* Posts by Mystic Megabyte

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Bradley Horowitz on ailing Google+: Islands in the stream, that is what we are ...

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Profit?

If they offered money then I'd join! Something like $10 a week would pay for a beer or two. Maybe they pitched it wrong but I cannot see the point of G+. Is it like Buzz?.

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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

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Re: When I were a Lad

That brings back memories!

My sister worked for Philips and received a staff discount, so *everything* electrical in our house was made by them.

I had both the Electronic and Mechanical Engineers kits*. I built a light actuated car, amplifiers and all sorts of stuff. I also had Philips first portable cassette recorder, rigged to play stereo.

Let's hope that a new generation of engineers will develop from kits like the GrovePi.

*I just had to Google these.Lo and behold, there's the car that I built! <rings nursing home>

http://www.girdersandgears.com/norelco.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/philips_ee_20_ee20.html

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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leaky?

Do Word docs still leak data? Last time I looked they contained the directory tree and other information about your PC. This was some years ago so MS might have tidied it up by now.

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Facebook security chap finds 10 Superfish sub-species

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Level the playing field

It should be made illegal for Windows to be pre-installed on any device not made by Microsoft.

By pre-installed I mean already licensed, AKA the Windows tax.

So when booting up your new device you would have the option to pay and use a bloatware free version of Windows or just delete the lot and install Linux.

Ideally, a menu would offer the following options, "Pay £100 and use Windows or pay £0 and use Linux".

Do we have any politicians that care for anything other than their own interests?

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Apple: Fine, we admit it – MacBook Pros suffer wonky GPU crapness

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Re: Apple takes no responsibility for its crap.

I bought this HP dual-core 15.4" laptop exactly five years ago for £300. It's been used every day since then and apart from cleaning the fan I have had no problems. Lovely matte screen (which is going a bit dim now) and a great keyboard. A brand new screen from ebay is £40.

I'll shortly upgrade to a SSD as the drive now has some bad sectors. Been running Linux from day one with XP in a VM if needed.

You really spent $3000 for a shiny thing?

Apple has always been overpriced and under-powered, I would never buy one.

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

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It's never going to happen

I'll wager a pint of beer to all the elReg commentards (all 42 of you) that, with the exception of the Moon, a human being never sets foot on another planet.

My reasoning is that we seem to be approaching a level of human greed* that's never been seen before which will destroy us all** fairly shortly. Sorry 'bout that :(

*Note to the mega-rich who think that they will survive this mess: Many Emperors are killed by their own bodyguards.

**Human Psychology 101

When everything was going titsup, my old man would exclaim "Everyman for himself" or "I'm OK Jack, pull the ladder up". He knew what he was talking about, RN stoker 1929-1949 and torpedoed twice. Of course to us as children he was saying it in a comic manner as a rebuff to some minor household calamity but the underlying wisdom still remains.

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Australian ISPs agree to three-strikes-plus-court-order anti-piracy plan

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Blimey!

When did Australia become a fascist state? So it's not just the UK whose politicians are a bunch of limp-wristed, greedy arseholes.

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Ads! People! love! ads! in! their! apps! Please! use! ours! cries! Yahoo!

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Car stereo

<rant>

I recently bought a car with a JVC stereo installed. When I switched it on/off it displays HELLO/SEE YOU.

What fecking idiot thought that I want to have a relationship with my stereo?

I don't talk to my fecking lawnmower or toaster or any other gadget.

</rant>

This same idiocy applies to the knob-heads who dump adverts into my life. I do not want a "personal relationship" with my brand of marmalade, so feck off!

The end result is that the stereo has been replaced, AdBlock+ installed and the marmalade is home-made.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Laptop manufactures take note!

In the future I want the option to buy laptops that have NO hard drive. I do not want Windows or any other of your crap.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: Why store Metadata @phil dude

It's not violent gangs you want to worry about. What if this country is invaded by a hostile nation?

Then the controlling powers would make the Gestapo or Stasi look like amateurs.

As we seem to be at war with Russia this scenario is not entirely far-fetched.

I can only hope that GCHQ has a self-destruct capability. A small nuke would be ideal.

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Former Mrs Dotcom hooks up with Xbox 'toyboy'

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Doubly miffed

Didn't he put all of his assets into his wife's name?

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: Very effective program

Upvoted. Yesterday I was reading this review of a Lenovo with an interest in buying. Not any more.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/02/thinkpad-x1-carbon-review-a-fine-heir-to-the-thinkpad-name/

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Comet botherers, the original version

When the Moon is in the seventh hour

and Jupiter aligns with Mars

then a fecking great binary star system will interfere with all your comets

etc.

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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@Andy Non

Mine is too but don't forget the LSO "Super Cookies" thanks to Adode.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Terminator

I want this about as much as a hole in the head

"the visual fidelity of something like an early LED digital clock,"

Will soldiers of the future will briefly see GAME OVER as they die?

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Samsung, LG wash dirty laundry in two separate court cases

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Lawyers

What's their spin rate?

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HIGH-RANNOSAURUS WRECKED: Druggie dinos tripped balls on psychedelics – boffins

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Pterodactyl in the sky with diamonds

Not quite as catchy as the original :(

To deflect pedants, my dog is a carnivore but will eat grass occasionally for medicinal reasons.

mines the one with a Bonio in the pocket ==========>

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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In my case

“We want to move from people needing Windows to choosing Windows to loving Windows.” ®

They will be waiting a long, long time.

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Hacker kicks one bit XP to 10 Windows scroll goal

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Re: Impossible!

>>The only instance in Google for that quote you used is your post.

Apart from here and in another 108 places

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/12/09/year_ends_with_seven_microsoft_patch_tuesday_fixes/

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Update - Boffins: COMETS are like FRIED ICE CREAM. Mmm

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No sale

In space no-one can hear your ice-cream van :(

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

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Re: And what about on-demand?

get_iplayer --pvr also does radio quite nicely. Bona stream?

https://squarepenguin.co.uk/guides/get_iplayer-pvr-guide/

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Profit?

So where is the profit on the $120bn? Did HSBC head office see it and think "blimey!, that Swiss branch is doing well", or did it get stashed into yet another Swiss "private" account.

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

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@Chris G

>>I find it difficult to buy washing soda where I live so I do bake Bicarb in a baking tray to get washing soda so that I can clean my thermos flask of tea stains.

And what is your tip for cleaning anoraks?

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Calling a friend? Listen to an advert. You lucky, lucky thing

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There is (or hopefully will be) an app for that

One that will remove any ad-slinging number from my contacts list after sending them a SMS explaining why.

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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Long Term Servicing

LTS, where have I seen that before? Since changing to a Linux only enterprise I am amazed at Microsoft's insistence at still producing several versions of their OS.

If they want a new generation of developers then they should give them the tools. Instead of Windows being a racehorse they promote a hobbled donkey.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: I use programs

I use programs

...not the OS, so whatever boots faster & doesn't cause segfaults = better.

Yesterday I upgraded my neighbours six year old dual core laptop.

I put in a 128GB SSD which cost £57.

Installed Ubuntu 14.04, cost zero

It boots up in eleven seconds.

I define booted-up by when the disc drive light stops flashing. With Windows this can be several minutes.

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OH HAPPY DAY! Lawyers replaced by AI

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I fought the law

UK lawyers are no doubt happy to hire a Polish plumber for £10/h but I bet they would rebel en masse if I could get a Polish lawyer for £20/h.

The last time I consulted a lawyer I had to tell the stupid git how to do his own job and still got charged hundreds for two hours work.

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Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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Paris Hilton

Multiple Subtitles

While on a Kibbutz I was watching an Israeli made spy thriller at the cinema. It was set in Israel, France and the USA and the language spoken changed in each location. It had subtitles in French, English, Hebrew and (IIRC) German.

Knowing some French and Hebrew I found myself translating from the subtitles even when the actors were speaking my native English.

Does anyone else experience this preference to read over listen?

That is of course excluding husbands with their newspapers at the breakfast table.

Part of it was set in Paris =====================>

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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A*holes

I used to work in the music biz and I have always said that there are more crooks in the entertainment industry than in any other.

It seems that Google has hired them all.

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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

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Welcome to the Matrix

Users will confronted with a blue E and a red E. If they click on the blue one they will go straight to the internet (a.k.a. Facebook), but clicking on the red one will take them to the darknet (a.k.a. pedoland).

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

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Re: Nothing wrong here

I was told last week that the word Berk is not allowed in the Houses of Parliament. It's supposed to be rhyming slang for "Berkshire Hunt".

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Twitter ATTENTION SEEKERS can now blab to each other IN PRIVATE

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Dear Claire,

I don't know a single person who uses Twitter, am I normal?

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

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Rev.6

[13] And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

If a wandering Black Hole whizzes past the Oort Cloud this may actually happen, or perhaps I should say "come to pass". I don't suppose that there would be much or any warning and certainly no defence against it.

As I have not yet mastered "Jaunting"*, the only option would be to fly continuously around the world staying on the side that was not being bombarded. Refuelling might be a problem.

I seem to have woken in a pessimistic mood today :(

*Although the return trip from the pub last night appears to have been instantaneous.

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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blimey!

My Google branded phone uses O2, so is my data now going to be scraped by the 'merkins and the chinese?

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

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yes

"The new BBC News site also does if you fudge your user agent"

Details please!

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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The pretentious load of old bollocks award

Must surely go to Talking Head's "Stop making sense". It's the only film that i walked out of although I have been thrown out of other films.

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Bloat?

#American code:

if

$wheels_up

$altitude > 100

$weather = sunny

$ipod_track = VanHalen

$coffee_mug_heater = on

$speed = ludicrous

then

$weapons_armed = true

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#Chinese code:

if

$airborne

then

$weapons_armed = true

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How do you solve a problem like Willowra?

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Re: Don't Use Windows

I agree with AC, you should have gone with FOSS.

It could be argued that hunter gatherers were the original freetards. In that spirit FOSS makes the most sense.Microsoft licences do not grow on trees.

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It's 2015 and default creds can brick SOHO routers

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I need to upgrade

I just checked and the latest firmware for my router is dated 2010 :(

Any recommendations for a new one?

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: I bought one of these for Christmas

You have access to desktop applications, including the possibility of custom apps created using Visual Studio or other well-established tools, and deployed without the hassle of app stores or developer settings.

The Windows operating system is more powerful but less secure, and a few false taps on an email attachment or malicious web site can compromise the device.

IMO a six year old will click on anything that promises them a lollipop/pony etc.

My guess is that your network will be hacked in no time at all. As the bad guys will know your flight dates you can expect to be burgled as well.

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Possible Lizard Squad members claim hack of Oz travel insurer

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Small print

In my experience *all* insurance is useless. They all have a clause somewhere that invalidates your claim. Maybe I'm just unlucky, don't travel with me :(

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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R2

This is what happens if you go lightspeed while still listening to Radio2. A polarization vortex induces positive feedback into the antenna creating an unstable Mega-Wogan. Under inter-galactic law this is actually a crime.

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Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

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Re: Actually that's rather a non-issue here...

I tried programming a car simulator but got a variable wrong. My car is now in 1969 and having a good time at the Woodstock festival.

On the plus side it's mileage is now minus 41022 :)

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Nope

In other words the warmists want to take away your money and your standard of living (for your own good, they would say)

No Lewis, that would be the bankers

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Definitions matter. For crying out loud, securobods, BE SPECIFIC – ENISA

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def.

Theresa May's definitions:

user = pirate

user = criminal

user = terrorist

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Google hosting malware

Off topic, how do you report to Google that they host malware?

All of the links on this page are not to a Python utility but html malware serving pages.

https://code.google.com/p/sppyqt/source/clones

Presumably there is a lot more of this crap on code.google

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Problemo?

The passengers will be in an air-tight box. You have to design a CO2 scrubber and a reserve air supply for when the pod breaks down and is stuck in the tube for a protracted period.

I would rather fly Ryan Air than travel in this contraption!

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Microsoft cracks personalisation without prying

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Never mind the cookies this site is getting slower

What with doubleclick et al.this forum page is getting so slow to load that I'm going to re-enable Ghostery etc. Sorry elReg :(

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

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Re: This SO reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey...

Hal, open the fridge door!

Ammonia,cooling geddit? Nevermind

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Euro security agency says MORE crypto needed in gov policy

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Re: UKIPpers take note @amanfrommars1

I like the new formatting, much more legible.

A small typo, peut-être: [about reproach and scrutiny] > [above reproach and scrutiny]

Have an upvote anyway :)

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