* Posts by Haku

1780 posts • joined 13 Apr 2007

Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?

Transcript of one of Trump's speeches:

"... you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me, it would have been so easy, and it's not - as important as these lives are - nuclear is so powerful. My uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power, and that was 35 years ago, he would explain the power of what's going to happen and he was right. Who would have thought? But when you look at what's going on with the four prisoners - now it used to be three, now it's four - but when it was three and even now, I would have said it's all in the messenger. Fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don't, they haven't figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it's going to take them about another 150 years - but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators. So, and they, they just killed, they just killed us."

And people actually voted for him on purpose??

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Re: Occasionally..

Gangnam Style got close to making YouTube throw a wobbly, they had to upgrade it to 64bit to cope with the viewcount.

A shame really, I'd have liked to have seen what happens when the viewcount goes over 2,147,483,647 views on a 32bit counting system.

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Yes, it's mad mad world.

About 5 years ago I uploaded 5 minute video to YouTube of a larger than normal sized balloon being filled with water in a bath, and its inevitble pop which caused a big enough wave to splash some out over the side.

View count to date: over 900,000.

As for the comments, it's funny reading the arguments they get into as too many of them have brains with a self preservation mode; it switches off as soon as they visit YouTube.

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UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

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I would like to ask those who voted leave because they wanted to close the borders to foreigners, if the irony of a Brexit causing the borders to be less secure is making them regret their vote decision, but I think the replies might be along the lines of "Irony? My wife does the housework".

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NiceHash diced up by hackers, thousands of Bitcoin pilfered

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Re: Entire contents of bitcoin wallet pilfered?

*checks wallet, sees 0.02 BTC*

Hey everyone, look at me, I'm all edgy!

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Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

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Cloud services, part of the IoT* bubble.

*Internet of Turmoil

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Re: One winner

'Random how to'

Indeedy, YT is an amazing resource in that respect, brilliant for when you want to take a laptop apart because more often than not someone's kindly made a video which gives you an insight to what parts are stuck together and in which order to take them apart so you don't end up breaking bits.

The same when you're interested in product XYZ, people love to show off their new toys & gadgets so you get to see an end user playing with it, a visual try-before-you-buy which can be far better than pictures and text of its specifications.

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

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"Ministers should be ashamed."

Yes, they should, but too often being paid lots of money can alter people's moralities for the worse.

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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HELLO! YES I'M ON A PHABLET! NO IT'S RUBBISH!

/Dom Joly

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Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

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Holmes

Higher bandwidth cable costs more than standard bandwidth cable.

News at 11.

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Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

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Re: Another great decision

"The majority of law abiding fliers will register. The people breaking the existing rules will not bother and continue to break the rules."

I've said essentially that multiple times here, along with the fact that all the police will end up with is a "nice list" when what they actually want in the case of someone being a dick with a drone is a "naughty list" which will never happen, but they have this "nice list" so they might see who lives in the area of the incedent and go interrogate them just to be sure...

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Re: All I see here is

Deaths by multirotors in the UK last year: 0

Deaths by traffic accidents in the UK last year: 1,780

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The police forces are already stretched enough as it is, and now they'll have to contend with a whole new sector of people doing illegal things.

A lot of the public and police don't even know the correct laws regarding photography in public places, which has caused some problems for amateur & professional photographers who were following the law but got caught up in the incorrect perception of the law from do gooder public & police, how those same people will cope with drone laws is anybody's guess.

And logistically how are they going to police the drone users who are out in the middle of nowhere, bothering nobody?

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Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

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Re: Frequent changing of strong passwords

@Nick Ryan, that makes sense, I was given (I think as a joke) a pack of Hedgehog Flavoured Crisps back in the 80s as a kid and I don't remember liking them much because I thought they were made using derivatives of actual hedgehogs, but it turns out they were flavoured crisps by a brand called Hedgehog and the word "Flavoured" got them into trouble so they changed it to "Flavour".

https://www.doyouremember.co.uk/memory/hedgehog-flavoured-crisps

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Re: Frequent changing of strong passwords

The plain white Postit notes are more environmentally friendly due to no dyes being used.

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I'm bullshitting here as I have no idea, but in a world where some meat flavoured crisps are suitable for vegetarians it make perfect sense :)

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Military test centre for frikkin' laser cannon opens in Hampshire

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Real Genius

Won't be too long now before they put one in orbit for some clandestine assassinations.

Either that or to make truck loads of popcorn....

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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

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Re: What did you expect?

The president was voted by the people and for the people.

Conclusion: Those people are idiots and will get what they deserve, unfortunately everyone else has to live with the consequences of those dumbass voters.

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You can replace "The president" with "Brexit" and my statement still stands firm :(

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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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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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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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