* Posts by Symon

2034 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009

Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Re: F1 is shit.

"brass-balls driving"

Ari Vatanen in an Opel Manta, with a flat tyre, over a cattle grid.

https://youtu.be/cxDz0Z066NI

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F1 has moved with the times.

It could have been much worse. If she had gone to a race when she was at MIT, James Hunt would've tried to shag her. Breakfast of champions!

http://cdn2.autoexpress.co.uk/sites/autoexpressuk/files/2016/02/hunt3.jpg

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Scotland: Get tae f**k on 10Mbps Broadband USO

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Re: Eh?

"Scottish whiskey". It's Scottish whisky. The Irish have whiskey.

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Re: Eh?

I pissed in the loo next to Jimmy Hill at Heathrow airport once. Luckily for him, the flight to Edinburgh from the next gate was closing. As it happens, Gordon Brown was on that flight, when he was shadow chancellor. I expect he would've chinned poor Jimmy if he'd seen him.

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Re: Eh?

"Auchtermuchtie"

Wear the fox hat.

https://youtu.be/kb0kiiB3O-o

p.s. It's Auchtermuchty!

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Scottish investment.

Let's hope they've got a bit better at it. If they hadn't fucked it up in the late 1690's, maybe they'd still be autonomous.

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

"The land where the Darien colony was built, in the modern province of Guna Yala, is virtually uninhabited today."

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Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

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Re: I think that this judgement is pretty fair.

Sure, but if you had been following the case, you would know that a large part of NT1 and NT2's argument in court was that, because their sentences were legally spent, the information shouldn't be indexed by Google.

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I think that this judgement is pretty fair.

From the BBC.

"The businessman who won his case was convicted 10 years ago of conspiring to intercept communications. He spent six months in jail. The other businessman, who lost his case, was convicted more than 10 years ago of conspiring to account falsely. He spent four years in jail."

So, the guy who got four years was just barely able to qualify to be rehabilitated so that his conviction was spent. If you get four years and a day, your conviction is never spent.

"Explaining the decisions made on Friday, the judge said one of the men had continued to "mislead the public" while the other had "shown remorse"." Sums it all up really.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43752344

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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This call may be recorded for training and security reasons.

"Calving says that to this day he’s never received a word of thank and his sister denies the whole incident ever happened."

There's a reason that real-life telephone helplines record the conversations! Maybe we need to do this for family and friends...

BTW, I think his name got misspelled to Calving, but I won't have a cow, man.

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Imagine you're having a CT scan and malware alters the radiation levels – it's doable

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Re: Yet another reason...

What do you think about vaccination? Do you have an annual flu jab?

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Re: Yet another reason...

You might not be as daft as you sound! Iatrogenic disease (a.k.a. Dr. Killemoff) is the third most common cause of death in the USA.

"These total to 225000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes. Three caveats should be noted. First, most of the data are derived from studies in hospitalized patients. Second, these estimates are for deaths only and do not include adverse effects that are associated with disability or discomfort. Third, the estimates of death due to error are lower than those in the IOM report. If the higher estimates are used, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes would range from 230000 to 284000. In any case, 225000 deaths per year constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer. Even if these figures are overestimated, there is a wide margin between these numbers of deaths and the next leading cause of death (cerebrovascular disease).."

https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-primary-care-policy-center/Publications_PDFs/A154.pdf

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El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot

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Yup, if you're too lazy to fetch a beer, buy a bottle of whisky.

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How life started on Earth: Sulfur dioxide builds up, volcanoes blow, job done – boffins

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Re: Curse you, Noah Webster!

According to the Wikipedias, the spelling swings back and forth like a very long pendulum...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfur#Spelling_and_etymology

Sulfur is derived from the Latin word sulpur, which was Hellenized to sulphur. The spelling sulfur appears toward the end of the Classical period. (The true Greek word for sulfur, θεῖον, is the source of the international chemical prefix thio-.) In 12th-century Anglo-French, it was sulfre; in the 14th century the Latin -ph- was restored, for sulphre; and by the 15th century the full Latin spelling was restored, for sulfur, sulphur. The parallel f~ph spellings continued in Britain until the 19th century, when the word was standardized as sulphur. Sulfur was the form chosen in the United States, whereas Canada uses both. The IUPAC adopted the spelling sulfur in 1990, as did the Nomenclature Committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1992, restoring the spelling sulfur to Britain. Oxford Dictionaries note that "in chemistry and other technical uses ... the -f- spelling is now the standard form for this and related words in British as well as US contexts, and is increasingly used in general contexts as well."

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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Re: re. "... and even mole rats."

Naked Mole Rats.

Weird things. The only mammalian thermoconformer. No pain receptors in its skin. Can survive in very low oxygen environments. And has remarkable resistance to cancer. They can live for over 30 years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_mole-rat

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: missed opportunity

"ignorant of the three huge mobile phone antennae"

To be fair, those antennas are designed to radiate power horizontally outwards, not downwards. So, there wouldn't be much signal below them anyway.

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EUROCONTROL outage causes flight delays across Europe

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Top four causes of downtime.

1) Hardware failure. 55% "Find a piece of metal and shove it in there. You've got to short that thing out."

2) Human error. 22% "Well, I don’t think there is any question about it. It can only be attributable to human error. This sort of thing has cropped up before, and it has always been due to human error."

3) Software failure. 18% "These lights keep blinking out of sequence"

4) Natural disasters. 5% "It's coming right at us!"

5) Bad arithmetic. 8%

http://www.continuitycentral.com/news06645.html

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"what caused the hiccup"

My money's on a bad NIC!

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: Forbidden Planet

Well, even disregarding the great visual effects, with a plot written by William Shakespeare, Forbidden Planet had a pretty good chance of success!

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Re: Not just Siri/Google Assistant/etc

The 2001 iPad wouldn't have caught on. It needs _rounded_ corners. Duh!

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Indian comms satellite gives boffins back home the silent treatment

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Maybe...

...there was something wrong in its wiring?

http://www.loupiote.com/photos_m/3700155454-tangled-electrical-wiring-street-delhi-india.jpg

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Doomed Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 crashes into watery Pacific grave

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"confirmed reentry on April 1"

http://earthsky.org/space/china-tiangong-1-uncontrolled-re-entry-mar-apr-2018

Only for folks west of Greenwich. For the rest of us, and the Chinese owners, it was April 2nd.

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Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let's take a closer look at that

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DNS over Tor.

There's a Raspberry Pi project for that, complete with possible drawbacks, e.g. malicious exit nodes.

https://github.com/pi-hole/pi-hole/wiki/DNS-over-Tor

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Re: Still no go

"the rest of the 99.99999999% of the population"

That's about 0.7 people excluded. What are you trying to say about the OP?

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: "Mangers feature prominently in the Christmas story"

Kemosabe?

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Re: "Mangers feature prominently in the Christmas story"

Next you'll be telling me that Santa couldn't visit all the children in one night. Anyway, it's Easter now, not Christmas. We should all be thankful that our Lord Jebus died on the cross so that we could have a long weekend.

p.s. FWIW, most churchgoers, certainly in the UK, don't believe in all that God stuff literally, but it's still good fun to go out with friends for a bit of a singalong and a chat. That doesn't make them "unthinking masses". Like it or not, we live in a culturally Christian society, and getting worked up about the obvious flaws in the nativity is a little obsessive. IMO.

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SUSE bakes a Raspberry Pi-powered GNU/Linux Enterprise Server

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"MORRIS: Today is the anniversary of 1944. People did different things then, and lived different lives. This Day Today reminiscipackage features contemporary memories and footage from a time when a five speed, three litre Ford Capri was the stuff of a madman's dreams."

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Cambridge Analytica seeks data protection assistant

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Re: Sure you can

Back in the day, where I used to work, one of our middle managers wrote a 'Blame Allocation Form' and had it approved and subsequently added to the official company project management documents.

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Tiangong-1 re-entry window shrinks: Duck from March 30 to April 3

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Sadly not. It doesn't go that far north.

https://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/TG-1_Coverage_Plot_Annotated.png

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the object has started to break up

She feels like she's going to break up.

She's starting to shake.

She's starting to shimmy.

She's starting to...

What? What's she starting to do?

Shudder, Ted?

She's starting to shudder.

How bad is it?

At least she's not cracking up.

She's beginning to crack up.

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YouTube banned many gun vids, so some moved to smut site

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blah blah blah cock the gun blah blah blah

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Go park yourself: Brit firm flashes self-parking car tech

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Indeed.

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

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/davehillblog/2012/feb/29/boris-johnson-driverless-underground-trains

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Fancy a viaduct? We have a wrought Victorian iron marvel to sell you

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Re: Wonderful!

If you feel particularly energetic, you can take your bike on the train to Okehampton, follow National Cycle Route 27 across the Meldon viaduct and then onto Tavistock, passing Lydford Castle and through Lydford Gorge, turn off to Gunnislake, quite hilly this bit, and then Calstock, then catch the train at Calstock and go across the stone viaduct into Plymouth. Pick a sunny day! Plenty of pubs on the way.

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Seen from spaaaaace: Boffins check world's oceans for plastic

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Re: Remember back in the day...

There's Norway that'll work.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42953038

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"How the hell do we even start to clean up microplastics?"

We don't. We rely on our microscopic allies.

"Plastics - dead... slain, after all man's devices had failed, by the humblest things upon the Earth, bacteria. Minute invisible bacteria! Directly the plastics arrived, our microscopic allies evolved to eat them. From that moment - they were doomed!"

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/10/could-a-new-plastic-eating-bacteria-help-combat-this-pollution-scourge

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/bacteria-evolving-eat-plastic-dump-into-oceans/

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US govt's final bid to extradite Lauri Love kicked into touch

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Re: Wishful thinking

He should be grateful he hasn't fallen out with the Russians. They don't care where you are.

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We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

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Big Brother

As Stewart Lee said, social media is a state surveillance system run by gullible volunteers. A Stasi for the angry birds generation.

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Re: About time

Re: Gunboat. Yes, and destroy his Old Summer Palace. Now, where's my opium pipe?

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Xilinx to bust ACAP in the dome of data centres all over with uber FPGA

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Re: Ahh...wire wrapping

"looked fantastic"

If it looked fantastic, you weren't doing it right! It should look like a birds nest. Tidy neat rows of wire are terrible for crosstalk, which is mostly h-field for these circuits. It's not a job for tidy freaks!

Good -> https://www.bigmessowires.com/wiring/BMOW%20Photos%20004.jpg

Bad -> http://i.imgur.com/eSUB7AL.jpg

Lots of ground wires were a big help, or a ground plane in the prototyping board. When sending a signal to lots of places, it's important not to daisy chain the connections, rather, connect up pairs of pins first, then link the pairs together. Makes it far easier to disassemble and reconnect up!

Ah, simpler days of designing with 4MHz Z-80s and XC2018s.

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BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

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Re: Should be interesting to hear their excuses

The one caught red handed?

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China to offer recoverable satellites-as-a-service

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Try it with petunias.

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Re: Come in XUR 12322716523

ƐƧS9ƖLƧƧƐƧƖ , are you in trouble?

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Nip/Tug: Plastic surgeon accused of mid-surgery 'hardcore' smut binge

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Re: Just a little misunderstanding

As long as he leaves the bush warblers out of it.

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Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

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Re: Engineers...?

Two weeks ago I couldn't spell 'engineer'. Now I are one.

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Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket

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Re: Jenny Agutter wearing that short dress

DavCrav, was it cold where you are last night? Does the boiler make an awful gurgling noise? Try melting the ice in the condensate drain pipe with a kettle of hot water. Good luck.

https://www.google.com/search?q=condensate+pipe+frozen

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Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

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Re: Stationery

Good spot! My complements.

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