* Posts by Will Godfrey

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Or George Carlin (R.I.P.)

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LOHAN team preps PRATCHETT mission

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Re: Pratchett

Mad priests we have aplenty... The Rim might be a bit of a challenge!

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

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Asking for trouble

People sue councils for wobbly paving slabs as the movement can make you lose your balance and fall, so how much more sue-worthy is a deliberately moving paving slab? It takes surprisingly little movement to make people stumble.

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

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My earliest knowledge of him was (as a child) being given a book 'School Yarns & Howlers'

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Multiple fondling on the MIGHTY 12-INCH iOS 9 SLAB — so, so close now

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Re: Double the pane?

Four panes! Now that's an idea. Maybe they could arrange some form of 3d context. I know! How about a box with the panes on each side, and the ability to drag a window round the corner. I'm sure nobody ever thought of that before.

(well nobody with any money)

And another thing. Make the box semi-transparent and have fish swimming around in it. Awesome!

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Big sales growth nothing to do with NSA fears - Huawei top brass

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I'm taking a 'wait and see' approach. Looks impressive on the face of it, but whenever I see claim and counter claim at this level I'm reminded of the ancient quote:

"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive"

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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What's your problem? You seem quite happy to inhale Tree poop.

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DDoS attack downs University of London learning platform

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Re: This is precisely why...

... so you want to make it easy on them eh?

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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Totally inappropriate

Just seems like the actions of a drowning man to me.

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IaaS is OVER, ladies. Time for OpenStack to jump clear

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Not what I'm seeing.

SMEs I know of have been backing up and syncing machines for ages. Private individuals are also learning (often the hard way) to sync across different machines. I don't know anyone who has just one Desktop and/or laptop. The messages about internet blackouts, security etc. are very slowing sinking in.

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US plans to apply export controls to 0-days put out for comment

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Re: Shouldn't things like this be blocked by TTIP like deals?

Don't be ridiculous...

Of course it's one way.

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Re: Hrumph

I'm delighted that so many other commentards remember one of the best films ever made!

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Re: This happened to me, but in reverse

NoNO. That was the best comment so far

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Sad to see it go

The thing that makes it seem quite menacing is how slowly it can fly considering its size. Add that to the ground-shaking rumble and it's just totally freakish!

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Not for everyone

A lot of my driving is down single track country lanes with scattered passing places, most of which are 'unofficial' ones. I'd be interested in seeing how a self-driving car is going to cope with that.

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You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

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I've been using Inkscape for years. I'm very pleased to see the speed improvements, but for most of my work the basics are all I've needed. I've built up a set of template files for shapes/icons I commonly want, and these days often just stitch the bits together with a few extra bits & bobs.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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How times have changed

Some 20 years ago I saw a herd of cows slowly, but detirminedly ambling along a grass verge towards a motorway sliproad. I ran to a phone box and dialed 999. A very cross woman on the other end said it wasn't an emergency!

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LOHAN's final test flight set to honour PRATCHETT

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I missed this too. I'm only relieved the right decision was made.

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Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

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So, do a minimum debian install (no desktop) then just apt-get what you want.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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Presumably the feds just 'know about these things' so we should all relax and let them get on with it.

Yeah Right.

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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Madness

I'm reminded of a SciFi story where the 'poor' people were the ones who lived in huge mansions with loads of gadgets, and had to fill a regular usage quota before they were allotted a smaller house and fewer gadgets. This was because manufacture far exceeded demand and was automated to the point that it was impossible to reduce the output.

The hero of the story was a guy who's job was to design machines with as many parts as possible for the simplest operation. My only question is:

"Are we there yet?"

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Pandora ordered to pay up extra royalties in BMI row

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And all in the name of the artists rights - who get shafted whoever 'wins'.

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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They won't learn

I got so sick of all these trailers and brain-dead adverts, interspersed with stupid copyright warnings that I don't even go to the cinema any more (25 minutes was what broke it for me). I've found more interesting things to do with my life.

Hi fellow comentards :P

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Quite a long time ago I came to the conclusion that our grandchildren were in for a rough time. More recently i revised that to include our childen. This latest outburst of political stupidity convinces me that we are all heading for the smelly stuff pretty soon.

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Polygraph.com owner pleads guilty to helping others beat lie detector

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D.I.Y. law

They can make it up as they go along. And that's what we're getting in this country soon.

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SAP crypto offers customers choice of remote code execution or denial of service

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Again?

Why are we still hearing about buffer over-runs?

"Those who don't learn from history...

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Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

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Hmmm

I guess if you brought the brown wire too close to the blue one, and vice-versa sparks would indeed fly.

Then again, are those Microsoft and Google avatars?

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Never mind who 'won' the election. It's clear we all lost.

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NSA domestic dragnet NOT authorised by Patriot Act, rules US Appeals Court

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Metadata

Collective Noun:

Anything we can get our hands on, by whatever means we can get away with.

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

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Hmmm

I wonder if they can get there before the pikeys do.

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DEFCON 23 to host Internet of Things slaughterfest

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The name could soon change

Internet of Thugs.

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Security bods gagged using DMCA on eve of wireless key vuln reveal

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Bar Stewards

Once again this heavy-handed legislation does nothing to help the innocent, and everything to protect the guilty.

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Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

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Eeejits!

My own website is a very simple affair. No javascript and no flash, just a bit of css and some ordinary links. If that suffers, then it looks like I'll need to change my front page... Advising people not to use Firefox.

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Intellectual property laws in China, India are flawed, claims US govt without irony

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Translation

We want it ALL!

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Do you have the intellectual bandwidth to attend ISC 2015?

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Intellectual Bandwidth?

Euw.

Not for me then.

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Oi, Twitter! Sign this or we won't talk to you, growls EU

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Call a spade a spade.

It's bribes dammit!

And the EU wants a registered list of those it will accept them from.

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El Reg merch tentacle mulls retro LOHAN T-shirt

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I was a bit surprised thay didn't go for the artists side.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Re: "the horrors of an electric stove"

Also the looks on friends' faces is a picture when you have a plate sat millimeters from a nest of hot pans while you casually dole out the food, then hand the barely warm plate to them.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Sorry, someone had to say it :)

It sounds like a pretty crappy bit of programming. I'm no expert by any means but I learned how to deal with integer overflows (assuming that's what it is) on a BBC model B.

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Airbus to sue NSA, German spies accused of swiping tech secrets

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Re: Tinfoil hattery

Nono. You got that wrong. Paranoia is the unreasonable fear that people are out to get you. These days, such activity is so widespread it is quite rational to suspect it.

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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Just another minus grade

This has to be the worst election run-up I've ever known by a country mile. The lot of them are behaving worse than a playground full of kids, and if anyone previously had any doubts about the media's part in political 'management' they must surely have lost them now.

At this moment in time I really can't see any point in bothering to vote at all. I'm almost convinced my time would be better spent sat in the garden watching the grass grow.

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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Re: The reason...

That's it!

I'm going to take a patent out on the idea of a method of recognising duplicate files, notifying the user, and giving them the choice of which one to to use, based on erm... How about the age of the files?

I'll call it the Advanced Service Selector.

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Re: Bad Data?

If this does turn out to be a data corruption issue then, after all this time, there really is no hope for the software industry.

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ICANN wants total control of DNS while breaking its own bylaws to block .africa probe

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Re: What's the surprise?

Indeed. I suspect these people can't even spell the word 'ethics' let alone understand what it means.

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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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