like the idea of living in Tony Stark's house and having my own Jarvis. What can I say, I'm a technophile.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Re: Honest Question ... @jason 7 @thecowking

Really? Because I've been pushing the same install from HDD to HDD, to SSD as I've been playing and upgrading machines since launch.

The _Blizzard Launcher_ likes to be on the actual real HDD, but not the WoW install folder.

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Re: Honest Question ... @jason 7

World of Warcraft will happily install on any drive you want. You can even shove your install on a USB stick and move it around, just update the location in the launcher.

Not that your point isn't valid, just that your example was of something you can happily run from an external drive.

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Re: Bah.

Your pain, I feel it.

Drove past some new-build houses at the weekend, yellow brick ones. My mind said "chiselled sandstone"

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

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Re: Bookmarks.

Works on Linux too. If you don't want to always have to press alt, you can right click on the bar and select "menu bar" to show it all the time.

I wasn't aware there was another way to access bookmarks.

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