* Posts by Steven Raith

1677 posts • joined 26 Jun 2007

Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

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Re: shields up!

Handy - my Draytek 2830 on the latest firmware had this open by default, extremely annoyingly.

Just disabled it in management.

Dunno why it's on by default - from the internet if you don't mind.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Scrap metal?

If you take it as meaning 'metal that would otherwise have gone to the scrap dealer' then I'd say it's scrap metal.

Same way that a written off car is scrap metal, unless someone with some skills buys it, fixes it, and re-registers it correctly. So yes, semantics, but I can accept it ;-)

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Real Ale TWATS: In SPAAAACE, no one can churn your cream

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Re: beers

Oh lord, I'm getting flashbacks to a colleagues leaving do in York.....

Dangerous stuff, that.

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Re: Alas..

Suddenly the scene in 2001 makes sense - he wasn't being transformed into a Star Child, his retinal implants interfaced with the embedded ZX Spectrum which was loading Horace Goes Skiiing.

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

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Re: Should we really encourage 17 year olds to drop out of College?

Great attitude to recruitment - lets take someone who went straight to employment on a major national government project and bin 'em, because it's civil service, innit?

Time I spent in DirectGov when it was expanding (and from contacts in GDS who migrated there from DirectGov) tells me they don't waste time on chaff and seat warmers like 80% of the rest of the civil service - you either work hard, or you get the fuck out.

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Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

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Re: hard drive players...

I can't think of any off the top of my head, but they're only really relevant (from a technical perspective) if you really think that you'll need more than 128gb of capacity at a semi-reasonable price. Mind you, you can quite happily get media players that support high capacity SD cards these days so even that's not a problem. Obviously when it comes to design, usability, etc, subjective opinions are subjective...

Saying that, I have FrankenPod (a working 160gb iPod built from two broken iPods, one 80gb, one 160gb) sitting in the glovebox of my car, as it has for the last three years, and it's still ticking along (mostly) happily, although I think the HDD is dying on it so I'll be looking at this in anger soon methinks. :-(

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Punishment for.....

The recent Spiderman franchise reboot?

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Good Lord no.

Doesn't handle, doesn't go, it's just a slow, splodgy exercise in how not to make a fast coupe.

Unless you like to understeer everywhere while getting no better than 24mpg?

An RX7 would be a far more elegant choice, although you do have to take a deep breath at the petrol pumps, but at least it looks good (bloody fantastic actually - shows what the japanese can do when they aren't aping europe as they used to back in the 90s) and handles terribly well to offset that terrifying fuel economy.

Also mighty tunable.

Friends don't let friends buy Mitsubishi GTOs. Bit like Corsas and Vectras.

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Re: forbidden fruit

Fiesta ST.

Bit smaller, equally classless (even in the US I understand) and other than the engine, not too much silly whizzbang tech for the sake of it.

I believe Ford still provide a proper brake pedal, too - you know, one that has some degree of feel rather than making you faceplant the windscreen at the slightest brush.

I occasionally drive modern cars and find them all to be a bit hateful - my fifteen year old shonky shitter might have some bodywork rust and require it's bushes changing more often, but at least it has steering and brake feel - and a real handbrake for childishness in empty car parks.

Fuck modern cars. They're all shit until I drive a good one, at which point they're awsume ;-)

Steven R

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: I commute in a private carriage,

Me and FridayNightSmoke going to work on a morn

:-)

(SFW, old game intro)

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: So much hate???

...also, someone covered all the primary controls with vaseline, nails and razor blades.

It's been said before on here and it'll be said again - Win8.x is technically pretty tasty, the interface, however, is shonky as fuck - and I shouldn't have to install a third party piece of software to make it usable when I've just paid for the software from a billion dollar company with the resources to not get this so horribly wrong.

It's a moot point for me these days though - I'm mostly linux wrangling. It's not for everyone, but I'm finding the transparency of most *nixy systems to be a welcome relief after the obfuscation of most Windows releases.

I'll probably still fiddle with Win 10 once it gets to beta/RC stage though - I may gripe, but this stuff is interesting and quite fun to an extent. I guess a lot of us, regardless of our biases, are the same in that regard.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: re: tony72

My view of CCCleaner is that it's like giving your average car owner a bluetooth OBDII reader, the Torque app....and an engine crane, socket set and angle grinder.

You might let your mate Dave loose with it as he's pretty savvy and isn't likely to start trying to pull the engine out and take a deek at the main bearings - not without checking first as to whether it's wise.

However, Chris, who just gets in his car, sees a crankcase pressure warning and decides that as he has the tools he MUST pull the engine to bits, and won't ask you for help till his engine bay is empty and the block is in one room, and the head in another.

CCCleaner - best used by those who are cautious, or know what they're doing. Here be dragons. With great power comes gre...oh you get the picture.

On a related note, I've found Revo Uninstaller quite useful for getting rid of poorly written programs (or where power has failed halfway through an application install etc) - but again, some care needs to be taken.

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Re: Process Explorer

What Jack said - the fact that they do 'nasty' things for good purposes is one of the best reasons to have them.

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Re: Process Explorer

Another excellent set of hackery tools is Nir Sofers excellent Nirsoft suite.

A few of them (such as the one to snarf email account passwords from email clients) are picked up as malware by most AV software because they prod certain kinds of memory etc, but when you have to deal with people who set their email up ten years ago, and are only now replacing their PC, and don't know their password - it's a bloody godsend.

Plenty of other useful stuff in there too, or you can just download the ones you want.

http://www.nirsoft.net/

I have no affiliation to Nir Sofer, other than finding the tools really bloody useful - definitely worth getting a hold of, and keeping somewhere useful in the corner of a USB drive.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Re: IT angle? Who cares?

I think a Caterham 7 is a perfectly acceptable consolation prize.

Engine? Chassis? Superlight? Come on man, we (well, I...) demand details.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: Ban knives

Folding knifes with a blade under 3" in length are technically legal, but if you have one in public and the police ask, if you can't justify it to a reasonable degree you might get taken down the station for a chat.

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

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Re: Now, with paddles for extra spin

Pretty sure I've seen these grid type affairs on smaller missiles (IE smaller than a cruise missile size) because they give more control for the same surface area, require less torque to turn, and other such reasons.

Edit: I probably recognise them from the MOAB - AKA the bomb you don't want dropped on you any time soon. Dunno about smaller things, maybe my imagination?

Looks cool in action though, dunnit?

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: Political Bias? - "rich and porky Tory MPs"

"In fact Cyril Smith looked like he had eaten Eric Pickles whole."

I've just snorted my horlicks on my PJs (hey, it's 11pm).

Have an upvote.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: Secret mode?

IDKFA, you amateur.

;-)

So how long before the major religions update their spiel to include how complex organic molecules got onto comets?

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Putting your phone down, in the open, in a McDonalds?

Are you asking for it to be nicked?

And I'm not being a twat - I had similar comments RE pay by bonk on London buses!

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VXers Shellshocking embedded BusyBox boxen

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Re: You do know that?

Hey, I make the atrocious car puns/analogies around here...

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Re: A new El-Reg unit perhaps?

Me dad had an XM hatch, and the amount of space in that thing was crazy.

Two litre turbo petrol IIRC, which gave it a reasonable amount of performance, hydraulic suspension for the magic carpet ride with zero roll.

Just never, *ever* buy the 24valve petrol second hand - it's almost guaranteed to eat it's camshafts; they had a similar problem getting oil up there as the ford Pinto engines (although the pinto had issues if you didn't change the oil and filter as it cloggged up the spray bar for the cams, I never learned what the Citroens problem was) and they should be avoided at all costs these days.

Ironically the hydraulic suspension is the most reliable part, presuming the electrics that control it these days don't go kaput (it was never a problem on the BX but I hear horror stories about XMs and Xantia Activas)

I saw a Mk1 Citroen C5 the other day, all the dealer stamps, full history, 11 months MOT, £595 - I was sorely tempted just to see what it was like....

Big Citroens. Gotta love the crazy they had - and with the C6, still have. They're heading down to £5k these days at seven years old....a more *interesting* choice than an older 530i/d at the same price...

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Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

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Re: Product placement aside

Terry, a C4?

I'm so very sorry. Has the auxilliary control unit (that controls the central locking, leccy windows, tailgate solenoid etc) shat itself yet?

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

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Re: Meh! say the multirotor community

Not on craner at Donnington. It's the long, sweeping one that leads down to the complex.

Getting sideways on there normally leads to reversing up the infield at high speed, as a mate in an S1 Exige found out once!

Luckily, he dipped the clutch...no new engine required!

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Re: Meh! say the multirotor community

Awight Runcy!

The sort of person who buys an Exige likes little nicities like a roof, and functional aero for taking Craner at 115mph. Not something I'd be too keen trying in an Atom.

I'd have a BAC Mono meself...

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Re: Meh! say the multirotor community

Oddly, I showed this to a colleague who messes in these things (and built his own quadcopter) and his response was exactly the same.

I suppose it's the difference between someone who buys a Lotus Exige, and someone who builds a bike engined Caterfield kit car - both are fun, but one involves a shitload more knowledge to set up and fully exploit.

Sod all wrong with an Exige for the average person who wants something fun though IMHO :-)

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Re: Awesome Toy

Autorotation only works when the blades have adjustable pitch and enough momentum to keep on spinning when power is removed.

So you can autorotate a real chopper (or even an RC one if you're good) by letting it fall, then adjusting pitch as you get close to the ground - it'll slow the blades more but the thrust generated by them will offset that and give you a softer landing.

You can't autorotate a plastic blade attached directly to an electric motor with no power and no pitch control though - you just, as Matt notes, fly like a brick. A very expensive one. If the batteries go dead, unless there is some kind of backup power device to give, say, thirty seconds of prop spin, you're FUBAR AFAIK.

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Euro space boffins ready, mere HOURS from flinging Rosetta lander at Comet 67P

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I approve....

...of yet another piece of sci-fi being turned into reality.

If you'd have told me fifteen years ago we'd be whipping a probe through space, prepping to punch a hole in a fucking comet for science, I'd have laughed like a drain.

Cool stuff. Keep it up, boffins.

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

Swiss, if it's a recent version of Windows there's probably a version called 'Internet Explorer (No AddOns)'.

Can't remember exactly where it lives on all versions, but in Win7 it's Accessories, System Tools.

That aught to do it.

Hugs and kisses,

Raith x

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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John Simm with better sexual chemistry, I thought, but each to their own.

I'll freely admit I do like a bit of Michelle Gomez, though - if you aren't into that kind of performance, I suppose it might grate a bit.

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There's definitely a fair dollop of that, but the question is, do you think that's a good thing?

I do.

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Since when have cyberman caused their victims to disintegrate? Pretty sure they leave bodies so they can be reprocessed into, er, more cybermen....

She was magicked away. Better have been, that's been the most fun enemy I've seen in the new series since, well, John Simm. And as I reckoned, made Simm look subtle and subdued.

More Michelle Gomez, please.

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Or maybe they get the pre-broadcast versions for review purposes, such as Den of Geek got on the 4th of November on the 'no spoilers' caveat.

Little thing called an embargo. Fairly common in review land.

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Old hat: Fedora 21 beta late than never... and could be best ever

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Re: So has KDE been waylandified?

I'm really rather hoping we get a tit for tat war between Mir and Wayland in some respect, sort how it took OS X's aqua-desktop-thingy before Microsoft started adding visual polish (or at least attempts at it) to Windows.

Might have to have a fart about with Wayland see what the fuss is all about, although I'm a deb chap really....

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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Re: I hate product placement...

@AC Re evasive driving - if you're not drifing out of a j-turn with your LSD locking up to leave two thick black lines and I've run out of car stuff, then you're doing it wrong.

It was on the tellybox, don't take it too seriously.

;-)

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Re: I hate product placement...

Product placement done right, or at least not offensively, can be quite good (and effective) - as I recall, Burn Notice had a bit of a thing for the Hyundai Genesis coupe thing (US market V8 coupe thingy - think of it as the UK market Hyundai Coupes bigger, louder brother) where they explained why having a good wodge of torque and rear wheel drive were useful in evasive driving.

It was obvious product placement, but in context it wasn't out of place/clunky as the actual information can apply to any pokey RWD car.

I suppose the litmus test is, would that line have been out of place had it been any other car and not the sponsored one, and does it break the suspension of disbelief etc?

No, not really - it'd still work if it was a tuned early 90s Mustang or a used ex-police Crown Vic they were talking about. That said, it made me take notice of the Genesis, and I've since learned it's apparently not a bad wee motor at all - so the product placement did it's job, and didn't make me want to stab the telly.

That's about the last time I saw product placement and didn't think 'gah' though.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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No, no, no - you're doing it wrong.

Buy an SSD for it, all your problems will go away.

I have a 2008 Macbook with 2.0ghz C2D, 8gb RAM and Samsung SSD830 running Yosemite and it's fine. It'll give you a serious performance boost overall. Get a USB 3.0 HDD caddy and throw your old disk in there, bosh, job jobbed.

Still cheaper than replacing the whole machine, and will likely give you a couple of years more use out of it.

Steven "never passes up an opportunity to justify an upgrade" R

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: i don't want to sound unfeeling, but..

I agree Kernel - they don't strike me as a lumenary on these matters.

Steven "I see what you did there" R.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Except your argument falls down in that satisfaction is subjective.

Someone editing 4k or using a high res camera would have a rather different view to you.

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Re: Att unwarranted triumphalism

I'm pretty sure someone buying a serious 4k gaming machine isn't considering an iMac for about fourteen entirely different reasons, cost being just one of them. You can build a pretty good 4k gaming machine for around £1200 these days, including monitor.

I know a few folks who are moving towards 4k film shooting - their interests are seriously piqued*.

It doesn't matter if it only sells 10,000 units a year - if Apple are making a return on them, and they're the only game in town (as they currently are for full-scale 4k editing on a normal sized desk) then they've done the job they were tasked with by their product managers.

Me? I'm happy enough at 1080p, although this talk fo £400 4k monitors is intriguing....

Steven 'stuck in the past' R.

*also, it's champing at the bit. Not chomping. Champing. Champing, champing champing CHAMPING CHAMPING CHAMPING

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Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV

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Re: good idea

50% of the security tools don't come with a half hour explanation of why they were built, and how they work.

Good grief, I'm not sure if you're being deliberately obtuse or you're just a bit dim.

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Re: This thing's getting rotten

Another quick asspull in Dr Who to cover up poor writing - Classic Moffat!

Sorry, let me correct that - Classic New Who!

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Everyone does it. It's acceptable defacto, and the regs are mainly there to prevent the defeat of ANPR.

Cleverly spaced numbers are OK with ANPR, italics and other fonts are not.

Hence, plod are pretty chilled about it.

Unless you're being a dick, in which case, one more for the charge sheet!

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Re: Got to agree

Would I be right in thinking the VR6 is for packaging reasons as opposed to power? It's well known that the VR6 has poor power for it's capacity, and drinks like a fish too.

Which isn't to say I wouldn't mind a ride in it ;-)

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From what I understand, those plate regs are usually used as a totting up thing - IE if someone is taking the piss and gets pulled for doing 90mph on an A-road and is arsey about it (as opposed to 'sorry officer, won't happen again' and let off with a warning) then they'll use the plates, a worn tyre, etc to throw the book at you.

I've never heard of anyone being pulled specifically for the plate unless it was genuinely hard to read (IE italic, etc) - even the 'german' plates that are popular with the VW lot - unless you're in a position to be in trouble anyway, like if you're with a load of mates in MacDonalds car park being a nuisance. On the motorway doing 75-80 generally behaving yourself?

Not really a problem.

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It's either Pistonheads, or one of those places that hate Pistonheads, like the Evo (care in the) Community forum, where 'powerfully built company director' is used to describe a certain kind of PH user - brogues, rugger shirt, chinos, unwarranted selfimportance knobber - who seem to flourish over there.

Troy queef last time, PH this time, blimey, it's like having someone who knows about cars reviewing cars!

How unusual for a tech site...!

Steven R/Beany

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Re: Westfield SEight

The advantage of the factory built small engined option though is that it's warrantied and approved; although I agree that if you're a bit more happy with it a as a second/third car, the power to weight (and revs to weight...) you can get from a 'Busa or 'Blade engined Caterham are greater than this, but then this isn't meant to be a screamer track-day weapon - it's an everyday car that can go on track without being too intimidating or unreliable.

I like it.

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GCHQ staff 'would sooner walk' than do anything 'resembling mass surveillance’

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Re: Absolutely True.

"The people who work at GCHQ would sooner walk out the door than be involved in anything remotely resembling ‘mass surveillance’.

We access the internet at scale so as to dissect it with surgical precision."

More like throwing machetes into a crowd, IMHO....

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Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar

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To be fair though, Nolans stuff has generally been eminently watchable thus far - I won't call his work cinematic classics, but you've gotta admit, he has some fun and interesting ideas on what makes a film.

Probably worth a punt, I'd say.

Steven R

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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

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Bunged it on an Elitebook today

Folio 1401 or something, I think. Everything worked bar the trackpad on/off shortcut button, but the actual trackpad system settings works perfectly. Was up and running in 20 minutes, all updates installed, propietary bits installed, dual monitors over Displayport working perfectly - happy happy.

I could have gone with Debian (and I do for servers) but years of using Unity at home mean I'm used to it's layout and have a decent workflow sorted with it, so Umbongo it is for the works lappy. AS someone noted further up, I want something that works, and credit where credits due, if you aren't too fussed about being fully FOSS (the proprietary stuff sticks in some OSS peoples craw a bit - which is fair enough) then Ubuntu generally works better on more hardware than most other distros IME.

Anyway, seems like a solid release. Carry on.

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