* Posts by Pen-y-gors

3228 posts • joined 1 Oct 2010

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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Re: Errr, censorship?

It's more effective just to jail the board of directors and chief executives - focuses the mind wonderfully on whether it's a good idea to have policies to block this stuff or otherwise.

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Re: "regulation on the Internet isn't going to stop nutters like this"

Probably both. And the same applies to right-wing nuttery. Don't advertise, educate, and number of right-wing terrorist nutters will tend to fall.

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Re: Responsibility

1. Recognise sovereignty of Facebookia

2. Declare war on Facebookia.

3. Intern all Facebookia staff as enemy aliens

4. Seize all Facebookia property within the country as enemy property, including bank accounts.

5. When Facebookia beg for peace demand massive reparations.

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Re: El Reg follows common sense!

Surely a good lawyer can identify some law that has been broken by the Heil when it shared this video. I mean, the Tories have criminalised so much.Possession and distribution of material likely to be of use to a terrorist? That';s always a good one, as it makes it an offence to have Google maps on your phone.

Please, please, please can someone prosecute the Heil for terrorism offences?

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Re: It can be difficult, but..

Excellent point. They better not lock him up then, just in case. Let him go at once. Same applies to any violent and dangerous criminal really.

And of course, the same goes for Revoking Article 50, which it seems is now the preferred option of a majority of living voters (as opposed to religiously upholding the wishes of dead ones). There's a risk there maay be riots, so maybe we better not. Or we just go ahead and lock up the rioters.

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Re: It can be difficult, but..

I'm sorry, you mustn't say that.

How many Reg columnists does it take to turn off a lightbulb?

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Re: DIY & Fingerprints

I came across my parents LP of "An Evening Wasted..." when I was about 10? 12? Papa had to carefully explain "Masoichism Tango" to me!

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Re: DIY & Fingerprints

Obligatory Tom Lehrer song

I hold your hand in mine, dear

I press it to my lips

I take a healthy bite from

Your dainty fingertips

My joy would be complete, dear

If you were only here

But still I keep your hand

As a precious souvenir

The night you died I cut it off

I really don't know why

For now each time I kiss it

I get bloodstains on my tie

I'm sorry now I killed you

For our love was something fine!

Until they come to get me

I shall hold your hand in mine!

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Re: CorelDraw

Yep. Love PSP. Gave them money for it. And I'm still using PHP 7.04 as my day-to-day graphics editor for straightforward stuff. Does everything I need.

Decided a few years ago that I should upgrade so got CorelDraw v something. I think I've used it about twice. Utter faff.

Bombs Huawei... Smartphone exploded in my daughter's pocket, seriously burning her, claims dad in lawsuit

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Li-Ion is worrying

Had a neighbour pop in recently, asking if I could recover her photos off her laptop hard drive.

"What's the problem?"

"The laptop blew up"

"What, you mean it stopped working?"

"No, there were two loud bangs and smoke and flames started coming out of it"

"Ah, right. Bring it in and I'll have a look"

Yep, one seriously blown up *replacement* no-name battery pack! And a very impressively melted and burned laptop. Thankfully the flames hadn't spread too far and the HDD was undamaged. I now have a very nice 'Exhibit A' for my next computer safety talk! Interestingly insurance covered damage to the table but wouldn't replace the laptop. Wear & Tear I assume.

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties

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Re: On the one hand

I preferred the Goodness Gracious Me version - "I'm a Punjabi Girl, in a Punjabi World..."

This is the Send, encrypted end-to-end, this is the Send, my Mozillan friend

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Nice and simple

And it seems to work on other browsers too. Just downloaded a test via Chrome.

Only one bug - the 'number of times' pull down on Welsh Firefox is a bit scrambled!

Uber driver drove sleeping woman miles away from home to 'up the fare'. Now he's facing years in the clink for kidnapping, fraud

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Re: Wire fraud

So really the wire fraud law is about as relevant to modern Murka as the laws about compulsory longbow practice on a Sunday are relevant to England. Perhaps time for an update, although it does seem to be useful.

Although...some 'antiquated' laws can often still be appropriate. There were many laws in C19 UK about driving horses and carts - furious driving, not in control, no registration plate, no light at night, going too fast etc - and they all still exist for cars.

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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Re: Travelling to client sites

Nice work if you can get it! But seriously, was there no company in NZ they could have phoned to go and replace a Cisco router? I believe they're quite common

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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You have to take some responsibility

Nice theory. Meanwhile in the real world...I remember being in a hostel in Glenridding some years ago, reading the Mountain Rescue annual report. Jesus! People come out from the cities for a nice drive then decide to walk up Helvelyn in trainers/high heels/flip-flops and a T-shirt. Sometimes I think their crow-pecked carcases should be left there as a dreadfulm warning.

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There are also plenty of upland areas where people only ever traverse a few fairly narrow paths, there being next to no reason to go tramping about on trackless upland moorland.

But in practical terms, it's quite tricky to design mobile masts so they only beam a 10m wide signal along the winding paths. Simpler to just have a tall mast that can cover the paths, with the adjacent moorland as a bonus.

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The article makes the good point that if we're 'happy' (sort of) to have massive wind turbines (50m+) it seems silly to worry about a skinny phone mast. And a single 50m mast in the right position (on a hill not in a valley) can cover a heck of a lot of sheepwalks. So it would be sensible to have a policy that allows for 50m masts in specific situations - and if no-one lives there who will object? (Yes, I know, city-dwellers who don't want the 'view spoiled' when they're on holiday. Personally I am disgusted by the number of buildings and roads I see when I visit London. They shouldn't be allowed)

Nah, National Cyber Security Centre doesn't need its own minister, UK.gov tells Parliament

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Yes but, no but...

I can see where they're coming from, and sympathise, but given that the result of appointing a minister to 'oversee' this will be a) another wasted minsiterial salary + secretaries, Sir Humphries etc and b), most importantly, the person appoinrted would be a Tory MP who really doesn't understand what cyber-anything is, and has only ever used IT to view highly questionable prawn on his office computer - a fact which will be recorded in MI5's files, thus neutralising the minister from day 1.

So why bother?

So Windrush happened, and yet UK Home Office immigration data still has 'appalling defects'

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I'd go a stage further. (But May wouldn't) - Given the total balls-up of government policy and activity over decades, which is impossible to fairly resolve, just say that anyone in the UK on date X (29/3/19?) will be given a piece of paper that says they are UK citizens with the right to reside in the UK, and their personal details will be recorded. After that you implement a fit-for-purpose immigration system.

I mean, there is all this farce over whether immigrants are allowed to stay, and how they prove they can. How does it work with this renting thing - must prove right to rent? Someone born in the UK 30 years ago, of UK parents and grandparents, may have no ID except a paper birth certificate which proves nothing. That's it. How do they prove who they are? How do they rent a house?

And the point is that a British-born UK subject has never legally had to prove anything. They're here. That's enough. So decide that everyone here is okay, and then manage the borders in the future.

UK Ministry of Justice: Surprise! We tested out biometric tech in prisons and 'visitors' with drugs up their bums ran away

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Justice is most definitely not devolved to the Senedd. It should be.

Although we do get lots of English convicts devolved to prisons in Wales. And English citizens in need of social housing get devolved to estates in Wales, hundreds of miles from their homes and friends.

Ho hum, roll on #indywales. Latest polls show major swing to Plaid Cymru from Labour, and fast growing support for Indy. Pretty soon they'll be left with the United Kingdom of Norf and Sarf England.

Justice would be an interesting one to devolve, as in Scotland. Wales has a long (>1000 years) history of rather interesting legal principles, which focus on justice, restitution and recompense rather than punishment and revenge as seen in the Anglo-Norman English legal system.

It's not your imagination: Ticket scalper bots are flooding the internet according this 'ere study

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Could 2FA help?

Could a variation of 2FA help here? When booking you give a mobile number. Code is sent to the phone. Transaction completed when code entered.For good measure, only one transaction allowed per phone number.

It would make life for bots just that bit harder/

Boffins put the FUN into fungus by rigging yeast to squirt out the active ingredients in cannabis

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Investment advice

Buy Demtrix NOW!

(Technically this needs a joke alert, as I am not a licensed financial advisor)

Why are there never free power sockets when my Y-fronts need charging?

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So we switch to using leaves as currency?

Three-quarters of crucial border IT systems at risk of failure? Bah, it's not like Brexit is *looks at watch* err... next month

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Re: You can't blame the government...

Something...something...taking back control of our borders?

And we can be damn sure the EU will check stuff coming from the UK, particularly if they are letting any old crap into the country without checks.

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Re: Cheer up, what's the worst that could happen?

Kilty army?

Why would they bother? If the UK leaves the EU and there is a 'backstop' which results in different customs and trade rules in NI compared to the rest of the 'United' Kingdom, then that is in breach of the 1707 Act of Union, which is very clear that all customs, tariffs and trade conditions must be the same throughout the Kingdom.

So Scotland would have an excellent case to unilaterally leave the Union, based on breach of contract, and apply to the EU to take over the UKs membership, which I suspect would be granted in very short order.

Then we can build a wall again from Tyne to Solway!

[And totally unconnected - who can explain the spelling of tarriff, tarif, tarrif, tttaaarrrriiiffff, tariff ? why can't it be consistent with the r's and the f's?]

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You can't blame the government...

Yes, we're fucked because none of the customs systems will work by 29th March, only 10% of the necessary truck permits are available, there's no infrastructure for border checks etc...


They did their planning, quite reasonably, on the basis of a clear statement from a government minister that all the UKs existing Free Trade Agreements would have been replicated before Brexit - easiest deals in history. So it would have been a shocking waste of public money to spend billions on unnecessary changes to customs and borders, or on stockpiling insulin, or calling up the military.

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Re: @codejunky

In Wales it's 55:45 in favour of remain. Scotland is even higher.

Age checks for online pr0n? I've never heard of it but it sounds like a good idea – survey

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Government issued ID?

Does it have to be UK government ID? Presumably adult citizens of N.Korea or Vanuatu visiting the UK are allowed to view pr0n?

I scent a major on-line business opportunity here. If kids can all get fake ID why can't grown-ups?

IBM elects pirate-foiling Navy vet to board

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"Her [Howard's] leadership skills, international perspective and extensive experience with cybersecurity and information technology will make her a great addition to the IBM board."

Nothing to do with her government contacts and possibility of IBM getting government contracts? No, obviously not.

It was the best of times, it was the WFIRST of times: How NASA's next exoplanet hunter could find 1,000+ worlds

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Never mind mapping...

Sod all this 'finding 1400 new exoplanets' stuff. When are we launching the orange shitgibbon and the Maybot in a small capsule to land on & explore one? We could call it the B Ark maybe?

Amazon Prime Air flight crashes in Texas after 6,000ft nosedive

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Re: We all thought the same!

As in the apocryphal headline from the Dundee Courier (?) - "Local man drowned in Atlantic" (report on the sinking of the Titanic)

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Re: We all thought the same!

No: Only heroes die once.

"“A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” "

(W. Shaksper, Julius Caesar)

This image-recognition neural net can be trained from 1.2 million pictures in the time it takes to make a cup o' tea

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They also forgot...

The time it takes to take 1.2 million photos and upload them.

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Re: You can't make a cup of tea in 90 seconds

Urrgh! Pot still warm and half full???? Add more tea??

Dear Lord in heaven!

To make tea you need a) tea and b) boiling water. Adding tea bags to warm tea and topping up with boiling water does not do the same thing.


Japan's Hayabusa 2 probe has got the horn for space rock Ryugu – a sampling horn, that is

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original Hayabusa, which limped back to Earth after a troubled mission to the asteroid Itokawa.

Whether it came home with a pronounced limp (L I M P - pronounced 'limp' - thank you Milligna) or not, it got home. And any landing you walk away from is a good one.

Now you've read about the bonkers world of Elizabeth Holmes, own some Theranos history: Upstart's IT gear for sale

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Re: If she hadnt been a cute chick giving the cliched woman struggling in a mans world routine...

investment from the likes of ... the Waltons,

Really? From what I remember the Waltons were dirt poor. 29 of them living in a run-down farmhouse G'night Jim Boy, G'night Bobby-Sue, G'night Victoria-Wilhelm, G'night Great-Great-Great-Grandmaw

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Re: Don't be........

But to try to be fair to Google, is there a fundamental difference between someone broadcasting an SSID from their home and having the name of the house on the gatepost? Both are saying 'This is who I am'. Would there be the same irritation about recording the address of a house with its grid ref?

You don't want your SSID seen, you don't broadcast it. (Yes, I know it can still be identified, but they have to deliberately ignore the 'no peeking' sign, which is what hiding the SSID means) When they THEN manage to snaffle it, it's a whole different thing! Similar to you locking the door and them picking the lock.

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Re: Oh, crap they caught us again!

It's in the post...

Bored bloke takes control of British Army 'psyops' unit's Twitter

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Do we get details of HOW he took over the account?

Password = 1234? password? deathtoforeigners?

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Norman? That's basically French.

Mais non, mon ami.

Normandy was invaded and settled by Vikings (the NORthMEN) - hence the succession arguments over the English throne between the Norwegians and the Normans. Yes, there was some French blood there, I'm sure, but really the Normans were about as French as the folc of North-folk are basically Welsh (in other words, quite a bit!)

From the fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord

Or, to put it another way,

From the driving skills of the Frenchmen deliver us, O Lord

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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Printing stencils on the dot-matrix - I remember printing some of my first Green Party leaflets that way.

Then we managed to acquire an electronic stencil cutter. Clever piece of kit - 2 drums. On one you wrapped a document (printed from ZX Spectrum complete with fancy fonts, and even a few photos pasted on), and on the other you put a special stencil. Start her up, and a detector (with a little light) scanned the input image as it span round while a little spark thing burned away on the stencil. Basically like a low-res photo-copier, but just created a master. Lovely smell of ozone or something while it ran. Major technical advance!

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A distant relative of a friend who had recently died contacted me via email.

I'm impressed. Do they have fibre and Gmail in the heavenly kingdom now?

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Re: Not Really Technically... But here be at least One Avid Way to Avoid the Roads to Nowhere

No idea what you're trying to say, but have a +1 for authentic Martian frontier gibberish - a dying skill.

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Re: The concept is not reall dead if you ask me

Also the same problems that historically plagued usenet are still around on Reddit today.

You mean AOL users are allowed on Reddit? That's when Usenet really started going downhill.

Want to create fake web profile pics? This creepy AI tool makes them on demand. Plus predictive policing, and more

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Re: crying out for a mashup with hotornot.com

Coming soon to an interweb near you...

But it raises some interesting questions. How does a non-existent person demonstrate that they are over 18? Would the software also generate fake ID?

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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They're great!

they're rarely seen outside a National Trust garden.

I have one in my garden, which doesn't belong to the National Trust.

I've always been a great fan of pocket sundials!


Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Re: Relate

Trophy hunters get a bad press. I think rich people should be allowed to hunt endangered large carnivores as trophies. Unarmed. In hand to claw combat. If they can strangle the lion or hippo they get to put its head on the wall. Part of the deal is that before the hunt they change their will to leave all their property to appropriate charities.

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I think a lot of people are starting to think that the present crop of UK politicians should be assisted into extinction.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

Never mind Youtube - Google Maps is now illegal.

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