* Posts by Anonymous Blowhard

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Re: Only 5 light years away?

So is it OK to do the "Space is big" quote?

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Space

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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Re: Where are they shopping

"Amazon doesnt require a CVV"

They do the first time you use a card, but not for subsequent transactions.

As far as the online fraudulent purchases go, they could probably get the same details from the front of a card using a camera aimed at a reader.

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SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

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Re: freeze dry

It would be better to reclaim the water from the faeces, otherwise you're gradually losing water from the system. For a closed system, or at least one with minimal input required, this would be pretty important.

Also it seems that bacteria are pretty hard to kill so the combination of UV and vacuum may not make it safe for use:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/bacteria-are-so-good-at-surviving-in-space-nasa-needs-a-new-way-to-kill-them

Looks like they need to develop a compact sewage plant after all.

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Ad rivals whimper: Hey Commish, we've 'ad it up to here with ad giant Google

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Lifeblood of the Internet

"advertising is the lifeblood of the internet"

I thought it was porn?

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PEAK PLUTO: Stunning mountain ridge snapped by New Horizons craft

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Re: Science is amazing

There are plenty of UK citizens working for/with NASA and ESA (Rosetta anyone?) so would-be British space explorers have plenty of opportunities without having to wait for a UK Government to realise that there's something beyond Westminster and the Square Mile.

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Farmer mooved after reunion with two-year fugitive cow

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Re: Classic

I can't believe the puns; how dairy use them on a site like this!

Then again, how cud he resist?

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Where's Anonymous Cowherd when you need him?

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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In a month we can celebrate 70 years of not using nuclear weapons in anger.

Then, hopefully, we can make it another 70 years and take it from there...

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Robot SHOOTS into the air with hot gas from its soft round behind

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Fnarr Fnarr

"eliminating an abrupt hard-to-soft transition that is often a failure point"

There's a blue pill for that I think...

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

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A nuclear weapon, even a "over sized hydrogen bomb", isn't that big, and if they wanted to send one they could put it in a forty foot container and send it on a container ship to Oakland; they get over a million containers a year so they don't inspect them all.

And why would China want to bomb the US, their best customer? Xenophobia?

"There is a lot to be said about the vast ocean separating competing Countries"

You probably like the English Channel too, in case the French or Germans decide they want to invade us.

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Never mind the redundancies as Capita splashes cash on Barrachd

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Barrachd Cac

BI meets BS...

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

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Re: Bravo

" whilst one lot of theoretical scientists piss on the idea of black hole creation another lot point out the very high risks of this level of experimentation"

Which scientists are pointing out the risk of these experiments?

Professor Otto Rössler, a German chemist:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/2650665/Legal-bid-to-stop-CERN-atom-smasher-from-destroying-the-world.html

Walter L. Wagner, a botanist, and Luis Sancho, a Spanish science writer:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/29/science/29collider.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

These are scientists who do not have any relevant expertise in high energy physics.

Experiments at the LHC are a fraction of the energy of cosmic rays, which have bombarded the Earth for billions of years without producing a runaway black hole. The reason for this is that either the black holes can't be created like this or, if they can, they don't last long enough to do anything.

Plenty of informed content here: http://press.web.cern.ch/backgrounders/safety-lhc

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ADD = Additional Dimensions

Where does the second "D" come from? Is it from an additional Dimension?

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Russia campaigns to stop SUICIDALLY STUPID selfies

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In Russia, selfie takes you!

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Welkom in Nederland: Laid-back, chilled, and MONITORING everything

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Anne Frank's Blog?

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Security gurus deliver coup de grace to US govt's encryption backdoor demands

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@theodore

Spot on; the only reason criminals don't bother infiltrating ISPs and communications facilities is that strong encryption means there's no point. Any data of financial value is encrypted (right up until it is decrypted and left lying around on a server at T J Maxx).

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"So what if another 9/11-scale attack occurs, leading to thousands of casualties, and it's found that universal strong encryption was a key factor in not being able to prevent the attack?"

A 9/11 scale attack can be organised by people using no-encryption, or using non-US encryption, so the availability to the US Government of *everyone else's* communications will make no difference.

Anyone sophisticated enough to mount such an attack will not be naive enough to use an encryption that they fear is compromised; they will be well funded and able to source a "clean" encryption technology from non-US suppliers.

If you want to save lives, campaign for road safety improvements; the US averages 30,000+ motor vehicle deaths per year. I'm sure the budget for an unsuccessful implementation of broken encryption could be used to improve this figure by 10%, saving a 9/11's worth of lives every year.

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Canuck chump cuffed over helium balloon flying chair stunt

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They should throw the book at him

"We couldn't find anyone who could get me to that altitude. No pilots were willing to lose their license to fly me into controlled airspace."

A good clue that what he was wanting to do was illegal.

"We went as far [as] to consider bringing a Mexican into the country as a temporary worker to fly the plane. That's when we turned to helium."

Evidence that, even though he knew it was illegal, he was willing to go ahead with the stunt.

"Sometimes you've got to live life on a limb if you truly believe in your company"

So he's happy to risk his own life; fine. But what about innocent lives? Controlled airspace is there for a reason; the chances of a collision may be small but the consequences would be terrible.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Re: Year 7 = 11 years old

And the problem is that a device with an exposed battery (as proposed) would almost inevitably lead to accidental ingestion which combined with the speed at which these create internal damage would almost certainly lead to severe injury if not death.

I wasn't aware of how dangerous these things are once ingested:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-29610570

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ALIEN SLIME SHOCKER: Approaching comet probably NOT inhabited, say boffins

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Sounds like he should be committed...

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SEC launches probe into tech startup share selling 'black market'

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Wonga is a "unicorn" tech-startup? Is this the same "Wonga"?

If so, they aren't a "tech" company they're a "finance" company!

(Actually, more like loan sharks with an "app")

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Mastercard facial recog-ware will unlock your money using SELFIES

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What problem are they trying to solve with this?

Oh I know:

"How can we make people think MasterCard is run by fuckwits?"

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Angry Austrian takes a hit in David and Goliath Facebook battle

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Re: Photo

Yes I am!

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Engineers 3D-print ROBOT SEAHORSE, then SMASH it with rubber mallets

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Re: "his next step is to build a robot using his tamed seahorse knowledge."

This has really got me thinking whether I wouldn't be better off with robot-seahorses with lasers rather than sharks...

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I thought seahorses, creatures where the male gives birth, were weird before I found out they'd evolved resistance to rubber mallets...

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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"Apart from content I've recorded myself, (with a camera), my AV equipment never gets used."

I think you might be the reason they want to monitor our Internet activity...

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Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

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Re: Now students, please use "free" and "Microsoft" in the same sentence.

"If I had the choice, I'd probably be running a completely debugged version of Windows 95"

Don't like Cortana? Mayber you'd also be happier driving a Cortina?

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SEX-starved worm can GIVE HEAD to ITSELF to reproduce

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I think "stylet" is a good word for "marketing drone"; it's a small penis that wounds as it delivers information...

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VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

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Re: This is a test of VPN technology; in 2015 "network" means IPv4 *and* IPv6.

@Roland6

I take your point about the test setup/environment, but the impact for "real world" users is that the VPN software doesn't protect them as much as they might expect. Even if this is just a matter of configuration, I'd expect the default to be to handle IPv6 and IPv4 in as similar a manner as possible, or if that isn't possible I'd want the installer to disable IPv6 by default and warn me it's done that (although that may disable or interfere with functionality in other parts of my system, so not at all ideal).

IPv6 implementation might be a bit of a dog's dinner, but network security software should be the kind of software that is the most IPv6-ready, otherwise it's only solving half of the problem.

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"IPv4 VPN in failing to work with IPv6 shock. This isn't a red top paper."

Two things:

1) This is a test of VPN technology; in 2015 "network" means IPv4 *and* IPv6.

2) The top banner of The Register is red.

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EUROPEAN PURGE on hated mobile roaming charges

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Re: Still not cheap

"Very competitive for PAYG though, it's several times cheaper."

I think you've misunderstood; the costs mentioned are additional roaming charges, to be added to whatever you already pay for your service, not the total cost of a minute or a text.

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Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk

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"There is a chronic funding gap in the UK for companies creating digital media content, as our venture capital funds do not typically invest in this sector."

Is the lack of investment in any way related to past performance indicating that most of these "digital media content" ventures have no possibility of ever returning a profit?

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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

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Re: NASA inefficiency: The hint is in the name

Yes, apart from putting the only humans ever on the moon, getting probes to every planet and exploring the surface of Mars they've done fuck all.

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Apple Music available on Sonos by end of this year

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Re: it's a speaker

@PleebSmash

Sonos speakers don't have an input cable, they're network play only.

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FU UK?

"$9.99/month in the USA, £9.99/month in the UK"

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Cost Benefit Analysis?

What's the benefit to the nation of smart meters?

I can see that energy companies might be keen to implement them, but that will only be if they can get the consumer to pay; left to their own finances I suspect they'll only implement them in new installations and where repair or replacement of existing equipment is necessary.

As far as a strategic national interest goes, then there is really only the "belief" that smart meters might encourage consumers to use less energy, thereby reducing CO2 output; but what is the CO2 impact of making a smart meter and installing it? It can't be zero, so the CO2 impact analysis has to take this into account.

From a security and crime perspective, smart meters are only going to add to the nation's attack surface; giving rogue nations and criminals the potential to remotely disrupt the economy using DoS attacks or interfering with energy consumption readings.

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Feds count Cryptowall cost: $18 million says FBI

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Product Endorsement?

"These financial fraud schemes target both individuals and businesses, are usually very successful, and have a significant impact on victims."

Cryptowall: as recommended by the FBI (accept no substitutes)

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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UK Punter: Siri; what is one thousand minus one?

Answer: Emergency. Which service?

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"The terrorists picked that September 11 specifically because it's short hand is the same as the emergency services number in the US"

All the more reason to change the emergency number to 0118 999 881 999 119 725....3

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Quote from Wikipedia:

"Adobe, the Spanish word for mud brick originates from Arabic, is a building material made from earth and often organic material."

I think "organic material" is a euphemism for "shit".

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Do svidaniya to public record as Russia passes NEED to be forgotten bill

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This law will not benefit anyone in Russia except Xxxxxxxx Xxxxx and his cronies!

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Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

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Re: Oh "l"

This post was much funnier before they corrected the headline from "Triple gitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand"

Sorry for any confusion.

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Oh "l"

Spe checker not working, or keyboard probem?

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

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Ringing Endorsement?

"GCHQ released a warrant which described Kaspersky software as an obstruction to its hacking operations"

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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WAGS

'nuff said.

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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Re: No Worries...

"She'll be out just in time for her Social Security cheque"

She won't need Social Security, she'll be pitching for the Dodgers...

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Re: This raises some questions...

The US is more likely to ban vegetables than guns; they may even ban things that protect people from guns: https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/5344

Still, medical advice is to get five servings of vegetables a day and plenty of iron.

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Vodafone splashes €2 BEEELLLION to kick German TV sideways

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It makes me beeellllioooous...

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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Re: Oh, they will.

I thought "The Index" was just for people with super-powers? I think SHIELD are exceeding their mandate here.

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