* Posts by Kaltern

162 posts • joined 2 Jan 2013

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

Kaltern

Odd

What odd arguments I see against e-cigs.

* They stink. They might have an aroma, possibly, but seriously, compared to a real cigarette??

* They're unsafe. While there is not enough medical data to give concise facts, a REAL fact is cigarettes cause cancer, lung disease and generally are not very good for you at all.

* Passive smoking. Cigarette smokers puff out smoke, and whole again, the whole passive smoking thing is somewhat exaggerated, all e-cig users puff out is vapour. Not smoke. No vaper is going to set off a smoke alarm.

If anti-smoker types want to continue to bang on about smoking, go for it - I agree (to a point). But to say e-cigs are in any way comparable to the real thing is utterly stupid, and I seriously hope you never breed.

Why IS it that factual data is ignored in favour of tabloid research??

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Is this the most puzzling DEF CON attendee badge yet on record?

Kaltern

we are the music makers

Ode is a poem written by the English poet Arthur O'Shaughnessy and first published in 1873

Possibly a reference to Edward Elgar's Dorabella Cipher, although that remains uncracked.

But it's early and my tea has yet to affect my brain...

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Gigabit Google? We're getting ready for 10 gigabits says Verizon

Kaltern

And all the while, the UK is left in the virtual dust. Fucking capitalists.

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Lettuce in SPAAACE: Captive ISS 'nauts insist orbital veg is 'awesome'

Kaltern

I think the logical next step is space farming.

I mean, you can grow food for the cows now, and if you were to just use those pygmy ones, you could have a little herd floating about up there.

And as they wouldn't need to use any muscles, even the rump steak would be awesome.

I'm sure it'll be sold in M&S for 100 times the price, so those with too much money can spend it.

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

Kaltern

Face of Mars? Yes, definitely interesting.

Woman of Mars? No. Not even close.

I'm waiting for the picture of Jesus on Mars. Although the Face of Mars might indeed be him, seeing as it's been discovered that Jesus had no beard...

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It's happened, folks: An actual exhibition about cats and the internet

Kaltern

Probably exists in Korea. Or China.

Cat-San Ran into my Pan.

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Boffins have made optical transistors that can reach 4 TERAHERTZ

Kaltern

Another day, another 'breakthrough' of no practical interest.

Now, about that funding...

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Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE to FEED interwebs into YOUR FACE

Kaltern
Big Brother

This is some scary shit.

I can't imagine this is going to end well, as mentioned above, I can only see this as the beginning of the end of what little privacy we have left.

Cynical? What do you expect from the last 10 years?

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

Kaltern

So, what about girls? Does Cameron realise that girls watch porn too? Or does he think that they play with Barbie until 16?

The whole argument he has about sex is purely male orientated, showing a hideously sexist attitude. Very 'Good old boys club' attitude, in fact. Of course, I already understood this, but this whole 'porn is bad', is very much a strawman argument - by stating porn is bad, he gets to control the internet - there is no citation that confirms watching porn is inherently damaging to young kids.

This is nothing more than a way of ensuring that a UK firewall is introduced, as Porn and that over scourge of UK citizens, Piracy, is threatening the very fabric of Britishness - or something like that.

Just keep in mind, the only reason there are citizens, is to pay taxes - they are otherwise ignored.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

Kaltern

Welcome to New Windows.

http://i.imgur.com/DiQbvqa.jpg

(not my work, slightly sensationalised, but from what I can tell, utterly accurate :| )

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

Kaltern

AMOS

My first foray into the fun of game programming - and the frustrations of not quite being able to do what I wanted to do.

I jumped up and down on my 13th birthday when I got a properly awesome copy of AMOS Professional as a pressie from my aunt/uncle - who had no idea about computers. I think I read that HUGE reference manual from top to bottom a dozen times weekly. Good times.

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Re: ST was better

I was going to downvote you, but then I remember the Miggy vs ST wars back in the day. Made Win v MacOS seem tame.

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Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

Kaltern

I'd like to know why there is a need for so many antique/house sale shows.

Antiques Roadshow is a must of course, it is almost a Sunday evening tradition of 'guess the value of the plant pot', and as such, informs and entertains.

I can't quite say the same for Bargain Hunt, Homes under the Hammer, and other such useless crap. All these programs do is let other people know how rich/poor those on the show are, compared to the host.

Give me more Science. In fact, rename BBC4 to BBC Science.

What happened to good, funny, enlightening Saturday evening viewing? I know it wouldn't quite fit in these days, but House Party was just great TV. Not to everyone's taste of course, but then there's BBC2 for that.

It seems to me, that the only 'new' programming allowed on BBC1 now is totally PC, LGBT friendly, non-trigger TV.

The UK can do better. There are bound to be people out there who could be the next big presenter, if only they were allowed the time to actually get known.

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Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

Kaltern

You'll also note that if you updated to 10240, that it is now a fully activated version of Windows 10 Pro, without any Insider moniker, and appears to be what was being discussed previously, about not having to buy a key. Presumably, if reinstalled, you will then need a key.

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

Kaltern

Re: It's exciting,

Oh cmon,I was obviously jesting - did that really warrant a downvote? pfft.

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Kaltern

It's exciting,

but is does appear to just be a smooth ball of rock.

Not even anything interesting to conspire about...

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

Kaltern

Ironically, the BBC have linked to this very page from their news article about the problem - while still maintaining it to be the best thing for iplayer...

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Mighty CHASMS, craters FOUND ON MOON of Pluto

Kaltern

Excited

I'm just glad I was born at the right time to witness this.

I also wish I was born about 20 years later to witness the rest of Humanity's rise to the stars.

(or global catastrophe, which might be cool too...)

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Cool-headed boffins overcome sticky issue: Graphene-based film could turn heat down

Kaltern

Another day, another use for Graphene that will never be actually used in practical ways.

For a 'wonder material', it's pretty underused...

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

Kaltern
Go

This is all very well...

... but what will the Wifi be like?

And will I get a mobile signal?

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

Kaltern

Re: Never mind more than a curiosity...

Well it worked for the Romulans...

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

Kaltern

As 10 has DirectX 12, it will be very good for games - even DX 11 games show some improvement.

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

Kaltern

Roll on space-hopping!

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

Kaltern

Re: I have to say,

Wow... did I hit a trigger there my little snowflake?

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Kaltern

I have to say,

Who gives a fuck.

I'm so sick of reading about why quad-dyke transgender homeopathic paraplegics are not in this or that job.

I'm White, male and British. Therefore, by the way the precious snowflakes of the SJW brigade harp on, I should be King.

It just doesn't work like that. Get a fucking grip. If someone wants to hire mostly men who happen to be white and straight, let them - if you don't like it, go find a job elsewhere - it has fuck all to do with you, or anyone else who hires who.

I suppose there should be exceptions to that rule, but I imagine that 'Facebook' is not exactly going to be a 'better place' if rainbow farting unicorns start working there.

I'm sorry, but this SJW crap is just going too far. If you're in a minority, you're in a minority. Deal with it, just don't try and persecute those who are NOT in a minority for being, you know, not a minority.

Downvote me all you want, I'm just utterly sick of reading about crap like 'too many whites', 'not enough transgender snowflakes', and other stuff that makes out minority groups are getting a raw deal, just because they can't get that job they wanted. Hell, maybe it's because, you know, you're not very good?

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

Kaltern

http://www.winbeta.org/news/microsoft-clears-confusion-reaffirms-free-windows-10-insiders

Microsoft has reaffirmed that Windows Insiders who clean installed the Windows 10 Preview can upgrade and activate the Windows 10 RTM for free, regardless of whether they have a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license. This announcement was made on Friday, and on Saturday was silently changed to remove any mention of being activated unless you upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. This caused confusion, but Gabe Aul has again reaffirmed that Insiders who clean installed the Windows 10 Preview will receive Windows 10 for free, and activated.

Now you may be wondering why Microsoft went ahead and confused the situation by changing the way the announcement was worded in the first place. Well, in short, they did it to cover their backside. Soon after the original announcement, a number of media outlets began posting stories such as "How to get Windows 10 for free". This is not what Microsoft wants, and continues to advertise Windows 10 as being free for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users only.

It does appear that upgrading from the preview builds to RTM doesn't get you a valid license however. You will remain activated (and can clean install if you wish once upgrading), but you will not have a valid license. This isn't something normal users need to worry about though.

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

Kaltern

SKy FTTC,Unlimited Pro. Started off at the maximum 80mbps, for about 4 months. Then inexplicably it dropped to 65mbps. Did the usual checks, but no dice. OR engineer came out, after many phonecalls it was determined my router was not sending data for 4 hours a day, causing the DLM to think it was a shifty line and decreasing my profile accordingly. Except I can't see where this mysterious 4 hour dropout is occurring, logs don't show anything.

So got replacement router, and speed dropped to 62mbps. I'm awaiting another engineer, but it would seem my own equipment is not to blame.

I'll take bets on the next excuse BTO give for the speed decrease...

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

Kaltern

I would direct you to Apple, it works fine for them...

And don't forget Microsoft are on board now, which is very odd since their development of

Halo - unless they decided it wasn't worth it.

The Rift is just another example of good tech gone bad with the promise of wealth.

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GAZE upon our HI-RES DWARF PICS of Pluto, beams proud NASA

Kaltern

Wait, I can see what appears to be vegetation...those darker areas are clearly oceans of some kind.

I look forward to greeting the Plutonians.....

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Hubble spots Pluto's moons are a chaotic mess of tumbling rock

Kaltern
Alert

Re: Rugby Balls

Football.

Not Soccer.

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So, EE. Who IS this app on your HTC M9s sneakily texting, hmm?

Kaltern

I have it it too, it sent an SMS full of encrypted data to a US number, and didn't delete the SMS afterwards. It's an EE M9.

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

Kaltern

This is a very odd comments page.

He designed, run, and profited from a website specifically for selling illegal drugs. He didn't just do it for fun, he certainly didn't do it for free - he made money from the sale of drugs - not just the odd spliff either.

It doesn't matter how you justify it - in fact it doesn't matter of he run it via TOR, or via a small shed behind Tesco's - the fact is, he did it, and he did it willingly, as a business, and in full knowledge of his actions.

From my limited understanding, he was a prominent figure in the drug world. He most likely enjoyed the notoriety, and power that came with his standing in the underworld. He is just as much to blame as any other cartel leader, in that he supplied and profited from the sale of illegal substances, in such a way that it was way above what would possibly have been classed as a small operation.

The fact it was run via TOR means he was deliberately using means to hide his tracks and to remain anonymous from those authorities that would seek to punish him. His ultimate motives and possible remorse or guilt are utterly irrelevant. The negative impact he had on people's lives, either directly due to the purchase of drugs, or the immediate family (which WILL have been affected in many cases), is bad enough to probably warrant a small stint in jail.

The fact this happened on a daily basis, to many, many customers, is abhorrent to more people than not, and is entirely unjustifiable on here, or any mainstream news forum.

Oh, and the fact I've never taken any illegal drugs, ever, nor the fact many of you here do, it 100% irrelevant to the outcome of this story. It's illegal, it has been for a very long time, and until it isn't, no matter how must you lot try to justify it away, you are totally wrong.

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Twitch.tv: Clean your streams of titillating titty titles off our screens

Kaltern
Unhappy

Social Justice Arseholes win again.

Official statement: "Our goal at Twitch is to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive community platform where everyone can feel comfortable and have fun. From time to time, we update our Rules of Conduct (RoC) in pursuit of this goal and to match emerging issues in the video game industry."

It's the last bit that tells us where this has come from. Thanks to GamerGate and the wonderful army of SJW's, adult stuff is becoming off-limits because of feminism/sexism/sex/drugs/anything else they can campaign against.

This is the start of a wonderful start to the voluntary censorship of the net, without politicians having to lift a finger.

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

Kaltern

We've had 802.11ac so I'm waiting for 802.11dc so we can power our gear at the same time.

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NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms

Kaltern
Mushroom

Cube swarms in space...

Sent out to explore the solar system, how could they know they would encounter an unknown alien probe. How could they anticipate being upgraded with AI. How could they have forseen the creation of a species...

... and thus the Borg were born.

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Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

Kaltern

I imagine that when it comes to retail OculusBook could license the API out to those deemed worthy. You can do whatever you want, as long as you pay us and we think it'll sell.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

Kaltern
Unhappy

Google stealing other people's work, releasing it as their own.

http://chirpy.io

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KFC's new secret ingredient is a bluetooth keyboard on your tray

Kaltern

I like KFC... I don't have it very often, but when I do, I think it's delicious.

I also like a nice piece of fresh sirloin steak made at home. Also I quite like fresh pasta.

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

Kaltern

Wow.. such anti-Scottish vitriol...

And yet if there was a surprise English Independence Referendum tomorrow, I wonder how many English would vote Yes for that?

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Forced sale of Openreach division would put BT broadband investment at risk, says CEO

Kaltern

"Sell Openreach and my huge bonuses and profits may stop, shrieks BT CEO"

FTFY.

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

Kaltern

Later on, NASA deny reports of a weather balloon being found, but was in fact, a UFO which had crash landed. Reports of a super secret spy drone have been largely ignored, stating 'Aliens would't need to use such technology'.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

Kaltern

Re: Thinkfluence in action

All they need to do now is add a SKERS system (Steering Kinetic Energy Recovery System - my invention, already patented in Albania), and a PKERS (Pedal... you get the idea), combined with a standard KERS system, and I bet you I could put more energy into the motor than is being used.

Now I've solved the world energy crisis (because there is one), I've some free time. Anti-Electro-gravity generator powered by Dark Energy, anyone?

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

Kaltern
Joke

"1Kbps bandwidth for data transmission."

So BT Openreach have been maintaining the connection. Maybe they should try rebooting the onboard transmitter...

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Calamity cargo capsule DOOMED: Space station pod in fireball re-entry

Kaltern

Nuke them from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

Kaltern

The more the public discover about UFO sightings and all the other alien-related stories, the less cover ups will be effective.

This is just a precursor to the announcement that we knew all along.

Nerve centre for

Asylum

Seeking

Aliens.

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Playing by stealth: Twelve gaming headsets to plonk on your noggin

Kaltern

G930's are excellent but the sound quality is lacking - it might SOUND good, but when you stick on another set of cans, the difference is quite outstanding.

In my case, I happened to have a set of Xbox One headphones laying around. Coupled with my aging X-Fi XtremeGamer soundcard, the difference in mid and high range frequencies was quite impressive.

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

Kaltern

I find it fascinating how 'fizzysists' decide that something isn't possible, because it isn't part of the Standard Model.

Quite apart from the fact that black holes shove the Standard Model up their infinite cavity, it's just ridiculous and very.. well, human, to think that if WE don't know how it's done - then it can't be done.

Space flight was deemed impossible because humans could not possibly withstand the rigors of space.

The Horseless Carriage was deemed impossible because noone could think of how to make something move without oats.

If only these men of science would just try to figure out HOW to do something, rather than spend time telling us why it CAN'T be done, we'd be living on Mars by now...

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

Kaltern

We do these things not because they are easy...

...but because they are hard.

Hmm, doesn't really work here does it.

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

Kaltern
FAIL

Downvoting

Someone seems to have a serious Anti-Pratchett problem, and is downvoting almost every post.

To you I say;

Ook.

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Boffins build Cyborg beetles, fly them by remote control

Kaltern

Re: Headline

Unlike wasps. They should die in fire.

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