* Posts by Sporkinum

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Drones need their own version of Asimov's laws of robotics – MEPs

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Re: A matter of perception

General perception of drones

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New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

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Reservation

Make a reservation for a hamburger joint? Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?

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Windows 10 market share growth slows to just ten per cent

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Re: not cause for celebration

Re. HP Support Assistant.. My laptop must be too old (2011). It doesn't throw that at me.

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Ashley Madison wide open to UK privacy lawsuits, claim lawyers

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Almost half a million

There are around half a million co.uk email addresses in the dump. Not to mention all the other generic addresses.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast

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ra-men

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Beware, skateboarders! Hackers can switch your 'leccy plank into reverse at warp speed

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Re: electric skateboard?

Yep. I'm getting on as well (53), but I was intrigued by getting one. I live in a small enough town that I commute by pushing. Takes me about 6 minutes to ride a mile to work, without skitching. It's faster than walking, biking, or taking the car as I don't have to park, or carry the bike out of the basement and lock it up when I get to work. As far as crashing, small rocks and twigs do a fine job of causing that anyway, so you just need to take appropriate caution.

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Beaming boffins feel the rhythm as neutrinos oscillate over 500 miles

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MINOS

My wife and I visited the MINOS detector a few years ago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MINOS It's at the bottom of an old iron mine in Minnesota, and is in line of the beam path that continues on to the Ash River site. The Ash River site is further away, and at the surface, not underground like MINOS. http://www.particlecentral.com/neutrinos_page.html

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EFF's Privacy Badger will block snooping ads and invisible trackers

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tried it.. didn't work

I figured i'd give it a try. It does this... "Warning: Privacy Badger Alpha may not work as expected with your third-party cookie settings. You may find some bugs, which you can report here. Thanks for your help!" It changes color and changes the number, but all the buttons in its interface don't do anything. I run a butt load of filters, etc. Cookies are accept third party cookies from visited, and keep until ask me every time. I really don't want to change my cookie settings in the off chance that privacy badger can do as good a job as I do. I am guessing this is meant to take over cookie handling as they say you can run it concurrently with ABP, noscript, etc., since most people just run those and use the default cookie handling, which is to allow everything.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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I changed my mind.

I was on the fence about installing it, and was considering yesterday. However I did some more research and read some new to me information today and decided not to. First reason was that I heard that there are problems with getting the Cisco VPN to work. I have to have that to remote on to work to fix problems. The other are privacy issues. Microsoft stores your private bitlocker key on onedrive if you have that running, and the other is that they reserve the right to have carte-blanche access to everything on your machine. “We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to”, for example, “protect their customers” or “enforce the terms governing the use of the services”. I uninstalled and blocked the KB3035583 update from the 3 machines that were candidates.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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Just got home tonight

Just got home tonight after a long day of work, and my wife made grits and sausage gravy for supper. Stodge in the best sense of the word. It really hit the spot and I am currently stuffed!

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Galactic BIRTH: ALMA peers THIRTEEN BEELLLION years into Dawn of Time Itself

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Re: There is a limit . .

Really... Sort of..

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SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

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freeze dry

I wonder if they could freeze dry the poo by exposing it to space? Exposure to UV and vacuum would sterilize it I think.Then it could possibly be a compact powdery fertlizer.

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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I think the Americans were smart enough to know that, but I was wondering if they had had the bad luck to have him get incinerated if it would have been a much longer and bloodier war.

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I wonder if the Japanese surrender would have been different had the emperor been in one of those 2 places when the bomb dropped? I would guess their ground intelligence in Japan was not very good then, and they really had no way of knowing the whereabouts of the emperor.

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Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

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Anyone else remember the crappy sitcom Quark, about a space garbage man?

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Global productivity hole to open on 30 July as Angry Birds 2 debuts

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Leaky?

I pretty much don't run any android apps due to trust that they may be sending personal data out.

I trust that people will check to see if this game "leaks" after it is released.

This is from a wikipedia article on angry birds. "Controversy

In January 2014, it was revealed that Angry Birds was considered a "leaky app" and was used to collect data about its users including their sexual orientation and location by the NSA and GCHQ. In retaliation, anti-NSA hackers defaced Rovio's website. Claims were made by Edward Snowden that the app was leaky and that they were capable of siphoning off data.[86]

According to The Register, the information was leaked through the in-game advertisement code like that embedded by Millennial Media: "Millennial's tracking software generates a personal record for each user that can store information from their political affiliation and sexual orientation to whether their marital state was single, married, divorced, engaged or 'swinger'. This information is used to target in-app ads more effectively, and can be collected by UK and US intelligence agencies for analysis".[87] In a statement to the press, Rovio denied that they were themselves providing any information to the intelligence agencies, but did not exclude the possibility that their advertisers might do so.[88]

Following this revelation, on January 29, the Angry Birds site was defaced by hackers who replaced it with "Spying Birds" via a DNS hijacking attack. According to Rovio, "The defacement was caught in minutes and corrected immediately".[88] The Syrian Electronic Army tweeted after the incident that the attack had been carried out by "a friend" of theirs.[89]"

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chopstick-collapsing Spam musubi

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Straight from the mothership

Tour Chicago

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Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again

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Re: plebs?

A lot of plebs can't afford 35K, but that doesn't keep them from getting a loan and buying one anyway.

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Post Office launches mobe service for aged greybeards

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US is expensive for cellular

I have one of the cheapest prepaid plans available in the US, and I pay $5 a month for 300 minutes, 500 texts, and 100 MB, with 2 cents each for additional minutes, texts, MB.

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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Re: Chevy SS

One of the doctors at work just got one. Looks pretty much like a normal Impala from the outside. He seems to like it so far. He has a couple of old Mopar GTOs that he drives to work some times, but this is way faster, better mileage, and a cop won't give it a second look.

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LOHAN'S PRATCHETT mission set to soar Saturday

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Re: I probably missed it..but..

Thanks for posting the link. I had missed that article. So the canards are used for pitch and roll, with software doing the mixing?

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I probably missed it..but..

Why are you using 4 servos, when 2 or 3 would do? I don't see anything for ailerons, so you wouldn't need a servo for those. Could you go into more detail on the mechanical linkages for the flying surfaces?

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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Re: They have been making overly optimistic statements about "when" since they started

"Personally I would have more faith in a scaled up Lohan vessel. At least we know they test properly."

As far as I remember, they never have tested the actual flying portion of LOHAN. They have only the one, and it will be tested on it's maiden voyage. I'd like to see at least a 1/2 to 2/3rds scale balsa model actually fly first. But what what the heck.. Ad Astra Tabernamque!

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Intel's new chips are from 'Purley' – know what I mean? Know what I mean? Say no more

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Say no more!

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Hi! You've reached TeslaCrypt ransomware customer support. How may we fleece you?

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Pratchett

I always smile when there is a Pratchett reference in an article. Igors stitching.. Thanks!

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Good enough

I think the uptake will be minimal, as for most people Blueray is good enough. The enthusiasts will buy, as will the keep up with the Joneses types. I received a Blueray player for Christmas, just finally hooked it up 3 weeks ago, and have still not watched a full disk other than to test it. There is so much stuff available online to watch, and the newer stuff looks good enough to me, that haven't felt a need to buy any Bluerays. I think a lot of other people probably think the same way. This isn't like the jump from tape to DVD, or from SD to HD.

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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

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Re: "I vant to fondle your buttocks...'

My hovercraft is full of eels in many languages

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Russia delays ISS crew mission over Progress launch safety fears

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Just being pedantic, but she is an Air Force captain. Lower rank than a naval captain, which is what the Star Trek ranks are based on

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Uber and car makers jockey for Nokia's 'HERE' maps – report

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Re: Article Error: Missing Context

2CVs everywhere!

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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Re: muh freedoms

Good ol' syncronicity.. just started watching http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Warriors_of_the_Deep last night . McConnell is a turtle, not a fish, therefore Sea Devil works!

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Italian ISS trekkie sips first zero-G cup of espresso in SPAAAACE

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Re: And I thought that in space nobody could hear...

The best you can get in space....

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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wmc and xbmc

I used the heck out of wmc for several years, but when my cable company started encrypting regular cable, I dropped cable and went fta. WMC does a fine job with recording fta, but since I moved I only can get one station, so I have it only recording news. XBMC is much nicer than WMC for viewing local media, but most media consumption is just using the browser in the HTPC now. I wonder when they are going to turn off the EPG feed? That will truly put the nails in the coffin.

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AT&T fined for gouging Uncle Sam on phone plans for poor folk

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Subsidized

I don't know what they charge, or how many minutes they get, but I only pay $10 a month for my prepaid service that's 400 minutes, texts, and 300mb of data a month. Additional texts, minutes, mb are 2 cents each. I did have to buy the phone on ebay though.

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Unisys looks to ‘streamline’ as losses increase, sales fall

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Surprised they are still around

I started in IT on a Burroughs B3500 mainframe, and then onto a UNISYS 1100/60 before I got out of the mainframe world. Didn't even know they were still around.

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Hi, Fi: Google JOWL-SLAPS mobile bigguns with $20/mo wireless service

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Expensive, if you don't already own a Nexus 6, the only phone it works with. They will sell you one for $650, or maybe you could get one on Ebay for $500.

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El Reg assembles mighty Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

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Pint

The budget food must've been more than the Paltrow household could bear. They filed for divorce Monday.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Apple Engineer Talks about the New 2015 Macbook (stolen from reddit)

Apple Engineer Talks about the New 2015 Macbook (youtube)

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Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket

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impressive mileage

That is impressive mileage, but for $41k US, you'd have to drive it forever to pay back the cost premium. Now that I moved to a place only a mile from work, I hardly drive at all. I'd guess I went from 12k miles/year to maybe 5k.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: sigh!

Upvoted for the use of "suppurating nads". Though it should have been suppurating 'nads.

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Pathetic PC sales just cost us a BILLION dollars, cries Intel

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Re: Incremental Improvement

You were damned fortunate. Market rate on Ebay for that CPU is around $200.

The issue with intel is that the computers out there are good enough for most. Barring any breakdown, most people can keep on keeping on with what they have.

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

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Leave it to The Doctor to make a pithy comment like that.

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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What is the actual hold up?

What is the actual hold up? I didn't think you needed approval for a weather balloon launch. Is it because a small semi-autonomous model plane may fly? Does it fall under some sort of drone-type regulation?

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Nest seeks audio talent to delight … someone

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Big Brother

Re: Speculation!

Technically, speakers can be used as microphones, so with a little programming magic in a wireless speaker, it could certainly be done. GOOGLE!

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Gimp

Lux Interior

The whole idea of a watch with a Lux Interior makes me Cramp.

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Watch this, Apple. Fruity firm gets down and dirty with Facebook’s OCP

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Any time I see OCP, I think the evil corporation in Robocop.

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Life, the interview and everything: A chat with Douglas Adams

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Shada

Just got done watching the unaired Dr Who, Shada, which was written by him. Fun, even though it was an uncompleted mess. He is missed.

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How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

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CFLs are way better than the used to be, and at least for me, cost way less than LED bulbs for equivalent or better light output. The only issue I have with CFLs, is that they take a while to warm up when cold.

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings!

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Laughing gas and rubber: A recipe for suborbital flight?

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Last video

I liked the camera mounted on the engine view. They had a dollar under the engine to burn. I am guessing it burned many dollars getting to that point.

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

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Re: As an American

Yep, and our trains don't have dedicated tracks. We run on freight lines and the freight trains have precedence over passenger. As far as 70mph in a car, I won't go any faster as I am a cheap bastard, but most on the freeways go 75-80, with the speed limit being 65-70.

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Re: glad i managed to watch

Yep, I can tell I am old. The Spit still is one of the prettiest aircraft ever flown.

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