* Posts by Muscleguy

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The 'roid in Spain drills mainly on the plain: Plucky Brit Mars robot laps up sun, sand and, er, simulated science

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Hmmmm

I would think the dry valleys in Antarctica are a better fit for Mars given they are freakin cold as well as some of the driest places on earth. They are dry because snow sublimates away.

However I suspect Atacama is logistically more tractable. The US has used the lava fields on Hawai'i in the past for such things as well. But the dry valleys, while not as cold as Mars are pretty damn cold.

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Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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Re: What does that really mean?

It can be done to a mouse as well. Male ones anyway, uncross your legs chaps. I was once instructed on how to do it, it requires a soldering iron (cauteriser).

Vasectomised male meeces are required for making transgenics and knockouts. Females go into Pseudopregnancy when mated. So you mate females to Vas males to produce ready recipients for your genetically altered eggs/blastocysts.

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Californian chap sets his folks' home on fire by successfully taking out spiders with blowtorch

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Our youngest is arachnophobic and was from a young age. A cry of horror would bring me upstairs to be presented with what the rest of us would all a money spider but to her had assumed the threat of a giant tarantula.

I would dutifully evict these arachnids outside, until my scientific interest brought me to a study showing house spiders evicted almost always die. Either the cold gets them, birds get them or other spiders get them. Outside is a patchwork of abutting spider territories and an evicted house spider has to navigate that without becoming lunch, most fail.

I would also find the occasional silverfish and with those two concerns combined I refused any further spider evictions and instead pointed out to said offspring that the piles of mess on her floor were ideal spider habitat and if she cleared up she would have fewer spiders.

Which had the effect of making her too scared to go near them . . .

She was the offspring who failed to notice the wasps buzzing and dying between the window and the secondary glazing, both shut (so how did they get there?). Turned out they had burrowed into the sill etc and were flying about so I had to be up a ladder with wasp killer spraying all access holes and later with the caulking gun blocking them all with tinted silicone.

When the double glazing installers got to that window I warned them they might find gruesome things.

We get a lot fewer spiders since the two offspring finally moved out (they both boomeranged).

The irony? said offspring now lives in NZ which has an actual slightly venomous native spider, the katipo. Except it is kin to the Aussie redback some of which have made the jump across the Tasman by inadvertent (we hope) human agency and they have interbred . . .

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British Airways: If you're feeling left out of our 380,000 passenger hack, then you may be one of another 185,000 victims

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Re: Experian---

These free offers rely on you not setting or paying attention to a reminder to cancel just before payment starts to be extracted. I just cancelled my Free Netflix month early, before my reminder kicks in because I couldn't find anything else I wanted to watch. Just got an email, watch Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I'm 52 . . .

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Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

Hmm, I have just Autumn cleaned my spam folder and I have absolutely NOTHING of this sort. I think it's a generational thing. I'm a crusty 52 and can remember the web being invented and what went before like Fetch.

My eldest was always complaining her email accounts kept being unusable because of spam but she was the only family member so afflicted. We all had addresses on the same ISP, all dependent on my main account but only her's was so afflicted.

I take perverse pleasure in going elsewhere if you require me to create login just to browse and get uppity on there not being a guest login feature.

Also I use a different password for each site, they are all phrase initials and I use a variety of them. Except my banking logins are different again, they are quite abstruse.

It's like sex and disk sanitation back when we were always putting discs into machines. I remember when AIDS developed as well as nVir (so date me).

As a matter of interest my login here is really ancient, from way back before I got all initialised. Knowing that one will only allow you to impersonate me on here. Others of that vintage are probably associated with work email addresses long defunct so no use to man, beast or cybercrook.

I remember when, having JANET accounts (Big Fat Pipe) we used to threaten spammers with humungous email files unless they desisted. How the world changes.

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Belgium: Oi, Brits, explain why Belgacom hack IPs pointed at you and your GCHQ

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Re: All true.....but.........

Indeed, just as war is politics by other means cyber attacks are war by other means.

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Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Hoots Mon

Sorry for not being a ray of traditional sunshine but does this apply to .scot domains as well? I don't have a domain as I currently have no need of one but asking for a friend (in case I ever get one with a site).

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Excuse me, but have you heard the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Chr-AI-st?

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Believing AI?

Surely garbage in, garbage out should be the watchword here. Sure the dataset was fare too tempting to pass up but how universally applicable will a system trained on the Bible be?

For potential problems I refer people to the Electric Monk from the late, still lamented Douglas Adams Dirk Gently books.

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

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Re: The hole truth

Look into my blue, blue eyes.

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Now for well over a year the property through the party wall has been under renovation. This has ranged from drilling/jackhammering which shakes the whole property and frightens my tropical fish to low level rustlings which make me think we have mice (traps are down, one so far).

None of this relates to this property. In apartment buildings how will Alexa determine which property the sound has come from? Another room in the same apartment with a closed door could sound exactly the same as a neighbour, to each side, above or below.

The idea that all homes are hermetically sealed in sonic space is bogus.

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In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: Even when the audio works..

I've given up on Skype, on the Mac. It insisted I update it and all I get is a window with nothing in it. The buttons are all there but if you click on the wrong one or the wrong bit of the screen it borks the whole thing.

I only fired Skype up to try and help my wife out who was having trouble with it on her work Windoze box and needed a separate user to troubleshoot it.

So it's WhatsApp or nothing (Facetime is still there but I only have the eldest on that and she's not talking to me . . .).

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Re: Not Surprised

The problem with an electronic lock is what happens when the power goes out? If that causes the lock to fail open then it is inherently insecure, cut the power and enter. If it fails locked you are locked out, or in, without a physical backup. IF you must carry a physical backup then it defeats the object of the powered solution.

This is the fundamental reason why I am not in any way sold on IoT. Pace the epic tale of the guy trying to get his internet enabled kettle to boil who ended up eating dinner in the dark because his smart lights were updating.

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When I locked myself out*, old door, can't with the new one, I rang several numbers of local locksmiths I found with my phone. They were all the same guy who refused to come out.

So I was forced to break into my own home. Fortunately my garage workshop was open so I armed myself with a chisel and some card scrapers (stiff metal cards) and some hitting implements. I moved the protecting strip of wood out of the way with the chisel then used the card scrapers being hit to get the Yale lock to move. I then used the hitting implements to put the wood back. None of the neighbours batted an eyelid.

New door, all steel frame into all steel frame, multipoint locking needs a key to lock it.

*A case of the wrong trousers.

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Well you have to allow your groceries and all your Amazon deliveries to get inside the door while you are at work. So that is likely. The solution? order something for immediate delivery and follow the delivery inside.

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Dreadlock?

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Huge ice blades on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on

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Re: Does nobody ever read Larry Niven?

Don't nukes fail to work very well in a vacuum? Also Europa is already bathed in very hard radiation whipped up to relativistic speeds by the local gas giant. Hardening the electronics of any lander so it survives long enough to take samples from the pink crevasses let alone drill through kilometres of likely very hard ice (cf the measurements of comet ice hardness) is very live issue.

The radiation pretty much precludes a manned presence on the surface any time soon barring some very sci-fi levels of technology advancement. But even so, think humans staying in shielded craft and sending the robots out into the radiation storm.

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Re: They've assumed

That might be true with earth penitentes but on Europa the ground surface is all ice (with pink bits) so a source of ablative ice is not a problem. I also strongly suspect the physics is a mite different when the sublimating ice is in a vacuum.

But then I'm only a Stamp Collector so what do I know but I do suspect your assumptions are wanting.

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Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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I gave up on browser RSS about a decade ago and installed Vienna as a dedicated RSS app and have not looked back.

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Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

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Re: Makes sense

It can be hard to find proper coffee generally in the UK. You can get it elsewhere so I know it can be done the coffee in NZ for eg is bloody excellent. I blame passive consumers. If nobody went to the big bland chains they would go out of business.

It's the same with unripe fruit in the supermarkets. Again having grown up in NZ I know what ripe fruit is and a vast proportion of supermarket fruit in the UK is vastly unripe. I adore apricots but haven't bought any in years, in the UK as they are universally small, hard and very, very sour. Pretty much the opposite of what an apricot should be and which I know it could be. The number of people who I have taught to recognise a good watermelon after they see me holding one up and tapping it with a fist (it should ring like a bell, if you get a dull thud, put it back). For cantaloupe type melons you have sniff them, no or little smell, put it back. The list goes on and it exists because British consumers are passive and do not demand ripe fruit or refuse to buy the unripe stuff.

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Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product

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GPS? No thanks

I'm a distance runner and I do not use GPS, I have a Polar watch with a footpod for speed/distance and a heart rate chest strap (pretty robust). I have trialled GPS by taking my phone in an arm wallet and have issues. I live on top of a hill and am wont to run up hills, the steeper the better on most of my runs and GPS is not good with slopes, it does not speak Pythagoras well, a point against.

I also have the mainline to Aberdeen between me and the waterfront and the A road cycle path also does a long underpass. Even when I'm going over the rail line on a footbridge GPS fails. There's one with a switchback ramp and I run beside it before getting on, so three 10m passes beside each other and GPS tracks one. My footpod logs every footstep. Another point against.

Even if we somehow discount the loss of contact and lag regaining it causing inappropriate straight lines to be drawn when going under things there is another issue. There are lots of high walls around here, retaining walls on the hills and behind properties with roads front and back and the GPS is wont to drop out against those as well. There is one just as I turn off the main road to get home. GPS has me running straight through a house because of this. Another point against.

I have runs where all these issues come up, in multiple and meanwhile my footpod logs every step. If you live on the Iowa prairie I can see GPS tracking being a boon, in lumpier, more forested and built up areas, not so much.

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: "sunsetting" ... lol!

Since Motorolla have not seen fit to update my phone I will not be bating any breath waiting for the ability to uninstall the Google+ app, along with all the rest I have only been able to disable. I can't even disable Google Now even though I never use it. The bloatware is incredible.

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Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

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Re: Not a chance

Ditto, voice activation means a device which is constantly listening to you. Even if the system is not designed to store that, though Google has been caught doing so, it is a prime hacking target. Remember those 'smart' but woefully insecure toy bears with a camera and microphone in kids' bedrooms?

Increasingly these tech companies seem to be taking the people on the spaceship in Wall E as an aspiration. Having to get up from my chair or walk a few steps to change the thermostat once in a blue moon is not a problem for me. I'm not in danger of being trapped under a huge dog and neither do I have an infant. How we managed to raise two children in a non centrally heated home back in the day constantly amazes me. How did we survive?

The Google App on my phone has the permission to access the microphone denied. There's a Startpage shortcut which means I NEVER deliberately touch the Google space bar. If I could remove it I would.

I have Startpage as default on my laptop and I'm running Oversight to alert me whenever the microphone or camera are on. A recent OS upgrade invited me to initiate Siri, I looked at what private information Apple wanted me to upload to their servers to enable it and decided 'not thanks'. I have been formulating search queries for decades, i can do without a misunderstanding voice assistant with an agenda to get in the way. I am pretty fluent in Boolean, is Siri?

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Re: "does this read more like an ad-icle"

Labs these days all have deionised water machines. Turns out for a lot of applications DeI water is better than double distilled. Can't remember the last time I saw a still in a Biology lab.

Also us Aquarists, if we are serious, plumb deionising systems into the plumbing to provide change water free of more than chlorine or chloramine. Trying unsuccessfully to get the phosphate levels down in my tank I checked the tap water, significant levels. Cue email to Scottish Water, they put phosphoric acid in the water to prevent leaching from old lead and copper pipes.

I've been eyeing a DeI system, I would do it except Mrs Muscelguy would have conniptions. We add stuff back into the DeI water, you can buy the salts necessary. But you get to control them. Those who keep tropical marines or Discus pretty much have to have DeI systems. The marines obviously put far more salt back.

An entry level DeI system can be had for about GBP100, connection to your tap water being your responsibility. Some years ago I had cause to teach myself compression plumbing (I learned it from a book) when the toilet cistern failed during a little girls' birthday party. I haven't lost the nack.

Every single time I have turned a stop tap on the plumbing in this house it has failed to work and required it be replaced. I have become a BIG fan of flexible tails of late. That cistern has one now, replacing a lovely series of copper pipes. ONE compression joint replaced 4.

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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

Muscleguy
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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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Muscleguy
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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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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

Muscleguy
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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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