* Posts by phuzz

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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It'd had been displaying with one of the two Lancasters that were flying that weekend. I was also at Shambala last year, and almost persuaded my friends to drive an extra hour to watch both Lancs and the Vulcan take off together. Sadly they weren't up for it, but seeing her on the sunday was a nice surprise.

Shambala is pretty close to the Battle of Britain memorial flight's airfield, and there's nothing better than sitting in a field with a beer and ting while Lancs, Spits and Hurri's fly over :)

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Robots.txt tells hackers the places you don't want them to look

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Re: I don't understand

The short version is that when it was first invented it was easier to list what you didn't want indexed, rather than what you did.

For the long version I'd start at the wikipedia entry.

(From which I have just learnt that Charlie Stross claims to have caused the development of robots.txt by accidentally DOSing Martijn Koster's site with a home built web crawler).

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Re: Checksums?

So every single web spider has to crawl your entire site, before dropping the directories that match the hash?

It doesn't solve the problem that robots.txt exists for (telling a search engine which bits aren't worth indexing), and it doesn't solve the second problem (flagging which bits of your site you don't want indexing).

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KA-BOOM! Russian rocket EXPLODES over Siberia minutes after lift-off

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I hope it had burned most of it's fuel, that UDMH is not nice stuff.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: Charities

Overhauling charities? I can't see that going too far, or someone might think about removing the charitable status from most of the UK's private schools (including Eton). I can't see Dave going for that one.

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Re: One party state

Gerrymandering the boundaries is a tradition practised by all parties when they get into government, I would get worked up by everything else on your list first before worrying about it.

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

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Re: Cheeky

Instead of the tinfoil hat, you have the Black helicopter coming to silence you.

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Rare monkeys stolen from French zoo – now even rarer

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"Billy No Primates"

Bloody marvellous!

for whoever wrote that >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Russia delays ISS crew mission over Progress launch safety fears

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"It appears that it was caused by the tanks of the upper stage rupturing."

Interesting, where did you hear this?

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

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But the chapter titles are hilarious!

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GCHQ puts out open recruitment call for 'white hat' hackers

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Re: While the salary is attractive

It's about half as expensive to live anywhere else in the UK if you don't live in London. £28k would be a comfortable life in Cheltenham, although having grown up there, I would add that it's boring as fsck.

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Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband

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While GB is very nice, my parents (who live over the border in Gloucestershire) don't need anything like that much bandwidth.

On the other hand they could really do with more than the 800kB/s they currently get. If only there was a middle ground...

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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"be prepared for the rise of English Nationalism"

Bit late to start preparing for it, UKIP got 3.8M votes last week.

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Terminator

Referring to the robot as "heavy equipment" is a bit harsh, perhaps it's just glandular?

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Rip up your AMD obits: Gaming, VR, embedded chips to lift biz out of the red by 2016, allegedly

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Have another look at the name of AMD's CEO, Lisa Su.

Bravo sub-headline writer, bravo!

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SpaceX Dragon crew capsule in 'CHUTE ABORT drama – don't panic, no one died

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They did have ejection seats on the first few Shuttle flights, but they weren't much use during much of the flight, and only worked for the people on the upper deck, so they were removed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_abort_modes#Ejection_escape_systems

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Sage boosts profit but that means NOTHING without the CLOUD

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Dear el Reg.

I understand why you put pictures at the top of articles, it helps add a little visual flair. However, in this story someone (presumably a naughty work experience kid) has changed the pic to some kind of grinning lizard in a skin suit.

As you can imagine, seeing someone who resembles a CEO is very distressing for those of us who have had to deal with management in the past.

I trust that you will not display such images in the future.

Yrs

Captain D. Winterbottom (ret) Mrs.

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Great, we all want 5G mobile broadband. Now just how are we gonna wire it all up?

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Re: Sticks head above parapet...

3G? I rarely even turn it on because pretty much everywhere I go has wireless.

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Twitter boots out classic DOS games, world productivity surges

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They do have a takedown mechanism, but apparently only about 20 or so copyright holders have asked for their games to be removed.

They've been hosting arcade games for almost six months now, so apparently nobody cares.

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Mars needs TRAFFIC COP to stop probe prangs, says NASA

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Re: Serious question ...

The thing is, you can't really predict the orbits of all the spacecraft around Mars that far in advance. Things like, exactly how high up the atmosphere is extending this week, have an affect on some or all of the orbits. Also, some of the Mars orbiters have shifted their orbits, most notably to avoid the dust cloud from comet Sliding Spring last year.

This means that when a space probe is being planned and built (typically years before it'll even get near space) they can make a rough calculation of how likely a collision is, but actually predicting a near pass can only be done a few weeks in advance.

tl/dr Yes of course they calculated it, but situations change.

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Both got mentioned, you should read closer me babber...

Here's a nice view of the bridge though:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSJjAZaxnz0

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Cylon is golden: Backstabbing bank holiday board games

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Re: Fuck me:

There's this thing called inflation, you might have heard of it? A copy of Scrabble will cost you £20 now.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Re: Not tried an induction hob

A large gas fired power station can be optimised for efficiency, so you get more useful energy out of each litre of gas, rather than wasting it making a pretty blue flame that mainly heats your kitchen.

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Re: 4,192 KWh

"KWh per day"

You're dividing (power x time) by time, so at this point you might as well just give your answer in kW. Oh, and the 'kilo-' prefix is marked with a lower case k.

SI units FTW!

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Re: Surplus power

One of the problems with nuclear power is that it can't spin up quickly to meet demand, it's better at providing a steady, constant level of power.

Using a battery in the home to level out peaks in demand allows the load on the grid to stay constant (eg trickle charge all day, and then when you get home and put the kettle on, use the battery to provide energy and keep the draw from the grid at the same level).

Also of course this is useful for renewable sources, most of which produce power at certain times (eg during the day for solar, or when it's windy for turbines) which may not line up with when people want to use that energy. Again, a battery in the home helps balance the supply/demand.

There's a related advantage, which is that if you have your own PV panels on the roof, you can store the energy locally which avoids most of the transmission losses that you'd incur selling it back to the grid.

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Amazon boss Bezos' Blue Origins declares test flight 'flawless' ... if you overlook one snafu

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Re: We don't need no steenkin' hydraulics

Well Blue Origin is almost Blue Oval, so they can be Ford and Space X can be Chevy. Although SpaceX as Tesla makes a better choice if you compare Detroit to the old school rocket firms.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> about time we had a rocket icon?

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Re: Please, no e-voting!

re: b) It might only be a 15 minute walk to a polling station in most towns, but in the countryside it can easily be three to four times that, and/or require a car.

Not to mention that a fifteen minute walk for you or I can be much more difficult for some people.

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SpaceX in MONEY RING shot, no spare juice for tail backdown this time

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Re: Watched the launch...

I've not seen a rocket launch, but a year or so ago, when the ISS was passing over the UK I could see a much fainter dot trailing the station, which I'm pretty sure was a Cygnus cargo pod leaving.

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Re: Piping and conditional logic

To use the example of Exchange, if you have to check that pager number for a particular employee is correct, you're probably better off using a GUI.

If you have to change the pager number for a whole group of people then the command line is a better choice.

Your level of comfort with a command line could be quantified by how many times you're willing to repeat a manual task before busting out a batch file to automate it.

(Note to kids: a pager was a sort of proto-smart watch that you wore on your belt rather than your wrist, but it had it's own radio so you didn't require a phone)

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Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

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Re: Ceterum censeo!

As far as I can tell, the main part of the argument is "don't give complicated technology to stupid people. If you do they'll only mess everything up, just look at the NSA".

Some people hate to use ten words when a hundred longer ones can make their point thoroughly opaque.

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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Image have been selling all their stuff DRM free for a while now, nice to see more publishers getting on the bandwagon.

If only because with a DRM free comic I can 'lend' a copy to a friend which might result in a new sale. A non-shareable DRM copy just guarantees there won't be a second sale.

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VAMPIRE SQUID romps stun scientists: Unique sex lives revealed

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Re: Oh well

It's unfair to compare that bunch of vicious, grasping, conscienceless, amoral, predators to the vampire squid.

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Thinking of following Facebook and going DIY? Think again

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Re: Mine's the one with Trevor's boot print on it...

I just bought a load of the cheapest 30GB SSDs I could find, but they'll be going into PoS terminals running linux, so I'm not worrying about the capacity.

I do however still harbour great hatred for whoever first propagated the idea that a Windows server only needed a 15GB c:/ drive, and that it was a good idea to partition it as such (rather than just using the whole disk). I can't count how many times I've had to try and screw every last byte of free space just to keep an old server from crapping out.

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I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that phones and tablets are used for gaming more than consoles and PCs put together, so the whole console vs pc gaming argument is a few years too late.

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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Re: SpaceX Booster Recovery Saga

Actually SpaceX only became profitable this month, but your point still stands.

The point of re-using the first stage is that they can reduce how much they charge for a launch whilst still making money.

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

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I still don't understand why a credit history is "good" if you're always spending loads of money on a credit card whereas someone who can balance their own books and never needs a loan has a "bad" (non existent) credit history.

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re: Have I missed something?

(Windows Explorer has had built in ftp support since winXP at least)

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As others have said, BancdCamp generally give you the option of a FLAC download. The Erased Tapes label do WAV downloads (which they lable 24BIT MASTER so I assume that's good). All the Beggers Banquet group do FLAC for everything they release as MP3.

Those are all places I've used in the last year.

To be fair though, I can't hear any difference between FLAC and an mp3 with a bit rate higher than about 128kbps, which my wallet is very happy for.

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

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Re: Wharever next?

Sorry to reply to myself, but from this blog post:

http://www.cyanogenmod.org/blog/microsoft-and-cm12-1-nightlies

"We are not bundling or pre-installing Microsoft (or any Cyanogen OS exclusive partner apps) into CyanogenMod."

People are still pissed off though.

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Re: Wharever next?

I think that there's a subtle difference between Cyanogen OS, and Cyanogenmod. The former being an OS they try and push to OEMs and the latter being the open source version which you can install on your phone.

I'm guessing that they won't be bundling Microsoft apps with the mod version, because pretty much everyone would be pissed off, but being open source, there'd be a version available with all the MS stuff stripped out within a day or two (there's a lot of unofficial ports of cyanogenmod).

*edit: I've just had a thought; assuming that MS don't want to publish all those apps as open source code, they probably won't allow it to be included in the free cyanogenmod ROM. You already have to download the google apps separately (should you want them) for a fresh install.

As for MS contributing to the code base, well, that depends on who at MS is doing the coding, sometimes they write good code, sometimes they write clippy. You never can tell.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Video

There's video from a chase plane of the last few seconds of descent onto the barge here:

https://vine.co/v/euEpIVegiIx

Closer than last time...

Elon Musk's tweet from just afterwards made me grin as well:

Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk

If this works, I'm treating myself to a volcano lair. It's time.

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Re: multiple sources

If the leakers have multiple copies then HBO's security is really buggered. Given that I've not seen many leaks for GoT before, I'd be surprised if there's more than a couple of people leaking.

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Help! We need to pick a platform for our desert adventure

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Re: Keep it simple

You do make a good point about power supplies, but I've not seen a Mini-ATX case that has a standard sized power supply. Personally I'd go with something that has an external power brick, as they're actually not that hard to replace. Between ebay and amazon you can find one that has the correct output and connector.

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Russia pulls alleged 'Svpeng' kingpin

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Idiot, everyone knows that as long as he hadn't stolen from Russian citizens he'd not have been bothered by the Russian police.

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Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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Why do they have to keep embiggening the screen? I was quite happy with a 4" screen, and the 4.5" makes my first gen Moto G annoyingly large at times.

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ɘƨɿɘvɘЯ algo attack cracks Belkin router WPS PINs: researcher

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Re: Go ahead and use serial number as your seed.

This would be a lot less of an issue if it was only possible to get the serial number from the outside of the box, or via the web interface.

Once someone has physical access to your router, they can just plug an ethernet cable in, no need to crack the wireless.

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Urine for a treat this Monday, ISS 'nauts: SpaceX to launch pee-powered coffee pot

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Visible from the UK?

I've just had a thought. At the moment in the UK we're getting a great series of ISS passes, and I do remember being able to see a Cygnus pod as it was leaving the station last year (it was a much dimmer dot trailing behind the ISS by about one thumb's width), so I'm wondering if we might be able to see Dragon as it passes over the UK in the coming nights before it docks.

Keep an eye out people!

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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Paris Hilton

Could they make more from the film rights than they do from the robbery?

>>> Paris knows all about filming.

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VirtualBox v. 5.0 beta 1 spins up for desktop virty lab chuckles

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Re: If it really does everything it promises..

I'm in exactly the same boat as you, except the other way round, Windows host, linux guest(s), and yes, working drag and drop between OS's would save me a lot of time.

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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Re: Idiots

It'll take more than a tap on the floor, I've dropped harddrives from above my head onto a wooden floor and they were fine.

Well, I managed to install the windows image and then they went out in customer's machines, so fine for at least 30 mins....

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