* Posts by WonkoTheSane

836 posts • joined 17 Jul 2008

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Australia's Snooper's Charter: Experts react, and it ain't pretty

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

"Short of a whistle blower you'll never know."

So... They ban the sale of whistles?

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Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

WonkoTheSane
Linux

This isn't about messaging at all. It's more like the Linux program "KDEConnect", which displays your phone notifications on your desktop, provided both are connected to the same local network/wifi.

KDEConnect, however, also does things like battery state monitoring, file transfer, using the phone's touchscreen as a trackpad, etc.

For "unified" messaging, look into Pidgin

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

WonkoTheSane
FAIL

It matters to me

Having been converted from a 900m-ish EO (Exchange Only) line, the fibre from the exchange now runs all of 20m to a newly installed cabinet in the exchange car park!

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Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Wrong Type of Leaves

Elfin Safety specify no absolute limit either way, but instead rely on the vagueness of the phrase "During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable."

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Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Thirty three BILLION Pounds?

Does this projected cost include the rebate for weighing in all the copper?

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HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

IT'S ALIVE!!!

Our connection just this minute (13:45BST) returned to life.

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WonkoTheSane
Pint

I'm on the wrong side of this break

My current ElReg access is courtesy of hot-spotting my tablet & phone together.

Sadly, our LAN is fine. We've only really lost email because our corporate overlords like Outlook 365.

Roll on, Beer o'Clock!

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RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

WonkoTheSane
Alien

Not really Dan Dare territory.

More like Warren Ellis' "Ministry of Space" - It even has a suitable variation on the RAF Roundel for them to use.

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BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?

WonkoTheSane
Pint

I think "shitegeist" just became my word of the week! Have a --->

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

WonkoTheSane

I doubt that entered into BT's considerations when pledging to shift all calls to VOIP by 2025, but you never know...

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Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

WonkoTheSane

"Making a call is a tedious process, requiring opening the clamshell to dial the number."

What happened to "OK Google - Call Fred!"

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

WonkoTheSane

Re: Pop Culture References

@GIRZiM

You shouldn't need to avoid Manchester. Most of it was filmed in Birmingham (Jewellry Quarter & under Spaghetti Junction).

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WonkoTheSane
Boffin

Re: Ready Player One

I suspect that when this is released to own, many people will go through it frame-by-frame, to see just how many pop culture references Spielberg managed to squeeze in.

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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

WonkoTheSane

SpaceX has a good day: Successful launch and FCC satellite approval

WonkoTheSane
Black Helicopters

There is a question from the tinfoil hat brigade

"Why was the launch stream curtailed at 2nd stage shutdown by NOAA?"

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Gone in 60.121 seconds: Your guide to the pricey new gear Nvidia teased at its annual GPU fest

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: I don't know for a fact or even if its happening..

And by "66% of their resellers prices", Eek means Nvidia are selling them for the actual MSRP - the price the cards are SUPPOSED to be!

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GoDaddy told off for reeling in punters with 'misleading' prices

WonkoTheSane

It's not the misleading deals that offend

It's when they immediately reserve the domain you just checked for availability on their site, so you can't buy from anyone else.

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NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

WonkoTheSane
Holmes

Re: "...swabs taken..."

So, you're saying the samples were taken using already moldy swabs?

On the other hand, that would be the PERFECT alibi for an actual serial killer!

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WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

Re: Suggested title...

Awww!

I was saving that for the next reboot of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers".

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Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

WonkoTheSane
Alien

There is another option

For several years now, I've looked at the Drake Equation with the thought that it's based on a false premise:-

What if we are the "Galactic Elders" that we've been looking for all this time?

I mean, somebody has to be first to arrive at the party!

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Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network

WonkoTheSane

Re: Sounds familiar

Not Heinlein, Harlan Ellison.

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WonkoTheSane
WTF?

I hope it's a subscription channel

So I can file under NOPE!

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Oculus Rift whiffed, VR fanbois miffed

WonkoTheSane

Re: A fix has now been released.

Further to this, Oculus have announced that anyone who used their Rift after Feb 1st will receive $15 (or local equivalent) Oculus store credit.

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WonkoTheSane
Boffin

A fix has now been released.

See this link

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BOFH: Honourable misconduct

WonkoTheSane

Re: I can't help but feel...

"They can fall with style, but I'm not putting any bets on them getting 10 points for the landing!"

Depends on what style of fencing (if any) surrounds the building.

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

WonkoTheSane
FAIL

Re: Re. Its not unusual

Nice try - Pity "It's Not Unusual" is a Tom Jones track...

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Former ICE top lawyer raided US govt database to steal aliens' identities

WonkoTheSane

Re: For poetic justice

Nah. Just revoke his citizenship, so he has to spend the rest of his life living in an airport.

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WonkoTheSane
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For poetic justice

Deport him.

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PCI Council and X9 Committee to combine PIN security standards

WonkoTheSane

Obligatory XKCD

https://xkcd.com/927/

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Hyperoptic's overkill 10Gbps fibre trial 'more than a clever PR stunt'

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Venn diagram

Why do I get the feeling that a Venn diagram of locations covered by all these FTTH ISPs would result in a single circle?

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Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

WonkoTheSane
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"Thanks! That makes sense. I probably suffer from EMIS - early morning illiteracy syndrome."

Nah. You're just undercaffeinated.

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Bring the people 'beautiful' electric car charging points, calls former transport minister

WonkoTheSane

Re: And where will they be?

"I reckon once a year I need a car that'll do >100 miles in a day."

From what I've read elsewhere, if you buy their Leaf EV, Nissan will loan you a petrol or diesel car for up to 14 days total in the first 3 years.

All you have to pay is insurance & fuel costs.

https://www.nissan.co.uk/vehicles/new-vehicles/leaf/savings-and-benefits.html

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DRAM, it's good to be in storage... for some

WonkoTheSane
Holmes

Obvious really

Of course SK Hynix'2 full-year operating profit rose by 260%. DDR4 retail prices rose by that much!

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Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

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Thumb Down

I _knew_ I was doing the right thing!

When I update Firefox, I always disable Pocket, as it's a "feature" I. WILL. NEVER. USE!

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

WonkoTheSane
Joke

Your father is the late James "Scotty" Doohan?

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

WonkoTheSane
Linux

Unimpressed by Gnome

It seems that every time Gnome releases an update, at least one feature or setting that everybody uses has been removed for "reasons".

This is why I switched to Kubuntu (Ubuntu with KDE) when they announced the switch.

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Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

PrEscribed - Drugs recommended by a doctor

PrOscribed - Forbidden by law.

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Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Don't care.

I'm not talking about storage, the chips I mean are used to make RAM for PCs.

SRAM != NVRAM

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WonkoTheSane
Thumb Down

Don't care.

I just wish they'd return capacity to making desktop DDR4 memory chips, and end the massive rise (2-300%!) in prices (at least until I upgrade my PC)

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OnePlus 5T is like the little sister you always feared was the favourite

WonkoTheSane
Thumb Up

Re: Fingerprint sensor on the rear

It's even possible to make your phone automatically switch to Android Auto (car mode) when it sees the car radio's bluetooth.

(at least it is on my Nexus 6P)

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Google, Twitter gleefully spew Texas shooter fake news into netizens' eyes

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: The weak of mind believe this stuff

"More likely Alex Jones STARTED it, rather than parroted it."

The technical term for this is apparently "gaslighting"

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

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WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

The weak of mind believe this stuff

I hear Alex "Infowar" Jones parroted this claptrap verbatim this morning

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

WonkoTheSane
Thumb Up

I wonder if...

Yesterday,, I reported Donnie's "Bring back the death penalty" tweet as "Threatening harm to others".

Maybe this "departing employee" received that report & acted on it?

Maybe they weren't "departing" until their manager found out?

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Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Gun, meet foot.

You _do_ know that Mint is based on Ubuntu, which itself is based on Debian?

Debian "Buster" (the current testing build) & "Sid" (the bleeding edge build) both now default to Wayland, leaving X11 as a backup alternative (for now!)

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Debian-Buster-GNOME-Wayland

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European Patent Office staff rep blames prez for 'slipping quality'

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: A Mystery?

As the old saying goes:-

"Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely".

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

WonkoTheSane
Thumb Up

" Other times, you could choose to watch an ad and get in game rewards. What I'd do is hit the watch ad button, turn the phone face down and then a minute later I'd rinse and repeat. Got a lot of rewards and watched not a single ad."

The current Futurama game does this, I use the same method as you

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

WonkoTheSane
Go

Re: Look in the loft

Agreed. I even saw NEW games for C64 at Gamescom this year!

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Playboy founder and dressing-gown wearer Hugh Hefner dead at 91

WonkoTheSane

Sadly, not mine. I saw it on Twitter this morning.

In other news, who is Stan Lee going to be mistaken for in the next Avengers movie, now that Hef is gone?

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WonkoTheSane
Trollface

I guess he's going to Miss October...

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UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

This was the solution for my line too. (Part of the "Superfast Cymru" initiative).

Apparently, the regulations actually prohibit installing fibre equipment inside the exchange!

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