* Posts by wolfetone

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

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Someone is looking at the F-14 Tomcat's, then looking back at the F-35 monstrosity and is wondering where it all went wrong.

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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Re: I think I've worked it out

"Unfortunately it succeeded, as there was little attention paid to it by the press and therefore no public outcry."

If someone had said that Hitler was in favour of doing such a thing, you wouldn't have been able to move without seeing it plastered on a newspaper.

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Damn it, all those times I've been in A&E and not read the small print where it says "We may share your information with selected 3rd parties. To opt out of this, please tick this box".

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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Re: Main Image

""Weird Science", as alluded to in the article."

Ah! Sorry, I saw the photo and didn't bother with the article. Never seen the film but I'm going to fix that this weekend.

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Re: I'm calling mine ...

Robot O'Cyberbollocks would be better.

Wouldn't it?

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Main Image

Could I ask what that image is from? A film of some description?

You'd be helping my, er, "friend" out on these rather cold April nights.

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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"...there should NEVER EVER EVER be a one-size-fits-all solution. If I wanted that, I would use Windows."

At the moment the one size fits all Windows isn't fitting anyone.

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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Hard to believe in an industry that, in the UK at least, is allowed to advertise their products as "stop smoking aids" even though every advert you see for the product makes absolutely no link to this.

If it stops people smoking then fine, but they should be included in the indoor smoking ban. I don't want to breath in that crap, just for the reason it smells like I'm snorting a 20 year old Glade air freshener.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: Small misfire by M$ leads to a Butterfly Effect...?

"Trust me, Microsoft reads these forums. They treat these comments seriously."

Hopefully they read this:

Your software sucks. Sort it out.

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Linux

Bring back the Amiga with Video Toasters, all is forgiven.

Or just upgrade to Linux. Either or.

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Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

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Re: Still. . .

The women in the west of Ireland are far better looking.

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Linux infosec outfit does a Torvalds, rageblocks innocent vuln spotter

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Re: Oh no!

But he's alright to contact them through Facebook, yeah?

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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Re: Liquidators

", the helicopter crews who had to repeatedly fly over and dump some sort of material to stop the fire (I forget what)"

They were chucking sand, lead, clay and boron from the helicopters.

All of this melted, and created the "elephants foot" which is radio active glass essentially.

This site has a lot of photos of the place, before and after.

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Re: Liquidators

It didn't to me either until I watched one of the (many) documentaries on YouTube. I can't remember the exact one, but they had I think about 20 of the original liquidators in a room and they all looked rough, ill, etc. And it wasn't until these men were speaking did it bring the whole sorry situation home. It's easy to watch people dressed up in goggles and gloves etc running towards some rubble, then running back after 60 seconds to avoid dying from the radiation. But to see those people 25+ years later, either not being able to walk, riddled with cancer, talking about how they chose to do what they did. It's powerful stuff.

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Liquidators

Another year rolls by, another article regarding Chernobyl, another year missed in regards to talking bout the liquidators. For the uninformed, these were the men who would run in to/on to the power plant to throw large blocks of carbon that the reactor threw out when it blew up when the robots that they wanted to use died within minutes because of the radiation. Some of these guys are still alive, but the medical issues they have are awful. Cancer, cataracts, brittle bones, all caused by the radiation they were exposed to when they cleaned the power plant up.

The amazing thing about these men is that they weren't prisoners and forced to do the job. They volunteered. They put themselves in harms way to do a job. This was many months after the blast and they knew what happened to the plant workers and firemen. But they still did the job. And what did the USSR, and subsequently Europe/The World do for them?

Absolutely f**k all.

I wouldn't say they're in poverty as such, they get some medical treatment just like any person would do in the area. But what they did saved much of Europe, and we have done nothing to help them, or to show our appreciation. No, we just carry on screwing each other over. Perversely, if these guys didn't do what they did, most of the idiots who are causing so much trouble recently wouldn't be alive to do what they're doing.

The one thing I have always said, much to the strange looks of my fiancée and friends, is that if I had a big win on the lottery the first thing I would do is donate money to these men. I was born after Chernobyl and I may very well not have been if it weren't for them.

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Getty Images flings competition sueball at Google Image Search

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Re: Try Reading ALL The Words People

TL;DR

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"I think the argument is that because Google is showing the image, the original website can't use Javascript to try and block Save As, or earn advertising revenue from the visit."

I'm not so sure. Getty own iStockPhoto don't they, so they are in the business of selling imagery for websites. I've known web agencies find the image on iStockPhoto, Google that image and see if it's already on the internet, which they will then use. Depending on who you speak to, this will be because they don't want to pay the high prices Getty put on the images or they just simply don't want to pay.

The problem though, while you can use Javascript to disable the right click function, you can't stop people print screening the image. So what's going to happen? Ban everyone from using the print screen function every computer in the world has had for the last 30 years? If people want the image badly enough no amount of blocking will stop them.

What should happen is that it should be attractive to purchase the images, and you don't make it attractive by demanding £40 for a photo no bigger than an A5 piece of paper.

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I feel dirty for saying this, but it's not Google's fault that you can right click and save as. That's the browser, not the website.

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Tokyo rebrands 2020 Olympics

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Re: Lisa Simpson

"Lisa Simpson

Yeah, it really sucked."

Not sure it's wise to make such jokes about a character who is, really, an 8 year old girl.

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Thunderbird is GO: Mozilla prepares to jettison mail client

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Well its hard for those developers to make a go of Thunderbird if Mozilla are stealing its resources, isn't it?

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Best Thing For Thunderbird

To say that Thunderbird uses resources that should be spent on Firefox is laughable. With all the money Mozilla get from various sources they should already have plenty of resources to make Firefox better than it already is! But no! They're hell bent on taking a browser which was effectively Elvis in the 1950's, giving it hamburgers and pills and squeeze it's bloated body in to a tight white jump suit.

At least now Thunderbird has the chance to fly. Look at what happened to OpenOffice when it was split and LibreOffice was born. The same can and will happen with Thunderbird, and maybe one day when Firefox is on the toilet on the verge of a heart attack the Thunderbird developers can swoop in and save it.

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No more purple rain.

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It's funny that he dies and within the following 7 days we get snow in April.

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Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

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Re: Salt mine will not be enough

A land mine would be better.

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse spared chickpea ordeal

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"You're doing it back to front. Find a wealthy father-in-law-to-be and woo his daughters and/or sons.

If he owns a chain of garages then your turbo problems are sorted too!"

Genuinely annoyed I didn't think of this.

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I'm currently doing this, but not because I want to raise money for malaria. I'm in the unlucky storm of having bought a house that needed rewiring, saving for a wedding, and nursing a car that wants £1,000 spent on it's turbo.

Still, I've lost half a stone. That will help with my diesel usage.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Re: Good to see the're progressing to get back to Gnome 2

What's old will be new again.

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

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Re: "AC"

"I believe I'm safe from any repercussions by Niteworks! They'd want £250k to scope the study before engaging in action..."

First rule of the internet: Don't trust it.

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Lazy Devs

When I started in web development I had a 56k dial up when everyone else had 512kb Broadband or ISDN lines. The family couldn't afford the expense, so when I built my websites I made damn sure they would load quick for users like me.

Now though all web devs are trying to out do each other by having the flashiest sites, and because they assume the bandwidth is there for everyone they don't care about making it as small as possible or as efficient as possible.

Think I'm the last of a dying breed who puts function over form.

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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People invest so much time and energy in to musicians. We buy the records, we listen to them in happy times, sad times, when we first get intimate with a woman or a man.

In really, really shit times for me, I turned to the Manic Street Preachers. The anger of a lot of their songs helped me through dark times. When my Dad died I was listening to the "Wrecking Ball" album by Bruce Springsteen, and the songs on there reminded me of my Dad anyway. But the song "We Are Alive" just stuck out with the lyric:

Let your mind rest easy

Sleep well my friend

It’s only our bodies that betray us in the end

My Dad having had two heart attacks, lung cancer (asbestosis) and a stroke died at the age of 72. It's hard enough having a parent die, but when you're 25 and you know people in their 50's who have both parents still around, you feel robbed of not having that same sort of time with your own father. The song though comforted me though, as really a body is just dust. Whatever is inside us goes beyond the body. Where it goes no one knows, and it's not something I want to expand upon or cause a religioous argument yet again.

After this though, the Manics came out with "Rewind The Film". I was at work and I was beyond excited about the song's release. I watched it, listened to it, and I broke down in the middle of the office. All 6ft 3 of me in an office full of women. Even know writing the last 3 paragraphs it's hard not to get emotional. Yes it was upsetting to listen to but now I can listen to it and be reminded of the times I had with my Dad through my interpretation of the lyrics.

But those two songs from Springsteen and the Manics mean that they are, to me, best friends. They don't know who I am from Adam, but to me they have been there and helped through dark times. So when they inevitably die and break up, I will have lost friends who won't come back and be there for me in another life event.

So when people are voicing their opinions, their experiences, talking about their loss, I think they have every right to do so. Whatever Prince, Bowie, Lemmy etc meant to those people is of no ones concern. Let them mourn someone or miss someone who they may never have met, but might have meant the world to them.

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Re: I'm wondering

It's OK to torrent music, as long as you buy a ticket for the live shows.

Oh, I see.

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'I hacked Facebook – and found someone had beaten me to it'

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Thanks Orange Tsai for ruining my fun!

Giggity.

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

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Re: "Fined? How about investigated for professional misconduct?"

The Solicitor will answer to The Law Society, and if they're any good they'll be removed from "the bar". So it's not so much him being fined, he could lose his job. Not sure however whether the Law Society can act on this news or whether he has to be referred to them by someone.

And in fairness, that's what he deserves.

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Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

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The Aston Expressway. It's more or less a car park during the morning and the evening anyway. A football pitch isn't going to harm it.

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Intel told Irish council all was well just before 12k job cuts announced

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Yep, I'm a pure idiot for disliking greed and the contempt big business has for the public.

Makes me a complete idiot to want fairness, to not see children grow up in poverty in a time when we've never had so much money.

Makes me an utter idiot to actually care about people who are worth caring about, instead of the ones who hoard all the money who expect respect as a given without earning it.

But I'm happy being an idiot, especially as it sets me apart from a dickhead like you.

Good day, sir.

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Capitalism works.

Doesn't it?

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123-reg still hasn't restored customers' websites after mass deletion VPS snafu

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Re: Cowboys Ted. They're A Bunch Of Cowboys.

"I've offered to host holding pages or simple site explaining why their main sites are down... Just until they get their main sites back up."

Same as me. My servers are backed up to Azure and to a separate VPS held by another provider to who I use so if my main provider screws up I can switch it fairly quickly. But people don't like paying for that safety.

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Re: I worry about firms who are still naively waiting for a restore

"I pay them a lot of money (yes, it's a fee-paying school and yes it's possible in this industry to earn enough for that)"

Can you be my daddy? I need an Xbox.

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Cowboys Ted. They're A Bunch Of Cowboys.

It's interesting reading all of this unfold on Twitter. I've helped two or three people out getting some content back from their website, but not everything. But it's scary to see all of these web hosting companies offering free shared hosting to those affected by 123 Reg, and people taking them up on the offer.

It's like they haven't worked out that it wasn't the cost or the quality of the hosting that was the problem, it was the lack of a back up that screwed the customers over. So what does the customer do? Decide "F U 123 Reg imma going to Cheapo Web Hosting, dey give me hosting fo free becuz urs is shit".

Still, fools and their money eh?

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Mitsubishi 'fesses up: We lied in fuel tests to make our cars look great

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Re: Only 10%?

Regarding the Peugeot...

From some of the forums on the internet it seems to be a common issue with these cars, and these HDi engines. I drive like a nun on a sunday, never go above the speed limit, never gunning it at the lights, it's driven nicely.

Ultimately the car, to me, is a finance thing too. I'm supposed to have it for 5 years, and I'm just over 2 years in to the deal. It's had £1,200 out of me for a new clutch and flywheel already which went at 60,000 miles (I've done 25,000 of those), and there may also be an issue with the turbo which is another £1,000.

These new Peugeots that are being produced are just junk. Look lovely, and they are nice to drive, but you can't rely on it to be a member of the family for longer than 3 years - if that.

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Re: Only 10%?

"The intention is that it's used purely as a relative comparator, not an absolute, so that you know that a car with an official consumption figure of 70 mpg will be more efficient than one with a 60 mpg figure, and not that either will actually deliver the quoted consumption figure"

But it's still a useless comparison. You have a car that the MPG is lied about compared to a car that has MPG that you'll never get. So you may as well spit up in to the air and see where it lands because you simply can't make any sort of decision on it.

Official MPG is a useless yardstick at the moment, regardless of lies or truth.

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Only 10%?

This is such a non-story it's unreal.

I have a Peugeot 3008 1.6 Diesel*, and the official figure for the MPG is 55. This is mixed with urban driving and motorway driving. The problem is, after 2 years of owning it, the best I've ever got from it was 53 MPG by driving totally on the motorway (Birmingham to Glasgow). That was me driving at 55mph too. With my daily driving I get 40 MPG, and that's a mix of inner city driving and 70mph carriageways.

So to say Mitsubishi "cheated" results that no one is EVER going to get near anyway is irrelevant really. Everyone knows the official figures are unobtainable, so it makes no difference at all that the figures were cheated.

* soon to be replaced by a 1998 Toyota Corolla. Because I want reliability, not French spit and duct tape engineering.

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Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers

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Re: Shit....

But it's free shit.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: Priorities?

"systemd is another sore point. If you read Pottering's blogs it all sounds a good idea, and many aspects are. But the endlessly growing interdependency with it is a very bad thing, as its their borging of things that an init process has no need for (e.g. NTP) presumably because they were bored and did not want to fix bugs or, more importantly, user complaints instead."

systemd will have it's own word processor soon.

There's nothing you can do.

Assimilate.

Resistance is futile.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Re: Plasticine porm..

"Careful it'll Morph into something more serious..."

I cine what you did there...

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"Is that a thing?"

Everything is a thing. Just go on one of the reputable pornography sites and see all the weird and wonderful perversions people have.

My own genre, plasticine porn, has yet to gain popularity though.

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To coin a phrase from South Park:

"We have to look at porn, otherwise we'll get divorced".

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

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Re: Victim blaming

"The customer should have an expectation that the company has the expertise to operate properly."

Yes, because you should expect to get the same service from 123-Reg at £14.99 a month as you would do from Rackspace at nearly £700 a month.

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Or football.

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Re: Alternative low cost hosters?

Personally I use Digital Ocean and look after the VPS's myself. They are then backed up to an Azure storage cloud. I have a VPS with OVH that is dormant but is configured with my clients accounts, so that if DO do a Linode and go AWOL, I can restore the sites from Azure and switch domain names for prolonged downtime.

I've never had to do this though. Thankfully!

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Re: The Cloud...

Plenty of companies on Twitter offering to host the websites of victims' on their "rock solid cloud" hosting.

It's all about the money, money, money.

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