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2503 posts • joined 29 May 2007

Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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Re: Good article, Smart meters overhyped

Instead of replacing all the meters, how much would it cost to fit a solar panel to every residence?

I'm sure this would have a bigger impact on reducing the energy load than fitting a meter designed to manage low levels of power when all the Nuclear stations start going off-line.

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Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN

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Re: Why wasn't there a sign on the door

You wouldn't have been able to see the sign anyway if the lights were out.

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LOHAN's stirring motto: Ad Astra Tabernamque

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Re: Freezing Gassy Alchohol

I wish I had gotten pics of it, just like I wish I'd gotten a pic of my old dog's 'sparkle-shit'.

She sneaked into the bathroom and ate a bar of lush soap (non-foaming thank God) - one of those bars shaped like a scarab beetle and full of sparkle dust.

I was on dog-shit patrol in the garden and it was a sunny day when I saw what, in retrospect, was a work of art. A wonderfully formed string of dog-poo that was shimmering in the sunlight like some kind of Damien-Hurst beating Turner prize. Oh how I wish I had frozen that and put it in to an exhibition - I reckon it would win hands down! :D So although you can't polish a turd, it turns out you can at least make it shine!

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Freezing Gassy Alchohol

I put a bottle of Champagne in the freezer once to cool it down quickly but then forgot about it.

When we opened the freezer door we were amazed to see the bottle had exploded, but had not fallen apart, so there were bits of glass on the end of tendrils of frozen champagne, a snapshot of the explosion if you will.

It was beautiful and well worth the financial loss involved.

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Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves

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Re: RealFred

" Don't try to turn this into a party bashing discussion when its obviously not."

It sounds very much like a politician's idea* of a good thing. I don't give a left-handed turd which 'party' they come from, anyone who tries to put this kind of thinking into law is not on the side of the people, quite the opposite.

*as provided by their lobbyist de jour.

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: Conversation loop

The experience has apparently affected your 'f' key as well.

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Google to feed machines with evidence of human physical weaknesses – and that's a good thing

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Makes them more efficient I suppose

"I have detailed files."

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Re: a near miss

'tis but a flesh wound.

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Taking out meteors

I've always wondered about that line that's always trotted out in the movies about shooting an asteroid/meteor would just leave us facing a *lot* of deadly missiles rather than just one.

I would have thought (with my admittedly O Level physics knowledge) that increasing the surface area of an incoming object by shattering it would be a good thing - more surface area would mean more of it burning up as it hits the atmosphere.

I understand that it would mean that there would be more impacts over a wider area, but in terms of the Earth, again I think this would be better than one big impact surely?

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Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS

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Re: Stale bread and butter...

perhaps there is a parallel reward system that encourages delay?

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Turing biopic with Cumberbatch, Knightley to premiere at London Film Festival

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Sir

Has anyone made a decent film about Tesla yet?

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: You get a better serving at the PolitFranchise!

Yeah, and don't forget that the ISP's could have deployed their WMDW's (weapons of mass data wipe's) in under 45 minutes.

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Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

So _you_ were consulted on this were you? Or perhaps it was part of a manifesto pledge being championed by the person you voted for perhaps?

The only arrogance I see here is in your assertion that because _you_ are happy with it, and all the MP's voted for it, that the MP's who voted for it somehow believe you are not in a minority.

I would like to posit that the MP's did what they were fucking told by the party whips and absolutely fuck all to do with what they thought their constituents' views on the subject were.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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" "the climate change we are currently seeing" is both a natural phenomenon which happens from time to time and largely caused by humans."

That doesn't necessarily contradict itself. Human behavior is a natural phenomenon after all.

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Re: when

The government is going to increase our taxes, this seems to be completely beyond dispute.

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Outstanding

" "Ad astra tabernamque": to the stars and the pub."

How very El Reg - what's the Latin for 'a shoe-in'?

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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

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Re: Security? Hahahaha

The MAC address info being available to the ISP is a killer security flaw (for the user) in this scenario, especially coupled with all the data-retention laws etc.

Not only will they have the bill payers info to link to for all data coming from the connection, they will be able to determine *which device* on the customer network made the 'interesting' connection, be-it tablet, smartphone or PC etc.

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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Re: Like, WOW, man!

"it's clear Apple owes customers some answers."

"it's clear Apple owns customers."

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Re: copyright infringement is the opposite of theft

So we should re-brand piracy as copyright easing?

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Re: if i did buy it, can i get an instant refund when i dont like.....

Never let Spielberg or Grandma get in the way of a good rant.

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Sir

I believe the copyright holders have paid for this service.

They donate to the political party, political party pays them back with tax-payers money.

Indirect funding of political parties using tax payers money.

However, since I don't have the resources available to, say, GCHQ or NSA, I don't have any proof so this is purely a hypothetical scenario you understand.

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Re: What's the problem?

"like the cops getting a warrant to search a house, but limited only to the kitchen."

I read the original rulings as being more akin to being able to search the entire house, but only for knives.

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Re: Actually seems fairly reasonable...

The problem seems, to me at least, to be that the law isn't giving the judges enough boundary information regarding the information they are looking for.

For example

Law: M'lud, we are investigating this toe-rag for possible financial embezzlement and want to look at all his emails.

Judge: And just what exactly are you looking for?

Law: I dunno, let's just have a look and see what we find, yeah?

Judge: No, that's a fishing expedition.

If the Law responded with something along the lines of

'We are looking for any emails to or from the individual that relate to financial holdings with company X' the Judge might well say yes, because if the Law turn up some other dodgy info it would be inadmissible as evidence and they would only be able to use the information that matched the warrant.

Leaving it open ended is open to abuse.

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UK.gov pops lid off £700m barrel of non-Cloudable hosting pork

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Do these cost projections included secured data feeds into the DC? VPN equipment, maintenance agreements/support, infrastructure design etc.?

It all sounds a bit too reasonable for a 4 year period if you ask me.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: As fans on the expanded universe know...

I just made a comment about cloning Luke and making him a baddie - I had no idea someone had actually written a story to the effect - which book is it in? and is it any good?

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Re: Perhaps someone could buy the hand in a fleamarket

When I read the bit about the hand being found, I was rather hoping that someone used the DNA to clone Luke and raise him as a Sith. No, someone wants to return the light stick. Lame.

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Re: H2G2 style

The hand didn't necessarily drop straight out into space, it was probably picked up by a garbage chute, or nicked by gribbles or whatever the fuck they are.

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SPOILER ALERT

JJ Abrams is directing the movie.

If that doesn't spoil it, no amount of foreknowledge of the plot is going to make a hill of beans worth of difference.

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Re: Blakes 7

'course he won't mind, Avon is still trapped in the bedroom eh Blake?

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Re: Aliens?

We have nothing to hide from Aliens, therefore nothing to fear..right?

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

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Re: Probably, but not necessarily ...

Unless Verizon are throttling all traffic to the Netflix network via L3 it should be possible to perform some other tests that create a like for like bandwidth comparison.

1. Run raw Netflix feed through a VPN to Netflix

2. FTP some large file from Netflix

3. SCP a large file from Netflix

4. FTP over HTTPS/HTTP

These tests could also be performed using a variety of ports. If Netflix were serious about proving this they would provide test servers and instructions for their users to compare the test traffic to their Netflix raw feed. This should reveal the full extent of any throttling that wasn't congestion related.

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Re: @ac not so clear

If Netflix ran a VPN terminator that this guy could connect to that used the same path through Verizon's network then that might be a useful comparison to make.

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Snowden wants YOU – yes, YOU – to build spy-busting tech

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Unfortunately you can only educate people who want to learn.

Perceptions need to change before we can train the masses, and that's a PR job, something techies are not exactly known for.

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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Re: @btrower -- Don't give up hope

There will only be a revolution when the people are prepared to forgo their luxuries and make a stand by not buying anything except basic essentials.

The whole situation is 'a mars bar for your password' writ large as far as I can see.

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Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup

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Re: @RatFox...

".50Cal rifle on it's bipod, picking off Verizon C-level executives"

Considering the availability of weapons in the US and the regular ass-rodgering the public get I'm really surprised this doesn't happen more - unless I'm just ignorant of swathes of CEO's biting the bullet? (especially the banks/Fed reserve etc.)

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Pushdo Trojan outbreak: 11 THOUSAND systems infected in just 24 hours

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Infection vector?

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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@Tom

this is a prime example of how the paedo-mongering scare tactics are forcing non-paedo's out of working with children. I have been put off for the very same reasons.

Is it any wonder then that the only people who end up working with children are fucking paedo's?

The whole witch-burning attitude is adding fuel to the fire.

Most child sex abuse occurs in the home, by family or close family friends. Even when the paedo's behaviour around their children makes others in the family unit uncomfortable enough for them to suspect that it is indicative of worse behavior in private they don't do or say anything because they don't want to rock the boat, or they have something to lose themselves (typically a husband and a family reputation).

Child sex abuse is a hideous crime, surpassed only by those who could stop it but don't.

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Re: Good work

"and what about the female paedophiles?"

Bunged up?

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Re: N2

"Hint: It didn't. It didn't even stop theft."

But it did lower re-offending rates I believe.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: Password Managers?

"i got haxed by a trekkie"

Not really, I used those keys because I was trying to think of something that I would never use :)

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Re: Unique Passwords

How about

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Seven should be ok

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Re: Password Managers?

I have several 'awkward' passwords that I use in different combinations, plus numbers that I can use for a variety of security levels.

For example, If I were to use the base word of, say Klingon (as a memory aide) the password 'root' might be something like

K11Garn!

Another might be Enterprise, and be something like 3nt3Rprize=

Start adding numbers to those and the passwords you write down (for reference) are:

77 + Alien

Ship + 73

Alien + 99 Ship + 03

As long as I remember the root passwords I can create lots of combinations and keep them written down with very little risk of anyone 'guessing' the root.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: BT did this too

You could always just have some fun at their expense rather than spend hours on the phone (unless you are making it a point of principle of course - in which case fill yer boots).

Rep: Why are you leaving us? <insert crying> What is the new ISP going to give you that we won't? We can save you £100/year!!

Me: The really nice sales rep offered me a blow-job if I signed up with them.

Let's see them put _that_ in their call log :D

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Hamas hacks Israeli TV sat channel to broadcast pics of Gaza wounded

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Re: Uggly

"Typical of the west"

If you want to lump everyone under the same label and then treat them all as one thing, eventually everyone in that group that doesn't match your label eventually will.

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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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"especially children"

Paper rounds, pocket money and the occasional car washing for Dad, plus not having a mortgage and bills to pay helped too I guess.

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Re: Yes wasted

"Not better than going out, getting drunk and getting laid."

But a lot better than getting into a drunken fight, catching herpes and having an unintended offspring with a beer-goggled beauty.

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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You'd have to have an Earth endangering event occur to even make most proles notice that this was something that affected them. You know, like cancelling an episode of Coronation St. or something.

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Re: So...

First line of defence: Don't log MP's stuff

Second line of defence: D-Notice

Third line: Put all those illegally obtained data trawls to good use and find out who did it then prosecute them in a secret courtroom, anonymously and with no legal representation. Claim to public it was all made up, invent a new 'crisis' to make the goldfish look elsewhere.

I'm sure there are more.

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Re: Useless

At 98C we're pretty much boiled. Time to serve up I reckon.

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Re: unsurprised, but ...really?

"people simply bend over and take this in britain?"

Please feel free to point out a civilized country where the politicians don't run roughshod over their voters' wishes.

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