* Posts by phuzz

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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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FAIL

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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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: not alone at last

Ads on the radio? You've got jjj in Oz, no ads there.

(Although I've mainly listened to them during the uk daytime)

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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In Bristol I was having big problems accessing anything in the US, but UK stuff was fine.

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Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)

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I'm sure even when you uninstall IE, it'll still keep showing up in Windows Update as an 'Optional Update', just like Silverlight does now.

Still, at least it's unselected by default.

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Feds cuffed for allegedly PILFERING Silk Road drug souk's Bitcoins

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Re: Gone are the days..

Ironically, cash money might have been harder to trace than the bitcoins turned out to be.

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Re: What a name

With a name like that, do you even have a choice but to become a bent DEA agent?

Perhaps Carl Force III decided that his son could damn well put up with the crappy name he'd had his entire life?

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UN inflicts 10,000 flat pack IKEA shelters on Iraq - WITHOUT TOOLS

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It would make sense to sell these to us non-refugees, at a hefty markup, to help reduce the cost of the ones going to more deserving types.

It looks just big enough to be used as a makeshift garage.

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Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on Kickstarter

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Re: hmmm...

You might think I'm a hipster for owning a Pebble, but when I have to explain to someone what it is they usually call me a geek.

Mind you, I've always like wearing a watch.

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That's a big 4Ker of a cosmos: 3D planetarium to open in Bristol

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Re: Will there be toilets too?

"Armitage Shanks Shit Hole Output Level Elimination"

You're kind of missing the point of the 'acronym is a swearword' idea.

How about "Armitage Shanks Seated Human Output Level Elimination"

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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Re: *shakes head*

When I was a student in Exeter I regularly used to walk past the prison, often late at night while drunk. A couple of times I wandered past as someone was reeling stuff in through a window on the end of a bit of string, it looked like the bathroom windows looked straight out above the path next to the prison.

Here's the alleyway.

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

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She already has:

https://twitter.com/SwiftOnSecurity

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: Ahh, the old days...

IPv6 for DOS? An OS written in Pascal?

That's not just software, that's performance art!

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Oxford boffins publish fine-scale regional genetic map of UK

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Re: The Australian Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

I misread it at first as the Australian Murder Childrens Research Institute.

I'm not sure which is worse.

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Re: Homogenized

Generally speaking, the more diverse your ancestry, the better off you are, as you're less likely to get two copies of recessive genes.

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OpenSSL 'high' severity flaw just a puny DoS risk

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"Brown Trousers"

Ah, Geoffrey, fetch me my trousers at once!

No, not those. Those are my time travel trousers.

No, those are my tea trousers...

That's it! Those ones. My patching trousers!

(with apologies to Professor Elemental)

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PIRATES and THIEVES to get Windows 10 as BOOTY

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Re: Windows for free?

You can already run Windows 10 in a VM, and indeed pretty much every other version of windows as well.

In fact, if you look carefully, you can download the VM images directly from Microsoft (at least, it's been available at some timers for some reasons).

Or you could run Windows as the host OS, and your current OS as a VM.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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WTF?

Wow, people really care about icons huh?

I don't think I even focus on the details after the first time I look at them, it's just the little coloured patch where I click to make $stuff happen.

Mind you, Windows 10 will be a lot more than the tenth set of desktop icons I've had to get used to over the years, I'm sure I'll be able to adapt within a few minutes.

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Apple Watch is like an invasive weed says Gartner

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Re: Do people actually get paid to come up with this shit?

You need a stomach strong enough to write that kind of buzzword laden nonsense without vomiting up your last vestiges of self respect. It also helps if you have no soul, but they can help you remove that pointless frippery if necessary.

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Noobs can pwn world's most popular BIOSes in two minutes

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Re: manufacturers are to blame 100%

There's an interesting insight from someone who actually programs UEFI's here, from a thread on When you have thousands and thousands of different devices, all of which are expected to 'just work', while also providing new features coming from multiple different manufacturers with no governing body, is it any wonder that it's turned into a complete fustercluck?

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Shock development: Darkweb drug n' gun dealers are untrustworthy

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Re: Important distinction

Scan take bitcoins now, so you could buy yourself a computer (or several thousand, depending).

It turns out there's quite a few ways to turn your electronic funny money into Serious Real Money these days, although converting more than a few hundred bitcoins will likely prove difficult.

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

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Re: Decommissioned nukes

From a quick bit of googling, it looks like you need a nuclear reactor to produce tritrium, and while there are plants that produce it for use in nuclear weapons, civilian plants can produce it as well.

I'd be interested to know where the tritium in elreg's keyrings is sourced from, sounds like a good article to me!

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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You know that license agreement that you* just click 'Accept' on without reading when you install? It'll be in there somewhere.

* along with everyone else

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So, a mixture of Branch Cache and WSUS then. This seems to be the new Microsoft way, add features to windows, and don't publicise them for a couple of versions of the OS.

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: Provenance

I doubt the Ecuadorians would allow a British police officer in, so presumably it'll just be Assange (tm), his lawyer, and the Swedish prosecutor, in a room, having a chat.

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I BEG YOU, mighty Jobs, TAKE MY LIVER, Cook told Apple's dying co-founder

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Joke

His AppleCare ran out in September 2011.

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Re: What an idiot.

"What kind of person invents something so destructive"?

Answer; a BofH.

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Re: Capacitors - caveat observer!

I do remember my old physics teacher telling us a bout a capacitor that he had built out of two rolls of tin foil and a sheet of plastic as the dialectric. He built this thing, and tested it a few times and then put it away in a drawer and forgot about it.

Over time, it some how charged up via convection, so next time he went searching in the drawer ZZZZAAAAPP!

I keep meaning to build one myself.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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WTF?

I understand calling me trying to sell PPI gubbins, but what's with the calls from blocked numbers, that ring me up, but are silent, and as soon as I make a sound, the call is terminated? That's just weird.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: 10 years...

I thought the punishment for large scale fraud was a promotion in the bank you work at?

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Bulk comms spying is not mission creep, insists UK foreign sec

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Can't any of you read? If you disparage the government's spying then you are as bad as the terrorists!

It must be true because an MP* said it.

*(an MP who thinks that gay marriage is equivalent to incest)

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Re: Bulk comms spying is not mission creep

I think you were being a bit too subtle with your sarcasm there AC, hence all the down votes.

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Ouch! Google crocks capacitors and deviates DRAM to root Linux

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Re: It's not the fault of Linux

"Anything that causes memory corruption on hardware level is, IMO, a hardware fault, and therefore grounds for returning the hardware to the retailer as unfit for purpose."

All electrical and mechanical devices will fail if you take them far enough out of their normal operating regime, this is no different.

This is the equivalent of taking an ordinary road car, and driving it constantly up and down a road full of potholes, until parts fall off (the clever bit here is they've tuned the potholes just right to make the bit they want fall off). It's just not something that's going to happen in normal daily operation. If you have to drive over bumpy roads, you buy a vehicle with better suspension, if you're hammering your DDR then you buy ECC.

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Microsoft: You'll get the next Windows 10 build when we're GOOD AND READY

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I'm assuming they've had to announce this because there's forums somewhere full of self-entitled kids complaining that MS haven't released an updated version in a while.

It's a free beta version, calm your boots.

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The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

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The I/O performance difference isn't negligible, it's huge. We can literally double the performance of our database servers by replacing their hard drives with SSDs, and obviously a whole server's worth of SSDs is a lot cheaper than a whole new server.

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Google creeps up on another sector: Adds car insurance to Compare

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Re: Pretty Sure...

I found insurance through them in December and the year before that. Of course, because google know pretty much everything about me already, I didn't have to type in many details.

Maybe this is just news because they're now doing it in the US?

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