* Posts by Symon

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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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Crocodile well-done-dee: Downed Down Under chap roasted by exploding iPhone

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Re: Looking on the plus side...

"instant barbie ... no need for all that messy charcoal"

You're doing it wrong. (I know, other daft ideas!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sab2Ltm1WcM

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

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Re: Now That Bernie is Out....

@Dadmin. It's the 'Ku Klux Klan' actually.

In what’s being called a local wardrobe malfunction, area resident and Klansman Arnie Stevens showed up at his latest Ku Klux Klan rally in a pink hood and a pink robe. “They say it happened because I didn’t separate my whites from my coloreds,” said Arnie. “That just goes to show you segregation is the way of the Lord. In laundry and also in life.”

“The little missus was at a Tupperware convention so I had to do my own laundry,” explained Arnie. A former bachelor, Arnie hauled his dirty Klansman outfit to the local washtub but what followed no one could foresee. Although the real culprit is probably a wayward Cincinnati Reds tee-shirt, Arnie tends to believe his washer was tampered with by some of the young African American men, or as Arnie called them, “homies” loitering around the shop.

“Someone sabotaged that there washer. Sure as I know nigras are black, I know I separated my coloreds from my whites.” He continued, “There’s something rotten in Denmark around here. The name of the laundromat is Rub-A-Dub Scrub. Need I say more?” And then, he said no more.

Conspiracy or not, the mishap did not discourage the lifelong KKK member from attending his monthly Klansman rally, held in his hometown of Pigeon Hole, Oklahoma. But because his robe and hood were both an unfortunate shade of flamingo pink, Arnie was immediately asked to go home for suspicion of being a flaming homosexual. “Unfortunately, my fellow Klansman judged me solely on the color of my robe. But I can’t help what color my robe is, can I? What’s inside is what counts,” said Arnie, wiping back a tear.

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Jovian moon Io loses its atmosphere every day

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Re: Sulfur

We lost sulphur, but we got aluminium!

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TP-Link fined $200k, told to be nice to wireless router tinkers after throwing a hissy fit

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Re: Simple work around

Ian, I'm not sure you fully understand what the 9dB actually means.The antenna is a passive device. You aren't getting more total RF energy out (or in). It's just being aimed in a tighter zone. Here's a picture:-

http://www.wirelesshack.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/9-dbi-7dbi-6dbi-2-dbi-range.jpg

The 9dB antenna has more directivity. So, if you have the access point downstairs, the signal with a 9dB antenna will be better on that floor, but worse upstairs. As for it 'obviously' picking up more noise, that's only true if the noise sources are within the zone. If you had a spark eroding machine upstairs, the 9dB antenna would have less noise problem than a 2dB one.

Maybe you live in a bungalow?

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Re: Simple work around

Commswonk, an omnidirectional antenna radiates equally in one plane only, so you don't need the quotation marks! An isotropic antenna would radiate in all directions equally, but it's impossible to make one which radiates coherently. That's because of the Hairy Ball Theorem. Which is a real thing!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hairy_ball_theorem

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Re: Simple work around

"stick some +9db antenna on"

You do understand that the gain of the antenna mostly comes at the cost of increased directivity, right? There might be a small increase in electrical efficiency, but a 9dB (It's a big 'B'!) antenna is getting that gain by being directional. Or on the eBays, by lying about the specification. So, with a high gain antenna, like a Yagi TV aerial for example, you have to point it at the mast. This isn't generally what you want for the WiFi access point.

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300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh

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Re: Enviromentalists are extrapolating

@TOH, to be fair, there were some links to actual science on that website, e.g. http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2011/jan/oceanic-%E2%80%9Cgarbage-patch%E2%80%9D-not-nearly-big-portrayed-media

“There is no doubt that the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans is troubling, but this kind of exaggeration undermines the credibility of scientists,” White said. “We have data that allow us to make reasonable estimates; we don’t need the hyperbole. Given the observed concentration of plastic in the North Pacific, it is simply inaccurate to state that plastic outweighs plankton, or that we have observed an exponential increase in plastic.”

The problem is that the media and activists take good science and add a bit of anecdotal crap to twist things to sell more papers or promote their cause.

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Re: Niche scenario - but annoying regardless

Original Steve, get yourself one of these beauties!

http://www.fashionablecanes.com/3612c.html

Remove the booze flask and insert carrier bag. Or keep the whisky, and forget the bread and milk.

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Re: Remind me...

I thought he was at The Mirror?

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"instead of handing it to the ever-greedy taxman"

I think the supermarkets are strongly encouraged to give the proceeds to charity.

"Dealing with the proceeds. Once you’ve deducted reasonable costs, it’s expected that you’ll donate all proceeds to good causes, particularly environmental causes."

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/carrier-bag-charges-retailers-responsibilities

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Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

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Re: You have a power switch?

Just find a piece of metal and shove it in there. If a bobby pin is all you got, it will have to do. Just shove it in there, you'll have to short that thing out.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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"Is there a tea bush growing within 3,000 miles of Yorkshire?"

Yes.

http://www.tealaden.com/teaweb/articles/britain_grows_tea.htm

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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How do they know where the secret stuff is?

http://google-street-view.com/this-way-to-the-secret-nuclear-bunker-psst-dont-tell-anyone/

Edit. Ah, Wonko got there first! Down there ⬇

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Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

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Re: reprimanded for poor performance.

@Aremmes. Please allow me to embiggen your up-vote total.

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Church organist nabbed for playing glory hole in excelsis

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Re: Dear. God.

I think Presbyterians are protestants, whereas your Hail Marys are a Catholic thing. I might be wrong.

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Re: Is Organist the right term?

12 inches, isn't it?

"You're telling me... Do you really think I asked for a 12 inch pianist?"

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Pokemon GO-ZILLA: Safety fears after monsters appear in Fukushima danger zone

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Re: Why not

@Monsters, re. alpha radiation.

That's probably true, but what has that got to do with the I-131 and Cs-137 isotopes that are the main contaminants around Fukushima? They decay releasing beta and gamma radiation.

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Official: AMD now stands for Avoiding Miserable Death

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A cynic might say...

Intel can't afford for AMD to go bust because then they would be a monopoly and would get broken up like Ma Bell.

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

If AMD get into deep trouble, expect more 'deals' like this to keep them afloat!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Micro_Devices,_Inc._v._Intel_Corp.

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

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Re: A human not a car

Either you're Mr. Logic out of Viz, or you're about to hack into the FBI's network and you want an Asperger's defence against deportation. The neural firings over the synapses in the frontal lobes of the organ situated in my cranium, lead me, in a series of logical steps, to accept the former is the most probable likelihood.

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Re: And I'm protecting you all

@Cpt.Daft

http://time.com/12597/the-ukraine-or-ukraine/

“Ukraine is a country,” says William Taylor, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. “The Ukraine is the way the Russians referred to that part of the country during Soviet times … Now that it is a country, a nation, and a recognized state, it is just Ukraine. And it is incorrect to refer to the Ukraine, even though a lot of people do it.”

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Re: Private

@Prof. Are you Dave Gorman?

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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

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"hunt for these particles in vats of chlorine liquid"

No, that's not how to do it. You use a vat full of something like tetrachloroethene. Liquid chlorine would be far too dangerous and would have to be pressurised or cooled, and is generally nasty stuff. Cf. The Great War. Anyway, your dry-cleaning fluid has chlorine-37 atoms in it, and occasionally a neutrino will interact with one and turn it into an Argon-37 atom which can be detected, as it's radioactive. To be fair, to find this out, you have to read the whole Wiki article, rather than just the intro part.

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

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Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

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Re: Dead man's curve

@Danny, I've seen this one myself. Very impressive!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lockheed+SR-71A+Blackbird/@37.3640512,-120.5780618,104m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1

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Re: Dead man's curve

@Kevin, like the U-2?

"To maintain their operational ceiling of 70,000 feet (21,000 m), the early U-2A and U-2C models had to fly very near their never-exceed speed (VNE). The margin between that maximum speed and the stall speed at that altitude was only 10 knots (12 mph; 19 km/h). This narrow window is called the "coffin corner",[30][31] because breaching either limit would likely cause airflow separation at the wings or tail.[32] For most of the time on a typical mission the U-2 was flying less than five knots above stall speed. A stall would cause a loss of altitude, possibly leading to [] overstress of the airframe.[17]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_U-2

Flying on the Edge. Sorry, couldn't think of a Boneo pun.

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Get some.

Sorry, can't resist...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S06nIz4scvI

Anyway, drones don't kill people, people do. Aim at the twat with the controller. (I don't really mean that)

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

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Re: Also

He's the spit of Ron Mael. That's why the band was called Sparks.

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