* Posts by Haku

1641 posts • joined 13 Apr 2007

USA to screen tablets,
e-readers and handheld games before they fly

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They wouldn't like my old beat-up tablet.

There's a suspicious looking wire sticking out the side with a JST connector.

I had to modify the tablet to charge its battery directly with a small USB lipo charging module because it won't charge through the USB port anymore.

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UK.gov: You can't have our drone test results because... er, security

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Re: could not find a way to launch...

What about using gravity?

You know, drop the small object onto the big object from a great height.

If they couldn't find a tall enough building they could carry it up high using a bigger drone...

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Think you could deliver a Register lecture? Tell us why

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Re: These are not the speakers you are looking for....

I once did a best man speech, in a completely packed pub, I was nervous as hell but it went down a storm and I ended it with "By Grabthar's Hammer, what a wedding." which I only wrote for the bride & groom to understand

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You know what’s not so throttled at O2? UK sales. They're up 2.6%

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Unhappy

You know what else is going up at O2?

Pay-as-you-go prices. https://www.o2.co.uk/pricing/f

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Revealed: 779 cases of data misuse across 34 British police forces

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Stop

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Stop giving them so much unrestrained power!

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iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: By selling maps of your homes

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Rearrange your furniture every day so the floor plan spells out the letters

F

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you can see where I'm going with this :)

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Time-rich netizens marshall ballot-stuffing bots against... Radio Times contest

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"It's not as if Star Trek versus Star Wars is under discussion."

About that, they should just put aside their differences and get along...

http://www.haku.co.uk/b3ta/StarTrekWars.jpg

Could be interesting, but I'd watch the crap out of this mashup:

http://www.haku.co.uk/b3ta/StarDwarf.jpg

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Las Vegas locks down ahead of DEF CON hacking conference

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Not accepting USB sticks? I don't blame 'em.

This USB stick can destroy most computers in seconds - usbkill.com (url purposely non-clickable)

There are several YouTube videos if you want to see how deadly those things are - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=usb+killer

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Creepy tech tycoons Zuck and Musk clash over AI doomsday

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Re: "letting algorithms decide the fate of people's lives in the fields of healthcare "

If we do get wiped out by robots it'll probably be due to apathy not a Terminator style war.

"I for one welcome our robot overlords, because I'm too lazy to fi.... Siri, turn the tv to the funny clips channel."

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I don't think the current worry of AI is sentient robots who see the human race as flawed so must eradicate them, but more along the lines of people letting algorithms decide the fate of people's lives in the fields of healthcare & insurance, especially with the ever increasing research into human DNA and the how people are trying to use that information to give a percentage on how likely you are to get certain types of cancer in your life.

That would really suck, unable to get life insurance even though you're fit as a fiddle but the computer says no because it looked at your DNA.

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

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Idenitifying a drone thousands of meters up, hundreds of meters away - bullshit!

I've flown my 380 size quadcopter, about 1.2kg with the camera & gimbal attached, straight up 100 meters to get some scenic view footage.

At that distance away it can be near impossible to spot it when you're looking at wide open sky, even though you know where it's supposed to be and can hear it, and see its camera view from the ground.

If it's so difficult to spot a stationary drone from a stationary spot, that's only 100 meters away, how the hell do those pilots, flying at hundreds of miles an hour, can say with absolute certainty that tiny speck in the distance is a drone?

I call bullshit on that.

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Re: Call the RSPB

There are an estimated 7.4 million cats in the UK, I think the number of bird deaths by drones pales into comparison with that of bird deaths by cats.

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You can't stop idiots breaking the law.

All this will do is screw over everyone who is already going by the rules.

Making a list of drone owners will only give them a list of people who aren't likely to do bad things, namely because they registered.

There won't be a list of people who fly drones where they shouldn't, because they won't fucking register!

How are they going to police it? It's not like the police force is suddenly going to get a boost in funds to deal with all the new 'crime' they plan on legislating.

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Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

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Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

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I bet it can't do something my wallet I bought from a Glastonbury festival 30+ years ago can:

Drop it in water without anything getting damaged.

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But how does our ransomware make you feel?

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Ransomware & victim's feelings?

I bet that shit would make a vegan want to kill.

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Mozilla hoping to open source voice samples for future AI devs

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"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."

Sci-fi films/tv have had people talking to computers since the start but my interaction with computers began with almost unresponsive flat keyboards (ZX81) which progressed to rubber ones (Spectrum) then 'proper' keyboards (BBC Micros), then mice, then touchpads & touchscreens (not forgetting joysticks/joypads for gaming), which could explain why it always feels weird talking to my phone unless I'm actually making a call.

Are those futurists still predicting everyone interacting with computers through speech? Because for many uses it's far simpler/quicker/easier to press buttons/screens than to talk to the device.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Re: This is a bad thing

If someone will sponsor me, I will take offence at those who take offence on behalf of others.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Regenerating from Male to Female means The Doctor is transgender

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Re: The good old days

I'm totally with you on the whole spoilers thing, often friends ask me "have you seen the trailer for [new film]?" to which my answer is almost always "no", especially when it's a film I want to watch because I like going in 'blind' and knowing as little about it as possible beyond the title.

The internet has really helped erode the element of surprise in this respect.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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Can you imagine a programme like Watchdog on a paid-for-by-adverts tv channel?

It would be muzzled so heavily it couldn't breathe properly, producers would be told that certain topics cannot be covered, because companies that pay their bills through advertisments would not want their products being the focus of the programme.

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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

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Re: Battery life

@ Adam JC

High quality 3-axis gimbals are extremely good at filtering out 'wind wobble' and vibrations from the drone itself.

This is one of my most stable pieces of quadcopter footage I've taken, using a Zhiyun Z1-Tiny2 3-axis gimbal holding a Xiaomi Yi camera, granted there was practically no wind on that day but even on windy days it's still just as stable in regards to filtering out vibrations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSLPnH5nmGc

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Battery life

One of the biggest problems with using drones for spy work in this way is the lack of airtime per battery, you're looking in the region of 15 useable minutes for an Inspire.

To get the kind of flight time that would really help tackle rural crime, a hydrogen fuel cell system is what the doctor ordered to give you hours instead of minutes of flight time.

Something like this: http://www.mmcuav.com/drones/hydrone1550/ But the lack of prices anywhere on the web mean it's probably going to cost a small fortune.

However there is an alternative, tethered power systems like this http://cardinalsecurity.co.uk/tethered-drone-systems/, enabling the drone to stay aloft indefinitely. But the drawback is the only place it's likely to fly is straight up, which actually could be advantageous if you attach a camera with a powerful zoom lens to the drone to track where the 'criminal' is, what they and their vehicle looks like and where they're going.

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An AI can replace what a world leader said in his video-taped speech. This will end well. Not

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Re: I BIT clonton Is AREADY DOIN thug To TRUMPI

What the covfefe?

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Re: video-taped?

Not many do, it has turned from a physical act into a recognised expression.

If you want to go down the pedant route, you might want to think about what digital video recorders do with their captured video, they effectively save the video data to their storage medium.

But having a title with "said in his video data saved speech" doesn't seem right, so "video-taped" is still appropriate.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Don't let PETA get access to monkeys with typewriters.

Because eventually they'll want to own the copyright on Shakespear's work.

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Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

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50TB! I'll take twelvety.

How would I like to pay?

Would sir be interested in some magic beans?

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Re: Challenge accepted.

Hadn't seen that video before, I liked it.

But the possible reality of an actual working transporter is far far scarier than accidentally merging two entities together.

Sleep tight!

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Re: Challenge accepted.

Whilst I'm on the subject of TV show mashups, an old picture I made:

haku.co.uk/b3ta/KnightTeamTrek.jpg

"I aint getting in no transporter, fool!"

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"Get a life will you people, I mean, for crying out loud, it's it's just a TV show"

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: At that temp, marshmallows will melt!

Can you imagine the reaction of US residents if their next president decided to follow suit with France's ban on the sale of vehicles that are soley powered by petrol or diesel by 2040?

I'd probably end up in hospital suffering from an acute laughing fit.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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WTF?

Brass Eye - Paedogeddon!

I had to closely look at the site to see what that whacko was complaining about - that little rainbow sticker on the back of the monitor in the drawing??

What the hell?

Reminds me of that Brass Eye episode where Gary Lineker showed a photo of a hillside and said the small, almost unrecognisable blue speck was a child and a paedophile would try and attack the picture. Watch the first 35 seconds of the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcU7FaEEzNU

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

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Someone should start their own free/low cost image hosting called "Liza"

"There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza,

There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, a hole."

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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Re: most entertaining video about alex jones

I think that theory is some conspiracy nutjob trying to see a correlation between the words "joke" and "funny", because:

Bill Hicks is funny.

Alex Jones is a joke.

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Joe Rogan podcasts - some are seriously interesting listening.

I say that because he's had 2-3 hour long chats with some really interesting people such as Louis Theroux, Brian Cox and Neil deGrasse Tyson etc. (YouTube links)

But the one Joe Rogan podcast I refuse to listen to/watch is the one with Alex Jones because that guy is an absolute fucking nutjob, his perception on the world is completely whack, plus I just can't stand his voice.

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Oh my Word... Microsoft Office 365 unlatched after morning lockout

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Re: Please explain to me ...

"and when they let you down you're left completely bereft."

Exactly.

I once had cloud storage that was part of a another online package I was paying for, I never used it to store anything vital. Then one day they announced the storage was being discontinued in x weeks so I better download any important files.

So even when you're paying for it, they can still take it away, which is why when I learned I had 50GB cloud storage with my BT Infinity 2 package I didn't even bother to figure out how to access it.

Apparently that storage has increased to 500GB, I'd prefer they give me an actual 500GB HDD.

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

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Fidget spinners? Pah.

Everyone knows office chairs are the original time wasting fidget spinners.

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It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

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Has it realy been 10 years of people telling you they've got an iPhone?

Cause it feels like 20...

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Four Brits cuffed in multimillion-quid Windows tech support call scam probe

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Some sort of fitting punishment is needed. Here's my suggestion - a Big Brother task from hell.

Let them go free from jail, but install ten premium rate phones in their house, spread out in different rooms.

Make each phone's number publicly available for anyone to call, at any time, with the call revenue going to charity.

They must answer them for at least 30 seconds. Ignoring them, leaving them off the hook, unplugging or destruction of the phones will result in an additional phone being installed.

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Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

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Re: What a complete cockup this Vega thing is!

@ Lost all faith...

Actually it shouldn't be all that difficult to hack a 9 pin D port onto an existing bluetooth game controller. Throw in a microcontroller for the interfacing and you can use the extra buttons on the old 6-button Sega Megadrive joypads too.

I have a Zeemote JS1 bluetooth game controller but it's a right pain in the arse to get paired up and working properly on an Android device, perhaps there's a better working (connectivity wise) cheap bluetooth joypad out there that can be hacked.

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Re: What a complete cockup this Vega thing is!

All we need now is a bluetooth joystick adapter that you can plug in your old 9-pin joysticks & joypads, cause touchscreens suck for oldschool gaming.

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Re: why are all the hot ones crazy?

There are plenty of ugly ones that are crazy, but because they're ugly nobody pays attention to them.

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Re: the "healing power" of "energy stickers"

Same here when I saw that picture of her with someone on the linkedin page and they appear to be drinking out of jam jars.

WTF is wrong with an ordinary glass?

Goddamn hipsters!

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You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

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Re: Have you ever or would you eat bulgur wheat?

@Snowy & Doctor Syntax

There's another 'food' that should be avoided for similar reasons, fat free Pringles that contain a fat substitute called Olestra

https://www.reddit.com/r/wikipedia/comments/30kq1w/as_olestra_caused_anal_leakage_in_some_customers/

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Re: Tesco : it's actually got quite good.

"The latest 're-org' in my local Tesco's has hidden stuff that was once easy to find. Even the staff can't find it."

Same has happened with my local Tesco just recently.

I swear they use the shuffle of stock to new shelves as a way to eliminate discontinued products, often leaving patrons wandering the aisles looking for an item that just doesn't exist anymore.

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Re: Have you ever or would you eat bulgur wheat?

Your review of bulgur wheat reminds me of the Amazon er, 'reviews' for sugar free gummi bears.

Well worth a read if you've got 5 minutes to spare whilst your bulgur wheat is making its way through your system... ;)

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I read that as "burglar wheat salad" and wondered why Amazon were selling stolen food...

Perhaps it's time I wore glasses again.

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Soldiers bust massive click-farm that used 500k SIM cards, 100s of mobes to big up web tat

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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Re: You all knew what she was like as Home Sec

Unfortunately all of us who voted for someone other than her have to lie in the same bed :(

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