* Posts by Gobhicks

186 posts • joined 19 Feb 2008

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: About 10 minutes later I was "cracking" some of the locks and interchanging them around.

One roof in Cambridge

There's only one roof in Cambridge

One roof in Caaaa-aambridge

There's only one roof in Cambridge...

ad infinitum/nauseum, whichever comes first...

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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$DIETY ...

... like a $DIET ?

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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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Great Stuff ...

.. and made me wonder once again whether Rudy Rucker's Ware Tetralogy will ever make it onto cinema and/or TV screens

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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See ...

... Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier (2013)

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Jupiter has the craziest storms seen yet, say boffins

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Reminds me ...

... that all of Creation is contained in the Mandelbrot Set. It MEANS something, dammit, something PROFOUND, but what exactly? Still does my head in, nearly forty years on. And as for imaginary numbers themselves...

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Neil Young slams Google, after you log in to read his rant with Google or Facebook

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Re: Why do I keep f#@%in' up?

if you need to ask then I fear for your soul

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Why do I keep f#@%in' up?

Neil Young is by no means perfect. He knows this. But he has a giant soul.

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Re: Musicians Lynyrd Skynyrd have spent years having a go at Neil Young

You need to do more research on the whole Young/Skynyrd thing...

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Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts

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Re: Ok, so we've got the ice

I don't know about gin, but we've got the whisky:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42608947

Make mine a Lagavulin

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Re: How to be English in Three Easy Steps

Ther's only two things wrong with Cumbernauld: it's there and nobody's bombed it.

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Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

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Ex Machina

Win a week with Elon Musk to figure out whether he is human

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Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

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... and the obvious place to base it is Prestwick ?

The ultra-rich fly in and out of Prestwick all the time for golf at nearby Royal Troon. Two birds... just sayin'

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Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

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More evidence ...

... of an interventionist god messing with our heads

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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Re: Low(er) budget is not necessarily bad

BOO! I love Lynch's Dune, Sting and all.

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

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Cough, choke, splutter...

... "20ml dram". What? Really? 20ml is barely a nip, much less a dram.

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Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

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Re: Where are they moving to?

"A good starting point is understanding the Observable Universe."

And that's supposed to help? viz:

"However, due to Hubble's law, regions sufficiently distant from the Earth are expanding away from it faster than the speed of light (special relativity prevents nearby objects in the same local region from moving faster than the speed of light with respect to each other, but there is no such constraint for distant objects when the space between them is expanding; see uses of the proper distance for a discussion) and furthermore the expansion rate appears to be accelerating due to dark energy."

I've been struggling with this kind of cosmic stuff for decades. See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shape_of_the_universe

It's all inside your head, and my head, and his head and her head. Boggle

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Physicists win Nobel Prize for spotting ripples in fabric of space-time

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Re: This isn't a new discovery...

It takes a heroic dose to squeegee your third eye. Physicists on psychedelics, a match made in California.

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

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Boffin

Hysteresis

I've said it before, I'll say it again. This exponential curve we seem to be on will turn out to be the upslope of a hysteresis loop.

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German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze

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Truth, good story etc...

In actual fact, the EPO has got nothing to do with the UPC* and the Batistelli story, entertaining and simultaneously depressing as it is, is completely irrelevant to the German holdup.

*The EPO will grant the patents that will be litigated in the UPC but it has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the UPC itself.

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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Re: As a Canadian

You are Sergeant Wilson and I claim my £5.

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Mondo 2000 ...

... was a pre-millenium zine that I'm sure many Regitards will have heard of. "Teledildonics" has been around at least since then. RU Sirius? I sure am.

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Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

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@ YAOFM

Second that re the Highland Wildlife Park. Feeding time for the tigers involves hanging hunks of meat from the trees, well worth seeing. Once when we were there we had to lock ourselves in our cars because a wolf had escaped from its enclosure, which was awesome. And the snow monkeys are soooo adorable.

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Wanna tap 3 million phone calls? All it takes is one measly warrant

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Did you know...

... that your Reg "My Posts" page is public? I didn't. Having just found that out, after a few minutes playing with user numbers I can tell you that, as of time of typing, most recent commentard is user number 85184, pjpmd ,joined 3 Jul 2017

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Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of the Bee-Zed asteroid

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There's always one...

Message ends

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Feeling old? Well, we're older than that: Newly found Homo sapiens jaw dates back 350k years

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Re: More than one ...

But, but ... "I'm a homo sapien too...". Surely the Buzzcocks could not have failed at Latin grammar.

Or, is the plural of homo sapiens actually homos sapiens?

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Re: Must be fake news

Downvote for egregious misapostrophication

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Boffins spot 'faceless fish' in strange alien environment

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The Esoteric Order of Dagon called...

They want their Thing back.

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Boffins gently wake the Large Hadron Collider from annual hibernation

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"we can inject more particles per bunch and more bunches, hence more collisions" and a greater probability of something highly unlikely happening, like a black hole for example?

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NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars

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Re: Awesome, but one question...

Many thanks. Clearly I have been a victim of Fake News, as well as a frankly inexplicable downvote.

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Awesome, but one question...

... if, as reported elsewhere, the gap between the D rings and the cloud tops is 1500 miles, how can she have passed within 200 miles of the innermost ring but no closer than 1900 miles above the atmosphere?

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Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway

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668: The Neighbour of the Beast

Great article about a great subject. Having opted for the southern B852 route along Loch Ness, though, could perhaps have made time to give us an update on the state of Boleskine House after the fire?

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Google Maps' Street View can now lead you into a bubbling lava lake

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That's really awesome...

... but I'm also intrigued by the Meeting Place for Jehovah's Witnesses at the western end of the island.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Go surface yourselves

"This wasn’t intended to be an ad." So no monetary exchange was involved in the "surfacing of this unique content"? [I was just sick a little bit in my mouth typing that]

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

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If you haven't already...

... you should see The Atomic Cafe, a documentary compiling film clips (military, news, propaganda, civil defence) from the days of US nuclear testing, released in 1982 when cruise missiles were being deployed at Greenham Common.

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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Excel abuse?

Excel is useful for all sorts of things other than its intended purposes. Don't knock a user for finding a tool that works for them.

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Your Amazon order is confirmed: Eutelsat via Blue Origin. Estimated delivery date: 2022

Gobhicks

Re: Say barge one more time mofo, I dare you, I double dare you!!!

Barge (noun): a long flat-bottomed boat for carrying freight on (mainly) canals and rivers, either under its own power or towed by another

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

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Re: The only remaining question is ..

How to while away the hour between bongs? Wait, I've got an idea...

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Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month

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Re: Spoilsport

Spot on Bakker. Never let the truth get in the way of kicking Big Blue and/or the patent system. A "will-be-out-of-office-heads-up" system may or may not be worthy of a patent, but this story is just b******s.

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Mars isn't the garbage wasteworld you think it is: Swirling polar ice cap photographed

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Mars, ladies and gentlemen...

... just one vast dessert

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We've found a ‘vaccine’ for fake news. Wait! No, we really are Cambridge researchers

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Holmes

Truth is relative

but some truths are more relative than others. Nothing is true, everything is permitted. Fnord.

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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Re: Click baity headline is click bait

Is it or is it not ironic that a person seeks to establish their intellectual superiority by asserting one meaning of the word "irony":

- the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect;

while apparently failing to be aware of another:

- a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.

?

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US Navy runs into snags with aircraft carrier's electric plane-slingshot

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Re: We all need less stress...

"He was famously described as having "played too much football without a helmet""

That was Lyndon B Johnson that was...

Something QI I just learned:

"Lyndon B Johnson is often [also] reported to have said of Ford that “He can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.” What he did say was “He can’t fart and chew gum at the same time.” The US media deliberately misrepresented the remark in the interests of decency."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/presidents/gerald-r-ford-1451818.html

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Asteroid nearly gave Earth a new feature, two days after its discovery

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Re: Who's Piloting this Planet

Attention technicians of Spaceship Earth. This is your captain speaking. Your captain is dead.

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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Whatever

George R Romero should be a billionaire by now if intellectual property had any credibility.

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Vinyl and streaming sales offset CD decline in UK music sales

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Convenience rules

That's why CDs killed vinyl. Most people aren't audiophiles. They just want hear what they want, when they want, with minimum hassle. I'll wager that most of the vinyl being bought now will never be played, ever. And that most of what gets played will be played on cheap and nasty decks through cheap and nasty outputs. Two words: Bluetooth Turntable. Give me strength.

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Re: Colour me sceptical

"but on any technical measure it will be outperformed by CD"

Well, you see, that's it right there. The quality of the listening experience is subjective.

I once got to hear Muddy Waters played on a top end Linn LP12 system, set up by the engineers who designed it, in their own factory demo room. Concrete and three-dimensional ... an audio hologram made of lead crystal. I remember it vividly. So there.

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Re: @ It's understandable...

OMG, the Femmes...

When I got my first half-decent hi-fi, mid 80s - Creek 4040 amp, Heybrook HB1 speakers, Dual CS-505 turntable - one of the first things I played was the Femmes first album. "Blister in the Sun" - brilliant, then "Kiss Off"...

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It's not enough it's just a habit

Hey kid your sick well darling this is it

- DAHDAHDAHDAHDA-DA

made me, literally, jump out of my seat.

I've had much better amps and speakers since then and it has NEVER EVER sounded remotely as powerful in any digital format. The Jesus & Mary Chain also never sounded better than on 12" 45. Last year I dug my Dual out of the attic and got it to work, briefly, so I got a Rega RP1. "Two Tribes" on 12" 45 is just epic. What's the difference? Hard to describe. Better? Oh yes.

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NASA explains how 'Spiders' grow on Mars

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The Spiders from Mars...

... are pretty Ziggy (and, technically, made of Stardust). Bowie, ahead of the curve as always.

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Will Wikipedia honour Jimbo's promise to STOP chugging?

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What to do?

After years of using Wikipedia for free, this month I caved in and gave them £20. I paid by credit card so I guess I could get it back. Should I?

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NASA – get this – just launched 8 satellites from a rocket dropped from a plane at 40,000ft

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I'm reminded once again...

They're ain't have been some clever bastards.

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