* Posts by Santa from Exeter

164 posts • joined 20 Oct 2009

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Judge says US govt has 'no right to rummage' through anti-Trump protest website logs

Santa from Exeter

Re: I am still surprised that

I'm not. Most of the likely suspects for that sort of thing seem to agree with him!

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

Santa from Exeter
Joke

Re: Size matters

Neither, everyone's reading it wrong.

They're not going to throw *a* fridge, they're going to throw *The* Fridge!

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

Santa from Exeter
Big Brother

Re: So it was nothing but God that held us back....

He said Jehovah

STONE HIM!!

Icon because apparently he 'watches every sparrow that falls'

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Europol, FBI, UK's NCA ride out to Ukraine's cavalry call

Santa from Exeter
Joke

Re: England's National Crime Agency

Surely, that would make it the Inter-National Crime Agency.

BTW, does anyone else immediately think "Oh, the National Crime Agency, must be responsible for all the crimes committed then."

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Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

Santa from Exeter
Happy

Re: "An"? I had no idea!

According to a certain IBM gentleman, RHEL was pronounced R-Hell.

He soon stopped when i started taking about I-Bum

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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

Santa from Exeter

Ship Name

As it lives in a kennel on a barge designed to catch falling flaming rockets I would have thought that 'Screw Loose' from The Player of Games would fit admirably.

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Well-rested women in danger of bouncing their men into early grave

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Go

Simple answer

It's obvious. The article didn't mention the sex of the women's partners. Get yourself in a nice Menage a Trois and only participate occasionally. Satisfaction and long life all round :-)

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Ohio bloke accused of torching own home after his pacemaker rats him out to cops

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

Re: So the doctor just says he is guilty, so he must be?

If you bothered to read the linked article -

"According to court documents obtained by WLWT, a cardiologist told police that those actions were "highly improbable" because of Compton's medical condition.

Police sought to prove that by collecting electronic data stored in Compton's electronic heart device. They wanted to know Compton's heart rate, pacer demand and cardiac rhythms before, during and after the fire."

So, no, the doctor didn't say 'he was too unfit to survive' just his story was improbable given his existing condition. The log from his implant proved it.

TL/DR RTFA

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2017 is already fail: Let’s try a Chinese reboot

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

Misquotes

It's not Riff Raff, it's Magenta!

Magenta: I ask for nothing, Master!

Frank: And you shall receive it, IN ABUNDANCE!

(MuttermutterIdon'tknowkidsnowadaystheyjustdon'tlearntheclassicsanymore)

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Facebook bans Russia's RT ahead of Trump's Inauguration Day (then changes its mind)

Santa from Exeter

Silly you indeed

The ostensibly 'Free World' has "over reaching government" in spades!

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New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

Adblocker - blocked :-(

I would read it, but as I run an Ad Blocker, Wired has decided not to show me anything past the first screen.

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Creaking Royal Navy is 'first-rate' thunders irate admiral

Santa from Exeter

Re: Theory vs HE

Good post, but a couple of common misconceptions which only become apparent when actually using the weapons in question.

Matchlocks are actually *more* reliable in the rain (and generally) than flintlocks, the match can be kept in a specially designed cover and only brought out immediately before using, whereas the frizzen (the case hardened steel face that the flint strikes to generate the sparks) on the flintlock is always exposed to the weather. Additionally, good quality match (actually made by soaking cord in saltpetre) burns pretty hot, so the main issue is 'keeping your powder dry' :-) The main problem with flintlocks is that you are hoping that 1, enough sparks are produced and 2. they end up in the priming powder. Wheellocks are better in this respect, as they produce a *lot* more sparks, however, as you state, they need to be 'spanned' regularly. Flintlocks offered no quicker rate of fire, as they were still muzzle loading. The use of cartridges could speed up the loading process somewhat, but the black powder was issued loose, requiring the cartridges to be made up in advance..

The idea of 'massed charges' of Pikemen is inaccurate. Pike formations are fairly cumbersome and, as such, trying to move at speed negates the effectiveness as they quickly become disorganised. In reality, the 'Press of Pike' usually happened fairly late on in a battle, when your enemy was either short of powder or had his nerve severely rattled by the cavalry if they used the more modern Swedish charge rather than the earlier tactic of riding in Caracole. All this relates to the early to mid 17thC, both during the '30 Years War' on the continent and the 'War of the Three Kingdoms (AKA English Civil War) here in Blighty.

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

Santa from Exeter
Happy

Re: Lack of Research

@ AC "Where is your pull request"

Is this one categorized under 3. other or israel_hands' "wanking"?

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HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

Santa from Exeter

Allowances and caps

My partner owns a PSC of which she is the only employee.

Unfortunately, she is seriously considering giving it all up.

Due to the recent changes, she can no longer claim the Ca £450/month extra accommodation cost (legitimate business expense, she's working away from home) nor her weekend trips home. This is due to the Tories deciding that as an employee wouldn't get it, nor should she (despite the fact that an employee wouldn't live 200 Miles from their place of work).

Add to that the fact that she is a Locum with the NHS and the Tories have introduced 2 caps to the pay, she now probably takes home less than an employee of the same level!

This to me has less to do with levelling the playing field and more to do with screwing more money out of the Little Guys.

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

Santa from Exeter

Differences

The only evidence of a difference so far is that, apparently, Teresa (no H) has only screwed 13 people at once.

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'Massive great big' vulture goes AWOL in Somerset

Santa from Exeter
Joke

Re: Bloody big bird

I think you'll find that was a Hercules

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CentOS Linux 6.8 lands

Santa from Exeter

Not quite the case

It might be an old kernel version, but don't forget Red Hat backports all the improvements from later kernels into their stable one.

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Pastejack attack turns your clipboard into a threat

Santa from Exeter

Variable results

Using Linux (RHEL6) and Firefox, if I highlight the code, then middle click to paste I see "not evil" both on the command line and in Vim, if I use KNotes and create a new note from the clipboard I get 'evil'

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Docker lets security bug sniffer dogs off the leash at container images

Santa from Exeter

Re: Security for Developers

IT Ops of course. Once the developer has pushed it they'll be chasing the latest shiny bauble and will have lost all interest.

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Vanity dating site BeautifulPeople popped

Santa from Exeter
Joke

Re: I'm the only HOT Reg reader?

No, but you *are* the only one narcissistic enough to join Beautiful People

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

Santa from Exeter
Joke

Re: Copying isn't theft

Unfortunately, a rustler stole his horse, so he'll have to Jog On

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

Santa from Exeter
Pint

Re: How IT are you?

Daaahhhling, I'm so IT I drink my Gin with IT!

(Where's the Gin icon?)

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Obama to admit Moon landing was faked?

Santa from Exeter

Re: The Double

Would that be Imp y Celyn (http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/index.php/Imp_y_Celyn)?

Oh, sorry, I thought you said Elvish!

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Google found 760,935 compromised web sites in a year

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

Re: 760,935 breaches Google detected

Cue cheap dig at OSS.

If you actually read the document, they were looking mainly at CSS breaches. They will run on IIS as well you know.

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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

Santa from Exeter
Pirate

Re: How dare they?

What we need is an app to *add* beards to all the baby-faced boys who can't grow a decent one like mine!

Beardr anyone?

Pirates, because they had beards as well (Apart from Rachel Wall, obviously)

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

Santa from Exeter

@ x7

"so you can be convicted because of your morals now?"

You always could if your morals didn't match those that the state should be enforced.

Let's not forget, people like Alan Turing were only 'immoral' in the narrow view of 1950's UK society, nothing he did which pertained to his sexuality actually harmed anybody.

Likewise the early UK advocates for returning women's suffrage were only 'immoral' in the sight of the powers that be in demanding votes for women

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Snowden 'more helpful than dangerous' says ex-Colin Powell aide

Santa from Exeter

Re: Still laughing at that episode of "Soap"...Bart....Bat!!!

No, it's Cohen the Barbarian http://discworld.wikia.com/wiki/Cohen

(Soft toilet paper and shoup)

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Hackers giving up on crypto ransomware. Now they just lock up device, hope you pay

Santa from Exeter
Joke

Re: Backups?

'VMware is also niece' and KVM is Uncle!

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Irish shun beer, whiskey in favour of … wine

Santa from Exeter

Pure Alcohol

No, but a good poitín comes close

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Brits shun nightclubs and CD-ROMs for lemons, coffee and woman’s leggings

Santa from Exeter

Re: Negative Stereotyping

The article has everyone sitting around swigging Baileys and sucking lemons and you pick on *that*?

(Incidentally, citrus juice is a sure fire way to curdle cream based liqueurs)

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Facebook can block folks using pseudonyms in Germany – court

Santa from Exeter
Facepalm

It's worse than that

They wouldn't even let me use my *real* name. For some reason, they seemed to think that Santa might be fake!

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Oz town suffers hairy panic attack

Santa from Exeter

Re: IT angle?

Per Second? You're going for a ridiculously small unit there.

Unless you don't want to be able to use the femtotumbleweed once in a while, I would suggest per hour instead.

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FCC clicks off the safety, fires at America's great cable TV box rip-off

Santa from Exeter

They tried, but he just stood there with his fingers in his ears going 'La,La,La'

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Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal

Santa from Exeter

Shopping!

Has he been perusing the Laminated Book of Dreams?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggOa9aSG-Ow

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Pay up, Lincolnshire, or your data gets it. Systems still down after ransomware hits

Santa from Exeter

Re: comment from g00se

I take it then that you aren't paying anything for your Linux installations, whilst comparing them to your Windows installations which you do pay for. We use RHEL, which is designed for businesses, hence the Enterprise in the name. We have 600 Linux desktops spread across a number of sites and they are pretty stable thanks. RHEL6 was released 2010 and is due to go into Extended Support in 2020.

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Wikipedia board stands by new ex-Googler appointee

Santa from Exeter

Re: Cromwell's words can be applied to the WMF board

Oh, Cromwell eh? Britain's first Military Dictator doing exactly what Charles 1 was censured for doing, bringing armed troops into Parliament.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

Santa from Exeter

Re: Not on your life will I vote for that lying CNUT!

Dan Paul.

Get off a UK site and crawl back under your rock.

The *only* 'Muslim threat to this country' is the one that has been generated by the bombing of civilians carried out under the 'War on Terror' TM, courtesy of the US Right Wing Idiots.

Trump is quite capable of ruining the US all on his own.

Attitudes like yours seem to match rather well with the cletus analogy offered earlier.

How's your banjo playing?

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UK.gov pooh-poohs Virgin Media's whinge to Brussels over beefy broadband pot

Santa from Exeter

Re: it is no longer necessary in today’s investment-rich market

That's interesting.

How do you manage to dodge the mountain of crap from Sky, BT, Talk Talk etc.?

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Hacking group Strontium dogs NATO and government targets

Santa from Exeter
Mushroom

Stronty Dogs

As H(C)rackers, I'd have thought the likes of the Styx Brothers were a more obvious choice :-)

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IT contractors raise alarm over HMRC mulling 'one-month' nudge onto payrolls

Santa from Exeter

Re: Huge backfire

Core hours between 10-15 seems like bollocks as well.

Oh and don't forget non existent paid time off to prepare your cv for the next job and interviews.

Fucking retarded Daily Mail reader more like!

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Northrop wins $55bn contract for next-gen bomber – as America says bye-bye to B-52

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

Re: So...Neil Barnes @ AC

Defense, as in defending Murica's "right" to impose their retarded values globally?

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Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?

Santa from Exeter

Poltroon

No, I'm not describing Lester, merely offering the utterance up for public perusal

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UK's Lloyds Banking Group scrambles to patch account-snooping security hole

Santa from Exeter

Questionable link?

Whilst I agree this is a pretty serious flaw, I hardly think it's appropriate to link it to the Certificate screwups as the article did. After all, HBOS et al had absolutely no control over that

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BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

Santa from Exeter

Re: Alternative title @ AC

I call bullshit. Mellanox cards are specifically designed to *not* use the kernel

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Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash

Santa from Exeter

Re: Lights out

Dell DRAC requires the IcedTeaWeb plugin in order to launch the remote console. We use this extensively here at work, along with VMWare plugins.

I think that Red Hat will have to either port Firefox, or start supporting another browser as we have 600+ Linux desktops for Scientists and support staff.

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Mold whine: Soylent superfood shipments stopped by spore scare

Santa from Exeter

Re: mould @ Dan Paul

.com ≠ .us

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VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?

Santa from Exeter

Re: So..@garden_snail

"Unfortunately, our obsession with CO2 emissions has led to an explosion in demand for diesel-engined cars (in this country at least)."

A rather simplistic view of diesel cars in this country (assuming you mean the UK).

I think you might find that a lot of people (myself included) with older diesel cars *don't* see any benefit in VED, as they are assessed as PLG (one of the highest rates). Instead, they opt for diesels for the fact that they are relatively bullet-proof engines, which will easily last for over 200K miles and give far superior day-today MPG returns that petrol engines, especially in larger MPV's doing high mileage with significant load.

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China launches 'pollution-free' rocket

Santa from Exeter
Alien

FTFY

China has already landed a rover on the Moon, the third nation to do so after Russia and the USA.

Lunokhod 1 - USSR - 1970

Apollo Rover - USA - 1971

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

Santa from Exeter
Childcatcher

Re: Sprint of the age

My time held dreams were full of you,

as you were when I left; still underage

Think of the children! :-)

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