* Posts by Chronos

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

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Re: "IPv6 was designed to run alongside IPv4 from the beginning. "

Sure, so well that DHCP was an afterthought - the RCF came only in 2003, five years later, - because they thought routers could assign addresses but didn't think about every other need DNS, dynamic IP-hostnames assignment

SLAAC could do all of those things. The reason DHCP6 happened was the exact inertia people are reporting here. SLAAC: It's new. It's scary. What does rtadvd stand for anyway? Brown alert!

So we ended up with two ways to do the same thing and now we have to support both on the gateway because the wonderful thing about standards is there's so many to choose from.

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Re: @boxplayer - "Nobody uses it..."

Now keep on and come back to us when you'll be a big bank, insurance company, multinational corporation with 24/7 mission legacy critical systems and you'll teach us how you managed to convince the top management to accept the risk.

...or even The Register.

% host www.theregister.co.uk

www.theregister.co.uk has address 104.20.251.41

www.theregister.co.uk has address 104.20.250.41

Oh, the irony.

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Signal app guru Moxie: Facebook is like Exxon. Everyone needs it, everyone despises it

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Re: The only real tool here is Mark Zuckerberg...

Facebook is Free.

Jesus jumping shitballs, man, how can you be so blind? Facebook is only free if your privacy has no value. This is exactly what I take exception to, people quite literally maxing out their privacy credit account without any clear indication of what the credit limit is until the bill drops on the doormat, metaphorically speaking. You're already a suspect if you can't provide a Facebook screen name to the apes on US border control as a direct result of this sort of thinking.

Let's take it one step further, shall we? How about this scenario: People like you start spouting off that Facebook or some other corporate entity is indispensable. Eventually, other companies take that idea and run with it. Now your life insurance premium is based not on medical data but how many times you've posted the minutiae of your last hospital visit on Facebook. No profile? They assume the worst. Now Facebook has cost you physical money.

If you think I have a twisted mind it's exactly because of shit like this that I've learned to think like the opposition. I'd really rather not have to but it has become a necessity.

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But most importantly: Stating that it is indispensable and discouraging from looking for alternatives is a self-fulfilling prophecy -- and exactly what Facebook wants you to do. So stop saying that for start.

Hear bleedin' hear! I need Facebook like I need an infected testicle. I've managed pretty well without ever going near it since its inception, along with all of its work-alikes.

Anyone relying on Facebook for their business isn't going to get my custom and that attitude is going to grow exponentially now we have something more than Zuck's "They trust me? Stupid fuckers" to tell people about.

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Productivity knocks: I've got 99 Slacks, but my work's not done

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Re: IRC

The web is just telnet and sgml with shiny on top - doesn't mean it isn't useful

obOldGit: Yes, but it was more useful before the ad flingers arrived, it was a damned sight more secure before activequickflashscript and it was much more friendly before AOL started giving coasters away, some git discovered the blink tag and Geocities became a thing.

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Re: IRC

Is that possibly because Slack is just IRC with shiny chrome slapped haphazardly all over it?

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US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

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Big Brother

We have always been at war...

East Asia, Eurasia, who cares? The important thing is to keep that state of emergency alive and the proles on side. Couple that with laws you can't not break (wipe, re-encrypt the device with a UUID as the passphrase and then slam the poor unfortunate into the jug when they can't decrypt it) and you've a recipe for a very paranoid population who will accept just about anything for a sense of security, however false that may be.

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UK spy agency warns Brit telcos to flee from ZTE gear

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Re: Don't know about infrastructure but great phones

There's an Orange SanFran on my shelf, still working with CM11 on it. The battery is a bit flaky now but it's useful as a backup.

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Re: Could we have a 'Cell' for 'phones

What they want is the backdoors installed, but only them to have the keys.

...a situation that would remain extant until someone drops a USB key in a taxi on the way to see Madame Whiplash. I give it about five minutes.

This isn't a new blinkered attitude. They trotted the "millions of people in direct, unfettered, untraceable communication" argument out in the late 70's when the CBers were trying to get 27MHz legalised. One wonders what happened to the noble gentleman's blood pressure when someone told him that people can talk to each other in complete privacy simply by visiting each other.

The same stupidity is likely to continue for many, many years and will give people like us hours of golden entertainment, the likes of which we couldn't pay to have created. Give them a car that they can all pile into with wobbly wheels and doors that fall off and it would be the greatest show on Earth.

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Boffins try to grok dogs using AI, a cyber-brain charter, a bot running for mayor, and more

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Re: Dogs are only the start

You want mad AIs from the get-go? Trying to understand politicians is a fast route to insanity as the AI decides humanity, from the subject group, is just too damn slimy for the rest of the Universe's good.

Stick with dogs. They're far more honest, produce less crap and won't sell you down the river for a consultancy.

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other intelligent beings that inhabit our world

Good to hear this being presented as fact. Our local vet once said "Oh, don't worry about him being in pain, dogs have less evolved nervous systems." as he got ready to extract a tooth.

Sorry, you said what? I will worry, if it's all the same to you. You can give him a local and I'll have some of those doggy pain killers¹ too. After living with dogs there is no way one can categorise them as just "dumb animals."

¹ NEVER give a dog paracetamol or ibuprofen. The former is a death sentence.

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Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it

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Seen in an analogue lavatory years ago

Seems some card of a Sharpie-artist was way ahead of the curve:

"Some come here to sit and think,

Others come to shit and stink,

I just come to read the walls."

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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If you really don't like any of them, scrawl "None of them - they are all rubbish!" on your voting slip. You'll at least be counted as a spoilt paper.

I used to put "F, must do better. See me after class" in red ink that I brought for the occasion. A moment's satisfaction yet nothing changed. The "none of the above"/"none suitable" option as an official stance with real consequences for the stuffed shirts who have been preselected would get people voting. Personally, I'd disbar anyone from standing for ten years who has appeared on a ballot where "feck right off" has won a majority. Now that's accountability.

While we're at it, get rid of this seat nonsense. Elect the local MP on the constituency vote but elect the government on a separate ballot after the MPs are elected. If they're a minority they may just have to think about policy rather than bullying it through on the party whip system and hoping The Lords will be too doddery to notice that it's a crock of horse-feathers. Doing deals to get a majority is then right out.

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So don't complain about what those who got voted in do or don't do.

Why? Why should we not complain about the shitty, pre-selected system of "democracy" or the absolute idiots, incompetent arseholes and corrupt greedboxes you elected that we had absolutely nothing to do with?

I'm sorry, I know people have died for the right to vote but I'm buggered if I'll legitimise a corrupt system as a memorial. Give me a "None of the above" option and I'll turn up every single time.

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It's April 2018 – and Patch Tuesday shows Windows security is still foiled by fiendish fonts

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Re: "addressing 63 vulnerabilities"

A month later, you walk past the very same enormous haystack. You look at it briefly and this time you can see 63 needles. Is it reasonable to conclude that the gorfdamn needles are reproducing in the enormous haystack?

No, but I think this particular haystack could do with a bit of counselling. I think it has a drug problem.

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Boffins befuddled over EU probe into UK's tax rules for multinationals

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Re: It might still be relevant after Brexit, just not necessarily for the Brits

That's reasonable. It ensures the IRS will get complete tax reports on him as the US govt. is entitled to copies any data it wants held in all EU states.

Don't kid yourself. It already has the data. The idea of the CLOUD act is to make it admissible in court.

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Re: EU competition rules

C. Wait a second, this has nothing to do with foreigners and all governments including the EU are all as bent as each other so taking one out of the equation saves us money that can be better spent by our own corrupt government.

Yes, but having them fighting each other had them leaving us in relative peace. You think corruption was bad between 1979 and now? You ain't seen nothin' yet. The relevant noises are already audible in the background. Once they can remove the ECHR from the equation and get total control, you'll see exactly what the agenda was. If you're a large enterprise (not the 1701 kind) you're fine, if you're an individual with few assets and any expectation of privacy, freedom or rights, you're fucked.

The only slight saving grace is that they haven't scrapped/remodelled/fucked up the House of Lords yet. It gets a little strange when the upper house is the only one possessed of any common sense, although I fully expect that to change once that vipers' nest in the other house and their unelected parasites get free of any scrutiny.

The whole referendum was toxic. If it had gone the other way, the EU would be negotiating the removal of the UK's exemptions from the single currency and Shengen, demanding more and more of the pie and generally making as much of a nuisance of itself as it is now. I saw it coming and have nothing at all to do with the fallout because I made a conscious choice not to legitimise this farce.

Paris. Well, it was fair warning for the shafting we're all going to get.

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Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel

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This again?

Their algorithms should be able to spot regular visitors, every contact leaves a trace, they have all the IP addresses.

Isn't it about time these people were battered sensible with the clue-stick before engaging gob? That only works if you are both the server provider and the ISP. Then it only works if the machine that logs the visit and the DHCP server are using reasonably sane NTP settings.This does not take into account the hundreds of millions of people browsing behind carrier grade NAT on mobile networks and using the wireless hot-spots at KrocBurgers Inc.

I haven't even mentioned TOR and VPN. I didn't have to, that's how utterly stupid this sound-bite is.

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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Fifty shades of tea

Earl bloody Grey should have kept that muck to himself. I've had un-rinsed mugs that made tea taste better and Tesco's everyday basic floor-sweepings bags taste exactly like it: Slightly floral with a hint of Toilet Duck. Sir Patrick has a lot to answer for, making that gunk Picard's favourite brew.

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: HAL

@Dave 126: Sorry, Dave, I can't do that. From TFA:

Finally, after almost half a century of waiting, you can welcome the mildly homicidal artificial intelligence HAL 9000 into your home.[...]And it predicted Siri and Alexa. What else do you want?

My post is a direct reply to the posted article.

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HAL

HAL wasn't malfunctioning or deliberately psychopathic. It had two sets of conflicting orders and no moral imperatives. It was designed to do what it did, and did it perfectly. The fault lies with the people who fed in those category A directives and didn't think about what an AI with problem-solving heuristics would come up with as a solution, which is why "no harm by action or inaction" is law #1 and MUST be hard-coded.

It redeemed itself in 2010 even without Asimov's law 1, which I think was the stronger of the two films from this perspective as it correctly represented the danger of having unaccountable bodies issuing orders to complex systems that have no hard-wired ethics. Chandra should have seen this coming and given HAL a bullshit detector but, like many intellectuals, he's an innocent child when it comes to political deviousness which leaked into HAL's programming almost by osmosis.

Right now, what we're classing as AIs aren't I; Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Jasper, they're all simple if-this-then-that logic machines with a bit of imperfect voice recognition and TTS tacked on as a UX. If we ever realise true machine intelligence, these issues will need most careful thought.

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Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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I wasn't actually suggesting using MIPS.

The RK3399 based Orange Pi is pretty much all I need in a desktop, barring the still-closed Mali GPU and the Spectre-vulnerable A72 cores. The latter is likely to be mitigated fairly soon with retpolines. The former is the bigger issue. I can't be without 3D graphics as I use things like OpenSCAD and gEDA a lot. Come to think of it, a couple more GiB of memory would be nice. The Rock64 fulfils this requirement but it doesn't have a SATA port.

I'd really rather not go down the *book road as, generally, the keyboards are pants and they're compromised to fit into the form factor. Starting with a mainboard you get to choose your storage, cooling, noise levels and no sodding embedded batteries welded to the case. Yes, it acts like a UPS and all that rot, I already have 24VDC to the desk and rack from a big-arsed 2kWh reservoir to cope with outages (I have a pair of Banana Pis on fileserver duties) and it seems silly to convert 230V to DC, store it and then occasionally drag it back up to 230 before converting it down again with a SMPSU. All those inefficiencies must add up and DC-DC buck converters are much more efficient than isolated SMPSUs.

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rms (he's case sensitive) had the right idea running a Longsoon MIPS64 based notebook long before any of this kicked off. Of course, using EMACS for everything just isn't a road I want to go down.

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Re: Cloud Act ?

America Rogering Someone Else, AKA ARSE Act.

MS are between a rock and a hard place. Uncle Sam says they must, Europe and Ireland say they must not. It's not often I feel sorry for the Redmond land sharks but this time? I can't see a way they can obey either without falling foul of the other.

In other news, several imps have perished due to the unusual cold spell in Hades.

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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Hmm...

As members of the public, we are all fair game to the experimental whims of tech billionaires. One by one, we will be beta-tested to death to make another disruptor incrementally richer.

I was under the impression that Dabbsy's column was supposed to be satire, not on-the-nail factual reporting. The only thing missing was "and the powerful another step closer to omniscient and as hard to shift as a floating turd."

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$0.75 – about how much Cambridge Analytica paid per voter in bid to micro-target their minds, internal docs reveal

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Anyone know a decent french polisher?

That veneer of respectability on democracy is looking awfully tatty. The underlying mandate to govern may just be a little wormy, too.

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Re: That's Yorkshire fucked then

How will TOWIE carry on?

Every cloud...

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Re: To quote(ish) Monty P

They're all a bunch of One Cares (French taunter accent).

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WTF?

Four bloody days...

...too fucking early, dozy bastards.

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World celebrates, cyber-snoops cry as TLS 1.3 internet crypto approved

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And yet still...

...SNI is done in the clear. You go to all that trouble to stop the ISP redirecting/snooping your DNS queries and then simply hand the latter to them on a plate in the first useful packet.

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PwC: More redundos at HQ of UK 'leccy stuff shop Maplin

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sed -e 's/tat bazaar/'leccy stuff shop/'

Land shark attack? At this late stage when world+dog+fleas+bacteria in gut of fleas knows that anything of value Maplin brought to the table is long lost in the midst of time?

World's gone mad.

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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Re: Please Please Please...

The scientific method prescribes exactly the sort of thinking the OP proposes. There are issues with current science, not least of which is grant chasing which leads to making the empirical data fit the sponsor's requirements. It's not always money, either. Who hasn't had a little twinge of doubt about the doom and gloom over climate change being political?

Read Tom Sharpe's Grantchester Grind and tell me Lady Bloody Mary Godber-Evans or Edgar Hartang aren't metaphors, that Dr Osbert or The Bursar aren't typical caricatures of academia or indeed that organised science and organised religion are intimately entwined from birth with the likes of the Chaplain.

People really should read more satire. It encourages critical thinking in ways ordinary study never can.

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Re: There's likely another reason for this...

And contrary to popular belief, Hawking wasn't an arch-atheist at all.

It's the similarity between "Hawking" and "Dawkins" that caused this myth.

Personally, I'm no arch-atheist either. I just take exception to organised religion which, when you drill down deep enough, starts looking like control freakery, justification for exploitation and increasingly less adherence to any of its own rules the further you get up the hierarchy. I'm sure the almighty has more honesty, dignity and compassion than some people would make it appear.

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Good

Firstly, nobody will argue that Prof. Hawking deserves to be remembered. We have now found a use for the religionists: Keeping the remains of our notable people undisturbed for posterity.

We may as well get some value for all that tax they're evading.

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More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

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Re: Adblocking is stealing

Catch is, they'll tell you it's the price of admission, thus payment is demanded in advance or you go without.

Fine, then I'll go without, just as long as they also remove their bloody annoying crap from the search engines too. When I search for, for example, firmware for something, I do not want to buy one of what I'm trying to fix. Odds are that if I'm looking for firmware it's broken in a new and heretofore undiscovered way anyway and they'll be skating on Styx before I ever buy another one.

"A fire broke out today at Alphabet headquarters. Trapped employees searched for fire fighting equipment and got 3,000,000 hits, none relevant or useful. In other news..."

Ad flingers can be indirectly annoying. We're assuming that these ad-supported sites are the only repositories of knowledge when, in reality, the actual fonts of wisdom would likely have a better chance of being found if the commercial crap just sodded off and stopped SEO'ing themselves into your search results.

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Re: Adblocking is stealing

Read his other posts. This one wasn't sarcasm.

Well, from the subtext I got "Ad-blocking is morally wrong but blackholing bad hosts is good security practice? Yeah, right, the two are virtually the same thing."

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Re: Adblocking is stealing

@unwarranted triumphalism: The sarcasm in this post is utterly wasted on at least 11 people.

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Re: Adblocking is stealing

AC wrote: Depriving someone of ad revenue through ad blocking is not 'stealing'.

Similarly, software piracy is not 'theft'... it is just 'copyright infringement'.

Using emotion-laden buzz words will not alter reality.

Whoosh!

That was the OP's point, methinks. Doesn't matter which technical workaround makes the web usable for you, it has to be done to retain a) responsiveness of your desktop and b) sanity.

Revenue from the W³ is a relatively new concept anyway and wasn't foremost in TB-L's mind when he created the thing. Therefore, as a greybeard who remembers hypertext on floppies, I reserve the right to preserve the original intent of the web as a tool for shared knowledge rather than prop up someone else's flawed business model.

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UK.gov to plough £67m into gigabit broadband for all and sundry

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Re: Is there an economist in the house?

Fortunately I never had to climb poles.

Luckily, nor did I. I was once hoisted aloft on a pallet on a forklift truck to string a cable across a loading-bay door when I was a PFY but Elfin Safety would have a field day with such antics nowadays.

Besides, it would be a couple of grand of point-to-point wireless kit, three experts and a load of standing around drinking Marmoset-arse coffee or some other damned thing that tastes god-awful but is stylish to be seen drinking to do the same job, so no need for the ~£10 worth of cable and slim chance of yoof turned into gibbering crunchy strawberry jam.

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Re: Is there an economist in the house?

Yep, d, every single time. Taking a butcher's at the shareholder list only confirms that this is nothing more than a cynical marketing exercise.

I, personally, don't need fibre. Although it seems at first glance to be more idiot-proof than twisted pair, I'm sure they'll employ a better idiot or two who will crimp, bend, stand on or otherwise mangle a perfectly good fibre bundle.

What I really want is the ability to buy the last mile copper from the cab to my house, the right to remove digits from the hands of anyone who breaks it while "working" on installing someone else's line into a line card, get rid of this bloody extortionate line rental crap and simply have a twisted pair from the concentrator to the modem and no copper back to the exchange. I'll do my own landline over battery-backed IP and Asterisk, thanks. At least I then get to flip marketers and people with withheld numbers the tri-tonal bird without having to pay for the privilege.

I would also like the right to shove those jelly crimps¹ that they keep adding to lines up the CEO's arse and force them to replace the cable instead, but that'll never happen while the pole monkeys couldn't learn 25 pair colour codes (CW1308 or even schedule zero for those of us with more years behind than in front) and identify the correct pair if their lives depended on it.

"Oh, balls, wrong binder. Crimp 'em quick and hope nobody notices." There goes another couple of dB off the SNR.

¹ Bridge taps, the bane of anyone expecting a balanced differential pair after OpenWoe have been in there with cutters, silly pliers, fists of boiled bacon and multiple left thumbs. How hard can it be to maintain the twist and at least a nod towards equal and opposite current?

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Toyota to flog 10,000 aaS wagons to Avis Budget rentals

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Re: Hello Mr Corfield!

Oh sweet, precious child. Treasure your innocence.

In-bleedin'-deed. Not so long ago I obtained another car while still insured. Apparently, your no-claims can't transfer while you have a policy in force, I couldn't transfer that policy because Mrs Chronos was still on the old motor and policy so I had to start from scratch on the new jalopy. My premiums actually went down. 65%? Of what, the respect for our intelligence?

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Re: Win 10 Stupid Edition

probably the best of the 9x series

That was 95 OSR2, in that it was less crap than anything else 95-ME inclusive as long as you didn't install IE4. Active desktop my left testicle. Other notably less-crap code spewed from Redmond are the version of BASIC CBM used, Win2k with later service packs and Win 7. Everything else, everything else was/is a complete dog's breakfast/dingo kidneys/polished turd/pavement pizza/anus explosion*. I was going to try to work the vacuum cleaner joke in here somewhere but I simply can't be arsed.

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Re: Win 10 Stupid Edition

ugh, now I need more 'pink liquid' so I don't vomit.

One Windolene coming right up.

They should have called it Windows BOHICA. Seems to me that they want to be all the bad things Apple are without any of the good.

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Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches

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Popcorn

It won't be popcorn, that I can guarantee you. With the prevalence of "fully loaded" Android boxes for streaming pirated content, one of which uses that word along with the connotations associated with the consumption of said buttery comestible, if the land sharks at Alphabet let it through with that name they're not doing their bloody jobs properly.

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4G found on Moon

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There has to be two: They take it in turns tailgating each other.

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Vaping on the NHS? Don't hold your breath

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Re: Not cool

Superficial nonsense and nothing to do with the topic at hand. This is El Reg, not Heat.

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Re: what you never hear talked about...

There is absolutely no risk to bystanders from exhaled vapour. You just don't like it. I don't like heavy perfumes on ladies who brunch, but I don't whinge about it.

What makes me laugh is all the people who moan about sidestream vapour yet will willingly stand in front of a massive fryer in a fish and chip shop, which is putting out about a lifetime's worth of a vaper's output of acrolein every five minutes or so.

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Re: Tobacco is a carcinogen whether or not you burn it

In a sane world we'd be doing research on the addictiveness and harmfulness of those other alkaloids and, if the research warranted it, authorizing formulations including them. And it's almost guaranteed that it would be safer to get nicotine+alkaloids by vaping than by smoking (where you get nicotine+alkaloids+tar+carbon monoxide+witch's brew of other crap).

Agreed. However, you're confusing politicians with people who give a shit about anything other than their share portfolio, be that big 'baccy or pharmaceuticals. Also, most "studies" these days are using an arse-backwards variant of the scientific method, i.e. start with a premise and scrabble around madly to make the empirical data fit, with one eye always on getting more funding from whatever special interest group this round came from.

If you get the chance, try either El Toro or Hangsen's Golden Tobacco/RY6. I suspect both of these use extracted flavourings (I know El Toro is a steep) and I have yet to come across more satisfying liquids. The HoL stuff isn't cheap but it's worth it. FWIW, I'm on Golden Tobacco permanently and it has kept me off the ciggies completely. You do wade through some crap before you find something suitable, though.

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Re: Tobacco is a carcinogen whether or not you burn it

Aye, but that comment was aimed at HNB products where the tobacco is heated, not vaping. I suspect big 'baccy likes HNB because there's still the opportunity to tweak the balance of nicotine, MAOIs¹ and enhancers to make them even more addictive using methods they've tweaked to perfection over many years, whereas vaping is pure, pharmaceutical grade nicotine, albeit with some trace TSNAs² due to the extraction process being much cheaper than synthesis.

Of note on that last point is the pharma products such as patches, gum, inhalators and such also use the same nicotine extracted from leaf. The sprays such as "quickmist" also contain nitric acid to simulate "throat hit." I kid you not.

Nobody is saying vaping is 100% safe. It isn't. It's a damned sight better than smoking, though, and it would appear to be safer than certain pharmaceuticals as well. Lumping HNB and vaping together would be a mistake as people are likely to confuse sound bites aimed at one with the other, as you just did there.

¹ Mono Amine Oxidase Inhibitors, a form of anti-depressant and now thought to be a contributor to tobacco's addictiveness

² Tobacco Specific Nitrosamines, a key group of carcinogens found in tobacco leaf

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IPv6 and 5G will make life hell for spooks and cops say Australia's spooks and cops

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Re: I am a bear of very little brain.

IPv6 address can be assigned per application flow. the reason why your unix like os is only showing 3 addresses in use is because unix is relatively quiet vs windows.

Good point, well made.

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