* Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

2014 posts • joined 8 Nov 2007

Hitler's wife's lovely lilac knickers fetch £2,900 at auction

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Arnold Layne had a strange hobby

Collecting clothes

Moonshine washing line

They suit him fine

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"equally interested in the undergarments of the Allied leaders' wives."

You never know, maybe some of J. Edgar Hoover's stash might turn up. Insert obvious "hoover up" pun.

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DRAMA ON MARS: Curiosity bot fires laser at alien metal object

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Re: JPL/CalTech do incredible things!

Rocket science stuff eh? Well, it's not exactly brain surgery, is it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THNPmhBl-8I

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Run a JSON file through multiple parsers and you'll get different results every time

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Re: "the job done properly" (with link to page about ASN.1)

As I recall, ASN.1 parsers have also had exploitable bugs in them.

I much prefer YAML over both of those but YMMV.

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LASER RAT FENCE wins €1.7m European Commission funds

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Re: I hope the thing only points downwards...

I was thinking the same myself, though more in terms of teaching the AI the difference between "small" and "far away".

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Job ad asks for 'detrimental' sysadmin

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> though what Freud was doing while wearing a slip I don't really want to know

It was purely for Ediphucational purposes, obviously.

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Chinese electronics biz recalls webcams at heart of botnet DDoS woes

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Unhappy

未来って?

過去に戻りたい。未来を見たことがあります。人殺しです。

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Iceland's Pirate Party tops polls ahead of national elections

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Re: Pirate Party!

I expect something fairly dissimilar. Affairs will be conducted by alternate blurring through myopia and hyperopia, a la Reykjavik 101.

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The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

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Re: when I read this

Wiki page says they're headquartered in Detroit, then later taken over by a Japanese zaibatsu.

Life-imitating-art bootnote: there's now a real OCP selling stuff like Brawndo and Sex Panther eau de Cologne. They also paid for a Robocop statue in Detroit!

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Re: Caring ?

> you really think they will do differently about a tech news outlet

Well, there is the whole "enemy of my enemy" thing (ie, Apple seems to think the Reg is its enemy). That sort of logic can make for strange bedfellows. I say wait and see.

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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simple solution

Have like a riot cannon mounted on the front of the car. It can hit a person with enough force to fling them into the air but presumably not kill them. This can give the car a few more moments in which to compute another course of action that can safely avoid hitting the obstacle (or simply hit it at a less lethal speed)

A giant boxing glove mounted on a kind of scissors can also be used, as it's easier to reset/reload. Or a cannon loaded with quick-setting riot foam that can first reduce the relative velocity of impact, and second maybe protect them from a lethal knock by immobilising and/or cushioning the blow.

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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While you're up there

You could install transparent pneumatic tubes for transporting people where they need to go. Just like Futurama.

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WikiLeaks claims 'significant' US election info release ... is yet to come

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Re: How the US election operates....

The Lizard people aren't being particularly subtle with their candidate this year

Eh? "Candidates", surely?

Kodos: It's a two party system! You have to vote for one of us!

Man: He's right, this is a two-party system

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British trio win Nobel prize for physics

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David Thouless

Wasn't he in Naked?

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When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

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Dirk Gently with me

I've got Internet hang-ups

(with apologies to DNA)

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True man-in-the-middle: Transmitting logins through the human body

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Old, t'fuck

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/10572554/Want-to-exchange-contact-details-Lets-shake-on-it.html

(and I'm sure I can find earlier references than that, like at least 5+ years)

Oh, and "wireless"? The human body is the wire.

FFS

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Lily Cole: You'd hate me more if Impossible.com were a success

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Weird, twisted Sir Humphrey logic

Thinking in particular of the episode with the hospital with no patients. Obviously not a success by any normal person's standards. but in the fairytale land of civil service budgets and metrics, it's the most efficient hospital in the land.

Come to think of it, I'm not even sure Sir Humphrey could get his enormous brain around Ms. Cole's logic.

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London-based Yahoo! hacker gets 11 years for SQLi mischief

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Joke

"reputational damage"

First off, I hate this "reputational damage" malarkey. What's wrong with the good old-fashioned "damage to their reputation"?

Secondly, without saying "they deserved it" for having such a basic (sqli is basic) vulnerability, the fact that this vuln was so obviously latent, just waiting for someone to come up and turn the key, as it were, should the full cost/blame fall only on the first guy to "immanentise the escutcheon"?

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Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?

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by answering more questions

> And IBM has Watson, a machine that famously beat human competitors by answering more

> questions correctly on the American game show Jeopardy.

Hmm, should that be "questioning more answers"? It is "Jeopardy", after all. I guess I'll have to leave it to the AI to decide which is more correct...

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Cosmology is safe and the Universe is one giant version of the Barbican

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Re: non-istotropic

... as do graphics-card manufacturers ("anisotropic filtering").

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Pretending to be a badger wins Oxford Don 10 TRILLION DOLLARS

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From Junior to Senior Pinocchio

I'm always touched by that moment in the story myself, where he realises he's not a real boy. The part where his hand catches fire.

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Re: Spiders are not insects.

Bill Bailey (not that one) quote ftw. Can't help being reminded of the bit in In Bruges, speaking of picking sides:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4REO0pucYY8

"It's gonna be a war man, I can see it ..."

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Re: Your arse

But how about watermelon, or durian?

Huh? You mean you get durian shipped into the UK? Colour me surprised.

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Re: What A Way To Go....

> "I know what it means, i didn't even have to look it up......."

I was rather surprised that the author didn't try to work it in somewhere (oops, no pun intended).

Kind of hard (oops) to make a pun out of "priapism", but maybe describe the spiders as "peripatetic priapistic poisoners"?

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TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

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Trump deserves a Nobel Prize for this

Being living proof that the magnetic monopole exists? People have won one for less.

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Legend of Zelda cracked with 6502 assembly language glitch

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Re: Things have moved on.

> ARM was inspired by 6502.

Yes and no.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/11/pcw?page=2:

Sophie Wilson, the best 6502 programmer ever, became disappointed with what she could do with the BBC Micro, and went off on her own to design a RISC processor that would do all the good things she liked about the 6502, and all the other things which she wished the 6502 could do.

So apparently the nice thing about 6502 was the simplicity of it, but they were determined to build something completely different (a RISC processor with no real architectural heritage from the 6502 itself):

https://people.cs.clemson.edu/~mark/admired_designs.html#wilson

I can still write in hex for [the 6502] - things like A9 (LDA #) are tattoed on the inside of my skull. The assembly language syntax (but obviously not the mnemonics or the way you write code) and general feel of things are inspirations for ARM's assembly language and also for FirePath's. I'd hesitate to say that the actual design of the 6502 inspired anything in particular - both ARM and FirePath come from that mysterious ideas pool which we can't really define (its hard to believe that ARM was designed just from using the 6502, 16032 and reading the original Berkeley RISC I paper - ARM seems to have not much in common with any of them!)

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BASIC. (#) ... correctly. (##) But

1. You're using stringification (#) outside a #define

2. (##) evaluates to (), which isn't allowed outside function declarations

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Re: Fragile evidence...

... but I play one on the Internet

trivial change to "but I play one on TV"

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Re: Meh

specialises in running public hotpots

Did someone say pubic hotspots?

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Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

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OpenMP ... does not have a compiler

er, mpicc?

I wish that I could say that IKWYM, but then again, the same comment can be levelled at the author of the article. I didn't know that the Goss brothers got back together. (Oh wait... that was "Bros", not "dross". Carry on).

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

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What I'd like to see

A USB dongle that I can plug into a PVR (or other box) that will appear to the box to be a standard USB drive, but in reality connects wirelessly to wherever your actual storage resides. It might not be the most effective use of your wireless bandwidth, though: a USB2 connection would saturate an 802.11n link, but you might get 2 or three such devices working on on .ac link. Still, the convenience and cool factor seems like it could be a useful gadget to have.

I suppose a more useful version of this would come with wires. Do any NAS boxes exist that let you emulate a different disk drive (each with its own storage space/quota) over different USB OTG links?

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EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland

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Euro paean to Irish tax arrangements

Just looking at the image at the top of the article. Irony much?

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North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

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Re: Typical monolinguistic anglophone

Yeah, "meh" on the "manbang" being funny. I actually liked Samurai Champloo (from Manglobe studios) and didn't feel overly inclined to fall into paroxysms of laughter at the mention of either "loo" or "globe". But that's just me ...

Anyway, on a slightly different, but slightly related note, check out Chuck Norris vs. Communism. Best Romanian film I've ever seen. Hmmm... not meant to damn with faint praise ...

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Linux malware? That'll never happen. Ok, just this once then

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Re: How is this a Linux issue?

You fail English.

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Microbes that laugh at antibiotics: UK sinks £4.5m into China-Brit kill team

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Re: "Super gonorrhea"????

Reminds me of the old joke "What do you give the man who has everything? Penicillin."

Kills 99.9% of bacteria. But they're not the ones I'm worried about ...

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Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc

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Re: Won't you think of the children?

Numbers are all one syllable in most asian languages - easier to process

Well the exception proves the rule, I guess: 「一」の読みは「いち」です。

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Re: What a horrible waste of time and money

Alternately this is the only way

Surely you mean "alternatively", Shirley? (and yes, I did call you Shirley)

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Re: And they would have to sell the chickens to buy the food to feed them.

This also reminds me of one of the contributory factors in the great potato famines in Ireland. Smallholders lived off a subsistence diet of spuds while cash crops like grain were by and large exported.

Granted, in this case, the cash crop (chickens) are owned by the small farmers themselves rather than the landlords, but if your subsistence farming isn't going so well, those chickens are going to start looking mighty tasty. I won't be so churlish to point out the supply/demand side of things if suddenly everyone is selling chickens... (ok, I mentioned it)

It's a noble gesture at least, but I think you need to need to tackle both aspects (getting better/more reliable yields from subsistence farming and cash crops) at once.

Plus, how much research has gone into the particular breed of chicken being given out? I would hope that there's a pretty diverse selection (good, wide genetic pool) with particularly hardy breeds suited to the local conditions.

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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Re: "never fails to amaze and appall"

This is a murcanism that I was not aware of. My apollogies.

(Incidentally, it has helped me fulfill my downvote quota for the month. Many thanks)

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"never fails to amaze and appall"

"The very fact that so much stuff in the digital age is bashed out poorly and left uncorrected indefinitely never fails to amaze and appall"

I guess that qualifies as a variation on McKean's law: when pointing out errors in other people's writing, you'll invariably make mistakes yourself.

To be fair, though, when I hit the "corrections" button on The Reg, the article usually does get updated.

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Unicode serves up bacon emoji

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@ John Tserkezis

Your objection has been unduly noted.

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Surely the existing ≈ is close enough?

Nope. You want to be able to print these on bacon dispensers hand-driers, so the bacon warm air symbol needs to be pointing down.

(Egad! I guess if you look for long enough, everything ≈ ≈)

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Re: They forgot one

> "REEEEETARDED"

Calm down, AC. I'm sure you'll get in next time.

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Re: Well done

Don't you mean "Salami Rushdie"?

/a-salami-ah-like-um

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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Bleh

Once you send a letter to someone, it's their property. Strike one against "Streisand"

Once the information in the letter has been released, you can assume the terrorists have it (skipping a few steps here) so suing because they might get it undermines your whole case. Strike two.

There's no legal framework that prevents you from proving yourself to be a blithering idiot, so I'm going to call this one "strike three, and you're out".

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Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming

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"man in the crowd"

"with the multicoloured mirrors on his hob-nail boots..."

I was trying to remember the name of the Japanese film with a similar theme, then managed to find it with Google: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Exposure

Very funny film, in spite of (because of?) the perversion angle.

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Flying filers and Game of Thrones: Jon Snow? No, latency is dead

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Re: A Monster Calls

Is that the kids' book about the lens-grinder from Omsk?

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French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

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財閥? (zaibatsu)

Isn't that like a Chaebol in Korea---a family run business? I think the right word is 'keiretsu' (系列).

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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"Plus one has to calculate the current angle of the sun [etc.]"

Why? Every schoolboy can figure out how to steer the sun's reflection in a wristwatch so as to dazzle somebody. No calculations required.

All Archimedes' rig would need (I'm speculating) would be a smaller targeting mirror with a shorter focal length attached to the main mirror, along with a separate targeting reticule (I think it's called). Then targeting would just involve moving the rig until you have a line of sight from behind the targeting mirror, through the reticule (which would be lit up) to the ship beyond.

The real problem, as you mention, is the quality of the mirrors and their fixed focal length. You would need a fairly large number of these to set fire to a sail.

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