* Posts by Mystic Megabyte

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Google watchers react furiously to ad flinger’s competition case defence

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FAIL

I tried that

It is crap

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Rosetta probe spots Comet 67P being buzzed by boulder

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Alien

Re: Escape pod

Or pod pod. (as in the Invasion of the body snatchers)

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Malware menaces poison ads as Google, Yahoo! look away

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No whitelist here!

Not only the ads but also the "one weird trick" or "Sponsored Stories" links. Obviously they are bogus click bait and I can only assume that bad things will happen if I click through.

My ad blocker is on permanently for all sites, the advertising industry cannot be trusted.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Yea but

What we want to know is what happens when you poke a black hole with a stick.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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95 was crap

Spend an hour or so creating a fancy letterhead with some (forgotten) DTP software and press "Print".

The laser printer data light starts to flash and you realise that you hadn't saved the file. An hour later the printer is still flashing, nothing has been printed and Windows 95 has crashed, losing all your work.

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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Gmail has a calendar?

I'll put that in my diary.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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can I haz drive pleez?

.....so anyway, I'm up in a tree and I look down and see this rat creeping up on an elephant. Apparently he had some fantasy about getting off with one. So this cow is drinking at the water hole and kinda dozy in the midday sun when this rat shimmies up her leg and starts humping her. I'm kinda thinking wtf! so I chuck a coconut at her to warn her. She lets out a yell and you'll never guess what that randy rat says. "Am I hurting you darling?"

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

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Done before?

Didn't Coca-Cola try changing the winning formula?

Over on the BBC they report, "Minecraft creator Markus Persson, aka Notch, tweeted to his 2.4m followers that he has cancelled his account."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34016658

I bet that heads will roll.

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PINs easily pinched with iPhone-attached thermal imaging kit

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Re: Surely the solution is ...

>... IR illumination of keypad? Maybe slightly warming the whole pad would do it?

But then squirrels would nest there :(

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Re: @ Mystic Megabyte

Thanks for the links

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Re: Too late big Parma, the horse has bolted.

As a smoker who is try to quit could you point me to some sites that sell a decent product. Thanks

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@Mike2R

You just reminded me, last year I was eating in a restaurant when a woman arrived. The smell of the copious amount of perfume that she wore completely ruined my meal. It totally overwhelmed the smell of my food. Bah!

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As a way of remembering a great film and a great actor I propose a Tuco of flaws. OK maybe it does not scan well, how about a Senteza of flaws.

To save you the time:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060196

Hey! Where is the Android lusers icon?

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Dave, my mind is going

It would interesting to know if the person who donated the skin cells feels their mind going as the brain grows. Perhaps it would begin to manifest as a feeling that they have a sibling that they have never met before. I'm not sure of the ethics of this experiment but it does make me feel uncomfortable so maybe it is wrong.

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EE Harrier Mini grounded by errant Wi-Fi calling upgrade

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Re: How do people contact them?

Last resort, look up the name of a board member responsible for customer relations and write them an actual letter.

I wrote to the boss of Sainsbury's, Lord Whatsisname, when their phone billing system cocked-up. I received a nice letter back with a voucher for £25. That was of not much use, their nearest store is 120 miles away. Then they set the bailiffs on me. I never paid the bastards!

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Re: Oldies

You could try Bona Law but AFAIK they are too busy with their criminal practices.

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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GPS and Assist

On my Moto G running 5.0.2 I am unable to switch on GPS without Google wanting to run Google Assist which I presume wants to log any SSIDs that it finds.

There is a Catch 22 selection window where if you choose "Don't show this again" the "Disagree" option becomes greyed out. Choosing "Disagree" results in a warning message that says that Assist has to be on.

"High accuracy" my arse! This is just Google being greedy for data.

I'll wait until the next generation of Ubuntu phones are out before dumping the Moto. I would definitely not recommend buying an OnHub.

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Hacking Team mulled stopping Ethiopia sales – because of idiot g-men

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Headmaster

"O" dear

Hacking Team staff appeared to accept the Ethipian government’s justification that the surveillance was “lawful.”

Can't trust those Ethipians!

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China shutters 50 websites for spreading explosion 'rumours'

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Western stlye

In the West after a similar explosion $company would "find" their stock control on Pastebin. $company says "Look! This proves that we were hacked and it only shows 7 tons of cyanide". This is shortly followed by "After thorough investigation we found that an evil hacker set the coffee machine to overheat so we are not to blame and won't be compensating anyone".

Or something like that, YMMV. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster

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Larry Page was held back by Google execs from flooding world with new dot-word domains

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Re: Oh dear

I would like to transfer much money to your .moneygrab please be replying to me at 419.ng

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W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over

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Re: Berkshire Hathaway comes to mind...

Or maybe it will be like the Swiss coffee beans that Starbuck has to buy. Alphabet license the fonts that Google has to use. Cost: One use of one character = one cent

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Linux?

A review using some version of Linux would have been a welcome addition. AFAIR a full install of Xubuntu is 4GB and will run quite nicely on an Asus eeePC 900. It also only takes half an hour.

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Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

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Boffin

poor man's spotify

Man gets mumps but drops mother and U turns

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Copyright troll wants to ban 'copyright troll' from its copyright troll lawsuit

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WTF?

??

How would I know that "California Surf Fever" was copyrighted until after having downloaded it? Upon discovering this I would of course immediately delete it.

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Fork off! FFmpeg project leader quits, says he's had enough with these forking AV libraries

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ffmpeg rotates top job

ffmpeg -i old_project_leader.mov -vf "transpose=1" new_project_leader.mov

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Re/code apologizes for Holocaust 'joke' tweet

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Foot in mouth

Blurting out some offensive crap is possibly excusable when you are drunk but not really a good idea when sober.

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Uber holds out hand, hails another $1bn – mostly from Microsoft

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Black Helicopters

For those that forget to disable winIO data-mining

Scenario 1:

A businessman gets a cab for a short trip. A screen lights up and with a list of all the dodgy web-sites he has visited. The price of the trip has increased by 1000% with an "Accept this price? Yes/No" button.

Scenario 2:

A politician gets a cab for a short trip. A screen lights up and with a list of all the dodgy web-sites he has visited and a man in dark glasses asks him if he'd like to change his vote on some trade deal. When he agrees he still gets whacked by a massive price hike!

Disclaimer: This is all humour and is in no way related to any real companies.

Sent from my iPood in spaaaaaace! (I'm a floating voter)

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Windows

nice!

Holy cow, the price tags on those Surface Pros make Apple Stores look like pound shops.

LOL

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Re: What about a work around?

Just press the Windows key and start typing the name of the app. Works super quick for me and should get anyone going until a patch is released.

Just like I've been doing on Ubuntu for a few years.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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WTF?

Don't touch that!

Best of all, Classic Shell is available as part of Ninite, so it just gets installed along with all the other default required third-party software whenever I build a system

This is what really pisses me off! Being charged loads of money for an OS that has no useful utilities. Coupled with the fact that Win10 would appear to be spyware I think that it should be avoided if at all possible.

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Re: Meh?

It seems to have been designed to leak. Read this, it is taking a while to load the page at present, maybe a lot of folk are realising how bad the situation actually is.

https://edri.org/microsofts-new-small-print-how-your-personal-data-abused/

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Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

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@iaintSparticus

I bought a Moto G 1st gen last year and it updated to Android 5.02 a few months ago.

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W3C's failed Do Not Track crusade tumbles to ad-blockers' Vietnam

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What do they expect?

After years of fighting pop-ups and pop-unders I no longer want to see this crud. I mostly browse with Firefox and have the NoScript, AdBlockPlus, Ghostery and BetterPrivacy add-ons. It's quite worrying when I visit certain news sites and enable Javascript to see maybe 17 or so trackers being blocked by Ghostery.

I also think that it is time to root my Android phone, Google is becoming more annoying than useful.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Epic or epoch?

It's strange to think that in 2015 a Raspberry Pi running some version of GNU/Linux is a more stable platform than Windows on a more powerful device. I certainly will not be buying anything with Windows pre-loaded.

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

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Space moths

It's not just wool, they can eat plastic and rubber too.!

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Land of the free™

As you can see, I have trademarked that phrase. Please pay me $1 each time that you say it.

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The Lazarus Effect: Saved by Linux and Cash Converters

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For the desperate

One quick search and here is how to get the MacBuntu look. I just use Unity 'cos I'm too lazy to change anything other than the wallpaper.

http://www.noobslab.com/2013/05/mac-os-x-theme-for-ubuntu-1304-raring.html

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LinkedIn ices over bountiful executive phishing spot

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Stop

Go away!

I manage this by deleting every Linkedin invite that I've ever received.</grump>

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ROBOT SEEDS to be scattered into upper atmosphere of JUPITER: NASA scheme

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Lightning

You could easily make a blimp float forever in Jupiter's atmosphere but the part of most likely to be struck by lightning would be the radio antenna. Solve that problem and we're good to go.

https://soundcloud.com/nasa/voyager-lightning-on-jupiter

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Were the FIRST AMERICANS really FIRST? MYSTERY of vanished 'Population Y'

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Parrots?

The Vikings used ravens as a method of seeing over the horizon. Let the raven loose and if it cannot see land it has to come back, if it sees land then follow the bird. There is no reason that early humans did not discover this simple navigational technique. It might not work if you're on a raft but a canoe with outriggers could use paddles I suppose.

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Boffins sting spooks with 'HORNET' onion router

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What's the chances of that?

It is the brainchild of leader researcher Chen Chen of Carnegie Mellon University, together with Daniele Enrico Asoni, David Barrera, and Adrian Perrig of the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, and George Danezis of University College London.

All of whom have sadly died in freak accidents involving presentation fountain pens.

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Trump

They have that his ego is so immense that it is forming an impenetrable shell around the Earth

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Flash zero-day monster Angler dominates exploit kit crime market

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BBC

I'm sure* that the BBC's total reliance on Flash has nothing to do with spying on their users. But I spent some minutes wondering why the hell a script from an USian company called mpulse was trying to load.

Now I cannot use the BBC for browsing the news, I might as well go elsewhere.

*Not entirely!

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

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Re: Whisper from space

What are you going to do when the computer says that it's going to fail in 48hrs?

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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It happens on boats too!

I was on a runaway 2000HP boat in a harbour. The stupid throttle/gearbox controller had got confused and was programmed so that in an error situation it would put control to a certain station. The problem was that no-one was sitting at that particular station and the throttles had been knocked forward.

It would have been better to program the the thing to put the engines in neutral and throttles to tickover if an error is detected. Lots of damage was done and the manufacturers denied all responsibility for it but did have a new "improved" version waiting in the wings.

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Re: "If there's a shiny new Jeep Cherokee sitting in your driveway..."

AFAIR that's the model that should never be taken into a desert. If the air-con pump seizes there is no way to re-route the drive belt to bypass it. So then you die.

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What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

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Tl;Dr

Elon stuffs his strut!

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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low background steel

Anybody know if pre-bomb cast iron is worth more than just its scrap value?

I have about a mile of 9 inch and half a mile of 4 inch pipe laying around.

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Re: When I were a lad at school

Luxury! We only had lumps of coal to write on and the teacher sat behind an upturned barrow :)

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

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Congrats

Well done the New Horizon team! I was half expecting the probe to slam into some orbiting crud. Now we need to send another to get images of the "interesting" side of Pluto.

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