* Posts by Will Godfrey

2406 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

MEPs: Oi, Juncker! Hands off our science and research dosh

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This guy is turning out to be a nightmare - I wonder who his 'friends' are.

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

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Money!

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Re: I think it's more of a case of

You show people that we are idiots, we'll take your stuff.

Typical playground bully behaviour.

FTFY

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Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

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Re: If a political party could choose a programming language...

Good one. As well as an upvote, Have one of these ^

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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Re: Half an hour to wait for a platform

What's worse is that after that half hour wait three will arrive at the same time!

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Neurobabble makes nonsense brain 'science' more believable

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Re: re - Perhaps when your brain ..before the conscious mind can intervene.

But... But...

looking around today, it seems society doesn't work!

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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

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Form what I've heard, you could be forgiven for thinking the Post Office is deliberately trying to discourage anyone for running a post office.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Stop!

These should be banned on health and safety grounds.

In a sudden thunderstorm the safest place you can be is right in the centre of a conventional pylons feet. The new ones would be the worst place to be.

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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Oi!

I come here to bury politics, not to praise it!

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Big Blue securo-bods warn of dire Dyre Wolf AMONG WOLVES

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Re: Bah!

Nuffink... Innit.

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Bad News

I would say I've no sympathy for the organisations that get scammed, but the bottom line is that it's us that eventually have to foot the bill.

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Speak softly, carry a big stick, dress like a Smurf

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Meh

Must be getting old. Didn't find anything about this exciting.

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Keep snapping selfies, says Snapchat: Cops NEVER ask us for 'em

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WTF?

What a disaster

... if even the cops and spooks aren't interested!

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Re: If it ain't broke...

I am well aware that the title bar is still there. I don't see how that in any way invalidates my observation of what appears to be the current trend.

Therefore, if my comment was pointless, then surely yours is even more so.

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If it ain't broke...

The version available from debian wheezy is fine for me. I want to work on stuff, not admire how pretty the frills are. Oh, and I want a title bar. It seems all the 'improvements' are backward steps.

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Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets

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FAIL

Famous Last Words

We need to cut maintenance costs, so we might as well seal that entrance - We're never going to need it.

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UK's National Museum of Computing celebrates 10 glorious years

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Hmmm

It's been a few years since I visited (Tony was still around). I absolutely must get there again this year.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

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That's a relief!

I was worried there for a while. Fortunately ARM can now carry on developing new ideas with out the ball & chain of Microsoft's 'requirements'.

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Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on Kickstarter

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Nope

I've (almost) achieved the joyous state of never really needing to know the time. I haven't actually worn a watch for several years. As an experiment, I'm even leaving the central heating timer on GMT this year. It hardly ever comes on in the summer anyway.

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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I think all of these could be summed up as Bring Your Own Disaster!

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Lighty and flighty: Six sizzling portable projectors

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I'm also puzzled at who these are targetted at. Having used a variety of projectors in the past, I know that just projecting onto a whith-ish surface is rarely good enough, so the value of the extreme portability is moot. Certainly they will in no way compete with modern flat screen displays, not on clarity, brightness, or resolution.

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Banks defend integrity of passcode-less TouchID login

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Re: Wunch (you know the rest)

Have you seen the tailspin most people go into when they realise they've lost their phone?

Quite typically they'll be in a supermarket and decide to ring home to check on what's needed. In their agitated state, are they then going to tap up a complete stranger and ask to use their phone to ring the bank? Then, I guess they'll need to find someone with the same bank 'cos guess where they stored the number (along with all sorts of things that really should not be on such an insecure item).

When most people's idea of a 'mobile' phone was the one in the big red box on the street corner nobody was particularly dependent on them, but now many can't function rationally at all without them.

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Wunch (you know the rest)

I like the bit about calling the bank if your phone is lost or stolen...

Ummm. how?

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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To the miserable git

Please don't visit my website. It's full of 'unnecessary' stuff.

Oh, and it now proudly displays its clacks.

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Re: Downvoting

Indeed!

Also, by doing this they are effectively UPvoting everyone, because as soon as you realise it's happening you start subconsciously subtracting 1 from all downvotes.

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Re: Brilliant!

... and because I can't have two icons, I'll just have to have two posts!

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Brilliant!

I can't think of a better tribute.

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Apple Watch is like an invasive weed says Gartner

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Am I missing out?

I don't have a smart anything, but somehow seem to survive.

P.S.

I've even got a bit of money in the bank.

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The storage is alive? Flash lives longer than expected – report

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In order to stagger the RAID array's failures wouldn't it make sense to use a mixture of drives of different makes and slightly different actual capacities?

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Well OK...

... as long as you don't have to use a 'special' Windows-only application to program it.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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"He had a wonderful grasp of the human condition and the human mind, and I think the appropriate reaction for me is to go and read one of his books again."

THIS is what I was thinking around, but couldn't quite find the words for.

Also, his books are a way you can laugh at yourself without being embarrassed by your own failings.

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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Crazy!

Has the entire world gone stark, staring mad?

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Never escape the boss again: Salesforce tracks down your best people any time, any place

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No Problem

When I don't want to be contacted I'm somewhere there is no phone service (or any other tech).

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Hmmm

I wonder what the people who own/manage/run the site look like.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Re: Bah! (two bites of the cherry?)

If that's what the mummy's cures can do, I really don't want to know about its curse!

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Re: Bah!

Thank goodness you were all only 'illed'. That bastard could have murdered you all!

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Snowden, NSA spying, hard drive malware ... what we need is a UN privacy watchdog!

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Hmmm

While I don't think this idea will get very far, it does at least have a chance of getting people thinking about the subject - something that there is far too little of.

Also, the more times the subject gets mentioned, the more chance that Joe Public will realise there is a problem.

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Win! El Reg exceedingly fine mug collection

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WTF?

Ummm

Can't seem to find any information about the contest without first handing over quite a bit of detailed information.

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

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Not so impressive

A few years ago, in a moment of boredom my sister used google earth to look at my house, then sent me the screengrab. I was quite surprised that it even showed the pathetic awning thingy over the back door - at only 950mm x 750mm. I was especially impressed considering it had been 'edited' by a winter storm a couple of years beforehand.

P.S.

I like to imagine that some evil google machine is totally locked up trying to work out why a major commercial electrical contractor was investigating a domestic location over 80 miles away :)

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Curiosity rover RENDERED ARMLESS by short circuit

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Sack the programmer!

He used shorts when he should have used longs.

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Intelligent, measured response.

Clearly he could never be a politician then.

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ICANN switches off dot-word admin portal amid security leak scare

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I'm so (not) surprised

Never mind 'Who watches the watchers?', how about 'Who manages the managers?'

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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If you ever wondered why there wasn't an off switch that physically disconnects the battery, wonder no more.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Very sad news...

but a good innings, and a good well filled life. What more could one ask?

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Not even GCHQ and NSA can crack our SIM key database, claims Gemalto

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Re: The good news is....

They're working on it.

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Indeed so. Unfortunately this has to keep being repeated because - goldfish memory span.

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Seven months of Basil Brush on YouTube: Er, boom boom?

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It's all Basil's fault

It was from him I learned to tell excrutiatingly bad jokes. Sometimes five and five back to back, hoping to impress my family and friends.

No pun in ten did :(

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

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Re: @Halverflake

Indeed so, but unfortunately Joe Public probably has no understanding of what the problem is... even if (s)he's been made aware of it.

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WhatDaHell, WhatsApp? Student claims 'stalker' tool shows security flaws

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Disappointed

Nobody had come out with "WhatsUp WhatsApp?"

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

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In other news...

The painting in the kitchen is finished.

I had a nice walk in the sunshine this afternoon.

My coding project is humming along sweetly this evening.

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