* Posts by Symon

1771 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009

User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: rubber prop knives

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/dec/11/actor-slits-throat

Also,

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

"While filming this scene during October 2008, Smits accidentally stabbed stunt man Jeff Chase with a real knife rather than the scene's prop knife. The knife struck a small piece of plastic on Chase's chest and he was unharmed. "The Damage a Man Can Do" received generally positive reviews from critics."

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Re: Ped-ANT-ic typo in title

Is it Terrence or Terence?

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Re: By any chance ...

@AC

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

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

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"Whilst Titan is mostly made up of nitrogen and methane"

"Based on its bulk density of 1.88 g/cm3, Titan's composition is half water ice and half rocky material."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_(moon)#Bulk_characteristics

"Titan's atmospheric composition in the stratosphere is 98.4% nitrogen with the remaining 1.6% composed mostly of methane (1.4%) and hydrogen (0.1–0.2%)"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_(moon)#Atmosphere

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Signs of ground ice found on ancient protoplanet asteroid Vesta

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Re: In principle an asteroid is easier to land on

Vesta hasn't got enough gravity to crush a cream puff, but you could still end up marooned if you're not careful.

https://www.e-reading.club/chapter.php/82002/20/Azimov_-_Asimovs_Mysteries.html

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/the-12-most-unsafe-cities-in-europe-a7493161.html

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: Just imagine the next case ...

"Like say a 12 month ban on bringing any more cases."

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

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

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Re: Time flies like an arrow.

@RTG. Bravo!

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Time flies like an arrow.

Fruit flies like a banana.

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Dear rioters: Hiding your face with scarves, hats can't fool this AI system

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Re: Thanks for that

Are you saying that this is compensating for something?

https://fortunedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/500449280.jpg

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Re: "drone was attacked by the hornets while being used [..] to locate the creatures' nest"

"Ficam D is applied in SMALL quantities directly to the nest entrance. "

Did you miss the bit where the nest is 60ft up a tree? You go up and dust the entrance, I'm killing them with fipronil bait. What's safer now?

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Re: "drone was attacked by the hornets while being used [..] to locate the creatures' nest"

Ficam D is bendiocarb, hazardous to birds and aquatic life. Your fipronil only kills insects. Use a protein based bait like Vespex, and bees won't go for it.

http://www.doc.govt.nz/waspcontrol

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Re: "drone was attacked by the hornets while being used [..] to locate the creatures' nest"

Fipronil. They take it back to the nest. And then they all die.

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

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Re: What a rubbish artists impression

They saw a rock, so they asked Dr. Stone to do the picture. "I'm sorry, I don't do impressions. My training is in psychiatry."

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Crypto-busters reverse nearly 320 MEELLION hashed passwords

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Re: Not really correct

@GK, hmv. "Should not matter. Any cleartext that produces the hash would be accepted as password, right?"

Ah, but the whole point of this article is about stopping people using the same password on a different site. What if the other sites use a different hashing system? Then the 'right' cleartext matters.

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Re: Not really correct

@Jason Bourne, actually it might be (approaching) impossible. Because the hashes are a fixed length, there are (possibly) an infinite number of different passwords that can produce that hash. So, even if you find something that produces the hash, how do you know you found the 'right' cleartext?

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Re: Hashes

@MJB7

Right, SHA-1 is fine in something like Git where it's used as a consistency check.

https://singjupost.com/linus-torvalds-on-git-at-google-tech-talk-conference-full-transcript/7/

p.s. It's "in practice", practise is a verb. Cf. "in fact" and "advise vs. advice".

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80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report

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@Velv, yeah, but how the hell are you going to do that? It's impossible.

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

@AMBxx

And don't forget employers NI. If your employer didn't have to pay it, you could have it instead. It's a total smoke and mirrors thing. It also means that directors who are shareholders can avoid NI completely, and still get their stamp by taking a small salary, receiving the rest of their compensation out of the business in dividends. Now, IMO, maybe people who set up companies and employ people deserve a tax break, but why do it in such a hidden, underhand way?

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Google's Hollywood 'interventions' made on-screen coders cooler

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Re: Exception that proves the rule

Talking of Montalbano, where's Ingrid gone?

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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Re: You can't reliably clean malware

"The only way to do it securely is a full reinstall of the o/s from scratch."

If you're going to be that pedantic, then no. No it isn't.

https://www.theverge.com/2015/2/16/8048243/nsa-hard-drive-firmware-virus-stuxnet

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Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

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Re: Still not happening

How about £50 with regular free security updates?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Home-Heating-Controller/

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Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes

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Re: Glyphosate and Monsanto

If you believe the Greenpeace lot, that's up to you. However, here's some actual science.

http://forestinfo.ca/faqs/how-persistent-is-glyphosate-in-plants-soils-water-and-sediments/

"Glyphosate is considered non-persistent in plants, soils, water and sediments. This can be attributed largely to a number of microorganisms that break down glyphosate for food, removing it from the ecosystem. Studies show that it takes only a few days to a few weeks for 50% of the glyphosate to dissipate from various environmental compartments in a treatment site. In soils and sediments, low residue levels may be detected for up to a year following treatment; however, such residues are considered to be strongly bound, biologically unavailable and not of toxicological significance."

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The Japanese are always bludgeoning something to death.

https://youtu.be/kLqZP31upTw

"Honestly, if you're a dolphin, you don't want to be in Japan"

I think history tells us the only way to make the Japanese stop. You have to do it twice though...

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Re: De gustibus non est disputandum

Glyphosate. This chemical gets a bad rap simply because of its connection with the hated Monsanto and their GMO plant patents. In order to make Monsanto 'pay', the greens go after 'chemicals' which are bad, right? Bloody chemicals, increasing yields, making no-till farming a economic reality, reducing soil erosion. What have chemicals ever done for us? The irony is, they finally got some guy to say it was probably cancer causing, but long after the Monsanto glyphosate patents were out of date.

"The World Health Organization's cancer agency says a common weedkiller is "probably carcinogenic." The scientist leading that review knew of fresh data showing no cancer link - but he never mentioned it and the agency did not take it into account."

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/glyphosate-cancer-data/

FWIW, I think coffee was also a WHO probable carcinogen. But they changed their mind when everyone laughed at them.

It's maybe the most tested agrochemical ever, and it is a safer herbicide than most anything else. In 'organic farming', they use pesticides too. They just have to be naturally occurring. Like copper sulphate.

"Copper sulfate is one of many pesticides approved under the USDA National Organic Program and a number of studies show that it has a great deal of toxicity to both humans and the environment. For example it is toxic to honeybees when used as a fungicide and a study showed extreme toxicity to bees in tropical environments(it was carried out in Brazil), where copper sulfate is used as a sprayed fertilizer (to provide heavy metal nutrients). In addition, some wineries in France, the United States and elsewhere have backed away from growing organic wine because of accumulation of copper in the soil."

https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/05/09/popular-organic-pesticide-copper-sulfate-compare-synthetic-ones-like-glyphosate/

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We're not the 'world leader' in electric cars, Nissan insists

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Brian Clough.

"I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one."

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DreamHost smashed in DDoS attack: Who's to blame? Take a guess...

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Re: Ctrl-Alt-Delete to the Alt-Right

I dunno if you are still reading this, but we debated for nothing. I see that the website is back on an Albanian URL. And on the tor onion web. I wonder if the latest goings on have decreased their readership? Or increased it? Time will tell.

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Re: Ctrl-Alt-Delete to the Alt-Right

A few things. Mate.

1) "equality between a Nazi site and the Daily Mail "

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daily_Mail#Support_of_fascism

The whooshing sound is the point going over your head. You successfully drive one offensive site off the web, because the mob doesn't like it. There are plenty more websites, which quite a lot of people don't like, so where do you draw the line? The post isn't equating the two sites, it's pointing out that if one legal site can be censored, then so can others.

2) "I'd like to see the Stormer gone." I agree, but not at any cost, and censorship is not the way to do it. In fact, this site has now entered mainstream consciousness because of the censorship. You seem happy that the end justifies the means, but I think you're wrong. Now that Cloudflare have axed one domain, how are they going to justify not axing others, domestically, and in other countries with oppressive regimes?

3) Ctrl-Alt-Delete. That's for rebooting, right? Or re-jackbooting in this case. I don't think that's what you wanted.

4) "Anyone who wouldn't be happy to see all Nazi-advocating sites and newspapers disappear is not paying attention. You sure don't know history." We are paying attention, and we know our history, which is why we know that the current path of censorship is a very slippery slope, because

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

"Fascism is, and always has been, inherently ridiculous, and it can be damaged and even destroyed by laughter. Yet if we fight fascism with fascism and make it forbidden to discuss it, then we become fascists ourselves. "

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2009/jul/31/richard-herring-standup-comedian-brian-logan

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Re: Ctrl-Alt-Delete to the Alt-Right

And I'm glad John Milton didn't feel the same as you when he wrote Areopagitica in 1644. Who the hell do you think you are telling people what they can read or not read? That's for the democratically controlled courts, not self righteous blowhards.

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Re: Ctrl-Alt-Delete to the Alt-Right

I really don't like the Daily Mail. Let's organise a mob to get them off the internet. And then, I don't like George Osborne, let's get rid of the Evening Standard. Gee, this is great. The BBC can be annoying...

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Kiwi prankster 'oinks' down cops' radio and sings Old MacDonald

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Re: A police spokesman

Perhaps they'll find him just outside the station huffing and puffing? Anyway, they need to huff-duff, for sure.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-frequency_direction_finding

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Crowdfunding scheme hopes to pay legal fees for Marcus Hutchins

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Re: Timeline?

I think it's actually "Danno". And he wasn't in the FBI.

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EE!? The sound customers make when the interwebz don't work

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Re: Resilience lacking.

Both.

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Re: Asked for comment?

He needs the money because Bernie Madoff made off with his savings.

https://web.archive.org/web/20140314085857/http://economiccrisis.us/2009/06/may-god-spare-mercy-victim-tells-madoff/

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Do you trust Cisco?

https://www.opendns.com/

At the bottom.

Or there's more here.

https://www.lifewire.com/free-and-public-dns-servers-2626062

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Dangle a DVR online and it'll be cracked in two minutes

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Re: Clueless users

I found this and thought of you!

http://www.raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/2017/04/raspberry-pi-zero-w-cctv-camera-with-motioneyeos/

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Re: Nice

It Angers me that this thread is a Rouen because of Reims of bad puns.

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Re: biological warfare

Just because it starts off "harmless to humans", doesn't mean it ends up that way!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_sulfide#Toxicity

"Hydrogen sulfide is a broad-spectrum poison, meaning that it can poison several different systems in the body, although the nervous system is most affected. The toxicity of H2S is comparable with that of carbon monoxide.

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Re: Chuck and Bob!

This question, and many others, will be answered in the next episode.

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Re: Nice

If I said I could think of any more puns, I'd be Lyon.

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Re: Nice

Enough French city jokes, just Cannes it.

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Re: Hmmmm....

You need to read the whole article!

"We can get together on Sunday and clean up the mess "

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

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Re: People aren't terrible drivers.

Re: Gaps in memory of the journey. Watch it explained here, with the bonus footage of a kid stacking cups.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06zdnkm/the-brain-with-david-eagleman-3-who-is-in-control

Apropos of nothing, it also includes the startling fact that "if you are a carrier of a particular set of genes, your probability of committing a violent crime goes up by eight hundred and eighty-two percent. In other words, if you carry these genes, you’re eight times more likely to commit aggravated assault, ten times more likely to commit murder, thirteen times more likely to commit armed robbery and forty-four times more likely to commit sexual assault. The overwhelming majority of prisoners carry these genes, as do 98.4 percent of those on death row. About one half of the human population carries these genes, while the other half does not, making the first half much more dangerous indeed. It’s not even a contest. By the way, as regards that dangerous set of genes, you’ve probably heard of them. They are summarized as the Y chromosome. If you’re a carrier, we call you a male.”

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: Copyright

Yep.

http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2007/03/fairy-use-tale

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Spotify cleared of exposing kids to self-love innuendo in TV spot

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Songs.

Is 'Turning Japanese' on the Spotifies?

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Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home

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Re: Super-Toys

You can read it here in your lunch hour...

https://www.wired.com/1997/01/ffsupertoys/

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