* Posts by Steven Raith

1835 posts • joined 26 Jun 2007

Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk

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Re: Made a wrong turning somewhere

You're talking a load of cock, Charlie.

Steven "obvious pun" R

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Re: Attack of the Clones

As if Eastenders isn't depressing enough, they want to infuse it with hipsters?

Oh dear oh dear.

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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

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Re: French Uber bosses charged with four crimes under French law

As in the past I've had to spend £300 replacing a pair of wheels and tyres on my car thanks to potholes, I can't disagree.

Although civil liberties and support of the disadvantaged are probably a slightly better measure in reality :-)

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Re: French Uber bosses charged with four crimes under French law

I'm fairly liberal if I'm honest, but I do like a bit of hyperbole.

;-)

Steven "Gobby" R

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Re: French Uber bosses charged with four crimes under French law

Has to be said, the more I read about France in the press lately, the more it comes across as a third world country with delusions of adequacy.

Sad really, I used to quite like the sound of the place, although I'll grant you this is probably more prevelant in the cities, and would be akin to judging all of Britain based on reports of Brixton* and some of the more 'interesting' housing estates in Glasgow.

Steven R

*not sure if that's applicable these days, it's getting gentrified a bit, is it not?

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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Re: The great unwashed

He told me that if I have sex and the girl is standing up, she won't get pregnant.

Now I have seven kids, I assume my girl is defective?

Steven "no kids, actually" R

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Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

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Re: Probably...

I think that's the tweeked algorithm for Audis, yes?

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

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Re: I thought you was a fat bloke, Tim?!

"flab ≠ tits"

Don't tell me that, I've got to have some positive accents on my unique physique....

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Re: I thought you was a fat bloke, Tim?!

It's half the cost 'cos we've got a decent set of tits already.

I mean, fat blokes have a decent set of tits...

I mean, I need to walk to Sainsburies more often.

:-(

Steven "Big Boned" R

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: Has he looked for his shoe in places that are a mile from his home?

Maybe they were Seventh Day Advent Hoppists trying to live in his world for a while and spread their good word?

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Shut up, dilweed!

Steven "uuh huhuhuh" R

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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Hmm. I'm gonna try a Jessie VM with Cinnamon as a DE - might finally break me away from Ubuntu on the works lappy (and eventually, maybe even at home)...

Steven R

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Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

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Truly, it's as if man has become GOD

" The heavily guarded prototype device will now run Minecraft, allowing users to interact with the block-building game in virtual-reality mode."

See icon -->

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Re: Sabotage your own product?

Pretty sure that's what they said about BetaMax and HD DVD as well....

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Decrypted WhatsApp chats laid groundwork for Belgian terror raids

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Except that the use of existing laws and frameworks allowed it, meaning that they don't need to decrypt everything - just the bits that they feel would be relevant to an investigation.

You know, with evidence.

So it kind of shoots their own argument in the foot.

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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Re: It's good to see Caterham thinks of the passenger...

Hell, 90kw in an 1100kg car can be fun if the power delivery and chassis are right.

And the colour is correct

Steven "relax, it was a private road and it's the only standing start I've ever made the car do" R

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Re: It's good to see Caterham thinks of the passenger...

In something that weighs half a ton, yes, yes it would be.

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Apple's HomeKit: So, you know, it exists and all that. Oookay ...

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Re: Homekit

AC. re big in america, you realise most CCTV systems and cameras support just that sort of stuff out of the box?

Motion detector in CCTV software detects movement out of hours, sends MMS/video link in email, whatever. CCTV system hooks up to a seperate relay that controls lights, etc. Burglar gets the shit scared out of them, cops can be called and site attended to by neighbour. You can hook this up via a UPS and a mobile data connection and have it run without mains power, easily.

That's nothing to do with full blown home automation, which is also already available using X-10 networking, and has allowed far more sophisticated setups and Homekit would seem to allow.

When Homekit lets you build an Emergency Party Button, then it might be halfway useful.

The Emergency Party Button build page

The wheel that is being reinvented, badly, by everyone

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Camgirls, crypto currency and beer: The Register tours the Dark Net

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I concur

Very interesting for those of us who are aware of the darknet, but haven't dabbled in it - to the extent that I spammed it on social media, which is something I rarely do.

Shame I missed it TBH.

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Ed Snowden should be pardoned, thunders Amnesty Int'l

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Re: @Boltar

"What evidence do you have that he didn't?"

That's not how proving things works, generally speaking.

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Sacré bleu! Parking machine labels French mayor ‘thieving bastard'

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Re: Le Bah!

..que?

Steven 'Manuel' R

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

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Forgot about Dre?

Nah, they forgot about electrical safety.

(sorry)

Steven R

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Maybe it's just me, but taking a piss at the side of the road out of the way is less embarrassing than crashing into a parked car.

Then again, me dad was a major petrolhead (and so am I) so maybe he just instilled some odd values into me? :-)

Steven "has a wee before driving" R

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Re: But technically....

A closed course != the road, with random hazards.

Reaction times while even moderately inebriated are much, much larger than when sober and paying attention.

Reaction times are what matter on the road.

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Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh

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Re: Not an UZI

I vote Glock 18 with extended mag. The rear 'chunk' of it that makes it look Uzi like is the slide immediately after firing, while ejecting a shell casing.

Hmm. I think I need to get out more.

Steven R

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Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

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Re: HD video?

Why do you need more than 640k of RAM?

If the common components support HD transcoding of video in the hardware, then offering a lower rate image isn't going to make a huge difference to power consumption for the expected use (we're talking seconds of usage at a time, not hours) and modern wifi can generally handle it.

So why not?

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Re: £1800?

You can't really take them on canal towpaths and the like though....

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Re: Archway hill

Cycling up it? Walking up it is a pain in the arse enough, thankyouverymuch...

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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Re: Gentrification

"Utter Bollocks. It very much helps to come from a privileged or at least well off background to get you where you want to be. Having the confidence even if you don't have the cash can come from the background and opportunities you were given as a kid."

It can help, but it's not the be all and end all; I was brought up alone by an alcoholic, in the sort of conditions that would feature in a modern Childline ad (I brought myself up from around age 12, including handling the bills, etc); and yet, I'm doing pretty well for myself despite being disadvantaged in almost every important respect from a first-world standpoint, not to mention living in the arse end of nowhere, to boot.

Opportunities come easier if you have the benefit of a 'lucky' upbringing, but I've mostly got to where I am today (which isn't much, but it's fine) by wit, intellect and a burning urge to prove everyone who said I'd amount to nothing because I was the local poor kid utterly, blindingly wrong.

Opportunity smooths the path, but incentive and attitude are far, far more important IMHO, and make you take the path. Incentive makes you smash down the barriers and get places.

Steven R

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Re: Gentrification

I agree that extreme gentrification is a problem for locals, but I must admit, I can't recommend getting out and about a bit enough - if for no other reason than to get out of your comfort zone, meet people who have a totally different world view to you.

I moved from John O Groats to London, effectively (living in herts, working in 't Smoke) and now live in Scarborough and work in York; it's been pretty awsume now I think about it, and certainly more interesting than staying local, with better/different opportunities etc.

Thinking of moving closer to York this year (nobody lives *in* York - it's too expensive ;-) ), as commuting 45 miles each way a day is grating now...!

Steven R

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Bonny Scottish post-pub nosh neckfiller: Rumbledethumps

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Clapshot?

Being from John O Groats (just a run and a jump from Orkney) I thoroughly approve.

It's lovely with the previous nights ghoulash.

(yes, we were an odd family when it came to food)

Steven "Most scottish person you know, even though I'm barely scottish these days" R

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Apple in rinky-dink ink stink wristjob admission: Watch IS affected by TATTOOS

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Re: To quote R. Reagan, "There you go again."

Something can be crap without being a flop.

See Transformers movies, The X Factor and Vauxhall Corsas.

Steven R

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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Re: Wired ethernet still rules

Unless you're renting, in which case plumbing cabling behind the walls is normally a no-no....

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TWO-FACED Facebook: Vid calls slapped into blabber app

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So WhatsApp does realtime video calls?

Could have fooled me....

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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No, I think I'd get a fair bit of mileage out of it too...

Steven "not so much mind in the gutter, as positively subterranean" R

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"On the other hand, what's the harm in having your ego massaged for £300?"

For £300, you can get your ego massaged, along with many other parts. More than once.

Probably a better use of the money.

Steven R

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'Aaron's Law' back on the table to bring sanity to US hacking laws

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Re: Eh?

I think what they mean is separating cheeky actions like what Schwartz did (IE copyright theft, and less immediately harmful actions etc) from deliberate, malicious actions intended to harm (either financially, or by harassment, etc - think Cryptolocker).

Hacking is fairly easily distinguished from piracy and suchlike in the eyes of the general public and the government (who are mostly non technical) and those are the people it has to be approved by, if you catch my drift.

Steven R

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Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

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The only time I'm not within reach of fast wifi (that I'm authorised for) is a few hours a day when I'm in the car, when I ignore the phone entirely.

That said, I do recall when I used to be a roving engineer and that would be a bit trickier, but you've got to admit, it's not like wifi is a rare thing these days.

I'd rather use a SIP server over a VPN though, for less chance of being scraped, but I'm way to lazy to set one up...

Steven R

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Chinese 'Superphone' manufacturer declares war on Apple

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Phablet = phone and tablet, as opposed to being based on arbitrary size limits, does it not?

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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

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Re: And if Tim Cook abandons capitalism to live naked in a cave

"El Reg will castigate him for depriving bears of potential hibernating habitat..."

Well, Apple are already denying them their toilet area already so it wouldn't shock anyone.

Steven "Obvious joke" R

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Mega fatcat Kim Dotcom in deportation drama over SPEEDING ticket

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90+ in a 30?

I had sympathy for him up to that point.

I treat NSL roads as 'derestricted' and drive whatever speed I feel suits the conditions (even if that is below the limit - slush, lashing rain etc) but 30, 40, 50 mph limits? No, I won't break em, they are there for a reason.

Fuck 'im.

Steven 'reasonable levels of respect for the law' R

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: Ah

Nah, he just needed to ask to borrow his cousins outfit.

Steven "Never played MegaMan but heard it's top larks" R

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Why are enterprises being irresistibly drawn towards SSDs?

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Re: @Trevor_Pott Change in Flash technology to eliminate finite write lifetime?

@Archeon

""What use is a SATA 32GB SSD today ....."

Even taking frank ly's *Nix example as a given, I've got a machine with a pair of 30GB (not even 32GB) SSDs in RAID 1 which runs Server 2012 R2 Standard quite happily. Believe it typically sits at around 11GB free."

Come back to me in a couple of years when WinSXS has eaten up the rest of that ;-)

Steven R

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Backup verification matters

Something that is often forgotten is that you don't test your backup system works, you test that your recovery system works.

Sadly, not many people actually do it - they just assume that because Backup Exec/Windows Backup/their cron'd rsync job/Backup2l reports a successful backup, they don't bother checking that they can actually pull data from it....

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Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

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Re: Actually, Mr Dabbs

@anothercynic

It really depends on the scale of the company. Somewhere I worked many moons ago, my network manager got a recording of a particularly self-important staffers X-factor audition tape (I didn't ask how but I believe if involved some BOFHery and confidence tricksterism) and changed his login sound to it.

It's OK though, because the guy was a git.

Can't imagine getting away with something like that in, say, a local government or a large corporate like IBM or similar though.

Still, helps keep the sanity there, eh?

Steven R

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ISIS: You bomb us, we’ll interrupt your TV transmissions

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Re: Upgrade the air strikes...

JustWondering - I'm ashamed to state that I laughed like a drain at your comment about Boyle.

I'm a bad man, and luckily, I'm working from home today so I've not had to explain myself to anyone...

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Sticks and stones

Moiety, if you like, but it's polite to buy 'em dinner first.

Steven R

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NORK internet outage was payback for Sony hack – US politician

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Re: Reasonable and proportionate

Most of them aren't living long enough to see their grandkids not get the internet, I'd imagine...

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: What a bunch of ****ing moaners

Yup, I did LOGO with a turtle back when I was eight or nine in primary school.

Drew a massive pentagram four feet across with 360 one degree turns for the circle on the outside.

Teacher was well impressed.

That was over 20 years ago!

Steven "feels old" R

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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So if you cripple your upload speed and have a low personal seed ratio, you have to pay £50, if you leave your seed box running 24/7 on an unmetered gigabit connection, £5000 fine?

Steven "kidding a bit" R

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