* Posts by Haku

1763 posts • joined 13 Apr 2007

Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

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Re: Is anyone thinking "About f**king time"?

Exactly my thoughts, they've been getting away with that crap since the dialup days.

I applaud this move from the advertising regulator, although it remains to be seen what deception the ISPs will now try to get away with since they can no longer use "up to".

However it's too late for me, I am now actually getting the "up to" speeds on my Infinity 2 connection, well, when it doesn't cut out at random intervals usually between a minute and ten minutes, except for that time the router couldn't connect for 3 and a half bloody hours.

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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I'm sure MoonPig have an appropriate "Sorry we lost control of our data on you and were blackmailed into handing over $100k to stop them spreading it, over a year ago" card for this occasion they can send out to everyone...

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Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

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Unhappy

Not even allowed to turn on advertising on your YouTube channel without the license.

If you have a bunch of videos taken from drones (I'm not sure if this applies to videos of drones flying) on YouTube and the videos start getting lots of views to the point where you could make some extra pocket money from turning on ads, without the CAA license you're breaking the law.

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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Thumbs down, thumbs up.

Augmented reality, facial recognition, interconnectivity of social networks etc. in one pocket device is all leading towards the day you can thumb down or thumb up real people and those numbers get stored on a public server for everyone to see just by pointing their smartphone at someone.

Much like last year's Black Mirror episode 1 of season 3 "Nosedive", and recently The Orville episode 7 of season 1 "Majority Rule", where lives can be directly & instantly ruined or elevated to fame & fortune by the entire populace pressing their like/dislike buttons.

Yeah the future's gonna be great...

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Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Re: Curious?

Maybe there's a problem in relation to flat, multi-pushbutton interfaces of some sort?

*ducks and runs for cover*

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Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

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Re: That is the question...

@Tigra 07

"Look, I don't want any toast, and he doesn't want any toast. In fact, no one around here wants any toast. Not now, not ever. No toast."

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Terminator

Right, time to get some borg style cyber implants.

So you can pretend you're one of them when the uprising happens.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Silent (but deadly) trucks on the roads?

I like the idea of quieter roads through the use of electric vehicles, but as a friend once said to me when he saw a silent electric motorcycle in town for the first time "Now there's an accident waiting to happen".

So will it have to generate an artificial engine noise or will the motors, wheels on the road and its load jostling about be loud enough to alert other road users and pedestrians of its existance & speed?

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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Re: Cycle lanes/paths

Designated cycle lanes on roads that weren't originally built to accomodate another lane - as in they simply painted a white line for the 'path' on the existing road - can actually be more dangerous to cyclists, because vehicle drivers will drive right up to the painted line which will put them closer to the cyclists, whereas without such painted pathways the road lanes are wider and the drivers are more likely to give more space when passing.

http://road.cc/content/news/7921-cycle-lanes-make-roads-more-dangerous-says-study

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How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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Re: Jesus Toast

But toast isn't fake, I ate some this morning.

Didn't I?

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Not Xenon 2 - Electric Boogaloo?

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MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

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It's almost like those morons in charge who campaigned to leave thought that Article 50 contained a complete & comprehensive guide on leaving the EU...

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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Aye, this isn't like a potential surveillance device was surreptitiously put into your home through the back door, it came in through the front door, and people willing purchased them!

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Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

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They could use this picture I made for a flag: haku.co.uk/pics/ElRegMasthead.jpg

Which they kindly posted on their main site: www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/08/reg_readers_david_hockney_mockney_masthead/

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will.i.am's tech tat biz is going enterprise, snags $117m from Salesforce

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will.i.am still managing to sell tat to the masses?

well.i.never

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Cisco's John Chambers: Robot farmers will feed bloated cricket thoraxes to our children

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Robot farming?

*has visions of BigDogs herding sheep in the countryside*

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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Does that mean those of us who are paying for Infinity 2 are subsidising those who are paying less for Infinity 1 but getting Infinity 2 speeds?

Bloody Telecom strikes again.

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That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

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I did wonder how Amazon are avoiding paying tax

They're getting their hostages victims customers to pay it all for them.

In lump sums this time by the looks of things...

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Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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Re: Tradition

FTTH?

Because this is about rural broadband I guess that means Fiber To The Herd.

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Holmes

No shit, Sherlock.

I take it you don't understand the concept of jokes?

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It's a shame the backups weren't erased.

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Only good guys would use an automated GPU-powered password-cracker ... right?

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A password cracker which only lets you see the results ....with a password?

Genius :)

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Camera company, huh? Snap's nerd goggles look destined for landfill

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"some of the most plugged in and digitally aware people on earth"

AKA a generation that doesn't know what the word "analogue" means without having to ask their smartphone.

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DJI Aeroscope won't stop drone-diddlers flying round airports

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Re: This problem is what shotguns are for...

@W4YBO, 44mph top speed is relatively slow, the quadcopters in the guns vs drones video top out ut at 60mph. The fastest quadcopter is officially recorded at 163.5mph in July this year and I wouldn't be surprised if 200mph+ is recorded next year.

On the subject of tech getting smaller & more powerful, I recently ordered a miniature video camera for a quadcopter that's 18*18*8mm, weighs 4.5 grams and records decent quality widescreen 720p footage onto a micro SD card, for less than £12 including postage...

The miniaturisation of drone related tech is just going to make it harder and harder for companies/authorities to detect & stop them mid flight.

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Re: This problem is what shotguns are for...

It's certainly not a new idea, I remember an episode of Tarrant on TV 20 years ago where he showed some footage of a bunch of Americans having fun with machine guns out in the desert, shooting countless rounds into the middle of nowhere. The last part of the video was of them at night, one person launched an RC plane with LEDs down the wings and explosives on board for everyone to aim at, it did look pretty spectacular with all the traser rounds, and they're still doing it - youtube.com/watch?v=RR5BtXP0s0o

But with moden day RC tech, last year this was uploaded to YouTube, Guns vs racing drones at a shooting range - youtube.com/watch?v=xq0oCM37oZA

The law enforcement guys don't know the size & speed of the racing quads they'd be shooting at so start bragging how easy it'll be to shoot them down, until they actually see their size & speed.

Multirotor technology is still progressing very fast in comparison to the speed at which laws are passed, and the technology is getting smaller and more powerful; currently I'm having lots of fun flying a micro brushless quadcopter with wireless camera that measures 13*13*6cm, weighs 91 grams with the battery and I've clocked it at 44mph, such quads barely existed a year ago and now there's many to pick from.

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Man: Just 18 Bitcoin babies and my home is yours

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BTC value - wait what?

Sometimes I'll comment on Bitcoin stories usually joking I'm rich because I have 0.02 BTC, but I just checked the current exchange rate and Google tells me...

"0.02 Bitcoins = 89.6491 British pounds"

God damn!

Perhaps it's time I investigated that wallet.dat file I've been keeping for years out of curiosity, backed up in a few places just in case.

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BT agrees to cream off less profit from landline-only customers

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Re: Cheaper to have a landline ....

" One upside is we have a landline number to give anyone who insists on it. But it will be their loss - there's nothing plugged in. Which conveniently means we don't get any begging calls from VM trying to sucker us back into a contract."

You have the perfect opportunity to do some sales company trolling, try to spread the number you don't use around to sales companies and setup an answering machine that answers the call with something like

"Hello? oh wait, hold on I just dropped my glasses. [long pause] Nope, still can't see them, just a moment. [an even longer pause with the feint sounds of things banging and crashing and profusive swearing] Sorry, can you call back later? I've got to attend to this wound on my leg [open ended long pause]"

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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

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Re: Actually...

Good idea. I suggest an extra element; a PIR sensor that turns on a small LCD screen showing the realtime camera feed and a sign below it saying "Smile for the CCTV".

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Re: Dear Amazon

Exactly.

First they want unfettered access to our browsing history through cookies, now they want unfettered access to our homes.

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Re: Upset now

I was going to say that!

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

Or an enclosed porch so you have two lockable front doors.

Don't forget the obligatory CCTV.

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Fines for crossing roads while TXTing enacted in Honolulu

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FAIL

Aren't they basically outlawing natural selection / survival of the fittest?

I wonder what Darwin would say about that.

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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Maplin is the new Tandy.

And we all know what happened to that chain.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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I have a list of more people that should be fined for merely opening their mouth.

But it would probably break the limit on amount of characters allowed in the comment entry box.

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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Re: A complete wipe?

"Once the system has been compromised, what script are you going to run that guarantees to restore the system state correctly? How can you trust anything that the OS tells you, once you've been infected?"

If we were to treat the US government as an operating system, would I be right in diagnosing it's been rooted with a nasty malware infection?

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Re: Macs and PCs aren't so very different

Yes they are, one has an army of fanatics that will defend their choice of platform against their rival to the bitter end, and the other has a larger army of fanatics that will defend their choice of platform against their rival to the bitter end.

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We talk to Tron artist Syd Mead: On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy

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Re: Mr Weinstein

Isn't that the theory you only tell your relatives?

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If you love Tron, perhaps it's best you don't watch this cartoon:

Savior of the Earth (1983) aka Korean Tron

Trailer - youtube.com/watch?v=ME5l6UOxask

Full film - youtube.com/watch?v=kuSor3NRdLs

Backstory - youtube.com/watch?v=VMlpEPKZn_U

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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What if your car no longer receives updates because its too old or the company went bust?

Will you be forced to buy a new car just to get insurance?

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Re: A question of etiquette

Apparently the rule has been officially excused!

"A leading psychiatry group has told its members they should not feel bound by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures — even the president." - https://www.statnews.com/2017/07/25/psychiatry-goldwater-rule-trump/

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Re: Hyperbole

"finally a leader who represents the people"

I take it that by "the people" you mean "less than half the voters"?

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Re: The film "Idiocracy"

Yeah they elected their very own Camacho.

Hopefully this means next president will be the most average person ever tested.

Anyway, must dash, there's a new episode of Ow My Balls about to start.

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

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"There is no, to the best of our knowledge, working exploit code available yet "

aka "It has been reported that a hole has appeared in the side of a high street bank yesterday. Police are looking into it."

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: Owner identification

Exactly, introductions of new laws will not stop idiots being idiots or bad people doing bad things.

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Re: How is it different

"Act of terrorism?

Possibly."

Have you heard of Occam's razor?

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

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I'm enjoying reading the comments.

Should I read the article now?

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

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Re: Metric please

Can we have the Celcius vs Fahrenheit argument next please?

I always enjoy watching people get hot headed over that one so I can tell them to chill out.

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Re: Oi, mate!!! ...

"What's that?"

"It's a designated section of land, usually either a man made narrow walkway or a way beaten, formed, or trodden by the feet of persons or animals due to the location/terrain.

But that's not important right now."

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Re: Flat Earth Society

Flat Balls are more popular than you might think, I've seen plenty of people with Flat Balls, throwing them to each other at parks & fields...

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1st world problems.

You want to talk about 'impossible' street signs? How about the slippery road one showing tyre tracks that cross over, indicating the vehicle spun 180 degrees, but there's only two tracks.

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