* Posts by herman

199 posts • joined 31 Jul 2007

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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Uhmmm, yeah, millions of reasons why not to drink sea water, apart from the usual fish and whale poop.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Opening the windows is a cost saving measure. That way, a petty thief doesn't need to break one to get in and steal your parking change.

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Why? 'Cause it is cheaper, yet they can sell the car for more, since it is a feachurrr...

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Re: Another reason for a physical key..

Only at lower speeds - depends on your car. With a 2.5 ton American V8, you always need steering assist and brake assist.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Bob is bit like playing Myst, but without the haunting music.

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Re: Bob > 8

Now that you mention it...

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Pundits ponder perilous placement of STANDING STONES on Comet 67P

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Re: Promises

Man, you just made me snort my coffee.

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Al Franken to FBI: We need MORE revenge smut arrests

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These pictures are a self correcting problem, because people get older and uglier every year.

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White House taxes Silicon Valley to skill-up American workers

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Scary job

In that photo, I dunno which is more scary, the console, or the lady's hair style...

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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RSD

Well, it is always a pleasure to meet another honored member of the RSD (Royal Dyslexic Society).

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Dying to make time lapse videos? No? Well, Microsoft is doing it anyway!

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Because with MS, the machines are too slow for real-time streaming...

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What the BLEEP? BitTorrent's secure messaging app arrives

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Ring sounds pretty good actually. Now I just need to get everyone and his dog to switch from Skype...

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USA Freedom Act moves forward as House prepares for vote

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Weasel words

So what new weasel words will the spooks use to be able to carry on recording everything - digital delay lines for ephemeral information?

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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

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Alternative Minimum Tax

This can be fixed with an age old strategy that every country has for individuals, called the "Alternative Minimum Tax". They should just make that apply to corporations. Basically, tax is calculated two ways, and you got to pay the worst one.

http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Alternative-Minimum-Tax-%28AMT%29-Assistant-for-Individuals

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Death March

MS is a slow motion train wreck, or a software death march. Despite spending huge amounts of money and heroic effort, every new product is a dud. It reminds me of those that came and went before it: Control Data, Digital Corporation, Sun, Silicon graphics...

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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If you stare into the abyss, then the abyss will stare right back at you.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

herman

'Whoosh...' Clue: That line is from a song.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: The hacker spirit...

...but, but, but... you can still take 42 of them and make a medium sized Beowulf Cluster...

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Well, this is just the worst case of bad luck ever - she survived!

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Google offers 'INFINITY MILLION DOLLARS' for bugs in Chrome

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Re: Google admits there are INFINITY MILLION bugs in Chrome!

Try Hotel California next time. They always have room.

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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I'm almost sorry that they didn't find a backdoor.

However, absence of evidence is not proof of absence...

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Glow in the dark cat poop

The real question is how many other drums are filled with the wrong dirt and who is going to open them all to take a look?

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'Virtual nose' makes VR less dizzying, say boffins

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I would guess that adding virtual hooters to a simulation will help a lot for half the population, since the male brain will totally ignore everything else that is in view. Although except for the two pointy objects it may make the whole simulation completely pointless.

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Watching porn makes men BETTER in bed, say trick-cyclists

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Wow, the next thing they'll find, is that it doesn't cause hairy hands either. What is the world coming to? Think of the children when you bust these myths.

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Re: Like Unicorns and Fairies

It is like pins in halloween candy. Feasible, but so improbable, it never actually happened.

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VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

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Re: Case..

Wrong. Very wrong. I used to work at a very large Defence company who ended up paying M$4 due to a GPL copyright case some years ago. There were several lawsuits based on Busybox as another example. A quick google will find those.

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

herman

What? Dabbs is a real person? That is unpossible.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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Decrapifier

I wonder if http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/ handles this yet.

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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I already patented 3-D printers on drones.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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You should use ed. It is the standard.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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GSM was always easy to crack

Now we know that it was even easier than that.

No big difference.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: Microsoft hardware

leopard

You should return your geek card for that error.

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Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins

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Roller coasters

This is why roller coaster rides are scary - the loss of control.

Now imagine getting into an autonomous taxi with a Fitipaldi driver profile and the passengers screaming all the way to/from the airport...

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RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

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Re: It's perhaps an image of the demise of technology in the US

Funny that building a tube amp is still just as much fun today as it was 50 years ago. The only difference is the Bluetooth module now needed at the front end http://www.aeronetworks.ca/2015/02/cool-amplifier.html

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Sparkfun

The Shack was done in by stupid management and eventually made obsolete by Sparkfun Electronics.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

herman

If this cable advert succeeds in opening up one person's wallet, then it was all worth the effort...

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IBM chasing ex-staffers for $20 payments

herman

Well, the IBM CEO has to finance his new yacht somehow.

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Forget Norks, Russian hackers are in Sony Pictures' servers – claim

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Re: The FBI Director must have been cringing with embarrassment..

Exactly. The Norks could not possibly have downloaded all that data over their national AOL dial-up modem account.

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Big Brother

Re: Je suis Sony!

Seven eyes data sharing - the usual five plus NK and Russia.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Yah, having Adobe on your resume is a huge black mark for any programmer. Anyone that ever worked at Adobe, is unemployable.

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Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

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So if you eat a lot of curry, you won't be scared of getting the trots. Figures...

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Keylogger: Somebody STOP ME! Oh hang on, I just did

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Basically everyone now needs a dedicated keyboard with encryption built in so that a simplistic key logger will only log gobbledygook. Then you can use a different keyboard for each application. One for Excel, another for Word...

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Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

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Re: That does it!

Wall Street runs on Linux actually.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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Dry DSL

You certainly can get dry DSL with no dial tone. You just have to call customer service and insist on it. Simply don't take no for an answer and it is cheaper than the package deal. There are lots of business DSL lines with no dial tone.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Siri/Cortana/Bob/Clippy

They are all about equally useful.

Presently I use a Mac as my main machine at home and I used the speech functions once, to see if it could be useful - and - well - no - it isn't really and I never tried it again and I don't know anybody that use it either.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: Commercial use forbidden?

Nope - doesn't do Domain log-on.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Intertubes

Finally the Intertubes of Senator Hatch may become a reality.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: What do UK and Iran have in common?

No, there are quite a few more countries like that, e.g. the Vatican and Saudi Arabia to name two of the best known.

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Re: Ironic

The police were too busy trying to decode encrypted pron traffic, to notice the Kouachi brothers.

Therefore, the obvious solution is to outlaw encryption so that they will have more time on their uhm... hands....

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

herman

I want some!

"As it turned out, it was possibly the best sounding source yet. It could sustain pace and drive, and gave body and richness to music where the Kingston SSD, for example, had been heard as limpid and lightweight. Maybe higher frequencies still weren't as insightful as direct CD playback at its best, but the sound had a relaxed quality that this listener has found quite enticing enough to plan a migration of all music onto it — pending a test of other NAS combinations!"

I don't know what they were smoking, but I think I want some...

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