* Posts by Symon

2304 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Pint

Re: PIHole all the ads

You might wanna consider ditching your BT hub or whatever for a box running pfSense. It can do all the PPPoE stuff. Install pfBlockerNG. While you're at it, give Quad9 a look.

Help us sniff out 50 neutron star collisions so we can calculate universe expansion, cosmoboffins plead

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Paris Hilton

Re: How small can you make a black hole?

"which made a speed of light (1W per 1F)"

No. Speed is wavelength times frequency. And that's as far as I bothered to read, which, to be honest, was too far.

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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Yes, and a New England. But I'm not looking for it.

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Headmaster

Re: "..as a friendly reminder, please reuse your mugs.."

Tonya.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Coat

Re: Bad news...

I believe 'bigly' is a proper word. It's embiggen that's cromulent!

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/bigly

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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Joke

Re: Representing himself

Ever since they moved their business from Ireland to The Netherlands for tax avoidance, most folks are anti Bono now.

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Holmes

Re: Interesting angle.

In England and Wales, since 1st January 2010, solicitors can get 'right of audience' in the higher courts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rights_of_audience#Reform

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'

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Headmaster

Re: As we get older...

It's 'shuffle'.

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/hamlet/full.html

Fake fuse: Bloke admits selling counterfeit chips for use in B-1 bomber, other US military gear

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Boffin

Re: No that's not "Upcycling"

Never underestimate the power of Quincy, M.E.!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphan_Drug_Act_of_1983#Legislation

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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Stop

Re: Oh yeah, _that_ fscker.

https://stopdisablingselinux.com/

Japanese astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet – using cheap 'scopes and off-the-shelf CMOS cameras

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Alien

Solar system mass.

"The Solar System is full of tiny bits of debris leftover from the swirling protoplanetary disk that formed around our young Sun billions of years ago. Only a small proportion of these dusty particles managed to clump together to form planets."

No, almost all of it has "clumped together".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_System#Structure_and_composition

"The principal component of the Solar System is the Sun, a G2 main-sequence star that contains 99.86% of the system's known mass and dominates it gravitationally. The Sun's four largest orbiting bodies, the giant planets, account for 99% of the remaining mass, with Jupiter and Saturn together comprising more than 90%. The remaining objects of the Solar System (including the four terrestrial planets, the dwarf planets, moons, asteroids, and comets) together comprise less than 0.002% of the Solar System's total mass."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_System#cite_note-footnoteD-28

"The mass of the Solar System excluding the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn can be determined by adding together all the calculated masses for its largest objects and using rough calculations for the masses of the Oort cloud (estimated at roughly 3 Earth masses),[19] the Kuiper belt (estimated at roughly 0.1 Earth mass)[20] and the asteroid belt (estimated to be 0.0005 Earth mass)[21] for a total, rounded upwards, of ~37 Earth masses, or 8.1% of the mass in orbit around the Sun. With the combined masses of Uranus and Neptune (~31 Earth masses) subtracted, the remaining ~6 Earth masses of material comprise 1.3% of the total orbiting mass."

I helped catch Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht: Undercover agent tells all

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Alert

Re: Ulbricht was also linked to six drug overdose deaths

Try not to get ill in the first place. Iatrogenic disease is (probably) the third leading cause of death in the USA. Europe is about the same, I believe.

https://hub.jhu.edu/2016/05/03/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death/

Canadians moot methods to embiggen moose monument and make Mac great again

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Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Boffin

Re: Reminds me...

"Why? How do we know he didn’t invent the thing?"

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Coat

"Have you ever stifled your laughter"

What's the only word that's an anagram of itself? Sorry ---->

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Windows

Re: Not sure...

That's why I gave up the wine. Meths all the way for me...

As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet)

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Big Brother

Re: welp....

Just in case you're one of the 1%ers ...

For DNS check out :-

https://www.quad9.net/

pfSense :-

https://www.linuxincluded.com/configuring-quad9-on-pfsense/

https://www.linuxincluded.com/block-ads-malvertising-on-pfsense-using-pfblockerng-dnsbl-old/

https://www.linuxincluded.com/using-pfblockerng-on-pfsense/

Blocklists for pfSense:-

https://forum.netgate.com/topic/119186/firehol-level-1-list-blocking-lan-resources/25

HTH someone.

Register Lecture: Can big science keep up with discovery?

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Paris Hilton

Re: About the big bang

Well done, you have a hypothesis. Next you need to read this:-

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

Let us know how you get on. Thanks.

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"the world’s largest scientific machine"

Actually, just "the world's largest machine".

https://interestingengineering.com/17-of-the-biggest-machines-in-the-world

NHS England digital boss in hot water over 'puff piece' written about her future employer

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Paris Hilton

Re: Easily led or stupid

or both. Just sayin'...

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Facepalm

Re: There is no such verb as "to pen"

Dogshit, did you think about it as you penned that missive?

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Unhappy

Whatever you pay, iatrogenic disorders are (probably) the third leading cause of death in the USA.

https://hub.jhu.edu/2016/05/03/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death/

It seems that the research says the same for Western Europe. Turns out that doctors are just as crap at their jobs as the rest of us are at ours...

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Pint

Let me start by saying I don't agree with the OP, and I believe that the NHS is a "good thing".

The cost of the NHS is £2,273* (2016-17) for every man, woman, and child in the UK. (Other genders may be available.) If you're paying 6k a year in tax, well done, you're doing OK. If you're employed under PAYE, you're earning around £40,000# per annum. But I reckon you're paying more than £100 a month. Your NI contributions are £320 a month, and remember your employer is paying about 50% more than that in employers' NI, which your employer could give to you if they didn't have to pay it so it's a (not very well) hidden tax on you. Anyway, my point is, as someone earning considerably more than the median salary^ I expect you're paying more than you think. Good health! --->

* https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/02/is-the-nhs-the-worlds-best-healthcare-system

# https://www.reed.co.uk/tax-calculator?salary=40000

^ https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/may/12/salary-what-get-paid-talk-about-it-makes-brits-cringe

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash

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Terminator

Re: Werecorgi

No.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/26/queens-last-corgi-dies-ending-74-year-connection-breed/

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Boffin

"Certainly until we are able to remake a genetic makeup and reform a living creature from that."

What, like this, in 2010?

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/scientists-create-cell-controlled-synthetic-genome/story?id=10692639

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/artificial-life-vint-cerf

Anyway, grandad, the kids are using new bases in their artificial life now. Six is better than four, obvs.

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-scientists-stable-semisynthetic.html

p.s. We're all doomed.

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Facepalm

Re: Temperature?

If only someone, somewhere would invent irrigation...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irrigation#History

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Childcatcher

There's too much focus on species and not enough on what really matters, the genes. These boffins need to find out if any genes are going extinct or not, as that's the true measure of biodiversity. Someone should write a book about it it...

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

p.s. Just having my morning (builder's) tea. No crisis here.

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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Coat

“The entire operation was set up to make selling the highest priority in the company.”

A.B.C.

I'm glad I chose engineering, otherwise I wouldn't have owned any steak knives, let alone a Cadillac*.

https://youtu.be/w7y6EOGY87U

* (The 'Rolls Royce' of motor cars)

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

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Paris Hilton

"They wouldn't have seen any rings."

Well, they might not have seen the _current_ rings. But there might have been other rings which have since fallen into Saturn. It's happened once, it could've happened before. Just sayin'!

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Pint

"Who's to say they didn't?" They didn't have opposable thumbs, so how are they gonna work the focusing? ;-) They did have a thagomizer though, as Gary Larsen will tell you!

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

Lawyers' secure email network goes down, firm says it'll take 2 weeks to restore

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Headmaster

It's auctioning off Egress Technologies' assets?

"Although they’re often seen in cartoons and TV programmes and mentioned in almost everything else involving judges, the one place you won’t see a gavel is an English or Welsh courtroom – they are not used there and have never been used in the criminal courts."

https://www.judiciary.uk/about-the-judiciary/the-justice-system/court-traditions/

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Re: The room doll was removed

Reminds me of "Be my girl" by 'The Police' (or as they're now known, 'Sting') from the same era.

"She's loving, warm, inflatable and a guarantee of joy"

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Re: The room doll was removed

Right.

Silicon Valley -> Northern California.

Silicone Valley -> Southern California.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: The FCC, eh?

Fucking colossal collider?

Forget Finding Nemo: This AI can identify a single zebrafish out of a 100-strong shoal

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Re: yet it works for fruit flies, too

Anyone up for some antanaclasis? Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_flies_like_an_arrow;_fruit_flies_like_a_banana

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up

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Paris Hilton

Re: Patronised a customer?

Didn't Arnie do that once? Oh, yes...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/28/acrostic_arnie/

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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The shield of Cher!

https://youtu.be/YzRMIZBOjXU

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Pirate

Re: NTP

" I'd still move away from that oven." FTFY!

Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe

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Headmaster

"Surely all the plods need to do"

I believe it's generally accepted usage that 'Plod' is used without an article, and it's singular. So, for example, Plod is on the case. A proper noun, out of Noddy, PC Plod. It's not like the filth. Or the rozzers. Sorry, IGMC ---->

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: Devuan user here

"Hello" from the land of FreeBSD. Wish you were here! xx

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Mushroom

Re: At least people can take comfort from the fact that ...

They won't be laughing when we fit 'old painless' to every airliner.

Admittedly, it might reduce the load capacity of the plane, but it will solve the noise pollution problem. No-one will want to live anywhere near an airport.

p.s. Apropos of nothing, "When I said I was going to become a comedian, they all laughed. Well, they're not laughing now, are they?" -- Bob Monkhouse.

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON

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Paris Hilton

Re: Why that Chinese image is so bad in 2018?

Dunno about the camera module, but the phone made in China? Not necessarily.

http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=8785

"50% of Samsung Mobile Phones Made in Vietnam","The two factories in China have a maximum capacity of 150 million phones. However, Samsung is looking to cut their production by approximately 40 million in view of the high labor costs in China."

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Alien

Re: I can just imagine the timeline

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/dark

Definition 13. hidden; secret. Cf. Dark ages.

Also, as a matter of fact, it's all dark!

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/the-dirtiest-lunar-mystery-of-all/

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Unhappy

Re: Rule of thumb: the bigger they are, the less poisonous they tend to be (there are exceptions)

"They used to be rather good, though - decades ago"

That reminds me of Scientific American...

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Childcatcher

Re: "in Australia, where the majority of fauna seem set on cleansing humans from the continent"

The spiders fauna isn't all that bad in Oz.

https://portal.clubrunner.ca/8104/stories/10-most-dangerous-spiders-in-australia

"Australian spiders have a fearsome reputation, but our bees typically pose more of a threat."

Also, the snakes aren't as bad as people think.

https://theconversation.com/are-australian-snakes-the-deadliest-in-the-world-not-even-close-50963

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Snakes/Wild-Snakes/The-Worlds-Deadliest-Snakes/

p.s. " [Australians'] death rate due to snake bite is about the same as the United Kingdom and Holland" "The funnel-web spider is lethal but nowhere near as consistently deadly as North African scorpions which kill tens of thousands of people each year."

http://w3.unisa.edu.au/unisanews/2015/December/story4.asp

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Re: Rule of thumb: the bigger they are, the less poisonous they tend to be (there are exceptions)

Here's the section you want. They're not very poisonous.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pholcidae#Misconceptions

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Re: What an engineer does in the UK

Three weeks ago, I couldn't spell Engineer. Now I are one.

https://i.chzbgr.com/full/1608551168/h7A40D3F5/

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