* Posts by Voland's right hand

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Consequences

Ask US geological survey.

If it did not have some suspicions that the big slide model of Cumbre Viejo has merit, it would not have spent several fairly fat wads of taxpayers greenbacks to establish and run a set of early warning ground stations on La Palma. In addition to local earthquake data, they supply back to USA data on any ground moves (detected by constantly monitoring GPS coordinates of the station).

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Use the source, Luke

WD drives firmware was hacked recently without source access.

Decompiling mmu-less arm linux (most common CPU on newer drives) is not that hard.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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Now, what does eppendorf have to do with it

As someone who has had to use an Eppendorf pipette for real prior to giving in to the dark side of IT, WTF does an Eppendorf pippette system (as used in the as where the pic was lifted from) have to do with dating? Besides some thinly veiled innuendo on the subject of ultra precise liquid delivery and dating... Though once again, that would have made sense if it was related to a classic Eppendorf and not an automated mass delivery system (as in the ad where this picture has been lifted from). As far as innuendo goes that context is frankly somewhere between gross and extremely gross.

By the way, as far as boffinry goes it is a phenomenal piece of engineering and R&D, but I fail to see the relation between that and _ONLINE_ dating. Offline, that's more like it - most of the Eastern European molecular biology graduates which you can see yielding one in a real lab are towards the "extremely cute" end of the scale vs the boffin overall average :)

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Hackers fear arms control pact makes exporting flaws illegal

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Intention of the agreement

If memory serves me right, the road to hell is paved by what...

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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A more interesting question is does a spacecraft (including a suborbital one) qualify as drone.

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TITANIC: Nuclear SUBMARINE cruising 'Sea of KRAKENS' may be FOUND ON icy MOON

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Re: Kiss Me Deadly

Mass will be less in either case - cooling is trivial. You have a whole ocean at sub-liquid-nitrogen temperature around you and the possibility to conventional cool it.

IMHO the bigger design problem is keeping the amount of whatever isotope they load on the ship from overheating in-transit while it still does not have the cooling it will get at destination.

As far as Stirling, moving and fail, there are plenty of striling engines which are past their 100 year anniversary and still run with minimal maintenance. Stirling may be big, it may be slow, it may have atrocious mass to power ratio, but in general it does not fail for many years. Frankly, the isotope will run out of energy first.

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Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

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Indeed

When you compare that to the abuse El Reg has subjected the so called tough phones:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/05/ifa_2014_panasonic_5_inch_toughpads_fz_ex_windows_fz_x1_android_announced/

And the traditional Xperia dunking: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/13/sony_outs_xperia_zr_waterproof_phone/

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Re: prophetic writings

Kraken... sentient... Hmm... Opens "Nova Wars" on the kindle... I do not think I like that idea...

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Reg hacks (and rest of 'Frisco) in LinkedIn measles contagion scare

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Re: Mountains and Molehills

I have heard that there can be serious complications, but I have NEVER heard of anyone who has actually experienced this.

This is because most of them are delayed. Nervous damage complication from measles is offset by up to a decade, heart by up to couple of decades, even eye squint and overall eye damage are offset by a year or two. Overall rate is significant > 1:10000.

So by the time the person has developed it your "lfe paths" would have parted so you would never know.

Also Measles (real one) != German Measles which was significantly more prevalent in the developed world.

Where I grew up, measles (real one) meant immediate quarantine, school closures, signs on doors in houses, etc. That was followed extremely strictly and for a reason - it has a significant (even in the developed world) mortality rate. Compared to that german measles was indeed all over the place and nearly everyone had it sooner rather than later.

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Re: On the "questionability"

I was in a school of around 700. measles went round in the days before vaccination. No-one was left with long term effects.

Depends on age. If those 700 got it when mostly pre-teen the likelihood of complications would have been under 1%. Out of these 1% the most common long term damage from measles is to the heart muscle and nervous system including fatal ones.A lot of those you will not see while still in school. You will see them later - up to a decade or more after that for the nervous system and decades (plural) for the heart.

So the fact that you did not see them in school does not mean that one of these 700 kids did not kick the bucket in college or as an adult due to something that could be prevented in the first place. For example the delayed fatality rate due to nervous system damage from measles is 1:25000. While fairly low it is still significant. Heart ones are in the 1:10000 range or therabouts. Most common is eye and eye nerve damage - again often delayed by a few years too.

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Re: If I get sick...

Put things into perspective - you are suing the wrong people. The whole anti-vaccine thing was a fringe fad up to a few years ago. It stopped being a fringe fad _AFTER_ the invention of the vaccine against Human Pappilomavirus.

At that point, various right wing basketcases equated vaccines with promiscuity and started piling millions of funding into the anti-vaccine movement. That was also the turning point which marked the necessity for every politician from the right side to doubt vaccines to be elected. All of that because some cretin saw the vaccination of 13 year old females (which the right age for it for a long list of reasons), with a vaccine which prevents 60% of cervical, 40% of V, A, P, etc cancers as a religious issue.

It is quite funny how we get outraged about muslim clerics in Pakistan, Afganistan and Subsaharan Africas sabotaging the campaign against polio when our own religious nutjobs are doing the same at home.

FFS - that virus _IS_ in the f*** general population (yes f*** intended as it is descriptive). Will the person get it at 16, 18 or on the first night following whatever religious marriage ceremony is mandated by her/his upbringing is irrelevant. He/She will get it. The HPV vaccine is not a promiscuity aid and there is no reason to fund nutheads and mandate politicos to express nuthead views on all vaccines because of that. MMR vaccine included.

So if you have any objection on the subject you should look around and start suiing every single religious and right wing nutjob organization inclusive of the infamous K brothers. I suspect you do not have the budget for that. Nobody does - this is why this madness keeps on going.

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On the "questionability"

All the "autism" advocates keep forgetting what is prevented by the vaccines:

1. Measles has a mortality rate and long term disability rate. Non zero one.

2. Diphteria has a mortality rate and a fairly substantial one to boot. One of my childhood memories which I would never forget is one of the kids in the same apartment block contracting it and the ambulance breaking down on the way. By the time the replacement ambulance arrived the kid would have been dead if our retired pediatrician neighbour did not tracheotomize her with a kitchen knife and a drinking straw.

3. Tetanus has an undisputable mortality rate

4. Pertusis has a mortality rate.

5. Varicella in individuals with eczema or asthma has a significant mortality rate.

These, taken together yield a childhood mortality rate of > 1% which was the norm 100 years ago and is still seen in the 3rd world. One of the reason why we do not see them even in non-vaccinated individuals is because of 99% of the general population is vaccinated. So the few individuals that do not for "ideological" reasons are in fact parasitising on the rest. If, however the vaccination prevalence drops under a threshold (for each of 1,2,4,5 this is is ~ 90-92%) the disease will have a sufficient susceptible population to spread. So they can _AND_ will watch their kids die. In the name of something that even if proven is still significantly lower (by many orders of magnitude) risk than the risk of childhood death from a preventable disease.

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So long, Cyanogen! OnePlus says its future belongs to OxygenOS

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Re: Just another Distro

BINGO.

AOSP remains wholly dependent on Google for the higher level parts of Android (the low levels, kernel, firmware are often contributed by phone vendors - example Sony Ericsson and now Sony). So if Google decides to delay the source release for an arbitrary period (as they did with Android 3.0) there is bugger all anyone working off AOSP can do.

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Re: Culture ship names

You missed the best one: "What are the civilian applications" :)

Though the most appropriate is "Sacrificial Victim"

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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Gimmick

Without the supporting infrastructure this is a gimmick. I do not see anythiing anywhere to force railtrack (or whatever it is called today) to provide backhaul along the rail-line and base-stations with predicted handover. A train is the easiest moving object to deliver high bandwidth to via wireless as it is moving with a known speed in a known direction so you can handover based on a predefined sequence instead of handover based on radio conditions. If you want to give a train several 100s of MBit you can do it with ease _IF_ you serve it using specialized backhaul and wireless.

So the train companies will all stick a single 3G/4G mifi per carriage (if not one per whole train) which will get saturated by 3 commuters and will not do anything about the abject absense of coverage along main UK rail routes. It will also have to compete vs all the mobiles in the same carriage so if it gets 16KBits you can sing halleluia and jump with joy.

Try using mobile on London to MK or London to Cambridge. And wheep - there are up to 15 minutes gaps where there is no coverage whatsoever (or a single channel of edge).

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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Re: There's a reason your friend can't find a job

Dude, you are clueless.

There are two sides to this coin. One is (you are correct here) - management. This is the LESS valuable one.

The other one is teaching the young un's how to "hold that rifle and where to stick the pointy thing attached to it". Same as in the army - an experienced non-comm is more valuable to the survival of its squad than a whole office of freshly minted West Point (or Sandhurst) graduates. This is because he can teach the others practically how to survive in the day to day job, be it killing the enemy, be it writing software.

First of all - the only way of doing that is by being in the trenches yourself. You HAVE to have some experienced employees around all the time to ensure that stupidities are squashed early in the bud and not propagated for several years before they implode taking the down project (and sometimes the company with it)

Second, forcing everyone who attains some level of experience to become management or leave is utterly stupid. The result is McDonalds and McDonalds quality software. Going back to the army analogy - most grey beard non-comms would not make a good commissioned officer. It is pointless to send them to West Point or Sandhurst - they are valuable where they are and doing what they do best - being in the trenches with the troops.

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Hey, network giants: Facebook swigs from an 'open' 6-PACK of tech

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This diagram makes very little sense

It is probably me being thick today, but this diagram does not make a lot of sense :)

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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Re: Sounds familiar

Come on. Diamonds are forever you know.

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: more advertising

Indeed. IMHO this is giving the right answer to the question: "Why do we need voice recognition on the server side". At least I do not have any questions any more

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Re: Sony : 1 - Samsung : 0

Samsung intrusiveness is pushing you towards..... Sony?

Funnily enough this is not as paradoxical as it seems. They got burned early and badly so on the overall they have been pretty well behaved on both the home entertainment and mobile front as of late.

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

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Re: So does this mean

Not a lot, at least for now - the prices on Misco do not show a massive discount. They are pretty rock bottom as it is though.

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

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Re: Is this at all surprising?

Bitrotten - not so sure. TVs now use generic OS-es. My Tosh TV gets an update every 1-2 month. So does the new Sony BR (I suspect both run some form of Android). VR will only continue to be embedded deeper and deeper into the OS as this is where Google likes to take it so not like it will bit rot any time soon.

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Internet of Thieves: All that shiny home security gear is crap, warns HP

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Re: Hurr!!

It is not "next generation". It is today's generation of embedded device developers tackling a new niche.

99% of the embeded development - cars, security systems, cctv, smart energy, etc has never heard of Postel's principle, has no clue of even the most basic Internet application security practices and will write insecure code by default. It comes with the territory.

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Indeed

This is exactly why I roll my own. I used to use Via mITX systems. I nowdays use Rapberry Pi.

Properly secured, communication with mothership only over VPN. All data movement, etc written by me in my spare time so I know exactly what and how moves around. Anything that touches my locks, central heating, has sensors and cameras in my house is going in only if I can see all the source or even better - if it comes as hardware and I can write the software myself. Off-the-shell cheap Chinese internet camera as a security device (or Nest for that matter) - no thanks, do not smoke that.

I was not that paranoid until I had to work with Smart Metering and review SCADA security as part of the process ~ 4-5 yeas ago. After seeing how they write those supposedly "critical" systems...

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Hacker hijack 'threat': Your car's security is Adobe Flash-grade BAD

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Re: Oppurtunity stirkes....

That mat was deadly - they fitted it also on the last real (2004) Daihatsu 4x4 Sirions before they completely crippled Daihatsu in 2005. I got one of these and it got caught on the clutch several times (no clutch on USA cars so break or accelerator will be the victim). To add insult to injury the f***ers did not include it in the recall list so no free mats from Toyota for us cheapskates.

I have tried anything and everything to deal with this and finally found something last year - the same OEM part as used on Isuzu trucks:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00NC0ICWS (no association with the links). Two of these dealt with the problem once and for all.

So no hackers involved I am afraid. Just terminally (literally by all means) bad design (resulting from terminally bad management).

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Re: Missing data?

Hand out the data to the authorized dealership which in turn transmits it back to the corporate servers.

There is a "Sony Pictures" waiting to happen somewhere in here. The question is not if it will happen, it is a question of when it will happen.

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Governments beg Twitter for more data; network offers birdcage droppings

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Re: Is it just me? I think it's just me.

Twitter can be "in charge" and is "in charge" as it has chosen (quite deliberately) to have minimal (if any) busyness entities outside the USA. So most governments and jurisdictions can hit it only with a polite request backed up by a threat of applying The Great Firewall of [Turkey, France, Britain, Russia, etc ]

This will not last - they will have to go outside the USA and start establishing presense in other countries in order to monetize sooner or later. Once this happens they will start getting proper legal requests as well as the compliance and audit trail to go with it.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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It is a pity I recently updated the "fleet"

This is one phone I would have loved to have. Unfortunately, when I looked to update the "fleet" a month ago frm the post-X-mas fire sales it was not available neither on Amazon, nor elsewhere.

Pity - I like the concept.

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Swedish National Font marches to the sound of whalesong

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Re: "Strategy Boutique"

Better this than arming some psychopath or giving a tosser a truckload of arms so that a psychopath can pick it up at a later date.

Also, make it Tössers, so it has a proper IKEA style sound.

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RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

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Re: Sparkfun

Actually, Amazon is obsoleting them all. It will obsolete Conrad and Maplin too.

It now has listings for nearly any electronic component under the sun for ~10% of the prices which Shack and Maplin used to charge so why bother going to a specialized store.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: So Stupid

This is not stupid.

A fool and his money will soon be parted. The one who is providing for the needs of unhealthy paranoia and complexes in people is usually not stupid. Immoral - yes. Stupid - no.

Stupid is the one who is _BUYING IT_

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

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Re: Not surprised

This is why I have a DIY wiring management using slotted trunking on the back of all desks and on the back of the media unit. It takes ~ 20 mins to put a length (or couple) of slotted trunk iin place and screw it in as the glue tends to be insufficient to hold it in place. You can pull a cable out anywhere and similarly "reel it in" anywhere as a result. Nice, tidy, does not collect dust and allows your robot servant to do its job.

It used to be that the floor under each desk looked like octupuses in a feeding frenzy. The Roomba taught me to keep it a bit more tidy. Win-Win.

Judging by the design of the brushes on the picture this looks like the Samsung clone by the way.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: Nail varnish?

You will damage the lacquer on the rest of the board. There are better options nowdays (water based acrylics).

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Uber hits PANIC BUTTON after India threatens to BAN dial-a-car firm

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Re: Ok, so..

First, ask a nearby female which one does she "prefer". I suggest doing it in a rather tame country. If you do it around the Mediterranean (Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria) or in Northern Europe (Sweden) you will need the panic button on YOUR phone - to call the ambulance to be taken to A&E to remove a shoe heel from your tenders. In a more tame country you are likely to get the explanation that as far as a woman is concerned there is bugger all difference and you will get the heel _AFTER_ that. But you will still get it. And you should.

Second, originally, taxi licensing in most countries was introduced for exactly this reason - criminal record checks and overall customer safety. Now the fact that some municipal authorities have converted it into a cash cow (Bonjour Ms Idalgo) is a different matter. This was later.

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Internet lobs $$$s at dev of crucial GPG tool after he runs short of cash

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Re: Rely On

Actually - for PGP compatible key formats and PGP compatible options there is not. The old PGP 2.x series which is available as software is obsolete by all standards. As far as using it all - ALL Linux distros and nearly all other free software uses distribution mechanisms based on PGP formats for signing implemented via GPG.

While it is theoretically possible to move them to x509, doing so will require a considerable amount of effort. Additionally, x509 is centralized trust anchor, while PGP is a trust mesh. So you completely change the trust model. IMHO the mesh is more appropriate for free software development as there is no center and even Ubuntu or RHAT do not have the means to maintain a CA with all the associated security and trust procedures.

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4G Mobile data suck stiffens Vodafone revenues

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Re: What amusing fellows they are...

Actually all contracts now include 4G except the lowest 250MB one. The change not mentioned in the press release is that they have started removing 3rd party wifi hostpot like BTWiFi, etc from the contracts in parallel with adding 4G.

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Japan's death threat hacker collared ... BY A CAT

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I do not grok the role of the cat

There has already been at least one successful cat-assisted war-driving experiment.

Some of the smaller android phones (which also happen to have cyanogen loads and root access) can be attached without a lot of trouble to a cat collar. Load a WiFi attack suite, let the moggie do a tour of the neighbour's gardens and voila - here is your new and shiny botnet (nicely localized to a location too).

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LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

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That fence will exclude everything not just the toad

The fence they are using will exclude everything, not just the toad. Hint - toads are not frogs, they really suck at jumping. So a 10-15 cm reverse inclination (outward facing) fence should suffice. There is no need to build a 2 foot high monstrousity.

Also, if done right, it can serve as a one-way trap. A toad can climb from inside out, but never come back.

It will at the same time allow most indignieous species to get to the water and offset the balance in their favour. On the negative side this means that you need to level the ground in front of the fence to ensure it is effective so a smaller fence is likely to be more effective.

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

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Re: Change of venue

Yeah I can imagine doing it in Cambridge and taking the press down to the Robin Hood (when it still existed - it got vandalized into an Eatin' Inn lately). Or maybe not.

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'Revenge p0rn' kingpin Kevin Bollaert faces 20 years in jail

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Woa... This comment thread beats the all time insults per post average on el reg and you sir gave it a nice start.

In any case - it goes to show that there is little or no need in a revenge porn law. The law book on extortion, libel and hate speech is so thick that you get the equivalent of a murder sentence if a qualified lawyer hits you with it.

In fact - if he was tried under revenge porn laws he would have gotten away with less

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Dating site PAYS cracker for stealing creds

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Re: Uh oh - now they are REALLY in trouble..

This is not exactly blackmail. It is standard BUG for BOUNTY negotiation as far as todays security landscape is concerned. If you do not show that you have really broken it, you are not getting any bounty (usually).

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Dixons Carphone clings to EE, Three in Phones 4U bullet dodge

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You may laugh for all you want

Unfortunately this is the thinking currently in 3GPP meetings, industry junkets and boardrooms and they will try to drive it down our throat with a tank if need be. The fact that most home routers suck so badly because they run slightly rebadged Broadcom Sh*tware instead of proper software is helping quite a lot here too. See, your [ Netgear | Dlink | Belkin ] is so unreliable that there is just no way you can trust it with your M2M connection.

So if you do not like the idea, you need 3 things:

1. Bookmark WriteToThem and prepare some envelopes with your MP's mail address.

2. Some money to donate to OpenWRT.

3. An enormous cluebat with which to go into the HomeNet working group meeting at the next IETF and beat some sense into them to finally produce a set of standards which will allow M2M equipment to communicate safely and securely with Joe Average lUser's CPE router.

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LOOK OUT - it's a GOOBER! Google's über-Uber robo apptaxi ploy

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Re: Google using information gathered for their own purposes?

I had to wipe the sarcasm off my desk, it was oosing out of the monitor.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Re: This is or isn't funny....

You do not have flashblock? While adblock is a matter of taste, flashblock is nearly mandatory for any sane internet browsing. Either that or a CPU for which there is no flash (like my arm Netbook, actually ex-Chromebook).

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Excellent

Well, I am going to say this agian (to be downvoted again by the fanboys):

With this in mind, I am not surprised about the the announcement of core and memory increase to match the Windows 10 requirements which is _NOT_ a Linux requirement or a requirement for 99.9% of current Pi apps.

Now let the downvotes commence.

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Re: Now this explains it

Why are you so obsessed with 1gb NIC's and SATA?

This is a low end device FFS

With the pretense for media center capabilities including HD decode and ability to capture video at reasonable rates. While you can just about get by with the 100MB/s interrupt driven NIC and USB for both it is exactly that - "get by". To do anything more with media you need a decent NIC and a decent storage as well as USB power budget that does not cause a crash the moment you plug in a decen 5.1 channel USB audio into it.

The Pi is good for what it is - IO (for those of us who cannot be a**ed to deal with Arduino). Other stuff - not really and the increase in CPU and memory does little for that either as the constraint is elsewhere.

So coming back to the possible use cases for core/ram increase:

1. IoT, automation, etc - nope (it is good as it is).

2. Media - nope (constraint elsewhere)

3. Windows - oh yeah, it just made the minimum envelope for version 10.

Nuff said.

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Now this explains it

I was wondering why the hell upping the core count and RAM on the Model B. This explains it.

In the absense of sufficient power feed, 1G NIC and SATA there is really very little you can do with 1G RAM and Linux in IOT space which cannot be done with 512M (or 256M for that matter).

So the answer to the "why raise the hardware spec" is now clear - it needs to comply with the minimum spec for Windows 10 which surprise, surprise is 1G RAM.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Competitors dead in the water?

Well this has categorically answere

No it has not. Still 100 MBIt and no SATA. So it is still as useless as the previous one for microsdesktop (in a network), thin client duties or a NAS. If you want any of these you will still have to (grudgingly) shell out for an x86 based system :(

It is probably even worse than the B+ in terms of power budget too. B+ is barely useful (I got 3-4 in use for security apps) because it has under 200mA or thereabouts left after the SoC consumes its share. It really, really, really needs a proper power plug instead of still faffing around with micro-USB. Otherwise these 4 USBs are useless - you can realistically use only one or two.

The B+ was fine for classic Pi IO duties (sans the power issues) in a IO/Network application and that was about it. For that two cores, 512M and 100Mbit are enough.

If Pi will really insist on trying to do something in the "desktop" space it should try better than this and put a Gigabit Soc on the board.

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Carmakers DEFLATED by AIRBAG FLAW as US watchdog recalls TWO MEELLION vehicles

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Re: SPIDER SENSES TINGLING!

I did a quick check for my vehicles (I got two Daihatsus from that period) to use a different airbag supplier. I would not be surprised if this is a USA specific issue.

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