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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

Paul_Murphy

Re: Why bother with...

Hmm, you're taking my thought experiment seriously? that's just as odd don't you think?

Maybe I should have put a joke icon in there somewhere :-)

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Paul_Murphy

Re: Why bother with...

Ooh - that is an expansion on a previous thought of mine, and it sounds much fairer than my version.

Other rules might include 'accidental' injuries or death of referees (sniper is red-carded), linesmen (yellow) and people on your team (round(s) replaced and given a stern talking to), and the handling of ricochets (maybe ballistic helmets for people in the first three rows?)

Much kinder than mortar fire, siege engines or longbows (ah those were the days - those 'football' mathes with the French eh?).

Sadly I suspect that none of these improvements will be taken up.

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Paul_Murphy

Re: Why bother with...

Since I don't like football in the slightest I have long held the idea of an audience participation model where each person gets their moneys-worth by being able to select an area of the pitch with goes 'live', if a majority of the audience chose the same area the land-mines would activate and the players would then be earning their money.

Nothing necessarily deadly - just crippling would be interesting enough.

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WIMPs wipe each other out in giant radiating spot at galaxy's centre

Paul_Murphy

Re: Interesting, but

I have wondered whether our universe is actually closed and curved, so that though it is indeed very large (as per HHGTTG) it's as though we are looking around the curve of a sphere, our line of sight (so to speak) never ends, but just keeps on going around and around, with the same objects being seen multiple times at different wavelengths since they would be at different positions each time.

An idle thought anyway.

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Paul_Murphy

What's 10,000 light years across and smells of gamma radiation?

Your mum!

Sorry - I haven't had my first cup of coffee yet.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

Paul_Murphy

Re: I've had an idea

Well look into space elevators and the materials that would be needed for one of those - graphene (or something similar) is the main step along that way.

As for patenting it there have been way too many prior publications - try Fountains of Paradise, Pillar to the Sky or any of the many othes.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=book%20about%20space%20elevators&kl=us-en

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

Paul_Murphy
Joke

I hope...

That the surgeon wasn't washing his hands after and wondering where his watch had got to.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

Paul_Murphy

OpenOffice?

Wouldn't Libre Office make more sense, I understand it gets better support and updates?

Admin tools like Fing and advanced port scanner for networks, an ISO mount utility, a linux boot USB drive (and CD) for just in case a HD fails, Gpart, robocopy (does that come on 7?) or similar for backup tasks (will there be a NAS on the network?), printer & scanner drivers if necessary.

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Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years

Paul_Murphy

Re: Well, perhaps not all the tactics.

By definition if it's against the law then they are criminals - if it's legal then they aren't.

Wait - who are we talking about? governments, big business or criminals? it's so easy to get them confused.

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Worlds that could support LIFE found among 715 new planets

Paul_Murphy

Drake equation

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation

The Drake equation is:

N = R* . fp . ne . fl . fi . fc . L

where:

N = the number of civilizations in our galaxy with which radio-communication might be possible (i.e. which are on our current past light cone);

and

R* = the average rate of star formation in our galaxy

fp = the fraction of those stars that have planets

ne = the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets

fl = the fraction of planets that could support life that actually develop life at some point

fi = the fraction of planets with life that actually go on to develop intelligent life (civilizations)

fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space

L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space

so fp seems to be 1,

ne seems to be what 1 in 10 maybe?

So hopefully N is non-zero - we're getting closer...

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Paul_Murphy

Re: Gravity??

Depends on density and composition I would say - is it all rock, all gas, or somewhere in between, a 2.5x rocky planet is likely to have higher gravity, but a gassy one far less.

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

Paul_Murphy

Re: Wow

The bright light - just where the arrow is pointing in the lower left.

The moon isn't know for producing these on it's own (whereas the sun does it on a boringly consistent basis) so it's pretty noteworthy.

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Fandroids get their very own PERVY SMUT browser

Paul_Murphy

Not if everyone does it (the opting out of the filter - not porn (ab)use).

The most effective form of control is one that people do themselves.

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SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

Paul_Murphy

Re: What type of star is it?

Wasn't Dave supposed to kick-start the next universe using jump leads from Red Dwarf?

OMG, we're living in Dave Listers universe...

:-)

Oh, actually it was from Starbug, nevermind, ignore this post and carry on :-(

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

Paul_Murphy

Re: Post war operations

Apparantly the Russians were taking any enigmas, and presumably Lorenz, they found during and after the war as well, so no doubt they were very useful in getting a picture behind the curtain.

What is strange is that the Russians were being given some Ultra intelligence during the war, but never seemed to realise it was from the Enigma and Lorenz machines.

What is staggering is the total secrecy that BP worked under - even (or especially?) people that met there and married each other never let on what they did,

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

Paul_Murphy

Re: A message from the target of these 'improvements'

There is no need to limit a letter to one person, Think your MP, Bletchley local councillors, local and national newspapers, the education board, BPT trustees - the list goes on.

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Paul_Murphy

Re: Time for The Register to weigh in methinks.

My Thought:

The Register picks a saturday and published it to it's readership.

The Register designs a NMOC 'flag' for people to print

On said saturday the readership does it's damnest to attend TNMOC, not BPT, with printed flags,

When leaving the TNMOC people leave their flags with a personal note on the back.

There is no profit, aside from a point being made perhaps.

ttfn

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Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

Paul_Murphy

>you cant polish a turd?

Sounds like you haven't even tried:

Freeze it,

Varnish it

Polish it.

Let us know how you get on :-)

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Chinese Jade RABBIT SIGHTED ON MOON by NASA probe

Paul_Murphy

Well done China.

And NASA of course.

Another country breaking into space exploration, maybe I should transfer my childhood dreams to China now, especially if the US is going to be spending more money on bailing out banks and less on space.

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

Paul_Murphy

Re: Yawn

Well it's one thing to have a defined and definite enemy, as with the cold war and the IRA, but it's another to have a society systematically trawled for all it's information regardless of it's value.

I'm all for finding and thwarting terrorists - but the NSA and GCHQ have been busy intercepting internet traffic and, it is alleged, this has not made any substantive impact on terror attacks.

I think that Snowden is right, has taken extreme risks in what he has done and it's instructive that the one place that he has been able to find asylum was, up until recently, the very worst of countries (we assumed) for monitoring it's citizens.

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

Paul_Murphy

So..

>BT, for example, has told us that it uses its system to block access to sites promoting proxies

>and anonymisers.

So already it's being used for blocking other sites which have nothing to do with 'protecting the children' and I wonder how many other sites will be included.

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Calling all Spare Rib veterans: Sisters, don't lose your rights!

Paul_Murphy

I can't help but feel that they (the British Library) don't want this to go ahead, unless permission is assumed if the author doesn't get back to them to deny permission? then the default will be not many contributors getting back to them - let along giving permission.

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Euro satellite to count a BEELLLION stars, find origin of Milky Way

Paul_Murphy

Long term planning

20 years in the making and it's going to take 5 years to 'complete'*, producing a pentabyte of information for astronomers to trawl through.

Ok, so I'm not living in a hotel on the moon, nor do I have a flying car, anti-gravity belt or robot butler, but by gum in 20 to 30 years from now I'll be pretty sure of where I am in the galaxy! **

I'm glad to see that people with vision can still get projects like these off the ground.

ttfn

*Yeah right - 5 years from now the controllers will be thinking 'how many more can we do before it packs in', I suspect it will be going for a long time.

** beware of the total perspective vortex - it might ruin your day.

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WIN YOUR OWN HADRON COLLIDER pop-up book with El Reg

Paul_Murphy

Re: Complaint in Writing

Well that's YOUR story started then....

:-)

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Paul_Murphy

Re: I had the Sharp PC-1500 in 1992

A friend and I had one each and I remember writing a program to work out starship specs (for Traveller - a D&D in space) which worked pretty well as I recall.

I also have a 2600 in the loft, but I also enjoy listening to Johnathon Coultons '2600' which is a tribute to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu1bRm7XXNo

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Malware+pr0n surge follows police op to kill illicit streaming sites

Paul_Murphy

Re: City of London Police

Ha Ha - you're funny....

Think - why is it called the 'City of London Police'? and exactly what sort of 'clients' are there in the City for the Police to look after?

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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

Paul_Murphy

Re: Yooof ?

Traditionally one way to deal with an over-population is to take someone elses' land- using any excess males to do so.

hmm.

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Amazon floats 'Prime Air' drone delivery plan

Paul_Murphy

Other options

Bundle deliveries together and use the Amazon B52 delivery system - can target urban areas with the new 'package-let' technology.

High speed and precision deliveries by 'Ama-cruise' - only useful for high-g tolerance packages

Or the 'Blimp-Fling' (tm) which will catapult your package from our cruising blimp and be guided in by laser targeting - please remember to not look up at our blimp

Amazona - a re-commisioned USA WW2 battleship will deliver your package as long as it is not larger than 16" in diameter, and the delivery address is within 20 miles of the coast.

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Sony's new PlayStation 4: Early faults ENRAGE some buyers

Paul_Murphy

CAD has it covered

http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20131115

:-), now where's that joke icon....

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That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...

Paul_Murphy

Re: I can't find* the report a spelling mistake button so...

> Ducklin's post reflecting on tyher Morris Worm event

s/tyher/the

I suspect.

*Actually I can see it when I do a post, but my browser asks to set up my browsers email client, and I can't be bothered.

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

Paul_Murphy

Re: Faggots? Yuck!

>Your IQ needs recharging

Hmm, reminds me of:

' Prime Minister of New Zealand Robert Muldoon was asked about the increasing exodus of New Zealanders leaving the country to work in Australia. His comment was that by doing so, they were raising the average IQ of both countries.'

source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_humour#The_Trans-Tasman_rivalry

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HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

Paul_Murphy

Cop says "So for this gentleman to be as lucky as he is, it's a good day for us."

I would say a jolly good day for the clerk as well, the police save some paperwork and he gets to live.

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Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

Paul_Murphy

No easy answers

Well the only 'easy answer' I can think of is:

We do not spy or collect information in a general manner on anyone.

We will use RIPA and other laws/ techniques to investigate any reported suspicious behaviour'

Please tell us if you see anything suspicious.

The hearts and minds approach to getting a population on your side is to ensure that the general population see that it's in their own interests to help.

Without the willingness of the people to help it's only a matter of time before there is anarchy/ revolution/ civil war.

Give people back the sense of the country actually being theirs and they need to help look after it.

(wishful thinking I know, but hey - Friday!)

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

Paul_Murphy

Re: "netflix4k stealer"

Interesting - combine streams from a variety of sources, taking alternating frames from each source (hmm a BitTorrent/ BOINC cross-over?) and make a copy (sorry, create an idependant work) of the original.

Some effort, but would there be enough information in a single frame to identify the source? if so then would combing each frame from various sources sort that issue out?

I'm sure people much more cleverer than wot I am will find other ways around this - though as mentioned is it really worth the effort? just stick Fawlty Towers or Red Dwarf on.

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NSA's Project Marina stores EVERYONE'S metadata for A YEAR

Paul_Murphy

US Gov shutdown

Hmm I wonder if todays US Gov shutdown (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24302508) will affect the NSA at all?

I assume that the NSA will declare themselves indispensible.

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Paul_Murphy

Spelling

I can't find the 'submit spelling corrections' button but:

'so that analysts can pore over it' the 'pore' should be 'pour' since a pore is in your skin, not under it where the NSA want to be.

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BlackBerry Black Friday: $1bn loss as warehouses bulge with hated Z10s

Paul_Murphy

So does that mean

I'll be able to pick up a Z10 in a fire-sale?

Just the thing to go with a playbook.

It's a shame

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

Paul_Murphy

Well yes... I guess

I convert mine to FLAC first and then MP3 when required, since I don't necessarily want to listen to every CD I own, but on the commute I would like to have a good selection, and MP3 is fine for that.

At home I can 'party mode' my FLACs, or MP3s come to that, or choose to spend 5 mins trying to find that one CD I really want to listen to (or 20 seconds to find it in my collection).

Having just moved at least my CD collection is back into order on my bookshelves - which I prefer to use rather than a CD a rack because it's a lot less hassle to insert a new CD if I should ever buy one.

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From launch to orbit: The new commercial space pioneers

Paul_Murphy

Michael Laine and Liftport

Space Elevator.

I am surprised that Liftport (http://liftport.com/IPS/page/index.html) are not mentioned - Ok they don't have rockets but if they are successful then their legacy is likely to be more far-reaching.

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Russian spyboss brands Tor a crook's paradise, demands a total ban

Paul_Murphy

Won't somebody think of the children!

What sort of world are they going to inherit? one where free speech is seen as 'the enemy'?

Ok, so some people use TOR for bad things, but cars aren't banned because some drivers have accidents, (or even 'deliberates'), it's the people that are 'bad', not the technology.

ttfn

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Brazilians tear strip off NSA in wake of Snowden, mull anti-US-spook law

Paul_Murphy
Coat

Re: hmmmm....

And those cursed muesliamists - eating their muesli with no regard to TLotF security (Amerika - f@~k yeh!) and you know muesli has Brazil nuts in? that's what I'm talking about.

:-)

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Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

Paul_Murphy

Re: Hah something Science can't explain

>It must have been put there by some unknowable and strange force possibly an invisible pink unicorn,

>try and explain this one scientists!

|---------------------------------------| ^

sarcasm-o-tron (tm)

What you see is above is off-the-scale levels of sarcasm I suspect.

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Behold, replica Nazi-code-cracking Colossus computer IN LEGO FORM

Paul_Murphy

Wow

Nice one - love the mug of tea (I presume).

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Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

Paul_Murphy

Re: Why bother

Try FLAC - much higher quality than MP3 and said to be the equivalent of CD. Obviously file size is higher, but a large harddrive is the cure for that.

I use FLAC at home and convert to MP3 for my tablet which I use for commuting.

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

Paul_Murphy

Other ideas

Let anyone onto a forum, but if more than n number of current forum members mark a users post as spam their account is locked and their posts deleted.

Send an SMS message? gets to be expensive but if there is a service where the reciever pays rather than the sender then any spammer will end up broke.

Forums have a voting system for other forum users to score a user - any unworthy poster gets blocked.

err - magic?

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

Paul_Murphy

Re: Haha ha ha

Ha, yes I did mean education - hoist by my own petard :-)

Well caught

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Paul_Murphy

Haha ha ha

I'm probably going to hell for this but...

How can they take themselves seriously?

What does it take for the poor deluded souls to admit that all religion is nothing more than a means for some people to control others?

There should be an inverse relationship between religion and science - and by now the religion side of the scale should be at zero - what went wrong*?

* I'm guessing the word eduction will be in the answer

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

Paul_Murphy

And this from the land of suing? I would imagine that once the dust has settled there should be a lot to claim back for.

Ridiculous - what's next using comic sans is seen as slanderous or the sign of a socio-path?

hmm

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Rise of the machines, south of Milton Keynes

Paul_Murphy

Pi's

Do TNMOC sell Raspberry Pi's? if not then they might consider having a few (and accessories) for sale since once a child has tried their hand at programming it would be a good way to get started.

Aside from that I also recommend visiting the BP site - there is just so much, and if you read the notices and ask questions you'll uncover the story of the 21st century.

And to think that all this could have been lost.

ttfn

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Boffins hide cute kitty behind invisibility shield

Paul_Murphy

Schrödinger's

Phew - looks like the cat is alive.

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