* Posts by Adrian 4

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Human rights orgs take Five Eyes nations to court

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Correction

"Despite the outcry against surveillance which followed the outpourings of honest and principled NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden"

FTFY.

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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Disgusting

They'll be getting men to talk in public lavatories next.

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: Average temperature -55C, atmosphere almost 100% CO2.

"to lift enough shielding material like water, or some hydrogen-rich plastic."

Would rocket fuel do ?

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Re: Musk seems to be losing it

"I can't imagine any real scientists are going to want to be the first ones out there knowing full well it's a death sentence with no guarantee of a legacy."

You're not a scientist, are you ?

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Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

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Why do they need hotspots ?

Don't modern laptops / tablets etc. have their own SIM cards and cell hardware ?

Can't they connect their phones with bluetooth or USB ?

I do all the above as required (and Wifi). Wifi is mostly just another thing to go wrong though - USB is by far the most reliable.

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US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

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'the Internet Engineering Task Force decided not to make it backwards-compatible, which has somewhat hampered its adoption.'

Because backwards compatibility is such a success.

Windows - Microsoft has been trying desperately to lose backwards compatibility because it makes a dog's breakfast of their operating system. But it's also the only reason anyone buys it.

USB - Gone from a standard, to two standards on one set of wires, to two sets of wires in one cable and a ludicrous two-tier plug that's nearly got enough pins to be a parallel port.

PC - A crazy stilted architecture still carrying the baggage of a 35-year-old processor.

Sometimes you just need to do it again and ditch what went before. You can't just keep adding layers.

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

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Re: Dumb meters!

ISTR 'Smart Meters' were going to negotiate with multiple suppliers to find the best price, instant by instant.

I don't think these will be doing that. 'Dumb meters' is correct.

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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How would the judicial system pay for itself if it didn't allow this sort of time-waster ?

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Couldn't happen to a nicer man. I hope his employees run off with his business.

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WTF ... makes mobile phone batteries explode?

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Mars (58g) bars contain about 1 MJ. An 18650 cell is rated at about 40kJ.

It's not so much the energy it contains as the method you use to get it out.

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Re: ever reaches the density of chemical fuels

Seems like mostly a Marketing 'use case'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y48wCuC3KcA

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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Re: Won't change until...

If only it DID then come in under budget.

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T'was ever thus

What's that rant about poor morale, lack of leadership, changing targets etc. that sounds like a modern tale but turns out to be some Roman centurion ?

(most) Management has always been shit, and political management far, far worse.

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Re: Taxpayer Boycott

"Oh, will someone just take Jeremy Hunt out an euthanase him (politically) now..."

I presume that's why he's still in post : he needs to dig a bigger hole before he can be comprehensively buried.

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

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Re: Isn't it time...

But if it's a local state law, why doesn't the local state just change it ?

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

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Dylan Moran

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Student charity's ex-IT boss in the cooler for stealing $1.3m through fake tech contracts

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Why is a charity paying ANYONE $167000 ?

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Upstart AI dreams of 'disrupting' digital marketing – with sex

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Re: Didn't graphic design go through a lot of darwinian selection already?

Are designers any more likely to respect an algorithm's opinion than a human user's one ?

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Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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Re: How can they have an innovation crisis

You're missing the point here. Phones long ago stopped being a product that had to do 'something' and became bling or jewelry. In that market, design is more important than functionality.

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Re: iPhone7 - pay more, get less

Don't be ridiculous. It's not possible to own an ithingx when ithing(x+1) exists.

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Top smut site stops Flashing, adopts HTML5

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Re: In the future....

Nope. Adobe will never find the last hole in Flash, much less patch it

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Self-stocking internet fridge faces a delivery come down

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Re: TI pocket calculator

Pfft. Overcomplicated. Get an HP16C.

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Re: Test for success

Are you suggesting (2) there are also shops where that is _not_ the case ?

If so, who are they ?

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

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No joy there. They can't even spell Arse.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Re: Wow, I've never seen so much hate in one place...

Hate ? Seems more like amusement to me.

I don't hate apple. I applaud their industrial and fashion design, and their (former ?) ability to show the rest of the industry how to do things right.

In most cases, their control of the development process means their products are not for me - but I recognise they're fine for less experimental users and will happily use them in that context.

But PR like this is petty. it's the tail wagging the horse. Sack them, Apple.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Re: UPS

Since I had the appropriate bits in front of me, I just measured the current that flows when 12V is applied across my wet finger tips, hand to hand. It was less than 100 microamps.

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Re: A technology dilema

At a rough guess, firemen have reasonable experience in determining whether someone is alive. There may be ambiguous cases. There may be very clear cases. They probably didn't get this wrong.

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Linus Torvalds won't apply 'sh*t-for-brains stupid patch'

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Re: Linus does good work.

This.

He doesn't have to be touchy-feely. He's an engineer, he's allowed to have an opinion.

It worked for Steve Jobs, didn't it ? And he was just a marketing guy.

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Re: A spokesman said:

Of course it's worse.

O2 sales staff already ARE flesh-eating zombies. Nothing to be lost there.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has a watery secret: An 11 mile wide ice volcano

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Secret ??

An eleven-mile-wide volcano ?

TMBSDOSWWIWNPF

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Bloke accused of Linux kernel.org hack nabbed during traffic stop

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Re: Austin's goal, according to the prosecution, was to get early access to Linux builds.

Perhaps they mean 'write access' rather than just access ?

As in 'infect early, infect often'.

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

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'never underestimate the bandwidth of a man with a really big basket on his bicycle'

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Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

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Re: AAA

Presumably they're not averse to ordering themselves some new batteries too ?

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Re: Solution to a problem that doesn't exist

"The problem is people aren't going for brands. This is the solution, the button will of course only work for big brands, not Tesco Value."

Unless, of course, they were to get slightly mangled on their way through your firewall ..

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: Stop whining...

That's his point, isn't it ?

He didn't find himself on an unaccountably crowded train. He went on the train witrh the intention of making a point that they're often overcrowded and underinvested. Yes, should have tried Southern (or Thameslink which they're busily degrading too .. no late trains on a saturday night !) . But booking doesn't make spaces - it just allows you to sneer at the other passengers. Something Corbyn is less likely to do.

Who remembers Osborne's (I know .. who he?) train journey ?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20008342

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

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Re: it's already bad enough with dbus...

"And that attitude is why people will never be temtped away from Windows, no matter how much you want them to for security reasons or whatnow. Make up your minds."

We don't WANT them too. We're just nice, and hate to see them suffering, so we suggest they use what we're using. We'd quite like manufacturers to stop only serving WIndows customers, but apart from that we really don't care. If they like Windows, they're welcome to it.

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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Re: @Alienrat and ASAC

Why do you think a commercial service will reduce your risk ? There may be professionals taking care of it (I emphasise 'may') but if it's popular it's also a far bigger target.

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Re: @Shmako "but to me they're competing on level playing fields"

It's dominant, but only by the choice of its users. Once they finally realise they don't need it, it will first get some panicked investment and then die. it's the Microsoft Way.

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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Re: When life imitates art...

Your software can't recover from a few seconds of disconnection ?

Time to change vendors.

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LinkedIn sues 100 information scrapers after technical safeguard fail

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I thought the point of Linked In was to broadcast your details to potential employers and customers.

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Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

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Re: Saw this coming and recently decamped to Zen

"That said, I can't for the life of me remember what the MS-DOS software package was they provided to connect - I recall it was actually a radio callsign"

KA9Q - the callsign of Phil Karn, who wrote the package for use on amateur radio networks.

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

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Re: Pigs with frikkin' lasers...

Pigs in mole stations.

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

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"If a customer has forgotten their password, it takes two minutes on average to get through the alternative security measures. Voice Security will speed up this process significantly as well as being more secure, according to Barclays."

The horror. Two minutes. How can they cope ?

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What's long, hard and full of seamen? The USS Harvey Milk

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"He has become a very polarising figure. Those in the political left in the US have idolised him to the point of inventing a martyr, while those on the right have invented conspiracy theories in which he committed all manner of awful sex crimes which went unreported due to a cover-up operation by the state government and the media."

Pretty much the same as any other american figure with any sort of politics, then ?

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My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

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Re: What's Wrong with Slurp?

Much as I'm happy to criticise MS, I'm unfortunately finding that all the vendors - including my former favourite, Debian - are in that same race to the bottom.

It used to be that each new edition of Ubuntu was smoother, more stable and had more useful features than the last. No longer. Each upgrade to Linux, MS, or some Google application involves annoying and apparently pointless changes, the loss of some formerly-useful feature, and additional 'helpfulness' in the form of just doing the wrong thing automagically. In the meantime, the new shiny this is all supposed to support doesn't work, or needs endless further installations to complete.

Is there a way to get off the train ?

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Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'

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Re: Well, here's your problem

So, what is something like cruise control ? Removing the need to hold your foot on the accelerator reduces the attention you're giving it (and you can bet that spare attention isn't being spent on the road ahead).

If the Tesla's autonomy helps put back some of that lost reaction time by slowing the car when it detects a change in conditions, it's doing a useful job.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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Re: Backups underwriters and overpriced household furniture

Shoddy furniture shifters ?

How could it be anyone but MFI ?

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Re: unique

Yes, but it's on your PHONE ! So it's more convenient ! No need to carry that thin, flexible, waterproof card everywhere you go when you can just take a power-hogging fragile connection-needing contract-paying phone instead !

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Re: QR Codes are still around....

Except that as I read the article, the phone displays the qr code and the supermarket hardware reads it. There may not even be a url, let alone a poisoned one : it's just a cheap way to provide your secret to their reader.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Don't worry - it won't apply to people with money. Like banks, politiicians and terrorists.

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