* Posts by Sceptic Tank

342 posts • joined 21 May 2008

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Oz lad 'fell in love with' baby meerkat, nicked it from zoo, took it out for a romantic Big Mac

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Flame

Pot calling the cattle black

Ok, so the yoof stole the meerkitten from the zoo. The zoo abducted a whole meerkat group from its natural habitat "underneath the African sky" and stuck them in a cage. Lad gets fine and community service. The zoo is left to perpetuate its cruelty to animals. Pfft!

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Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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Stop

Re: Physical access is quite easy

@Shadow Systems

The trouble with directing traffic like that is that you are not an authorised person, and you may personally be held liable for damages if an accident happens.

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Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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Paris Hilton

Re: Had to think then

Is "surface coal" still a thing?

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People outperform computer programs for 'compressing' pix

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Terminator

Re: What's a Giragge?

It's part of the "lossy compression" experiment, and how (some) humans can recover from such errors?

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Good news: Largest, most ancient known galaxy supercluster is spotted. Bad news: It's collapsing on itself

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Alien

We have a problem

Yet another article about something that should not have existed so close to the Bigge Bange. Maybe there's a fundamental flaw with that theory. But ja, I'm no scientist.

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Re: Spotted?

Spots are just a sign of puberty. Happens often in young superclusters.

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Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Re: Sums

The mirror on the JWST is rather different to a reflective bit of tinfoil that must point at a patch of earth.

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Facepalm

Re: Eight times brighter than the Moon?

Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). Do try to keep up.

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Early bird access to .NET Framework 4.8? Microsoft, you spoil us

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Unhappy

Re: Lets get real

@AC

I had to log in to upvote that comment. The Windows desktop environment has become a toxic mess. WinForms and WPF have gone the way of the dodo and UWP is unusable.

Which one is that 'I am very unhappy" icon?

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OMG! Battle looms over WTF! trademarks

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WTF?

CYA

Is CYA patented yet? I might be interested in using it for a range of donkey-related garments.

Well actually it could cover a whole range of pants, underpants, skirts, etc. too. Even Pride Amsterdam.

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Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru

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Paris Hilton

After owning 1x iPhone I made it my purpose in life never to own an Apple product again. You'll pay top dollar for the the car and 3 years down the line discover that a software updates borked some crucial function. Your only resolve will be to buy a new car.

(Also, will they slow their cars down as the batteries wear out?)

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Go

Re: Was driving past 1 infinity loop this week

It was probably someone who forgot to apply the handbrake after they parked their vehicle.

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Re: Another affluenza victim, shirley.

I don't understand the Trump connection?

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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Windows

HDMI Out

Yay! So now, if I just carry a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and power supply around I can forget about my notebook.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Trollface

Re: but that's the same as everyone elses review!

What luck on the rounded corners! Apple would sue them.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: No QWERTY

There is always the virtual keyboard.

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Chip flinger TSMC warns 'WannaCry' outbreak will sting biz for $250m

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Gimp

Tool?

"...an infected sub-component of an unspecified tool was connected to its network"

I am not even going to speculate about what that "tool" was doing on the network.

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Re: so installing critical security patches

What toy operating system do you recommend then?

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First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

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Re: Uh, am I the only one

So now they know we're out here? And they'll be coming here to steal our water and eat our rats.

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Holmes

Blame the EFF

I'm no behavioural scientist, but the way certain groups of people act may incline other groups to perceive them negatively, which probably leads to the abuse meted out to inanimate objects of African descent. (I'm trying to word this carefully)

Read this article and have a look at the video. This was in (over)reaction to H&M's Monkey in the Jungle blazer faux pas

I understand that many in Europe are not exactly thrilled by the arrival of North African migrants for comparable reasons.

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The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past

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Alien

Spreading it thin

The young Sun was wrapped around an accretion disk?

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Well, well, well. Crime does pay: Ransomware creeps let off with community service

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Re: Punishment in proportion.

@stephanh

"Wat een gedonder zeg!" ("What one thundering say")

P.S. Someone else here said Dutch is easy because the words are pronounced exactly like you write them. I wonder how they would fare with that word "feit". Pronounced like "fate" but on paper it looks more like "fi-yit". And a "file" (a trafffic jam) is pronounced "feel-ih".

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Techie sues ex-bosses, claims their AI avatar tech was faked – and he was allegedly beaten up after crying foul

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Windows

Needs work

Talk about bad hair days! But whatever the real story is, the avatars are ghastly. Their program needs serious work.

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An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE

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Trollface

Start simple

I personally would have opted for a much simpler brain to simulate. In South Africa you find a band of beret-wearing politicians with the mental ability of a fungus but are yet capable of complex movement, (hate)speech and spotting opportunities to commit corruption.

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GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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Windows

Re: UI elements that make it obvious what they do?

My own pet hate: scrollbars where one cannot tell if it's the shaft or the drag handle. A bit of visual eye-candy made all the difference. The worst is the vertical scrollbar in VS2017 that has all manner of additional clutter added to it

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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

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Alert

Andromeda? Far out!

"does not have a compelling answer today, and will not have one better in 2018" ..... what year is this?

Anyway. Since when has "incomplete software"prevented Microsoft from releasing a product?

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Alien

A webcam in Botswana?!?

Nee ou, kry julle feite reg! Daar's nie webcams in Botswana nie.

According to Netwerk24 it was " ’n veiligheidskamera van Vikus van Zyl, wat op die plaas Rietvallei tussen Hartbeesfontein en Ottosdal boer,"

(source: https://www.netwerk24.com/Nuus/Omgewing/kyk-boere-op-soek-na-meteoriet-in-deelpan-omgewing-20180603)

(Ottosdal is that way ------>

Botswana is that way <-------)

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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This is where the ODESSA comes in: money, protection, legal services, all an ehemaligen SS-Angehörige could ask for.

No, I don't believe the conspiracy theories.

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Re: Um… Why?

Not so difficult to understand why people voted Trump considering that the other option was Hillary Clinton.

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Texas residents start naming adopted drains

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Big Brother

South Africa Drain

Maybe someone can adopt one of 'em sewers and call it "South Africa" because this place landed in the gutter a long time ago. We're circling the drain as a country, as it were.

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Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat

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Angel

Re: What about an anagram?

Should have called it Jahova.

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4G found on Moon

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Angel

All this Ballyhoo...

If there's a man on the moon

Can you hear me calling you....

(1980's South African chart topping song called "Man on the Moon" by Ballyhoo)

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Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

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Paris Hilton

Teens

Does this stuff work on teens? They all look the same these days.

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Holmes

Put pressure on him

Nice of them to let him tender his resignation. Maybe he should get a coach -- not get side-tracked, get the wheels rolling again, etc. Too bad there wasn't a whistle blower around to stop him.

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Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Paris Hilton

"This is not a drill". So I'm guessing that N-Korean ballistic missiles resemble power tools in flight?

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Mushroom

@ Florida1920 Re: Confirmation checkbox needed

That stuff is enough to make me reach critical mass. I never know if the pole that the street sign stands on is considered part of the sign. The amount of clicking involved suggests not.

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Celebgate latest: Fourth dirtbag 'fesses up to pillaging iCloud for stars' X-rated selfies

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Coat

This happened to me once

In my iPhone days I took a picture of a plant at my local nursery. Next thing I know that phone is making daily backups to Apple of 'em crappy pics and decimating my monthly bandwidth allowance.

(Laugh all you want but I live in a backward country where we pay the mobile tsotsi's, er.., operators through the nose for a very modest amount of monthly mobile hinternet access).

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Boffins closer to solving what causes weird radio bursts from space

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Alert

No relax! It's just a bit of RF interference from my old Nokia 3310.

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UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

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Coat

Verity Jackson with the new boat

How on earth are they going to get a crew into that little boat?

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Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

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Maybe "Zuma" was taken out by "Cyril".

(Every day I wish I could read about the "apparent destruction of Zuma" in my local newspaper.)

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Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits

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Terminator

Stephen Hawking

This morning it occurred to me: Stephen Hawking has that Intel Inside logo on the screen attached to his wheelchair. So I'm assuming his speech synthesizer runs on some variant of Intel silicon. If he starts talking 30% slower he's going to sound like he is brain damaged.

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Devil

Re: Eh?

1991's look maybe. But the pages load like the devil is after them.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Facepalm

Re: SecureString

Meh ... I suppose SecureString has to keep it's keys somewhere too ....

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Windows

SecureString

Who on earth stores passwords and sensitive info in clear text, even in the kernel? There is always the chance that the kernel memory can be hacked or even just written out to the page file. .NET even has a type called SecureString that constantly decrypts and encrypts its contents and prevents the data from landing up in the page file. The data is kept in unencrypted form for the least amount of time possible. Performance is apparently utterly rubbish but that is the price you have to pay.

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

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Devil

Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?

Despite all the leftist media propaganda, I think the Americans decided to vote for the better one of two very bad candidates. Mike Pence is probably just biding his time, waiting to take over the presidency.

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Paris Hilton

Eish!

Wot? No Piper doing stuff without a bra and no Apollo moon mission hoax theory contributions on that list?

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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Devil

Haven't had that spirit here since 1969

Welcome to the Hotel California

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As Apple fixes macOS root password hole, here's what went wrong

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Paris Hilton

That disassembly ... what does rsp = (rsp - 0x10) + 0x10 do?

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Microsoft to rebuild Redmond campus, including cricket pitch

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Windows

It's just not cricket

There should be a road called %path%. And the car-free campus will simulate the situation with any hardware that is more than 18 months old: you cannot find any drivers. Perhaps a horticultural enclosure called the UWP walled garden.

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James Webb Telescope will be infatuated with Europa and Enceladus

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Re: Microbial life?

Microbial live is life.

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