* Posts by David Webb

950 posts • joined 16 May 2007

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

David Webb

Re: Keyless entry for residential property?

I would be more worried about fire, say there is an electrical fault with the device and it catches fire (it can happen), now your point of exit in case of a fire is suddenly on fire. In a flat with only 1 door, being on a high floor and having the door itself catch fire doesn't seem like a good idea to me. (okay, the door itself won't catch fire, modern ones should be made of metal)

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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

David Webb

Re: Health Hazard?

the thing is, I know I am not allergic to penicillin so if I have a minor injury that looks a little too red around the edges, I should be able to go the pharmacy and buy some Amoxicillin over the counter.

There are countries where you can do that, you can go and buy antibiotics over the counter so they are not controlled. Oddly enough, these countries are fast developing diseases which are now getting to the point where they cannot be treated with antibiotics because people who have an injury that looks a little too red around the edges downed some antibiotics. Poor guy had unprotected sex in one of these countries, guess which disease (which we treat with antibiotics) he caught.

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David Webb

Re: Health Hazard?

We ingest a lot of hazardous stuff daily, for instance, water. There is the sad case of a poor individual who accidentally (no idea how) swallowed a tiny bit of bleach or something. The medical advice given "drink plenty of water" which the person did, they drank so much water they died.

In this case, as in with most cases like this, it's a simple case of RTFM. Don't buy cheap batteries which may be fake from a 3rd party, don't put objects which are known to be slightly explosive into your pocket with the sort of things that can make them explode (coins, keys), never put them into trouser/short pockets if you're going to be sitting down. Odds are he hadn't even turned the device off when it was in his pocket.

I've been happily vaping for 3 - 4 years now, and the number of explosions? None. Number of fires? None. Odds of me having a heart attack? Reduced by 50% Number of sausages eaten? Not enough.

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

David Webb

Re: Bill Gates

PPS: Regarding Steve, I do not think it is right to make up something like that considering he is dead!

Actually when someone is dead is the best time, you can say whatever you want with no libel ;)

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

David Webb

Re: Yeah right

My Fibre ONT has a battery backup which allows a Fibre phone to work during a power cut. Not that my provider offers the service, but the guy from OR put the battery in so when the battery broke down I got OR out to come and replace it, even if I don't need it, you drill the holes you're going to fix it if it messes up.

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Re: Oh well

Does that mean free line rental then as telephone users won't have the old system to pay for now?

Probably the reverse, at the moment with FTTP you can ditch line rental and go pure VOIP (I did) as there is no copper, with BT moving to a VOIP system they can argue that if you have copper OR fibre then you have to pay line rental as you have a line.

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HTC Vive Pro virtually stripped. OK, we mean actually stripped. (It’s a VR headset, geddit?)

David Webb

Could you define what a "killer app" for VR actually is? I've said it before, VR is just a playback medium, it doesn't require a killer app in the same way my monitor doesn't need a killer app, or my TV, VR just offers a different way to view content.

If you really want to go the killer app route, maybe it's the VR videos where you're not limited to what the camera points you towards but are able to view the entire world? If you want to go the perverted killer app, Japan got you covered with virtual girlfriends, though that's more likely to kill any relationship you have with anything other than your right hand (not yours as in you, yours as in generalisation)

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VMs: Imperfect answers to imperfect problems, but they're all we have

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Docker

Because I cheaped out on my NUC with only 4Gb of RAM I found that running the applications I wanted to run became a bit of a resource hog with pretty much all the RAM being swallowed up, in fact, with so little RAM it wasn't possible to run the applications I wanted to run and to run Docker.

So I started it another way, I ran Docker and the applications I wanted to run inside Docker. It's currently running rather nice. So there you go, a use case for containers, being able to run with limited resources.

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Six months on, and let's check in on those 'stuttering' Windows 10 PCs. Yep, still stuttering

David Webb

Is #3 "have a lot less games to buy" resulting in #4 because you're not spending as much money?

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

David Webb

Re: Good reasons not to extradite aplenty

Yeah, in his case I believe he has already paid enough

Not really, a trial in itself is a very stressful event (even in the UK), Mr Love will find himself under extreme stress due to any court case in the UK even without the whole US thing. This does not mean he shouldn't stand trial. The adage "if you can't do the time, don't do the crime" is very true, if he knew that what he was doing was wrong and could have ended with him serving time then he has naturally accepted that he will do time if caught.

Mental health issues are not a get out of jail free card, Mr Love should serve trial in the UK, if his mental health deteriorates to such an extent that it puts him at risk of suicide then sure, that should be taken into account and he should be sectioned which is probably a lot worse than a bit of time in the clink.

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Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

David Webb

Re: WMR requirements?

Are Windows Mixed Reality requirements that much higher than Oculus Rift ones?

No, you can run a WMR headset on an Intel 620 or an Nvidia MX150 or 965M (yeah, I dunno either) but that'll only get you the basic set up at 60Hz rather than 90 which needs a GTX960 or 1050. That is the beauty of the Windows rig, you don't need a beefy £1,500 system to run VR.

Like I said before, my rig is just a GTX970 with a 4430 yet I play a lot of Euro Truck Simulator 2 in VR, which is a driving game, in VR and I get no hint of nausea no matter how many hours I play, except when I get a frikken ticket because a bad driver under takes me on a roundabout and crashes into me.

This link will let you download the checker for your system, to see if WMR will run (it will)

/edit - just noticed you're AMD, min vga for "ultra" is RX460/560.

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David Webb

I had exactly the same thought, after much research figured the "best" to get is the Samsung, not available so went for the second best, the Dell.

Display res is 1440x1440 per eye, less than Sammy (1440x1600) but has the same 110 degree FoV (next is Lenovo with 105 then the rest at 95).

Now the reason to go for the Dell (or Sammy if you want to import) over the others is simple, requirements. I run a not very beefy system, i5 4430, gtx970 and 16Gb RAM, less than the minimum specs for the Vive, with the Dell I can rank up settings to "omg, thats nice looking" and still have nice frame rates.

The obvious disclaimer here is that I've never tried the Vive or Rift on my PC so have no idea if my performance would be the same or better/worse. Vive/Rift games also work on the WMR, I'm spending many, many, many hours playing ETS2, also ED.

I think the main issue is that they are marketing it as a mixed reality device, who the hell knows what that means? It also isn't, it's just VR so if they marketed it as a VR device needing a less powerful PC then they may have got somewhere, also most of the early adopters have already adopted so it could quite well be that VR is at market saturation currently? of course, should MS let the WMR headsets slot into an XBONE then they will sell "a lot".

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Bitcoin heist with a twist: This time it's servers that were stolen

David Webb

Re: 600 Servers = 1 truck and lots of muscle

Not server in the traditional sense, something to hold the motherboard, something to hold the GPU's and done. With a powerful enough power supply (with connectors) you can power more than one rig at a time. Motherboards can also be the smallest possible, in fact you want everything to be as small and power efficient as possible, this increases the return on your investment and increases profits (until the market crashes and all you have is a bunch of GPU's which everyone is trying to sell because the currency crashed and there are now a billion cards being sold on ebay).

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Copper feel, fibre it ain't: Ads regulator could face court for playing hard and fast with definitions

David Webb

Do consumers care how their internet services are delivered?

No they don't, and I can guarantee that the majority won't even know the difference between FTTC and FTTP, so if the adverts switch from "Fibre" to "Fibre To The Cabinet" their eyes will glaze over until the advert finishes and they go "ohh, Fibre, is it better than what we have? What do we have anyhow?".

What they do care about is the actual difference (even if they don't understand it) and the difference is......

Up To

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Chilly willies: Swedish nudie nightclub opens in -11°C to disgust of locals

David Webb

Re: IT?

Bootnotes covers all sins.

Not sure much of anything was covered in this article.........

Pun aside, I honestly have never read which section any article is in (except BOFH), but my "where is the IT angle" wasn't a serious question though, it was just a way to put "I don't care there isn't one, naked Swedes please!"

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IT Angle

IT?

Tried to find the IT relevance, decided that with an article like this I really don't care that there isn't one.

Wait I found the IT angle, Bluetooth comes from Sweden, when you go to a dance you go to a ball, when a person gets cold they go a bit blue, so now we have Swedes giving us BlueBalls! #logic.

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What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...

David Webb

Typical, now my future sexual partners will have a real excuse to be using their phone during sex rather than the usual "wow, bored, might as well check facebook."

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

David Webb

Gadget Show? They never got around to changing the name to "the show where if we have a comparison of any item, anything Apple wins"? Sure, name isn't as catchy but it's a bit more accurate.

As for the killer app for VR, does it really need one? It's an entertainment device used to enhance entertainment. Playing Elite Dangerous makes the world feel more alive and realistic, with the actual ship feeling life sized rather than a little box on a monitor. Did VCR or DVD or Blu-Ray have killer apps? No, they enhanced entertainment by allowing the consumption of entertainment, so if you put a VR headset into the same frame as other playback devices, it doesn't need a killer app, just needs to keep having gentle iterations until the headset is as thin as a pair of large glasses with wide FOV and massive resolution at a respectable price.

Anyone journalist who thinks a media playback device requires a killer app should remember the last "killer app" that a media playback device had, 3D, that was killer... of 3D in TV's.

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Or.....

If I were them (and I'm not), I'd simply get a Windows Mixed Reality device, rebrand it, plug it into a cheap Chinese Windows tablet and go "here it is!".

I use the Dell Mixed Reality Device, the mixed reality being uhh, umm, just VR, but it's bloody awesome (and this is from someone who thought VR was a bit meh), obviously won't say it's better than the Vive/Rift because thems fightin words but it's pretty nice and would probably make an interesting article on The Reg, MS's first foray into the VR world with a pretty compelling product that isn't vapourware or hideously expensive and runs on lower end hardware.

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Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

David Webb

Stable Door Bolt Etc.

I'm a regular reader of eurogamer, for game news. They would put the frikken annoying videos that autoplayed in the middle of the article, you'd start reading the article then all of a sudden you'd get a video for some PS4 game (that I already owned anyhow). I naturally now block all adverts on eurogamer. Now they throw a hissy fit "we notice you're using an adblocker, please stop it", sorry, doesn't matter which "better advertising standard" you've signed up to, if you were a dick in the past you're on my adblocker and staying on it.

The register however is not on my blocklist, so far their ads are tolerable and this is a site I use more than 2 or 3 times a day.

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UK, US govt and pals on WannaCry culprit: It woz the Norks wot done it

David Webb

Re: So,

I believe the problem there, with the NHS, wasn't so much the DPRK ransomware but the fact that the NHS's IT was a bit lacking. It's a bit like building a hospital next to a river and using water from the river as potable, then blaming the factory up the road because of the nasty chemicals in the water, rather than blaming the hospital for using a dodgy water supply.

If the NHS had followed best security practices, there wouldn't have been a problem. It's just easier to blame the big bad NK Bogeyman than it is to blame failure of the UK government.

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Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

David Webb

Re: Awesome!

Howard was in the afterscenes for GOTG which led people to believe there would be a new Howard The Duck movie, now with Disney there will be, it'll be X-Rated and contain Howard x Donald having a McScrooge.

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

David Webb

Chaos

Is this the mystical String Theory?

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Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

David Webb

Why would you want an acquittal? What we want is a fair trial in a fair location. If the guy in question has broken the law then he should stand trial and be punished if found guilty. If he is unable to be sent to the US for trial, then he should be tried in the UK and if found guilty sent to prison in the UK.

From reading these articles, that is the crux of the matter. He doesn't want to go to the US because their prisons are a bit harsh, his mental health may indeed make it so that if he was sent to the US he would kill himself in which case he should most certainly be tried here, but wanting to acquit him?

There are plenty of people with the same mental health issues he has, and they don't run around breaking the law, if he is capable of distinguishing right from wrong and is able to make a choice between doing right and wrong, then he should answer for his crimes.

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UK emergency crews get 4G smartmobes as monkeys attempt to emerge from Reg's butt

David Webb

I would assume (probably shouldn't, but I will) that the device is connected to a portable battery pack which allows the device to charge up when power < 50%, at the end of a shift or when they hit the station to fill in all the paperwork they can just switch the battery pack with another and stick their depleted one on charge.

Though I would again assume (again, probably shouldn't) that the device in question won't be a cute little thin thing, but a big beefy bugger with room for a rather large battery, large enough to handle a 12 hour shift.

On the other hand, giving this contract to Samsung might bring a whole new meaning to Hot Fuzz, what with their previous form on batteries.

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Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

David Webb

Why? Because it keeps voters who may or may not swing an election in your favour sweet. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for keeping the ship builders in work whilst they built the new carrier crafts which will be at sea 50% of the time, making sure we keep the skills of people who can build aircraft carriers for us is vitally important! Just a shame we lost the skills of the people to actually deploy the bloody thing.

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A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down

David Webb

Re: Safeguard elections from hacking

You just know that if .gov put out a tender for a pencil, it would go to one of the big defence firms who would charge £1,500 per pencil, but to get the pencil sharpened you would have to send it to a special facility in Washington State who would charge £400 to sharpen it and ensure it continues to meet current standards for pencils. Of course, it would require special tamper proof paper too at £75 per sheet.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

David Webb

Re: common::sense .... what???

And here I am stuck in the middle with you. Sorry, just that last line gave me a song in my head, now I can't get it out of my head, boy it's more than I care to think about.

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

David Webb

Re: What does it do...

I use an Asus Vivosmart... thing. Core i5, 100Gb SSD + 2Tb platter, 8Gb RAM, plugged into the back via USB is a TV card which supports HD so can get all the freeview HD channels, also there is a Windows Media Remote thing, all running on LibreOS (Kodi OS basically).

Sure, it's no where near as cheap as the Roku, but with a Roku you can't dual boot into Linux/Windows and play games from your Steam Library, nor do other stuff. It's also totally silent. If you really wanted cheap and quiet though you can just get a Pi and stick LibreOS onto that which is a lot cheaper than the Roku and if you can get used to Kodi it's very focused on what it doesl

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

David Webb

Re: DVB-T2

It's always been different? PAL vs NTSC (probably why Japan tried to get HD asap). As for why, no idea, but wouldn't it bring the same problem this article points out? DVB-T2 is not American so would have zero backwards compatibility with anything the Americans have, requiring a brand new set top box.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

David Webb

Re: I was prepared to give it a try when I first installed Win10...

Whilst the idea of Edge being gung ho on ad's may seem reasonable, it's quite terrible. Websites that rely on adverts to pay the bills (i.e. most of them) would simply block Edge with a "we don't support Edge, please use Chrome....". It would therefore be a massive step backwards.

Maybe a deal with Facebook with a "we notice you're using [browser], why not try Edge?" and pay FB a few million to keep it going. Facebook loves money after all.

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Top tip, hacker newbs: Don't use the same Skype ID for IoT bot herding and job ads

David Webb

Re: Hmmmm

I think if you look at his ID in the article, a BJ is half right.

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Crypto-busters reverse nearly 320 MEELLION hashed passwords

David Webb

Re: Not really correct

From my long term storage memory, I seem to recall it works like this (using MD5, yes, really long term storage....)

Website asks "what do you want your password to be?"

You input "password"

Server gets "password", adds some salt, then hashes it into MD5. It then stores the MD5 and salt in a database (except where the salt is hard coded), so now your password is b305cadbb3bce54f3aa59c64fec00dea (passwordsalt).

You visit the website the next day, it asks "what is your password?"

You input "password", the server adds the salt and hashes the password then checks the result.

If the result is b305cadbb3bce54f3aa59c64fec00dea then you enter, if the result is not b305cadbb3bce54f3aa59c64fec00dea then "password incorrect", this way the website never knows your password.

Now, imagine that saltpassword produced the same hash as passwordsalt (it doesn't, but imagine), if you go to the website and put in saltpassword, the server doesn't know it's the wrong password, all it knows is the result of the hash, the result causes a collision and the password is accepted.

Also, yes, 1,000 years is an underestimate, the possible number of combinations for a 15 letter Upper/lower/numeric password is 62^15 =768,909,704,948,766,668,552,634,368. In 2012 a rig could brute force 348 billion passwords per second so to guess that password would take 70,063,123 years, roughly.

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David Webb

Not really correct

the hash gets stored in the database, and it's supposed to be impossible to get the password from the hash.

It's never been impossible to get the password from the hash, it's always been impractical. You could always brute force the hash to get the password, as long as you had several thousand years to spare.

Is the password a - no

Is the password b - no

..... (several thousand years later)

is the password U^7cw==1jjJWvna@~!("jlskInsertSaltHereM:;m089lk,mjL:KJH-0u9 - yes

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Don’t buy that Surface, plead Surface cloners

David Webb

I think the sub £500 is being sewn up by little known Chinese brands, they are pretty good at making budget clones which actually are workable (using Intel x86), though Xiaomi is a pretty good brand when it comes to phones (premium product at "how is it so cheap?" prices)

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

David Webb

Re: Get out the popcorn

You go after Amazon because your contract (the purchase) is with them so it is up to them to ensure their products are fit for purpose. The manufacturer for instance will not be able to give you a refund, because you didn't buy it from them, you bought it from Amazon who are the company you deal with.

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For fork's sake! Bitcoin Core braces for another cryptocurrency split

David Webb

Re: Where does the money come from?

I don't mean where does the value of the bitcoin come from, I mean where does the cash come from.

We have the original bitcoin which is (probably) backed up with real world cash. Along comes the split and a new bitcoin is formed at about 10% of the value of the original. The original is backed up with real cash, so if you use that bitcoin to buy a Fiat the dealer can get the cash, if you used the forked bitcoin, where is the cash to pay the dealer? Where is the cash coming from?

As far as I can tell, when the fork happened it was "okay, you now have bitcoins with a real world value of 10 million" without removing the cash from original bitcoin into forked bitcoin, they just said "here it is, spend it however you like"

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Where does the money come from?

Serious question, where does the actual money come from?

A has a value of £1,000, a fork is made and B comes along with a value of £100. A still has a value of £1,000 and B gives people who hold A, the same amount of coins in B. So customer now holds £1,000A and £100B. Then C comes along with a value of £500. Where does the extra £600 come from? If I split a £10 note, I would still only have £10, not £10+split.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

David Webb

At over 2,000 years old I think the Doctor went through the male menopause several centuries ago, so no worries there. On the bright side, we won't have some barmy, love sick teenage girl wanting to bang a man old enough to be the origin of her species.

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David Webb

Re: Haters are going to hate

So you risk getting a plethora of downvotes for going against the grain even in the slighest way

Or maybe it was downvoted because it wasn't funny, which, as far as I can tell, is a pre-requisite of a joke.

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Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

David Webb

Free Explosions, not an optional extra

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Final Fantasy XIV

David Webb

Final Fantasy XIV

A gaming sub forum, awesome, can complain about SE without getting a forum ban! Not that I complain, I can't, they banned me for it.

So. Today SE announced that because they are incompetent and can't figure out how to disconnect players who are AFK they are going with the "lets boot everyone" method, once a day every single person will get kicked off the servers. Let's not get bogged down with how stupid it is to punish paying customers by booting them once a day because of people who won't notice because they are, you know, not playing, lets discuss how we, as people with an interest in IT would have sorted the problem.

To circumvent being booted whilst AFK some players will talk to an NPC or craft, this prevents the method SE uses from taking effect (they use a logout command, the logout command won't work if you're busy with an NPC or crafting or whatever).

My solution to this would be, if a person is detected as AFK for 30 minutes, instead of /logout, the system drops the network connection to their world server which forces the person back to the lobby server. What would your solution be?

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Ad 'urgently' seeks company to build national e-ID system

David Webb

Oh dear, now we Cu Ba puns.

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Uncle Sam bungs rich tech giants quarter of a billion bucks for exascale super R&D

David Webb

Re: Big impressive numbers in the headline

I don't think the 1/4bil is for making the machine itself, it seems to be (if I read correctly) for them to work on the tech needed to run Crysis at 144fps@8k resolution, I might have read it wrong though.

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Congressman drafts COVFEFE Act to preserve Trump's Twitter tantrums

David Webb

Re: the COVFEFE bill

Just what us Brits need, another bloody vote! Count me out, I'm going to get a covfefe instead.

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

David Webb

I somehow doubt the party's policies have changed in the last few days

Most likely haven't changed in the past 100 years, never mind waybackmachine, a time machine would let you read their current manifesto, wrote on freshly cut pterodactyl skin by Ugg and Thugg.

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Next few months? And people thought I was crazy for investing in the company that produces ballot papers.

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David Webb

Problem is we're going into brexit talks, May decided that Pride was with her but that has led to a Fall, she should play Fallout 4 and visit Hubris Comics. With a weak government, any divisions between them and their DUP partners may get voted down by the opposition parties ganging up to give May a MayNot.

If Conservatives can't form up with DUP and get assent to power, Corbyn may come in which would put us into an even worse position, every policy could get voted down by Conservatives and whoever else decides to turn up to claim their travel allowance of £1,520 per mile.

On the bright side, if Corbie does get into power he'll probably block Trumps visit and put him on the watch list so he can never visit again, he can declare that hair a clear and present danger.

Expect another election in the next couple of years, wake me up when it's over.

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White House sicko sent down for 20 years after sexting underage girls

David Webb

Re: What's the betting...

The thing is werdsmith, when punishment is out of proportion for the crime, the criminals say "fuck it, if I'm going to get 20 years just for sending a dick pic, I may as well actually......."

Case in point, great train robbery. They didn't use any guns in the robbery but still got a stiff sentence (no pun intended), a sentence that they would have got if they had used guns, so if you're going to get a sentence that you would get if you took a gun, you may as well take a gun.

What the article doesn't make clear is if the agent was black, if he was then 20 years seems par for the course in the American "justice" system.

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Chelsea Manning leaves prison, heads straight for booze and pizza

David Webb

Re: @DavidW

But, and this is a big but, Assange would need to go via the UK to escape, unless Ecuador send in a stealth helicopter to whisk him away. He's basically trapped in a prison in the UK until he leaves the prison and enters the UK where he will be arrested and sent to prison (and then probably America afterwards)

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