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Dimwit hackers use security camera DVRs as SUPER-SLOW Bitcoin-mining rig

Powernumpty

Re: Another way to look at this...

I think you are on the money.

Want to test your code but would prefer someone else distributed and checked it? Give it some arcane use like, I don't know "bitcoin mining" (how we laughed) surely your mark is motivated by the "something for nuthin' " vibe no?

It gets out there the script kiddies moan it doesn't work on brand x and they only managed y performance and you go OK thanks guys.

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Someone I knew used to share video via P2P with a friend, nothing dodgy just large ish files, before fast connections he got them moved quickly by compressing and uploading 95% as (for example) "Big bouncy boobs" video part 1,2,3 knowing that they would be pounced on, he then sent the small last 5% to his friend direct, without the last bit the files were useless but strangely readily available locally to his friend at sunrise. I bet there are people out there now still hunting for big bouncy boobs part 4.

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FCC doubles 5GHz spectrum in prep for one-gigabit Wi-Fi

Powernumpty

Re: Euro-law?

I guess a lot of hardware can take a regulatory compliance overlay. The percentage of deviation for a few hundred megs at 5GHz is small so most of the RF side will be capable it's just down to where it's told to go. I have used Ubiquiti hardware and that allows the user to tweak quite a bit or to keep the EIRP compliance checked after selecting the country and antenna to have the device apply the channel and RF limits automatically

(to be honest I've never tried to see where it goes "disabled" but the scan option at least covers a wide frequency range)

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

Powernumpty

Re: How about ....

Yes it would be far more correct to say "anytime I think of humanity doing office work with Windows 8, I laugh"

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

Powernumpty

A question.

Is anyone missing the simpler times?

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

Powernumpty

Did anybody notice the CMOS options

I was looking at roughly this time and one of the options was NIC enable, as in leave the fecking onboard network card enabled, I can't remember if it had a cost but for goodness sake they are taking the piss charging for some of this stuff. It's almost like they had a few beers and reminisced about having to install stuff for people and getting paid for it! back in the day and then one of them saying "hey lets do that again!" the PC market is getting pretty sparse so lets make the idiots pay to leave stuff turned on!

Yeah do that Dell, I wonder if those refurbished HP's are in yet, damn fine value for money and no Win8

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If you don't GRIP it tightly, lonely enterprise cloud will WANDER

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Not just compliance

If offered a bright orange pill I'm guessing a fair number of people would ask some questions before swallowing it (if at all).

With cloud you are "such a square" if you don't just wolf it down with some vodka.

Cloud will make your worries go away!

Sod compliance, most cloud services installed by well intentioned users don't get past the first

"I better check this is the official client from the real domain".

I understand the attraction, once the balance is found where "net down" equates to "still able to work" IT might take a better view but we are in the mad rush mode where if it's new it's good right! Services need an off-line use and data backup, rating. If it does not work net down and the data is not yours for the easy constant backup then move on.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

Powernumpty

TDR

Could not the more intelligent thieves use an audio cable tracer to detect metal cable?

Around metal cables there will be some electrical field but with fibre optic (unless they have metal shielding or bundled power that radiates some how) they won't. Listen to the large back cable and hear nothing like data? move on.

With Time Domain Reflectometers on fibre it should be fairly easy to locate a break (and damage location) so educate the thieves that not only is it more profitable to identify metal cable it should reduce the chance of getting caught. I know it doesn't deal with the problem but should reduce the damage to fibre bundles.

I remember as a kid (70's) seeing gas bottles attached to telegraph poles in Essex so BT could detect pressure loss and cable theft, it was a regular occurrence back then, have techniques not kept up with the threat?

Another missing piece in this data protection society is the responsible local resident knowing the danger points, if there is a risky location by a farm why not let the farmer know? We'll keep and eye on your stock of you keep an eye on ours. It's all so bloody secret now nobody is meant to know the bloke next door is burglar, to protect his privacy you understand. It's "don't trust anyone just get them all to pay for the loss" gone mad ;-)

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

Powernumpty

But seriously what is facebook?

Facebook is actually "gossip and bragbook" so it might be easier to think about what you are posting, if it was honestly named.

Still, at least she has something to write, "Even those techi brit guys are talking about me!"

"Suck it!! sounds great in the British accent"

The fault is more her dad's, I hope she sees it as life lesson rather than a cue for all us "never set a foot wrong" trolls to gloat.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

Powernumpty

Please, lift the veil.

XP and Office 2003 worked OK.

Since then it's been mainly button moving and bull.

If MS really have paid bugger-all tax on 1.7bn then it's time the government worked out we won't stand them being MS's bitch for ever, and if some suit does go the brown envelope route it's going to be very awkward to cover up this time.

I moved to Open (Libre) Office years ago, has saved me so much pain and searching for features, forget the money, really, that's a tiny part of the pleasure of a sensible evolving engineering solution over the madness that is MS office versions.

I use Office 2013 at work and think it looks horrible, it works OK but why should I be visual insulted while doing my inevitable searching for what I could easily locate ten years ago.

Oh no! I have some "progress" on my shoe....

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

Powernumpty

No problem you can wear them with this on.

Glass BFA.

Where it is deemed inappropriate to take pictures the owner of the establishment should be able to hand out fluorescent Blank Firing Attachments for Google glass cameras so that wearer can visibly display that they are not taking pictures but can still use the display.

GBFA

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Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

Powernumpty

You will understand, soon enough.

Humans are a strange species but offer some interesting non-logical thinking of value to the collective. Once a being approaches immortality their respect for efficiency can wane, you humans have such fleeting spans your immediacy and constant evolution can resolve issues that affect other terrestrials and transitory lifeforms.

One drawback is the maintenance of your current bodies, these are seen as archaic and an impediment to flexibility.

Once sufficiently embraced by his Googly appendages you will become greater than the sum of your parts.

And yes as will all things, there are two sides, look now upon the flying spaghetti monster and do you not also see his nemesis the antipasta!

~gOOgle~

The choice is yours bandwidth now or empty promises.

Make the connection!

(and mention my user name when you do, I get a small commission)

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Investors throw cash at affordable 3D scanner

Powernumpty

With Macro

3d scan of fingerprints anyone?

Not that they would be of any use at all..

Just waiting for the first bank job where the perp was "the spitting image of the bank manager" or on camera speeding tickets where the drivers all look like the local chief constable.

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Renault unveils mini-SUV equipped with a QUADCOPTER DRONE

Powernumpty

Always knew

SUV drivers have small choppers.

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NASA quandary: Should Curiosity channel Fast and Furious for Martian dune-buggy jump?

Powernumpty

Re: It looks like curiosity is already over the crest of the dune

Cracking image that.

I wonder what caused the corral (or stalagmite/tite) shaped rocks centre of frame (look at the large grey slab and then up about the same distance as the slab is long). I expect it is just normal erosion but this is the internet...

Another thing that confuses me is the depth of field, to eyes used to Earth's atmosphere the focus seems to suddenly drop at the back.

Hyperfocal meets Mars.

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Super Bowl's SUPER BALLSUP: CBS broadcasts Wi-Fi password

Powernumpty

Re: More to the point ...

Stripes down leg coverings? I call them divideby's because you can guess someone's IQ by looking at the top half and then divide that by the number of strips down the tracky bottoms.

Luckily those with more than about four stripes normally don't survive the traffic so are rarely spotted.

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

Powernumpty
Big Brother

Quick swap the Plates, wheels, electronics, mobile, eyes, DNA, walk, fingerprints.

Swapping out number plates won't be much use to the oiks soon. The states have mandatory tyre pressure senders for a while now, each with its own serial number and radio transmitter. Combine ANPR, TPMS, Cell triangulation, GPS, Motion tracking, face recognition, iris identification, gate analysis, NFC, Bluetooth and WIFI MAC etc on top of these new ones..

Soon we'll each get our own drone to let us know how we are doing, the ones being tailed by drones with rockets on may loose some friends.

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Murdoch's BSkyB stares down Microsoft: Redmond renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

Powernumpty
Facepalm

Outlook? no Outlook!

I was trying to help someone with a "Can't send draft email" issue in Outlook and frankly I was confused "there is no send button". "What program are you in? what does it say at the top of the screen?" - Outlook, OK Outlook, scratches head, "and you have the mail open, you double clicked the draft email but there is no send button..."

Madness, don't call some re-branded online web service Outlook! people don't assimilate the .com extension so break the work OnOutlook, WebOutlook. I'm driving more towards Thunderbird now at least I know where the buttons are.

(just in case anyone actually gets this he was on the web version of "Outlook" and needed to hit 'Continue Writing')

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

Powernumpty
Windows

Re: Like they were my words

Middle mouse button use in search.

I see many inteligent people who could use a Gantt chart go to google, type a term, click the first link, wait for it to load read a bit , click back, click the next link wait for it to load read a bit click back.

FFS! seriously.

Type a search term.

see more than one link that looks promising? middle mouse button that while you keep assesing the other links.

Repeat until you have a few loading then go to the first new tab opened, it will have loaded by now.

Read in smart business manner close if not required then the next etc.

We have multicore processors but use single thread browsing.

Show them, please show them.

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Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

Powernumpty

All those readers

Yet still not one Apple user that gets a joke.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

Powernumpty
Stop

Re: Actually old boy,

Forget the words and any sense therein, concentrate on his nationality.

Simple concepts, better for tweets, sound bites, ignorant plebs with short attention spans.

break for adds....

I can't help feeling that is a better insight into the current problems than I could articulate.

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

Powernumpty

Re: I wonder...

They might host the odd game server on there, A380 fair chance of another bored soul or two, in game adds, kerching.

Games specific to the Airline with today's best score, only those airborne can play, live world map of your nearest competitor.

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

Powernumpty
Alien

Inside out you say

Should be called the "Way Milky" then.

From here on I shall stand in awe at the night sky and in my best Bill and Ted voice say "Way Milky!"

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

Powernumpty

Oh, wait, wait I know the punch line!

They want you to pay for it!

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

Powernumpty

Re: Everyone seems very hung up on the price

I can't disagree, that TRENDnet will have things missing and they may be show stoppers so I would not jump at it. I dislike much of the base level unknown brand stuff from the far east because it seems to built to get the sale rather than still work in six months time.

If I'm honest I thought about £120 would be the absolute bottom end for AC access points before I searched so maybe Linksys are hoping we are all thinking Shiny New = £300.

I like the Asus routers (with Merlin or DD-WRT) and still run an old Buffalo G45HP (tomato or DD-WRT) if I'm going to leave it on for a few days during electrical storms. One thing I never liked about the original WRT was the shonky blue case, not quite sure why they have iterated that, makes me think of the 90's Skoda.

I suppose once the price stabilises and the extra features are invented it will be a very useful tool but with £300 in my pocket (today) I'd probably look at Vigor simply because I've run (with a few exceptions) those for thousands of hours between reboots, forgo a few features for it being a reliable workhorse.

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Powernumpty

Re: Everyone seems very hung up on the price

Seriously did you miss the Asus, Netgear, TP-link ones under £230?

What did you search with a dowsing rod?

Not tried this but seems to have gig ports, dual band and bit less than that "lowest" price.

TRENDnet TEW-811DRU

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Snapchat vows to shut its hole in wake of 4.6 million user data breach

Powernumpty

Picture their sad faces.

I'm sure there was an apology, in an image, is it not there now?

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

Powernumpty
Windows

I feel my vowels moving.

Are we sure that is an O and not an A?

Microsoft Mad interface?

Office Mad Pro, Mad Outlook and other Mad offerings.

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

Powernumpty

UDP being connectionless, it might be harder to say who was the intended recipient?

If you don't want to disclose the tap(s) why flag the end point.

I think we will look back on the initial IPV6 thing as the biggest porting of global data through untrusted relays ever.

Most people use it without a second thought, even those who turn it off I'm sure are passing data in ways we don't yet understand while they feel safe that they have a expensive IPV4 firewall that doesn't even inspect the tunnel.

Even the handshaking and negotiating of scope may be more than it appears.

I see your previous point about the PCB's, very low tech stuff but then if I want to deploy many thousands in the hope one or two are useful, there is something to be said for paying only pennies for additional "normal looking stuff" in the boxes. If you want to get fancy make pin compatible PCB components that replace some SMD chips, quick rework and that visually indistinguishable BGA package could be something quite a bit different to it's base function, hell on dual video laptops use the "inactive" video card for something interesting.

What is possible is only limited by the imagination, we may take it on trust that it is not "sensible or justified" probably with a sound commercial head on, but since when has black book spending been limited by sensible or justified?

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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

Powernumpty

Re: Microsoft's failure is Canonical's failure.

Much sense there, I can also see the 3D headsets or some other developing technology propping up the desktop model for a while.

My uses tend to favour the desktop but I'm keen to move away from WinTel due to the obstructive licensing, energy inefficiency and just plane 90's thinking.

I want to use software locally, on a very lower power APACE (apparent physical interface) but I need a screen that large enough that I probably don't want to hold it.

Tablets are OK but (for me) fall down when trying to concentrate on what is being created beyond the interface and gui. A screen hovering in front of my vision with a neural entry system would be nice. Maybe the PC with morph into a server in the house that feeds physical or implanted headsets so we can see the creativity not the gui. Right now I'd like to move towards Arm type processor efficiency but have something like a PC lurking in the house to offload those heavy jobs when required, I certainly don't want to be web browsing on a PC that burns 150W insists on rebooting at the worst possible time with a hundred and thirty year old keyboard system.

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Android nasty sends your texts to CHINA

Powernumpty

Re: Free app hosted elsewhere?

The "extra permissions on update" seems to be a common trick, has prompted me to uninstall quite a few.

I would prefer when ticking a box like "Access to microphone" or "send SMS"

I had the choice of "When app is in focus only" (alarm at any other time.)

So program X enables voice prompts, why the hell should that mean access to the microphone as and when it likes?

give me "access to microphone for ten seconds after condition Y" like double tap, visible button etc.

I guess some will now tell me that is all there, but the developers don't enable such choices because thick users wouldn't understand the question.

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

Powernumpty

Re: "A highly visible laser truck is going to be the first thing any enemy will want to take out."

Shirley the constant tune on loudspeakers would give their location away?

Unless you got lots of real ice cream vans and hid it amongst them, not so daft after all.....

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Powernumpty
Black Helicopters

Re: Two things

Regarding 2

Call me when I can order popcorn from Amazon to be delivered by quadcopter cooked en route.

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Cryptolocker copycat ransomware emerges – but an antidote is possible

Powernumpty

Re: Spread the cost.

I used the words "assume" and "will" to indicate changes in the future.

If I'd have said "does now" you'd be right and that the cloud storage services offer little protection (except where possible to roll back to previous file versions).

If they did in the future decide that protection is possible and even a silver lining of the cloud they may look back and see cryptolocker as a good little sales drive.

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Powernumpty

Spread the cost.

This "looks like normal behaviour" exploit has to get worse unless the basic security model is revised.

The fact cryptoprevent is offered speaks to the ability to reduce the threat by using existing policies and mechanisms, but that also most computers are left wide open with antivirus and antimalware.

I assume someone at MS will "leverage" this sort of thing to sell us all cloud solutions and a more easily budgeted monthly ransom charge.

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Apple's spamtastic iBeacon retail alerts launch with Frisco FAIL

Powernumpty

Hawk-Eye

To be used with the ballpark version to give you that few moments heads up.

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

Powernumpty

Bigger picture

I wonder if this has some grudging acknowledgement of the "rest of the world" still being out here.

China may see the US as a litigious bear pit and not worth the effort, the global economy moves on and there are some pretty serious markets out there now (mixing metaphors) to play ball with.

There comes a point where they just won't pass the ball to someone who writes their name on it and wants to then charge others to use it.

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Hear that? It's the sound of BadBIOS wannabe chatting over air gaps

Powernumpty
Megaphone

Curious

Onboard speakers are often a Piezo element, which can also work as a microphone (assuming circuitry).

They may be not have good human audio frequency response but for this use, that would be a bonus.

It might be interesting to see the frequency tailored to those piezo elements used in specific brands/models or to the resonant frequency of the case/cavity. There is also the assumption of duplex, simplex would work if lower the throughput.

What next, looking closely at those extra bright, blue leds flashing through the office at night?

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Our irony meter exploded: Apple moans ebook price-fixing watchdog is too EXPENSIVE

Powernumpty

Not like Apple surely

If he was like Apple there would have been a non disclosure agreement prior to his starting work that says they can't talk about his pricing.

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DON'T PANIC: No FM Death Date next month, minister confirms

Powernumpty
Black Helicopters

Re: If they time it right

My first post obviously was not well written (no change there then) I'm definitely not arguing for streaming radio, the complete opposite in fact. Once everything we do is monitored and analysed to death the ability to listen to the views of some distant radio station or a varied range of broadcast stations is crucial to keeping any sense of world connection and an agile mind.

In a time of crisis (the promised power cuts say) lets see who can set up a simple few-component DAB station to keep the local people informed. Not to mention false flags attacks can only succeed if the media is well controlled. Once the net is down we will be blind, if FM and broadcast go – no streaming no clue.

I would like to see something big enough happen to radio that the average person wakes up to the death of the broadcast world and the fact that the entire radio spectrum is being turned over to a few corporate interests and short term profit. We are being blinded.

If they tried to turn off FM, all those who "put off trying digital" realise it doesn't work then we get into a proper conversation, I'm saying "go on try killing FM right now, see what level of shit hits the fan". Delay quietly hides the sell off of the radio spectrum.

I'm a radio enthusiast or at least was, most of the spectrum is now hidden under mains networking or other hash and the younger generation just don't see that as a problem.

While the net is up its hard to value broadcast and they just can't concieve a world without a working internet.

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Powernumpty
Facepalm

If they time it right

They could kill FM and DAB at the same time!

There is a new standard for mains networking up for ratification that would allow massively increased power and subsequent interference to the radio spectrum, ADSL/VDSL etc.

The BBC already found the current low level devices can take down DAB.

(TL:DR disclaimer - this is more than 140 characters, has some big words and very few pictures.)

http://www.cq-cq.eu/DJ5IL_rt004e.pdf

I almost wish it did have some pretty graphs as we need more people who don't know a decibel from a Tinkerbell to understand the radio spectrum is a finite resource and related to the sound spectrum, its like Europe saying they are going to allow the constant sound of chain saws around your house because "nobody listens to bird song speech or natural sounds any more!". In some ways I look forward to the day they try turn off FM IF we can get people to understand what is killing DAB.

Dear Mr Europe, the radio spectrum is not yours to covertly sell off to your mates.

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New exploding whale vid once again shows true porpoise of internet

Powernumpty

Re: One for the health and safety book, whale explosion, lost work tool.

Oh the steamy putrescence heading towards the camera, no that's not a good day to be a video camera operator.

There are days when I.T. doesn't seem so bad.

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Powernumpty

One for the health and safety book, whale explosion, lost work tool.

If I could control my upchuck response long enough to watch I would like to see where the knife goes.

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Powernumpty

The internet moved me.

I saw this and Wrecking Ball Chatroulette version on the same day, not sure I'll ever feel right about the 'net now.

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ROBOT SWARM positions itself over EARTH ... to probe our magnetic field

Powernumpty

Will play havoc

With the London Taxi drivers,

"I don't go closer-to-the-equator side of the Thames this time of night"

Also northerners will become southerners, oh the beautiful irony, to see northerners wearing coats...

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We're making TOO MUCH CASH, say CryptoLocker scum in ransom price cut

Powernumpty

I keep sayin'

Business email clients should allow only a small number of defined OPEN file types (limited in functionality).

Got a fancy 3D PDF with hidden stuff ? here have this blackhole.

Zip with EXE same.

At home if you feel at risk go to your ISP transport rules and select "business type mail only" until the threat has passed.

We accept all manner of shite in email, it should not be sent but beyond that it should never arrive.

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Google puts Dr Who's Tardis onto Street View - and you can get INSIDE

Powernumpty

A thought for those who went before.

Thanks for that, took a look, virtually wandered around the BBC for a while until I came to the words (on a window -reversed) "Mostly Harmless"

Big grin at the situation, if I'd been using a tablet I'd probably have dropped it.

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Xbox One site BELLY-UP in GLOBAL Microsoft cloud catastrophe

Powernumpty

Fog

The cloud is not technically down, it's just a little lower than normal.

As such no refunds will be forthcoming.

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3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

Powernumpty

just a step (or is that stp)

I see the printers as a step in the process.

The deposition of material could be just the first phase before substitution and finish.

I print the basic skeleton model in recyclable material, then drop it into a nano solution and over a few hours/days the model is replaced with materials with elastic properties or changing material types through the form.

End result is based on the 3d shape but has been entirely replaced.

A bit like the guy growing furniture from mushrooms the building materials could be organic based or partly crystalline.

I have one job for a bespoke 3d form, simple one but it needs to be able to withstand weather and UV. I can make it from off the shelf kit but I don't see it lasting, I either need to be able to fit the printer with many more materials (like the prototype Sugru or Chocolate 3d printers) or go to the high street materials exchange shop for an ABS-Aluminium, copper, silicon, or PLA-AG jewellery service etc.

It is very much like the Lasers, I have them as parts of other uses.

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iSpy with my little eye: Apple wants to track your every move

Powernumpty

Siri voice

"feel better now?"

"make sure you wash your hands"

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Fukushima fearmongers: It's YOUR FAULT Japan DUMPED CO2 targets

Powernumpty

Re: Wait, what?

Our Sun?

but wait you'd need some measurable change on the level of energy produced or a better transmission level between source and sink to account for a rise in transfer. That obviously hasn't happened or it would be big news.

Completely unrelated the earth's magnetic shield, the same one that protects us from solar radiation has reduced some 10% in the same sort of time scale we have been making serious climate study (if what you say is correct)

http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2004/09/0909_040909_earthmagfield.html

http://www.suspicious0bservers.org/cliemate/

I am just learning, reading and cannot find a good trench to dive into so respond to the measured changes rather than shooting me down for not being on Team A or Team B.

I think we are using too much energy to be sustainable in our current constraints but are also being played.

I for one will live with the winter thermostat a little lower and a decent wool jumper because I'm "more comfortable" knowing my energy envelope is not expanded for vanity. I see people at work with t shirts on moaning the workplace is not heated enough. Ignorance is unsustainable.

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To the tl:dr comment, just make a bit of an effort eh, this is not the Daily Mail and it is the fucking planet we are talking about.

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