* Posts by Mycho

2702 posts • joined 28 Mar 2007

Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

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There is a simple explanation

But Curiosity thinks it might be too sciencey for a human to understand.

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: Didn't ElReg just have a story about women-only coding camp?

Quite a few in-game chats also seem to use irc. Try seeing what happens if you use /me some time.

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Re: Didn't ElReg just have a story about women-only coding camp?

Back to the point, El Reg has indeed attacked women-only job emails before.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Joke

Call that flamebait?

You could always try Solaris.

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Re: I blame the source code management...

Still, it's worth remembering that Git was absolutely written in anger. Linux was developed using BitKeeper as the version control system until the sudden announcement that all versions of BitKeeper would now have to be paid for. Days later Linus released the first version of Git.

He has later claimed that it was a light-hearted bit of self-deprecation and, like Linux, it is named after him. I don't believe him.

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Re: I blame the source code management...

We could always move to Mercurial.

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Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives

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Re: Does Orlowski ever do an unbiased piece?

Have you ever found an unbiased article that didn't agree with you?

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Overlord/Minion

Ultimately some people will discover the etymology of minion and we'll go through this all again.

For those who don't know, it's from the French for cute and was coined to get an accusation of ... 'servicing your employer' past the censors.

Same as Gunsel in fact.

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Vodafone cops ads rap over Martin Freeman's vanishing spaceship

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Neat plan

Let's be fair here, all this reporting of their discount when your internet ain't up to snuff is the kind of advertising that you couldn't buy.

Sure the advert implied it would fix more problems than it does, but the ASA's signal boost has certainly helped with their campaign.

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Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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Re: So the government have....

WHAT! First time using the icons and there's no pop corn one? What's going on!?!?

You're not popping your corn at a high enough temperature.

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Re: What could possibly go wrong,..

... Capita

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Fourth 'Fappening' celeb nude snap thief treated to 8 months in the clink

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Re: I'm not a particularly draconian 'eye for an eye' person...

Not sure how you'd manage an eye for an eye in these cases.

Edit: @Version1.0, how would you make sure they aren't secretly into that kind of thing?

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Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

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wanna fight?

I'll set you alight.

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‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow

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Re: Hate speech

Whether the motive was hatred is irrelevant. The perpetrator knew it was inappropriate.

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AI sucks at stopping online trolls spewing toxic comments

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Obligatory XKCD

And yes, we knew AI would suck at this. People who say mean things online want to thwart the AI filters as well.

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We've found another problem with IPv6: It's sparked a punch-up between top networks

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Re: El Reg & IPv6

(There are,BTW, a number of medical conditions associated with excessive consumption of protein. Some of them are probably imaginary of course. But some aren't.)

Don't worry, adding two portions of nothing to your diet won't harm you.

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Re: El Reg & IPv6

I thought an anti-IPv6 article was a refreshing change given their usual articles telling people to get on and more to IPv6.

IPv6 is not perfect, it could have allowed for this eventuality but the design teams were packed with people who thought that commercial decisions could be ignored.

Bring on IPv7, with additional health benefits and twice the amount of protein.

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Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend

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So what's the story about the two different holidays? Which lot decided to be different and why?

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Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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Re: "Et tu Bruté"

Wait.

All these posts complaining about people's linguistic errors...

Oh, well plaid!

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Re: NEUKlearer HyperRadioProACTive IT Weapons Systems ... Not a Foe for Fights ...

If it walks like a troll, and talks like a troll...

I never saw a troll that walked like amanfromMars 1.

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Python wriggles onward without its head

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Python 2 or 3

Python 3. Python 2 gets renamed Taipan to avoid confusion and because that's a cooler name (the only reason the inland taipan isn't the world's most dangerous snake is that it's a recluse)

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Australia's Snooper's Charter: Experts react, and it ain't pretty

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They're at the start of an election cycle. That's when zendoors tend to become policy.

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Still I just checked with an aussie compatriot and yes, they did just pass a key point in the process of calling an election just a few days ago.

This is pre-election bluster. As usual.

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: "the world is clinging stubbornly to IPv4"

People, in the sense of domestic or cell phone subscribers, don't need to know anything about it.

But they will.

If the anti-natters were willing to wait their turn we could have the world on IPv6 tomorrow. Sadly they've none of the emotional maturity required to realise when their pet quibble needs to be put on a back burner, so they become one of the big obstacles that IPv6 supporters have to deal with.

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Re: "the world is clinging stubbornly to IPv4"

You do not need NAT in order to connect your devices via a router.

On the flipside, you don't need to persuade people to give up NAT to persuade them to move to IPv6. I don't understand why so many people make it harder by insisting that they must do both at the same time?

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Re: Unique Content

You have something there. Strictly regulate everything on IPv4 and allow a free and open internet on IPv6 and the people will migrate while IPv4 networks become childsafe.

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Re: "the world is clinging stubbornly to IPv4"

Psst. There is this dark and evil technology out there that allows you to use a NAT router on IPv6. It's got a funny name that starts with an L and it's not unix.

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Mouse in the dishwasher.

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Mouse in the dishwasher.

There was a comment thread a while back about cleaning computer stuff and I asked about mousewheels. I got several suggestions of careful ways to dismantle mice that I'm not sure will even work with my preferred mouse model, and one suggestion of 'chuck it in the dishwasher!'

Today while unloading the dishwasher I noticed that my mouse was still drying from last time when I finally got around to trying it.

For medical reasons I cannot be arsed on a Friday evening, so I won't be looking out the thread in question, but I am currently using the old mouse and the replacement has gone into the cupboard as a spare.

The sticky slidey bits on the bottom of the mouse did get a bit loose, but they seem to be staying stuck on for now, and the mouse wheel is working like it used to. I'll try to remember to update this if it stops working again, as well as infrequently if it doesn't.

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Who is your favourite world leader?

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Cthulhu

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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Re: CMA is overzealous

He's not prosecuting them under 3A. The advice for the sections his crowdfunder says he wants to prosecute them under read a lot more like it was dashed out on a Friday at twenty to pub.

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CMA is overzealous

Like most government responses to the existence of these newfangled light boxes with their strange buttons, the CMA could really do with some good faith exemptions. Which I'd say is the most likely result of this lawsuit and the most likely reason for it.

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Oi, clickbait cop bot, jam this in your neural net: Hot new AI threatens to DESTROY web journos

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Re: Easy source.

...will infuriate you.

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Can we start with youtube videos that are speech synthesizers reading news articles in front of a screengrab of something vaguely related to the story in question?\

I was trying to find a politician's recent speech on youtube and gave up after about fifty of those.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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Re: Lies

That would be an interesting follow-up if they have that data.

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Simple enough. One group had time to rationalise that it faked emotions, the other group didn't have long enough to work it all the way through their fleshbrains..

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Google Translate spews doomsday messages, Facebook snatches boffins, and more in AI

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Re: What I want to know is...

Someone who enjoys dogging?

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I'll have two pints of Blockchain Brew and a half of Cloudy Bollocks

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Congratulations to the winners and may your livers survive your victory.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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I propose we start calling the pluralising apostrophe an inverted oxford comma.

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Re: "... misplaced apostrophe's, ..."

Definitely a top quality troll, no miner league stuff here.

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Sitting pretty in IPv4 land? Look, you're gonna have to talk to IPv6 at some stage

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Re: Never!

Arguing over NAT isn't productive for encouraging people over to IPv6. Better to explain that they can still use a feature than to try to convince them that they don't want that feature.

Characterising the downvotes on your post, which was about why not to use NAT, as people downvoting a post in favour of IPv6 will inevitably have escalated that issue.

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Re: Never!

Now you're going to have to write the dreadfully complicated few lines of firewall rules yourself. Mercy!

No you're not.

IPv6 supports everything IPv4 does. There's no need to make adopting it unnecessarily difficult by demanding people study long sysadmin courses just to set up their home network.

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Re: NAT

So good, in fact, that I can send this from a private IPv6 address through a router that is using a dynamically assigned IPv6 address in an IPv6 block which it was assigned yesterday when I turned it back on.

IPv6 supports NAT and Dynamic IP 100%, people telling you differently are spreading fake news.

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Re: Never!

Two thumbs down for repeating the myth that supporting IPv6 requires you to ditch your NAT.

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Re: Never!

So set your stupid SOHO router to use one of your IPv6 addresses and NAT the rest of your network using the private IP range fd00:whateverthehellyoulike.

Discard the remaining public IPv6 addresses, people are giving them out in bulk because they cannot envisage a day when we'll ever need that many. Learning from history is not a part of the IPv6 spec.

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UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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"the sky is blue"

The sky is violet, it's just too bright for your eyes to see clearly.

Look at it when it's getting dark and you'll see the real colour.

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Re: Why are people getting their news from from Social Media?

Critical thinking when reading the news is something sadly missing in the UK.

Here's a tip, if you know a source of news that you trust, you've fallen victim to fake news. Everyone is biased and news sources are written by people. Ideally we need to embrace fake news as a reminder not to trust any news outlet too much.

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Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

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Still not touching Facebook with a proverbial bargepole.

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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I'll see your non-phonetic place name spellings and raise you Keighley, West Yorkshire

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: How I see it.

Hey, if we get to live in the Star Wars EU I'm all for it.

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Re: How I see it.

Yeah, that's the old fallacy that the EU is a fixed quantity. Both sides seemed to labour under that one.

The EU is evolving and some people were afraid what it would become next.

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