* Posts by Symon

2112 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009

UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 MEEELLION taxpayers

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Fear not, we're all citizens now. Well, almost all.

"On 1 January 1983, upon the coming into force of the British Nationality Act 1981, every citizen of the United Kingdom and colonies became either a British citizen, British Dependent Territories citizen or British Overseas citizen. Use of the term British subject was discontinued for all persons who fell into these categories, or who had a national citizenship of any other Commonwealth country. The category of British subjects now includes only those people formerly known as British subjects without citizenship and people born in the Republic of Ireland before 1949. In statutes passed before 1 January 1983, however, references to British subjects are interpreted as if they referred to Commonwealth citizens."

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

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Don't panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam

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I would also use one if I was at a tapas party in southern Portugal with my doctor friends.

Too soon?

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Re: Hills

Who knows how you Devon lot pronounce things. You can't even get the jam and the cream the right way round. Anyway, if you're gonna start that game, have a go at "Launceston". And not the Aussie one.

p.s. FWIW, I just asked my Janner mate, he says "high-will-hays".

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Re: Hills

Close, but no cigar --->

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

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Geoboffins baffled as Ceres is crawling with carbon organics

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I thought the glowing blue protomolecule came from Phoebe and went to Eros? The Beltalowda are gonna be furious.

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The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze

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Paris Hilton

Re: Repudiating democratic norms

"it could swing the next election"

Which way?

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Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

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Re: centigrade

That's Lord Kelvin to you...

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: sustainable, clean energy

Nuclear power is sustainable. If you use breeder reactors and get your uranium from seawater, you'll outlast the Sun.

http://large.stanford.edu/publications/coal/references/docs/pad11983cohen.pdf

It's also the safest form of energy.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2012/06/10/energys-deathprint-a-price-always-paid/#283b604c709b

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Re: Undecimate?

"The word has a number in it. Numbers dont change value."

I agree, and that's why December is the ten month.

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Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux

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Bloody RedHat and their pointless wrappers around existing functions, e.g. firewalld and NetworkManager. I know they can be removed, but it's better to leave them out in the first place. If some numpty actually wants them, then they can install it.

Well done the Devuan folks, I hope it all works out, but I fear they may be up against it. I'm using FreeBSD more and more...

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: The ongoing ruthless take backs.

They obviously don't want us finding the WW2 bomber they've hidden up there.

Full details documented here:-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunday_Sport#/media/File:Sunday_Sport.jpg

Not long later...

http://www.anorak.co.uk/wp-content/gallery/sunday-sport/bomberonmoonsundaysport1.jpg

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Worst. Birthday. Ever. IPv6's party falls flat

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

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Vital office equipment.

Every workplace needs one of these:-

https://www.andrewjamesworldwide.com/kitchen-c1/small-kitchen-appliances-c7/multi-cookers-c43/andrew-james-electric-egg-boiler-and-poacher-with-steamer-attachment-p224

You also need a toaster. Only an animal eats eggs without soldiers. And a small salt shaker. Let's not go there with the big-endian little-endian thing. Remember, "there have been six rebellions raised on that account; wherein one Emperor lost his Life, and another his crown."

p.s. Egghead ---->

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Re: Cracking Up.

It's completely ova the top.

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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The bank of twitter?

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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Re: @JustWondering - 5 seconds is not enough

The 26 seconds thing is, at best, misleading. Athough I'd call it bollocks. The study showed a variation in times, the lowest was 1.9 seconds. In fact the long transition time may be due to a wide range of factors, “such as being asked to resume control in a curve, and a driver waiting until the vehicle was back on a straight road.”

https://jalopnik.com/what-you-can-do-in-the-26-seconds-it-takes-to-regain-co-1791823621

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re: Linux, I expect systemd killed the collision avoidance background process when Mr. Huang logged out.

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re: mountain. "TERRAIN" "PULL UP"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_proximity_warning_system#Commercial_aircraft

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Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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Thought I'd get IPv6 running.

We have ADSL and FTTP from BT. The ADSL IPv6 was off, but is now apparently turned on. FTTP? "It's not possible to have IPV6 on FTTP connections at the moment as they are on legacy systems and there's no way to order it on the legacy systems sorry"

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Re: Alternatives

They're here!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44392148

Well, 80% of them!

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Re: How would a downed pilot be picked up quickly?

"I should think that life expectancy increases dramatically if you can get out of the water."

There's a one man life raft in the ejector seat base, as Ray Mears will tell you.

https://youtu.be/4wp0xpWKAiw?t=264

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Armageddon outofhere

http://www.private-eye.co.uk/covers/cover-1037

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DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Has the machine received a knock of any kind?

The computer is on the table and plugged in. The screen shows lots of fuzzy lines like interference. The vicar enters followed by Del.

Vicar:- (Indicating the screen) You see what I mean Mr Trotter, I've tried everything but it simply refuses to work.

Del:- Hmm, I see. Has the machine received a knock of any kind?

Vicar:- Oh no, I can assure you.

Del:- Oh.

Del now gives a heavy thump with the side of his fist. The screen clears and appears to be in working order.

http://www.ofah.net/files/The%20Frog's%20Legacy.txt

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Re: The next Rover evolution

"Find a piece of metal and shove it in there."

https://youtu.be/OeLnS8O08ng?t=25

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Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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Re: Alternative

"Refunds? From a government and for license fees? That would be a first...."

Actually, no it wouldn't. Arnie did it in 2004.

"Six hundred million dollars worth of refund checks will start flowing Friday to California motorists who registered their cars before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rolled back state vehicle license fees."

http://articles.latimes.com/2004/jan/28/local/me-dmv28

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Russian battery ambitions see a 10x increase in power from smaller, denser nukes

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Re: Specific Energy

We don't need no stinkin' engine!

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/426252/gasoline-fuel-cell-would-boost-electric-car-range/

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Other pacemaker solution...

Self winding pacemaker. 6uW

http://www.damngeeky.com/2017/01/13/46575/swiss-watch-style-device-will-power-pacemakers-will-powered-heart.html

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UK judge appears in dock over Computer Misuse Act allegations

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Re: Quis ispos custodes ?

People called Romanes they go the house!?

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Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer

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Re: 100Mbs VM customer here ....

@JimmyPage, I think your neighbour loves it though. Port Vale, ISTR?

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Meet the real spin doctors: Scientists tell H2O to chill out so they can separate isomers

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Re: Do dolphins have root access?

In Kansas?

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Re: absolute zero (-273°C, -459.67°F)

I gratefully accept the rebuke, and I've withdrawn the post out of shame. In other news, I've now fixed my browser's spolling chicker. Cheers!

p.s. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/british-english-dictionary-2/

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Cold call bosses could be forced to cough up under new rules

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Re: Split their noses open with a boat hook

As any fule kno, brain sucking requires a silver straw.

"On August 25, 1953, with a cheap jury-rigged hand drill, Scoville carved two holes in Molaison’s skull, one just above each of his eyes. Molaison was given only a local anesthetic, so that he could be awake to report on his sensations when different cerebral areas were stimulated. Scoville lifted up Molaison’s frontal lobes with a spatula and reached far into the center of his brain. Then, using a silver straw, Scoville sucked out fist-size chunks of the medial temporal lobes on both sides of Molaison’s brain. The excised tissue included most of the sea-horse-shaped structure called the hippocampus, as well as the parahippocampal gyrus, the uncus, the anterior temporal cortex, and the almond-shaped amygdala."

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-man-who-forgot-everything

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BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts

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FAIL

You'd have to be a right shower of pillocks to cock up email privacy.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/24/email_blunder/

p.s. May I suggest spamgourmet? Spam, yum yum!

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Sysadmin's PC-scrub script gave machines a virus, not a wash

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Re: Perspective

Slow, lazy and useless isn't so bad; fast, eager and useless is far more dangerous!

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Penicillin doesn't clear up viral infections. It only works on bacterial diseases.

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Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter

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Re: Hoodies?

Alan, well, I thought the point was to make it harder to judge the distance shape and direction of a thing. For example, here's a ship. Just one!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage#/media/File:USS_West_Mahomet_(ID-3681)_cropped.jpg

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Re: Hoodies?

Make them from dazzle camouflage material?

http://en.espn.co.uk/redbull/motorsport/story/190315.html

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ISP TalkTalk's Wi-Fi passwords Walk Walk thanks to Awks Awks router security hole

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Undocumented alien caught stealing orbits in our Solar System

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Re: Just warn us

Or if, out there in the expanse, it starts glowing blue and then suddenly heading directly at the Earth.

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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Keyboard player out of Sparks.

This town ain't big enough for the two of us.

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Re: Death of Conspiracy theories?....not likely.

Here's the documentary about how they did it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Saved_Hitler%27s_Brain

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You've got to be kitten: Vet recruiter told to pay £1k after pinching info from ex-employer

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Should've gone to California.

https://www.littler.com/publication-press/publication/you-cant-do-what-california-summary-californias-virtually-nonexistent

"The California Supreme Court found that section 16600 "unambiguously" dictates that even partial restraints on the ability of employees to practice their profession are prohibited. Thus, the Edwards court not only declared the noncompete provision void, but the California Supreme Court also held for the first time held that customer nonsolicitation clauses were also void."

All he would have had to do was remember the clients, rather than nick the database.

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Re: 3 fivers and change?

"Retrospective blah blah blah"

Although, interestingly, this:-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4406129.stm

"The change will apply retrospectively, so someone could face a second trial if evidence such as DNA material, new witnesses or a confession came to light."

So, it used to be that if you were aquitted in England and Wales, that's it. But when double jeopardy was axed, people were subsequently convicted of offences commited when double jeopardy was still in place. Of course, the crime they were eventually convicted of was still a crime then, but there's still a retrospective angle here.

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/crimes-shook-teesside-double-jeopardy-6350545

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Re: Did he have to delete the data

Someone needs to make a '[c|sh|w]ould of' detector, that auto-suggests to '[c|sh|w]ould have'.

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It's not hard to become a horse vet.

http://cameron.kangaweb.com/jokes/Farside/vet.jpg

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Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence

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"In the US the police/FBI need to prove that someone is probably guilty before arrest. In the UK it's just vague suspicion."

In the US, the officer needs 'probable cause' and this part of the fourth amendment. In England and Wales, "to arrest you the police need reasonable grounds to suspect you’re involved in a crime for which your arrest is necessary".

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

https://www.gov.uk/police-powers-of-arrest-your-rights

Here is a textbook example of how it's done in England as demonstrated by D.I. Regan.

https://youtu.be/-RUoEog2M1Q

My recommendation? "No comment".

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Knock yourself out...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernesto_Miranda#/media/File:Ernesto_Miranda.jpg

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Astroboffins spy the most greedy black hole yet gobbling a Sun a day

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Re: Where was the Ed?

Also, "heat the accretion disk to temperatures hot enough, where it starts to emit electromagnetic radiation."

Everything at a temperature above 0K emits electromagnetic waves. Even black holes emit Hawking radiation.

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Red Hat admin? Get off Twitter and patch this DHCP client bug

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yum remove RedHat

pkg install FreeBSD

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