* Posts by WonkoTheSane

793 posts • joined 17 Jul 2008

Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

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The god of engineering IS a blood god!

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President Trump tweets from insecure Android, security boffins roll eyes

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It's quiet... too quiet!

Where are the Democrats yelling "LOCK HIM UP!" ?

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Sky fattens up broadband subs as it hovers above Fox's open mouth

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NowTV is a subset of Sky's channels, the article seems to suggest all Sky channels will be streamable.

More info here:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38756577

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Sky about to LOSE TV subscribers!

They've had a falling out with Discovery over fees, and may stop showing any of Discovery's channels (including Eurosport) from Wednesday 1st Feb.

ONLY Sky is affected by this, Virgin & BT viewers will still be able to watch.

Maybe if Sky only used the "Sports Pack" subs to pay for football, instead of blowing the whole wad on it...

Full story here:- http://uk.businessinsider.com/discovery-in-extraordinary-row-with-sky-2017-1

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Facebook bans Russia's RT ahead of Trump's Inauguration Day (then changes its mind)

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Re: let's just stop using facebook

To do that, I'd have to have started using it. Upvoted anyway.

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French spies warn politicians of hack risk as election draws near

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I don't follow EU politics.

Is Le Pen the most Trump-ety French politician?

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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Re: Culture

Not the LAUNCH pads, the LANDING pads. There is a difference!

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Re: What does it say on the landing pad?

As others have said, the drone ships are named for vessels in Iain M Banks' "Culture" novels ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Culture )

So far, SpaceX have used "Just Read the Instructions" and "Of Course I Still Love You"

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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Re: Hmm...

My favourite goes as follows:-

Scammer:- "Scam scam scam scam 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!" <Hangs up>

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

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Re: old military wisdom has it ...

"And since the only battle an F35 is likely to fight is the struggle to leave the ground - where the only clouds it is likeliest to see are composed of big data instead of big amounts of water vapor ... well ..."

I'm sure I read somewhere that the F35 doesn't do well with big amounts of water vapor either.

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PlayStation 4 probs: Gamers struggle with PSVR headset blackouts

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Re: My bet for root cause - power saving

That was my first thought, too.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: Great!

Maybe requests like that are why the lottery draws are now not on TV, but livestreamed on the interweb instead?

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

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Re: My fav useless item of the show.

Actually, I have the competitor the BBC mention, the AyeGear J25 (made in Scotland!).

I bought it solely for airport use, as it makes going through security simple.

Theater Security Agent - "Put all your metal in the tray"

I take off gilet and put it in the tray, no fishing phone out of pocket A, change out of pocket B, etc.

Job. Done.

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

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Re: If it is a list drone...

Actually, he might have more luck checking the windows of local pawn shops.

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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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WTF?

You say "administration", I say "Legion of Doom". 'Murica just elected Lex Luthor to the White House!

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Hardware Labs sees off Nvidia trademark sueball-smasher in court

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Re: GTX and GTS

I think you meant SkyDrive (now OneDrive), not Skype.

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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"an amalgamation of Google and Facebook"

So... Apple, then?

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I was a robot and this is what I learned

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It happens in SciFi too...

At the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, held in London's Excel, one of the 10,000 attendees was there by telepresence drone.

An American who attends the event every year (it hops at least 500 miles or an International border every year), fell ill at the last minute, so he cashed in his airline tickets, cancelled the hotel room, and rented one of these "Ipad on a Segway" devices for the weekend.

Apparently the only problem he had at the event was being unable to summon a lift without aid.

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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Re: IPA needed to remain competitive

You forgot your <sarcasm>...</sarcasm> tags.

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Re: Shame " epic scientific smackdowns " link down

Works for me...

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Reality can be as sad as fiction.

Thought that was going to lead here:-

http://i.imgur.com/tl5za8a.jpg

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: But Why?

As a surfactant, maybe?

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

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Re: Better idea

@allthecoolshortnamesweretaken - Exactly why I thought of that!

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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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Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

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Re: Ad walls ...

Don't forget to tell them why, when they come cap in hand for next year's subs!

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Re: Keep your guard up, people.

Throw some Ghostery & Privacy Badger into the mix as well!

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Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

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OFGUM actually doing something?

Surely this is the final sign of the apocalypse?

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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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