* Posts by Arthur the cat

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

Arthur the cat

Presumably "tits" goes through in order to avoid death threats from fundamentalist ornithologists.

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Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

Arthur the cat
Devil

This is one of those occasions when you want both sides to lose.

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

Arthur the cat

Re: Messe

<<It [Google] still translates Dutch "zwaluw" to the French "avaler" instead of "hirondelle".

Why? Because a zwaluw is a swallow and the verb to swallow is avaler in French.>>

"One swallow does not make an orgy" - the late, great Willie Rushton on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue's complete the proverb round.

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'Hans free' mobe gag crowned Fringe's funniest

Arthur the cat
Unhappy

"Ten experts engaged by comedy channel Dave"

Did anyone else feel their heart sink when reading that phrase? Oh, the humanity.

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

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Re: @ Martijn Otto - You mean btrfs, surely

"Did Oracle release ZFS under GPL in full?"

No, Sun released it under CDDL, a variant of MPL. Perfectly free and usable by everybody. It's only rms' desire to make GPL The One True Licence To Be Obeyed By All that prevents its integration with Linux.

Once you've seriously used ZFS (and recovered from dead disks with no data loss) you wouldn't want any other file system.

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Rock reboot and the Welsh windy wonder: Centre for Alternative Technology

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Joke

“All living things can be composted”

But in many cases it's better to wait until they're dead before you try.

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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Devil

Collective noun

Given the seriousness of the flaws being found, the only possible term is "total clusterfuck", unless El Reg is being prudish.

In the time it took me to write this, betacam beat me to it.

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Amazon comes up with delivery-drone zones after watching Fifth Element all night

Arthur the cat

Final 200 feet?

OK, so these delivery drones are restricted to between between 200 & 400 feet. How does my fragile delivery cover the last 200 feet to the ground? Plummet and smash when it hits? Parachute down, to be blown off course and get nicked? Reeled down on a line that can get tangled in trees or aerials? Retro rockets?

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Email apparently from Home Office warns of emails apparently from Home Office

Arthur the cat

Not as funny as the original

"Spaf's" net news article on faking net news articles from 1988. (Yes, I am that old since you ask.)

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=50maN7VmpusC&pg=PT331&dq=spaf+net+news+april+fools&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAGoVChMI9sPc6977xgIVSxUsCh1LcQPe#v=onepage&q=spaf%20net%20news%20april%20fools&f=false

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Dwarfworld PLUTO may not have a real DOG on it - but it does have a TAIL

Arthur the cat

Re: Astroid with 90 million tons of platinum..

"I'm sure that if we had snagged it, the price of platinum would now be somewhere close to the "free for the taking" zone."

Paging Tim Worstall.

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

Arthur the cat

Greeks pay all their taxes?

@nk: "Also, as a tax paying Greek, I resent that remark about not paying taxes. I know it was meant somewhat as a joke but still."

I'm not sure it was. Even the usually reliable up-market broadsheet papers in the UK have printed stories of Greek professionals like doctors filing tax returns stating their total annual income as only about 5,000 Euros. *If* that is true, you have a trichotomy - either Greek doctors are too stupid to realise they could make much better money elsewhere in the EU, or they're saints who charge their patients ridiculously small amounts of money and live lives of Franciscan poverty, or they're doing a lot on the black economy and thus not paying taxes. Given my experience of human nature, my money is on the third although I don't rule out individual cases in the other two categories.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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Happy

Re: Snake

"I've got some, but haven't tried it yet. Please don't tell me it tastes like chicken."

Tasting far more like chicken than proper free range, hand reared chicken would be a better description. I don't know what species I was eating though.

Thinking of things that taste more like X than X does, and returning to the subject of bacon, a few years back I had to munch antibiotics for a month to deal with a chest infection. Unfortunately they totally screwed up my sense of smell and taste so most food and drink tasted bloody awful. Even booze tasted pretty horrid. Wine tasted normal at first sip but then had a long (very long) aftertaste of burnt rubber and diesel fuel. Beer was undrinkable, not even badly kept Watney's Red Barrel standard for those who remember that abomination. I was losing weight fast. Then I had a bacon sandwich. Bliss. The only food that tasted better than it normally does. I lived on bacon sarnies for a month *and I had an excuse*.

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Arthur the cat

Re: The horror, the horror

"Hang on - where did you get snake?"

Ate it in China, most organics are considered foodstuffs there. :-)

Back when I worked in academia, the Prof in charge of my research group spent time in China as a guest of the government. One meal he had was a duck banquet, which is great, except it was thirteen courses, starting with the head, going via various internal organs, most of which don't get eaten here, and ending with the final course of two duck's feet sitting on a plate, and he was a very picky eater who couldn't use chopsticks very well.

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Arthur the cat
Megaphone

The horror, the horror

I think CAMR(e)B needs to be set up before it's too late.

WTF is it with some veggies? If you don't want to eat meat, don't eat meat and accept the consequences. It's not like vegetarian food is tasteless if you know how to cook - I'm a total omnivore (snake, anyone?) but can easily cook stuff my veggie friends love. (Don't get me started on vegans though).

If you want to eat something that tastes like bacon, eat *bacon*, not some godawful ersatz crap.

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

Arthur the cat

Re: How would we know?

"so what we experience is the world getting stranger as it becomes more unlikely."

Or as many of us call it, getting old.

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'Real' vampires reluctant to 'come out of the coffin' to social workers – barmy prof

Arthur the cat

Re: Hats off to the guy.

Intertidal urban cosmology.

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Arthur the cat
Devil

Re: I vaguely recall ...

As usual, Charlie Stross did a reasonable analysis of vampirism as part of his research for the Laundry Files series. And gave it a great title. :-)

Read it here: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2013/01/fang-fuckers-some-reflections-.html

Icon 'cos it's the only one with fangs.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

Arthur the cat

I happen to make a hobby out of neuropharmacology

Didn't we all when young. Peace and love, man. :-)

My problem with Macs is that although they're based on Unix, all the standard Unix admin knowledge goes out of the window. Add NFS mounts to /etc/fstab, you must be joking. Add static routes, I could sort of do that up to Mavericks, no idea under Yosemite. It's all bloody obscure plists and custom GUI tools rather than simply firing up your favourite editor and modifying a text file in /etc, and the recent breaking of ssh was the icing on the cake. If anyone has a guide to making Macs fit into a normal Unix network, please point me at it.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

Arthur the cat

"Anyone who does not assume that all states do this is very naive"

Indeed. 40 years ago I worked as a physicist on one of the big MoD research sites. Our security briefings went along the line of "obviously the Russians are hot after military secrets, but the second worst bunch of spies are the Israelis who want anything that could be useful to their economy as well".

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The rare metals debate: Only trace elements of sanity found

Arthur the cat
Unhappy

USGS server down?

I can't get DNS resolution for the USGS at the moment (10:20 BST Sunday). Have we got a Tim Worstall effect to go with the Slashdot one?

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EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

Arthur the cat
Facepalm

ONS statistics show opt out censorship is idiocy

According to the ONS this country has 26.7 million households but only 7.9 million of them have dependent (i.e. not grown up) children. That's 30%, so in order to nanny whatever fraction of that 30% doesn't care enough about their kids, the 70% of households that censorship is irrelevant to have to tick the box for unfiltered access to the net.

Still that's what happens when policies are based on tabloid editorials rather than reason.

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

Arthur the cat

Re: Super!

You're probably thinking of Operation Bernhard. To quote Wikipedia

Operation Bernhard was the codename of a secret Nazi plan devised during the Second World War by the RSHA and the SS to destabilise the British economy via economic warfare by flooding the global economy and the British Empire with forged Bank of England £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes.

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CSI GALAXY: Cause of death = STRANGULATION

Arthur the cat
Headmaster

"Metals"

Note that this is the astronomers' usage of "metal", meaning anything with an atomic number greater than 2, whether or not it's metallic in the usual sense.

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Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband

Arthur the cat

Isn't this in David Cameron's neck of the woods?

Subject says it all.

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

Arthur the cat

Re: Innuendo... Al-Qaeda, what!?

Today the police issued a warrant for a suspected terrorist who goes by the code name of "Samantha". They are also looking for her handler.

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

Arthur the cat
Happy

Re: I always thought it was Edition 7 not V7....

Seventh Edition if you're being formal, but V7 to its friends. And a bloody good vintage.

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HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch

Arthur the cat
Devil

Re: Stuffing up the rank-and-file for Corporate benefit?

From what my friends in HP told me, more stuffing up the profits and pissing on those who made them while trying to create a cult of personality that made the average North Korean dictator look like a shy woodland creature.

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

Arthur the cat

Re: Oh drat!

"a new cryptographic algorithm I seem to have invented"

If you're a professional cryptographer, I'll look forward to reading it. If not, please, don't do that. Just read

https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/1998/1015.html#cipherdesign

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Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

Arthur the cat

Wonder if the cameras work that well

The last time I had to get out of bed at 3 in the morning because my neighbour's alarm had gone off again, the policewoman who turned up first was wearing a camera. Being a techie, I asked her how well it worked. The reply was "reasonable images, good at recording her voice, never records what anyone else says audibly. Basically it's useful because it discourages most people from kicking off, not because it supplies evidence if they do."

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

Arthur the cat

You've read Mirrlees???

All 1391 pages of it. You get a tip of the hat for stamina at least.

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El Reg assembles mighty Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

Arthur the cat

Baking bread

I hope the cost of running the oven is included in the overall cost (or a solar oven/scavenged wood fire is used).

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

Arthur the cat
WTF?

Awful acronym

"Close-In Autonomous Disposable Aircraft (CICADA) “

Where the hell does that second 'C' come from?

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

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Mushroom

"we don't think anything's going to happen there for a few tens of millions of year"

By that criterion I can think of places in Norfolk that would be ideal dump sites.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

Arthur the cat

Re: Not on

"the Top Gear / Steven Fry Channel, AKA Dave"

That's the amazing thing about digital TV, it gives you hundreds of channels to definitely not watch.

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

Arthur the cat
Unhappy

Office.porn

I shudder to think what might have been on this site if MS hadn't grabbed it.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

Arthur the cat

Re: This makes me so happy

"I meant to ask pTerry if there was a connection but it is to late now"

I'm sure there was. Terry was a fan before he was a writer, and fans of his/my age generally knew Pavane well. (Also Keith Roberts' reputation, but that's a different matter.) The signalling technology was much the same, but the purposes each author used it for were very different.

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

Arthur the cat

I'm reminded of NASA's convention

So many people at NASA have a PhD (or two, or more!) that they reserve "Doctor" for medics.

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

Arthur the cat

Re: Hmm

Yes, there's a big difference between the block, a large chunk of metal with channels for (usually) water cooling designed to remove waste heat, and the manifold which is the relatively thin tube that takes air to the engine.

However, why aim for the engine when it would be so much easier to put the hole through the driver or the radiator or the fuel tank? This looks more like a PR stunt, just as the first time a Star Wars era laser "destroyed" a missile the missile was stationary and held under such compression forces that it crumpled the moment it warmed up. Until this is shown to work under battlefield conditions it's at best a possibility and at worst a hype to get more Pentagon money.

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Boffins say Mars had ocean covering 20 per cent of planet

Arthur the cat
Headmaster

Sudden Capitalisation

"water in which the Hydrogen is an isotope called Deuterium in which a Neutron is present"

We German have become?

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

Arthur the cat

Re: "having a modem and a router as separate devices"

"Anybody know if IPFire for a RiPi is any good?"

If by RiPi you mean Raspberry Pi, I believe the ethernet interface runs via the USB controller, and probably isn't up to FTTC speeds. I recently replaced my old Alix router because it was struggling to cope with FTTC speeds.

Now I use a newer Atom D525 mini-ITX system running pfSense. Ticks over at a few percent CPU, doesn't break a sweat even under heavy download. Just make sure the network interfaces are Intel rather than RealTek.

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

Arthur the cat
Devil

Re: Fight back

I use FreeBSD - we set demons on them.

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

Arthur the cat

Re: Originals still going strong

Remember that your eyes' response to light is pretty much like the ears' response to sound - logarithmic. The bright daylight today is clocking up ~50,000 lux on my light meter whereas a room at night lit by a single light bulb may be about 100 lux or less but your eyes adapt, so a factor of 2 or 4 is no big deal.

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US Army plots new petascale monster and 'tactical cloudlets'

Arthur the cat
Coat

"dismounted Soldier"???

Is that the latest term for infantryman, or do they just mean any grunt not in a brothel?

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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

Arthur the cat
Facepalm

Re: Real nostalgia...

"Remember when GCHQ was working for us and not targeting us?"

and turning it off and turning it on again was exactly the wrong thing to do.

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KUSHINIKIZA! Google Translate SAVES BABY in Irish roadside birth

Arthur the cat
Unhappy

Bloody lucky they had a signal

Usually, whenever I absolutely need directions, or to look up a phone number or something, there's no signal and finding one involves sprinting up the nearest hill or climbing a flagpole and standing on one leg, waving the phone in one hand and sacrificing a chicken with the other, at which point the gods of telephony give me one bar for 3.8 seconds before they start giggling and take it away again.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

Arthur the cat
WTF?

Re: Spotted what's missing?

Except as far as I can see that walk is in some sort of fantasy universe version of Brockenhurst. I go there regularly and the A377 isn't that shape, there's no Argyll Road, Duryard or Pennsylvania in the area AFAIR, the town is mainly to the west of the A337 rather than the east and it's not built on steep hills as the contours would suggest. Also the idea that any walk in the immediate vicinity of Brockenhurst is challenging and would take 4.3 hours to walk 5.6 miles is ridiculous. The worst thing you meet is mud and some flooding after heavy spells of rain.

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G.Fast sand-slinger says it's slung bits at 500 Mbps over 200 metres

Arthur the cat

Re: We really need a reference Usain

"the standard may degrade over time, as his legs age"

Do what the economists do to deal with inflation - "all speeds normalised to 2012 Usains"

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Bitter Lake: Know your enemy? Impossible, surely, when you don't know if the enemy exists

Arthur the cat
Facepalm

"the mysterious lake in the Tarkofsky movie Solaris"

It's a planet, not a lake. Slight difference of scale.

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

Arthur the cat
Boffin

Wonder how they work with glasses

According to Google, about 60% of adults wear glasses at least some of the time. Does anybody know if any of the wearable displays work with glasses? I hate to think how these would interact with varifocals.

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REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

Arthur the cat
Headmaster

Lacking history

"The rice grain-sized device, dubbed a "maser", is a minuscule microwave laser"

Oh dear, this was written by someone without knowledge of physics history. Masers existed several years before lasers, and the latter were initially called "optical masers".

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