* Posts by Sporkinum

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

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I had never heard the "spam javelin" euphemism before. The Reg is truly a master of phrase.

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Come in Internet Explorers, your time is up. Or not. Up to you

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Enterprise mode.

They just rolled out IE11 wither enterprise mode here, and we still have legacy stuff that won't run. The other day I was able to get something to work in Chrome that wouldn't work in IE11, but did wourk in IE 9.

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

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I am guessing all this drone brouhaha is what is holding up permission to launch LOHAN?

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

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Re: I remain skeptic

I wonder how many people are going to be like that? I know I am. I moved away from an area that had a 2nd run Cinema that had great prices and great popcorn. Since then haven't been to one.

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DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

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Re: Meh...

I had a GS as well. Weird car, but definitely fun. 1lt motor, and loved the suspension (when it worked right). Suspension lever forward, you had 3 inches of ground clearance. Lever back, and and it seemed like you had a foot of clearance and could go off roading. The rear hatch was pretty cool, and if I remember correctly, it seemed like the boot was huge in proportion to the car.

The only thing that looks proper Citroen in the DS is the upholstery.

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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

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An E type Jag over a DB5 any day. Other good old spy cars, Maxwell Smart's Sunbeam Tiger, The Saint's Volvo P1800.

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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Similar with me. Laid off as I was "just an IT guy". They found out what I really did and 2 months later called me back. Didn't even offer a raise. My new job is better in every way, and I also got a 10% raise. Took them 10 months to hire a replacement that I hear is having a rough time.

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Kidnapped IT bod Peter Moore: My journey to Iraq began in Guyana

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Re: Fascinating article.

Looking forward to more as well. Obviously no family to worry about.

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If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

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more ms pushed update BS

Going to the Microsoft site that says what is sent in the updates, gives more information on what they are doing. Basically, they are re-pushing all the update stuff that people took care to get rid of. A bunch is being released today, and the kb3035583 was pushed for 8.1 on the 1st and 7 on the 5th.

It looks like they changed the status of kb3035583 to supersedes to make it show up again.

Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2015

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kb3035583 is back again

After removing and blocking kb3035583. It magically showed up again today as an optional update. Guess I need to hide it yet again. Our friendly KB3035583 is back again...

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So, what's happening with LOHAN? Sweet FAA, that's what

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UAV Madness

Like you mentioned in the article, UAV madness has taken hold at the FAA, and may be a real reason why nothing is getting done. Lots of rubes think that helicopter destroying, privacy raping, baby killing UAVs are everywhere and that it is the first step of the robot uprising.

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Ex-HP boss and US prez wannabe Carly sings about her dog on TV

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How much do you want to guess that at least a few of her passwords are snick or snickers.

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

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Laffs were had when the unlimited rice pudding rant went by in the doctor-davros flashback montage.

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Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

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The HD tablets are HD, for small values of HD. Fire HD 1280x800 vs my 2 year old nook HD+ at 1920x1280.

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

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Re: A fantastic show

I like all of them, even the weird Syd Barrett ones, but I would have to agree with Animals as being my favorite.

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Long-memoried boffins re-invent 1950s ferroelectric tech

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Cold war computer room I worked in had thermite to torch the disk packs and tapes.

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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Re: He's just been invited to the White House...!

That is excellent! Crap like what happened to that kid breaks my heart. I used to mess around with electronics when I was a kid back in the 70's. It's a normal part of being a nerd.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Fancy a ham and cheese 'dry tree trunk' sarnie?

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Re: Made this one last night

Blue cheese with it sounds great! And the pork definitely looks like prosciutto. Looks like one worth making. Thanks!

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Arizona lads recover epic stratovid – two years after launch

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Distortion

The HAB pictures coming from wide angle lenses always bothers me. If you watch the videos you can watch it change with the way the lens happens to be pointing. sometimes the horizon is convex, like these pictures, sometimes it is flat or concave. Rarely does it show the true view. The cool thing is the black sky that really shows how much atmosphere the balloon is above.

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Drunk Japanese warrior cuffed after NINJA STRIKE on shop robot

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Re: It doesn't do much...

Unit couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. That being said, loved the cheesy robot from this episode with the terrible optical effects to "embiggen" it.

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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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