* Posts by Benchops

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

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

Benchops

Re: 3458127

https://xkcd.com/221/

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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?

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

Benchops

Re: Clueless

cat /dev/slurp | grep terraced

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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?

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Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

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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 ?????

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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????

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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)

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Benchops

Re: Knock, knock....

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

DAN DAN DAAAAAAAAAAAN! DAN DAN DAAAAAAAAAAAN!

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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

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Mysterious cosmic dustball fires up Milky Way's black hole

Benchops

Re: Space-time pedantry

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

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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?

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Benchops

Re: I think Asimov

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

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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.

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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.

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Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass

Benchops

But what about the beta gate?

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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 ...

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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

Benchops

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

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

Benchops

Re: She could always have taken the offending banana and throne it in the freezer....

She needs a bird next.

Then a cat...

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

Benchops

It /should/ have been done before

MacGyver on Mars...

actually I remember the Robinson Crusoe on Mars from seeing it at a very young age and I'd watch any space film. I remember it being quite good. But it wasn't anywhere near as good as MacGyver.

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

Benchops

> I found that these emotional entanglements made life very difficult

Clearly that is talking about his own shortcomings, which the article finishes by saying he said.

Although the logical conclusion ought to be to keep Tim Hunt out of the lab, not women.

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MONSTER GALAXY spotted hiding behind IMMENSE BLACK HOLE

Benchops

Re: Just so I understand this right...

far, /far/ away?

DDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

etc

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

Benchops

> Quarterwits

femtowits

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

Benchops

Manic Miner

an JetSet Willy.

They were even written by a Timelord

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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

Benchops

Re: Is this really going to affect many people?

Well I have a Pebble Steel and /would/ swap it for an Apple Watch. But only so I could sell that on eBay and buy pebble steels for the whole family! It is /incredibly/ useful, and I easily get 8 days use out of it between charges.

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Amazon reveals KiddieKindle and pocket money scheme

Benchops

> tested on a 13 (for 3 years now) ... year old

Been reading The Picture of Dorian Gray?

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

Benchops

If you have a neighbour who's a ham-radio enthusiast, AND you really want to annoy him/her, buy some homeplugs.

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Benchops

Re: 802.11 ay?

As farmers are forced to diversify and have cellular towers erected in their fields, I expect it won't be long before the standard signal is based on 802.11eieio.

And on that farm he had some antennae, eieio.

With a DG DG-A-DG DG-A-DG DG-A-DG DG-A-DG here and a...

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

Benchops

> boring grey is a suitable colour then they are parked on concrete.

Why don't they just paint a load of planes on the tarmac? Perfect camo!

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Benchops

Call that an answer??? We expect you to get back up there with your LG G4 and take another snap!

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Benchops

Re: I agree

Soon the camo will be slightly red at the front and slightly blue at the back to compensate for the blue/red-shift when accelerating ;)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

Benchops

Re: The only bit I liked

On a trip to Peru I got a chance to try a small portion of guinea pig (not a whole one -- I got a back leg I think). It was cooked the boiled and fried-to-crisp way and it tasted not unlike duck. I would certainly eat it again. Much to my neighbours' children's worry.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

Benchops

> we need to use the moon as a spaceship.

> With nuclear propulsion on one side and a moon base on the other?

For the benefit of the younger readers, this is clearly madness because the attempts to do this 16 years ago completely missed Mars (see the documentaries on youtube).

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

Benchops

Re: Humans

Clearly what's really happened here is that there is a secret table of 512 different randomly generated 16 character passwords that every member of staff has memorised. The sticker on the monitor simply tells the operative that they should use Password number 1.

Just like when I memorised the colour code sheet for JetSet Willy.

I'm joking, I didn't.

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