* Posts by caffeine addict

699 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007


Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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In my experience, suicidal people sit anywhere on a long spectrum from so nearly catatonic that you'd be surprised if they could lift their eyelids let alone a bottle with a skull and cross bones on it, to people who are fiercely determined to do something despite all odds, because it's the thing that they *have* to do before they die.

If you break your leg, you're not going to be able to get from the sofa to the kettle. But if you break your leg in the middle of a forest with no cell signal, I'll bet you'll find a way of getting through the pain because you feel you *have* to. It's the same damned thing.

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Don't plod have a history of managing to misplace computers that have been in their charge for a significant period of time?

It's possible he's chasing that outcome. At which point the police would have to admit they've got no evidence...

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

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Re: Department of stupidity

Wasn't that because they were too fast to be in the unlicensed category?

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The guy on Radio4 at lunchtime was saying that 6 cars would be tested in Greenwich later this year. That makes it sound like they already have the cars in mind to test.

But why do the first tests on small city streets? Surely you start out on something big and predictable like the M1. Set it going at 56mph and it's a (relatively) simple task. Certainly compared to parked cars, kids, cyclists, pigeons, and that bloody great line they set the clocks by.

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears

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Re: Well, still an idiot

Well, using lube quite often results in a sizeable dona -

I'm sorry. I don't know what I was thinking...

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Re: Well, still an idiot

Since when was any TLD used as intended?

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Re: Google

It allows kids that young in? That's disgusting.

Wait... hang on... Oh crap I'm old...

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Re: Optional

You've got a typo in there...

UK spy overseer: Snooper's Charter cockups are still getting innocents arrested

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Re: Wrong IP? Pah - Try Plusnet!

God I miss the days when PlusNet was a decent ISP.

Somewhere between the beginning of the end of Force9 and the start of BT in sheep's clothing.

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Re: re: Well it clearly hasn't made a jot of real world difference so far,

There's nothing about that comment that makes the poster obviously Leaver or Remainer. It's a fairly simple logical argument.

X governs Y.

If X stops, Y will be uncontrolled.

How come Y is currently uncontrolled while X is in place.

Japanese astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet – using cheap 'scopes and off-the-shelf CMOS cameras

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Re: Solar system mass.

Especially as it's mostly hydrogen, so it's floating up there.

Romford Station, smile! You're in London cops' final facial recog 'trial'

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Re: How does one decline to be scanned?

One day I'll grow a beard bushy enough I can make it look fake with the careful addition of a couple of bits of wire going behind my ears.

My bucket list is a strange one.

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Re: How does one decline to be scanned?

Every bag has the potential to become a bag for life...

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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"and other services that leverage Azure Active Directory"

Isn't there a point where you need to stop using "leverage" and start using "are hopelessly hindered by"?

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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We have both but (IIRC) there's only one website on the gb tld - dra.hmg.gb

Does anything happen to a tld if there are no domains on it? I mean, is DRA there because it's forgotten about, useful to someone (seems unlikely) or because removing it would have consequences?

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Re: terminology

The Romans would have used a boat...

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Re: Domain Expre.ss


Now I feel the need to register showhimyourcro.ss just to host a picture of a nun in a car shouting "fuck off"...

Q. China just landed on its far side, the US woz there 50 years ago – now Europe wants to mine it? A. It's the Moon

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There's weird gravity spiders. I saw them on a documentary about some doctor who went up there...

The most annoying British export since Piers Morgan: 'Drones' halt US airport flights

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Re: 500g Drone vs 100 ton airliner

Just for the sake of comparison (and I know aviation has moved on since then) how big was the bit of debris that killed the Parisian Concorde?

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A slatted fence would be perfect - as long as you can adjust the height near instantly so you can block the drone's path. I'm thinking we could use some kind of some kind of rapidly expanding gas to lift the fence to the right height...

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Wasn't it Nissan where the little fella followed a metal strip on the floor.

RoboPostie pissed someone off, so he laid a new track in speedtape that led the bleeping bot out into the carpark...?

I really hope that story isn't apocryphal.

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up

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Re: Itchy Chin

You're missing the point.

In a loosely typed language (like JS, PHP, etc...) how does the computer know if the programmer wants to concatenate of sum two values? It's easy if they are both in quotes or both unquoted decimal strings. If they differ, the computer has absolutely no idea what the programmer intended so has to make a best guess.

Hence 2+2=4 and "2"+"2"="22" (including in your original incorrect comment) but varying results between languages for "2"+2 and 2+"2".

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Re: Itchy Chin

But what is a suitably obvious number when displayed as a string?


01234 567890?







They're all obviously numbers or text strings depending on context. Context which is beyond your programming language, other than if it's wrapped in quote marks or properly typed.

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Re: Itchy Chin

I think you rather neatly proved my point...

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Re: Itchy Chin

With that exception generation, that sounds pretty reasonable.

It's "+" across type that make things messy. You could easy have the mess where one would get, or reasonably expect, "2"+2 = 4 and 2+"2"="22".

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Re: Itchy Chin

PHP treats 0, '0', '0.1', '', false and null as false.

PHP treats 1, 1, 0.1, 'true', true and 'false' as true.

Using PHP as a yardstick of handling various types is a terrible idea.

IMO, "2" + "2" should throw an error in any language and JS should have a more sensible string concatenation operator.

We have intVal and parseInt for a reason.

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Re: Itchy Chin

No, it doesn't.

console.log(2+2); // 4

console.log(2+'2'); // 22;

console.log('2'+2); // 22;

console.log('2'+'2'); // 22;

Javascript is dense at times, but it does know the difference between strings and integers.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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This sounds snarky, but it's not meant to.

What benefits do we actually get from projects like CERN? The space race ultimately gave us things like interesting ceramics, telecoms advances, GPS, and myriad other things. I appreciate that CERN furthers knowledge in theoretical physics, but I'm hard pushed to see what benefits there are to knowing the mass of a neutrino. The only thing I can think of is the web, and it's pretty much an accidental byproduct.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Re: Wild West Days

They had to after you filled the server's log files...

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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I promise you that nothing of mine is educated.

I've got the certificates paperwork to prove it.

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Americans say "medder-dayder"

Do they?

When they say "dahta"?

*sceptical face*

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Easily solved

Apparently "yes, but congress needs to specifically approve it".

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Re: "it was required to keep a second shuttle on standby just so they could use it as a lifeboat"

In the 60s and 70s we were willing to fling humans into space knowing everything was dangerous and there was a pretty good chance something would go wrong.

By the 2000s they were seen as routine, and routine needs to be seen as safe.

See also: air travel, cars, surgery, etc...

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Re: Crazy

Someone needs to arrange for the "shutdown" to include transport to his golf courses. That would get him to loosen his stance.

Real-time OS: Ordnance Survey gets snuggly with Intel's Mobileye

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Re: Disappointing...

I'm currently amused by "Offley Endowed Primary School".

Not rude, but it still amuses me. Especially if you say it in a Hyacinth Bucket voice...

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Re: because Bell End is close to Lickey End

Or Bateman Street in Cambridge. The council seem to have given up on that one nowadays.

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop

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I presume it is a mistake, but you have to wonder where the £10m pre discount price comes from. Unless that figure is entirely fictitious and is actually a multiplier of the current price...

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Re: At least people can take comfort from the fact that ...

The only reason that people would be laughing at the UK is because they're naive about how vulnerable their own airports are...

Linux reaches the big five (point) oh

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Based on the big boys, I'm surprised it's not Linux 6.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Re: People stil falling for the fake email.

Replace a clipboard with a rugdedised tablet and you'd get the same thing...

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Re: What an engineer does in the UK

At least it's better than "executive". As in "technical support executive" instead of "first line support"

I assume it's like in "executive producer" - no powers and no responsibilities but it looks good on your business card.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left

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Looking to the left of the launch tower - I hadn't realised how big Sputnik was...

Chip-for-tat escalates: Qualcomm's billion-Euro bond to block Apple iPhone sales in Germany

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Re: This patent nonsense is going too far

If it's hardware then it's not Apple breaking the patent - it's Intel since Intel built the chip. If it's software then it could be Apple. If it's Intel breaking patent because Apple shared trade secrets, then the beef isn't with Apple for patent law but for whatever trade secrets is...

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Re: Don't worry QC

There's more chance of the iPhone XI running Android than there is of this spat bankrupting Apple.

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Re: You realise that if you fired that at a person...

That joke is literally in the name of the product

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Even when a creature has the intelligence and aggression of a barn, it's only a fool that gets between her and her shed.

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Re: This story has legs...

I believe that you'll find that that was the joke.

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I don't believe in firearms for the general public, but that huntsman would have me reaching for a shotgun. Maybe something like a shotgun with beanbag rounds, but with bigger rounds...

I may have just re-invented the canon...

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: bbc quotes

don't need to launch anything, other than 50 - 100 drones controlled remotely, or pre-programmed,

This is a very good point. Compared to the price of a missile, a couple of dozen drones with big batteries, programmed to take off at 30 minute intervals from locations within a mile of the airfield. You could bugger up any airport for days.

What's the best power/weight ratio for something like that anyway? For a one off disruption that doesn't need to worry about recharging. Is it still liOn?

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Re: I wonder if...

This is what confuses me - you'd have thought that a combination of standard issue eyeballs and various tech at an airport (plus any gadgetry that has been brought in over the last 24h) would be able to spot where it was coming down. Even if the operator is moving around, it's got to be fairly easy to track.

Failing that, stick a helicopter up next to it and make the operator abandon it or show their location.


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