* Posts by WonkoTheSane

767 posts • joined 17 Jul 2008

New Euro-net will let you stream Snakes on a Plane on a *!#@ plane

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Better idea

Instead of streaming movies to passengers, use the bandwidth to stream a planes "black box" data to the airline & manufacturer.

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Shhhhh! If you're quiet, Linus Torvalds might release a new Linux

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Re: This is a genuine question to all software devlopers...

Simples:-

http://imgur.com/YOmDuDV

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Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

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Re: What a nightmare...

"Underpaid / badly trained staff clicked on poison link?"

More like OVERpaid / Completely untrained PHB clicked on poisoned link.

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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Childcatcher

#BlameMumsnet

Won't someone think of the grownups for a change?

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Stay out of my server room!

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We had a similar situation. Luckily, I noticed before any kit was installed, and was believed when I pointed out how dumb this was to my PHB.

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Donald Trump confirms TPP to be dumped, visa program probed

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Re: Bait and switch

All will become clear when he takes the Presidential Oath from the Grand Kleagle of the KKK

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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Re: No overland

With this, I wonder if you'd save time going the long way round?

ie. Sydney to Honolulu to San Francisco supersonic, subsonic to New York, supersonic to London.

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Power 'issue' fells UK web registrar's servers

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Pebkac?

Looks like the NSA/GCHQ sniffer install had a TITSUP.

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Planetary Protection Programme

According to this month's Sky at Night, space probes are not permitted into areas where life is most likely to be found, because fears of contamination by Earth extremophile organisms.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: How can any decent voter

Incorrect.

Not voting, is NOT voting NO!

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European F-35 avionics to be overhauled at Sealand, says UK.gov

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I know. All this is local to me.

My late father spent his entire working life (40+ years) at BAe Chester (or De Havilland, then Hawker Siddley, as it was previously known), except for 2yrs National Service with the RAF in Germany.

The RAF prefer to replace avionics modules at operational airfields & truck faulty parts to places like RAF Sealand for repair. (Disclaimer: A guy two desks over from me used to work there)

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I doubt there will be any such animal. RAF Sealand no longer has a runway, and is used to repair avionics that have been removed from aircraft. Any aircraft shipped there will arrive by truck.

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Re: Expansion

Being only 17 miles from Liverpool, RAF Sealand is hardly "in a remote corner of North East Wales".

In fact, with the Welsh border at it's Southern edge, RAF Sealand is actually in England (just)!

As can be seen on Google Earth( http://tinyurl.com/RAFSealand ), the remaining Western half of the site has now been bulldozed, and access roads are now under construction.

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FBI drops bombshell, and investigation: Clinton still in the clear

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Re: I'm feeling like Alex in "A Clockwork Orange"

I rather suspect that the only thing an artist can do if their tune is used by a politician they don't like, is to VERY publicly endorse the other one.

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

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Smart meters have only ONE purpose

The "streamlining" of meter reader numbers.

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Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it

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Re: Why not copy Switzerland?

The problem with that is that BT cheaped out and used aluminium instead of copper for a while

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BOFH: There are no wrong answers, just wrong questions. Mmm, really wrong ones

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Re: One of the best

Strongly agree...

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UK will buy 138 F-35s

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Re: Well then.

What are the odds that US ITAR laws mean we have to send them back for maintainance every other week?

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Sinclair fans rejoice: ZX Spectrum Vega+ to launch October 20

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Re: Keyboard

Didn't someone create a replica Spectrum as a bluetooth keyboard a while back?

Found it:- https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Recreated-Sinclair-ZX-Spectrum/dp/B00SXCJYYA

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If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

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Re: Ah pagers....

That's what you get for buying a pager from a guy in a pub!

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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

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Re: Openreach want you to know that deep down

"think they can get the government to pay for it."

AND get all that copper weighed in!

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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I wonder...

*Checks to see if the Tw*tter handle "Not Applicable" is available*

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2,000 year old man found dead near 2,000 year old computer

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"have claimed the Antikythera mechanism was of extraterrestrial origin"

Giorgio Tsoukalous is incorrect. The mechanism is not "Alien", it's obviously Atlantean!

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Re: Thank Bibulous it's Friday - Wow Wow source?

Actually, I haven't. They're fine BTW.

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Re: Thank Bibulous it's Friday - Wow Wow source?

It's a Discworld reference (as is Bilious, the Oh, GOD! of hangovers)

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Google emits three sets of Android patches to fend off evil texts, files

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Re: WTF

As AC says above:- Blame device manufacturers & carriers for sitting on the patches incase they break the pre-installed bloatware.

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I signed mine up for the beta. It worked throughout, and got the final release on day one.

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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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Boffin

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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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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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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