* Posts by Anonymous Blowhard

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: The Nightmare

"It's always entertaining to read about these creationists. Unfortunately it will be a nightmare if their views become part of kids education"

Unfortunately it is already part of some kids' education, and they will go on to be the next generation of whackos; but how can we counter this kind of intense propaganda? Religious leaders are, in effect, telling their flock that they will have an eternity of suffering if they don't follow their rules or an eternity of bliss if they do; it's hard for the rationalists to say "we can't promise anything one way or the other, and all evidence says this life is all you get" and make it sound attractive.

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Geofencing: The ultra-low power frontier for the Internet of Things

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Re: Why does this stuff need to update ?

"IoT is about inserting Internet connectivity to stuff that we're already using for dubious purposes"

What "dubious purposes" are you using your stuff for?

Also, would it be too much to ask for this IoT crap to be IPv6 compliant from day one? I want to be able to get on the Internet, for any purpose, without finding I've been NATed back to the stone age because all the IPv4 addresses are in use by lawnmowers!

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NATS ignored previous recommendations – IT cock-up report

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Re: I don't care, I'm too poor to fly anywhere...

I often have to fly for work-related activities; I'd prefer if safety in the air wasn't a "for profit" activity.

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Nokia getting there with HERE as rivals talk up price

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Worth as much as 6 billion?

You know you're in the shit when losing 2 billion dollars looks like success...

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Boffins have devised TERMINATOR style LIQUID METAL – for an antenna

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@x7 - Might be more practical than you think

I was interested by your comment and looked up Gallium on Wikipedia:

"samples of gallium metal are usually supplied in polyethylene packets within other containers"

So polythene, which can be made quite robust, can also be used as a container; also, I'd expect the amount present in a mobile phone or IoT device to be very small, probably less than a few grammes, so any leakage is likely to have minimal effect on an aircraft.

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Ricoh rolls out electrifyingly exciting RUBBER!

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Powering the Internet of Things?

But I don't want my Thing on the Internet!

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: Daisy

"Ran a D&D campaign once where a drunken dwarf decided to go cow tipping"

A drunk and disorderly campaign? No wonder it didn't end well...

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Re: A cow is actually quite dangerous

"Even sheep caused 1500 or so injuries"

Is an STI really an injury?

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Robots.txt tells hackers the places you don't want them to look

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Re: Yes.

Using it for security is like leaving your front door open and a note on the table saying "please don't nick anything in the bedroom".

Or even ""please don't nick anything from the second drawer down, hidden under the socks, in the chest of drawers in the bedroom at the front of the house".

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Nissan CEO: Get ready, our auto-wagons will be ready by 2020

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I'd love a self driving JohnnyCab to take me to work. I still don't see it happening in my working lifetime though (another 25 years!!)

Don't worry, thanks to pressure from life assurance companies, you working lifetime might be another 45 years! If you live that long that is...

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"duplicating in the vehicle the experiences a person has at home or in the office"

Is this supposed to be a good thing?

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Ex 'Tech City' chief Shields appointed junior Fun minister for internet safety

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As far as I can see, her technology credentials extend to "being in charge of a social networking company"; which would seem to indicate that the government would choose Rupert Murdoch as head of its space program, if it had one...

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Rare monkeys stolen from French zoo – now even rarer

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Mistaken Identity?

Tamarind Paste

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NSA domestic dragnet NOT authorised by Patriot Act, rules US Appeals Court

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Re: Simply clueless

"Eventually the clueless will come to understand this is the 21st century and that mass communication needs to be monitored to protect society from itself"

Sorry, are you attempting irony or parody here? I didn't want to down-vote you until it was clear...

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Missed opportunity

Which act covers "The War Against Terrorism"?

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Malfunctioning Russian supply podule EXPLODES above Pacific

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Space Elevator to LEO?

Doesn't a "space elevator" need to be anchored to a heavy object in (or at least near) to geostationary orbit? My understanding was that the elevator's centre of gravity needs to be in geostationary orbit, so you need attach it to a heavy weight near geostationary to do this.

So a space elevator isn't 300km of string, it's 36,000 km of string; a bit more of an engineering challenge.

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Fake Cisco box pushers cuffed by Intellectual Property Police

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"potentially compromising integrity and functionality including significant network outages”

Are they saying that "significant network outages" are part of the "functionality" that will be compromised?

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Spooks BUSTED: 27,000 profiles reveal new intel ops, home addresses

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Re: <Corporal Jones>

<U-boat Captain>Your name will also go on the list! What is it?</U-boat Captain>

<Captain Mainwaring>Don't tell him Pike!</Captain Mainwaring>

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18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

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Re: Forget Transformers

Or Killdozer

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

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Send three and fourpence

we're going to a dance!

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

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"Surely the lesson to learn is:

DON'T PUT PASSWORDS ON HUGE DISPLAYS ATTACHED TO THE COMPUTERS THAT NEED THEM."

No; you're wrong and the AC is right; the lesson to learn is:

"DON'T SHARE PASSWORDS" and "DON'T DESIGN SYSTEMS THAT REQUIRE SHARED PASSWORDS".

As soon as password communication becomes "normal" to users, then there is no password security. You also have no audit-ability, so if something goes wrong you can't trace it back to the user who transacted it, unless they own up.

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Re: Hatters Will Hate!

Wouldn't "Hatters" just "Hat"?

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Ryanair stung after $5m Shanghai'd from online fuel account

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Re: says

Only 20-30 miles? Try flying to Frankfurt-Hahn, it's halfway to feckin' Luxembourg!

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

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Re: Tipping Point

"At the very least, the end of the dominance of the x86 instruction set"

What dominance? In mobile (phones and tablets), x86 is probably less than 5%, with the rest being ARM.

What we seem to have is two different architectures, that have different strengths and weaknesses, being used for different applications. ARM for low power and x86 for applications where more CPU is required. It's engineering, not religion.

This isn't to say that some applications where x86 currently rules the roost aren't also appropriate for ARM, and micros-servers are a good example, so Microsoft are making sure they have an option on ARM.

As far as I can see, this looks like a sensible re-use of the investment they made in Windows-on-ARM for the original Surface; that didn't pay off, but this might, so they may as well invest a small amount (in Microsoft terms) in this.

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Apple Watch WRISTJOB SHORTAGE: It's down to BAD VIBES

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Have yer got the time on yer cock?

"who's strapped it to their knob already"

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Well played

J.J. Abrams take note...

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Second row, fourth across

Is that another pussy?

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Re: They really called a paint app...

I was going to call my forum app "Mass Debate"...

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Automatic?

"I'll wait and see how these things evolve before giving up my trusty automatic"

They can still jam; I'll wait and see how these things evolve before giving up my trusty revolver...

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Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

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Re: Which?

"Who would you rather have more of: brain surgeons or data scientists?"

I'd rather have brain surgeons working on my data than data scientists working on my brain.

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Re: Two Cheers

"REAL data science involves hard statistical maths - something this fluffy puff piece conveniently ignores."

RTFA: "Before LinkedIn, Zhang worked at eBay and PetCo, was an intern for SAP and developed a background in CRM. He learned on the job: he spent weeks on raw data entry then turned to CRM systems management work and learned statistics at the library at weekends."

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@boltar

Writing code isn't the only job in a technology business.

What about project management and budget control? How about communicating with others and understanding customer requirements? Successful builders have to be able to do these and the skills translate to other types of project.

What Britt actually wrote was "I'm a builder who now trains and supports software", so how would your amazing coding ability help with training and support?

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China tackles vital strippers-at-funeral problem

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Fine, I'm gonna make my own funeral! With blackjack...and hookers... In fact, forget the funeral!

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

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Re: Experimental data

"It may even be that the small cost of having a single password across a long-lived range of equipment is far outweighed by the savings and speed for maintaining it or having to call someone in when you've changed the password and subsequently forgotten it."

The critical passwords should be unique to your organisation, if they are routinely used then they should be routinely changed, and current password should be securely stored where it will be accessible to company officers if they need it (like in a sealed and signed envelope kept in a safe).

A long lived password that's known to many, especially outsiders, is a recipe for disaster; and try explaining it to your insurance company when you do get robbed...

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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Re: Either

"Or they probably can't in which case why arrest the guy for suggesting they can?"

I hate the use of the word "probably" in aircraft safety statements e.g. "the plane probably won't crash" or "the in-flight meal is probably inedible", but I think the point you're trying to make is that the IFE system is either completely isolated from the flight control systems (so you're safe from in-flight hackers) or they aren't (so you're relying on some kind of network security to keep you out of gravity's cruel clutches).

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SharePoint's next release delayed until deep into 2016

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This is why Microsoft are still in business

Whilst their mobile division don't know they're shit, the server division does know their shit...

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Flying giant octopus menaces New York

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I like the Giant Pacific Octopus analogy even more because Buffalo is 2500 KM from the Pacific; who said Americans are parochial?

http://www.distance-cities.com/search?from=buffalo%2C+mo&to=San+Francisco%2C+CA%2C+United+States

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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Re: I don't think this is the spirit of Tintin's gaily colored moon rocket

Maybe use a variant of the Royal Navy's solution for helicopters.

Add a "harpoon" to each foot and land on a metal grid; the harpoons would require a bit of lateral "float" so they don't prevent the feet from touching down and once down the harpoons would keep the rocket from tipping over. Even a single harpoon, deployed from the base of the rocket, could do the job, maybe with a mechanism to take up slack on touchdown.

http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2014/09/motion-compensated-helicopter-decks/

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

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Re: Clyde Tombaugh

"Maybe his remains will drift long enough to out live us all."

As long as the remains, presumably still in the probe, drift far enough from the solar system without hitting anything, they will outlive the Earth; which will be destroyed when the Sun expands into a red giant:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-sun-will-eventually-engulf-earth-maybe/

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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Alien

Bollocks!

I forgot to turn the lights off!

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Meh

"Obviously I know fuck"

Or possibly even less...

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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$185,000?

Maybe we can go on Kickstarter to raise money to buy .twats?

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

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Knowing France

There are probably very serious penalties for this sort of thing; like "carrying Marine Le Pen's handbag for a month" or "being crushed under Gérard Depardieu's drinks cabinet".

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Re: Next week...

"Now I'm concerned because some man up in Scotland has just been sentenced to five years for possessing acetone and hydrogen peroxide, two chemicals which can potentially be used (if you're reckless enough) to manufacture propanone peroxide"

They can also be used, in suitable concentrations, for removing nail varnish and bleaching hair; beauticians beware!

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Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

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Litchfield of Lichfield?

Did you mean Rebecca Litchfield?

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

Or did you really mean Lord Lichfield?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Anson,_5th_Earl_of_Lichfield

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Re: More gas please. My fire's going out...

"Science seems to point towards homosexuality not being biological"

Who's science? The sites you reference seem to be a thinly disguised anti-gay organisations; not exactly well established scientific organisations with a track record of research into anything.

And was your post just you masturbating in public? Shame on you!

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"You're quite right about the mixed fibers and divorce though."

Hooray! I can still get a pizza!

(I might have to be naked though, to avoid the mixed fibres thing)

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

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Which do you trust more, software or cables?

"software-defined networking, which has the potential to help us deal with these nightmares"

And it will deal with the nightmare of cable by replacing some of it with software? I've never had a cable replace itself with an updated version of itself that didn't work the same way, so colour me sceptical...

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The internet IS a series of tubes. Kinda: A Reg 101 guide to cabling

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Active or Passive eh?

"Think of active cables as passive cables on steroids"

Or maybe "Think of active cables as passive cables that aren't passive and are really active"

or even "Think of active cables as passive cables with ADHD"

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

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Re: Is everyone else missing the point?

"the point being all non techies believe Windows will do everything easily and they can rely on it"

Would these be the non-techies who supplied and installed an electronic scoreboard?

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