* Posts by herman

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Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

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BLFH: Bastard lecturer from hell.

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Windows printer bug fixed

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Re: Printers. Pah!

Well, printing is only arcane on Windows. On UNIX systems, printing is a non-issue, basically thanks to Apple's CUPS, which is used by all except Windows.

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Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'

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Don't worry, Windows 11 will ensure that it is too small and slow to save more than a handful of one line Word docxz.

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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Re: Stupid questions...

You can jump through all those hoops, or you can just log them into a guest account.

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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

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So now you don't need a Samsung phone to start a fire. You can presumably start it with your Apple, HTC or Mictrosoft^WNokia too.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Re: minimum weight

Worse. It means that there are no F35 aircraft in the UK.

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MoD confirms award of giant frikkin' laser cannon contract

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What goes up...

Somehow I don't think it will work particularly well against a mortar, which is gonna come down no matter what, unless you have an anti-gravity laser.

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Google hover-drones to drop burritos on campus

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Burritos...

That sounds like biological warfare.

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Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

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Muzak

OK, so musicians are now obsolete also

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Airbag bug forces GM to recall 4.3m vehicles – but eh, how about those self-driving cars, huh?

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Cock-up

What a cock-up. Maybe they should order their airbags from Bulgaria.

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No-fly zone suggested for Galaxy Note 7

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Raqqa

The US can drop them over Raqqa.

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Self-stocking internet fridge faces a delivery come down

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Re: Garmin

When you get 'slip road, to slip road, to roundabout, to unknown road...' then you know the good Garmin lady totally lost it.

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US tech college ITT is not pining for the fjords. It is no more. It has gone and met its maker

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Re: On The Job Experience

"pretty decent prep for employment in the IT world" - Sure, but they neglected to teach their grads the most important IT job phrase: "Yah want fries wizzat?"

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L0phtCrack's back! Crack hack app whacks Windows 10 trash hashes

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Re: Nope

If the HD is not encrypted. Otherwise you got to recover that password first, which may take you a whole lot longer.

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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Interpretation of Acts

Simple people read a single act and think that it explains everything. A lawyer reads all the acts, because acts are interrelated and affect each other. This is a case where one tax agreement is overruled by another trade agreement. It is a very common occurrence.

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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Re: Printer drivers. why

Well, most networked printer have a FTP server that does exactly that. Send it a PS or PDF file by anonymous FTP and it will print.

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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Well, the broken shell won't affect more than about 2 users. The other 2 will use Cygwin or Bash.

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IOActive turns up the most SOHOpeless router so far

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That sounds like a very nice router. I would like to buy a bunch for use around here. It would make life so much easier.

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

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Re: I've forgotten...

Yea, init and log files were human readable. It is obviously not a good idea to have humans around computers. Systemd finally solves the whole PEBKAC thing as people abandon Linux.

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Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand

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Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

Also bear in mind that the interest rate minus bank fees of your buried coffee can, is likely much better than any bank offers nowadays.

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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Re: quality..

I think the Marigo Audio Lab tuning dots would work best when applied directly to the eardrum.

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

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A plane with wheels and a parachute will get dragged in wind. So parachutes are usually just for emergency use and the plane usually ends up destroyed or damaged.

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A pitot device typically can measure static pressure also.

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Re: "Crew"

Well, it landed alright - maybe not alright for all meanings of alright, but all of it landed right away although some parts may have bounced a few times...

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Ten-trillionths of your suntan comes from intergalactic photons

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Their arrogance is mind boggling. These photons travel 100s of light years, to come and hit me. Why? I haven't done anything to them.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Thorium

Thorium reactors have their fair share of problems too. For example, it needs to be used in conjunction with another metal such as plutonium. However, the typical Sloshdat basement dweller don't want to know about this and always spouts 'Thorium!, Thorium!' as if it is a magic bullet.

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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Re: Huh?

Well, having just done a 14 hour stint in a flying cattle truck that some like to call by a 3 digit numeric moniker, I am all in favour of passenger trains and won't mind the 90 minute delays waiting for 3 kilometer freight trains to get out of the way either.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: How long for theft?

Brilliant!

I'm sure going to jail for theft of two phones will be less than 5 years, unless maybe if there are shared music files on them...

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Jeep hackers: How we swerved past Chrysler's car security patches

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Re: Mine uses...

Also for 'Auto get my car out of the sand trap', which is really handy where I live.

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Re: 16 Valves

You forgot to add: "Now get off my lawn!"

Something to have fun with: http://www.aeronetworks.ca/2015/02/cool-amplifier.html

I'm now working on a simple FM detector to add some olde skool muzak from Abu Dhabi Classic.

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There is no effective defence against a Rube Goldberg machine, since the perpetrator can always use a smarter hamster.

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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@Winkypop: I take it that you are an AI?

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

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Goodness me, someone paid for that? The sites look like flashbacks from the Wayback Machine, circa 1980. I would not be surprised if those web sites are programmed with punch cards and paper tape.

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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Well, fortunately he isn't complaining about something important, but this kind of cruft is the reason d'etre of pretty printers.

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Facebook offers end-to-end encrypted chat – if you find the right setting

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Re: How much you want to bet

" what exactly stops that same app to send everything to mothership anyway ?" Nobody said they would not, so one should safely assume they would.

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I think I have to start affixing a block of random characters to the end of all my messages and see whether the three letter agencies start to take an enhanced interest in it.

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Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

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Re: Apparently he was allowed to continue his journey

Hmm, I think the 'unarmed British Police' thing has been a bit of a myth, since at least the 1970s, which was about the last time I saw British police hiding behind trash can lid shields on news paper front pages. I have seen them with personal arms, grenades and swords. Swords still work just as well today as in the middle ages and require no batteries or propellant.

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Re: I take objection to "Shooty McBangbang"

The pilots can fire high. They are allowed to miss. Common sense should always prevail. Pilots are typically rather more intelligent than the grunts on the ground.

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All-Python malware nasty bites Windows victims in Poland

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Re: Which Python?

<p>Which Python? Monty of course.

<p>I fart in your general direction.

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Wannabe West Midlands gun smuggler jailed for ten months

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Re: Framed

Finally someone who clued in to the real problem. Insecure computers make it very easy to frame someone.

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700,000 Muslim Match dating site private messages leaked online

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Re: Allah Hackbar.

Man, now you made me snort my Sisha...

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Minimum order quantity

It gets interesting when you need one of something and the minimum order quantity is 10,000.

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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

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Re: Formatting has two options

You load a special driver into the drive controller that shifts the servo off track by 25%, then read the data left over between the tracks.

If you really want to erase a disk do this:

# hdparm --security-set-pass user /dev/sdX

# hdparm --security-erase user /dev/sdX

That will overwrite the data over the whole disk surface, on the tracks and in between the tracks.

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Re: 10% ?

Considering how many people on IT related web sites always suggest using dban, shred, dd and other utilities that don't work properly since they don't erase data between tracks or in bad sectors, I am surprised that that 10% were done right.

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Re: Investing

Yeah, like the free secure erase algorithm that is built into every disk drive controller since the end of the previous century? Activating that routine will really break everybody's IT budget.

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Re: Has it been six months already?

Uhmm... dban and the like don't actually work. It won't erase data in the file system journal, or in bad sectors on disk.

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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Another doom and gloom preacher. I'm old enough to remember the the time before the UK was a member of the EU. The world won't stop turning. Everything will carry on just fine.

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Patriotic Brits rush into streets to celebrate… National Cream Tea Day

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Heartburn Bombs, that's what they are, but delicious.

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Re: “tea before milk”.

I think the answer is Yokshire Pudding. Any argument can be solved with Yorkshire Pudding. No one can talk with a mouth full.

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Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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Re: Hydraulic valves, I trust?

Hydraulic computers were used in the explosives industry for process control till the 1980s at least.

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