* Posts by Def

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

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Re: Sooooo

...Allow the states to form a militia to overthrow a tyrannical government...

So how does that help when the tyrant was voted in by the gun-nuts in the first place?

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Reg tours submarine cable survey ship
'Geo Resolution'

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Re: Very interesting - slight "but"

I just wish they'd stop using that crappy video player to embed YouTube videos. It's much more convenient to be able to just click the YouTube logo to switch to YouTube proper and view videos at a sensible size.

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Pwnd Android conference phone exposes risk of spies in the boardroom

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Re: Android 2.3?

Would you like to play a game?

>_

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Microsoft touts cheap-ish anti-patent troll protection shield for Azure-hosted devs

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Not entirely accurate.

If you're spending that money on Azure services anyway, then you get this protection as an added bonus. At least that's how I read it.

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

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Re: Welcome to the UK

The only country in the world to have given up *both* a working space program and a working supersonic plane.

We haven't given up just yet. We're quietly luring the rest of the world into a false sense of security.

https://www.reactionengines.co.uk/vehicles/

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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I think you'll find the traffic information on Google Maps is lifted straight from Waze. (Google bought them back in 2013.)

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: Where were all these virtue signallers...

@Adair, yeah that appears to be my lot in life these days. =/

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Re: Where were all these virtue signallers...

Where were they when Obama banned Iraqis for 6 months back in 2011?

"First, Obama responded to an actual threat — the discovery that two Iraqi refugees had been implicated in bomb-making in Iraq that had targeted U.S. troops. (Iraq, after all, had been a war zone.) Under congressional pressure, officials decided to reexamine all previous refugees and also impose new screening procedures, which led to a slowdown in processing new applications. Trump, by contrast, issued his executive order without any known triggering threat. (His staff has pointed to attacks unrelated to the countries named in his order.)

Second, Obama did not announce there was a ban on visa applications. In fact, as seen in Napolitano’s answer to Collins, administration officials danced around that question. There was certainly a lot of news reporting that visa applications had been slowed to a trickle. But the Obama administration never said it was their policy to halt all applications. Even so, the delays did not go unnoticed, so there was a lot of critical news reporting at the time about the angst of Iraqis waiting for approval.

Third, Obama’s policy did not prevent all citizens of that country, including green-card holders, from traveling to the United States. Trump’s policy is much more sweeping, though officials have appeared to pull back from barring permanent U.S. residents."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/01/29/trumps-facile-claim-that-his-refugee-policy-is-similar-to-obama-in-2011/

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Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout

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Re: IPv6 needs a catalyst

...the port number is a fixed field in the IPv4 header...

Port numbers are part of the Transport Layer, not the Internet Layer.

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Chrome dev explains how modern browsers make secure UI just about impossible

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Re: HTML5 can do WHAT?!

I think you're missing his point.

When you click the fullscreen button in YouTube, for example, it's the fullscreen language feature of HTML5 that performs that operation (I presume). That's why it exists.

I'm sure it's not easy to determine whether the user explicitly requested fullscreen mode or not when trying to detect such things. It could require confirmation from the user, but that would get annoying quickly and most people would just turn it off.

What might work is a fullscreen overlay in the corner like a TV network logo that fades out after some seconds if a video is playing (if you can detect that and not be able to fake it by 'playing' a hidden video) or stays visible until the user explicitly dismisses it otherwise.

Like a lot of UI these days though, it's not a simple problem to solve given the complexity of software these days.

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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Click baity headline is click bait

If all 'alien structures' are mountains, are all moutains alien structures? ;)

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Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

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How much chocolate does 70g of theobromine translate to?

It's just under five kilograms of dark chocolate (70-85% cacao), apparently. Or about six tins of Quality Street. :D

I should point out the actual level of toxicity is approximately 1g of theobromine per kilogram of body weight, so your mileage may vary. ;)

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I'm pretty sure there have been other studies which suggest that caffeine, tea and chocolate have deleterious effects on the human body.

Rather ironically, theobromine is the compound that makes chocolate highly toxic for cats and dogs. While its toxicity in humans is far lower, it can still be lethal in sufficient quantities (about 70g for the average person).

So it's not too different from everything else on the planet that can fit in our mouths. :)

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Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

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Re: Ignorant Brit here

And don't forget those weird places which had "middle" schools too.

heh, I went to primary, middle, and secondary school. Four years apiece.

Don't worry, I kept a low profile and made sure I didn't inadvertently teach the teachers anything. ;)

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Drone biz Lily Robotics takes $34m in pre-orders, ships nothing, shuts down, gets sued by San Francisco DA

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Re: Don't buy vaporware

There's a huge difference between taking money from an investor and taking money from customer pre-orders. Investors do as much due diligence as they can before deciding whether to back a company/idea or not. Customers (might) watch a video on YouTube. Investors understand there's a risk that they might lose some or all of their money.

I wouldn't invest in a company without thorough due diligance, but if I liked what I saw, and I believed the company and especially the management team, could pull it off, I would consider investing. As a customer, I wouldn't give anyone any money for an unfinished product.

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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Re: Browsers

If "mature, extensible, and open sourced" doesn't describe an ageing prostitute down to a tee, I don't know what does.

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Google sends Titan broadband drones to the unicorns' graveyard

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Re: Leaving the skies clear

Apparently the Zucker offered $60m for Titan before Google bought them.

I wouldn't mind being bought out for that kind of money in exchange for a few years work at Google. And I bet my new product (press release coming in a month or so, Reg) will last a hell of a lot longer than Titan's.

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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

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Full statement here.

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Renault goes open source with next-gen electric buggy you might generously call 'a car'

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speed limit at 80 or 100 km/h

That's pretty much the speed limit on nearly every road in Norway (110km has recently been introduced on parts of the E6 south of Oslo towards the Swedish border). I definitely wouldn't want to take one out here. :)

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That pretty much sums it up.

I could see myself hanging out at the beach in one of those, or even pottering around the office (although to be fair, we might have to widen a few of the doorways), but I wouldn't want to take something that small on a motorway.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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As has been mentioned, the name of the driver is sometimes immediately helpful, and the four hex values printed next to it can be decoded to give more precise information as to what's actually wrong.

Of course, if it's a reoccurring problem (that doesn't prevent the machine from actually starting) it's far better to enable memory dumps and just load one of them in WinDBG which gives you the same information that's on screen and a whole lot more.

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China to Donald Trump: Twitter diplomacy 'undesirable'

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140-character kid

You misspelled 'brain cell'.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: Can you imagine Windows 95 going at the speed of today's hardware?

I seem to recall 98SE could run for about a week at a time before needing a reboot. (At least, that's roughly how often I rebooted my machines at work.)

I stuck with Win2K all the way through to 7. I hated the Walt Disney UI of XP, and Vista... well, I had to deal with Vista at work on a daily basis long before it launched, and there was simply no way I was going to install that steaming horse turd. Not even the free copy I got as a way of an apology from one of the guys at Microsoft. (By the way, if you ever worked with Microsoft around that time and heard them referring to the Games Explorer as the Games Exploder, you can thank me for that.) ;)

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Re: 17 inch penis!!

Mostly hollow, I would imagine.

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Re: Does anyone even use the Win 10 start mess?

Yes, I do.

Once you've cleaned out the default set of bullshit tiles and put in the apps that you actually use all the time it's a lot faster and quicker to access things than the start menus of earlier versions of Windows. I rarely need to actually access the main list of applications. Everything I use regularly is pinned as a tile and organised how I like them.

Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP: Spend ages traversing the Programs tree looking for the thing you want to start. Or spend a week creating your own shortcut tree at the top, and then traverse that instead.

Windows Vista, 7: Slightly better because recently used apps appear automatically, but also slightly worse because these recent shortcuts are never quite in the same place, and in fact the more you use an application, the further away from the start button it becomes as it's moved up the list.

Windows 8:, 8.1: Fullscreen was a little overkill, in my opinion, but I can see the logical progression of trying to scale to a full size monitor. 8.1 was a lot better than 8.

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Can you imagine Windows 95 going at the speed of today's hardware?

Yeah, just imagine how fast it would crash your whole system and leave you tearing your hair out.

Strange really that you pine for the days of the alleged speed of Windows 95 (which barely supported 24-bit displays or rarely had to deal with resolutions greater than 1280x1024) and yet choose Windows 7 over 10 for the exact opposite reason.

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2016 just got a tiny bit longer. Gee, thanks, time lords

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...if not corrected it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise

Presumably he means in places where that doesn't already happen.

Also, it has to be said, it would take around 6,000 years before that happened on the equator.

Which by some huge coincidence is roughly equal to how long the next fours years is going to feel - assuming we all survive that long.

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Apple drops requirement for apps to use HTTPS by 2017

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Re: The thing they really need to drop

Relevant much?

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USPTO: Hi, Ask Me Anything. Reddit: Can we trademark 'AMA'? USPTO: No.

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Re: The problem is people.

Is it Guyball?

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

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I would presume it has been rolled into eCall for starters.

eCall is a European initiative intended to bring rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision anywhere in the European Union. eCall will be mandatory in all new cars sold within EU after April 2018.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECall

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TalkTalk hacker gets iPhone taken away by Norwich Youth Court

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Re: Ridiculous

if I have a frontdoor made of cardboard (not the case) and somebody kicks it and nicks my stuff, it is the burglar who is responsible. Not the victim.

That's a bad analogy.

If the cardboard door was the door to a vault you owned where you kept other people's private stuff (and claimed it was perfectly secure), who would be to blame then?

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Re: Ridiculous

Who caused it?

Was it the hacker? Or the hackers who used this information afterwards? Or was it the developer who didn't understand simple security procedures? Or the testers who validated the systems with an equally poor understanding of security? Or the development manager who signed off on the code and decided it was safe to push live?

TalkTalk are ultimately to blame here. They are the ones who should be fined.

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Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

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...we no longer respond to that sort of manipulation by rich and powerful corruptocrats...

No, these days you respond to a completely different sort of manipulation by rich and powerful corruptocrats.

Let's see how that works out for you in the long run.

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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A more meaningful metric would be: 'how may crashes were avoided because of autopilot?'

Does Tesla have that data? Because that would be interesting to see.

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Six car-makers team to build European 'leccy car charge bar network

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Re: UK Charging points

All petrol pumps in Norway have credit card readers. You can't use the pump without letting the machine read your card first. If you want to go to the shop (if there even is one - some stations are just unsupervised pumps), you pull over and park before or after you've filled the car.

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New Euro-net will let you stream Snakes on a Plane on a *!#@ plane

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Re: Better idea

Not too many ground stations in the ocean.

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Inside Android's source code... // TODO – Finish file encryption later

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Re: It's actually worse

It's almost as if being good at ridiculous interview questions doesn't automatically mean you're a good programmer.

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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Re: First Flight Challenges

Pah! I laugh in scorn at your aluminium, puny human: real planes are made from plywood! :-)

Oh...

*Looks at half carved granite wing in the garden*

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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Re: Baby... Bathwater?

They tried and succeeded, actually:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/singularity/

"The Singularity research codebase and design evolved to become the Midori advanced-development OS project. While never reaching commercial release, at one time Midori powered all of Microsoft’s natural language search service for the West Coast and Asia."

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Re: Put an x86 processor in the dock?

That's only valid when you're using a dock. Continuum works wirelessly too.

Also, you're not thinking about the bigger picture. If Microsoft can get x86 applications running on ARM, that also opens up the door for ARM based laptop and desktop machines too. Which would really get Intel worried.

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2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs

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Re: Not ethical

Our (western) society just frowns on that, but I have no beef with rat/dog/bug/whale/turtle eaters as long as it is sustainable and the species is not endangered.

How do you feel about the Chinese eating dogs that were skinned alive because there's some mistaken belief that they taste better?

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Re: Not ethical

Yes, whale meat is eaten in Japan, the Faroes, and IIRC in Greenland and the high arctic north of Canada.

And in Norway too. I've eaten it on occasion. It's not much different to beef to be honest.

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Tesla to charge for road trip 'leccy, promises it will cost less than petrol

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Re: small fee to Supercharge which will be charged incrementally

It applies to new cars. As you would know if you'd read the article. ;)

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: Bah!

I just noticed that FBI backwards is IBF.

Coincidence? I think not.

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Re: But do you REALLY have to give up pork?

...and I have reduced my cheese intake by an order of magnitude (a difficult decision for a Frenchman.

So you're just a regular surrender monkey now? ;)

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Birmingham sperm bank pulls plug after just a handful of recruits

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Re: Ah, to never have that conversation.

Yeah, because *that* never happened before.

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Lad cuffed after iOS call exploit knocks out Arizona 911 center

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"A search warrant was also carried out at his home."

Oh come on, Reg. It's like you don't even care any more. Do you want to talk about it?

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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"color palates"

Really?

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Sextortion on the internet: Our man refuses to lie down and take it

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Re: Oh no! One of Vyvyan's socks has escaped!

You know you still would.

You know she's 70, right?

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NASA opens ISS to private sector modules

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Just don't let Apple design it. Only Apple approved modules with rounded corners will be dockable if you do, and it'll only have one docking collar for legacy modules. All future modules should support remote docking.

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