* Posts by james 68

487 posts • joined 9 Jul 2009

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No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse

james 68

Re: As far as I can tell, you can prove

My problem with the infinite number of universes theory has always been that somewhere out there, exists a universe where they destroyed our universe at suppertime last Tuesday. That we do in fact still exist disproves it.

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Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

james 68

Re: A non story

and provide a nice, easy, way of evading the restriction

By "allowing" Chinese users to only access "government approved" communication apps which are constantly monitored and provide backdoors to access the devices at will? Yes.... good Apple.... glorious Apple.... bow to the Apple... my preciousss Apple... Whoops, almost fell down the rabbit hole there.

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Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

james 68

Ahem

"It would strangely fitting if a constitutional crisis was caused over something so shallow as a Twitter account president Trump."

Fixed that for you.

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CopperheadOS stops updates to thwart knock-off phone floggers

james 68

Re: Folks stealing their stuff?

Folks "stealing their stuff" which presumably contains other various flavours of opensource code. I assume they are compliant with all the various licences and their requirements?

I somehow doubt it if they're expecting payment for the product (OS) rather than for tech support.

I side with the snakes on this one.

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

james 68

Re: Also, in an increasing surveilance society

@Kiwi I have a simpler guide that works for me:

Have I communicated with anyone today? if yes then mission accomplished.

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james 68

Re: Also, in an increasing surveilance society

Strangely enough I did have a badge, right up until yesterday, it was all silver and shiny too.

Makes me wonder if Mr Orlowski got a little stroppy because I commented that his latest HTC hit piece review sounded somewhat whiney and the admission that they're actually good phones was just tacked on the end.

TBH it carries little to no meaning so I can't say I actually care.

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james 68

Re: Also, in an increasing surveilance society

Heresy, I know, but I am of the opinion that the works of Douglas Adams are utter shite. I have read the majority of his books and they never failed to disappoint - much like Tolkien, good premise but bad execution.

But to each their own, different folks have different tastes and that's what makes 'em interesting. Being stuck in a room with people who have diverse tastes makes for much more interesting conversation than the conversational circle-jerk when everyone likes the same thing.

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james 68

Re: Also, in an increasing surveilance society

@TRT

If you can't scratch a window with it, I don't accept it.

So, say you bill someone £3,000 for your labours, you won't accept coins, notes or even pre-paid credit cards because you prefer it all in cubic zirconia or perhaps broken carbide steel drill bits?

I think you might be telling a little fib there.

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Scientists think they've found primordial goop whence life first sprang

james 68

Original experiment was on the fertilization of barley huh? What are the odds they were studying beer production and accidentally discovered this while just trying to find a way to get hammered?

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US judge orders Sci-Hub be excised from the internet

james 68

Re: court says Google can safely ignore Canadian search ban

Yes, and watch how quickly they'll throw their toys outta the pram when it starts happening in the other direction.

Should be a good show, I'll spring for beer if you bring the popcorn.

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HTC U11: U-hoo. Look over here! Two new phones! We're Not Actually Dead

james 68

Hardly a non-biased review

Is it just me or for the majority of this story does it sound like the author woke up this morning to discover that HTC had taken a shit in his cornflakes?

It reads like one long whining session with a small forced admission at the end that they're actually good phones.

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Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

james 68

Re: Under the Sun?

Depends really on whether or not the object is above or below the orbital plane. Though the argument could be made that that is still an arbitrary definition as there is no up or down in space beyond what we ourselves define.

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Curiosity rover gives Mars the middle finger, prepares to get drilling

james 68

Sigh...

Given its predecessor Opportunity is still trucking 13 years after landing, we can expect Curiosity to go on exploring for years yet.

Way to jinx it. If it falls over and dies tomorrow we know who to blame.

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

james 68

Re: Your 'justice' system in the US is corrupt

Don't forget that thanks to Tony bLair saying police can keep money from fines, It's on the same path in the UK. Policing for profit. Another great nuLiebour legacy.

A Conservative by any other name is still a Conservative. NuLabour is just the same old, tired conservative crap tied up with whalesong rebranding. They're about as far from the actual Labour party as any of the parties in our green and pleasant land are from the common electorate (read as: light years).

Funnily enough, the only people the rebranding seems to fool are the particular brand of "Conservatives" who confuse miss-spelling things in an attempt to belittle others as an intelligent and amusing endeavour, in reality it puts them on a intellectual level with a group of 3 year olds throwing a name calling hissy fit.

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Li-quid hot mag-ma: There's a Martian meteorite in your backyard. How'd it get there?

james 68

Re: "an asteroid hit the volcano, leaving a crater and sending the materials rocketing to Earth"

Not to be a pedant or anything but Mars still has an atmosphere. Sure it's low pressure, but it's there. Hence why mars landers use atmospheric braking and parachutes to reach the surface and why said landers tend to send back remarkable photos of dust devils and storms.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

james 68

Re: Orwell alert!

@Bernard M. Orwell

You sir are both erudite and aptly named. I doff my hat to your eloquent and veridical observation.

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james 68

Orwell alert!

"Later today the Home Secretary is expected to announced that people who repeatedly view terrorist content online could face up to 15 years in jail."

That's one way to deal with those pesky journalists who think they can observe and report on terrorism instead of just regurgitating the party line then. Next up: Remainers websites to be classed as "terrorist content".

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Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach

james 68

Re: Wow...

@Aodhhan

You think the USA doesn't do the same on a massively larger scale? That's cute, ignorant, but cute.

Do yourself a favour and read the "National Defence Authorization Act" sections 1021 and 1022, as they specifically apply to indefinite detention without trial of ANYONE, be they a US citizen or foreign national without the need for evidence of a crime, just suspicion.

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Microsoft downplays alarm over Windows Defender 'flaw'

james 68

Funnily enough...

Mostly unrelated other than involving Defender and malware.

Just two days ago I opened Defender to update and run a full scan (as I usually do once a week to supplement the normal automated quick scans and the active scanning), anyone care to guess what happened when the update finished downloading?

Defender marked its own update as "Severe - Trojan:Win32/Vagger!rfn" and threw it into quarantine.

Yay me.

Rather than faff around I just formatted and reinstalled, I keep regular backups so nothing was lost and all was again well. To many this may seem an extreme reaction, but without knowing if the update was compromised or if Defender itself was compromised and hence quarantining any updates which might kill the infection I considered it the best course of action. Either way I am unimpressed with the security of Defender.

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Cloudflare coughs up a few grand for prior-art torpedoes to sink troll

james 68

Re: Free Speech

Bravo, exactly what I was about to point out. The right to free speech only applies to government censorship, everyone else is free to call out asshats, block their access, delete posts etc

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Google routing blunder sent Japan's Internet dark on Friday

james 68

@Pascal Monett

"Ah, the good old "I had no issue, so there was no problem"."

Well when the claim is that "ZOMG!!! ALL OF JAPAN WAS TAKEN OFFLINE!!!!" and my case and all of those that I have interacted with clearly proves that the premise is incorrect then yes, the fact that I did not have a problem is direct contradictory evidence and valid proof that the story is at best wrong and at worst clickbait.

The article fails to point out that only a handful of providers who are affiliated with Verizon were actually affected and makes wild claims that this, somehow, is the entirety of Japanese internet infrastructure.

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james 68

Re: Fragility

It isn't and it didn't.

Read my post below.

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james 68

Far from "all", in fact a reasonably small amount which by chance covered the government's supplier (which is why they're making a big noise over what amounts to a tiny drama).

I live just outside Tokyo and saw no issues at all on either my home connection (AU, largest supplier in Japan) or on my mobile (UQ, a tiny supplier). Nobody else that I have talked to here in Japan noticed anything out of the ordinary either.

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

james 68

@MathUHenry,

"Apparently, you didn't show him how to access the backup."

Users should NEVER have access to the backups. That is how data gets lost, projects fail and in some circumstances things can become legally disastrous for the company. If they need something restored from the backup they have 2 choices: restore from a personal backup on their own machine or place a request with IT.

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james 68

Worked in a TV company for a while and one git sticks in my mind.

He was always taking credit for other peoples work while doing none of his own and berating everyone else for being lazy and not good enough to work there, unlike him...yadda yadda.

Well, we were working on an outside docu series and I'd finished a number of possible intros and outros and this clown was supposed to be giving a presentation the next day to the execs and needed the intros to work into his speal.I personally took him the clips on an external drive and watched him copy them to his laptop.

Next day rolls around. He's exploding at everyone because he can't do the presentation because nobody had done the necessary work (the intro and outro clips), bosses aren't happy, outside execs aren't happy and everyone comes down on me.

After a lot of being screamed at (one of the bosses lost his voice he literally screamed so much) I finally got to telling them that yes, the clips are done, yes I had given them to the clown and no, I really didn't give a shit about keeping my job anymore if this was how I was to be treated. Cue clown screaming even more that I'm a liar and should be fired immediately.

Boss #1 who is actually a nice guy normally but who should never have been working in a tech related role nevermind in a senior position shows some sense and says "If you're so certain that the files were put on the clowns laptop then we should have a look and see" only for no files to be found.

After much more being screamed at and the clown egging everyone on, I made them an offer. We would run undelete software on the laptop, if it didn't find the files they could have my resignation there and then, if it did find the files then clown would be gone or they could fire me because I would not work with him again.

Clown starts arguing that the laptop is his property and has personal details on it that I shouldn't be allowed near so we couldn't run the software, I point out that the laptop is bought and paid for by the company and has only been allocated to him... anyway software is run files were found and timestamp on the delete is 5 mins before he was supposed to give the presentation - for which he had done no work and decided to blame his cockup on someone else.

He was fired that day.

I left about 6 months later because the whole damned job had turned toxic because I'd caused boss #2 & #3 to lose their little brown-nosed arse polisher.

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Waymo fleshes out self-driving car tech with hardware that goes soft at first sign of trouble

james 68
Coat

Great park it in your garage and it senses "objects" within crash distance on all four sides and rapidly then flops to the ground as a jelly like mess requiring the purchase of a new car. This is either the height of stupidity or a genius ploy to boost profits by getting customers to need a new car every X days.

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GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

james 68

Re: Good for you El Reg

It was always there and has always received tacit protection from the system, Trump has just given the scum the opportunity to move out of the shadows without fear of reprisals.

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Trapped under ice with no oxygen for months, goldfish turn to booze. And can you blame 'em?

james 68

I see your statement, and raise you a driving goldfish.

https://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/25/studio-diip-self-driving-goldfish-tank-fish-on-wheels-dutch-design-week-2014/

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Brit folk STILL not getting advertised broadband speeds – survey

james 68

Re: till we remove the up to

Whilst I agree in general with your statement, I must point out that it is not always the case. Back when I was living in the UK I had a Virgin fibre to the home connection advertised as "up to 150 megabits per second", however at off peak times I regularly saw download speeds of over 250 megabits per second.

I wish I still had that connection. Now I'm just outside of Tokyo and have an "up to 100 megabits per second" connection, which is utter crap. Peak or off peak I've never seen it crawl along at anything over 10.

TLDR: Virgin media disproves your otherwise correct statement.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

james 68

@SkippyBing indeed, there were many in fact, some became quite famous (at least for short periods) when sailing into port with essentially half a ship.

@Caustic Soda you mean like the lauded RMS Titanic? You perhaps overestimate "watertight" compartments, as they only work when the doors are closed and some Muppet hasn't drilled stonking great holes through the walls to pass pipes and wiring. The Royal Navy has something of a reputation in the area of leaving said doors open to facilitate storage and help cool the lower decks, leading to a number of ship losses during WW2. As is well known, once the navy does something just once it becomes a "longstanding naval tradition" and will continue to be done against all common sense and damn the losses.

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BBC’s Micro:bit turns out to be an excellent drone hijacking tool

james 68

@Steve Evans

Pi's can run perfectly well on battery power (6aa batteries will get you well over 12 hours use including always on wifi and bluetooth, a phone charging pack will last much much longer even when powering various USB devices from the pi and handily has usb ports for easy power supply).

Wall wart aint needed.

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Segway hoverboard hijack hack could make hipsters eat pavement

james 68

Sure that's what the "someone" wants us to think.... But I'd put money on that "someone" being in possession of a phone with Bluetooth connectivity at the time of the "accident".

It's a conspiracy I tells ya.

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james 68

Didn't the inventor or company owner or somesuch of the segway fall off a cliff on one? Could be that the plod need to reopen that case.

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james 68

Re: I mustnt be a hipster...

Nope it's a cross pond definition. They do indeed slavishly follow every trend that rears it's head, but if you ask them about it they'll waffle on about how they do so "ironically" and "to show the mainstream masses how gullible they are". For people so fond of the word 'irony' they don't seem to understand its actual meaning.

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james 68

Re: I mustnt be a hipster...

They're hipsters, ergo "Being healthy is too mainstream, I'm all about anti-health" they probably use the phone connection to show on their ironically anti-mainstream twitter status how many steps they haven't taken today on their trip to starbucks to cough out their lungs on an ecig while tapping dribble into their ironically fashionable macbook in the hopes that it'll turn into an ironically bestselling anti-mainstream novel while they wait for their acting breakthrough (though they'd never go mainstream it's all about the ironic arthouse movement).

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What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?

james 68

Re: Getting closer.

Only 120 GB for games? What with the current trend for game development not bothering with any kind of compression or optimization most modern games come in at 12 GB+. My Steam library alone comes in at almost 2 TB and the list of games isn't exactly huge, I dread to think what my total is when I add battlenet, origin and those I own on physical disc. I make do with only having a few installed at a time, with those I'm not using backed up to a 4 TB NAS box so I can install them when I want, quickly and without killing my internet connection for several hours.

Your argument that only pirates need so much storage is very broken.

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Physicists send supersonic shock waves rippling through a lab

james 68

Re: Mach Numbers

Well I'm not the one who downvoted you - but I will answer your question (Knowledge after all should be shared and downvoting someone instead of explaining why they're wrong is just crass).

The speed of sound varies not only due to the medium (air, nitrogen, helium, you get the idea) but also due to the pressure and density of that medium. Near the ground on Earth for example, air is more dense meaning sound travels more slowly, 5 miles up it is less dense meaning sound travels more quickly. (the sound wave needs less energy to 'move' the less dense medium meaning it can travel more quickly). Even the temperature of the medium changes the speed of sound as a cooler medium is more dense and a hotter medium is less dense.

Given this, in space (which is not a complete vacuum) the speed of sound can be many, many times faster than the speed of sound at any height within Earths atmosphere.

Strangely the opposite is true for the speed of sound in liquids and solids, the more dense the liquid or solid, the faster sound travels.

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james 68
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High Mach?

Surely it should have been "Big Mach".

An obvious if relevant unit of measurement for plasma/particle velocity (not to be confused with Big Macs, the unit of measurement for American waistlines).

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

james 68

Accuracy is important.

Males aren't "bloodthirsty", only the females drink blood.

Bad form el reg, bad form.

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Trump to world: Forget moving to America to do a startup

james 68

Re: Chinese entrepeneures

My thoughts exactly - these "entrepreneurs" are starting up a company in America which would provide Americans with jobs and provide both revenue and bragging rights due to Made in America home and export sales. But Trump does not want this? Make America great again my hairy arse, he is dead set on turning America into a third world nation so his buddy Putin can rule the world.

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james 68

Re: Close the door and turn of the light

They must be playing a bloody long game then, considering how they've supported everything so far no matter how stupid/self destructive/treasonous.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

james 68

Re: No contest

Nope.

Red Dwarf for the win. Smeg all the others.

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

james 68

Re: More importantly...

Sounds like something his ex-wife would do (tearing it off the non-rotating wall mount in the process). Mind you, I once argued with her for over an hour that people cannot catch viruses from an infected computer, something she still believes in wholeheartedly, alongside fairy power and guardian spirits.

Even rotating using the DVD player menus still wouldn't work however, what with him having made a DVD meaning it then had permanent black bars at either side to fill the aspect ratio - same thing as what happens when YouTube re-encodes portrait videos to 16:9 using standard settings but idiots persist in doing it anyway.

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james 68

Re: Spidey-senses

It certainly is interesting, so thumbs up.

However knowing when a spider is looking back at me will now just make the creepy little bastard's that bit more horrific.

"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."

Friedrich Nietzsche

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james 68

More importantly...

When will they work on a mobile phone camera that will slap sense into the idiot user when they try to take video in portrait mode?

I hate it when people do that. Just one example:

A friend was showing off some holiday videos on his TV. The TV is of course wide-screen but the video is portrait, when asked why he chose to record in portrait when he intends to make a DVD for use on a wide-screen TV his reply was "Well, that's how my phone takes video".

Cue facepalm.

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

james 68

Re: Binary/Twin Star?

As both stars would be losing mass then it stands to reason that their gravitational pull would weaken to the point where they would no longer be bound, sending them off rather quickly in opposite directions. Depending on specific mass, orbital distance and speed, this could have happened very early in the life of the stars.

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Voyager 1 passes another milestone: It's now 138AU from home

james 68

Did you try (carefully) explaining that it does not, in fact, involve dogs?

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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

james 68

Re: Astronomers aren't buying it, it seems.

That comets emit radio waves is not in question (there are other peer reviewed articles covering this), what is in question is this particular article and author.

A small but important question for you - where is the authors proof that the WOW signal matches that of the comet?

I'll save you the search, there isn't any. The author speculates that there is a match, although the signal does not in fact match and the author resorts to hand waving, giving several different solutions as to the variance stating that any one of them could be the factor.... or maybe even a mixture of them. This is not science. A scientist would work at the problem until they found an answer so they could state that the variance is due to X, not fire off that maybe, possibly if you squint real hard it could be X, Y or Z but maybe its X + Y to the the third power of Z's cousin twice removed but I can resolve this maybe/possibly if you donate on my kickstarter page.....

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james 68

Re: I'll wait thanks.

Well what do ya know? Seems that astronomers and astrophysicists are saying the guy is full of crap, helped along with a hefty dollop of "Oh look he's started a kickstarter page to scam people for drug money funds." as opposed to seeking legit funding.

Always wait for the peer review and study replication.

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james 68

Re: I'll wait thanks.

There are quite a few known comet trajectories and boffins the world over have access to a pretty fair choice of radio telescopes. Shouldn't imagine it would take long at all really.

+1 for the periodical joke though.

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