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* Posts by Aquilus

31 posts • joined 31 Jul 2007

Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast

Aquilus
Coat

Re: Import the ingredients

What a deliciously hipsteresque recipe! I tried it, but ended up burning the roof of my mouth. Guess I started eating it before it was cool...

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Mozilla shoots down Thunderbird, hatches new release model

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So they're pretty much saying that Thunderbird is feature-complete, and are only going to deal with bugfixes/stability issues? Fantastic! Works for me.

Don't forget, it has the ability to support addons, so anything not in the core can be added by third parties if you really want it. Otherwise, just leave it alone, it sends and receives email which is what an email client should do...

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Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Aquilus

Re: Can we please stop calling it the "Retina Display"

VGA screen res naming standards are the most retarded thing ever. Just call it 2800x1800. Not QUWEXMGA or whatever superlatives they decide to mash together to represent it.

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Boffins glue self-righting ROBO-VELOCIRAPTOR tail to car

Aquilus
Go

Combine it with the synthetic gecko-foot and you'd have one nimble robot lizard that could leap from place to place, sticking wherever it lands! I approve the direction of this lizard-related research heartily!

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RIM: BlackBerry 10 is fine, delays are down to chip ship slip

Aquilus
Devil

Lazaridis?

Anyone else notice RIM CEO's surname is an anagram of "Is a lizard"? Coincidence? I think not... and the game Ant Crusher... why would a non-reptile ever want a game like that on their pad or phone? It's a sign, people... the lizards are coming...

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Mozilla forces Firefox 7 on memory diet

Aquilus

The main problem I have with Firefox is when you close it, then decide maybe 30 seconds later you need it open again (or click a link, or whatever) and it pops up a stupid 'Firefox is already running but not responding' box. Why does it take such an insane amount of time to cleanly exit? If it's compressing databases or defragging its history or reticulating splines then why on earth not do that during the hours of idle time I typically have the browser open during the day, rather than upon shutdown? And why do it every single time it closes? Modern apps shouldn't take 30+ seconds to close and go away... especially something as frequently spawned as a web browser...

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HideMyAss defends role in LulzSec hack arrest

Aquilus

4> Don't keep logs in the first place, and therefore comply fully with the court order by supplying a printout of 'cat /dev/null'

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Robo-warship sub hunter: Free DARPA crowdsauce game

Aquilus

Reminds me of CRobots...

Anyone here ever play CRobots? This story triggered recall of my college days (late '90's) where our computer science class competed to come up with the best algorithm for a simulated autonomous robot that could move, scan a certain direction, and fire a projectile. I think the later versions also added IFF and communication between friendly robots. Coding an autonomous swarm would be pretty fun... :)

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Samsung rolls out 22in see-through screens

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Thumb Down

Wasted power

Yeah, I remember thinking "WOW! I'm living in the future!" when those animated LCD advertising displays started to pop up on the underground. Now when I see them I'm more likely to muse on just how much power they waste compared to posters, and how many tonnes of CO2 per year that equates to.

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Sony wins subpoenas revealing visitors to PS3 jailbreaker site

Aquilus
FAIL

Keeping logs isn't mandatory, y'know...

Come on, server admins. Show some common sense. If you're hosting something so obviously dodgy as instuctions on how to hack a multi-billion dollar companies prime piece of kit, why are you not logging to /dev/null?

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Sheila's Fails? The statistics of biological risk

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You must dine at my club

Now taking applications to join "Sheila's Private Members' Club". Per the exclusion in equalities legislation, we are permitted to restrict membership on the basis of sex. It just so happens that a perk of membership is a free car insurance policy. Fancy that!

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Oracle: 'Eight Android files are decompiled Oracle code'

Aquilus
Joke

Why have you written that so often?

Unless you've got a sneaky #define of count hidden somewhere that causes side effects, what possible effect would that bit of code have, aside from wasting a few CPU cycles?

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Cornish pasties awarded protected status

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... minced?

Did I read that right? Did that marketing association claim an authentic Cornish pasty can contain MINCED beef? No it bloody well can NOT! Fresh baked with hunks of chuck steak or gtfo.

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Fifa, Uefa lose free-to-view footie challenge

Aquilus
FAIL

Completely wrong...

No, I suggest -you- read the rules. Having a device capable of receiving live broadcasts is not illegal. Using them to receive live broadcasts without a license is. You don't need to 'nobble' the aerial sockets, or 'prove your innocence' by harping on about your extensive DVD collection. Just refuse the inspector permission to enter your house, revoke his implied leave to pass onto your property to get to your front door, and ignore the dozens of threatening letters accusing you of being a criminal that you'll get from the TV Licensing offshoot of Crapita, and you're good.

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Skeletal scanner would ID terrorists from 50 meters

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Terrorists are rare...

The trouble is, terrorists (and of course, the obligatory thinking-of-the-children-provides-justification-for-anything pedophiles) are extremely rare. Even if the scanner has a 0.1% false positive rate, because the prevalence of terrorists in society are even less than that, it is still likely to finger many orders of magnitude of innocent people over actual terrorists. And no, I don't consider hundreds to thousands of innocent people being hassled, delayed, having guns pointed at them, arrested, or being executed due to police incompetence a suitable trade-off for catching that 1 real 'terrorist*'.

* which probably means he's watched a jihadist YouTube video, or plans to stuff a few petrol cans into his car and drive it into a shop window, given their recent form.

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Google can kill or install apps on citizen Androids

Aquilus
FAIL

Stop making it easy for them...

Covertly installing applications without the user's permission on their phones? Well I'm sure that won't interest the security services at all. I'm sure there absolutely definitely won't be a flood of sealed court orders winging their way to Google HQ, identifying certain phones of interest, will there...

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Wannabe Jedi drool over potent laser 'lightsabre'

Aquilus
Grenade

My leg is twitching...

BAN THEM IMMEDIATELY! Or terrorists will be using them to bring down planes whilst pedophiles lure in children from miles around.

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German 4G auction winds up

Aquilus

Into the black hole it goes!

Make the cheques payable to "Hellenic Republic".

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Service management: A million jobs or a job with a million parts?

Aquilus

No such thing as a 'one minute fix'

@Pete2 as it should be, unless you're running a shop full of cowboys. There's no such thing as a 'one minute fix' when supporting production systems and environments. Whatever you change will always impact other teams, and because they're (presumably) more knowledgeable in their sphere that you are, they need to be allowed to provide an impact. In most cases that impact will be 'no problem' but when it is a problem, isn't it better to have caught it now, rather than suddenly finding your backups are failing because extending that tablespace meant it no longer fits onto one tape, or there was a staging area that also needed expanding that you weren't aware of...

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Solar-curtain "soft house" plan proposed by MIT prof

Aquilus

Keep them drawn all the time?

Am I the only person to have detected a small problem in their plan? Don't most people close their curtains at night and open them again during the day? So the only time these solar-panel curtains will be exposed to the sun is at... night.

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Staff internet policies must be Facebook-ready, warns expert

Aquilus

LOL

'LOL I've had a Polcol' would have made a much more fetching title. N00bs.

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Home Office won't appeal immigration ruling

Aquilus
Happy

Too late...

'A Home Office spokesman sent us the following today: "We're happy to take the judge's decision as final. We won't waste taxpayers'’ money with an appeal and will now take the time to consider how to implement the ruling."'

Too late guys, April 1st was two weeks ago...

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UK.gov will force paedophiles to register email addresses

Aquilus

@sexoffender.gov.uk

Surely it would be more workable to just ban them from registering any other email addresses, and issue them a mandatory @sexoffender.gov.uk address? Such sites could then just ban sign ups from such a domain. :)

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Buggy Flash code continues to plague the web

Aquilus

Backwards?

So... rather than fix whatever component browsers are using to render and execute this buggy Flash, the solution put forward appears instead to be to fix all the authoring tools so they can no longer produce it? Am I missing something, or is this logic sorta... backwards? Can't they just fix the Flash renderer so it doesn't load arbitary URLs?

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US HD DVD sales hit new low

Aquilus

No cheaper

I dropped into a Best Buy in the States a few weeks ago. For a format that's supposedly much cheaper to produce and that's desperately struggling for market share, it seemed like madness that there was no appreciable difference in price between HD DVD's and Blu-rays. The reason they sold so few is because they're no cheaper! Typical corporations - putting short term profit ahead of a longer term strategy of building market share by offering cheaper discs. It's cost them the war.

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iPhone's visual voicemail ain't so new

Aquilus
Happy

Good job guys

What an entirely non-obvious and novel invention! A shame these guys weren't around when email was first developed... I'm sure having to pay them to license a patent to read your emails in non-chronological order would have advanced the technology no end.

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Animal rights activist hit with RIPA key decrypt demand

Aquilus

@Pum

A more accurate analogy would be plod getting a warrant and raiding your home, and not finding anything incriminating except an empty bedroom. Then demanding you tell him the magic word that would make that invisible stash of lovely incriminating evidence stored there appear. And locking you up for two years for failing to do so, because you must be lieing when you claim "There's nothing in there! It's just an empty room, honest!" How on earth are you supposed to prove you don't know something?

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Judge OKs Sprint's $30m overcharging settlement

Aquilus

Title

The $5 million attorneys fees should be handed over as pre-paid call cards too. Seems only fair. Perhaps that way, the lawyers might push harder for an actual cash settlement next time...

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Boeing touts feeble Hummer-mounted raygun

Aquilus

1MW

Call me when they get it up to 1MW... I'll be waiting in my Cobra Mk III...

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Websites could be required to retain visitor info

Aquilus

Core dumps

So the court has determined that TorrentSpy need to keep a record of transient data passing through the servers memory? Fine. Configure the servers to dump their entire core every second. Presumably then TorrentSpy will meet the terms of discovery by delivering a few hundred terabytes per day of binary core dumps to the plaintiff. It's their problem then, extracting the weblogs from it... }:>

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Panasonic zooms in on HD camcorder market

Aquilus

Prices

What's the betting the prices will turn out to be $1000/£1000/€1000... :/

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