* Posts by phuzz

2397 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

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Re: Money, Money, Money

"This is just about making money and nothing to do with expanding the Star Wars story."

One word for you: Ewoks.

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

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Wow, they really do exist.

I wonder if there's a flat cap version for Yorkshiremen and hipsters?

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US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories

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Re: Optional

Well of course, in the same way that the market has come through with solutions for the US's lack of a healthcare system.

Under capitalism there is no such thing as 'problems', there is only market opportunities!

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Re: A question

It would be interesting to see if they broke this down by where people drink., ie is going to the pub more or less healthy than drinking at home?

I guess the walk is going to do you good?

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Plus there's the sort of linux user who don't realise they're a linux user, because they just use whichever machine IT have put in front of them, even if a different part of IT have also decided they're going to use Office365 as well.

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Fake mobile base stations spreading malware in China

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

You don't deserve those downvotes. Just look at the number of sites that still tell people to disable UAC in Windows (basically the equivalent of running everything as root because you can't be bothered with sudo).

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$1m Popslate e-ink screen venture tanks, Indiegogo backers flame out

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Re: Major mistake

Pebble watches use a low energy LCD, not eInk

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Android O my god! It's finally here (for devs)

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Re: What do all these things do?

If your phone battery runs out then you can't buy anything from Google (and you might go buy a fruity phone instead), so it's very much in their interest to make sure all the background services are as battery efficient as possible.

According to the battery monitor on my phone the Play Services are a long way down the list of power hungry apps (the screen is the biggest drain, followed by bluetooth)

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

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Re: In other news

The "small round cable" going into our house is pretty well buried, right up until it exits our property whereupon it just dangles down a wall right next to the pavement. I'm kind of surprised how long it's lasted without some drunk pulling it down.

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

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Re: Most expensive pointless biology experiment ever?

"not being monitored in space by actual biologists"

Peggy Whitson has a Phd in Biochemistry, plus, all of the *nauts that worked with the experiment will have received extensive ground training in their on-orbit tasks.

The sample size isn't huge, but the ISS doesn't have much room, and surely it's better to start with a smaller scale experiment rather than killing off hundreds of mice just to find no changes.

And yes, there was/is a control group on the ground, being kept in the same conditions except for the gravity.

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FBI, NSA top brass: We've seen jack squat to back up Trump's claims of Obama wiretaps

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GCHQ might not have wiretapped trump tower, but if they weren't bugging the shit out of him last time he was in Scotland then they weren't doing their jobs.

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Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

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Re: An American visitor to London during WW II....

Nah, you only need one square.

Tear off one corner, about as big as your thumbnail, stick it on the end of your finger and use that to wipe.

The rest of the square is for cleaning your finger...

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The priest, the coder, the Bitcoin drug deals – and today's guilty verdicts

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Re: Not really about Bitcoin, and not about a priest...

Ahh, I've more heard it used in sense [1.1] "A person who performs religious ceremonies and duties in a non-Christian religion", so together with the first definition, for me "priest" == "holy person", which could be anyone from a shaman to the pope.

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Re: Not really about Bitcoin, and not about a priest...

What makes a pastor not a priest?

Genuine question, as I'd tend to use the word 'priest' to cover all types of organised religious types. Yes this one seems to have got his religious qualifications from the god equivalent of trump university, but personally I can't see much difference between that and however priests are usually trained.

Mind you, most of my knowledge of priests comes from Father Ted...

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

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Surely a great opportunity for some anti-extremism adverts though?

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Norfolk County Council sent filing cabinet filled with kids' info to a second-hand shop

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Re: Ha ha ha!

I'm more surprised that whoever actually moved the filing cabinet didn't go "This is bloody heavy, is there still something in it?" followed swiftly by "oh yes, there is, well I'll chuck that in the skip before I go any further then". Who moves furniture without emptying it?

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MI5 man to steer GCHQ as Trump wiretapping saga continues

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"Judge Andre Napolitano"

Are you still allowed to call yourself a judge, even if that's not your job anymore?

I'd assume you have to hand the title in at the same time as your wig, and robes and gavel and Lawgiver etc.

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Git sprints carefully towards SHA-1 deprecation

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Re: Purpose

Generally hash functions are chosen so that a small change between the files results in a large difference in the hash.

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Intel reveals Optane SSDs: 375GB to start, at surprising speed

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Re: Competition at last?

Is Optane an 'SSD'? It is literally a solid state drive, but generally that's used to refer to NVRAM flash, where as Optane seems to use some different technology (mem-ristor?), and it also seems to be aimed at a different use (something that's faster than flash, but slower than RAM), so maybe we should come up with a new term?

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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"tr1ck5t3r is not mad"

Well, depends how you define mad, but if they were a friend of mine, I'd be wondering about getting a professional opinion about now. That's not intended as an insult, he/she/it is about as bonkers as some of my friends have been at times, but tr1ck5t3r mate, if you've recently changed your meds, consider changing back eh?

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@ tr1ck5t3r

Actually, the black hat hackers did contact me, because they were so bloody bored of watching me sit on my arse watching TV all evening, waiting for me to do something blackmailable.

In the end they had a whip round, and together with the spooks (who were also watching me), they managed to scrape up enough to hire your mum for a night, and eventually everyone went home happy.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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Re: The picture

I'm pretty sure that's a black vulture, any twitchers want to correct me?

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NASA swerves serious cash cuts – but Earth climate probes, asteroid snatcher face axe

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Meh

That's fair enough isn't it? The Koch brothers are both in their seventies, so global warming isn't going to affect them, and there's still plenty of money to be made.

Of course the rest of us are fucked, but what possible reason could they have for giving a fuck about us?

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

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Re: Who Reported?

*hubby goes looking for the pr0n stash he thinks he's just uploaded from the family PC

"oh shit, this isn't the goatse I was looking for!"

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House of Lords: Drone vehicles are more than just robo-cars, mmkay

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The Wurzels 2.0

Everybody sing along now!

I got a brand new combine harvester, an I would give you the key, but it's one of these autonomous jobbies ain't it? and I ain't seen it for three days. It started out in top acres, and it did ok in middle ground, but then oi left a gate open and now it's cropped and bailed old Clarke's whole herd of prize Dorsetshires, blood everywhere. Last thing oi saw it were heading for Stow muttering about fleshy meatbags...

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

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Re: SpaceX Development

"SpaceX is getting plenty of practice at reusing rockets"

They've yet to re-use anything for an actual mission, so far all they've done is re-use test stages, and run engine checks on recovered boosters. Hopefully in the next few months we'll get to see an actual launch on a recovered booster.

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Twitter app pwned by pro-Turkey hackers: Users' accounts sling 'Nazi' slurs

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Re: Will we still be sending our F35 fighter engines to Turkey for maintenance?

Judging by the countries that our weapons industry is happy to sell arms to, that shouldn't be any kind of problem. Unless, of course, their profits are threatened.

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Manchester's Munee Hut, Eyebrow Cottage and fresh hot spam from Belize

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Well, they could, but now everyone knows their address...

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

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"A nuclear powered carrier has to be taken out of service to have the reactor refuelled; this can take over a year"

Hah, I'm pretty sure the MoD could take at least five years to refuel, maybe even ten, once they notice that the original contract didn't specify that the reactor was supposed to be refuelable.

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Re: "...a local transformer which takes it up from the standard 50Hz to the carriers’ 60Hz..."

They'll be telling us it's only 120V next!

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Tesla, Atlassian told to go through front door in effort to save Australian industrial civilisation

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Re: Sorry but how

From what I've heard, SA is a great place for solar power. As an aussie mate put it: "South Australia is hot as balls"

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CA forks out $45m to make claims it screwed over US govt go away

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Re: Blame

"What magical abilities do those corporate clients have that enable them to get massive discounts?"

Expense accounts?

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Vodafone to bring 2,100 customer service jobs in-house

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Re: All change, but no change

Weird, I've been with them for years and years, and they've always managed to be ok. Not amazing certainly, but they've never managed to fuck anything up for me.

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Spy satellite scientist sent down for a year for stowing secrets at home

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Re: Shoulda gotten a slap on the wrist

"500 pages under the basement stairs is not "taking stuff home to read and work on"."

No, he's probably just a compulsive data hoarder. Some people just don't like the idea of data getting deleted or forgotten, and end up with basements full of NAS's storing every TV program they're ever watched (for example).

It's a good personality fit for an archivist, or a backup technician, but maybe not so much for a spy...

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

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Ah, but you're not looking at it the right way.

The contractors were, they looked at the problem and thought "how can I screw money out of the government for this?", and the answer to their question was "omg! terrorists!!1!!!"

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Volkswagen pleads guilty to three Dieselgate criminal charges

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"Your honor, VW AG is pleading guilty to all three counts because it is guilty on all three counts," the company's general counsel Manfred Doess told the court

W..was that a lawyer telling the truth?

I guess the old joke is true, lawyers are like sperm, one in every one hundred thousand has the chance to become a real human being.

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If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

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Re: "accelerate nano craft to speeds up to 161 million km/h"

"so you can start taking fast trips over there"

Fast being a relative term here. You're still looking at years just to get to the closest stars.

(I've just noticed that to accelerate to the speed of light at 1G, would take almost exactly one year [353.8 days], weird coincidence no?)

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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In my last job, the accounts department used to make sure that I was included whenever they brought in home made cakes etc. Consequently, they were near the top of my priorities, just after the MD. (It didn't hurt that they were the ones responsible for getting my wages into my bank account.)

Bribe your IT staff folks :)

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MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

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Re: Surely the 4G/Simm provides good tracking anyway?

"BTW systems to do this are VERY expensive"

Much more expensive than a wifi tracker, sure (you could build one with just a RPi and a wireless dongle), but a GSM base station can be set up for about $1500, maybe less these days. So it's well with in range of an individual's budget, to say nothing of a shop or law enforcement etc.

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What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

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Re: Don't call it "re-used"

The Shuttle also had an additional mission, which was to provide enough pork/jobs to various different electoral districts around the US.

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The good times are over, Peter Thiel tells Silicon Valley's oligarchs

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FAIL

Plus, if elReg only did IT stories we'd miss out on half of the Geek's Guide To... series, a bunch of aerospace stories (such as these). We'd miss out on important news like this, or this.

Hell, if we had it your way, we wouldn't even have a BOFH!

Honestly, if you don't want to see people dissing trump, well, erm, I'm not sure where you should go get your news from, maybe you'll just have to make some up?

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Re: What?

"they usually produce drivel which only emphasizes how divorced from reality the super-rich are"

Yes, but they know that they're cleverer than everyone else because they're rich.

The idea that they might be lucky [instead of]/[as well as] smart, or that an intelligent person might not be interested in money has never crossed their mind.

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Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard

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Re: How about..

HMS Get Tae ...

HMS Can ye mother sew?

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NASA's atom-chiller ready to fly to the ISS

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That's pretty cool!

(sorry)

As far as my knowledge of physics goes, BEC is 'basically witchcraft', so this will be witchcraft in SPACE!

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Oops! 185,000-plus Wi-Fi cameras on the web with insecure admin panels

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Re: Same lame product "sold under more than 1,200 brands from 354 vendors".

"build a camera based on a reference design of the video processing chip, tweak the default drivers a little and build a billion units"

Why would they even bother tweaking the drivers? As long as the branding is correct, pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap!

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Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

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Re: Confusion

And this is how I found out my flatmate had downloaded Spider-man 2.

Seriously, if you're going to get caught pirating, at least make it a decent film.

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Your Amazon order is confirmed: Eutelsat via Blue Origin. Estimated delivery date: 2022

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That's going to be a Bee Eff Arr.

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Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs

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Re: Don't close your eyes!

I guess the strongest evidence of US/UK collusion would be the line:

"Accomplishments during joint workshop with MI5/BTSS (week of Jun 16, 2014)" (from here).

How lovely, they have spies-own hackathons where they work out how to spy on us with our tellys.

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Shopping for PCs? Ding, dong, the Dock is dead in 2017's new models

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Re: Or we can read this as

I'm not sure about HP, but this is Dell's fourth refresh of their docking ports in twenty years which isn't too bad.

They have to upgrade the ports at some point or we'd still be stuck with parallel, PS2 and SCSI on our docks rather than USB3 and GB ethernet.

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

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Re: CAPS LOCK

Caps Lock is big. Or at least on my keyboard it is, probably double the size of most of the keys, it's almost as big as backspace.

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