* Posts by Stoneshop

3323 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

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Re: Well, it's a well documented fact that the Ramans do things in threes.

Too regular.

Three per day *on average* does in no way indicate *regular*. Especially not where TfL is involved.

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Re: Quite fast

Bah[0] It's a mere 1.4009 percent of the maximum speed of a sheep in a vacuum.

[0] or baaaah.

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Well, it's a well documented fact that the Ramans do things in threes.

In one of the papers on this interstellar object, the authors estimate that there are about 1000 of these objects entering (and leaving) the Solar system per year, so about three per day.

They're obviously interstellar buses, run by TfL.

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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Inspired by

the lyrics of that sixties' Norman Greenbaum hit: "I'm gonna fly up to write a penis in the sky"

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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What happened to 'porches' you know, having two doors separated by a couple of feet?

In Scandinavia they're called 'vindfang' ('windcatch', 'förstuga': 'front room' in Swedish). No problem using those as 'paketfang' too.

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Re: This implementation stretches the bounds of stupid

I think they are called 'porches'...

I know of streets where the passage of the next car fractionally larger than a Fiat Topolino would require you to fit a new porch.

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Re: Wait, the door doesn't re-lock until it's instructed to?

And anyone who actually knows what they are talking about will tell you that the average system has a 2Ah battery

It's you who doesn't know what they are talking about; the most common SLA battery used for burglar/fire alarms is 7Ah. So you're looking at several days before the battery is exhausted, and usually they'll signal in some way that the battery is running low.

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Re: Wait, the door doesn't re-lock until it's instructed to?

Except the camera would see you doing this...

Which has been kicked off the network by the Deauth flood, and it will be nicked or smashed to bits as the burglar knows how to go about in a case like this.

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"Maybe because it's out of reach."

Wait! Are you suggesting the easiest way to deter thieves is simply to put things up high where they can't reach them?

You'll also have to put stepladders and chairs and such high up where they're out of reach. And sturdy boxes. Crates. And cupboards that might be moved. Which you'll then need a stepladder for to get things in or out of. And as the stepladder is stored out of reach you'll have to get a new one (from Amazon?) which you afterwards need to store out of reach again. I see this being a recursive problem without an, eh, bottoming-out condition, and you'll sooner or later reach the Stepladder Event Horizon.

One positive aspect is that it will cause a surge in membership of the Society for Putting Things on top of Other Things.

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"the technology's security remains unresolved – and may require a hardware fix."

That, and a length of CAT5.

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Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

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Re: YABCSP

Yeah and pigs might fly someday.

A couple of JATO rockets, a set of wings and a bunch of ty-raps would do the trick I'd think.

Knowing where the flight will end is a matter of plugging the right numbers into some formulas, which will at least tell you the area to keep out of.

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Re: YABCSP

As we say here in the US, you can't fix stupid, even with duct tape.

Oh, you can. No problem.

You just have to make sure to dispose of the body afterwards without leaving traces pointing to you.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Tesla semi?

Good thing that truck drivers own their own personal trailer and never tow anyone else's. Or a flat bed.

If this really takes off I can see solar roof panels being retrofitted to trailers, or panel modules that can be attached on top of a shipping container in case the trailer is towed by an electric truck. And if shipping companies have a mixed fleet of solar and non-solar trailers, they can load the solar one if it's Jones The Electric Trucker who's coming to take the trailer to its destination.

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Re: SatNad is really skimping on software testing, isn't he?

Oh, I thought AR was Alternative Reality

Augmented Rubbish

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Surely not?

If, for instance, the printer is connected to a workstation at a warehouse loading dock, used for printing routing slips and loading manifests, then why not? No need for a separate network connection, just share (if needed) via that PC.

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Re: dot matrix

They can also operate reliably in dusty environments

They bloody well create their own dusty environment. Ever looked inside a well-used one?

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Re: backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

I'm still using the scanner (under OpenSuSE) that was ditched because it wasn't supported by WXP.

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Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, look out for must-have toys that are 'easily hacked' ♪

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Re: specific sequence of events huh

Bluetooth proximity is a partial defence but not from the teenager upstairs

Or rather from the miscreant that's got access to the upstairs teenager's computer through whatever boobytrapped game crack installed on it.

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La la la la we can't hear you

Outside of Bluetooth range, that is.

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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

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Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert

Yes, that. The world needs more lerts.

Do not post about the company on social media if you are not authorised to do so

Given El Reg's clientele this forum would better qualify as antisocial media, so posting here (authorised or not) would be OK

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Re: Are we hearing about every single accident involving a Tesla?

If the news reported every incident with, say a BMW, we would have several hundred a week.

Now correct for the number of kilometers driven by each of the marques.

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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Re: keep the kosher sausages right next to the halal bacon.

Tayto smoky bacon crisps are kosher and meat free.

A pretty good vegetarian substitute for fried bacon cubes: dice a block of smoked tofu, put them in a hot skillet with a bit of oil, then after they're about halfway fried, add vegetable stock (quantity needs to be experimented with a bit, depending on the desired result). Keep the heat on until the stock has been absorbed into the cubes and the water evaporated, then fry until target crispiness achieved.

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Re: what's wrong with being a 17th Century Puritan

burning witches,

Mind that you have to weigh them first.

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Re: Assuming the OP is a Christian...

Your getting a bit messianic aren't you?

No, he's just a very naughty boy. Now piss off.

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Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

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Re: Huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

So, that'll be not just Eddy's sofa, but a couple of easy chairs as well, a side table plus a reading lamp materialising on Lord's Cricket Ground then.

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: When will they learn (@ AC)

you'd think a criminal with with those skills , determination , time , resources would use them on something with more margin than a $1000 iphone , like a $100,000 Range Rover for instance.

Well, when that iPhone has the access code to the remote-controlled front door to the $1.000.000 house[0] that that Range Rover is parked in[1], those $150 and a few hours of 3D-printing and tweaking sounds like a worthwhile investment.

[0] See just about any of the articles on IoT lack of security convenience and the punters who fall for that.

[1] Never mind that there's probably some other stuff worth loading into the back of that Range Rover before taking off.

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Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

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Weather forecast

Looking at the wind map and moving the date slider forwards it appears the Adventure is heading into the doldrums. Let's hope the crew won't succumb to scurvy.

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Re: passthrough PSUs

If your PC has a passthrough socket for the monitor, there's additional earth leakage current for the system, but no change in the limit.

That RCD is somewhere in the central fuse box, monitoring the entire circuit that it's wired into. So unless you have your monitor and PC on separate circuits, having the monitor on a pass-through socket from the PC, or just plugged into adjacent sockets (or an extension strip) will make sod-all difference.

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Evil pixels: Researcher demos data-theft over screen-share protocols

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So

It's not unlike a ZX81 loading a program from tape, taking a video of the screen, then reconstructing the loaded program from the recorded video.

Just less conspicuous.

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Re: Judging a book by it's cover

because if you were to open up any of us humans, be it with a machete, an IED or on the surgeons table, you will find that we are ALL exactly the same colour on the inside.

At least, after correcting for the number of cigarettes smoked during their lifetime.

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Take off, ya hosers! Silicon Valley court says Google can safely ignore Canadian search ban

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the people natural to Poland

You'll find those in all time zones too. As builders, painters, plasterers and such

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Re: Realpolitiks

that would not disband NATO

And? Note that after withdrawing from NATO, the US would not be attacking a NATO partner if Trumpolini decided to militarily mess with Canada. That the other NATO members would then be obliged to support Canada in this is another matter.

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Re: Realpolitiks

Even El Trumpo would not be so silly as to attack a fellow NATO member.

No, he would withdraw from NATO first.

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Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

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Re: Small and smaller

I remember PDAs with 64K static RAM based CF cards using coin cell for backup before Flash was available. Mid 1980s.

There's one of those in the Casio?/Sharp? (it's elsewhere, so can't check) handheld I found at a thrift shop recently.

Is the smallest the IBM PC type Clock/RAM chip on some portable gadgets in late 1980s with 64 bytes RAM kept alive by a coin cell (5 years)?

Not as small regarding storage, but I have a 2k SRAM chip that's got two recesses for coin cells (CR1220 IIRC) in the casing.

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Re: freebie USB sticks

Presumably, the old style 'glaciers move data more quickly' Commodore serial ones?

A QL Microdrive, surely?

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A recent trial purchase of a small LED bulb was satisfactory - so another half-dozen were ordered. In the bottom of the wrapping was a small sweet lollipop. One bulb was faulty - so they immediately replaced it. Yet another lollipop - just a different colour.

It's quite common for shipments from German eBay sellers to come with a small packet of Haribo[0] sweets.

[0] macht Kinder froh.

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Re: freebie USB sticks

Huge thing for the tiny chip inside

Chip? You sure it's not core memory?

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Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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Re: Monkeys!

We had contractor who was completely useless, he would break more than he fixed so we suggested he spent the rest of his contract "feeding the monkeys" ,

Would have been a good one to use for the totally useless helldesk contractor I had to work with once, except that the company developing and producing veterinarian medicine didn't deal with them (at least, not as research subjects). But having to clean up real bullshit would have been quite suitable for her; her only contribution to the process was taking problem calls and converting them into incomprehensible Dunglish.

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So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

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Re: I'm confused

So far, you've distributed only 22 points out of your 20. Where do you want to put the remaining -2 points?

That's to compensate for the people who can't be arsed to vote (that percentage being way more than 10, but meh)

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Sadly, IQ is very much a bell-curve.

Bell-end, that is.

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Re: I'm confused

What the US ballot needs is a "none of the above" as a choice for president.

I would like, in general, a preference voting system where you can vote for or against candidates, and you have a number of points to assign as you see fit. So, with 20 points as an example:

Fairly Sensible Boring Candidate: +1

Not Just No But Fucking Hell No Candidate: -9

Monster Raving Looney Candidate: +12

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Re: Perspective

More than $3bn spent by both main candidates and the lies published by them and their supporters had absolutely no effect on the electorate, but $100,000 of Russian ads totally swayed it.

You're ignoring two rather influential factors: swing districts, and the electoral college.

With proportional representation, those 6 million roubles would have gone nowhere indeed.

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That's rather inefficient

that everybody's dear uncle Joseph Vissarionovich did by shooting and locking up all those traitors

If you shoot them you can dispense with the locking up. At least if you do the shooting first.

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Ads are 'user-created content'?

"Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) asked: "Why should you be treated any differently to the press?" All three California outfits responded with a version of the fact that they are "platforms" and not publishers, that their content is user-created, and that they protect people's right to free speech and expression. "

As far as I'm concerned, online ads (whether delivered from one's own servers or from an ad farm's) should be subject to the same rules as print ads instead of generic user-created content (which is what they appear to be saying here), and even high school newspapers vet the ads they want to place.

But ads are what brings in the money for FB/Twitter/Google, so they're not going to be looking at them beyond the bare minimum required by advertising standards.

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Re: American corportate delusion "We are citizens of the world."

2) You obey the laws of the country you were formed in. US corporation --> US laws.

As well as the laws[1] of the countries you (wish to) operate in. If those result in mutually exclusive restrictions on operating conditions, then you stay out of that country.

[1] C.f. Germany and Nazi/Holocaust propaganda.

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Re: Your opinion is is nice to see ...

I have to say that the sad truth is that there are loads of people with barely room-temperature IQs out there

That's quite generous, with your measuring still in Fahrenheit.

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Re: Interesting stuff

They couldn't lead themselves out of a paper bag with a torch and a map.

To get out of the bag they're trying a novel approach: setting it on fire.

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SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

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the mere fact that SCO's allowed back into court will help it to raise the money needed to do so ...

... and burn it.

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The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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Re: Aircraft w/ no wings

ME163 I think you mean

And even that one, while rocket-powered, had wings. Sufficiently so to allow gliding back to earth once the fuel had run out; not having them would result in the flight characteristics of a streamlined brick.

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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"Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy"

Depending on how the cuts go relative to the watertight compartments, there may still be pieces that float but I wouldn't call them warships.

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