* Posts by Uffish

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: Wonky? More like wanky

Just wait till a Google Car wobbles all over the pavement.

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Re: "Bot's are great"

Whoever is running the bot is responsible for their actions. Of course the above mentioned big guy v. little guy and skewed legal system scenarios mentioned above still hold true.

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Re: Polarization

Find a pair of Polaroid sunglasses, break them and use one lens to filter light from a torch (flashlight) and iluminate an otherwise dark scene with the polarized light. By using the other lens as a polarization analyzer see what reflection and or refraction does to the plane of polarization.

In general, reflected and refracted em waves have the polarization altered. Linear polarized waves can even end up elliptically polarized and vice versa.

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Re: meteor showers etc

Radar pulses glinting off satelites, or reflected from meteor showers, etc etc.

There are well known EM pulses with high DM detected on earth in large numbers, but which are strictly Earth based. "Whistlers" are very low frequency pulses (but lasting seconds not mlliseconds) and result from lightning flashes 'streched' by earth based plasma.

Obviously whistler signals are not FRBs and obviously the boffins have been hard at work before suggesting the origin of the signals but a close-to-home origin doesn't seem to have been definitively ruled out yet.

Occam's razor and all that.

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The Year of Living Danishly, The Internet is Not the Answer and Classical Literature

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Re: Metella est mater

Matella is your mother. She said it happened in a threesome.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: I Like Mine

Do you recharge it overnight?

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Re: Keep reminding yourself ...over and over until it registers.

Actually, that's quite a funny joke you wrote there.

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Re: Do you know what i have noticed?

@ the OP

I won't call you a liar because you are simply ignorant, and surprisingly wrong.

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Re: Tasered

Given that the murderers had Kalashnikovs, rocket propelled grenades, Molotov coctails, handguns and hostages it's not easy to be critical of the authorities.

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Re: I don't for a second believe ...

... that the causes are simple, or that they are concentrated in one subset of people.

Western Europe has had two world wars and four countries with fascist dictatorships in the recent past and Eastern Europe has had some vicious governments and worse wars in the more recent past. Africa has it's atrocities, many countries have had multiple murders by a lone-gunman or bomber.

It's not what happens, it's how it is dealt with.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Re: UK equivalent

Sadly the likely cause is not corruption. If it were it could be corrected rapidly and reasonably robust safeguards put in place to stop similar things happening. This is most probably almighty blithering stupidity, caused, supported and protected by standard procedures and practices and most likely the grand total of licences was reported with a slightly sheepish grin and a total lack of any idea how the number could be reduced.

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Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

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Re: "iconic"

Definition of iconic : of or relating to a cone, but with rounded corners.

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: And it's supposed to work?

No idea whether the simple recipe described will almost guarantee that all the other elements will naturally be present in earthish ratios but if they say that there are lots of earth size, weight, temperature, chemical composition planets out there well, that's great.

But how many will have lifeforms up and working? Is that likely, or are there just a lot of wet, rocky planets in the universe.

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WTF?

And it's supposed to work?

Shove in a few million meteors' worth of the other elements and a galaxy size lump of good luck and you might stand a chance.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: French diesels.

Long time ago French diesel was noticeably cheaper than French petrol so lots of people bought diesels. The situation is slowly changing to equal tax/duty so the preference for diesels is diminishing.

P.S. Of course the French hate driving - they are surrounded by French drivers.

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Criticising other countries' cars...

... is a waste of time; expect no more than a gallic shrug in response to criticism of French cars, and probably the same from any other nation's constructor(s). If you want things to be done better try starting up your own car company.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: A minicab company could run a variation

I remember travelling around Nigeria by taxi/minibus. You went to some big field near the edge of town, found a taxi/minibus going to the town you wanted and purchased your seat on it. Other people would purchase their seats - deviations from standard routes were negociable. The scheduling problem was also negociable. No IT was involved.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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Re: America never bowed down

More like America just couldn't be bothered. The relevant people got bored and changed channels. It's not as if one movie counts for much in the minds of all those who made the decisions.

The Sony Pictures board say it was market forces, the cinema chain managers say they were protecting their customers, the great american public was only interested in the tittle-tattle released.

Still, whoever did it, the big Nork ought to be pleased and that means the rest of the Norks ought to be deliriously happy.

IT professionals on the other hand...

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: ' what the answer is'

No, I don't know what the answer is either, but I think that the teachers that feed them are onto something.

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Re: crystal radios in the 1930's

... and cost quite a lot at the time.

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

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UK laws

Very happy to see that someone can legally home-build and use a rifle in the UK. As noted in a comment above a lot of the Daily Mail style articles in the press, tv etc give the impression that all potentially dangerous activities must be forbidden rather than regulated.

As for El Reg's headlines - the more extravegant they are the better they are.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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No complaints

I use an old, underpowerd 32 bit laptop and No Script and it still displays correctly (ie I can read it easily) .

Must admit that my primary concern was that the Registerwriting style had not been affected - quick look at the headline and all the eyecatching smutty inuendo is still there so all is ok.

Even with NoScript off everything seems to work quickly and clearly - well done.

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GCHQ, police to team up to hunt down child abuse on the darknet

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Re: hmm....

My take on it is that the browser will have to ask 'GCHQ' whether a website is permitted - each and every time!

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Excuse

They evidently believe that they don't need an excuse, but just in case...

Nice one security bods, who could ever criticise you now.

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Mars was a WET mistress: Curiosity probes once-moist bottom

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Oxidane

Good joke, and a good point but you tripped up on the 'color/colour' bit. Most people in the world write 'colour'.

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Re: @Mark...well , there you have it....

From basic general knowlege I understand that the Muslim religion expressly expects to find life 'out there' and I don't think the Roman Catholic church would be in any way perturbed by finding evidence of 'independant-of-earth' life. I don't know nuffink about other religions but would be surprised if they had much of a position on the subject.

I'm shutting up now because people who constantly air their views on religion are a bore.

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Re: archeologist

Perhaps archeologist is a bit optimistic? Let's hope a paleontologist will be needed.

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So - you thought you knew all about the INSTANT COFFEE DUNES of TITAN?

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Lightweights

The journal of Single Cell Biology maybe?

http://omicsgroup.org/journals/single-cell-biology.php

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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Re: Sheer stupid pressure

I think you have a notion wide problem.

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

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Re: creepy

I'm sure the bankers are creepy. I've only dealt with industry types and the tourist trade, they are a good bunch, but I wouldn't like to live there permanently, they are just too rule based.

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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Some people!

It's called understatement, and is often used sarcastically (as in this case).

The understatement comprises both the number of people likely to be worried and also the enormity of the errors being reported.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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@ Mainlanders

Well let's see:-

Miles to kilometers is 8/5, so 3604 divided by 5 is about 700 plus a bit, multiplied by 8 is 5600 plus a bit, say 5700 km.

0°C to 100°C is the same as 32°F to 212°F so a lot of Farenheits is about 100/180 as many Centigrades, so 5/9 times as many Centigrades, so 4000 °F is about (5 x 4000) / 9 = 2222 °C ish.

Oh look I've got a caloculator, 5800 km and 2204°C.

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UK computing museum starts reboot of 65-year-old EDSAC

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Re: Totally awesome.

They say they are trying for an authentic reconstruction without, as far as possible, using 'modern' components. So where do the valves, huge resistors, paper capacitors etc come from. I would like to imagine gently rotting, abandoned warehouses full of WWII spares but I can't.

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

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Re: cars with massive engines

I had a 4.25 litre Bentley once but I lacked a garage (let alone a magnificent barn) that is required for full enjoyment. My current car can go faster but you can't (easily) start in second and then spend the rest of the day in fourth. Torques are good.

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Re: Want their cake and to eat it

Is this how copyright works? An awfull lot of copyright seems to be owned by companies rather than musicians. These companies are often big enough to have substantial lobbying power. Count yourself lucky copyright isn't in perpetuity (yet).

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Re: Makes sense

So can I video the film next time I go to the cinema? You have to buy a ticket to see the film so I will have paid for my share of the performance and by your argument I should be allowed to make a copy for my smartphone.

Just because no-one can realistically stop the home copying of CDs and DVDs doesn't, by itself, make it legal.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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Re: hansel sprockets

Ok, I give up - where are the hansel sprockets on my car?

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GCHQ and Cable and Wireless teamed as Masters of the Internet™

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Re: 'the banks'

There's nothing wrong with the banks that a stiff dose of responsibility won't cure. Until responsibility is re-imposed you will continue having foolish* people playing with other peoples' money.

*Anyone who knowingly dealt with sub-prime lending, for example, or with rates that could be easily rigged, or thought that nothing could go wrong so reserves were irrelevant or ...(etc, etc)... was either foolish or culpable.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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Re: Terrorism is the wrong target

"Terrorist" and "murder" in the same sentence. Don't worry, everything in your household is being closely monitored 24/24.

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Re: "at least a few of the people".

We expect the state to look after the interests of the whole of the people. That means democracy and respect for the law. It does not mean unfettered liberty for officers of the state who already have very wide powers.

We have all seen believable evidence of bad govenance of the security services, all that is required is believable evidence of good govenance.

It is simply not good enough for the Head Prefect of GCHQ to say that his chaps would rather walk than than be involved in mass surveillance. They are involved in mass surveilance and any thought that the mass surveillance data could not be misused because some GCHQ staffer would feel squeamish is laughable.

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Re: "what hoi polloi is comfortable with"

This particular member of the hoi polloi is comfortable with the idea of Hannigan being a public servant and deeply unimpressed by any notion that a public servant can define policy; we elect politicians for that.

If Hannigan had taken the time to set out the regulatory structure that he has to operate in (under penalty of being sacked and/or prosecuted for not adhering to the rules), and demonstrated that his organization's activities were effectively regulated and checked for conformity with the law then he would have deeply impressed me; as it is he has demonstrated that he is just a professional mandarin fighting for a bigger budget.

I'm not impressed and I'm in no mood to hear any veiled threats about privacy being antisocial, unpatriotic, dangerous or probably criminal behaviour.

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Mystery Google barges TORPEDOED by US govt: Showrooms declared death traps

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Re: "in the world."

I must have dozed off. San Francisco has gone, like, socialist? It's "one of the most far left leaning" administrations in the world? What year is it? Last I knew it was 2014.

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Re: The REAL problem was building it in San Francisco, California

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'

When that was written it was intended as a humourous example of nonsense.

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Re: Shouldn't they have seen this coming? You mean like Apple didn't?

Apple didn't have RF engineers and they were making mobile phones? That is equivalent to saying that their management were just PHBs (or they were really, really big Harry Potter fans).

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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: Looking at IT differently and from A.N.Other's Perspective

Well, hacking into systems to subvert their normal functions is a well known trade. Gangs of criminal hackers controlled by high authorities are also posited - mostly in non-allied countries.

Some people (me for example) might harbour dark thoughts that newspaper magnates, bankers, politicians etc act similarly on pulic opinion, markets, public policies etc but that is just daydreaming...

As far as AI goes, how do you make an open-minded computer?

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Me neither.

Extract from a Vans description of their Vans Skink-mid mens skate shoe: -

"Travelling along each side of the the skate shoe is a sidestripe in smooth grey leather combining a no-nonsense style with function."

That quote describes the claimed trademark; it seems the Vans marketing people also can't recognize the Vans shoes logo.

I've always like Vans shoes though.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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Re: Good points mixed with some arrogance, IMHO

I have enjoyed reading John Watkinson's technical articles for some time, and often because of his insistence on defending and promoting enginering excellence (in the 'do things at the limit of physical possibility' sense, not the 'good enough and one tenth the price' sense).

In real life of course, you try to get the best tools you can to do the job you want to do. That means making choices that have nothing to do with engineering excellence (of either sort) and all to do with getting the results you want.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Norwegian Blue

see title

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'GCHQ's surveillance data gulp is BULKY and WARRANTLESS', human rights groups moan

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Re: Raise your hand....

Frankly, I am surprised that 'our' spies have gone down the road of mass trawling through private communications in the hope of finding nuggets of usefull information*. Sure it can be done, and sure it must inevitably come up with a winner sometimes but it is an appalling invasion of privacy, and totally unwarranted (in both senses) for 99% (I guess) of the time.

Everyone expects spies to spy, but at least in this country, we expect our governement and our government agencies, to NOT break the law - but that is, ultimately, what they are doing.

Nobody is going to vote for unlimited evesdropping which is why the mandarins are in sucha tizzy.

Where is the raise your hand icon?

Here's to 'our' spies, you used to be intelligent and you used to be honest - here's to the future.

* Rumsfeld' s little "unknown unknowns" poem comes to mind though.

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