* Posts by Haku

1597 posts • joined 13 Apr 2007

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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Now I remember what Theresa May looks like!

Open up two web browsing windows and put them next to each other.

In one do a google image search for: Theresa May open mouth

In the other, google image search for: Salt Vampire

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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

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Re: Manufacturer imposed NFZ's (No Fly Zones)

It's a nice analogy, but in this case users are not required by law to update to the latest DJI firmware / app which imposes flight restrictions that go further than those set down by law.

If I'm not mistaken, it seems a lot of non-drone owners are in favour of manufacturers implimenting flight area restrictions, however can you imagine their outcry if vehicle manufacturers started implimenting - without being required by law to do so - speed control based on their GPS location so you couldn't get your car to go over the speed limit for the particular road you're on?

(yes yes I am aware of some very high performance cars that limit their top speed unless they detect you're at a racetrack but I don't think they have a variable top speed limit that corresponds to the road you're on)

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Re: Manufacturer imposed NFZ's (No Fly Zones)

I'm saying that the NFZ's are over-reaching and forcing people to avoid updating their craft so their flight area isn't restricted beyond the law, or they'll look to getting craft that don't have those automatic restrictions built-in.

For example, this user has pointed out the difference between DJI's new NFZ's and the US airspace in Hawaii, wth two map images: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=37706503&postcount=76488

Trying to say it'll make most drone users jerks is an unfounded blanket assumption. Do I have to even mention that drones usually only make the news when something goes wrong whilst vast numbers of users are happily flying within the law and not causing any trouble?

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Tabloid scaremongering much?

If you'd like to take your head out of your arse for a moment you'd see that terrorists have been resorting to far less complicated tactics such as vehicles driven into crowds.

A drone database will only mean the police have a list of those who aren't likely to do stupid / dangerous / deadly things with drones, whereas those who are intent on causing mischief won't register.

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Manufacturer imposed NFZ's (No Fly Zones)

DJI have been recently getting people to update their products to the newest apps & firmware.

The update has introduced a whole heap of new NFZ's, which has apparently angered a lot of DJI product owners because they can't fly in the areas they used to be able to, often 'safe' areas, and once the new NFZ's are in the craft they can't currently be removed, so not everyone is updating.

This is going to force some people to start looking at other manufacturer's offerings, notably ones with open source flight controllers that have no such imposed NFZ restrictions other than those you program into them, if you so wish.

It'll also boost the currently growing market of people selling services to derestrict DJI craft, especially once someone figures out how to completely erase the NFZ's.

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Google's news algorithm serves up penis pills

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Re: So have you seen the liquid Viagra?

Is that anything like the viagra eye drops?

(it makes you look hard)

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Re: Can I get a different universe fork please?

@LDS - We're both forked then.

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Can I get a different universe fork please?

One without Trump, May & Brexit.

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

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Facepalm

Sadly, no more information can be derived about the party from its own site, which reads: "The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later."

Hold up a mo, are you not an IT news site?

I somehow doubt the party's policies have changed in the last few days... https://web.archive.org/web/20170605100006/http://www.mydup.com/

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

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Re: never use a debit card for credit ?

I once had a Barclaycard, then fraudulent charges started appearing on it, so I called the bank and said I want the card cancelled & a new one sent, they said they couldn't do that because people would buy stuff then get the card cancelled so they wouldn't have to pay for it (surely they had provisions against that?). So then I told them I wanted the card canclled outright and the account closed.

It took five fucking months of regularly ringing up to cancel the card to actually get it cancelled and the fraudulent debts cleared. They were using me as a honeypot and constantly told me just to notify them when fraudulent charges appeared. I absolutely hated being put in that situation and just wanted out.

This happened in the same year Stephen Fry was their tv advert shill telling everyone Barclaycard was safe to use online... and the exact same week I got the card cancelled the other two members of the house received invitations (with a free pen) to sign up to Barclarcard...

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Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

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Re: Sorry for repeating myself but...

@Pen-y-gors - Exactly: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-time_pad

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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"I appreciate humor, but there are so many topics that just should not be joked about,"

Has Jessica Zhang never seen a Jimmy Carr stand-up video?

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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She's going to want Snoopers Charter upgraded to 2.0 now.

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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Re: boobys

Gullible? I was told that word was taken out of the dictionary.

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Re: Pay per view - a few pitfalls

Under consumer protection laws would there have to be some sort of refund option if you felt the page you just paid to view didn't meet your expectations?

"Dear website owner, when this site was advertised as containing pictures of boobys I didn't think it would be pictures of seabirds. I henceforth request a full and complete refund. Yours, Disgruntled of Internet."

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Re: Pay per view

"10 Things You Didn't Know About AdBlockers That Will Shock You"

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Black Mirror.

Whenever the subject of ad blocking & paying websites to view their pages pops up (sorry, pun was intented), I always cast my mind back to the 2nd episode of the first season of Black Mirror, Fifteen Million Merits (full episode), where the population are bombarded with adverts on screens on a regular basis but can skip them by spending merits.

However the population can be forced to watch adverts as the technology can sense when you're not actually looking at & listening to the advert, and pauses it then shows a warning until you open your eyes & uncover your ears.

Dystopian sci-fi films & tv shows should be left at that, a bit of escapism entertainment, not ideas for our actual future.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: OK Computer

I've got an old Epson HX-20 kicking around somewhere in its case, from 1980, known as the first laptop computer, with a built-in miniature tape recorder & printer!

In another box there's some Psion Organiser II's from the mid 80s.

Plus other old computer tech I've forgotten I own.

I'm not a hoarder, I'm an old junk tech collector....who collects old junk tech ;)

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Microsoft's cunning plan to make Bing the leading search engine: Bribery

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Bing is still a thing?

I literally cannot remember the last time I used that search engine.

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Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

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Re: I don't get it

"Does any Reg co-commentard actually have a use for them?"

Unplug it and use it as an expensive paperweight or door stop?

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How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections

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FAIL

Oh just great, that's exactly what we need.

A government chosen by people who believe what they see / read on the internet without questioning it or looking for evidence from different sources to back that information up.

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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Re: Biggest surprise to me...

I like how there's an link at the bottom of the page where you can buy a printed out copy of the cartoon...

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

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Re: Industrial Light & Magic

Or Pen Island?

http://www.penisland.net/

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Ugh, that's what I forgot to do yesterday, watch Star Wars

The edited hd blu-ray version that someone restored back to the theatrical cut & spread it online. If you're thinking 'pirate!' I have the original trilogy theatrical cut on laserdisc, 3 different copies... the French release, German release & the US definitive release.

At least I remembered to feed my brother's cat ;)

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

"I'm also increasingly tending to withdraw cash from a cashpoint prior to going shopping, and purchasing with cash, because I strongly object to all this unwanted invasion of privacy."

I've been doing that for many years, not only because of the privacy aspect but also so I don't get into debt by spending what I don't have - the increase in availablity of instant money you don't have has near ruined many people's lives.

Although the privacy aspect does tend to get blown out of the water as soon as I withdraw cash from an ATM at a supermarket then use that cash and my store card in said supermarket.

Oops.

But hey at least I have no debts :)

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IoT standards? We've got 'em. And if you don't like those, we got more

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xkcd - Standards

https://xkcd.com/927/

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DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

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"compulsory registration"

That'll help me sleep better at night, knowing the bad guys will be in a drone database so when they do bad things they can be tracked down and dealt with appropriately.

Yeah, the bad guys will definitely register.

And they'll only use drones that have the state mandated geofencing restrictions.

Won't they?

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Call one EMC after the famous Aussie physicist who put bubbles into beer.

What do you mean Young Einstein wasn't a biopic?

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America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky

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For the curious

This is the thread on rcgroups.com where John A. Taylor announced his challenge to the FAA's model aircraft registration regulation, with links to the pdf documents he submitted

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?2845649-Taylor-v-FAA-Update

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We're heading back… to the future! Net neutrality rules on chopping block

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Re: "Bad corporate culture"

"It doesn't matter what you do. It's all about whose side you're on these days."

You know those sci-fi films where there's an alien invasion and all the countries on the planet put aside their differences to team up and fight the invading force?

Never gonna happen, pure fiction.

Not the alien invasion part, the teaming up part.

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We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

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Re: (unsurprising)

"However, the people who voted for Brexit weren't the ones who use the internet much."

The majority of their online time was probably spent with their heads buried in the sand*

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*Facebook

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Britain shouldn't turn its back on EU drone regs, warns aerospace boffin

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New rules won't stop idiots being idiots, or criminals being criminals.

It'll just class a bunch of idiots and ignorants as criminals, as well as classing a whole bunch of existing fliers who are not breaking any current rules, as criminals.

It also won't stop China from selling the parts for, or whole drones/planes/helicopters that have no such geofencing restrictions, allowing said idiots, ignorants & 'criminals' to ship them from there in untracked and practically unmarked packages ('toy' on the customs declaration form is meaningless), then going out and flying them at distances not allowed and in places not allowed.

So basically all us RC airborne craft fliers are going to get screwed over because of a few morons & criminals, like those ones trying to drop stuff into prisons, and the perceived danger of them near airports - someone should tell the law proposal makers you can't regulate stupidity, it doesn't bloody work!

The police force is already streched so I don't know how they'll cope when suddenly a bunch more people are classed as criminals because of a law change - and it's not like every police officer knows every law in detail, especially new ones that come into play - just look at the problems photographers have had in public places over the recent years. Not to mention some of the general public whose only knowlege of drones is spoon fed to them by sensational headlines in tabloid papers, who then think people who fly drones are only doing to to spy on people etc. and the police should be called...

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Bend over, model aircraft fliers, you're about to get screwed through no fault of your own.

2.3.1.5 Model Aircraft

"Model aircraft are within the scope of this NPA since, pursuant to the definition of a UA in the new Basic Regulation, a model aircraft is a UA. A definition that could distinguish model aircraft from UAS is not easy to be developed. Some model aircraft pilots argue that they would be reluctant to use certain UAS technology supposed to assist them in conducting the flight (e.g. a flight control system with higher automation than a typical radio control) since this would reduce their pleasure. Said technology instead is widely used in UAS since in this case, a remote pilot could focus more on the payload (e.g. filming with a camera) than in flying the UAS. Therefore, a definition of model aircraft could be based on the absence of a flight control system that potentially allows a UAS to fly within the BVLOS range. In reality, certain model aircraft are indeed equipped with some form of assisted flight control system. This approach was therefore rejected. On the other hand, it is recognised that model aircraft activities have good safety records. This is not due to the type of aircraft used but rather to the code of conduct developed by the model club and associations. In most cases, they have related procedures, they build awareness, and in some cases, they also provide training to their members, thus creating a safety framework."

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Beeb hands £560m IT deal to Atos. Again

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Re: "declare harddrives with bad sectors fit for work"

@Dwarf, how dare you! That's utterly despicable, the written equivilant of hitting below the belt.

Bringing facts to an argument... have you no shame?

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Re: ATOS..?

Given the nature of their 'healthcare' division it wouldn't surprise me if they declare harddrives with bad sectors fit for work so long as it made them money.

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Re: Fun with statistics

I will have to go through Atos's fitness-for-work exam sometime in the future, I already have trouble sleeping but just the thought of this impending event can make it worse at times.

It's some scary shit realising that some 'unfit-for-their-job' company who employ people without the level of medical knowledge needed to properly assess a vast range of medical conditions is sealing the fate of so many people's ability to live independent lives without having to rely on the good will of family / friends / charities.

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From the same company that brought you...

"In the United Kingdom, from 1998 - 2015 Atos Healthcare was at the centre of a controversy over the management of contracts by their healthcare division of the Work Capability Assessment for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

In August 2015, statistics from the Department of Work and Pensions revealed that 2,380 people had died between 2011 - 2014 soon after being found fit for work through disability benefit assessments.

In 2014, "the DWP negotiated an early exit from the existing WCA contract with the private firm, Atos, after raising concerns about the quality of its work."

However, Atos still (as of October 2016) undertakes work for the DWP in assessing Personal Independence Payment applications.The Press Association revealed in 2017 that Atos, used by the DWP to make its decisions, are set to be paid more than £700m for their five-year contracts against an original estimate of £512m."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atos

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Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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Re: "OK, you can scream now..."

It could be worse.

Imagine if they implimented the ability for your device to determine you're having an asthma attack because it hears you're wheezing but no tschhh sound of an inhaler, so it calls paramedics.

Only this time it wasn't an asthma attack, the paramedics discover you with your trousers down your ankles and... well you can guess the rest...

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"It's 3 am, are you having trouble sleeping? If so, try new Snooze Eze from Blammo."

Bleary eyed homeowner wakes up, "Honey, did you leave that fucking Alexa on again?"

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French drone bods Parrot wheel out 'prosumer' division

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Re: Doh! Moment

It looked like the transmitter was pre-2.4ghz era, indicated by the telescopic antenna, so no binding necessary.

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Facepalm

On the subject of remote controlled flying things, I was watching a recent episode of Scorpion - hey I know what I'm getting into with that show & its Hollywood science but this time it really took the piss - they were trying to catch a falling space craft module by remote piloting a helicopter up to 5,280 feet (1 mile), then let it fall straight down next to the module and grab it with a robot arm...

No that wasn't my "Seriously??" moment, get this. they lost connection to the helicopter so Happy swapped the dead batteries in the transmitter (which didn't even have its telescopic antenna extended) for new ones - 2 AA's... THAT was it, because the only RC controllers I have that take 2 AA's are for micro quadcopters and the transmitter has a range of 100 feet with luck, not even close to the 5,280 feet the tv helicopter went up to.

Yeah yeah yeah, get out more, I will as soon as my big quadcopter batteries are charged ;)

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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Re: Pepper spray is a delicious example!

re: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/man-caught-knife-said-needed-12992281

"He must pay £625 prosecution costs plus £85 victim surcharge and the knife will be forfeited and destroyed."

The whole situation seems quite absurd, but to havve to pay a victim surcharge on top?

What the actual fuck?

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: She is working for it

I've always loved dystopian sci-fi movies; Brazil, Blade Runner, Logan's Run, GATTACA, Cube, V for Vendetta, Dark City etc., a brief bit of escapism to another, strange reality, but now I look around at what's happening on our planet those films don't seem quite so appealing anymore...

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