* Posts by Dave the Cat

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Scientists to IPCC: YES, solar quiet spells like the one now looming CAN mean ICE AGES

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Re: @Brian Miller - Baked? Frozen? It's the weather.

Yes because realclimate.org is so impartial....

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US House Republicans: 'End net neutrality or no debt ceiling deal' – report

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Re: They did add a pony

"...and how she would have loved a little education as to what foods can be both cheap and nutritious...." Ah but surely educating someone to help themselves get the best out of what they can afford would be seen as some form of "socialism" to the enlightened members of the GOP and therefore to be declared "unAmerican"

Murrica' F**k Yeah!

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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

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Precisely, one wonders who Mike Berry would have them interview on a piece about financial matters... a representative of the "Inclusive, one-eyed lesbian mothers against fracking alliance of coalitions" perhaps?

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US gov preps sale of TOP SECRET disease research island

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Re: Asbestos and NIMBY's

"It's the three phase bit that's not compatible with the average toaster"... True but a three phase toaster... what a thing! No more waiting around for the damn thing to pop....

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Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97

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RIP Ken. I hope the flying is better where you are now.

A pint shall be had in your honour this evening.... Condolences to his family and friends.

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Boffins confirm quantum crypto can keep a secret

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Ok I've got a hard enough time getting my head around regular encryption. My brain now hurts, a lot.

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Re: "vast amounts of toxic waste that must be handled"

There's also the Canadian CANDU reactors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candu

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US cops make 'first ever' Bitcoin seizure following house raid

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Coffee/keyboard

Thanks for that... coffee all over my screen and keyboard. :)

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Radio hams tell Ofcom: Put that Wi-Fi mob back in their place

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Re: Hang on...

Was it Lester Haines? I for one would be interested in a "Current Overview of HAM for Dummies"...

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Whoever recently showed us the secret documents: Do get in touch

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Re: Are you sure you want to do this?

You forgot the chablis to go with the raw meat... ;-)

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Students outraged: Computer refuses to do any work for entire week

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Re: wtf?

"why don't they phone the admissions department of the University/College and actually tell them that they want to accept an offer?"

Because UCAS has a monopoly on this and they have to follow the correct procedure through UCAS or some jobsworth will tell them they can't go where they want etc.etc. it's all bollocks tbh.

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Graphene QUILT: A good trampoline for elephants in stiletto heels

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Re: What's the problem? Simply use the previously tried and tested method.

Boo to the humourless bastard who downvoted this post.

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'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test

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Re: (Streisland Effect && Do NOT press ME!) {GOTO FAIL;}

"…Could it be that the police estimated that having exploding and imprecise guns in the hands of the populace would diminish the number of proper guns bought illegally?"

Alternatively the could be operating a form of darwinism; if you're stupid enough to print and attempt to fire one of these, maybe your genes aren't worthy of addition to the pool?

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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

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Re: Instead of money losing call centers

I fear that's too much like common sense there ecofeco... Why spend money fixing a problem for all devices if only 50% of people complain about it... fix the problem after the fact and save 50%... I abandoned O2 long ago, I'm very glad I did.

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Not cool, Adobe: Give the Ninite guys a job, not the middle finger

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Re: Ugh. Adobe.

I hope Adobe dies a horrible death for their repeated failures to; listen to the people that keep them in business, sort out their exploit ridden software, sort out a decent updating system etc. etc.

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Turn off the mic: Nokia gets injunction on 'key' HTC One component

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Re: Could anybody explain...

I'm not hugely up to date with these things but my understanding is that something about it's design allows it to tolerate and record much louder sounds without distorting, this allows the user to make perfect recordings in what would normally be very problematic for anything except high end recording kit. A poster above mentioned that it can faithfully record up to 160db which in anyone's book is bloody loud...

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Stop excluding vulnerable Brits from digital agenda - MPs

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Should those who pay taxes be subsidising a broadband connection for those on jobseekers allowance?

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NASA chief: Earth is DOOMED if we spot a big asteroid at short notice

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Great Idea, I'm onboard, but...

Sadly Sir, you've applied logic and reason to where little or none exists!

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BOFH: Can't you just ... NO, I JUST CAN'T

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Re: Spot on

"I need a cattle prod..."

Seconded!! Alternatively, have they started selling Tasers to mebers of the public yet???

** wanders off to find Taser website.....

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APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

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Re: Called it

@ AC 08.13

"Look at all of you fandroids getting off on this silly webpage. As much as I can see your resentment against Apple (truly biased!).... bla bla blollocksy bla..."

Spoken like a true fanboi....

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McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, says Home Secretary

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Re: "...a statute of limitations on computer crime?..."

Thanks Ted.

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Re: Good, but he should still stand trial for his alleged crimes

@ AC 15.52

I'm not sure if your post was aimed at me or the other posters but here goes; For one, I'm not sure anyone has posted anything ghastly, a crime has allegedly been committed, the prime suspect for that should face justice for his actions. Having a disability like Aspergers cannot, and should never be a means to escape justice.

I'm not sure I fully follow your point, drinking alcohol isn't illegal in this country, on the other hand using your PC to illegally access a computer system(s) for which you are not authorised to do so, most certainly is illegal. I have to say I don't associate with people who smoke cannabis any more, at least as far as I know, heck I may have even tried it myself many moons ago, (but i didn't inhale ;-)) so should I report myself for something that last happened 20 years ago? Really?

I do take a liberal interpretation of speed limits when road conditions allow however whilst yes, legally speaking, speeding, even when road conditions allow, is illegal and therefore "bad", it's not quite in the same league of "bad" as hacking into the military and scientific computer systems of an ally nation.

As for what crimes he's alleged to have committed, I'm no lawyer but I'll kick off with sections one and two of the Computer Misuse Act for a start.

Now, the question of whether he will stand trial here is another matter, it's my understanding that the processing his computer after his arrest was not in line with DPP guidelines as a result of US over eagerness (quelle suprise).

I for one am glad that he is not being sent to the US, however I do also hope that he faces a court to account for his [alleged] actions.

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Re: Good, but he should still stand trial for his alleged crimes

My brother has Apergers and he sure as hell knows right from wrong. In fact it's his ranting about how he shouldn't get off scott free when he read the story that prompted me to make my post.

I agree that sometimes people with other forms of autism sometimes don't know the difference, however it is my, and my bother's, understanding that most if not all aspergers sufferers do know that difference.

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Re: "Years of Misery"

While I fully agree that this has gone on far, far too long. The "years of misery" are, as others have said, in part due to his constant appeals and re-appeals. That's not to say I think he was wrong to do so, I'd sure as hell to the same if I were in his boat, however a crime has [allegedly] been committed and he should have to stand trial for that crime in the country where they were apparently committed. Just because you've managed to drag out the and won the extradition appeals process does not mean you should be excused of your alleged crimes.

Though that said, I guess there a statute of limitations on computer crime? (I probably should know that anyway)

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Re: Ignored for the past 10 YEARS!

Sadly no, he didn't....

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Good, but he should still stand trial for his alleged crimes

I'm glad that some sense has finally been seen, however I don't think there's a reason to say he shouldn't still be tried for his alleged crimes here.

Having Aspergers doesn't give one carte blanche to do whatever one pleases and then claim he didn't know any better, having Aspergers doesn't mean he doesn't know right from wrong. He should stand trial for his alleged crimes in the country in which he allegedly committed them....

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ICO tries to justify hefty NHS data breach fines

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Re: bah

@ wowfood

It's like you invaded my brain and wrote down my thoughts exactly....

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Re: Interesting disincentive to whistleblowers

@ Prudo King

I hold a similar position to you at a NHS trust and I agree wholeheartedly with each and every point you make. Those who don't take this position seriously should be sacked asap, sadly this being the NHS we both know that won't happen.

@ non-NHS types out there: there are some of us who take our job and it's responsibilities seriously. Sadly the odd muppets here and there give us all a bad name....

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Perth porkfest crowned ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

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Not what I voted for, but a worthy winner none-the-less!

Stuck in work with no access to pork at present. Why is there never a bacon sarnie around when you want one? Mmmm Bacon.....

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

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Re: speaking as an American...

Interesting... I shall take a look next time I'm in the local supermarket.

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Re: WTF!!! I was away fro the mail in, but no one has posted the obvious GIANT SLAYER

That makes two of us on the pecan front! Did you ever reside that side of the pond? I did for a few years and developed my love of pecans there.

Still can't agree on the maple though! :)

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Re: WTF!!! I was away fro the mail in, but no one has posted the obvious GIANT SLAYER

Interesting option but, no, just no... too sweet! Are you an American/Canadist? ;-)

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Re: speaking as an American...

"Meat Candy"... An intriguing and delicious sounding snack.... I like it!

Question: You Americans are renowned for your love of bacon and bacon based food accoutrements (bacon bits and the like), why hasn't anyone over there invented Bacon jerky yet? Or have they? I am most intrigued!

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Peanut butter.... seriously??? WTF??

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Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

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Re: And the purpose of this element is...?

I think that probably says more about America's over-inflated sense of self-importance than anything else.... ;-)

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Re: Godzillium!

Like it!

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Re: Element 119 and beyond? Islands of stability ...

@ David Pollard,

Thanks for the link, really interesting article. I don't pretend to understand half of it but interesting none-the-less. This is why I love el reg!

Thanks.

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Eric Schmidt: Ha ha, NO Google maps app for iPhone 5

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Re: "obsessed with Apple's marketing events and Apple's branding".

@ Interested Party

Nice analogy :-)

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Re: What's wrong with Hyundai?

" "While you weren't looking Hyundai did the same."

Errrr...no they didn't."

Errrr, yes they did, they've spent the last 10/15 years poaching some of the best engineers from the likes of Toyota, Yamaha, Nissan etc. and some of the brightest automotive design graduates from the UK and US. They're rapidly catching up with European makers, if they haven't already done so that is.

I'll still be sticking with my european saloon but don't knock 'em, they're making some interesting cars at the moment.

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UK.gov blacklists Fujitsu from future contracts - report

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Re: As public sector contracts are in no way a hotbed of corruption....

We can only hope so.....

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Re: I was going to make a similar point

"because they don't make big enough donations to the Tory party."

Seriously, you're going with THAT angle? Are you aware of anything the Liebour party got up to in the last decade? People in glass houses and so on.... Don't get me wrong, i'm not exactly a supporter of the current crock 'o shite we have in gov't but the last lot are a law unto themselves....

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British Minister likens Anonymous to fascists and racists

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Re: Donkey

** Someone else used this term earlier and I liked it.

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Re: Donkey

Having previously lived and worked in the area I can agree fully. The phrase "blind leading the blind" springs to mind.... Though indefence of the lovely people of Neath this is the same in most of the traditional "labour" heartlands across the country... a complete inability to see the bad decisions taken by one group and a complete, utter and total swivel-eyed** hatred of another group for no other reason than some percieved ill from 25-30 years ago.

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Capita bungs staff £250 if they cheer up, smile for ad snaps

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Re: Best Shot Reflecting Our Personality

Ah so there's a Capita employee lurking judging by some of the down arrows.....

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Re: Best Shot Reflecting Our Personality

I thought this one could be a shot of the office staff all standing in a line flipping the bird with both hands in an F.U. style. Would seem to most reflect the way Capita tends to deal with stakeholders, customers and the government once they've got the contract. So hence their "personality" (<Seriously, Capita and "personality" should not be included in the same sentence, they are the epitomy of of the faceless, non-caring, couldn't give a shit about anything except the bottom line corporation.)

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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Re: I would care...

Dave,

It is wrong, but it also right.

Child abuse/violence = Bad.

Hitting that kid in the face with a cricket bat = Bad but also good.

I am very conflicted.

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Shops 'mislead punters' over phone contract prices

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Re: Misleading is wrong but...

Richard,

I'll back Phil here, when T-Mobile want to increase my tarrif they have written to me and given options in the manner Phil describes. My brother is on Orange though and he doesn't ever recall being told in advance of a price increase with them.

I do agree with your second paragraph, it does seem like they hold all the cards when it comes to the contract.

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Burglar steals $60,000 of computers from Steve Jobs' home

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Re: Pocket change

Oh so that makes it ok to rob his house then?

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Devon NHS trust left data of 1,373 staff online for MONTHS

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@ Petboy

"Given the state of IT configuration in many organisations, it would not seem at all unlikely that there was simply an unsecured share on the webserver which was wide open (no DMZ, no firewall) to the internal network."

Without giving too much about the architecture away, that cannot happen. The NHS code of connection prohibits external links from anything other than the N3 network (NHS "backbone"). More info here: http://n3.nhs.uk/

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