* Posts by Symon

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Dublin shopkeeper catches forecourt fouler with his pants down

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Re: Horse did it?

@Chivo. I think the guy was referring to the volume of the ejectamenta, rather than its effluvium.

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Vrh, you've peed too much in your adjective.

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Should he hold it in, or do it outside the shop? He was caught between two stools.

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Redback sinks fangs into Aussie's todger AGAIN... second time in five months

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"Australia, where it seems everything has evolved to kill humans."

Actually, it's not true that things in Australia have especially evolved to kill humans, whether it seems so or not. For example, almost all snake deaths are caused in countries where there are lots of people, and where snakes have thus evolved to live among humans. Unfortunately, folks seem to rate snakes on how well they kill rodents, of which there are plenty in Australia, and which the local fauna has evolved to bite.

"Although mouse tests (commonly called LD50 studies) are important so researchers can have standardized baselines for venom studies, they really have very little to do with what happens when a snake bites a human. LD50 is the smallest amount of venom (stated in milligrams venom per kilogram mouse weight) that when injected into a standardized group of mice will kill half the subjects. Many standard lists of the most venomous snakes are based on a study published in 1979 by A. J. Broad and colleagues working out of Australia, which partially explains the strong Australian bias of the list. The well-known venomous snakes of the Americas, Africa and Asia are mostly absent from the list and simply were not included in the study."

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Snakes/Wild-Snakes/The-Worlds-Deadliest-Snakes/

All that said, St. Patrick had the right idea.

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"said that lightening had indeed struck twice"

I guess that would make you go pale...

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British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

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Re: "Crafty Cockney"

Give him 180 days inside.

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Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

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Re: That said, I must admit I'm uncomfortable talking politics in a tech forum.

ViM. "The word political simply means to do with the city (polis)"

No, that's where the word came from originally. Now it means something else. Don't fall victim to the etymological fallacy or you'll decimate the language...

http://grammar.about.com/od/e/g/Etymological-Fallacy.htm

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Matt LeBlanc handed £1.5m to front next two series of Top Gear

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Re: arguably the UK’s most famous ginger man

Huw, "Glaswegian herion addict."

From my knowledge of Scotland, which admittedly is mostly based on Irvine Welsh's writing, I believe the heroin lot are in that Edinburgh, the Weegies prefer Buckfast Tonic Wine. I'm probably mistaken, pint of heavy please...

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arguably the UK’s most famous ginger man

I argue Prince Harry.

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Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

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Re: This is a real fine

@Eddie, read to the end.

"An Annecy court has also given her a six-month prison sentence, three months suspended, for the false alert."

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Re: heroin and methamphetamine

He made a mistake going by air, should've stuck with the horse.

Not much better, sorry. I had a good night's sleep too.

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Behold the fruit of your techie utopia: A $43 San Francisco fog-infused martini

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Re: If truly was from San Francisco

...and sea lion breath...

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I just re-read Cat's Cradle.

The inventors of this are stuppa and the people buying it duffle.

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Just not cricket: Microsoft's big data Googly called No Ball

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Re: It's a game

@Terry, Australia used to play test matches with 8 ball overs until fairly recently.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_(cricket)#Historical_number_of_balls_per_over_in_Test_cricket

In chess, I think my favourite rule is that you have to make a move, even if you don't want to, in which case you're in zugzwang. I think my all time best rule is in baseball, the infield fly rule. It's caught even if it's not.

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"one of cricket's oddest rules"

Cricket doesn't have "rules", it has "laws". Furthermore, in England at least, the D/L/S method is part of the playing conditions.

http://static.ecb.co.uk/files/royal-london-one-day-cup-12765.pdf

"Cricket is one of the few sports for which the governing principles are referred to as 'Laws' rather than as 'Rules' or 'Regulations'."

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

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Asteroid 'FreddieMercury'

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Re: The first thing that came to mind after reading..

By naming the asteroid after Mr. Mercury are the International Astronomical Union saying "We will rock you"?

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

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Re: Going nowhere

@DAM . Yeah, yeah, and they killed that Jebus.

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

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Re: Where's waldo

I think it's in the shadows. They sent a super hi-resolution camera all that way, and forgot to fit it with a flash.

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

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Re: Building Codes

@Jim, I call bullshit on that AC. Here in the UK, most of the internet to homes and businesses is by cable and twisted pairs. These pairs and cables go from one building to another! If there is a lightning storm, stay off the landline.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/phone.asp

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Re: Building Codes

" lightening issues."

Do the cables float away?

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

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Io.

"evidence of icy volcanic activity on Jupiter’s moon Io"

I think you'll find that the volcanoes on Io are of the proper brimstone and molten rock type as discovered by :-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_A._Morabito

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OneLogin breached, hacker finds cleartext credential notepads

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Allan.

Loose - your proofreading.

Lose - my patience.

Also, use a password safe. Keepass has been mentioned, or try https://pwsafe.org/

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71,000 Minecraft World Map accounts leaked online after 'hack'

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Re: A password manager?

https://pwsafe.org/

It's open source. You can use it on Windows, Linux, Android, BSD. There are even Tcl/Tk clones.If necessary, you'll have to manually sync them up. Also, you know what a backup is, right? Try not to loose(sic) the database.

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Re: So we're debating password creation methods ?

@Pascal.

The first half of your post is not safe. If one of those websites gets hacked, your password is revealed to the bad guys, and they can then work out what your password might be for other sites, by guessing the year and working out how it's site related.

You're already using a password safe, use it more.

@Baldy.

If you're a used car dealer with a planet sized memory, that's sort of OK, but if someone finds one of your passwords, they can work out your method and the brute force becomes a lot easier. Use a password safe.

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Re: Correct Horse...

I've got hundreds of passwords. How the fuck am I gonna remember a stupid mnemonic for all of those? The Docker bloke is right, use a password safe, e.g. https://pwsafe.org/ as designed by Mr Security himself, Bruce Security.

https://diogomonica.com/content/images/2016/08/xkcd_comic.png

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Microsoft releases firmware fix for faulty Surface Pro 3 batteries

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Re: So far so good...

The correct form is MHz. The symbol for hertz is Hz because it's named after Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, i.e. a person. A big H. I hope that's ok with you, Hplasm...

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Re: For sale- 10000 m mains extension lead.

Is that the irritating one that uses "summit" as a verb?

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

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Re: Stick + Battery Loader

You don't need a camp fire if you've got one of these.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/Soviet_RTG.jpg

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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Re: This is ridiculous it is so out of touch...

Tesco do "everyday" bitter at 2.1%, 25p a tin. Cheaper than Coca Cola, and more or less drinkable on a warm day. Also known as "driving beer". The lager variant is similarly 2% and also 25p a can. Make it cold enough and it's also not too bad.

http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=250035645

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Robot babies fail in role as teenage sex deterrents

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Re: Unrealistic

Like this?

http://www.popoptiq.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/trainspotting.jpg

Choose life.

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Pizza delivery by drone 'trialled' in New Zealand

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See picture.

https://s20.postimg.io/xj3abror1/Screen_Shot_Walt_Pizza.png

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

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Re: Dunno...

@E.S. For God's sake, don't go there. Except on your hols of course!

Octopus.

"The standard plural in English of octopus is octopuses. However, the word octopus comes from Greek and the Greek plural form octopodes is still occasionally used. The plural form octopi, formed according to rules for some Latin plurals, is incorrect."

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I hope Nexii is a troll, but anyway...

"The plural of Nexus is not Nexii. Nexus is fourth declension, so the plural of Nexus in Latin is Nexus (or Nexūs if you mark long vowels.) If it were 2nd declension, it would be Nexi anyway, not Nexii."

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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I gratefully accept the rebuke. However, I would like to point out that, if Australia was indeed growing in two opposite directions, Ayers Rock would be falling into a big canyon. And that's just taking a conservatibe view.

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Actually, Australia is moving at about 7cm a year, which is about double the rate of fingernail growth. It's the fastest moving continent. If you want fingernail growth speed, try the moon. It's moving away from the earth at 3.8cm a year, more or less spot on!

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

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Re: Just goes to show....

"NEVER use (or continue to use) the email address given to you "

Yep, I agree, and so does Hillary.

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Re: Laura's Tale

For a while, my direct line was one digit different from the oncology department at the local hospital. I'd get a few calls a year, with people ringing up to get their results. I'd say, "I'm sorry, I've got some very bad news for you...You've called the wrong number."

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Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

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"is up to 69.6 per cent accurate"

My bullshit detector is up to 83.6% accurate when I see phrases like that.

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Nobody expects... a surprise haemorrhoid operation

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Re: Chinese restaraunt, good idea, but...

"Most of the Chinese outside of China speak what we call Cantonese"

Another ethnic restaurant fact. 80% of Indian restaurants in the UK are actually owned by Bangladeshis.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/jun/21/religion.bangladesh

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Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

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Re: Criminal offence to impose a diet lacking in essential elements ?

@Ian.

"Obviously, someone it Italy has lost patients"

I know that's a typo, but its literally true in Wales. Admittedly, in this Welsh case it was a lack of fruit and veg that did for the poor kid.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-35380182

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Re: Criminal offence to impose a diet lacking in essential elements ?

@Heyrick. Look, you wanna pay through the nose and eat 'organic', you knock yourself out. But just be aware that quite a lot of people are fully aware how scientifically bankrupt the whole 'organic' food set up is. Just because the French are afraid of BSE, in a completely unscientific way, doesn't make UK beef unsafe. (Whatever happened to that new-variant CJD epidemic BTW?) British food is very, very safe, no matter how it's produced. Now, while you're being all self-righteous and going on about your organic food from Waitrose, you might want to stick to forums where people post based on hearsay, conspiracy theories, old wives' tales and hipsterism. IME, here we like to prove things with science, and if you don't like it, you can fuck off. (Apologies to R.Dawkins)

Now, eat this:-

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/the-great-organic-myths-why-organic-foods-are-an-indulgence-the-world-cant-afford-818585.html

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

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Re: Why so coy?

"sites in the far northern hemisphere" aka Yorkshire. I can see Sir Geoffrey batting on t' tundra. Uncovered tundra, mind.

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Mars' 'little green men' buried alive by merciless meteorites – new theory

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Re: Depends what you call "life"

"We've got a vague idea what Luca was like"

Vague indeed. He lived upstairs from me. Quite noisy at night, I think he walked into a door. Yes, I think I've seen him before. Wait, did you mean LUCA?

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Video surveillance recorders riddled with zero-days

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Re: Are there any robust systems out there?

Hi Hans. +1

If you've got a proper firewall setup, (see my post above) then you can put the Pi and its little camera in one of those fake CCTV enclosures. Connection is a single CAT5 cable, you can feed the power for the Pi down the unused pairs in the 100BT Cat5 cable. Use outdoors CAT5, don't buy copper coated aluminium (CCA) though.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/305m-External-Outdoor-Use-Ethernet-Cable-Reel-CAT5e-/190564342503

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3pcs-5-48V-POE-Power-over-Ethernet-Cable-Passive-Injector-Splitter-Adapter-/191474204420

This guy has something like it:-

http://matthewwilliams.com/raspberry-pi-security-camera-take-2/

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Re: Are there any robust systems out there?

Buy/make and use a firewall like pfSense. Stick the CCTV on a LAN reserved for specifically for it. Use the firewall to stop the CCTV getting to the internets, redirect any NTP requests to the pfSense's local timeservice. Use pfSense's OpenVPN stuff to access it remotely. Lock down that VPN link, don't let it see any other subnet. There are Android OpenVPN clients. Keep pfSense up to date. Try to keep the CCTV stuff up to date if they offer that. (Might be worth checking before buying what their record for offering patches is like?)

Maybe that'll be enough to send the perps after lower hanging fruit.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: Schrödinger's Laptop

"tape sticks to its paws". Like this?

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/29/a3/fb/29a3fbcc64db5c520ca745c093c31d13.jpg

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China's moon rover dies of extreme old age, after two-and-a-half years

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About a third of East Asian people would probably prefer a nice cup of tea. Nothing wrong with that.

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

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Petty crime

@Mark

Leila: What if he's innocent?

Agent Rogersz: No one is innocent.

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Re: Petty crime

@Andy. An interesting point, but irrelevant in this case. "Jones also received a three month sentence, to run consecutively from the firearms sentences, for failing to disclose the passcodes for his phones."

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