* Posts by Tom 64

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Re: When squirrels were squirrels and men were men

Software can be subverted. A physical obstruction over the aperture, like nuking from orbit, its the only way to be sure.

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Smash up your kid's Bluetooth-connected Cayla 'surveillance' doll, Germany urges parents

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Re: Theresa May doll

I'll take it. But only if it is a voodoo doll OF the glorious Pry Minister herself.

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Jun-OH-NO! NASA's Jupiter probe in busted helium-valve drama

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Re: Well, crap....

Was always a bit dubious about the success of this mission tbh.

Seems almost like they chucked this one together from off-the-shelf parts on a shoestring budget.

I mean, why not fit this probe out with a RTEG powerplant and ion drive? Less working parts, more efficient use of fuel and waaay longer lifespan in spaaace.

Mine's the one with flame-retardant lining.

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Inside Confide, the chat app 'secretly used by Trump aides': OpenPGP, OpenSSL, and more

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Some flaws for sure

So, confide's servers get compromised or subpoenaed, your messages can be read.

If your messages touch flash disk on your phone, even in self destruct mode, they can be read.

Keep using it Donnie, I'm breaking out the popcorn =)

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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Re: Fake News

"The link says a minor fire. If it needed 19 fire engines I'd hate to see their idea of a major fire."

A Major fire in China would look something like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO1q3HwB0y0

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To do DevOps right, beam down a UFO says Dynatrace

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Big Brother

Should make a decent frizbee

I imagine it will be used as one, once it has attracted one-too-many pointy haired boss.

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Web-standards-allergic Apple unveils WebGPU, a web graphics standard

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Re: Meh.

You and many others, but apple have a habit of doing their own thing.

They'll propose a standard the same time as implementing it in safari and push it out with the next iOS/macOS update. The W3C will than have little option but to adopt it because there will be a huge install base already. This has happened before.

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Goodbye to annoying capcha systems?

Deploying a pre-trained image recognition neural net in your browser and powering it with this should finally spell the death of irritating capcha systems. GOOD.

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

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over-ride switch?

Isn't there a switch to disable input from the stick for when the pilot is returning to his seat with coffee, beer etc?

If this stick-jockey is guilty of anything, its not using this switch! Any aviators here?

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Russia (A) bans web porn as a 'bad influence' (B) decriminalizes domestic violence – or (C) all of the above?

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What next?

A government subsidy on new caves?

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AMD's daring new money-making strategy: Sue everyone! Mwahaha

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Testing the waters

AMD arent typically known for going after patent infringers. Seems like a particularly slick lawyer with a slicker sales pitch was somehow allowed into the board room.

With those rather generic sounding patents, they could probably go after anyone who designs graphics chips. I'm guessing the fact that they haven't filed against mediatek an nvidia means they aren't too confident about pulling this off against a company with the resources for a good defence.

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Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark Zuckerberg as Tim Cook?

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Re: Larry has a lot of homes.

Rumor has it he has been able to clone himself and can occupy all of them at once.

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Intel's Atom C2000 chips are bricking products – and it's not just Cisco hit

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FAIL

So basically...

The fact that they declined to comment on when these stopped being shipped and stated that the affected product line 'will' be updated to fix this probably means that:

- it isn't yet fixed

- these are still being sold

- there's a lot of these parts in the channel intel don't want back

Guess they are trying the old head in the sand approach on this one, hoping no-one will kick up too much of a stink. Twats.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: I thought Arrival was decent.

>> "Were these aliens from a wormhole near Bajor?"

> "IRT as "from a wormhole near Bangor".."

IRT as 'from a wormhole near Bognor'

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Let's replace Ethernet with infrared light bouncing off mirrors!

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Holmes

Mesh nets

This tech should be a boon for the HPC crowd who need to deal with unusual topologies.

Its also going to be useful for connecting racks at opposite ends of the bitbarn.

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Cassini sends back best ring-shots yet en route to self-destruct dive

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Re: Nice pics.

Can we have one thread that doesn't mention Tronald Dump please?

Stunning images! I wonder what the scratchy streaks are? They don't seem to be following the orbit of the rings. Aliens?

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WTF is your problem, Netgear? Another hijack hole found in its routers

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Re: Default port numbers

It may be worthwhile to resort to that, but only if you cannot turn off the external interface.

Not exposing your admin interface to every hacker out there is a much better idea.

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Don't worry, America: Elon Musk says he'll have a word with Trump

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Coffee/keyboard

Indeed.

He's already outraged most of his own party, it wont be long before the lynch mob comes for him.

Lets see how good the Drumpf's survival skills are

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Zuck quits anti-social Hawaiian land title lawsuit

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Re: That's quite a commute

Looks like he wised up after this hit the press. What a surprise.

I wonder if the bezcukened one would have persued this course had it not been widely publicised.

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Trump lieutenants 'use private email' for govt work... but who'd make a big deal out of that?

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Re: As they say in Russia, to my frieds everything, to my enemies the law.

Not so, you could introduce the big D to the 9YO girl.

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President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Re: About time @Hardrada

>> "Obama's record on drone strikes (ten times as many as Dubya)"

That's a dumb argument. When Dubya was elected there practically were NO drones to send out. He sent the troops instead.

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Re: Less than a week in the position...

At this rate, it wont be long before the Drumpf administration crashes and burns. Hopefully before any more damage can be done.

Let the impeachment process(es) begin, and the popcorn be broken out

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Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228

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Re: @Stephen W Harris

If you have a service binary on NFS, you are already asking for trouble no matter what startup system you are using.

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Boffins explain why it takes your Wi-Fi so long to connect

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Well...

If my phone was allowed to access every wifi access point on the planet, the boffin's suggestion would certainly cut connection times. Back in the real world my phone is only ever likely to have permission to connect to exactly one access point at any given location.

Money well spent? I think not. They should simply have given the cash to me. I could have bought myself a few beers and pissed it up the wall for them.

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Head of GCHQ Robert Hannigan steps down for 'personal reasons'

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Re: Couldn't have chosen a worst time.

BoJo, Trump and May are probably the reason Hannigan is stepping down. I sure as hell wouldn't want to work with that trio.

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IBM, Microsoft, US Govt all to blame for globalisation backlash: Jack Ma

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Ma found Trump "very open-minded, much more than I thought."

I think he means susceptible to gifts, expensive dinners, brown envelopes stuffed with cash, etc

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Blockchain: A digital 'golden section' that's the 'gestalt of its pieces'

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Re: To infinity?

Indeed. "bitcoins can be divided and subdivided to infinity. " is a load of guff. I'm guessing he isn't a techie.

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RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

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Re: Sad

At least he did not go quietly into the night!

For the night was full of radio banter.

I lift a pint in salute.

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Prepare for ReRAM speed! Crossbar samples SMIC chips

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Holmes

Sounds a lot like intel's Xpoint memory.

See title, correct me if I'm wrong.

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Market researchers big up NRAM

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> "its basis is the movement of the ends of carbon nanotubes"

... and they clam unlimited endurance? I smell pie in the sky.

DRAM doesn't have unlimited endurance and that has no moving parts at all.

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Successful?

Hotcourses was probably a success exactly because Mr. Hunt stepped away from control of it.

This man couldn't run a train wreck.

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Now for a really cool micro-drum solo: Boffins chill gizmo below quantum limit

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Re: Very

The very last phrase uttered before the universe ceases to exist will be "What happens if I do this?"

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Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

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Re: I wonder how the higher ups avoided the blame?

They probably cut a deal with Uncle Sam, hence the large fine.

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The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

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Re: ditch the Apple

If you want to ditch the apple, have a look at Sony's latest flagships. They have been excellent since the Z4

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Splunk: Why we dumped Perforce for Atlassian's Bitbucket of Gits

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Saucy!

I've used both perforce and git, and if the decision between the two ever falls to me, I'll choose git every time. Perforce is little better than svn in that it can lock files (WHY?), merge conflicts are a bitch to fix AND you have to pay for it!

The time you save by not having to wrestle with p4 is time better spent with a pint at the end of day.

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Reformat??

They probably came up with this when they noticed on their presentation that 'disrupting user value' has unpleasant negative connotations. However judging by the reported misbehaviour of the features, that's probably exactly what this thing will do.

Still, time to break out the popcorn.

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Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

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Re: Some questions...

Not a lot of point in mining on a standard PC these days, you have more chance of winning the lottery than gaining BTC by mining yourself.

If your wallet gets corrupted your, BTC are lost unless you backed it up or can otherwise recover the data.

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Re: Sudden crash coming again?

It seems less likely than before, which was an obvious bubble. However I expect to see a downward adjustment from profit taking, and an abundance of fraudsters and thieves crawling out from under their rocks as this news breaks.

Paris because, well... wtf

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Major maser microwaves Hubble

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Re: Wrong units

Nope, its millions of lightyears.

I'd be a little worried if this pair of interacting galaxy cores was just a couple of systems over.

It'd be like planet Earth being put in the microwave.

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Huawei very happy to be on Map Of Tasmania

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Re: Cost Trumps Security?

Why not a Chinese builder?

Huawei to stand in the way of progress?

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Ancient water found in Canada is two billion years old – giving hope to Mars colony dreamers

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Surface of Saturn!?

CMIIAW, but last time I checked, Saturn was a gas giant and doesn't exactly have a solid surface. At least not one you can get to without being crushed to the size of a penny, and boiled alive.

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Elon Musk wants to get into the boring business, literally

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Umm

I don't think he has tried the tube has he?

Particularly for cars, ventilation would be a massive headache. Literally.

I'd rather stay put thanks.

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MacBook Pro owners complain of short batt life – so Apple kills batt life clock in macOS

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Re: Time remaining is always a guestimate

Gaming on a mac? Thanks for the chuckle

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If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

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Re: Investing

Hit the nail on the head there my anonymous chum.

It's not just 'rip-off britain', its 'under-investing, profit-gouging, pants-pulling-down britain'! Although I understand that is a bit more of a mouthful.

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Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge

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Re: The Audi option

But an impact at several thousand miles an hour could ruin your day, even an icecube at this speed could wreck the probe, or indeed, an audi.

I'll get my coat, going to work on an ice cube gun to use on audi drivers.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Well...

I suppose she's known as the Pry Minister for a reason!

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

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Re: You broke it, you bought it.

> "The OSX boot process may be pretty opaque and cursed by XML"

> "quite sensible & sane"

I'm sorry, what? You have to be swivel-eyed, window licking, barking mad nuts to use an xml parser in your boot process.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Here I encountered the first of many problems. The labels were entirely in Japanese.

My 2c since I live in Tokyo.

You wont find these in public bathrooms often, and in the gents that are public there are almost always urinals too. Some units do indeed have the remote buttons installed higher near the bogroll (which makes finding them difficult sometimes when pissed).

The heated water is heated and stored locally in the cistern unit, so no, this hack didn't deprive anyone else of hot water.

The seatwarmer function is awesome in winter time.

Probably a good thing this hack didn't push the button with the (female) human face on it.

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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

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Completely disagree

Take Skype for example. This software used to be very useful and no one else in the market stood a chance against them because it was that good.

What was the first thing Microsoft did with it after acquisition? Dumbed it down and stripped out features. It's now a crash-prone pile of rubbish with half the amount of utility it had previously. If I wasn't forced to use it for business, I'd have ditched it right after Microsoft released their first windows build.

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Google to patch Chrome mobile hole after bank trojan hits 318k users

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FAIL

Google need to clean house.

It doesn't help that google's own advertising platform frequently gets hijacked to perform these kinds of attack. Just today I tapped on a link in google now (yes google's own shit) to a website, which after a mere 10 seconds of allowing me to view the article, promptly redirected me via malvertising to a dodgy download on google's OWN store with flashing warnings about viruses. FFS.

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