* Posts by TechnicalBen

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UK banks ill-prepared for return of the rabid POODLE

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Re: Excellent work

I'd not trust the banks.

My latest bank offers to show me my pin. I need to enter it in the online banking first, but then it shows me this.

I'm still undecided if this is a security risk. I'll leave them if it is. Previously, the pin was not viewable by anyone, and only receivable in a tamper proof (at least gives visible results of tampering) envelope.

I'm not being obsessed or anything, it's just I'd rather not bank with a company that allows someone to request my pin if they get hold of my card and just enter the details online for a "reminder". Or a bank that does not see the uselessness of a pin reminder that first requires me to enter my... PIN!

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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Re: 8 Parachutes?

Ah, makes more sense when it's the setup and deployment of the chutes. Not that many at the same time. :P

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8 Parachutes?

I thought I was cheating in KSP using 4 and not doing a proper powered/assisted landing. :P

(Both tools for their uses, both this and SpaceX have me on the edge of my seat)

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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Re: Life's no fun...

(sees reg title of article)

It's a hackers ploy to get funny headlines on the Reg!

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Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

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Adam Sandler is the real life "The Producers" example. Really, look up his tax forms. ;)

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Re: Daft design

Still not helpful (downvote all you like), I never said they popped up every use.

They could be permanent and open doors. They could be chair height and used as seating in the day (still does not solve the problem, but a little safer).

If space is that tight that there is no where to put a private urinal, there are other problems. A shotgun solution is not better just because it has some results.

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Re: Daft design

One of the most stupid ideas ever. If you MUST have an automated door on the thing, put an automated door on it, don't make it "pop up" dangerously from the ground (or back into at the end).

I see no reason it must do this. There are so many better and cheaper and easier, not to mention safer solutions.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Re: This is what is being taught

Yes, quite often it's simple natural effects that we accidentally remove or side step with a manufacturing process.

For example, try eating a bag of sugar. That's hard to do the bodies natural systems tell you "don't do it". Try eating a bowl of fat... same thing.

Now try eating a tray of cheese cake (I know I could! :O ) or a lot of chocolate (milk fat and sugar... oh they may remember to add cocoa ;) ). Our body now has trouble stopping the hunger response.

This kind of effect happens less with home cooking as we tend to use sensible ingredients. In a factory/business they just maximise profit and maximise "desire" (taste or sugar/fat content).

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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Re: Monetization!

With mere silver and gold a man will not be satisfied?

I guess Randall is satisfied.

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Coffee/keyboard

Tips hat.

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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Well, it's rather simple. We first build a space elevator to lift our space elevator up to position...

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: mousepads...

The main reason for me not to use ZFS is that it is perfect until something goes wrong. The complexity seems above my understanding.

NTFS (and others) are less complex, and more prone to problems. But I can recover from most of them trivially. For example, when I "quick formatted" the wrong drive, the next day I had it all recovered (backup MFT and/or file recovery software). A similar operation in ZFS could leave me with no possible way of recovery, as pressing the "wrong button" is irrecoverable unless I know exactly how/when/where to set and move everything. :/

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Re: The Chinese will love this build

Possibly a spoof picture then...

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Re: If you want major security improvements, you want incompatibility

Problem is, for 90% of those customers they also want "free sky" or "that pirated Windows game" or worse "open that proprietary Excel document", and those only work on MS software.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Re: Ok

I'll go without. I paid for and hosted my own content before "free online storage [costs covered by adverts" was around.

I used "pay in/get out" websites, even though all I could "pay in" was time and effort to help the forums/news/updates coming.

I buy my shopping, and don't steal it. I'll buy my media, but I have a limited budget, and the supply is already beyond the demand...

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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Re: No problem

Even without clicking, I think I know that link off by heart now...

The phone number less so!

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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The gripping solution is mainly done by a simple angle of pressure applied to the palm/toe AFAIK in Geckos.

However a muscle type "expanding/contracting" application could work. Using air pressure or just moving parts (as some have done in the past).

It may be that the idea does not scale. There are no elephants hiding in the eves of houses see...

... though there were elephant sized Sloths, they used claws not sticking palms.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: They aren't a problem; they're a solution!

One word "tree" (or "vegetation" take your pick).

Carbon capture is already there, and nature does it all so much better than we do.

Icon, as it's all about turning hydrocarbons to their elements and back again.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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@Jagged

All of them... ;)

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: Jumpgate

Good luck when the SP is still ruined by people gaming the economy. You won't be able to buy stuff or sell it. Oh wait, they'll just balance that out manually. Which removes the entire reason to have a dynamic player driven economy.

Don't worry, as long as players are involved they will effect the economy. Valve tried this ages ago and found people just crashed the market at a whim for fun. It's a game and not real life so the risk involved in gaming the market are minimal and make it much easier to get people on the bandwagon.

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Re: Seriously? Again? The Internet has Ruined... everything

If it is any help... some of the problems were with Windows failing to report the internet connection correctly. So Steam thought you were connected, but it got a "no response".

However, that is still broken "by design", and while not "on purpose" there was little reason to fix it, as the "error" worked to their advantage. :/

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Re: I'll wait

They released the original for free recently. I'll wait for this one. With current requirements in coding/porting/hardware and IP copyright we are looking at 50 years time for Elite Dangerous to be "free"?

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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"This is the first time this has happened".

Obligatory link: http://youtu.be/ZKpFFD7aX3c

I doubt the probe had such a meeting on contact though!

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Possibly IT will eventually all be outsourced. I don't see many "typesetters" left in employment. Jobs change, supply and demand changes. Sometimes an area reaches post scarcity.

No reason or right to steal (copy/take/distribute without permission) though. But it may mean that users/customers/others remove the need for our services, as artists or workers in specific jobs/hobbies.

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Re: Meh

They seem good, but have 2 flaws that prevent me from a purchase.

1) Too small text/fonts. Can't read a thing on them, the GUI is wonderful, but text on them is so small, I wonder if it was made for ANTS.

2) No direct access to memory/SD cards. I've started to give up on SD card slots on some devices, but I'd still like some real "HDD" and file structure emulation. This will become less so with cloud backup, but nothing beats having a memory card in my pocket for quick and reliable data/transfers.

Oh, and it's Microsoft... but I've got no real hate for their hardware/software combos. :P

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Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' but you still have to 'SERVICE' them

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Re: Short termism?

They say products have built in "obsolescence" and some wonder if there is a chip in the cable that counts down the time to "self destruct".

I don't believe it to be so, it's more a need of "minimising costs" and "not caring about reliability" in most instances.

Though, we did have 5 people come in at the same time to buy iPhone lightning cables... makes you wonder.

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Danish lit star Helle Helle, Marianne Faithfull and Jim Al-Khalili on Quantum Biology

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Re: It's always been quantum

That's an interesting point...

I'm not one to say the brain is a specific way (quantum or classical, logical or random, knowable or unknowable) but I'm not keep to rule out any system as being "classical only" until fully known.

We don't know everything about the brain and it's functions. One thing is for certain, cellular activity is on the atomic scale. Is it on the quantum scale within a cell? As my thoughts are effected by my physical makeup, my cells and their reaction, could it be effected on the quantum level?

Even without, it's hard to copy/read/grab a moving target, and the brain is very much a plastic thing.

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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The moon seems a good candidate. Close, easy to get to, lots of rock/silicon and oh, lots of light?

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Re: Isn't this the premise of..

We've got a ton... no, a metric ton... nope, a planetary lot of stuff here on earth. How long would it take to use it all "up"?

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'I get it if you don't make money for 2 or 3 years, but Amazon's 21'

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Re: The Real Problem

I hope you do really really well for seeing the technical, mathmatical and real problems and goals that are involved, and manage to surpass them. Too many are pushing "snake oil" (had a reply from a company when looking to buy one of their "AI toys" with "why would you want it to do that?" instead of actual acceptance of it's limits).

Until we see where the goal line is, we can never reach it. :)

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Re: AI, redefining

Hey, I said that as a reply to the article! That's my line! ;)

But true none the less.

I never thought of the "flying car" example, I'll try to give you all credit for that one.

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Re: Is it really worth it IN THIS CASE, though?

Space flight is an amazing thing.

It is in no way related to any ground based transport. It's rather far from most "flight" mechanics. It is more like being at the bottom of the sea.

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DR LIPS warns: DON'T KISS that NEWT - it's got FLESH-EATING PLAGUE

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Re: Hmm, tough choice.

Not Ebola. Just listening to the description of how that disease works on the body is horrid.

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

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Re: I'm not worried

The human brain is very much a physical thing in a very complex system. Thus it needs simulating in that complex system, not in the theoretical "braincell only" simplistic model. At least it seems more realistic to consider the problem being hard. It's always been "just 5 years away", yet we have never yet reached such computing or software level.

The reason it becomes a hard problem, is possibly the same reason it becomes hard to simulate many physical objects and processes in serial. So, for example the human brain has 100 billion brain cells, with even more synapses and connections (with timing and other data being vital to the working process). I'm not able to find out more info, but it seems calculating billions or particles in realtime, only tracking small connected events (collisions etc) is a problem even now.

As an example of something that gets exponentially more complicated, even though it's "simple" and "quick" for nature and physics to do is the n-body system. The more objects we try to calculate the orbits to, the greater the computational power required. So nature and real physics can shortcut some things brute force computation cannot (the age old np problem?).

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Re: Nah.

It's just marketing. Keep skimming off the definitions and requirements until you hit that "intelligence" label to stick on the product.

Even cars now come with "intelligent management systems". It in no way makes it a person or a mind.

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Re: An optimist?

If we create AI, and if we can recreate it (as by definition, there should be no obstacle to us rebuilding them), why would they wish to destroy us?

Take pets as an example, only in instances where there is mistreatment do they then attack their owners... oh wait!

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Re: Musklerian Jihad when

That and any AI is about as dangerous as a runaway train. In the end it's stuck on the tracks and we can unplug it.

While I love the Sci-Fi and stories of run away robots, we'd need factories and machines with construction abilities far beyond our current, before it would be anything more than a brain in a box flashing red lights at us when angry.

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Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC

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Re: bet this is giving TV Licencing a good idea

What is the definition of "internet"?

TV licensing covers broadcast.

I don't see a specific tax on deliveries and/or telephone communications (other than normal sales tax/vat).

So, whatever hardware/software they tax, I could see someone making a competing "sneaker net" or wifi mesh network.

While it's hard to buy your own broadcast equipment for TV, how easy is it to hook up a rasp' pi or Ardino to an aerial of some sort?

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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Re: saturation...

If it's in the type of music, then it's only in part of the industry. Other music is out there, it's just not in the place Apple is looking...

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Ad-borne Cryptowall ransomware is set to claim FRESH VICTIMS

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Re: VM for fun and profit?

Upvote for the idea that a Malware could run the OS as a VM inside the malware... wow, that's both scary, and wonderfully awesome.

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Most of these activities are skirted by companies already. This just brings it to light.

When was the first time Adobe or similar started bundling in software with downloads? I've stopped using legitimate sites because of the oh so close to tipping into malware software they push on you if your not careful. That's before going over companies like "Youtube" or "Google's" own "legitimate" adds.

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CATACLYSMIC Sun BELCH causes hour-long RADIO BLACKOUT in SPAAACE

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Re: That why Microsoft Exchange Online is slow today?

"Average", "Mode" and "Median" can all differ. You can also have the most quiet 25 years, while also having the largest even in the last 100 years, as a single event may not be enough to tip the scales of all the other years...

It's one of the problems with headlines/stat tracking being about "biggest" etc. It's better to look at the whole picture. Though not in this case without some eye protection...

It is a big event though, so lots of data and heads turning to look at it.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Re: Can't believe that I agree with Balmer

I would assume the idea of growth is, at some point to turn that around into massive profits. It's a big gamble, as other companies have no doubt collapsed under their own weight.

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Weekend reads: Russell Brand's Revolution and Joy Division's Ian Curtis gets lyrical

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Re: Independent Thought

It's the easy buck. Why try to work hard and earn some cash when you can act like a rich eccentric, and hope to win the easy "rich eccentric" pound/dollar.

A bit like the Nigerian and similar scam emails. Set the bar really low, and you hit that untapped market no one else is stupid enough to aim for. :P

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Al Black

The Thames freoze due to the speed of it's flow. Now it flows quicker, and cannot freeze. It was not due to any changes in the temperature.

It may still be the right answer, but the proof is not in the freezing of the Thames.

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Sky's tech bets pay off: Pay TV firm unveils blazing growth for Q1

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Yaaar!

(Translation from Pirate Speach: Yes!)

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But then they cannot see what your doing... ;)

(Not conspiracy, just economy)

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That's no – actually it is: DEATH STAR MOON 'could be full of life-friendly water'

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Re: Please try to get the facts right

Thanks that makes more sense. I was totally lost on how water could effect the orbit this way.

I'm still totally lost on how water could effect the rotation this way is subterranean. I'd expect some serous surface observations of something happening (outgassing?) is there was that much water moving around down there.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: just like water

Nope. We get "taxed" on water collection. A water company owns the basin/collecting area, which covers the entire surface of the land. Including any rain water customers collect.

They pay for the "privileged" to charge for water provision and transportation in the area. Even if it's nature doing the job for them.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Re: The state is the failure

"Anyone can have FM for a one off, minimum cost, and it'll work pretty much anywhere."

And that's why those with vested interest wish to kill it?

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