* Posts by Sceptic Tank

316 posts • joined 21 May 2008

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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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Alien

Welcome Overlords

I for one welcome our plumes of spacefaring microbial overlords.

Why is JWSpaaaaceT being launched from French Guiana? I suppose it has to do with it being close to the equator and better alignment to L2. Well, whatever the case may be, I hope the launch goes well. It would suck mightily if that thing were to land up in the ocean or somewhere in a LEO after all the years of hype and $-billions having gone into its development.

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Snopes lawsuit latest: Judge orders disputed cash can flow to fact-checking site

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Trollface

Re: Corporate vs. Individual Who owns the sock?

When will we know who owns the sock? What kind of sock?

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SAP rips and replaces South African bosses amid corruption probe

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WTF?

Re: *shakes head sadly*

@lglethal: Nee kak man!* You were doing so well until you ventured an opinion.

Those Guptas came here to loot and plunder. They have the president of the county in their pocket. The sooner they leave the better for everyone, preferably leaving our tax billions behind. ZAR 30 million stolen from the poor to pay for a wedding? Then they go and employ Bell Pottinger to sow racial discord with all matter of lies and deceipt. Who are the Nazis here?They must HAMBA! **

* = Afrikaans for "I believe your reasoning is not sound".

** = Zulu for "fuck off".

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Mushroom

Nkandla

And what if the Zuptas aren't home? Rock wasted. Taxpayer-funded chicken coop binne in sy moer in*.

* = "Broken".

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Whoa, bad trip, man: Google workers' info exposed during travel-booking software hack

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Trollface

Carlson Wagonlit Travel? Doesn't Accenture also use them? For some reason I feel the urge to laugh. No particular reason.

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Coat

Can't someone devise some sort of wrapper layer around C that will sort out buffer allocations automatically and prevent this recurring nightmare? Wait .... it's called C++...

(I'm running hastily for my asbestos jacket -- the one with The C++ Programming Language in the pocket).

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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Hey, yeah ... I knew a guy once who had a Windows Phone....

(aka: oh how we laughed)

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

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Paris Hilton

The question has to be asked

So, now, looking at that dildo ... are you Brits a little bit on the "thin" side, or what is the story there? Do you need some rhino horn?

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King Battistelli's swish penthouse office the Euro Patent Office doesn't want you to see

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WTF?

Re: Normal For Munich

Is that you, Battistelli?

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Headmaster

Ruibos

That would be "Rooibos", i.e. Red Bush. Rooibos is actually not tea.

When I was in preschool we had to have tea with lunch every day and the teachers would not hear of you not drinking your tea. (How can you have pudding if you won't drink your tea?!!, Etc.) The tea came with milk already added, which I dispised. Even today I cannot stand milk in my tea. Yucc!

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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And the "carbon footprint" for producing all those mirrors, concrete for the tower (I'm guessing), miles, and miles of copper cable is what?

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Africa poses for 7,000 snap mosaic

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Flame

Re: Cloud free you say?

I would say that video is pretty spot-on: the electricity is probably supplied by Eskom - that is why everybody is reading by the feeble light of paraffin lamps. Burning libraries, schools, auditoriums, etc. is also very accurate.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/vuwani-teachers-too-scared-to-go-back-to-work-20160519

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/protesting-fort-hare-students-set-fire-to-campus-building-reports-20160518

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/r1m-in-damage-as-students-torch-limpopo-college-20160518

Etc., etc.

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Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell on the future of C#

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Unhappy

Functions returning multiple values.

Functions returning multiple values ?!? Can somebody just kill me now? Python has this questionable "feature". Oh what joy to read someone else's poorly written code with nonexistent naming conventions vommiting out values into other poorly named variables.

Another thing: since we're making changes already, can we please have a proper destructor that is called at predictable times?

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One black hole, three galaxies, four BEELION solar masses – found by accident

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Paris Hilton

Where did the time go?

This may be a stoopid question. But how do these black holes merge?

Because of the mass time should slow down as they approach each other until it stops completely when their event horizons intersect, won't it? Should it not take infinitely long for their singularities to merge? LIGO results suggest otherwise.

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

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Thumb Up

Ring of Ice, Ring of Ice ....

So what's his name .. Mr. Richard Head from Ringwood?

Anyway, I suspect that there's a Free Willy joke in there somewhere.

(A ringed bird can still fly. A ring doesn't close a hole, etc., etc.)

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Cisco recalls switches that could short power to the case. And hurt you

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Alert

Power corrupts absolutely

These Cisco switches give you a lot of bang for the buck. A case of current technology that puts power at your fingertips.

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Come in Internet Explorers, your time is up. Or not. Up to you

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Linux

Grandpa ..... what is Internet Explorer?

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Europe launches search for Einstein's space-time ripples

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Meh

Give us a wave

"A low-frequency gravitational wave would cause a 1m bar to move {minuscule distance} to {more minuscule distance}"

But now what do these people hope to find:

About Gravitational Waves.

et

LIGO.

Their instrument is sitting on the ground between the trees and in the desert (or the dessert, I never know). Doesn't look like they have found anything so far. By the size of those instruments I would expect to see the street lights wave around in the space-time ripples.

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Ouch! Subaru telescope catches astroid prang

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Alert

Astroids!

Player 2 up!

Insert coin.

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Flying drug mule crashes in Manchester prison

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Stop

Ordering a Chinese

Good grief! Are there no honourable people in these prisons anymore? But how big are the openings if you can pull a drone through there?

The president of this country in the south may be interested to know that he can have stuff delivered to his cell because I think he'll be going straight to prison when his term ends.

"It's like ordering a Chinese." ...... is there ANYTHING one cannot order over the 'net anymore?

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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Megaphone

"Windows 10 already appears as a free "optional" update for some Windows 7 and 8.1 systems, and soon this will be widened to all machines running a genuine copy of Win 7 and 8.1."

Talk about punishment for the innocent. You think you do the right thing by purchasing a license but first they make you, the valued customer, jump through hoops by activating your legal copy of Windows (make <u>you</u> look like a crim) and now they come and force feed this W10 thing down one's orifices.

I'm limited to 3GB data per month after which I start paying "out of bundle rates". I don't live in the States where bandwidth is free and plentiful. Now MS wants to automatically load this and an endless stream of updates to my PC? Any chance of me using MY bandwidth for anything else still?

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RoboVM: Open source? Sorry, it's not working for us

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Alert

Fork this!

This looks like a load of Java tripe. No wonder they "received almost no meaningful contributions".

Now, if interest from the community into this Open Source project is already profanely poor, who is going to fork it? Who will contribute in the future?

Where's the "Dead End" icon?

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

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IT Angle

Don't touch that .....

Uhm ... so this stuff was found in the air filters? So the filters are working then?

I suppose it depends on which side of the filter it was found.

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'iOS 9 ate my mobile broadband plan'

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Stop

Bad Apples

This is nothing new. Let's increase the claim to $7.5m and I'll join the suit with those other two people.

I kept running out of data every month after only two weeks on iOS6 and could not figure out where it was going. Helpful call center person at the telco told me to check the phone's backup settings. Turns out this helpful phone was backing up photo's, chats, and what not without me knowing. My pictures are not Pulitzer Prize material. The world - and I - will live on even if I lose all my pics. Would be nicer if I could still use Whatsapp and surf the net from the bathroom after the middle of the month.

Fsck me ... I live in a country where bandwidth is expensive.

(I'll sit down now... Steam is pouring from my ears and tears are running down my knees)

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Migraine in the mainframe: Unisys reports more losses

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Childcatcher

When I was a lad

I was also surprised that they're still around.

Back in the day I worked on a UniSys A-Series painframe. Did my COBOL coding in that CANDE abomination. RemoteSPO.

Where's the The Scream icon and hand me my puke bucket..

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

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Alert

"hit the streets"..... Aiming the thing is still a bit of a problem then?

But if you're elderly and / or disabled, won't your arm come off from the recoil? Just wondering. This may be an equal opportunity weapon.

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