* Posts by Robert Carnegie

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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Opera Mail

I think you can get a self-contained copy of Opera's e-mail system, and keep using that. Maybe.

It's "innovative" too.

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Haven't tried it.

Does the selected tab promote itself to position 1 in the stack, or, do the tabs move themselves around when I'm not looking?

I think in either case I prefer things to stay put and not slide around on me.

Example - WordPad "Recent Documents" - I can live with having to inspect the list of previous files to load, numbered 1 to 9, to find the one that I want. But only just.

I browse with Opera (Blink version) on 4 GB RAM with about 6 tabs left open always, and I seem to have a memory leak. Or a virus or something.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Re: Costs to government??

I think it was Mr Angry who employed assistants to spill out coins from their paper rolls into his wheelbarrows, not the government, but I may be misinterpreting.

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Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

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Re: How is a keylogger illegal?

It's legal to install a key logger on a computer you own - with probably some qualifications. This software gets installed on someone else's computer and is built for that - hiding from virus scans is a clue to that.

As for making him work for the government, um, allegedly that's how justice happens in Russia.

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Clone wars: Wrestler sues Microsoft over Gears of War character

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Re: Excuse me while I try to understand this.

Audition material is one thing, actually having your likeness used in the product.

Mind you, for me the graphic could be meant to be Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane with a very deep tan.

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Embrace the world of pr0nified IT with wide open, er, arms

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Re: The pontification of Lara Croft with swishy hair and swaying breasts...

Isn't Lara Croft usually standing facing away from us? So, her hair, I would see that.

I haven't played that game.

"Gamification" can work, but it has to be more than calling what you're already doing a game.

A cyber exercise bike that plays "Luke Skywalker Spaceship Fights" would qualify as the thing to peddle.

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

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Go stick your head in a pig

SIRIUS CYBERNETICS CORPORATION PRODUCTS

It is very easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of them by the sense of achievement you get from getting them to work at all

In other words - and this is the rock solid principle on which the whole of the Corporation's Galaxy-wide success is founded - their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws.

SHARE AND ENJOY

The company motto of the hugely successful Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Complaints division, which now covers the major land masses of three medium sized planets and is the only part of the Corporation to have shown a consistent profit in recent years.

The motto stands - or rather stood - in three mile high illuminated letters near the Complaints Department spaceport on Eadrax. Unfortunately its weight was such that shortly after it was erected, the ground beneath the letters caved in and they dropped for nearly half their length through the offices of many talented young complaints executives - now deceased.

The protruding upper halves of the letters now appear, in the local language, to read "Go stick your head in a pig", and are no longer illuminated, except at times of special celebration.

http://www.sput.nl/~rob/sirius.html nicked from the late Douglas Adams.

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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Re: ahh, floppy disks

British electricity sockets aren't watertight (normally).

Admittedly neither are "blanking plugs", but, they help.

Sockets set in the floor - usually covered I admit - may not stand up to a stiletto-heel shoe, either.

My situation: washing machine space under the kitchen worktop, with a socket in just the plate to get thoroughly sprayed if something goes wrong with the water side of things.

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Re: ahh, floppy disks

"electricity leaking, blanking plug"

Switching off a power supply socket before removing the plug using it is basic safety - if a switch is provided: it used to be optional. If it's live then a slipping finger may get you a serious electric shock.

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Let's go ARM wrestling with an SEO link spammer

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Re: Wow.

No judgment on Google, but the SEO who may have Googled himself onto the Reg's page did also have the "muscle" of the ARM processor, as mentioned, to attract him.

Anyway, isn't there still plenty of room on Reg's pages for proper paid-for advertising?

I say Reg tried the shake-down on Patrick and he didn't go for it.

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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"First smartphone"

For fun, I put "first smartphone" into Google. It wasn't Apple's. I think a BBC editor may have temporarily said that it was.

As for Apple inventing the first multitouch smartphone, though -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38552241 claims, with some credibility, that Apple's engineers wanted to put a keyboard on their phone. The Blackberry phone had a keyboard. But Steve Jobs wanted a phone that you could work with your finger (without a keyboard).

One finger.

If you're only using one finger, you're not actually using multi touch?

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Slightly improved voice control, for the accessibility community?

And an automated Windows re-install with loss of apps... I have an urge to call a national television phone-in show, and enunciate, "Cortana, refresh Windows". And all over the country, whoosh.

Speech recognition came with Microsoft Word 2003 and with every Windows from Vista on (and XP Tablet Edition), so how the heck is it a "work in progress"?

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Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

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"I've seen it all"

It must have taken you quite a while.

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Re: Only that

I think "The Street of Negotiable Affection" appears in Sir Terry Pratchett's [The Colour of Magic] which was published in 1983 - the red light district of the fantasytown of the moment. The story's tourist takes a lot of fairly innocent pictures there but his portrait-box consequently runs out of flesh-tone paint.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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Re: About GMail user names

Or maybe e-mail to call.me.conrad@gmail.com who let's say doesn't exist is delivered to callmeconrad@gmail.com instead - or vice versa. But if both addresses exist then they only get their own e-mails. Or not. Or, that used to happen, but it has security disadvantages - as discussed.

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Re: Push back and automate

Logon with name is nice. So is a system that remembers user name. I think it isn't a big risk - although it's another matter for e-mail addresses and spear phishing, you probably want a random number on those - otherwise it's the passwords that need to be secret. And short names are good.

Tip that I read somewhere: spam tools typically will just not send to an address that contains the term "spam", such as "robert.hates.spam" or "rc.nospam.thankyou", so if that is your actual address then you won't be bothered. It was said that they also avoid the ".mil" domain - you can see that point of view but it's quite a drastic remedy.

So anyway: are those accounts based on forenames? Maybe I have a blind spot for this, I can't think of names beginning with Boo, except for Boo Radley. And Booker T. Washington. Who is quite famous.

I am also stuck for the other names. I promise I am not trying to social engineer your hospital.

I suppose that the NHS has a lot of Gastarbeiter with names that are unfamiliar in common English, but would those workers get the joke?

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Well known phrase?

I don't think that "winter is coming" is a "well known phrase". It is a trite observation. Winter is always coming, or it's here, or it's going. But it's not a famous proverb and I don't think it's a quotation and I don't think it's said unless someone sees you planting primroses in November. Which is what you're supposed to do for all that I know.

Nike trademarked "Just Do It", which is trite plus, but people are still allowed to say it.

I'm not a lawyer, but trademarks exist only in a context. So, your trademark can be a cock (Le Coq Sportif) while someone else's is (Kellogg corn flakes). The duplication doesn't lead to confusion.

In this young artist's case, I will suggest "When I am a cold woman I shall wear purple".

I am not sure about the hair but this comes to mind from the late Gerry & Sylvia Anderson.

http://www.thelivingmoon.com/49ufo_files/03files2/Sci_Fi_Girls_UFO.html

"never explained, never alluded to"

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I was a robot and this is what I learned

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Does this come in a drone version?

Wheeeeee

(Has XKCD or Dilbert already done this? Dilbert recently built himself an electronic drone soul. I think it lasted about three days.)

In either case, I think a water pistol on the device would be sufficient offensive capability. Or more offensive if it isn't actually water. Practise on the cat.

Augmented reality goggles for flesh people and other drones so that they can see telepresent people as real. Like Pokémon Go with techies.

As for being groped... I think Stephen Fry said on his "QI" show that he could put off school bullies who liked to wrestle by saying, "Stop! I'm getting an erection!"

A bit difficult to live up to that when you're driving a cybernaut, but it could have a suitable telescoping attachment. One that buzzes loudly, I think. While you moan passionately.

Or you could just switch on your electric razor next to the microphone.

Even if they don't believe it, they're going to be the one who's embarrassed.

Or, if the person isn't unattractive, you might even exchange phone numbers.

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The Naked Product Launch: 30 seconds to sell a robot

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Re: wtf

Well, it's labelled "Radbot". By all means skip that.

Register readers' heating problem is to dispose of the thermal excess from the servers in the basement, so none of us use radiator heaters. Well, I do, but I have little interest in ever turning them off.

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Going shopping for a BSOD? We've found 'em in store at M&S

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During the Windows Update installation process, your computer is not "working". It is twiddling its thumbs. So are you. "Work" ideally resumes once the update is updated and the computer is rebooted. Until the next time.

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KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

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Re: Jesus Saves!

I wondered if I was going to see an update to USB of Angus Deayton's (was it he?) crucifix necklace when playing an Anglican priest on the "terrible TV station" show "KYTV" quite a few years ago. The long leg of the crucifix unclipped - it was a handy pen.

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Re: @Homer ... Missing item in the series?

Shurely you only need access to the keyboard. And maybe the power off and on.

So this could crack a kiosk, a computer in a library, maybe an ATM...

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Dell EMC cranks Xeon servers into ludicrous mode with Tesla GPUs

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Lobachevsky? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobachevsky_%28song%29

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

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Lenovo intros monster disk box

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Does it come with USB port for my laptop? :-)

Ideally USB 3 ...

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Post-outage King's College London orders staff to never make their own backups

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Let them use 7-Zip

And an academically obscure password. Maybe written on Post-It note by a doctor. An unbreakable code.

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DirecTV Now to give Apple TV free for those who take 3-month deal

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Re: was this written by a human?

It does help if you know or can guess what a roku" or a "vod" is. But I made it through. But I didn't get excited about this news.

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Fire alarm sparked data centre meltdown emergency

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Re: Strange Coincidence

I think in UK old people's houses have the sort of "fuse box" that sometimes plays a part in black-and-white movies and they haven't replaced it. Modern installations do have "circuit breaker" safety. Well, mine does and it's about 20 years old - should I - ?

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Since the same thing didn't happen next week (unless that is the story to tell next week), it may be a reasonable guess that what went wrong is the relay itself - an electric-motor-operated electric switch, in which, if the wrong two parts touch, you could well have melty materials situation and trouble to come afterwards.

When an olden-times light bulb ceases to operate, you replace the light bulb and then test if the light comes on. From experience, if such a light is protected by a disposable 3 amps fuse at the wall socket then it often happens that the fuse also must be replaced, and that's what you test if the new light bulb doesn't light. You may also amuse yourself by studying the bulb carefully to see if the wire inside is broken, which it may be.

It could be in my example that you're getting higher-voltage surges in your supply that cause popping of fuse and bulb, but I think you'd notice other lights flashing, your TV set exploding, etc.

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What strange madness is this? Microsoft makes patch data RESTful

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Interesting schedule.

I think there's too much of this already today, but these dates seem to align - coincidentally perhaps - with what someone tried to tell me was the "hundred days" between Donald Trump winning the election and actually becoming president. Since it was my boss I didn't insist that this was a mistake (it's around seventy days), but I did check whether Mr Trump is talking about this "hundred days". It appears not. I don't think anyone could correct him either.

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Hackers cook god-mode remote exploits against Edge, VMware in world-first

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"Hacking expected to succeed"

Actually, real security experts do tell you to expect that a hacker will get into your network if they try hard enough, and so, to design your network so that having one or more machines in it controlled by bad guys doesn't mean that all is lost.

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Build your own IMSI slurping, phone-stalking Stingray-lite box – using bog-standard Wi-Fi

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How dangerous -

If the result of location sniffing is "I'm on a train"?

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Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

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Why Safari?

because it's like Microsoft Internet Explorer, but obviously the name "Explorer" is taken. And I haven't counted all the problems with "Missionary".

And why a compass - because an explorer needs one.

Ah.

Obviously then the name was "Apple Internet Explorer" until quite late. (Maybe.)

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Get that trash out of your cache

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Maybe it's a honeypot page, to catch out site hackers who post "comments" that are spam advertisements, and are liable to hit even a page of incomprehensible gibberish. Or maybe I'm getting too old.

That I remember this cartoon,

http://dilbert.com/strip/1993-03-08

which is over 20 years old, may be proof.

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Uncle Sam emits DNS email security guide – now speak your brains

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President Clinton

hey said "we're betting" that will be the case, but they also may have meant the other President Clinton. Or Prime Minister George Clinton. Or Vice-President George Clinton. But some of these answers are unlikely.

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Ghost of DEC Alpha is why Windows is rubbish at file compression

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Re: What's cheap

Spinning rust is cheap, network bandwidth may not be, SSD certainly isn't cheap.

One recent Windows clever idea is to supply the entire operating system pre-compressed. Much space saved.

Your monthly patches, however, aren't compressed. So the disk fills up with operating system files anyway.

Maybe they will get around that by reinstalling the entire operating system from time to time, but calling it an update. Or maybe they already have.

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If any idiot can do it, we're heading in the right direction

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Re: Pornhub for cloud storage

Well, everyone can have access to the data, but they will deny having ever viewed it...

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Want to spy on the boss? Try this phone-mast-in-an-HP printer

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Re: Whats The Deal?

"Capturing print jobs"

Sure, fit a camera.

Boss may wonder why the printer lights up inside and makes a "click whirr" camera noise though.

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HTML 5.1 signed off

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HTML 5 Anniversary Edition, and if you haven't been nagged into upgrading from HTML 2 through 4 then it is now too late to do so.

Also it includes Adobe Flash for your compatibility needs.

Oh, what am I saying! That was Windows 5 To You Doubled.

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England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

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VLC

I've been putting off updating VLC as a previous update made it not get along with some of my video recordings. But I don't use it to download videos.

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Royal Horticultural Society's PC is rooted for all to see

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"The Little Lost Child", or the presentation of the presentation.

I recently read about: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Lost_Child

"The promoting innovation that made "The Little Lost Child" significant to cultural history was an idea in the mind of George H. Thomas. [...] Thomas's idea was to combine a series of images (using a stereopticon) to show a narrative while it was being sung. He approached Stern and Marks about illustrating "The Little Lost Child." Lyrics appeared toward the bottom of the images. The first performance went poorly due to upside-down images of inappropriate size and placement, but these technical difficulties were soon corrected." Although it may have not seemed soon if you were in the audience.

But in the end they sold a lot of sheet music.

Apparently "stereopticon" doesn't mean 3-D in this case but a projector that can hold two picture slides and gracefully fade from one to the other. This was not new technology at the time of "The Little Lost Child".

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Count me in "People who did pay the licence fee but the software arbitrarily says that they didn't".

I had a Norton security suite on my PC. Unknown to me, apparently they discontinued the product I had. The result was that my PC nagged me to buy a new key although my paid-for year hadn't run out.

At least that is what I think happened, although of course it looks a lot like a virus.

It was called something like Norton Internet Security or Norton Secure Internet or Norton-ette Insecure, and so was the suite that they released to replace it, which made it pretty difficult to tell what was happening.

While uninstalling, their tool invited me to visit their web site to explain why, and while doing so, the site crashed my web browser, so, guys, if you were still wondering, you know now.

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UK will retaliate against state-sponsored cyber attacks, Chancellor warns

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Who do you want to get the retaliation?

In WarGames you "retaliate" against whichever target you prefer to attack, it doesn't have to be the enemy that actually hit you. Example: invading Iraq as retaliation for 9/11 when Iraq and the terrorists were each other's enemies. I expect this to be the same.

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Could Heather from EastEnders turn on Kettering if Lohan is no-show?

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Daily Mail

It is the apparent source of reviving an old claim that Bill Clinton had an illegitimate son with a black lady - besides, also apparently, the young man in question not giving up, in spite of an alleged (possibly false) failed paternity test using published data about Bill Clinton's DNA that Bill, er, left on Monica Lewinsky's clothes.

From there to Drudge - I'm told - and WND (gasp!) as well.

My impression is that no one cared between the original fuss and October 2016, but it isn't something that I looked for.

I wonder how proficient he is at sax.

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KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

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"Sponsored: How do you pick the right cloud for the right job?"

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NASA's asteroid orbit calculator spots a hot rock zipping past

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I consulted a reference book (of a sort).

Advice: "run away… terribly fast."

That isn't advice specifically for a space rock impact, and of course it depends on it being possible to define "away" in the context of the incident. For a planet-buster rock there may be no "away", or, maybe just deep mines etc. to shelter in, like in some of the movies. But for a smaller rock, a continent cleanser or an urban redeveloper, mass effort may be worthwhile. Or at least to get a better view when it hits.

(In memoriam Adams, and Pratchett)

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Password1? You're so random. By which we mean not random at all - UK.gov

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Edward Nygma

I'm not expert on this but would it be necessarily "fatal" to a code if a fiendish algorithm swapped each letter for any letter in the same half of the alphabet, A-M or N-Z, including the same letter, and then performed ROT13 on the output?

Now - Nazis were not without boneheaded giving and obeying of orders, so, "Make sure the output letter is always different from the input" sounds like a stupid management instruction that has to be obeyed, which is familiar to many.

My site password formulas include not repeating any letter because some services or web sites do forbid that, but it makes the password so much less random if e.g. you know that a 26 character password must use each letter only once.

For a password to give away for encrypted data, I generate several sets of 5 uppercase letters, used with space after each 5. This is intended to be passed in writing or spoken, instead of being e-mailed.

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Marketing... or how I lost my soul to Lagos

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Re: Is it non-coincidental?

Thank you - "exaggerated version of real life events" seems to explain the vibe I was getting.

One "IT Crowd" joke is about the words "Made In Britain". Brief explanation: this is bad news (in the show).

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Re: Yes, it IS a game of chicken.

I favour the "Mark 3 Travel Machine". Look it up. Clue - "Exterminate". And they run on electricity so zero road tax rated.

I was going to mention what the War Machines in "The War Machines" were originally called (no relation, despite appearance), but it seems that they were only ever called "The War Machines". Apparently this time they weren't going to be coy. Wikipedia says that the basic story premise in 1966 was "what would happen if the recently built Post Office Tower somehow took over". The answer seems to be a modest army of terrifying giant mailboxes on tank tracks.

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Re: Animal Crossing

Where there is special road crossing provision made for animals on wider roads - badger tunnel, bat overpass, frog fairway - I wonder how the animals are supposed to know which way they are meant to go. And also whether teenage badgers hang around the underpass and mug old lady badgers. On the first point, apparently research has been carried out, with mixed results - bats seem to ignore structures intended to guide them across the road. But I don't immediately see why they have a problem anyway. Maybe they prefer to fly along the road and not on the right side, consequently, bat-aclysm.

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Re: Hoodies playing chicken...?

I think a button may be required in the Google car to make it treat pedestrians as hostile and get you the heck out of there.

There is some safety though in the fact that the car has cameras all over to identify the enemy - as long as the Google Street View face blurrer isn't applied. Also, I expect it to be able to recognise hostile behaviour in many cases, such as "zombie apocalypse".

And there's that road near Calais where would-be illegal British immigrants do much the same thing and some of them got run over.

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