* Posts by Symon

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

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@vapor I suggest you say that to Buzz Aldrin personally.

"Californian authorities have decided against prosecuting former astronaut Buzz Aldrin because he's Buzz Aldrin."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2272321.stm

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'Plague Scanner' controls multiple AV engines, for $0.00

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MEGABOFFIN Stephen Hawking to rattle off answers online for MORE THAN A WEEK

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Re: I've always wondered....

If the graviton is a real particle, it would be massless.

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YOW! Pluto STUNS boffins with HAZY, SHRINKY atmosphere

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Re: Not thinking of helium, are you?

@PM Ethanol 159K

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SPLAT! STAR THWACKED, GUTS flung into space at 15 per cent of LIGHTSPEED

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Re: "the pulsar’s wind"

But can it beat Johnny Fartpants?

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Three Estonians jailed for malware spree that infected 4 MILLION computers

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Re: Phew!

@JlP. Sup up your beer and collect your fags,

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OpenSSH server open to almost unlimited password-guessing bug

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Re: But...

Plus +1

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Re: Other fail2ban issue...

Another method is to use port knocking. http://www.zeroflux.org/projects/knock/

"knockd is a port-knock server. It listens to all traffic on an ethernet (or PPP) interface, looking for special "knock" sequences of port-hits. A client makes these port-hits by sending a TCP (or UDP) packet to a port on the server. This port need not be open -- since knockd listens at the link-layer level, it sees all traffic even if it's destined for a closed port. When the server detects a specific sequence of port-hits, it runs a command defined in its configuration file. This can be used to open up holes in a firewall for quick access."

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@Ben. Thank you, thank you! I always wondered why fail2ban never worked for me, now you point it out, this is me --------->

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

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Re: Whisper from space

@MM. Go in through the emergency airlock.

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Just checking, but you guys do know that that's how neptunium and plutonium got their names, right? Neptunium, atomic number 93, was named after the planet Neptune because it's next in the periodic table after uranium which was named after Uranus. Hence plutonium, element 94. Apparently, the symbol Pu was suggested as a joke, but got accepted without comment.

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Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

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Another goddamned appreciation of the late, lamented Bill Hicks

"Hicks's first two albums have dated badly, with their adolescent potshots at inoffensive figures from popular culture, and self-conscious rock'n'roll cool. But the bit on one of the later ones, where he uses Shane as a metaphor for American foreign policy, is a masterclass in performance, writing and softly-spoken, polemical, sleight of hand. It ought to inspire anyone to do better, to be better. But it's easy to be a dead comedian, beatified for three hours of material. By twats and ghouls. The hard thing is to stay alive. And keep knocking out a new three hours every year. Gradually degrading the quality of your own obituary." -- Stewart Lee.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/01/goddamned-appreciation-late-lamented-bill-hicks

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Re: "a chain-smoker despite occasionally quitting for short periods."

Bill hicks was very good, but wasn't that Dave Allen from 1984?

"Giving up smoking

I have given it up. I’m a heavy smoker. I used to even smoke in between smokes. I’ve given it up. Totally changed. The most extraordinary thing about giving up smoking, to non-smokers I’m a convert. I’ve come over. I’ve joined them. They’re proud of me they say “Good for you, you’ve given up the filthy habit”.

To the heavy smokers who used to be my allies, I’m a traitor. “Bloody Judas! You of all people.” But one of the good things, one of the new things about giving up smoking is that I now have my sense of smell back.

I can actually get up in the morning and open the windows, throw them open and breathe and smell again… petrol, carbon monoxide, dog shit."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FweG226aiw

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What makes our planet's clouds? Tiny INVISIBLE CREATURES. True story

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My farmer mate tells me that they've recently had to start adding sulphur fertiliser to the land because the coal-fired power stations now scrub it from the flue gas. The fertiliser is cheap though, because they get it from...coal-fired power stations!

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

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Re: Releasing Grey Squirrels

Humane dispatch. The recommended methods are to either shoot it, or whack it in the head with a priest. If you drown it, you run the risk of the RSPCA taking you to court, where you will be given a conditional discharge but will have to pay the RSPCA's costs of c.£1500.

George Monbiot thinks we should re-introduce pine martens.

"Red squirrels have a simple adaptation to pine martens: they are small and light enough to get to the ends of the branches, where the martens can’t follow. But grey squirrels, which did not co-evolve with these predators, are, by comparison, lumps: slower and heavier than the native species. They are also more terrestrial than the reds – more dependent for their survival on foraging on the woodland floor. Meals on legs, in other words."

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Reddit scrubs up: Child abuse? Gone. Drugs? Cool. RACISM? FINE

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@Jebiden. That's all very well, but can we be sure that pervert mechanics won't build them a roboplegic wrong-cock?

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@Tony P. Try this?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33464970

"Some men who are sexually attracted to children would like help to change their condition but fear doctors will tell the police. In Germany, though, a campaign is under way to persuade them to sign up for confidential treatment, even if they have abused a child - and doctors are hailing it as a big success."

My guess is that approach will be more successful than a "stairwell nonce-bashing".

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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After a 'Dodge Enema', I guess all the rear lights are broken.

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Re: Impero - we know you're reading this :-)

@moon. Have you ever flown United? Second prize is 2 million miles!

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That blackboard is a disgrace.

E = mc² ---> The big and little letters are important!

F = Gm₁m₂/r² ---> Little 'r'!

Mg(NO₃)₂ ---> The g in magnesium nitrate isn't a subscript.

Mind you, coming from a publication which regularly uses 'K' to mean 10³, what hope does that poor child have?

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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No mention of the neutron bomb?

"You ever hear of the neutron bomb? Destroys people - leaves buildings standing. Fits in a suitcase. It's so small, no one knows it's there until - BLAMMO. Eyes melt, skin explodes, everybody dead. So immoral, working on the thing can drive you mad. That's what happened to this friend of mine. So he had a lobotomy. Now he's well again." J. Frank Parnell.

p.s. Try http://www.alexcox.com/dir_repoman.htm and search for Sam Cohen.

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Re: The Manhattan Project

@ITv You made a typo. Little Boy and Fat Man were the devices, although they both weighed about 4.5 tons.

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BT circles wagons round Openreach as Ofcom mulls forced split-up

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"Wintery times"

Maybe not.

"John Fingleton, the former head of the Office of Fair Trading [said] the "enormously profitable" Openreach would be likely to perform better as a standalone company [and] argues that a separate Openreach would be likely to invest more in improving broadband connections."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33550866

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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"a super-food, with twice the nutritional value of kale".

What's two times nothing?

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Reddit CEO U-turn: Site no longer a bastion of free speech – and stop posting so much hate

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Re: reprehensible aka "Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory"

“Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad”

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Cell division: The engine of life – and of CANCER. Now some of its secrets are revealed

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Re: "We all start out as just one cell"

@Rich. And tiny probabilities for one of the gametes...

"Tryouts for the human race, from Burlington to Bonn

Ah, we are a quarter billion strong

Tryouts for the human race, from twilight time 'til dawn

We just want to be someone"

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Drosophila

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. .....>

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"We all start out as just one cell"

Well, to be technically correct, the best kind of correct, we start off as two cells, which is the fun part. These two haploid gametes then combine to form a single-celled diploid zygote.

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My top three IT SNAFUs - and how I fixed them

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@PM. You provoked me into research. Turns out you can buy steel wire armoured CAT5 cable. Direct burial.

http://www.cablemonkey.co.uk/cat5e-bulk-cable/1358-armoured-external-cat5e-utp-solid-cable-price-per-metre.html

There's also outdoor cable, but that's not rodent proof.

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Knots are not recommended on network cables. There's a minimum bend radius specification. But wrapping it twice through a clip on ferrite might do the trick. You have put ferrites at each end of the cable which goes between buildings, right?

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New Horizons mission to Pluto prepares for terrifying silence on Tuesday AM

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Pathos?

As someone whose ISP is BT, and who lives over 3km from my local exchange, I think 2kbps is somewhat better than pathetic, given it's coming from the edge of interstellar space.

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Asimov's ghost! Oil and gas rigs could be taken over by robots

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I seem to recall that R.Olivaw also found the zeroth law troublesome anyway. For 20,000 years.

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Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

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Re: What does this mean for PV?

@Tom, indeed. The difference is about 0.1% over a sunspot cycle. Here's some data:-

http://www.acrim.com/

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Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

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Re: No jail?

If they have enough evidence, I'm guessing that they are also after him for "cheating the public revenue" for which he can get a serious stretch. This bloke got 17 years, for example:-

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/jul/08/carousel-tax-fraud-mobile-phones

They also recover assets under the "proceeds of crime" legislation. Maybe all that is sub judice and this story isn't over yet.

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Re: Just for a laugh...

@fajensen. You're talking nonsense. Let's say the Apollo 18 mission was in 1973, i.e. 42 years ago. Now, 'hot' cobalt (note the spelling, BTW) has a half-life of about 5.25 years, so that's eight half-life's ago. There would only be 0.4% of 60Co remaining, which, I contend, is not enough to be effective.

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FLYING PIG crash-lands in Utah: Rider survives, bacon saved

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Re: "When a 100' tall grinning Tony Blair goes floating past my window"

@Jedit. Re: "Case dismissed." *thunk*

"Gavels. Although they’re often seen in cartoons and TV programmes and mentioned in almost everything else involving judges, the one place you won’t see a gavel is an English or Welsh courtroom – they are not used there and have never been used in the criminal courts."

https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/about-the-judiciary/the-justice-system/court-traditions/

Lose the *thunk* please!

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: "more adverts"

Well, I took your advice and went to the Netflix UK website. I was greeted by a picture of the same fucking Trivago hipster bloke sat on the sofa with his smug Bohemian family who look like they've just gentrified a formally deprived London borough. AAAAAAHHHHH!

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"more adverts"

I've recently noticed that "up to" 100% of the ads are maudlin, mawkish shite. Some hipster bloke singing a saccharine lyric to a cloying piano accompaniment. Fucking Lloyd's bank are the latest lot to join the bandwagon, joining Barclaycard and Trivago etc. I want to go to .... Berlin. I wish you'd just fuck off there, you stupid airhead bint. Grrrr. (I know, use the TiVo.)

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FBI probe physical intrusions into Californian internet cables

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Re: Maybe it's just our Big5 "allies" or another ally at the east of the Mediterranean

I think you'll find that an 'atomic blast' generally releases a quite large quantity of energy in a relatively short time. So much so, that even 2 to 3 inches of concrete might not be enough to protect your fibre. BTW., this (link below) was only a story, not real life.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_Train

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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Surely Flash Gordon is a more appropriate person to save every one of us in this case. Aaah aaah.

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Re: Welcome to the 19th century

@Kubla Cant.

Because objects are three dimensional, you dunderhead! Twice the diameter, 8 times the mass.

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Re: Welcome to the 19th century

...and what is the 'force' of the Hiroshima bomb and the 'force' of 500 kilotonnes of TNT? It should read energy or work, i.e. force times displacement.

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Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years

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No need to carp on about the article.

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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Re: But will this answer the fundamental question of time...?

It's a song by Coldplay.

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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Re: insidious ejaculation

"Herpes virii" http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/plural-of-virus.html

"The plural of virus is neither viri nor virii, nor even vira nor virora. It is quite simply viruses, irrespective of context."

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

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Re: In addition

Integral fast reactors.

http://www.monbiot.com/2011/12/05/a-waste-of-waste/

Also, renewables _can_ do the job, because uranium, by all sensible definitions, is 'renewable'.

http://88.167.97.19/temp/Breeder_reactors_A_renewable_energy_source_pad11983cohen.pdf

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: I'm actually curious

@nematoad. Stop capitalising. It's a proper noun.

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Re: "Not til we have some planes to go on them..."

Who needs planes? A single type 45 destroyer such as HMS Dauntless could shoot down the whole Argentine air force in under a day. It's even got two miniguns as used by Jesse Ventura.

"Come on in, you fuckers. Come on in. Ol' Painless is waitin'."

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