* Posts by Symon

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: Top banter!

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”--Richard Dawkins.

"Richard Dawkins was sent here by God to test us. Like fossils. And facts."--Stewart Lee.

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Android ransomware poses as FBI smut warning

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ADB is the Android Debug Bridge.

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Blackhat hack trick wallops popular routers

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Re: Maybe

We've had it since June last year and don't recall it going down except for firmware updates and planned maintenance. YMMV! HTH.

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Re: Maybe

I used this:- http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=104#JBC373 , the version below that product has WiFi if you want that. At pfSense.org you can find the firewall software. You can replace your BT hub or whatever with something that actually works for more than five minutes at a time.

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Re: Maybe

http://www.mini-itx.com/store/

Run pfSense on it.

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

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Re: Met my wife

@Adolph. Genius!

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We caught Chinese technology spies RED-HANDED, claims US government

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Re: High Horse?

It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall. ~Mexican Proverb

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Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh

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Medicine.horse?https://karlonsea.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/larson-horses.jpg

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Re: Hrumph

@Laura. Altogether.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: most jokes will be udder rubbish

Just takes one irresponsible commentard to be the cattleyst.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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One bizarro option is that "Ecuador could theoretically appoint Assange one of its representatives to the United Nations, under rule 25 of the UN General Assembly’s Rules of Procedure."

http://www.headoflegal.com/2012/06/26/julian-assange-can-he-get-out-of-this/

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Re: Don't Forget....

@LeeE. Also, the two sections were constructed on the banks of the Tamar, floated out into the river, and individually jacked up to their current position. This meant the river remained navigable throughout the bridge's construction. They've just finished a multi-year paint job on it, and it's looking great!

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Systemd hee hee: Jessie Debian gallops (slowly) into view

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@YourBackDoor. Right, if you're running a server, the boot time isn't your main priority. Easy to read log files, not needing to reboot after an upgrade, having a small attack surface, not bringing down the whole system if systemd crashes, etc. might be, however. So, we're sticking with CentOS 6, there's another 5 years of maintenance to go, in which time, surely something better will have come along? Oh, and FreeBSD is excellent, especially for firewalls and NAS boxes. YMMV!

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Re: For a car...

@Gordon. I work with a guy like you. Always problems, never answers. If everyone thought like that, we'd never get any new technology at all. For fuck sake, the vanadium battery is full of concentrated sulphuric acid. What's not to like?

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For a car...

...lithium is the way to go. For a static installation I vote for a vanadium flow battery. http://www.vrb.unsw.edu.au/about-us/history-of-vanadium-redox-battery.html

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

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"The US has been the first to flyby every planet of the Solar System"

Easy tiger! "Venera 1 (Automatic Interplanetary Station) was the first spacecraft to fly by Venus."

http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/masterCatalog.do?sc=1961-003A

The Soviet spacecraft had a failure on the way and didn't send back any data when it got there, but it certainly flew by.

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Brit boffins BLOW UP Li-On batteries and film the MELTING COPPER

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It reminds me of the OU films we used to get to watch on Saturday mornings as kids. In this one, staying on topic here, the guy works his experimental way down the alkali metals group, apparently wearing thicker gloves for each subsequent element. With good reason.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSZ-3wScePM

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No-one here said that. And neither did Prof. Richard Dawkins when quoting the former editor of New Scientist!

"Science is interesting and if you don't agree you can fuck off"

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

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"What is the El Reg unit of tragedy?"

A Gibb? ------------>

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Re: I'm suggesting it.

Re: "Banana equivalent dose." I've stopped using that idea, as it's not good science. Your body keeps the amount of potassium in it pretty much constant, so even if you ate a bunch of bananas, you'd just piss out the excess K.

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Re: I'm suggesting it.

@John. Agree totally. The whole 'nuclear disaster', in which no-one died, would have been averted if they'd put the diesel generators on the roof.

Even in a proper disaster, like Chernobyl with fewer than 60 deaths directly attributable to the plant explosion, "It is thought that the principal long-term adverse health outcomes are anxiety and depression among the general public across Eastern Europe as a result of irresponsible reporting and exaggerated statements by anti-nuclear power activists."

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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Re: Timing is everything

"Fusion Reactor" Meh. Easy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10385853

Net power output, not so easy.

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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Re: reminds me of this cartoon

Ah, like this one?

http://www.defordmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/what-site-changes-do.jpg

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Ubuntu 15.04 to bring 'Vivid' updates for cloud, devices this week

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In related news.

"The systemd Project Forks the Linux Kernel"

http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/212205/index.html

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Re: "Who said anything about faith? He was selling the stuff, not believing in it."

Re: Simon Singh. In that case, the issue was that Mr. Justice Eady ruled that publishing something saying chiropractic is 'bogus' meant that author was saying that the chiropractors knew it was false. However, the court of appeal said this ruling was bogus itself. Or something like that. Anyway, no big deal, the lawyers made a mere £200,000 "just to define the meaning of a few words".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Chiropractic_Association_v_Singh#Court_case

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homeopathic store

Maybe the shop used to have goods for sale, but now they're apparently all gone leaving only a vague memory of anything useful? Whatever, try this in his store:-

http://qph.is.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-2b4667d7eca6da6623042b5678c3477b

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Booking.com smacked by EU competition bods. Yeah, yeah, yeah

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Not to mention the annoying ads.

That's booking shown them.

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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

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Woodlands.

The wood that pays is the wood that stays.

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Don't shoot the Messenger: NASA's suicide probe to punch hole in Mercury

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Fast enough? No.

"The probe had to burn long and hard, and use six gravity assists from other planets, to get going fast enough to catch up with Mercury."

Bollocks. Mercury is so deep in the Sun's gravity well, the problem isn't speeding up, it's slowing down. The gravity assists at Earth, Venus and at Mercury itself were used to slow MESSENGER up. Interestingly, you need more rocket fuel to get to Mercury than you do to leave the solar system, which is perhaps why this is, so far, the only mission to orbit this planet.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Caffeine

@Richard Ball. "Don't know how much of the caffeine in a coffee gets absorbed by the drinker, but it isn't all of it". It is almost all of it, I believe.

"Nine healthy volunteers participated in a randomised cross-over study and received caffeine in the form of these beverages, ingested within 15 minutes, in doses ranging from 1.52 mg/kg to 17.53 mg/kg. The latter dose is equivalent to nearly 8 cups of ordinary percolated coffee. The maximum caffeine concentration in urine recorded was 14 micrograms/ml, 3 hours after ingestion. A significant correlation was found between the caffeine dose and the maximum urinary concentration. The mean recovery of caffeine in urine was between 0.74% and 0.91% of the administered dose."

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Incomprehensible boffins bring quantum computers a step closer

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Re: Silicon-28

"It begins with a stream of silane (SiH4) from which the hydrogen is cracked and the silicon atoms are ionized and accelerated at about 4 kV through a magnetic field that bends the atoms’ trajectories differently according to mass and charge, as in a mass spectrometer, spatially separating the three isotopes of silicon in the beam. The 28-Si ions are then routed into a high-vacuum chamber in which they are focused and deposited onto a natural silicon substrate about 4 mm wide."

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Fast Integral Reactor. @otto

@Peter G. "the second season to include metamorphs" She was quite hot though. In human form, I mean! And even better as Lady Claudine Litton in 'The Return of the Pink Panther'.

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Re: Fast Integral Reactor.

@John S.

The whole point of the Integral Fast Reactor is that there's no waste. It all gets 'burnt'. Apparently, we have enough plutonium lying around the place in the UK to power the country for 100's of years. It solves the proliferation thing, because the stuff in there is so radioactive, it would kill anyone who tried to steal it. That's one reason why we don't have any, because the military can't use it to make plutonium so easily. The thing can't melt down without breaking the laws of physics. There's enough uranium in seawater to power the whole world with these reactors until the sun explodes.

Eco-loon he is, but nuclear he speaks a lot of sense:-

http://www.monbiot.com/category/nuclear/

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"a fact the IRA made use of when making ammonium nitrate bombs out of fertiliser for some years"

Ammonium Nitrate _is_ fertiliser. You make a better bomb if you add some kerosene. At least, so I've heard. ANFO.

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

I blame that Fritz Haber and his damn process!

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Fast Integral Reactor.

Stop burying nuclear material. It's not waste, it's fuel. Even eco-loon George Monbiot can see that.

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

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Silicon Valley gets its first 1Gbps home bro– oh, there's a big catch

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Re: VPN

Pollution. Trackmenot. That is all.

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Life after Lord Shugs looks good, as Viglen directors' packages swell

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Re: Lord Tyranosaurus

To be fair, he was really good in the Carry On films.

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Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket

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4WD vs 2WD

The only difference is that, with 4WD, you get further away from help before you get stuck...

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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@Coder. That's not gonna work. What about all the transport timetables which is why the whole UK uses GMT/BST in the first place*? Everyone has to remember whether to adjust them or not? And when do I tune in to Radio 4 to find out what's happening in North Utsire? And a million other things.

If we're gonna have daylight saving, which I personally like, then the clocks have to change.

*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_time

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Leap second.

There's one on June 30, 2015 23:59:60 UTC. What will Nests think of that?

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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Never again. I went to amazon.hu to buy some matches and I got sent a hovercraft full of eels.

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Dutch companies try warming homes with cloud servers

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Re: next up - hosted AirCons

In the summer, rather than old Zeeland, run them in New Zealand? --->

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Human nature

You hear that whooshing noise? That's the point of my post flying over your head. It's obviously a bad thing to put a spike on a steering wheel. No-one (in their right mind) would assume otherwise. I was having a pop at the AC OP who seemed to be suggesting that safety features are bad because they could have a downside, even though they clearly have a net positive effect. I did this by posting something so ridiculous, it's fucking obvious. Reductio ad absurdum. Jesus.

As for "there are bad drivers, of course there are" posted by codejunky. Not you though, I bet. I wonder if you're one of the 88% of drivers from Lake Wobegon who think they're in the top 50% for safety?

http://heatherlench.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/svenson.pdf

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Re: Human nature

@AC. Yes, stupid safety features. They should ban selt belts and airbags and put a massive barbed spike sticking out the middle of the steering wheel. That would stop speeding. Dead.

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Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

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Re: Back when I was a boy ....

Dialup. This is how it worked:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgqEIp2YmtE

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Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

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Re: Pay your taxes...

According to this very rag we're reading, "Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill." Companies try to maximise their profits for shareholders. Rather than have a go at the businesses, it might be better to direct your ire at the daft twats in the treasury/government who make crappy tax laws which have more holes than Swiss cheese. Bear that in mind when you vote next May.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/once_more_into_the_tax_breach_dear_friends/

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Re: I just want a dumb car

@Samuel.

"Audi is keen to promote the inherent modularity of this system. There’s no reason that a year down the line the system couldn’t be replaced with something more powerful – Tegra 4, for example – and a whole new raft of functions could be added to the screen’s repertoire. No need to wait until the Mk. 3 TT’s mid-life facelift, or the Mk. 4 car."

Admittedly, you had to read page two to get that information.

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Rosetta SNIFFS molecular nitrogen on Comet 67P

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Send Fritz Haber.

"It is estimated that half of the protein within human beings is made of nitrogen that was originally fixed by [the Haber] process"

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