* Posts by Haku

1522 posts • joined 13 Apr 2007

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Re: Microsoft time

"I'm curious - what's the longest "X hours remaining" any of you folk have seen Windows display?"

Not strictly Windows, but it was on my Microsoft Xbox 360; for a while GTA Online was telling me that my average session time was over 584 million years...

http://www.haku.co.uk/pics/GTAO-SessionTime.jpg

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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

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Since I got into quadcopters at the end of 2015 a few people I'd talked to about the hobby had eagerly told me about the amazing follow-me drone which was waterproof and was perfect for selfie videos whilst doing sports - they'd watched the slick, but fake, Lily drone promotional video and believed everything it showed them, which was actually filmed with GoPros on a DJI drone because the Lily was still in development.

Could Kudrone be the new Lily drone?

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Well done El Reg.

I'm sure the fact that a toy drone advert was showing on a terrorist group's YouTube channel was the reeason the channel was pulled.

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Grab 'em by the pussy! Trump's lawyers 'send cease-and-desist letters' to a KITTEN website

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Snowflakes.

Many Trump supporters love to label anyone who hates Trump a 'snowflake' whilst chanting their mantra "You lost get over it", but shouldn't the fact so many supporters react so quickly and angrily to any behaviour they deem 'lefty' mean they're the real 'snowflakes' with Trump being the head 'snowflake' due to how badly he reacts to people saying negative things about him?

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Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'

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Stop

What is this long, angled, low friction thing I see before me?

Ah yes, a slippery slope.

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Shameless crooks fling Star Trek-themed ransomware at world

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Re: TOS beats down TNG

So you're saying Kirk went boldly where no man has gone before.

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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You know that bit in Back to the Future when Doc Brown asks who's president and when told responds with utter astonishment "Ronald Reagan? The actor?!!"

Now imagine if you woke up from a 2 year coma and asked who's the current US president...

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House of Lords: Drone vehicles are more than just robo-cars, mmkay

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Re: Delivering parcels in the real world ...

"I think we are still many years away from a CAV that can handle real life."

Maybe not... Boston Dynamics - Introducing Handle (YouTube)

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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So they're not allowed to call morons out on their bullshit?

That's a great policy.

A really really great policy.

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Is that a phone in your hand – or a gun? This neural network reckons it has it all figured out

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Re: How did it fare...

Original or bastardised remastered?

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Can it also tell the difference between a real gun and a Sega light gun?

Because these cops couldn't:

https://www.engadget.com/2009/03/04/man-holds-woman-hostage-for-10-hours-with-a-sega-light-gun/

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Lawyer defending arson suspect flees court with pants on fire

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Re: Ahh colloquial meanings of words.

Liam Neeson said wanker in a Simpsons episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJp7drI8hWQ

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Ahh colloquial meanings of words.

For many years I was somewhat confused when in the American film Armed and Dangerous, Meg Ryan has a dance with someone at some event and afterwards says jokingly she was dancing so close to him she could probably get the guys fingerprints from her fanny...!

Only when I learnt Americans have a different meaning for that word than us Brits the penny dropped.

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Look! Up in the sky! Is it a drone? Is it a car? It's both, crossed with Uber

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Re: IoT

"drones descend from the sky and pick you up with little hooks"

Drones with sky hooks? Genius!

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concept . /'konsept/

noun

the art of writing bullshit and passing it off as a great idea

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Brit ISP TalkTalk blocks control tool TeamViewer

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Re: Sounds like an executive snit

Dark Helmet: Now hear this! Ludicrous speed!

Colonel Sandurz: Sir, hadn't you better buckle up?

Dark Helmet: Aw, buckle this! Ludicrous speed! Go!!

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Seagate plays disk cricket with a 12TB Enterprise Capacity drive spinner

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Re: Missing the important question...

You want to create a literal cloud storage facility?

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Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

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WTF?

Muddy waters.

This Torrentfreak article UK Govt Refuses to Back Down Over Criminalization of File-Sharers (March 6, 2017) says that the government wants to bring online piracy jail sentences up to the level of offline piracy jail sentences; up to 10 years...

But in another article, UK ‘Pirates’ Get 20-Day Grace Period After Each Warning (January 25, 2017) we're told that people in the UK who are caught using bittorrent to download copyrighted media will only get a warning email, and if they continue to pirate then they'll get another warning email but the next one won't be sent out within 20 days of the previous warning and no action will be taken beyond warning emails.

Although apparently you won't get done for using Kodi etc. to stream copyrighted media you haven't paid for, however if you sell Kodi boxes in the UK you're likely to get arrested: UK Police Arrest Man For Selling 'Pirate' Kodi Devices (December 21, 2016).

Talk about mixed messages.

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Reg Lecture: Sex, AI, Robots and You

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BT splurges £1.2bn on securing Champions League rights, Sky heads for an early bath

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Unhappy

So my broadband cost is going up to pay for something you'd have to pay me to watch.

Makes perfect sense.

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Did you know? Amazon does film production – and it treats those workers like dirt, too*

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Re: Typical Hollywood

Ain't that the truth, David Prowse who acted one of the most iconic film characters in history, Darth Vader, once said this:

“I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we’ve got nothing to send you. Now here we’re talking about one of the biggest releases of all time,” said Prowse. “I don’t want to look like I’m bitching about it,” he said, “but on the other hand, if there’s a pot of gold somewhere that I ought to be having a share of, I would like to see it.”

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I bet they didn't short change Hammond, May & Clarkson....

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US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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D.A.R.Y.L.?

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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Re: Salesmen?

It turns out you can polish a turd, but that doesn't stop it being a turd, or leaving you with dirty hands.

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Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

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Re: Ready for the down votes, but...

"Isn't it about time Ofcom arrived in the 21st century and licensed low powered jammers?"

Yeah sure that'll work, because everyone knows you can make radio waves stop at a specific distance without having to resort to any sort of metal shielding....

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Planned 'cookie law' update will exacerbate problems of old law – expert

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I hope it means an end to this bollocks:

"This in-your-face annoying popup is obscuring part of our website because by law we have to tell you we use cookies to track you. You can go ahead and click that little X in the corner but it won't do any good other than make this message go away, we're still going to track you. [X]"

Because browsing in incognito mode or using cookie scrubbers makes browsing the web bloody frustrating with all those mandated by law popups.

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

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Over exaggeration.

People who flippantly use phrases such as:

"That's like half the internet."

"It's all over Facebook."

"It broke the internet."

Should be made to stand in a cherry picker in front of a blackboard the size of a skyscraper and write out a billion times "I will not exaggerate ever again."

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Two million recordings of families imperiled by cloud-connected toys' crappy MongoDB

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The rush to bring a product to market overlooked security?

No surprises there.

On a similar note it's probably about time encryption was introduced as a standard to the radio control hobby market, because it's apparently fairly easy to hijack someone's drone if you have the right kit with a bit of knowledge, and it wouldn't surprise me if someone decides they can make some money selling an easy to use drone hijacking device.

There would be a danger it's a run-of-the-mill ~1kg camera drone being operated in the vicinity of pedestrians (which it probably shouldn't be), but could be so much worse if the drone in question were a large hexacopter / octocopter capable of carrying cinema quality cameras that weighs many kilos and can cost 10's of thousands.

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Sony: Never mind the phones – look out at what our crazy lab scientists have done

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Do people actually want robots/computers that only communicate verbally?

Or is it a case of R&D depts thinking we do because so many popular sci-fi tv shows & films have some sort of voice communication between people & machines?

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Gov wants to make the UK the 'safest place in the world to go online'

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Next they'll want to make website blacklists a thing of the past.

By making website whitelists instead.

Isn't that what North Korea have done?

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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Autonomous cars will be great... ...until they're hacked

Oh, they've already started?

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It - Wired (YouTube)

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Machines taught how to 'smell' by new algorithm. How will they cope with shower-dodging nerds?

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How will they cope with shower-dodging nerds?

Easy.

Said nerds will simply hack the code to make it ignore certain smells.

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I want it hot and wet – preferably with Wi-Fi

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Re: Where was this, pray tell?

Really? From your description I could've sworn you were in somewhere like this.

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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Tracking = unsettling

There's something very unsettling when you visit a website and see an advert for a specific product you were looking at on a previous, completely unrelated website.

That and animated adverts can GTFO, especially flash ones.

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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£1,300 and it only catches ONE mouse before it needs to be reset?

For a mere fraction of that price you can make your own trap that can catch lots before needing to be 'reset':

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rotating+bottle+trap

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Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

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It does resemble a bumhole...

On that note, has anyone played pooh sticks with it yet?

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UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

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I see UPS now wants some free advertising after seeing Amazon get theirs.

/cynic

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BT and Virgin Media claim 'broadband' tax will cost £1.3bn

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Big businesses complaining about paying tax?

Awww diddums.

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Get it while it's hot: NASA's Space Poo contest winners wipe up $30k

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There once was a comedy show called "Testees" a few years back, about two guys who made a living from testing random stuff.

If a space toilet need testing then these poor saps would be lumbered with the job.

A dark and depraved comedy, with some hilarious moments, so should appeal to the average Reg poster here reading these comments :)

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I'd hate to be in the same pod as the 'cork guy' if there was a sudden decompression...

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UK prof claims to have first practical blueprint of a quantum computer

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Re: Thumbs up for the use of the word 'bollocks'.

That's the spirit!

Perhaps the next word we need to er spread the word of is 'numpty' which has the benefit of sliding past most swearword filters on websites and in games.

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Re: Where's Captain Cyborg?

Maybe he had a failed firmware upgrade and is waiting for someone to reboot him.

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Thumbs up for the use of the word 'bollocks'.

I believe we need to use this word a lot more, to the point where hopefully it'll enter the venacular of residents of other countries.

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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

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Re: Is there any great change from our point of view?

It's almost like we need a VPN service for electronic money so 'they' can't track what we're spending it on.......Bitcoin?

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All just numbers on a screen...

"...everything is amazing right now and nobody is happy..."

"...and then when you ran out of money you just go well I can't do any more things now..."

-- Louis CK

I'm of the "if I don't have the money I'm not buying it on credit" mindset which is why I don't have any debts and have trouble understanding people who have the means to live debt free but are in continual debt through loans &/or not paying off their credit card statement each month fully through their own choice of wanting to live beyond their means.

I like paying for things in cash whenever I can because it's a tangible form of money that gives me a sense of how much I've spent and how much I have left, rather than looking at numbers on a screen that aren't always as up to date as the physical money in your wallet.

Maybe I'm just getting old, the few grey hairs in my beard are suggesting this too...

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Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones

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So you can't shoot at drones...

...but what about a catapult and a bag of self-destructing ammunition? (ice cubes)

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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*grabs popcorn*

Ahh, today's tantrump episode to muse over.

I'm gonna get fat from all this popcorn if he carries on like this for the next 4 years :(

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Scottish court issues damages to couple over distress caused by neighbour's use of CCTV

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Re: CCTV coverage, where is the line drawn?

Unfortunately the police didn't say it in writing about suggesting CCTV, and entire wall removal could get tricky because part of it is integrated into the structure of 2 houses.

The BBC news website reported in January this year that councils have said lorries should be banned from using satnavs for cars as lorry specific ones know details about low bridges & narrow roads, although enforcing it could prove tricky, especially if for example a lorry driver had the right satnav installed but choose to use their smartphone instead because they tried to use a shorter/quicker route, or simply ignored the satnav.

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Re: CCTV coverage, where is the line drawn?

It probably won't 'fly' because a neighbour a few doors away has just recently become a councillor and would quickly notice it. Although god knows how he got that position - he got an ASBO some years back, I forget what incedent caused it but he's been a general arsehole to his neighbours for decades.

Maybe he'll get a sign sorted but I doubt it as he doesn't have the same issue with the narrow road we do.

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