* Posts by Symon

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Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

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Re: Could work

Maybe it's write only storage?

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85027770/25120SpecTwoSides%20NC.pdf

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Carders fleece $4.2 million from Victoria's MyKi transport agency

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Last article of the day?

What's a fea market? How much damage is "AUD$4.2 million in damages of damage"? Quite a lot I imagine. Does this piece set a new world record for use of the word 'fraud'? I count 12 times.

Oh, the 'send corrections' thing. I don't want to email this stuff.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/24/email_blunder/

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Re: America

Surely Mars would be a better fit given the subject of this chronicle?

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What's Russia smoking? Kremlin bans Wikipedia for dopey article

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Re: This is not about drugs

Would you also have an alternative wiktionary in which the verb 'to cower' is transitive?

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cower

Don't be cowed!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Ugandan 'rolex'

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Re: C'mon

Indeed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recurring_in-jokes_in_Private_Eye#Euphemisms

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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Re: I'm shocked!

But by granting that permission you create more supply, which reduces demand, so devaluing all the other property. Isn't that a taking?

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Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

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I don't believe this story. [cetacean needed]

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How does it spy on land?

Announcer: We now return to "Knightboat: the Crime-Solving Boat".

Michael: Faster, Knightboat! We gotta catch those starfish poachers.

Knightboat: You don't have to yell, Michael, I'm all around you.

Michael: Oh, no! They're headed for land. We'll never catch them now.

Knightboat: Incorrect: look! A canal.

Homer: Go, Knightboat, go!

Bart: Oh, every week there's a canal.

Lisa: Or an inlet.

Bart: Or a fjord.

Homer: Quiet! I will not hear another word against the boat.

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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Re: KEINE BLINKENLICHTEN?

Someone at Google's been watching Airplane II.

"Oh, cut the bleeding heart crap, will ya? We've all got our switches, lights, and knobs to deal with, Striker. I mean, down here there are literally hundreds and thousands of blinking, beeping, and flashing lights, blinking and beeping and flashing - they're *flashing* and they're *beeping*. I can't stand it anymore! They're *blinking* and *beeping* and *flashing*! Why doesn't somebody pull the plug!"

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: Descisions

@Lucre. "At 30mph even a ten year old car will stop well inside its own length under heavy braking, provided it is properly maintained with effective tyres. This is a fact."

No it isn't. At 30 mph, even if you can slow down at 1g, it's going to take 30 feet to stop. On second thoughts, maybe you have a stretch limo?

http://www.csgnetwork.com/stopdistcalc.html

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Re: Descisions (sic)

@Monty. What would a human do? I guess the average driver's mind would freeze in terror, slam on the brakes, and then close their eyes. It seems likely that a robot car would perform better in the situation you mention than a person could.

Maybe the dashboard could have a 'decency dial' to set the level of the car's self-preservation. When you've just pulled a new girlfriend you can show how thoughtful you are by setting it to 'Altruistic'. On the way home after you get knocked back, you can turn it back to the default setting of 'Die you fuckers'.

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Mapping physics to economics. It's a waste of time.

While physics has brought us the miracles of microwave popcorn and Test Match Special*, the 'dismal science' predicts a economic crash/boom every year until, like a stopped clock, it's proven correct.

'My name is Ozymadamsmith, Keynes of Keynes:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away

*Physics has had other successes.

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Raspberry Pi gains new FreeBSD distribution

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A good development.

If it gets more young (or old) engineers interested in BSD, I'm all for it. It's an OS I use a fair bit for servers and especially firewalls, e.g. pfSense. It also means that I don't have worry about all this systemd brouhaha.

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PALE, MALE AND STALE: Apple reveals it has just ONE black exec

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Pot calling the kettle black?

Just out of interest, I wonder what the ethnic make up of The Register's staff is? I notice that in the icons that can be attached to posts, all the people are white, except maybe the person in the gimp mask. And he's tagged a 'boy'.

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Andre Romelle Young

I thought Apple had convicted woman beater Dr. Dre on the books? You know, one of these rappers that they have now, the NWA, "One less bitch" and all that. Awful song, everyone knows it should be "One fewer bitch".

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

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Re: Just a thought

There's fewer murmurations these days anyway.

"Recent data from the Breeding Bird Survey suggest continuing population declines affecting starlings in England and Wales since 1995. The cause of the starling decline in the UK is unknown." ..................Bird ---->

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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast

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Re: They call it an ROV.

Are you not a true believer? The midgit is part of the creation. In the beginning He created a mountain, trees and a midgit. It's gospel truth, no sic.

http://www.venganza.org/about/open-letter/ (At the bottom of the page)

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They call it an ROV.

It's really a midgit submarine.

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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IBM model M. You can beat someone to death with it, and still use it to write their obituary!

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Random numbers aren't, says infosec boffin

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Re: Nonces

https://www.google.com/search?q=nonce+sense&tbm=isch

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

@drex re:" the non-teratogenic isomer of thalidomide seems to have some uses nowadays."

From the wikipedias (For once, there are actual references in the article.):-

"Thalidomide is racemic; the individual enantiomers can racemize due to the acidic hydrogen at the chiral centre, which is the carbon of the glutarimide ring bonded to the phthalimide substituent. The racemization process can occur in vivo, so that any plan to administer a purified single enantiomer to avoid the teratogenic effects will most likely be in vain."

So, it might be OK to use to treat leprosy etc. with thalidomide, but you wanna be damn sure you're not pregnant when you're taking it.

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Brassiere belays boob-bound bullet, begetting bruised breastbone

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Re: Boared now

Bad puns are a poor sign of wit. -------->

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Safe as houses: CCTV for the masses

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Re: raspberry

Multiple cameras. You can do it with ethernet cable. RPi is 100MB ethernet, so you can use the spare four wires for power. With this:-

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

That way you have 100m range*. You still need the cable though. Or you can use WiFi. Then you need to learn a bit of Perl or Python or whatever!

*I had to use some DC-DC converters to cope with voltage drop for long runs. The power starts off as 40V or so, and gets switched down to 5V at the RPi end. And make sure you use copper CAT5 cable, not copper coated aluminium (CCA).

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Cher tells HTC: If I could turn back time ... if I could find a way (to not lose $250m in a quarter)

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Cher and 'Believe'

The IT angle..

"Cher's 'Believe' (Dec 1998) was the first commercial recording to feature the audible side-effects of Antares Auto-tune software used as a deliberate creative effect. The (now) highly recognisable tonal mangling occurs when the pitch correction speed is set too fast for the audio that it is processing and it became one of the most over-used production effects of the following years."

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PALE BACKSIDE of lovely Luna flits past in imagery from 1 MILLION miles out

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Re: Shouldn't there be an eclipse if the moon goes between L1 and Earth?

@cray. To be pedantic, it's not a halo orbit around L1, rather a Lissajous orbit.

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McAfee tells El Reg: 'My shootout with the police was highly exaggerated'

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Re: your photo

I thought that when I first saw the photo, but I won't get fooled again.

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Nearby exoplanets circle naked-eye-visible star

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Re: unembuggered by light pollution.

J. Frank Parnell: Beautiful evening; you can almost see the stars...

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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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Re: Looking at the picture...

It was smashed by a rod?

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Looking at the picture...

...I blame the Yankees' fans.

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Lottery chief resigns as winning combo numbers appear on screen BEFORE being drawn

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Lotteries and cheating them.

In this case, as a previous poster mentioned, what happened was someone misread what ball was chosen, wrote the wrong number up on the screen, and then had the misfortune to have that wrong number actually drawn next. Watch the video. Anyway, where's the motive? The lottery company is already fleecing everyone! Occam's razor anyone?

It turns out you can win at the lottery. Search for Joan R. Ginther. Won the lottery in Texas four times, probably because she worked out that someone insisted the prizes be geographically distributed, and worked out where the winning ticket would be. Did I mention her Ph.D in statistics? From Stanford.

Also, check out Mohan Srivastava, a geological statistician from Canada. He worked out how to choose a scratch-card would be a winner, before he scratched it. He decided he could only make $600 a day from this method, so he told the gaming commission. They didn't believe him until he sent 'the man' a box full of unscratched winners.

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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"The big problem appears to be the lack of knowledge of the political establishment"

4% of UK MPs have a STEM degree. The big problem appears to be the lack of knowledge of the political establishment. Get rid of the House of Lords and replace the drugged-up kiddie fiddlers and bishops with scientists and engineers. What could possibly go wrong? ---->

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Boffins: Spooky, spinning SPACE PEANUT butters up Earth with close flyby

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1999 JD6

Discovered in 1999. J means first half of May. D6 means the 154th asteroid discovered in that half month.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provisional_designation_in_astronomy#Minor_planets

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

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Re: No, Not him!

He was better as Lance White in 'Rockford'.

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

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Re: he wore it

@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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Re: @Symon

@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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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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