* Posts by Benchops

369 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009

Page:

Microsoft paid me $650 to scrub Windows 10 from my grandpa's PC, says man

Benchops

Re: Error, error. Does not compute...

"Hi! Is that Microsoft Support?"

"Yes, good day to you. How might I be of assistance?"

"Yeah, I think I've got a fault in my AE-35 unit. What could go wrong?"

1
0

Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

Benchops

From the article:

"But there is still no central database for the number of exorcisms performed."

What are they suggesting, a vatican postgres running in daemon mode?

10
0

OpenSSL swats a dozen bugs, one notable nasty

Benchops

CVE-2016-6304 ?

It's not snappy and there's no logo. No-one's going to want to exploit that.

7
0

Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

Benchops

Re: Curious

The response should be: if, as you say, this is so incredibly rare, you will not worry one second about paying to fumigate each and every time it happens.

9
0

Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on

Benchops

Re: I was introduce to ST in the US on NTSC tellies

I believe it stands for Never Twice the Same Color [sic]

0
0

Life imitates satire: Facebook touts zlib killer just like Silicon Valley's Pied Piper

Benchops

What they really need, is a box

0
0

Blink and you missed it: Asteroid came within 90,000 km, only one sky-watcher saw it

Benchops

Optional

We never get news stories (or facebook posts) about the near-miss asteroids that no-one notices.

0
1
Benchops

Re: Facebook announcement?

It /is/ peer reviewed. If their peers are other facebook users and the reviews are "Likes".

1
0

$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP

Benchops

Re: EBay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHZ8ek-6ccc

1
0

Honor 8: Huawei targets millennials with high-spec cheapie. 3 words – Food pic mode

Benchops

Re: already 2 checks ahead of the competition ...

*practice*

0
0

Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

Benchops

Where's the option

"Yes, because I do actually need assistive technology?"

2
0

Flight sim records show MH370 captain practiced 'flight' near search area

Benchops

I'm fairly sure that

the records show that he *practised*

2
2

Star Trek to go boldly back onto telly, then beam down in streams

Benchops

Re: Reboots?

Start Wreck: Nemesis seemed to ignore specific things that had happened in ST:TNG. But perhaps the odd numbered films and it don't count?

0
0
Benchops

Re: Reboots?

This has all happened before and will all happen again.

Actually, it can't possibly be in the same universe as the original. Richard Hatch.

0
0
Benchops

Re: "Enterprise I'd rather forget."

There was the end of series^H^H^H^H^H^Hseason finale where they'd saved the Earth from the Xindi, but to have a cliff hanger into the next series they suddenly went back in time (can't remember why) to when aliens were posing as Nazis (I don't /think/ I'm making this up, or am I getting confused with Galactica 80s?). Anyway, there was a definite "going back in time" CGI effect after which I fully expected Captain Archer to say "Oh boy!" (he didn't).

0
0

Lester Haines: RIP

Benchops

A loss to the world, and especially to his family. Heartfelt condolences to them. El Reg, I'm sure at some point you could gather up all these comments to pass on to the family. They mostly read the same and individually they probably aren't much help, but the number of them might offer some comfort that Lester was considered a friend in the pub by so many of your readers.

6
0

Now you can tailor Swift – on Ubuntu

Benchops
FAIL

Where's debs?

They release /specifically/ (and only?) for Ubuntu LTS 14.04 and current 15.10. AS TARBALLS?

0
0

Who'd be mad enough to start a 'large-scale fire' in a spaceship?

Benchops

> Just open the pod bay doors

I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave.

10
0

One-third of all HTTPS websites open to DROWN attack

Benchops

Where's the logo

It may have a name, but I won't believe it's a genuine threat until it gets a logo

4
0

So what's the internet community doing about the NSA cracking VPN, HTTPS encryption?

Benchops
Joke

Re: Questions

But surely everyone uses the 5*10^307-th prime?

I mean, no-one would use the first prime (2) as that's too obvious. Similarly the largest prime less than 2^2048 would be too obvious. So then the next primes you would obviously not use are the 2nd prime (3) and the 2nd to last prime below 2^2048. etc. Everyone decides to use the middle prime.

0
0

Randomness is a lottery, so why not use a lottery for randomness?

Benchops

Re: 3458127

https://xkcd.com/221/

9
0

Patch ASAP: Tons of Linux apps can be hijacked by evil DNS servers, man-in-the-middle miscreants

Benchops

Re: I'll bet...

I agree with the sentiment of the post, but can't help wondering:

"The need to define issues in black and white terms is surely the sign of a simple mind."

... is that meant to be ironic?

1
0

For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

Benchops

Re: Clueless

cat /dev/slurp | grep terraced

9
1

Google extends search tendrils to cover data in apps

Benchops

Developer content only?

or will Google be slurping all your user added content too? Not necessarily to put out in a google search, but so you can't hide from them by not using gmail or google maps etc?

0
0

Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

Benchops
Trollface

Re: re: Are you listening Window's users?

Ah yes, undoubtedly the ransomware followed the spirit of linux and made the source available. In fact all the researchers had to do was

sudo apt-get source linux-encoder-1-ransomware

to find out what it was doing ?????

21
2

Big Bang left us with a perfect random number generator

Benchops

Re: but but

And will we find out who it's from and to whom it's going before they discover there's something causing interference in the middle, and take steps to eradicate the interference?

1
0

Flying drug mule crashes in Manchester prison

Benchops

Drone sniper

on the big red brick ventilation tower. Failing that at the top of the Boddingtons chimney next door.

3
0

Big mistake, Google. Big mistake: Chrome OS to be 'folded into Android'

Benchops

Re: One less ...

That's a red herring. Reducing by one doesn't change the that you're comparing a lower countable number of items (in this case, "Chromes", or presumably versions of Chrome). If there were 3 fewer Chromes instead of one fewer Chrome, you would quite definitely say "fewer" rather than "less" (even by your logic). It's just that it's misused even more when the quantity is reduced by just one (to you and lots of other people, although I'm hoping there might be one fewer people to convert ;) ).

On your side, however, you have the very erudite Alexander Armstrong continuing to say "can you score less points than ..." where the points are integers from 0 to 100 -- clearly countable. I've often wondered where the practical physical boundary between discrete and continuous occurs.

0
0
Benchops

Re: One less ...

Of course the OED Usage statement (which should magically appear on the CLI whenever someone uses it incorrectly) is imprecise: Why "people or countable things"? Wouldn't just "countable things" suffice? And "things which cannot be counted ( less money)" clearly contradicts the well known fact that the King was in his counting house, counting out his money. Actually, we are never told if the King succeeds.

1
0
Benchops

Re: One less ...

I think /you're/ wrong (not "your wrong" -- that should be "your bad").

As you say, to quote the Oxford English Dictionary: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/few

scroll down to "Usage

Fewer versus less: strictly speaking, the rule is that fewer, the comparative form of few, is used with words denoting people or countable things ( fewer members; fewer books). Less, on the other hand, is used with mass nouns, denoting things which cannot be counted ( less money; less bother). It is regarded as incorrect in standard English to use less with count nouns, as in less people or less words, although this is one of the most widespread errors made by native speakers. It is not so obvious which word should be used with than. Less is normally used with numerals ( a score of less than 100) and with expressions of measurement or time ( less than two weeks; less than four miles away), but fewer is used if the things denoted by the number are seen as individual items or units ( there were fewer than ten contestants)."

Note the "strictly speaking" and "one of the most widespread errors made by native speakers".

5
0

We're getting kick-ass at seeing through walls using just Wi-Fi – MIT

Benchops

My question

Will wearing a tin foil hat make it harder or easier for them to detect you????

0
0

NASA deep space scope serves up EPIC Earth snapshots

Benchops

Reflection of the sun

Is the slightly bright spot in the middle of the earth a reflection of the sun on the oceans? (yes yes I know all the light in the picture has come from the sun, but the yellowy bright spot in the middle)

0
0
Benchops

Re: Knock, knock....

I know you've used the original text, but I can't help thinking...

DAN DAN DAAAAAAAAAAAN! DAN DAN DAAAAAAAAAAAN!

1
0

So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

Benchops

I'm fairly sure a steam engine requires water to power the engine. It's in the name.

0
0

Microsoft, the VW family sedan of IT, wants to be tech's new Rolls-Royce

Benchops

Re: @Ivan 4

3000 x 2000?

What the heck ratio is that??? Oh wait, it'll be 3:2

That's actually very appealing to someone who works on their laptop as opposed to watches 1 and a half films before the battery runs out.

2
0

Forget Ben Affleck – US, Euro boffins to SMASH spaceship into asteroid

Benchops

Yet more practical astrology adjustment! What are they trying to do to us? (by "us" I mean capricorns)

0
0

NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS

Benchops

Re: It'll be a rock

Anaqueta (sp?), or an actual buried stargate

0
0

Mysterious cosmic dustball fires up Milky Way's black hole

Benchops

Re: Space-time pedantry

Well, I'd say no. However, my wife says...

2
0

Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

Benchops

Re: Knowing my bloody luck...

SPOILER (as if it hasn't been out for a while, or given away in the article)! From what I remember of the story, the monks had narrowed down the possibilities of the one true name to 9 billion (using a phonetic alphabet of their own devising) and had the software engineer write them something to go through all the possibilities one by one. Using a computer was much faster than their manual method and by the time he was leaving the monastery, it had found the right one and the stars had started to go out...

Very reminiscent of the "controversial" proof of the four-colour theorem in the ... 1970s?

0
0
Benchops

Re: I think Asimov

Replace "Multivac" with "OK Google!" or "Siri!"... scary.

0
0

Take THAT, Tesla: Another Oz energy utility will ship home batteries

Benchops
Joke

Re: What ?

What's needed is a series of cross-planetary cables (maybe pooling effort in the capacitor in the centre of the earth?) so high usage at night can be powered by solar panels situated on the other side of the planet (where it's daylight).

Either that or geosynchronous orbital mirrors.

1
0

Cause of Parliamentary downtime on Microsoft Office 364½ revealed

Benchops
Black Helicopters

> the US has two separate opportunities to get a copy of every incoming and outgoing email

Don't you grieve --

they're on our side, I believe.

0
0

Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass

Benchops

But what about the beta gate?

0
0

YOW! Pluto STUNS boffins with HAZY, SHRINKY atmosphere

Benchops

I always thought geology was specifically to do with the earth (because of the "geo" bit). As in geocentric, apogee, perigee ...

2
0

New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

Benchops

"Consider the distances involved. NASA threw a probe over three billion miles through the Solar System, using the gravity from our largest planet to get it up to speed, and has now slung it past Pluto so close that it's less than an Earth-width distance away. Its relatively puny thrusters have given fine tuning abilities, but the mechanics of such a feat are immensely complex."

Yeah yeah, we get it. It /is/ rocket science.

Also... "Pluto could harbor extraterrestrial surprises". Whereas a terrestrial surprise, well.. that really /would/ be a surprise!

0
0

From doodles to designs – sketch it out with a stylish stylus

Benchops

> This is convenient as long as you have a horizontal USB port handy, such as those on a MacBook.

Not the new ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHZ8ek-6ccc

0
0

Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

Benchops

Re: Two self driving cars...

This happened first decades ago...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCY1pmBxg90&t=4m23s

2
0

Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

Benchops

This is another great chance

for practical reverse-astrology to change our future.

1
0

Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

Benchops

Hmm, my watch seems to be running about 20 years slow.

1
0

Page:

Forums