* Posts by Chris 244

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

Chris 244

Highway Robbery

Literally already happened. In left-leaning Ontario. In 2009.

http://thenewspaper.com/news/32/3248.asp

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Knackered Euro server turns Panasonic smart TVs into dumb TVs

Chris 244
Headmaster

Re: Time for my new Expression

To get really pedantic, the term "red shift" is NOT interchangeable with "the Doppler Effect" as it INCLUDES shift from the Doppler effect AND other effects such as the shift due to the expansion of the universe (cosmological redshift).

In this specific case I believe "blueshift" or "negative redshift" would be the best term to use. One cannot exclude a contribution to the wavelength shift caused by the gravitational effects of falling into a black hole.

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Easter Islanders didn't commit 'ecocide' after all, says archaeologist

Chris 244
Trollface

Re: Incorrect book, and deeper evidence

My first thought on seeing the headline was "Lewis is back!"

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

Chris 244
Pint

Re: Pizza for delivery

Guzman was busted after his lackeys ordered tacos for delivery. Dos cervesas frias por favor.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/mexico/12108746/Chapo-Guzmans-taco-order-led-police-to-his-door.html.

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Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

Chris 244

Re: I'm told that bald men have tiny hairs too

They don't in fact lose hair, it just migrates...

...to the eyebrows, nose, and ears.

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After eight years, NASA's Dawn probe brings Ceres into closest focus

Chris 244
FAIL

Mole of Xenon

"The atomic weight of xenon is about 131 so 20kg is very roughly 1/6th of a mole."

You might want to double-check that. You're off by an order of magnitude or three.

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Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

Chris 244

"Hated" Vista

As everyone rants and raves about Microsoft trying to force a stealth Windows 10 update and "telemetry" on them, I find myself hating my old Vista notebook less and less.

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Your browser history, IP addresses, online purchases etc all up for grabs without a warrant

Chris 244

Re: Fatalities as per the CDC 2013

Firearm Homicides: 11 208 (all homicides 16 121)

Firearm Suicides: 21 175 (all suicides 41 149)

Firearm Accidental Discharge Deaths: 505

Firearm Discharge Death, Undetermined Intent: 281

All Firearms Deaths: 33 636

Unintentional Falls Deaths: 30 208

Unintentional Poisoning Deaths: 38 851

All Injury Deaths: 192 945

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_02.pdf

So sorry for the sentence spacing but El Reg comments set a paragraph break after every hard return. Anyone know how to do a soft return here?

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

Chris 244

Re: didn't they disable that 'feature'

It's not a bug it's a feature.

http://www.gps.gov/systems/gps/modernization/sa/faq/

Disabled in 2000.

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Micron has three bits between its PC disk-killing flash teeth

Chris 244
Unhappy

Actual reviews are ... not good

The thing is slow slow slow. Significantly slower than what it replaces. Slower even than Micron's very first SATA 6Gb/s drive. As slow as spinning rust under some workloads.

TL;DR Slow

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Court to Wikimedia: Your NSA spying evidence is inadmissable, so you can't prove NSA spying

Chris 244
Black Helicopters

Re: Get a big broom, judge!

Regardless, it is enough sand that, poured directly on top of the judges, they would quickly change their tune with regards to the insignificance of a trillion grains of sand.

Wait, what's that noise I hear overhead? -->

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US military personnel investigated for splashing $96,576 on strippers

Chris 244

I think he is referring to this:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/19/why-was-firefighter-marine-reserve-maj-jason-brezler-betrayed.html

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/at-night-we-can-hear-them-screaming-u-s-soldiers-told-to-ignore-afghan-allies-abuse-of-boys

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

Chris 244
Trollface

What is this HTTPS I keep reading about

"Don't trust your data to a non-HTTPS lookup site"

(Cough)

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

Chris 244

Basic Maths

There have been instances where a Lotto ticket was a good investment. Here in Canada we have a Lotto that costs $5 for 3 plays with a 1 in 28.6 million odds of winning a (sometimes) $50 M jackpot with overflow into a series of up to 50 $1 M prizes.

So, wait for a big pot paid for by others and then buy just over 9.5 M cards at a total cost of $48 M and you can cover ALL possible winning combinations as well as collecting all of the overflow prizes. Even if you have to split the jackpot and several overflow prizes you still come out ahead.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

Chris 244

Re: Out of interest,

Helmut Tischlinger

http://www.port.ac.uk/uopnews/2015/07/23/four-legged-snake-fossil-found/

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

Chris 244
Boffin

Re: proper lab protocol...

He's not blind due to ethanol being an antidote for methanol poisoning. Methanol is not particularly toxic in and of itself, but is converted by alcohol dehydrogenase into formaldehyde (not good) and then aldehyde dehydrogenase converts that into formic acid (really really bad). Flooding the system with ethanol blocks this and gives the kidneys time to excrete the methanol.

Don't try to use methanol ingestion to get a free slug of ethanol at your local hospital, though. There is a specific alcohol dehydrogenase inhibitor available, so ethanol is no longer used as a medical treatment. The other treatment is dialysis, which in an emergency situation entails the placement of a temporary dialysis catheter. They are freaking huge and get shoved into blood vessels in the neck or groin with the aid of things like wires, stiffeners and dilators.

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

Chris 244
Paris Hilton

Re: I wonder

I wonder, would you reconsider your position knowing that the robotic approach lowers your risk of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction after prostatectomy?

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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

Chris 244

Next components

Expect creaks and moans from the suspension esp. when a storm is a comin', difficultly focusing the near-vision cameras, and generalized failure of both solid and liquid waste disposal systems. This will result in a steady stream of reports on said failures intermixed with retransmission of data collected in 2005-2006, and funny stories from a trip long ago when he and his brother left home for the last time.

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

Chris 244
Joke

Re: Tea Bags For All Brews?

So ... Windows 10 is Microsoft's way of teabagging users old and new?

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

Chris 244
Thumb Up

Jellyfish, really?

(quick Google search)

Huh, krill also. Have an upvote. Minor correction though, zooplankton is a trophic group so doesn't need to be microscopic to fall in this group. Jellies are zooplankton.

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You're going to have stop calling people 'cold fish': THIS one is HOT-BLOODED

Chris 244
Boffin

Re: Hot blood vs Cold blood

Nope. Central to aerobic metabolism is the TCA or Kreb's Cycle. The enzymes involved are critical to cell function, such core functions tend to be very highly conserved. There is not much difference between us and fish here, and fish do not have multiple sets of TCA enzymes optimized for different temperature ranges. Swapping enzymes can't change the underlying physics: chemical reactions occur more slowly at lower temperatures. That's why even a small boost to core temp is such an advantage for a predatory fish, as it can then outrun both its competition and prey.

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Hordes spaff cash on Chip titchyputer to rival Pi (maybe)

Chris 244

Re: perfect

His handle is Johnny Canuck, so I suspect he lives a bit to the north

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

Chris 244

Skipe

Easy, just change the name to Skipe. Conveniently someone in Redmond already owns Skipe.com

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Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty of code theft … again

Chris 244
Headmaster

Dual sovereignty

US v. Lanza 260 U.S. 377 (1922):

"[A]n act denounced as a crime by both national and state sovereignties is an offense against the peace and dignity of both, and may be punished by each."

Not saying it's fair...

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It's 2015 and a RICH TEXT FILE or a HTTP request can own your Windows machine

Chris 244

Re: Flash Player - or a Prayer?

I think you are confusing Adobe Acrobat with Adobe Flash Player. One opens PDFs the other opens up a world of hurt.

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FAA approves Amazon US drone flight just months after firm gave up and went to Canada

Chris 244
Thumb Up

Where to launch a rocket in Canada?

Yes, we even have Spaceport Canada you can use! Perfect for putting LOHAN into a polar orbit, in fact. Just mind the polar bears and mosquitoes. Oh, and the black flies that can bite you through your jeans. Oh, and there's a few (hundred) small lakes you may wish to avoid, as well as a modest-sized bay (admittedly attached to a larger but still modest one, not like that gaudy Bay of Bengal). Oh, and it's been shuttered for a decade or two. Oh, and you can't drive there on account of the lack of a road. Oh, and ...

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Australian online voting system may have FREAK bug

Chris 244

Did you miss the part where...

"attackers could target the system from anywhere in the world and with sufficient but not tremendous levels of skill could automate the hacking."

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

Chris 244

Re: Indeterminacy enters, with difficulty

My takeaway from the article:

Point 1. A classical system can behave just like a quantum system. What we think of as "quantum" systems may actually have classical underpinnings.

Point 2. The failure of "quantum computing" may therefore be that the underpinning is in fact a classical system and not "quantum" at all. In this case, adding more qubits does not help any more than adding conventional computing units.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

Chris 244

Re: Drugs *can* be re patented for use in differenct conditions.

Nope. That's called "off-label" use, doesn't mean you can receive another patent. What you CAN do is change something (e.g. the salt used), devise a new drug-delivery system (e.g. slow-release or liposomal) or combine with another drug and patent that, with the new indication (requires FDA rubber stamp of approval). Then you can market the patented reformulation as treating the new indication, whereas the generic cannot be marketed as such.

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Chris 244

Re: just curious

http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v86/n2/full/6600048a.html

The dose and duration is listed in the Methods section.

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HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp suit

Chris 244
Coat

Re: Spot the difference?

Nah, very clearly it's white on gold.

No wait...

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Hellooo, NSA? The US State Department can't kick hackers out of its networks – report

Chris 244
Black Helicopters

Re: NSA duties

Wrong. The NSA has not only a Signals Intelligence mission but also an Information Assurance mission. This most definitely operates within the borders of the United States.

http://m.nsa.gov/ia/index.shtml

Interestingly, this part of their mission includes, by Executive Order 12333 (amended by EO 13470) "to maintain or strengthen privacy and civil liberties protections".

http://m.nsa.gov/about/mission/index.shtml

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

Chris 244
Flame

Re: Quoting Heinlein in this day and age

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.

Robert A. Heinlein

Clearly no longer relevant.

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

Chris 244

GCHQ rep Tom Cheshire

Seriously, their rep is named "Tom Cheshire"? Methinks someone in GCHQ is a Lewis Caroll fan.

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Nice SECURITY, 'Lizard Squad'. Your DDoS-for-hire service LEAKS

Chris 244

Re: Backfiring

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-unlikely-to-face-charges-after-allegedly-shooting-police-chief/

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Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

Chris 244

Absolute Monarchy vs Dictatorship

The government of Saudi Arabia is classified as an Absolute Monarchy, where the monarch has an absolute monopoly on power. A Dictatorship on the other hand is a form of government where political authority is monopolized by a single person. See the difference?

According to The Economist, Saudi Arabia is as democratic a country as Myanmar (Military Dictatorship), and LESS democratic than Iran and Syria. Criticism or even perceived criticism of the government results in imprisonment and torture. As in, if I was in Saudi Arabia right now I could expect to disappear into a deep dark hole only seeing the light of day for my weekly public floggings just for hitting the "Submit" button after I finish typing this sentence.

You are not "spectacularly refined", sir. You are an ass.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

Chris 244
FAIL

Quit your moaning

STFU, RTFA then fix one yourself you lazy whining putz.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

Chris 244

Re: How Widespread?

Had to dump Chrome from my old Sammie netbook (Win7 32 bit 2GB) recently as it started to crash frequently. Previously had been stable. Thought it was just my system.

No issues with FF.

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AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG

Chris 244

Droid®Script

Hope he got permission from Lucasfilm first.

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Google AXES AndroidScript app used by 20,000 STEM coders WITHOUT WARNING

Chris 244

Android named apps

Quick trip to play store and then a search for "android" in the apps section shows about one in five of the first 100 apps returned violate the "for Android" rule. Including the very first result returned, "My Android" by InnovationM. AVG is also one of the offenders.

So then the question becomes why Androidscript why now.

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

Chris 244
Coat

Re: Statistical Observation

Eadon. His name was Eadon.

How soon we forget the fallen.

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

Chris 244

Re: Really?

Have a look at his platform: privacy rights, gun control, marriage equality, women's rights, health insurance coverage for mental health issues, environmental protection.

And Connecticut voters put this guy in office. Perhaps there is hope yet...

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Yawn, Wikileaks, we already knew about FinFisher. But these software binaries...

Chris 244

Re: ACTA @Matt Bryant

Matt, you might want to have a look at that Wikipedia link you posted re:ACTA. "Effective: Not in force", as per your source.

To be in force ACTA needs to be ratified by at least six signatories. So far only Japan has ratified.

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

Chris 244

Re: Should have used Budweiser

I could be wrong but "Budweiser" in Europe should be real beer from Czech (Budweiser Budvar), not so much in North America. The "beer" here under that name ("Bud" over there) is brewed from barley and rice. Rice.

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Crack team weighs LOHAN's substantial box

Chris 244

Re: Not crap

All of the ash trees on my street are dying due to the introduction of the Emerald Ash Borer from Asia, likely via wood pallets. Many of the ash trees were planted to replace elm trees, which were wiped out here by Dutch Elm disease introduced from, well, you figure it out. Ironically, if you (Lester) look out your window you won't see any Elm trees either. Elms in Britain were largely wiped out when a now more virulent strain of the fungus was reimported to Britain from North America in a shipment of infected elm wood.

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Chris 244
Coat

Re: Playmonaut

Not a problem. Easy to get a Lego replacement Stateside.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

Chris 244

Re: Vista user

I have a laptop with Vista. Why still Vista? It works, and having seen what Windows 8 is like, why pay for a downgrade?

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

Chris 244
Coat

Re: Problem

Problem? What do you mean, problem? That's how most companies are organized. R&D/manufacturing in one facility and sales/customer service/management in another.

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

Chris 244

Re: Downvote explained ...

I too have just added a downvote. Not because i disagree entirely with your original post, just want to help you smash your previous personal record. No "thank you" required.

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