* Posts by WonkoTheSane

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

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NO DUCKFACE!

See title.

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

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There IS an upside to this!

Once this goes live, college IT will no longer be able to justify blocking p2p traffic because "Illegal Torrentz"

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SpaceX blast kills Zuck's sat

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Alien

This was NOT the recycled first stage, that's due to go up next month.

That one was assigned to SES of Luxembourg.

The one on the pad today was due to launch a satellite for Spacecom of Israel.

Aliens, because there's no Giorgio Tsoukalos icon.

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African Ring of Fire to show up at annular solar eclipse

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Wondering exactly where?

Linky shows eclipse path:- http://astro.ukho.gov.uk/eclipse/0432016/

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Missing Milky Way mass blown away by bingeing supermassive black hole

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Missing matter

Did they try down the back of the couch?

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Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

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Re: location

Schrödinger's beancounters?

Pint, because not just Friday, but PAYDAY! :D

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Mastercard armours its contactless cards against relay attacks

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Figured it out.

Image should show Ted not Dave.

Sauce:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_%26_Carol_%26_Ted_%26_Alice

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Sky fibre down at breakfast-time across the nation

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Re: Pets

Here you go:- https://www.youtube.com/v/f63TXnpWVUk?start=24&end=30

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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Are flights necessary?

https://www.pitchup.com/static/v33/uploads/secret_nuclear_bunker.jpg

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White House to bung electric car industry $4.5bn in loans

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Stop

Charger hogs

The biggest problem is not finding a charger space, it's finding one that someone hasn't left their plugin hybrid attached to ALL DAY, instead of just the 30mins it actually takes to reach 80% charge.

Mitsubishi Outlander drivers seem to be the most common culprit.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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FAIL

Why has there never been a reasonably priced upgrade path from Home to Pro?

The only way I've ever heard of is to buy an entire new OS.

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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Re: Chase plane

Actually, NASA still fly 3 of the WB-57 variant:-

http://jsc-aircraft-ops.jsc.nasa.gov/wb57/

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Chase plane

The "unidentified" chase plane has the distinctive wing shape of an English Electric Canberra, built under licence in USA as the Martin B-57.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_B-57_Canberra

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Google's Nexii stand tall among Android's insecure swill

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First AND second!

The Nexus 6P IS a Huawei.

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Re: Paying for fuel

I often book cinema tickets online, and they come as QR codes the drone at the entrance scans onto a work phone to tell me which screen / row / seat (Which I already know).

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Paying for fuel

Shell, here in the UK, have a phone app that lets you use Paypal to fill your car.

Each pump on every one of their forecourts has its own QR code, which tells the company which pump you've used, and therefore how much to charge you.

Which is weird, as petrol stations generally also have a sign telling you to NOT use your phone!

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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Re: Future history telling speak.

I think you missed a few zeroes from the price.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Headmaster

More likely, insurance company profits may rise a little without hitting us in the wallet.

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There's ALWAYS room for a HHGttG quote. Have an upvote!

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Beautiful model to explain the universe to physicists

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Obligatory HHGttG quote:-

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

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Re: Ignominious defeat?

Sure you're not thinking of "Escape to Victory"?

Don't remember any football in "The Great Escape"

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

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Apple have other priorities than R&D

Most of their income goes to their legal department

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Microsoft sells 1,500 patents to Chinese mega-phone biz Xiaomi

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Re: How many???

Some nations use the comma as a decimal point.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_mark#Countries_using_Arabic_numerals_with_decimal_comma

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China confirms moonshot

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Re: India

"Why is UK doing a spaceport in UK, nearer equator makes more sense?"

So... British territory near the equator... at Latitude 7° 56' South, that would be Ascension Island* then?

Already home to an RAF base and an ESA tracking station.

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

*most appropriate spaceport name... in the world!

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Labour scores review of Snoopers' Charter's bulk powers from UK.gov

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Holmes

May calls for "review"

World hears "whitewash"

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"And if he gets to be Home Secretary he'll go native. They always do."

+1 "insightful"

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Surrey teen charged over Mumsnet hack attack

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I rather suspect his sentence will be suspended, he may get ankle-tagged for a few months, and then offered a job in Cheltenham.

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Wrong conclusion

"I think perhaps it's best that the government is not responsible for judging that one."

Because they'd have to start by banning themselves?

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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

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Let me check...

Nope. I don't have a violin small enough for this!

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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Mushroom

Tracking ANYTHING at somewhere north of 30,000mph is kinda tricky!

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Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world's most controlling men

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Re: So all political parties are for it

Sadly, not voting is NOT voting no!

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Re: Was it repeated for a second time?

One if by land, two if by sea.

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Pop goes the weasel! Large Hadron Collider blown up by critter chomping 66kV cable

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Re: Veezels

Soooooo........

TL;DR - Night of the Lepus? (Ask IMDb)

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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Saved for future use on cold callers!

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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Except for the fact that Doohan was Canadian?

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Seems related

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CayMeza487M

(Mine's the one with 17 different weapons in the pockets)

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Megaphone

B*tch can't listen to you without a mic plugged in!

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Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

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FAIL

When May opens her gob...

EVERY b*llsh** detector on Earth goes up to 11!

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: ZFS

I believe oomwat is suggesting it would be more legally acceptable if supplied as a DKMS module.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_Kernel_Module_Support

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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Re: Alternate operating systems

The WileyFox Storm & Swift come with Cyanogenmod out of the box.

https://www.wileyfox.com/

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Australia's Dick finally drops off

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Next on the list

Maplin, a very similar company in the UK, seems to be going the same way.

A catalog that just a couple of years ago, was one over 700 pages of components, is now a mere 200 pages of naff gadgets & phone chargers.

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ExoMars works! 2 Mbit/s link established and camera snapping

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Re: Those bits that are following it

After the planned course correction, the probe will be heading in a different direction, so the debris becomes completely irrelevant.

(until the debris ploughs into an approaching starship, starting an interstellar war for which we are allegedly unprepared)

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: Excellent

As I understand it, the bet was with Harlan Ellison, not Sir Arthur C Clarke.

(But I agree with pitting this judge against any organisation that preys upon "The weak of mind and fat of wallet")

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

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Sure Officer, you can scan my phone.

Just let me get it out of the boot.

(When driving, my phone is in a pocket of my work bag, in the boot of the car.)

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Inside Nvidia's Pascal-powered Tesla P100: What's the big deal?

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Re: Charles 9

IF there is an actual Pascal-chipped consumer GPU coming, I think the reveal won't be until E3, in June.

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Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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Didn't fool me!

Luckily, I'd already seen the story on the BBC's "Ten things that look like April Fools, but aren't" page that day.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: Bizarre

GM have stated they do not intend to bring the Bolt to Europe.

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'Planet nine' theory boosted by Kuiper Belt Object with odd orbit

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Planet Ten?

Beware Red Lectroids!

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William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

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Holmes

"To sum up; the guy's a fucking idiot."

He's a politician. It's in the job requirements!

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Dear Mr Hague

<insert 20minute non-stop tirade of expletives here> and the horse you and your "honourable" colleagues rode in on!

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