* Posts by launcap

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: Just for you townies...

> someone doing 60 mph and hitting a stationary 1 tonne lump

I've seen the results of a Ducatti cutting a lamb in half in Scotland (Ducatti mostly survived - was still just about ridable). Lamb slightly less so.

Picking scorched wool and bits of lamb out of the front of the fairing and engine not so amusing.

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Adjustments will be needed to manage the Macs piling up in your business

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Yosemite and AD

In a word - pathetic.

We have AD. It worked fine (for a slightly flaky version of fine but we knew where the issues were and how to avoid them or mitigate them) on Mavericks, Lion, Mountain Lion, Snow Leopard etc etc.

Then comes along Yosemite. We can persuade it to bind (eventually - by being specific about the OU where the machine account is) but it won't actually use AD to authenticate. It just sits there and gives 2100 errors (and virtually nothing in the way of diagnostics).

My home AD works fine (same domain level, same-ish structure).

So - we have to use AdmitMac and pay for something to do what the OS should do (and did do pre-Yosemite).

Not that I'm annoyed about it or anything. Or being moaned at.

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: Highway Code Distance

> suggest you keep a 2 second distance from the vehicle in front.

That's been the case for motorbike training for a least 25 years. "Only a fool breaks the two-second rule".

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Re: Break vs. brake

> ...and if that's my Alfa, it often breaks suddenly and without warning

That's part of the spec! Just like it is on most Italian motorbikes (electronics designed for nice sunny Italian weather really, really doesn't like northern European island weather..)

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Re: Speed limit reduction

> camera system will track, spot, and react faster than us in and it's about time

> such systems are mandatory fit

Which is all very well but fails to take into account that the vast majority of cars round you won't have that feature. So you might save yourself from hitting the car in front but your (probably) unexpected braking might mean the person behind you in their older-spec car just goes into the back of you..

(Firm believer in the 2-second rule. Which makes me very much a minority on the roads, especially as you get closer to main conurbations)

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Re: I hope this is programmed right ...

> rely on the auto braking of the cars they are cutting up

Morris Minors don't have auto-braking.. (well - sometimes they have auto-fail-to-starting but that's a different issue)

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BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS

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Re: Send a few to South Florida

> What could possibly go wrong?

South Florida could be completely depopulated? Oh - you said "go wrong". Carry on :-)

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

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Re: Google maps does all this already...

> It'll be a long while before built in is actually in most cars - is it even in "most cars sold today"?

I know one car it won't be in for the forseeable future - my wifes 1966 Morris Minor 1000. It barely has electrics, let alone electronics..

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Re: Wotcha driving Simon?

>>"you might think that something which does 0-60 in 6.5 seconds is sporty"

>I do. That's pretty quick.

.. unless it's a motorbike. In which case it's pathetically slow.

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Re: paths

>> “Bad command or file name” message

>To be fair, that's true in *n*x shells as well.

However - most *n*x shells are not set up (unless the sysadmin is *really* clueless) with . as one of the PATH entries..

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

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Extra kudos

For using lyrics from Lamb Lies down on Broadway..

Kids today eh? A long song means one that's 4 minutes. *4 MINUTES*. That's not a song, that's an intro!

Pah.

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El Reg assembles mighty Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

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Interesting wrinkle..

.. would be trying to do the challenge in a way suitable for a type-2 diabetic - ie restrict the simple carbs heavily - so no rice (except small portions of Basmati - it has a different starch type to standard long-grain that has a much lower glycaemic load), limited use of potatoes or pasta (both quite high glycaemic load).

Of course, lentils, chickpeas et. al. are still suitable so I suspect a more Mediterranean or Indian diet would be more suitable.

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Dead Steve Jobs' wage-fixing pact in Silicon Valley was news to us, claim Apple directors

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Re: Righto!

> If you're a senior director and you don't know about something happening at your company that is

> delivering your biggest cost saving

Most directors care very, very little about employee matters (apart from making sure that they hire the right people - for whichever version of 'right' applies).

That kind of stuff is usually left to HR staff and/or lower level minions.

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Tesco broadband goes TITSUP, world keeps turning on wobbly-wheeled trolley

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Re: Demon offloading too.

<BoringOldFart-Mode=on>

I can remember when Demon were a proper ISP - in fact my first such. You always remember your first ISP..

Somewhere around 1992/3 I think. Along with Slackware 0.99pl15.

</BOF-Mode=Off>

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Don't shoot the Messenger: NASA's suicide probe to punch hole in Mercury

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Re: "its final contribution to the scientific canon"

> "its final contribution to the scientific canon" most fittingly will be KABOOM!!

Aha! That's where the penguins from Madagascar went..

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Re: I'm impressed.

> Computer-controlled taxis lorries and trains

Even the London Underground - especially when they used carboard punch-card to control things..

(And lets not forget DLR - one of my brothers helped write the early sinalling and control stuff for that. Probably one of the reasons I never use it..)

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Life after Nokia: Microsoft Lumia 640 budget WinPho blower

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I hope..

..that they offered that Boxer a good deal to appear in a Lumina ad.. free milkbones for life? As many Scooby Snacks as he can eat?

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: Ah

> buy a shotgun though" ...who for, the MIL or bloke?

Yes.

The armadillo probably needs an improved stealth field and a minigun.

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Re: IT Angle

> I'll refer you to their menagerie: http://www.oreilly.com/animals.html

So - enquiring minds want to know - how do they select the animals? German Shepherd for Mac OS X pocket guide?

Some make sense (the Tsetse fly for one of the Oracle guides for example) but I get the sense that they have a bunch of animal names in a random generator and press the button whenever they bring out a new book..

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Incomprehensible boffins bring quantum computers a step closer

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So..

.. will this give us ansibles[1]? Imagine - two entangled photons captured in separate wafers and (until they de-entangle) changes to one instantly affect the other..

I want my flying ansible!

[1] Tips hat to Ursula K Le Guin who originated the term. As well as NAFAL.

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Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

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Re: WiFi

> Wifi is for lazy people who can't be arsed with running CAT5e through the building.

And people that work in listed buildings[1] where immeasurable paperwork is required to add CAT5/6 ducting or make holes in walls that date from the 13th century[2]..

[1] Obviously though not the ones made when a 12" wall was considered a flimsy temporary structure. Especially with lots of granite in the mix.

[2] This is, of course, the classical definition of an edge case. Unless it happens to be *your* working environment.

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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Re: Predictions...

> He is a she...

And walks on the wild side?

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Re: Sir

> all we need to do is crack fusion

Nah. What we really, really need is to discover thiotimoline! Or (reaching even further back in my reading habits) discover how to negate inertia whilst simultaneously discovering/being given personal devices that enable telepathy..

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Re: Actually.... @AC, and the Power of Global Operating Devices

> A fully operational battle station, I presume?

> I vote for one which could be mistaken for a moon.

Maybe (gasp) we already have! Those are not random craters y'know..

Either that or the egg of some myserious space creature that can (equally mysteriously) generate an egg that weighs the same as it did without causing eddies (hi Eddie!) in the space-time continuum.

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Oh no, Moto! Cable modem has hardcoded 'technician' backdoor

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> As far as I'm concerned, a modem or cable router or ADSL router is just a modem. It's also the >"hostile" side of the network.

Indeed. As a certified paranoid (what else do you call someone who has a background in networks and security?) I'm very, very loathe to trust a manufacturers idea of security.

Might be a bit OTT for a single home-user though. I suspect there a few of those on El Reg though

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

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Re: Not what I expected...from the headline.

> porcuswine burger...

A man/woman/being of taste! Slippery Jim DiGriz for President!

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Halifax's '24/7' online banking service is down YET AGAIN

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Re: So what's new?

> apart from when you get a message saying "there's been an error, try later"

Sounds like they have been taking lessons from Vodafone and/or Three..

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Three points

> they didn't have a proper specification of materials? It just said "mix it with some cat-litter." ?

Specification was presumably read from a marketing handout..

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Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

> Got to have something to do with all the newspapers and Weetabix byproducts...

Ours is compressed wood pellets - once the (ahem) solids are sieved out, the remainder can go into the compost heap where it makes a quite nice accellerator..

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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Re: I'm disgusted!

> The only consolation is the penguin is strangely fresh due to a touch of gamma irradiation ...

Oh noes! Does that mean we'll shortly be invaded by giant mutated dachshunds?

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Re: Bloody stupid ...

Who knows? Dachshund owners are a strange lot..

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> Or option D: burying nuclear waste in cat litter.

With one of our cats, I'd rather take the nuclear waste..

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Re: This is the stuff of Blake's 7 'Federation'....

So where is my spaceship? And while we are at it, I want a slightly sarky supercomputer-inna-box..

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Re: Encryption is not the problem.

> then one might as well become one

"Might as well be hanged for a man as a sheep"

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Re: AT WHAT POINT WILL THEY STOP?

> After the revolution of course.

Which will then need protecting from the anti-revolutionary reactionary forces. And to do that, they will need to read all your communications..

Ad infinitum, ad nauseum. So the wheel turns.

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Prostrate yourself before the GNU, commands Indian DEITY

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Re: Nice fit

> Pantheism and linux distros. What can possibly go right/wrong?

Steady on - the systemd developers accept no other deity than them..

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: A very clever piece of social engineering by these corporations

> The Islamic world was generations ahead of the western world in science, medicine, art, culture, and engineering.

>Then they got religion.

If they didn't have religeon before then how come they were (to use your words) 'The Islamic world'?

Hint: Your statement is utter nonsense - the Islamic renaissance was in the 8-th to 14th centuries, well after Islam itself arose. And was in huge contrast the the reactionary and backward-looking 'Christian' west.

Then after the 14th century, the situation flipped around with the Renaissance starting in the west and increased resistance to scientific thought in the Islamic world.

Nothing to do with "getting religeon".

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Police ICT company finally lurches off the ground

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> However they don't seem to have even one person working for them

>that has been educated to degree level in an IT related subject. Not one

Or even someone who knows what they are talking about and/or doing..

(Hint: a degree isn't needed in order to be IT-capable or competent. In support, the reverse is often true!

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Short circuit at Large Hadron Collider slows return to matter-mauling

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> A carelessly discarded KitKat wrapper

Should have upgraded to lollipop then. Nice plastic wrappers!

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Frayed British Airways plays down mega hack attack on frequent flyer accounts

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Re: I'm just amazed that

>AF persistently lose my bags at CDG

Try shipping servers as hold luggage then - CDG -> Amsterdam -> Bergen with two Sun servers (E450s - t'was a while ago!).

Half our hold luggage arrived. But no servers. They were going for a nice holday in Rome!

Still - it got me an extra 3 days in Bergen so not all bad :-)

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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> test when you have to renew your licence, every ten years

What is this 'renew your license' of which you speak? I don't have to..

(Still got the old-type license. Sure, it's held together with document tape, still has the [now very expired] speeding points on it and is pretty battered from years of bike-jacket occupancy, but they'll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands before I'll 'upgrade' it to a photo license.

I object to the fake 10-year renewal money scam and the common stories of allowed vehicle categories somehow failing to get migrated to the new license.

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Re: Bad training

> Ten thousand hours, though - that's potentially half a million miles

The 10K hours rule is also a myth..

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Re: Another nail in the coffin...

> you don't have to be a "petrolhead" to understand that it is *inappropriate* speed for the conditions that is the real danger,

*ding* *ding* *din<crash>

Oops. Broke the ringer..

The only times I ever got caught going a tad too fast on the bike was by bike cops. And mostly they were more concerned about whether I was riding safely (according to the conditions) rather than obeying the (sometimes) arbitrary road limits.

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Re: Human nature

> massive barbed spike sticking out the middle of the steering wheel

Or disallow someone from taking their car test until the have a certain number of hours on a motorbike or scooter (with potential medical exemptions).

Nothing like being on two wheels to teach you that you are not invulnerable..

(amusingly, I've never had a crash over 10mph* and had more in the car than I ever did on a bike)

*Yes, yes, queue the jokes about 'you need to drive/ride faster then.

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Re: If you need to be seen, sidelights.

> When I passed my test my parents rightly said 'now you will learn to drive properly'.

Indeed. Likewise.

I'm also firmly of the opinion that people who have just passed their tests shouldn't have automatic access to motorways since they require a different degree of forward thinking and anticipating than town driving.

All it needs is a follow-on lesson from someone to hammer home the difference.

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Re: If you need to be seen, sidelights.

> I won't mention driving with fog lights when it's not foggy...

froth, froth.. Kill them, kill them all!

Anyone fancy inventing a nice IR laser that can auto-target improperly used foglamps? I'm sure that a nice sudden burst of focussed IR should be able to blow the bulb.

And while you are at it, a nice focussed EMP device to kill the doof doof merchants.

All of a sudden, I feel positively middle-aged.

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Re: Is this a lost in translation

> And also I don't know how you fail for not speeding up at the end of a 30 zone, the limit is a limit, not a requirement!

However, you are also supposed to drive in a way that does not impede other road users. Which mean (usually) travelling at or near the limit.

So I guess that it would come under the heading of 'not driving appropriate to the road conditions'

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El Reg reforms the Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

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Re: Moral dilemma

> Am I allowed to take the cost at the bulk price I normally buy at

I don't see why not. Especially if you buy them at a proper Asian/Indian wholesaler and not the ripoff prices that the supermarkets sell at..

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Re: Any other 5 Eyes El Reg readers forming vulture teams?

> unable to afford 50 year old whisky..

You poor thing you, I feel your pain! I know, it's terrible having to subsist on fermented and distilled sprouting barley that's only been aged for (shudder) 21 years.

In other news, I've discovered that gin can make a respectably decent drink (neat naturally - none of yer poncy quinine-based tonics - unless you live in malaria alley of course).

Hic, haec, hoc!

(In my younger days I've been tempted to drink spirits in icon-sized glasses..)

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Re: I'm thinking that a mammoth is itself

> you need smilodon to control the exploding mammoth population

And velociraptors to control the exploding smilodon population.

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