* Posts by Monty Cantsin

64 posts • joined 2 Dec 2008


An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour

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Re: Atheist vs. Bigot?

"When I was in college I met my first atheist."

Since literally everyone is born an atheist (those that don't remain so only learn theism/polytheism/pantheism/whatever later in life), I doubt that was the case.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Re: Get me a babysitter

Iron Bones: "Perhaps not understandung that is the problem."



1. The ability to understand something crap; Comprehenshit.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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My S-Max has 2 under-floor storage areas in the middle row (and another in the boot when the 3rd row seats are up. My kids regularly fill them with toys, banana peels, sand and anything else they can get their grubby hands on.

The only thing unbelievable about candyfloss beings stored there is that kids will eat their own body-weight of the stuff, so it's unlikely that they would stuff it into a hole in the floor instead of the hole in their face. However some are squirrel like, and will stow sugary treats for future consumption.

Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS

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Re: 2-week battery life

"Back in the days before phones became "smart" you did only charge them every 10-14 days and people rarely forgot and ran out of power. "

What? People were constantly forgetting to charge their phones back then. In my experience, a lot of people didn't actually plug them in until they had run out. And with the plethora of proprietary chargers that each manufacturer employed (sometimes even different models by the same manufacturer used different chargers), it was often bloody difficult to blag one off someone else when you were caught short.

Like the poster above, I charge my phone and watch every night, regardless of what power is left. Simple habit to get into, and it always leaves me with contingency capacity. No interest in sleep tracking - I'm quite glad to have 8 hours of my day that isn't monitored by anyone, even me.

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: Emergency call

"As emergency call will be useless without GPS turned on"

Well, not necessarily. If you're connected to your phone and GPS in turned on on it, then the watch can still know your position from the phone. Also, even if you're not with your watch, it's possible that the watch is smart enough to turn on GPS itself if it needs it in an emergency, then off again after it's made the call (speculation on my part, but that's the obvious solution to the problem).

Apple pushes new iOS 12 beta build to silence notification spam

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So the "A new iOS update is now available. Please update from the iOS 12 beta." bug was fixed with an iOS update. Which means the updated was (eventually) available. Which means it wasn't a bug!

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So if you want Bluetooth/WiFi off permanently, you do it one way (in Settings, where more permanent things happen). If you want them off temporarily, you do it the other way (in Control Center, where more changeable things happen). I don't really see the problem with having the choice, and it explains exactly what's happening right there beside the setting. .

Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life

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Re: End of the world as we know it?

Since the universe is expanding, there'll always be stuff out of the reach of black holes. Eventually, even the black holes will evaporate due to Hawking radiation. Over a big enough time scale, all particles will decay and we'll be left with a universe populated only by leptons and photos, each so far apart from each other that they never get the chance to interact. An ever expanding cold, dark universe where even entropy no longer exists, continuing for eternity.

But the good news is that the canteen has burgers on today.

VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

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It seems that Disrupt was disrupted.

It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.

"Come on, lots of things have names that don't specify exactly what they do. I'll give you a big one. Google."

What are you talking about? You use Google to Google things. It couldn't be any more descriptive!

Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: "Flew halfway around the world" = "Auckland to Sydney"?

@ Anonymous Coward, I only read the first 3 words of the title of your post, so I have no idea what you're complaining about, but I'm presuming you're a well informed and reasonable individual who wouldn't jump to incorrect conclusions based on incomplete information and then go an inform the world of any mistaken assumptions in an impulsive and embarrassing manner.

Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: So... uhm...

"Actually the Apollo program, like everything else at NASA, was funded by the US taxpayers, which in my view places moon dust clearly in the public domain."

NASA owing it would keep the mood dust in the public domain, since NASA's ownership is itself in the public domain.

This woman owning it would place it in the private domain.

British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Re: More inclusive?

"Non vegans will NOT be represented by that salad.. and they are a majority. "

Reminds me of the time my wife brought a home cooked meal to her father's house. He opened the dish and said "what is is?". "Vegetarian lasagne", she replies. He pushed it away saying "But sure I'm not a vegetarian."

There's nothing about not having an egg in a salad that excludes non-vegans. Non vegans don't (and don't have to) have an animal product in each and every meal in order to maintain their non-vegan status.

However, are they not concerned that breatharianism are being excluded by the lack of an emoji for no food?

Astroboffins find most distant source of oxygen in the universe

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Re: tangent time

"Still bubbles of universes forming out of existing universes nearly infinitely is mighty tempting and doesn't require ours to be unique in any way."

"Nearly infinitely" makes no sense. It's either finite or infinite. The gap between N (where N is a "nearly infinite" value and infinity is the same as the gap between 1 and infinity. Which, in both cases is infinity.

If this bubble of universes is infinite, than you're basically saying it's turtles all the way down.

If this bubble of universes is finite, then there must be a start at some point, where you can't call on a previous universe as the progenitor. Thus you're really just doing a time-reversed version of kicking the can down the road in explaining the origins of existence. At some stage you have to stop relying on "so, there was one before and..." and actually explain things.

Fog off! No more misty eyes for self-driving cars, declare MIT boffins

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"Either the camera video stinks or those headlights are useless at anything over about maybe 15 MPH. Better headlight technology is much easier (and cheaper) to implement."

I have a Volvo (an older model than the one in question,mind). The dipped beams are useless. The only disappointing part of the car.

Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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"as the autumn weather turns to winter for much of the world and temperatures drop."

Technically, it's for 50% of the world, but the Tropics and a fair bit north won't be too affected by temperature drops. The southern hemisphere will see the temperature rise as they're heading into summer.

Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Re: Fake news

@ Adam Foxton. You're confusing two issues though. Sure, the POTUS probably shouldn't be using Twitter the way he does (of course, it's not his only communication channel), and sure, you're merely hitching a ride on their platform, so you're never going to be in control.

But regardless of who's account was deleted, Twitter shouldn't have it so a CS employee can unilaterally delete *anyone's* account under any circumstances. There should be something like a two-step process that requires a supervisor's approval. Having the process so lax is just leaving it open to abuse - and such abuse is a security and reputational risk that needs to be mitigated against.

Boeing slams $2m on the desk, bellows: Now where's my jetpack?

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Re: Already done?

"Where does it say Boeing expects the general public to use this?"

From the article: “What we are seeking is an 'everyone' personal flying device, capable of being flown by ANYONE, ANYWHERE. It should be a device for ALL: young and old, city-dweller and country-dweller, expert and novice.”

I'm not saying you're wrong about us never getting jetpacks, but Boeing pretty clearly state (in shouty capital letters, no less) that they expect the general public to be able to use it.

'Bio-hacker' embeds public transport ticket under his skin

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"Hacking is an emotive term"

I think, given that the card had to be cut up for this to work, the term is used in one of its original senses

hack [Verb]

1. Cut with rough or heavy blows.

Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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"(like never take photos towards the sun, always away from it etc)"

So, how does one take a photo of a sunset?

Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

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Re: Ohmigosh I am such a marketing sucker

"You've just summed up Bose....lots of bass but the rest kinda sucks."

Huh? Lots of bass? I thought the standard Bose bashing line was "No highs, no lows, must be Bose!"

(fwiw, I really like my QC35s)

Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

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Imagine you bought all the furniture in a house, and immediately after you left with it, the owners demolished the house. Should you be blamed for the destruction of the house?

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Re: "Touch" in the classroom

So no different from keyboards, mice and trackpads.

'You've been hacked, pay up' ... Ransomware forces your PC to read out a hostage note

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Re: "Eastern Europeans go free"

"Anything east of Prague is Eastern Europe" was the answer I got from some Czech clients recently. Obviously Praguers.

Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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If the yanks use the proper date format (11/9) this wouldn't be an issue.

Unless something ever happened on the 9th of November, of course. But I don't think it did.

DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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I would have thought canned carrots are fairly common - although the ones I see in the supermarket (never bought them) are usually in jars, not cans, and they're those little baby carrots.

For the worst thing in a can ever, nothing beats Canned Whole Chicken:


This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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"You mean like cars? Metal cars versus carbon-fibre ones?"

Carbon-fibre isn't plastic.

I can't believe I had to write that...

Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

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Re: only 2800

Would have been more apt if it was 2600.

Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Re: WTF?

Um, the PowerPC processors were the ones that were made by Motorola (and IBM) that apple used to use (they used Motorola's 68k processors before that). Apple then switched to Intel in 2006, and are still on Intel processors to this day.

Also, it's RISC, not Risk.

Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

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Re: "Sic" yourself

Yep, you'd regularly hear that in Ireland too. Jasper Hamill should try and remember that there's numerous valid dialects of English.

German guardsmen growing mono-boobs from drilling with Nazi-era rifles

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So the old song was anatomically incorrect

Should have been: "Hitler has only got one boob"

TomTom for Android with hands-free kit review

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Re: Question

I'd be interested in knowing that too. I'm in the same situation - upgraded from a 3GS to a 5, and the old TomTom cradle won't work.

The spec sheet seems to suggest it will:

Smartphone compatible: The car kit fits all Bluetooth®-enabled phones charged with a micro-USB connector and which are 100-127.5 mm tall or 54-80.5 mm wide.


I already have the Lightning Micro-USB adapter. But I'll wait for independent confirmation before I splash the cash.

Star Trek tractor beam to save Earth from asteroid Armageddon

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Dinosaurs are still around.

<--- Here's one.

NASA probe now closer than ANY OTHER spacecraft to Pluto

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How do you break bad news to a space probe?

So, New Horizons was launched in January 2006, when Pluto was still a fully fledged planet, and has been asleep ever since?

Boy is it going to be pissed off when it wakes up to find that it's only going to a dirty snowball of a dwarf planet now. Lets hope it's not armed with a laser vaporiser like it's en-route to Mars cousin, because it's going to be pretty annoyed with us when it hears about the change in job spec.

Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade

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Mini Ice Age

Will there be Mini Mammoths?

Email in the cloud

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Coudy email! The future is sooo exciting! Now if only you could package that up and call it Hotmail or Gmail or something, I bet you'd be on to a winner.

Scientists eye curvaceous Earth gravity map

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Explains a lot..

From another article I read, yellow is higher gravitational effect, and blue is lower.

My bit of the world being in a yellow area therefore tells me I'm not overweight, just being gravitationally discriminated against.

Nom, nom, nom.

The terabyte iPad is coming

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Physical loss and theft

The only time I've ever had to turn to my backup disk was when my PowerBook was stolen. Even if SSDs were indestructible, they wouldn't save you from that. I

backup my TimeCapsule (and this backup it off site), not particularly because I'm worried about the TC failing (of course it could), but because if any junkie breaks into the house, of course they're going to take the white box with the Apple logo on top - even if they don't know what it is.

Google robo cars drive selves on public streets

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RE: How good are they so far?

Another article I read on this said that the driver had to override the autodrive twice over the course of the tests. Once for a cyclist that ran a red light, and once for a vehicle in front that started to reverse into a parking space.

Apple iPod Nano 6G

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Prove you wrong?

You didn't make a statement, you asked a question. So why would you expect anyone to prove you wrong?

The answer is yes, by the way.

Apple iMac 21.5in 2010

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Then buy the drive for £50 and fit it yourself for free.You can get spare parts easy - Apple don't actually make the superdrive. Or bring it to an independent Apple service centre and get them to do it. They'll charge less than Apple. I don't see how this is any different to getting an out of warranty repair for a Sony or Dell or anyone else.

People have no bloody idea about saving energy

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Flawed article on a more flawed survey

It seems to be all over the place in terms of its comparisons and conclusions.

Why compare washing machine settings to line drying? It's like saying "which saves more energy, line drying or using a fan over rather than a conventional one" . And when the person says "line drying", they're called an idiot that knows nothing about being "eco-friendly". Most people who line dry will probably have seen the detergent ads going on about the benefits of washing at 30 degrees, and so will most likely be doing both if such things concern them. So what if they don't know exactly which one saves more energy? They're not mutually exclusive.

Also, the main "eco" reason to recycle glass is not to save energy, it's to reduce filling landfill with a substance that doesn't break down in any easy way. Being "eco-friendly" isn't just about CO2 emissions.

John Lewis 'leaks' Apple iPod refresh details, say reports

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no Facetime

I'd say your're right. Furthermore, Facetime on the iPhone requires a phone call to initiate the connection (then the phone call drops, and the rest is done over wi-fi), so it's very unlikely that the Touch will get it, given it isn't a phone.

Stephen Fry's truly terrible mistake

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Shock horror!

Actor accepts job offer! But since Fry twittered the opening of his iPad box, he should be more discerning in the tech standards he helps implement, not reading scripts for financial reward like, um... an actor.

Oh, and if "deficiencies of DAB are well known enough not to need reiterating", then what were the subsequent 3 paragraphs for?

Steve Jobs unveils iPhone 4

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RE: Price of video chat

If it's over Wi-Fi, there won't be a charge - you don't get charged for data over Wi-Fi (unless you have to pay for your wi-fi access). Over 3G, however, could be a different story. That could be why they need to work with the carriers for that functionality.

Apple MacBook Pro 15in

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Re: Strong Magnetic Clasp

Apple have been using the magnetic clasp for years on various models, and there's been no problems. In fairness, I'd say it's something they thought about before they put it in.

Playboy flashes 3D centerfold

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Playboy is hardly the best place to put a 3D image

Will any of the regular readers notice that it's 3D? They'll open up the centrefold, see the blurry, double-vision image of a naked woman, and assume that the "you'll go blind" warning was true.

Operator gang gunning for iTunes

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RE: That's gonna have

@Seanmon: Unless jailbroken, iPhone apps already must be bought through the Apple App Store. This proposed monstrosity if for non-Apple phones.

E-book buyers favour iPad over Kindle and co.

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Re: Amazing !!!

You criticize them forming an opinion of an unreleased device, then go on to to the exact same thing. Amazing indeed...

Apple to take iPad orders this week?

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@ Woolworths Syndrome

Of course it has wi-fi. What on earth made you think that it didn't?


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