* Posts by cortland

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Brit boffins BLOW UP Li-On batteries and film the MELTING COPPER

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More energy

More energy = more danger. I learned that *years ago* when a "dead" alkaline PP3 was short circuited by coins in my pocket. Didn't quite blister but it certainly energized ME.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine-volt_battery

The power density of batteries is slowly catching up on gunpowder. When I built (ca 1956) an electromagnetic ball-bearing launcher, this 12 year old's version of a not yet invented "railgun", in my bedroom, I could have sent them THROUGH the wall -- if I'd used a (not invented yet) LiFePO battery instead of a Lionel train transformer.

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Infosec bod's brag: Text editor pops Avaya phones FOREVER

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Grinned?

With reason!

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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TV?

I had one, once. Sent it to the scrap yard in, lets see (hmm) ... 1997. Let's deprecate streaming videos that open when you're trying to conserve bandwidth. And wherein'l are the f**kin' transcripts?

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Re: commit "a sexual act on a tree"

It has to bark "yes," no?

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Microsoft, Getty settle image snatch 'suit

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They needed Mentoring.

http://www.scifiwright.com/2013/10/the-gray-lensman-by-e-e-doc-smith/

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Ploor ALWAYS complains.

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One small shot for Man, one espresso maker IN SPAAACE: Dragon snatched by ISS

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Hmm

The missing stroke on the left side of the A in SPACEX makes it look vaguely... Russian.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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Nice

Nice Hallicrafters' in the picture.

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

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Re: Plutopalooza

So he was no caw-ward, eh?

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EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

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Re: "Convince us you ain't"

Being confident is not necessarily the same as having evidence, though it may follow on that.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Were my brother still living, he, born the UK while our father was stationed there, would turn in his UK passport and advise others to stay away, which is a real shame. If HM government wish to make Britain as popular as Russia, they seem on the right path.

I note that we in the US seem fair to catching up with the USSR as well.

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Re: poor or very poor

I remember people in Aldbourne putting coins in the gas meter ca 1953.

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Reg exec in deluxe roo-skin pen case beernami trauma

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Banned kangaroo products? Leaping Lizards, Batman!

https://www.footy-boots.com/kangaroo-leather-ban-in-california-lifted/

(until 2016)

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Devonian?

"Chicks-hoo-loob" works, tho. Just don't correct the spelling

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Wonderful!

And full employment for the Orc's flocking to clacks as a trade.

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We've read all 400 pages of the FCC's baffling net neutrality rules – here's what YOU need to know

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Re: SOS, DD

"Not impressed ...with the FTC or FCC when it comes to protecting consumers."

THAT is another agency entirely. http://www.usa.gov/topics/consumer.shtml

And good luck.

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Speaking in Tech: Tinder Plus: 4 times pricier... if you're an OVER-28 wrinkly

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Is there

a TRANSCRIPT?

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Re: another name

With invisible ink in hidden inkwells.

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LOHAN test flight: Results in from Oz jury

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Re: Units

"How long is a cubit, Lord?"

-- Noah

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Just a

Just a flesh would ma'am.

It's not Dick Tracy; worse, it's Fearless Fosdick!

http://lightheartedfifties.blogspot.com/2013/03/1955-fearless-fosdick-ad.html

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Curiosity rover RENDERED ARMLESS by short circuit

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Re: Ha!

And making no bones about it!

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Boffins find Earth's earliest Homo in Ethiopian hilltop

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Homo? Don't tell

Dave Agema!

http://avstop.com/december_2013/former_american_airlines_pilot_makes_outrageous_anti_gay_claims.htm

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: Things change.

I don't have to worry about your taxes, but I wonder about a property tax not actually levied on property' I really do.

And I really miss the BBC on shortwave.

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MEGA PATENT DUMP! Ericsson, Smartflash blitz Apple: iPhone, iPad menaced by sales block

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Re: RE: The wheel

Cutting a stick to throw for your dog's enjoyment is ALSO patented:

http://www.google.com/patents/US6360693

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

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Back door? Nah.

To copy a Chinese euphemism, it sounds more like more like "back orifice". At a local Best Buy (tm) store the contract fixer-uppers (The Geek Squad --also tm) is going through Lenovo's removing (one hopes) the exploit. Good luck.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Is it coincidence that

... this is the sort of access (AND source code, please) the PRC government is now insisting American manufacturers provide for products sold there? Or that many if not most of those "American" products (and parts for all the rest) sold ** outside** the PRC are probably made in the factories that will do the dirty-work?

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Flogging kit and services to UK.gov? YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE

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Lots

But seeing what that lot will do unbribed ...

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: E.M.P. anyone ?

100 mW? That's not a pointer, it's laser knife!

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IBM details PowerPC microserver aimed at square kilometre array

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Re: At least THAT one

That's all right, then, and thanks. I'll avoid putting one next to *my* radio antennas.

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At least THAT one

At least THAT one should be RF-quiet enough to put amongst the radio antennas.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Limited to takedowns; isn't this an invitation to copyright violators, an essentially no-penalty way to make Mickey (among other rats) public domain?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encouraging_or_assisting_a_crime_in_English_law

I've brought my own popcorn.

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Re: "Don't be evil"

Medi-evil, perhaps; [ ]irds in a Guilded cage.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: Pants on fire.

Yes; Three Y's Men.

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FCC will vote to cut off 41 million broadband users this Thursday*

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Good! Can I expect

... my provider to lower my bills?

Heh. Silly me. But it's still lower than my 1984 Compu$erve $300/mo limit, 300 baud dialup with by the minute connection charges.

And whenever I miss the ASCII Internet (I do, too) I remember that.

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

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Flypaper Internet service?

That's what it is.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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Re: Hotels next step?

Well, no. They COULD -- but when firefighters, medical personnel and LE can't reach each other inside over their trunked or LTE systems -- shielding,remember? -- safety is a very large victim. I suspect occupants and convention goers etc whose cellular service is cut off would be miffed, too, not good for business.

In any event, access to law-enforcement and public safety communications has become part of the US National Fire Code and many localities have made it part of their building codes as well. Given the multiplicity of frequencies used and fast changing technologies, a simple Faraday Cage is pretty much ruled out. See links below.

*links

http://www.npstc.org/inBuilding.jsp

http://www.rfsolutions.com/

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BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

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Re: Bats got legs

I'm calling my Congressman; we gotta outlaw perambulators.

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How?

Common vampire? HOW common? Inquiring necks want to know.

Make mine A Positive.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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If one stands

I've been to Pearl Harbor. If one stands where he can watch Pearl Harbor, it's unlikely he'll be able to immediately after watch Gigli, unless he's taken along someone of that name -- and then he could watch both at the same time.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Digital photography

Just a good [enough],cheap [enough] wearable display would sell to photographers using digital cameras. Bluetooth viewers, anyone?

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Indeed

One approach used by insurgents -- and terrorists -- is to copy what government does, turning people against their own governments even if those really are defending them. Considering how many exploits and scripts are already running around wild, it seems additional surveillance can create an excess of less (shall we say) benign intrusions. There's no good way the average person can say who's taking his picture, writing down his licence number, reading his email or scanning his HDD when government insists on doing all of those and says he can't make it known or do anything to stop it.

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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Re: "ElReg is INTERNATIONAL."

And here's your Thruppence. Yeah; I was there, when.

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BATMAN LASER builds smaller, faster hard drives

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Hmm

Looks like resonance. Phonons or surface wave.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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An optimist says

30-year old software still runs in many of the world's organisations today, and there's absolutely no reason to expect the same won't be true 30 years from now.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/docker_part_3_containers_versus_hypervisors/

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Re: Oh FFS

Want a 95 install? Heh.

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It almost seems

Microswat apparently wants to churn hardware sales, producing operating systems that -- if security fixes were treated the same as auto safety -- cannot run on existing and still productive hardware, refusing to repair deficiencies in their own products that result in what would be massive recalls in the auto business (who can't squirt repairs down a link).

I worked in Avionics in the Army from1964-1980, and some of the equipment I worked with in Vietnam could still be seen in Active Duty Air Force transports in 1990; one enterprising person in Massachusetts, noting that test standards called out a specific instrument, bought the name and rights to build a vacuum tube (valve, to you blokes) Grid Dip Meter first sold in 1949. (http://www.isquare.com/millen/eqpicts/90651.html), much more recently, I worked in the digital loop carrier equipment business, where we made and sold equipment to telco's who expected FIFTY years of service and support. Military electronics, in a 2006--2011 job, had a still going and gegantic (sp) employer, as parts became EOL and unavailable, redesigning equipment first fielded in in the 1970's.

It seems to me that if the concept of implied warranty has any meaning, it applies to legacy products rendered unsafe to use not by acts by the users, but because of manufacturer oversights and omissions, manufacturers who, though GLAD to sell a lot if it, didn't want to fix teir errors after years of even decades while those who'd bought them could and were still being harmed as the mistakes became evident.

It could be worse; an OS update might some day come without warning (they've stopped giving most of us warnings) and a six day count-down to wiping it. Are they selling us ransomware? Not yet, but... there's money in it.

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Doomed from the start? Aye, but a good try still.

http://www.armaghplanet.com/blog/what-ever-happened-to-beagle-2.html

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Users shun UK.gov flagship digital service

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Ah!

Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.

--Yogi Berra

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/y/yogiberra100418.html

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NHS: Go digital or you won't get paid, warns Kelsey

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will be at risk of having their funding pulled

Are you trying to"catch up" to the USA?

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Re: Usual gibberish

Some comments I've heard from firefighters and the like speak to not being able to call the one behind you to turn around and run -- or for someone else to call you. No direct comms.

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