* Posts by WonkoTheSane

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Feature snatcher Microsoft tweaks OneDrive

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Re: "Fall Creators Update"

Apparently not.

https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2017/07/microsoft-fall-autumn-creators-update-real-name/

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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Re: Guns

Article states these were guns found in carry-on bags, not checked luggage.

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

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No. It's just changing the shade.

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Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

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Re: Yay!

The first one: Completely rewrite the drive every day for five years.

See http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/DWPD-device-drive-writes-per-day

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

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Mining-specific GPUs

I read elsewhere the other week that AMD are producing a range of mining-specific GPUs, which have zero monitor connectors.

Details:- https://videocardz.com/70764/amd-to-launch-radeon-rx-560d-with-896-stream-processors

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CityFibre snaps up Entanet for £29m and plans to raise £185m

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A long way off.

I expect they'll have to dig ME up to run cable, by the time they reach the small town where I live

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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Re: Please

As a colleague once said, you just made me LOL my coffee all over my keyboard!

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UK.gov tips £400m into digital investment pot

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80% coverage doesn't help

When you live somewhere that is in the remaining 20%

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

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Re: Time to go PaddyPower

4. The fridge hits, but at the wrong angle, turning the asteroid TOWARDS Earth.

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Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of the Bee-Zed asteroid

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Weird

I read that the Gateway asteroid orbited perpendicular to the ecliptic?

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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Obligatory Australian Government statement (Audio is NSFW):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmLAj9iIfQk

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UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

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Dear Teresa,

THIS is why you shouldn't have backdoors in encryption!

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Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

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Re: The good news is that she didn't mention Trump is visiting...

Allegedly, it wasn't mentioned because no date has been set so far.

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Re: to protect personal data...

That's buried deep in the "protect personal data" part - They can't protect what they can't see.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

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I wonder...

Could this be related to the app now allowing users to tip the driver?

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Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

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Re: Does this mean

Is that before or after it gets stuck under the railway bridge?

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Re: Fuel on Mars

"What? I don't think he's BArking mad. A visionary maybe, eccentric absolutely."

0/10 - Turn in your copy of "The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" immediately!

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Re: So Musk wants to invent the ICBM, eh?

I believe the current euphemism is "physics package".

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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49" 32:9?

*Does some sums...*

*Waits expectantly for a 53.5" 16:9 4K screen.*

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After reusing a rocket, SpaceX tries reusing Dragon capsule for ISS resupply

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Re: I can see where this is going

"...and the Go-Faster stripes."

That's duct tape.

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EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

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Re: You can con the regulators, but you can't con cancon.

"We've had Canadian content ("cancon") laws on the books for decades"

Does this explain why so many 'Murican shows have been made in Vancouver for a similar amount of time?

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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(Reposted from a BOFH 3 months ago)

My usual response to cold callers goes as follows:-

Caller: "Scam scam scammity scam?"

Me (Best 1930's BBC accent): "I'm terribly sorry old chap, but I'm afraid I don't speak a word of English. Good day to you!" *hang up*

If they call back, I say (crossly) "I said GOOD DAY SIR!" *hang up*

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Trump signs executive order on cybersecurity, White House now runs the show

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You forgot flogging visas to the Chinese.

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LastPass connectivity snafu locks out Brits from password manager

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Re: Three Words...

@Symon - Link was copypasta from working website. Website still works. Problem @ your end.

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Three Words...

Mooltipass (OK, two words!)

https://www.themooltipass.com/

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LinkedIn chatbots to help with 'important conversations'

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Just do what I do...

Since I don't have (nor want) a LinkedIn profile, I simply report any messages from them to my email provider as spam.

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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Coat

At last, the circle is complete...

Mine's the bathrobe with a torch in the pocket -->

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UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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Re: Not to put too fine a point on it...

May taught Rudd all she knows...

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Nope. UKGov is working on a law allowing them to be charged under the Official Secrets Act.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/10/espionage_law_jail_journalists_as_spies/

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Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

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FAIL

Re: I think they should build that wall...

Wouldn't work. Twitler spends all his time golfing in Florida.

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Re: Colour me surprised!

"Donald 'caved' before he was elected. He named several of his appointees as a part of his manifesto, They were all people with the most to gain from regulatory capture."

TL;DR - He "drained the swamp" INTO his cabinet!

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

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Holmes

"Oh, Microsoft, WTF are you smoking?"

I dunno, but I'm pretty sure the place where they grew it will be on the news once the cops find it.

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HMRC beer duty bungle leaves breweries struggling to pay online

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Pint

"It just goes to show that HMRC couldn't organise..."

Apparently, Plaid Cymru launched their manifesto at Wrexham Lager to prove they could!

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BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

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Fun (and karmic) solution

Divert the spammers to each other!

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Blighty's £1.2bn space industry could lend itself to tourism – report

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Re: tourist attractions?

What you did there, I see it.

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Megaphone

In B4 Dom Jolly

I'M ON THE PLANE!!

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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Re: Dangerous

"I'm inclined to add 4) if it blows more wind than you can..."

Caveat to add to 4) - ESPECIALLY after curry night!

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Ubuntu 17.04 beta FACT: It's what's on the inside that matters, not looks

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I find they respond better to the "corrections" link above.

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Re: Testing in a VM

I've been running 17.04 from my OS SSD since Xmas (Dual boot with Win10 via GRUB), and it's been rock solid for me.

FYI - Final release is next Thursday (Apr 13th).

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Robo-Uber T-boned, rolls onto side, self-driving rides halted

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Re: Learning to deal with shitty drivers

Possible off-duty cabbie, you think?

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Trump's America looks like a lousy launchpad, so can you dig Darwin?

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Re: Based on location and nominative determinism...

Ascencion also has a five-mile long runway, as it was designated an emergency landing strip for the Space Shuttle.

Antonov 226 / Airbus Beluga might go a long way to bringing supplies in.

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"Any technology that stays stable for too long is in danger of losing the expertise that made its development possible. Further progress then becomes difficult."

Especially if the gubmint responsible decides to shred the blueprints instead of archiving them. #ProjectApollo

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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Re: That was then...

Dammit! I got Tuvalu...

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Tech titan pals back up Google after 'foreign server data' FBI warrant ruling

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"@AC, Agree with you up to your last sentence which has nothing to do with the case and is just political virtue signalling."

Nah. Our "special relationship" with 'Murica has always been this lopsided.

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

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Re: the DHS: it's only a state of mind

No. That was Marshall P. Knutt (plumber)

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Lawyer defending arson suspect flees court with pants on fire

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Karma is a b*tch!

Oh! The irony...

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Brit ISP TalkTalk blocks control tool TeamViewer

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Re: Talk Talk should just progressively block more and more traffic...

*looks at score...* See? PROOF!

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Re: Talk Talk should just progressively block more and more traffic...

"another thumb down?? who is this person? come on, explain!"

Obviously, the CEO of TalkTalk reads El Reg! (That's him -->)

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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Re: Ah yes indeed.

"VIPs in gubment circles often treat IT supporrt as if they are waiters and waittresses. I think they should tip them for on-service with a smile."

You mean they're permitted to view classified documents whilst illuminating them with their phone cameras?

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