* Posts by Muscleguy

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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Re: That sounds like the story of a madhouse

We're still running a Laserjet here at home, a 6MP. It is connected to a JetDirect box which talks nicely to the router, via enet and it is then on the LAN enabling me to print wirelessly from Mac laptops and iMac to the wife's Dell but not her work one because she isn't allowed to install the drivers . . .

We've had it for decades and it seems pretty bulletproof. Bought second hand originally too. Absolute value.

Via of course the magic of CUPS and Gutenprint as HP no longer supports the native driver. Sometimes I absolutely adore the interwebnets and the geeks who produce things like Gutenprint as a service for others.

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LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

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Re: London pubs

£5 for a pint? We only pay that at the Edinburgh festival. We can get much cheaper Scottish ales up here in Scotland. When drinking the real stuff the minimum price is not a factor. In fact it is not expected to impact pub prices much at all. Aimed at the white lightning etc drinkers at home, in parks etc.

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In New Zealand pubs it is de rigeur to taken one's empties up the bar when leaving the establishment. We do it here and get lovely smiles for doing so. You should try it some time.

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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

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It isn't just Apple. I naively updated to Google Earth Pro, except it ran like jerky custard and was pretty much unusable. Probably because this mid 2010 Macbook pro is one of those which has to use gfxCardstatus to keep it always on the internal graphics and not the dedicated graphics card or risk a kernel panic.

So, I tried to use Time Machine to roll things back but no dice. I had to dig about the website to find an install disk for the old version. Even then I would go to use it and find that despite telling it I did not wish to update to Pro there would be Pro sitting there instead. After several iterations I went into the Library and found squatting there like a toad a Pro update widget. It is now totally deleted and all is retro stable.

Apple keep saying I should update to High Sierra but it isn't that long since I bit the bullet and updated to Sierra so I'm in no hurry for another one. The system updates keep coming nevertheless. I'm not abandoned, yet.

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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Oh and how is all this powered? batteries by any chance? When the little 12V battery in our doorbell died the doorbell wouldn't ring. No biggy, you could always knock. But what if the Nest runs out of battery? While you are away on holiday for eg so you can't respond to the notification?

We're off to NZ for our youngest's wedding next week. I have no worries that our keys won't work while we are away.

Our old door, Yale lock and deadbolt forced me to break in once. I walked out the door and closed it before realising I didn't have a key with me. A case of the wrong trousers. My wife was working away.

I only had to trigger the Yale bolt. So, I did have access to my garage workshop. Hammer, chisel, card scraper. Chisel moved the wooden strip protecting the door and the card scraper (hard thin metal plate) was slid into the gap by the Yale bolt and tapped with the hammer until it slid past the bolt and I was in. Note a credit card was not strong enough. Don't keep your locks really well greased.

Our new mutlipoint locking front door has one key and you cannot lock it without the key so I can walk out the door without worrying about it locking behind me. A key with a 1Fr coin for a fob sits on the inside to enable locking at night and easy and quick egress in the event of fire.

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Um, our doors have multipoint locking. You lift the handle and multiple prongs, effectively round steel deadlocks, all round the door slot into the metal around the inside of the door frame. The whole thing is steel. I've been into the one on the back door because whoever installed it aligned all the bolts to the very top of the slots and wood moves with the seasons. I have moved the strike plates up and down by drilling new screw holes for them. I have even had that door off, it is HEAVY.

Watch the police reality shows or the news. When the police are faced with a new multipoint locking door they don't even try to bust the lock, they use the ram to take out the middle panels instead. They are the only weak point of such doors.

How is Nest going to effect that? are its servos strong enough? My wife isn't always, it sometimes needs an extra shove before the key will turn.

So, to install a Nest door lock I must downgrade my door's physical security. No thanks. The window salesman made a point of noting that their sealed units are under pressure from the gas inside. If they get broken it sounds like a gunshot. They are multi point locked in the sashes too. They are insurance rated when locked into the partly open position.

Burglaries have and are going down because homes are becoming impregnable unless you leave a window open for an opportunist thief. That is why muggings and grabbing stuff from the backs of scooters are going up. We are no longer so vulnerable in our homes so the yoof have to target us on the hoof instead of burgling us.

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Re: That takes me back

Excreted Faeces to us scientists. Has to be excreted you see since it is still faeces when it is in the bowel and the rectum.

Why yes, I have spent not an inconsiderable time taking out mouse digestive tracts from duodenum to rectum, slitting them lengthways and removing the contents*. Why do you ask?

*under saline and I was breathing through my mouth. Mouse lab chow is VERY fibrous and largely looks like sawdust until the latter stages.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: What can go wrong ?

From an isolated engineered enzyme? feck all. Enzymes do not replicate on their own.

We have an increasing history of using tame, domesticated bugs to create enzymes which cannot escape the lab/factory. In Biolabs we use E. coli bacteria on the open lab bench containing all manner of genes. They are heavily crippled, they need a critical amino acid not common in the environment as their ability to make it was removed, they cannot have sex with other bacteria so cannot get it back from the environment and various other technical cripplings. If you go onto one of the biotech company sites selling those bacteria tweaked so they are ready to have dna put into them then all the cripplings are listed.

So, to make this enzymes we can just plug it into a domestic strain, perhaps one of those churning out clothes washing enzymes and which have been doing so for decades without escaping.

Yours Muscleguy BSc, Phd.

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US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

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Re: --->Anyone else see a pattern, or am I getting Old?

My avatar on lots of sites is a picture of me, a dumbo octopus. I of course get my internet by tapping into the USN's deep water listening system. Just for lols I'm quite good at making noises like a Russian nuclear sub.

I've been hanging about off the Norwegian coast near an optical cable doing my act, you may have noticed. The Admiralty certainly has. It's great fun.

-> icon because those of us in the Deep will be just fine when you have all nuked yourselves into oblivion. I expect a bit of marine snow from post apocalypse cockroaches shoved into the briny by their fellows. Yum!

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UK spy agency warns Brit telcos to flee from ZTE gear

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It's the same process why which as you get onto the M1 from the North Circular the signs say The North. However when you get to The North you find there is something further north than The North, called Scotland. But it is never mentioned on the road signs until you are in The North.

We are too remote even mention in London. Besides Scotland Yard is in W1 or the like, isn't it?

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Scotland: Get tae f**k on 10Mbps Broadband USO

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No, it doesnae. Though BT are currently being bastards. There are communities who have no broadband but they can't access funds to do it themselves because BT won't rule out connecting them themselves. THAT is a big holdup. There are communities in the Highlands on broadband via microwave links to transmitters on hilltops and that sort of thing.

The big problem is Scotland has no say in telecoms but has to roll things out, do the admin side and can value add if we want and can find the funds. Note it is very investing as there are an increasing number of internet reliant businesses in the Highlands. If you are a running a B&B in Plockton or Ullapool you need to be online at better than dialup speeds.

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Re: Eh?

We get much less than the Scottish economy returns to Wastemonster. We are also the only part of the UK other than the SE with a positive balance of payments, so we pay our way in the world, only we see feck all benefit from that.

The boom in gin distilling is returning hundreds of millions of quid annually to Whitehall every year now and that has to be added to the even bigger figure of the whisky and other distillation duties. All from barley, water and yeast. Oh and it is booming so much we have had to teach Sassenach farmers the strictures for the barley so they can grow it and sell it to us so we are boosting English farming to boot.

BTW there's a big industrial distillers and bottlers up the hill from Kirkcaldy in Fife. It does a huge amount of stuff under license things like Bailley's, Kahlua, vodkas, a huge proportion of UK spirits are made there.

After were are independent and the EU has our backs we MIGHT agree to continue selling them to you.

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New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children

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Re: can you put video/sound/pdfs on the phone?

That takes me back, back in my day, pre mobile, pre internet, in New Zealand we had govt issue log tables with an orange paperback jacket. They also had some physical constants in the back when meant you could derive a few physics equations you'd forgotten (been there done that).

We could have calculators but they were by and large the basic algebra types, lucky if they did squares and roots, let alone logs.

The tables were to even the playing field for those without calculators. I had one from mid way as we won them by winning our heat in a TV school quiz show. I bought a scientific one (non programmable) for university. I still have it, my wife had an identical one, that one is dead now. Mine sits in a drawer underneath the iMac.

I inherited my father's slide rules, he was a mechanical engineer. He had a big desk calculator in his office but he needed the slide rules when out on the job.

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'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

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Re: Sendmail hacking to the rescue

I vaguely remember it now, because of the effect on ListServe. I had a UK JANET account at work back then and other than the effects on email and listsserve we had ringside seats. That big fat, optical JANET pipe was as serious luxury. I could send multi megabite email attachments (science data) and apart from having to confirm that I wanted to do that it would go. Had to be to another JANET account though.

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'95/'96 we both had JANET email access at work and we had a rented property with a single phone point just inside the door so our Centris 650 was offline. It had to wait for the move up here to Dundee end of '98 and into our own house with a Telewest cable account and a separate phone line to get it online.

Eudora was our mail app of choice, at work for me as well as at home. Having two email addresses, one at home and one professionally seemed luxurious and somewhat decadent.

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Australian Feds cuff woman who used BTC to buy drugs on dark web

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Because both are island states at the bottom of the world with only scheduled air links, no ferries, no bridges it is VERY hard to mass import drugs into those places. Coke is incredibly rare, expensive and crap quality in NZ for eg. As a consequence there has always been a homebrew scene and why Crystal Meth ('P' in the local parlance) is big and of course because it grows well in the climate cannabis but not much else. Not many non doctor opioid injecting addicts in NZ.

There is however a thriving cottage industry in decontaminating P-houses, domestic dwellings used to cook it up. Also companies which will contamination test a property as part of the purchase system, like getting an engineer report and an energy efficiency report.

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Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets

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Re: The only question is....

My MP is SNP, he doesn't need chivying along. I do get replies when I urge him to back this or that early day motion though and I've met him. The SNP will speak sensible and real words of condemnation about this but you will have to look at their media feed because the MSM cannot bother to report what the 3rd largest party at Westminster thinks. Instead they will ask the geriatric leader of the 4th largest party.

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The first rule of maths class: Don't start a fight club

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Our fifth form (O Level equivalent) Maths teacher in NZ said his very lower fourth class insisted on singing Pink Floyd's Another Brick In the Wall Part II at the start of each class (We don't need no education). He let them because that meant they would subsequently knuckle down.

He was a cool dude, large man, Commonwealth weight lifter. Once came across a woman who had got her Morris minor in a ditch. He lifted it out for her. Legs like tree trunks.

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

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Sod the barge, coordinated twin landings of the boosters in the middle of pads next to the launch pad stole the show. It could almost have been footage from the pre-launch computer generated video of how things were hoped to go.

It's watching things like that which make you realise we are living in the future.

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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Re: Worse than a mum

Or she could just have turned the monitor off or put it sleep or activated the screensaver (with login required to wake from it). So many solutions.

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Re: RESULT!

So long as he sets Appstore up to ask before installing updates. I installed a system update the other day which required a reinstall. It stalled at startup. I eventually just left it and went and read a book for 40min, came back and it had loaded, finally. Doing that while you are in the middle of an urgent missive would not be good for the blood pressure.

Mid 2010 Macbook Pro, the one where using the graphics card instead of the motherboard graphics chip causes a kernel panic so gfxcardstatus has to run and be set on Integrated only. It is stable like that, provided I can do it on a restart before Thunderbird starts . . .

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India completes its GPS alternative, for the second time

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Re: "your smartphone will be able to talk to India’s satellites"

Indeed, the power drain and radiation exposure of your phone 'talking' to a satellite would not make most users happy at all.

Devices which do talk to the satellites are much bulkier than phones and come with big batteries. In NZ you can hire them when going bush, you cannot rely on mobile coverage in the back of beyond. Get into trouble and you activate your beacon and it talks to the satellite giving your position and continuing to broadcast it so the rescue helicopter can locate you easily and quickly.

They published a picture of a hunter in broken forest recently, he was VERY hard to spot but because he had activated his beacon the helicopter crew focussed down and spotted him. No chance if they were just relying on a visual scan. Marine ones which are activated by water are also pretty much essential.

But your cellphone, not yet.

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What a time to be alive: LG and Italian furniture-maker build smart sofa

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But, but what if I want to sit on the sofa and read a book (even using my eReader) or just talk to someone or put the footrest up, lean back and have a catnap? If every time I sit down the bloody box starts up that will be a pain.

Oh yes, and I sit on the sofa to put my socks and running shoes on after stretching before a run. Again I don't want the box to switch on.

Yet another killer IOT application that leaves me going meh!

I still see no point in any of it and LOTS of downsides (eating in the dark because your smart bulbs are updating).

Most of them seem to be working towards the future in WallE which was a WARNING people, not an instruction list.

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What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

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Re: Hmmm

Since Virgin provide the router free, it is pretty fast AND it is fully user configurable (provided you get one that works) why would you use your own? You could always slave your router of it for the LAN and plug the TiVO into the Superhub. My wife's PS4, 360 and PS2 all plug in via enet without needing to set anything. It just works.

My wife plays online with the youngest and her beau in NZ at the weekends and it also just works. I can surf from up here at my standing desk while she's doing it no problem. My network only slows down if Time Machine is backing up and I'm running a third party script to keep those down to a more sensible schedule than the Mac default. They really should add that as standard, not everyone is happy using the terminal.

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Re: FUD

As others have pointed out the passwords to Virgin routers on a label underneath them. As is the IP# web address. If I were to start typing an IP address in this browser it would autofill to our router's address. I have changed the admin pword. It is recorded in munged form only I can interpret.

The instructions are there on how to do it and there is a both an easy, friendly front end and and advanced one for us braver sorts. I have screen grabbed the settings in case I have to set it up again. Our WiFI pword is both alphanumerical, easy to remember and able to turned easily into Hex. You have to know where we were married (ownership and name changed more than once since then) to have any chance at it. I doubt anyone else there remembers and it was in Southern NZ. The router is in Dundee.

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Re: At the risk of becoming tiresome...

Yes to all the above. My wife claimed her car was on the way out because it was making odd noises. I drove her to the airport and noted I could hear the tappets. I checked the oil and it was undetectable. So I put what I had in, went to an appropriate emporium and bought some more and topped it up and the 'odd noises' disappeared. 'but the oil warning light didn't come on' she complained. There isn't an oil warning light, that is just what she calls the engine warning light.

Cars are increasingly not user maintainable. I went to check the plugs recently and found my plug spanner didn't fit. They are recessed and it is too fat. So I can't clean and gap the plugs any more unless I spend to get an appropriate tool. I was talking to the mechanic about it and he agreed, he has to remember to bring his tools home to work on his cars there.

If the engine warning light comes on you have to connect an iDevice running the necessary software and with the right cables to it and be able to interpret the information it gives.

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When we upgraded our TV Box, Virgin included a slightly upgraded router and I therefore installed it. But it would not remember when I changed the login password or anything else. I repeatedly had to reset it to get back in only for the same things to happen. I rang their tech line and the Indian grunt had no idea why I should want to or what to do about it. I was fortunately escalated up the chain to a most helpful and very knowledgeable English guy who sensibly suggested I simply reinstall the old one and facilitated that.

My experience with the grunt though strongly backs this up. I expect I was the only person he had ever dealt with who did anything of the sort. Our router is renamed, has a custom pword, does not broadcast (you have to know it's there AND the correct name) AND there is MAC address filtering so your device needs added unless I tell you the name of the Guest mode and pword (of course it has a pword).

I'm not even a techie, I'm a bioscientist. I've just informed myself over time. At one time I ran Mac support for our large lab because IT didn't have a Mac specialist. Instead of waiting for them when new kit arrived I would note the MAC, inform them and it was on the network by the time I got it fully out of the box.

My wife does have a CompSci degree but I still run IT support in the home, including on her Windoze laptops. Turning the wifi on and off is a difficult thing apparently. Though to be fair it's harder than on the Mac (click symbol on menu bar, choose turn off, turn back on).

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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Well at the end of the month we are flying Emirates from Glasgow to Dubai then non stop to Auckland, NZ. Last time we were back we stopped in Brisbane going and Melbourne on the way back with decanting. You have no idea how frustrating it is to stand in Brisbane knowing Auckland (home) is just 3hrs eastwards. I tear up as we head in over the Manukau Heads, bank over the Hauraki Gulf, again over Wiri and again to bring us in from the South, descending all the time with more detail coming clear. The guy in a lemon squeezer hat who checks your black passport and says 'welcome home' with a smile.

I can't wait even if I have to deal with my family when I get there ;-)

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How do you get drones talking to air traffic controllers? Pretty easily, says Brit startup

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Here in Dundee that means the entire waterfront from Broughty Ferry Castle on the point to the Westernmost edges since that is the approach path for the airport. Aircraft are descending to land along there. I'm not sure how far back from the waterfront you have to be to be safe, but that puts you 60-80m up the hill. The waterfront, especially the beach front is an obvious place to fly a drone, and a kite. But don't stray too far East for there is Barry Buddon a triangle of sandy land which is home to a military firing range including a marine exclusion zone. Fly a drone near there while the flags are up for live firing might attract unwanted attention/shootdown.

Outside operations it would probably be okay, they let you wander around.

Oh yes, occasionally up the hill here there's the whop-whop of a chinook, not too high, On a path to RMS Condor outside Arbroath. They used to fly sea harriers out of there, used to. I expect they might not be too happy to be buzzed by a drone either.

Where then can I safely and legally fly my drone?

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Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

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Won't work on my phone, I have denied the Google app permission to access the microphone. You might be sanguine about your phone sitting listening to you constantly but I'm not.

I also NEVER use Google for search. I have a Startpage shortcut on my home page instead. On my previous phone on an older version of Android I managed to disable Google and get rid of the search bar though attempts to put anything in the space failed.

I attempted that on the new phone and bricked it requiring a factory restart. But saying 'OK Google' has no result. I don't consider opening the address book and scrolling it is a terrible imposition. It also enables me to ring someone without everyone around knowing who I'm ringing. I have a shortcut to my wife on the home page as well.

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Get the FTP outta here, says Firefox

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Fetch

As an oldie I can confirm that FTP preceded the web. Time was FTP site addresses were shared on email Lists and Usenet. On the Mac we had Fetch, an FTP browser and agent, you pointed it at a site and the files available were listed for your perusal and download.

That was how shareware was distributed back in the day. I'm pretty sure I got Exile 1 via FTP (now it's Avernum of course.

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UK 'wife'-carrying champion named

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North of the Border

Over in Fife (south of here in Dundee) they run the gender intersection non danger race of the coal carrying race (the gender of coal is something we should perhaps consult the Germans about).

There are no obstacles just an undulating course.

I have an unrealised desire to get fit enough to compete.

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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Re: How would it feel?

The same way some of us humans have a good sense of direction. I probably use light direction/polarisation. I did have some trouble adapting moving from NZ to the UK. I'm heading back for a couple of weeks so I will see how it feels, though I'll generally be in places I know well with easily visible landmarks like hills and mountains rather than a concrete jungle.

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Obvious

Of course mole rats. They can't use the sun to navigate underground so using the magnetic field makes sense. I wonder if moles have it as well?

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: "And bluetooth with Win10 is an iffy affair"

i have various bluetooth devices for the Macs. Provided the batteries have sufficient juice they are hassle free. I have an Apple wireless trackpad for the old iMac and it's fantastic. Puts itself to sleep so you never need to switch it off.

I have a Satech wireless keypad for this laptop and it too is absolutely fine. I can connect my Moto phone to it with bluetooth but the Moto software can't handle bluetooth file transfers, just wired.

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An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

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Re: And that's exactly why...

You obviously do not have family spread over the world in different time zones and all on WhatsApp. I can talk to my youngest in NZ for nothing even if I'm walking to the shops.

My wife has been in China behind the Great Firewall. For unclear reasons I couldn't (phew!) get WeChat to work on my phone. So Skype on my laptop was the only sane way to communicate. But that tied me to the laptop. She's out of it but still away so we're back on WA and it works.

I had a dumb phone for a while too. But being tied to a desktop meant I couldn't get other stuff done when the youngest called on Skype which was a pain (the laptop is a hand me down from the youngest since then).

I'm in more contact with my sisters in NZ than for years by email or snail mail or expensive toll calls internationally.

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Facebook dynamites its own APIs amid data slurp scandals, wrecks data slurp applications

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Hmmmm

That might be why my facebook login didn't work when I tried it on a non Fb site. I suppose I could login direct but I haven't been in my page* for ages. I only have it to enable interaction with a couple of campaign sites.

*Not in my actual name of course, I'm not silly and I told my daughter to shoot me if I ever signed up. I'm legally entitled to the two names I'm signed up as, it's just nobody knows me as that name ;-)

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Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

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Re: SpaceShipTwo is great, less overhyped than SpaceX

There is also the not so small factor that the rocket uses solid fuel. Which is MUCH safer than hydrazine (not hard, almost anything other than concentrated phenol or crystalised picric acid is safer than hydrazine). This is important for human rated flight.

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Hubble sharpens measurement of distance to ancient cluster

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Re: Nice one!

Indeed, I grew up in NZ and at university in Dunedin we would occasionally walk up the hill above the city and sit/lie star gazing. The Milky Way blazed overhead. One of us was a knowledgeable stargazer who would point out landmarks and pronounce on the 'satellite or meteorite' questions.

Dunedin is a city of 100k souls, 110k or so during term time. Yet the skies are still dark enough.

I miss the southern stars. In London you can hardly see any. Here in Dundee we can see some and reasonably dark skies are not far away. We saw the Aurora, faintly, from a dark beach along the coast from here.

Friends in Dunedin who lived up a south facing hill saw the Australis one from their house once. Dunedin is not far south of the 45thS parallel. So much further from the pole than Dundee is.

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

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Re: One of my favourite films.

I was just thinking we pretty much have the tech in Star Wars where Luke Skywalker gets a prosthetic hand after Darth Vader cuts the original off. We can 3D print a working hand for you and connect the servos on it up to the muscles you would use to operate it normally in your forearm.

Trying to make them look natural just gets into uncanny valley/autons from Dr Who territory so the kids who get them get to choose the theme. Some get their sports team colours, others get Disney or Transformer etc themes or just lightning bolts. This means they have cool hands which make the other kids fascinated instead of repulsed.

We also now have surgical robots. At the moment they are controlled by human surgeons and just help to make their movements much finer and steadier. But in time they will be autonomous driven by expert AI systems. We are close to that.

Skin which is warmed slightly is also in development so realistic prosthetics which even feel natural if you shake hands are almost here.

Star Wars was early '80s so 36 years ago. Which is not bad really. Within my lifetime, I was a teenager when SW came out. As a scientist I remember the invention of PCR and transgenics during my PhD. Then in my first postdoc I did both. I remember the sequencing of the insulin gene as well. Now we have engineered human insulin so it is better than natural, it binds a bit tighter to the receptor so a lower dose is needed and it is more effective. True intelligent design. Most insulin dependent diabetics in the UK should be on it now.

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Re: Anxiety about rogue AIs since 1872

Stimulated by Babbage's Difference Engine etc and mechanical adding machines. Also steam engines seemed almost alive. Hence the possibility of AI mechanical men.

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Re: Star Trek was a revolutionary interpretation of space that rejected the sci-fi conventions

That was my conclusion after seeing Star Wars when it first came out. It was just a Western in space. Han Solo is the picture of a Western gunslinger.

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Re: a crystal tetrahedron pyramid

There's a French film of a comic book series where a pterodactyl amongst other things is resurrected in Paris. There's an Egyptology angle to it and the heroine resurrects the mummy of Ramses the Great, with a good Gallic wedge nose. He resurrects some acolytes and the wander off into the Parisian night. They are walking around the outside of the Louvre and Ramses says gesturing to the courtyard 'needs a pyramid'.

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Re: Headline?

I've never understood why the bridge of the Enterprise doesn't come with seatbelts, and even airbags, or even just ratlines. IRL subject that sort of impact it would do. Belts or an electronic version of a bar that goes across.

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Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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Re: Violation of national sovereignty

Remember the US is the country which granted itself the right to invade The Hague should any US citizen by arrested by the ICJ. Thinking they can do what they like in the world is par for the course.

See also Trump pre election thinking he could use compulsory purchase to acquire neighbouring properties for his Aberdeenshire golf resort. You can do that in the US but not here in Scotland.

Then there's that TV series where an FBI unit is allowed to travel the world with weapons and arrest/shoot/kill bad guys in other people's countries. That is just 'Merican wish fulfilment wet dream fantasy.

If that is their cultural reference this is little surprise. The EU equivalent with Donald Sutherland is much more realistic in terms of jurisdictional issues.

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Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

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Re: Fag packet calculation time...

iScotland might though since we have an excess of renewable energy now with more and more being built or in the pipeline. The development of floating turbines has changed things in terms of where they can be installed. Off the West Coast with the Atlantic is much windier than the North Sea which is shallow enough for the turbines to sit on the seafloor. But floating turbines can be installed in deeper water.

There are tidal turbines in the Pentland Firth between the mainland and Orkney. We have more tidal races here than we can count. Extra pumped storage capacity is being installed in hydro stations to store excess wind etc power when it is warm, sunny and windy. Tidal turbines could operate as baseload, the tide time is different everywhere so when it is ebbing in one place it is still flowing elsewhere.

Studies of seals and dolphins show they avoid the area during turbine installation (noisy) but come back when it ends and they don't get chewed up by the turbines, they know they are there and to avoid them. They are cowled so there are no free spinning blade ends.

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Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

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Re: "There's no easy way through this"...

I have denied the Google App permission to access the microphone on my phone. Saying 'Okay Google' does nothing. I NEVER tap the Google search bar either, I use the Startpage shortcut instead. On my previous phone I managed to disable the Google App completely. It required a hard reset when I tried it on this iteration.

I run Oversight on this laptop, our TV is decidedly non smart and the digibox is not a voice activated one. I'm not interested in that. As a scientist I am adept at forming specific search queries and finding stuff myself.

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IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

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Coopers still exist, up here in Scotland anyway. The Water of Life is still, by law, matured in wooden barrels for at least 3 years in Scotland in order to be called Scotch Whisky. That means we need people who can for eg put knocked down barrels imported from the US bourbon houses back together again. To replace a stave, refit a heated hoop.

Being a thrifty nation little whisky (note the spelling) is matured in new wood. For people who make wooden barrels from scratch you need the US where the law says the whiskey (sp) must be matured in new wood. A law noted by Scotch Whisky producers. Grants, who make Glenfiddich, own an oak forest in the Ozarks, they rent the barrels to the bourbon houses then import them impregnated with bourbon.

I'm a part time woodworker and I'm just about tooled up to make a barrel. I could use a compass plane but wooden coopering planes are cheaper and still around. I have matched pairs of tongue and groove wooden planes. Much more pleasant work than feeding wood into a wirring, roaring machine you have to wear ear defenders for.

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We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?

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Re: Pled?

And some of us are Scottish, pal, and along with Mr Rab C. Nesbitt Esq we speak the Queen's English.

See I was born in north Ayrshire and that is close enough so that Mr Nesbitt and Co's language is perfectly intelligible to me. My wife, born near Southampton, begs to differ. I no longer sound like Mr Nesbitt though having been ripped from Ayrshire's bosom aged but 6 and taken to the South Seas where I did obtain a thorough education.

Pled is a perfectly good past participle and as another has pointed out is the original English. Pleaded being an American re-import. Oh and since the Kingdom of Scotland and Scots Law are older than England as a coherent polity we have priority in the matter, pal.

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Stunning infosec tips from Uncle Sam, furries exposed, Chase bank web leak, and more

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Re: belling the bat

Not unless the bell rings in the ultrasonic. Though it should be noted that mice can hear, and sing, in the ultrasonic so the mice may well be thinking of using such a bell.

I'm trying to think of any flying mice who prey on terrestrial mice but I cannot think of any so why the mice are thinking of belling the bat is beyond me. Maybe they are simply creeped out by them or they are jealous about the flying thing.

BTW I have the sound files of mice singing, slowed from the ultrasonic. They sing like canaries. The males sing to the females. Ultrasound noise is also known to interfere with romantic entanglements of mice. They stop having nooky so the singing would seem to be necessary or maybe they all have headaches from the noise.

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