* Posts by Timmy B

702 posts • joined 30 Mar 2011

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

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Re: Ticks and Lymes disease

Bzzt, wrong.

Read https://www.lymedisease.org/hard-science-on-lyme-ticks-can-transmit-infection-the-first-day/

TLDR version: 5% transmission with the first 24 hours. 50% between 1 and 2 days. I would not want to risk being in that 5%.

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Re: Ticks and Lymes disease

No. No. No. No.

Never ever use chemicals on ticks. They may well hate it and fall off but they may also disgorge (vomit) stomach contents back into your own blood stream as they do. Even if the eww factor of that isn't enough for you the increased chance of infection and Lymes should be.

Me? Not a hippy - just a trained outdoor instructor and wilderness medic.

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Re: UK has its dangerous species too. Not a lot, but they do exist.

Rabies in bats is not the same as land rabies. https://www.bats.org.uk/about-bats/bats-and-disease/bats-and-disease-in-the-uk/bats-and-rabies

Adders are certainly not extinct. Far from it. I see them quite often, but I do spend a lot of time outdoors.

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Re: Cows

Living with a field of cows (usually bullocks) at the bottom of the garden I'm used to them and don't really have issues. Even when there are mothers with calves they get used to me and the dogs and are generally more curious. When there are sheep with lambs in there - that's a different thing. I wouldn't dream of taking the dogs out then. They get very feisty!

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Corner a big brock late at night and you'll see what we can really do in the way of grumpy snarling scary beasts. Though being in the woods in the pitch black with a rutting buck roe following you is very scary indeed.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Fine article. Interesting, well written and great reading. I hope for more like this as 2019 carries on.

Microsoft's 2018, part 1: Open source, wobbly Windows and everyone's going to the cloud

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Re: Windows 10 S

"i nave NEVER had to use a mobile number in the form of 7123 567890 rather than 07123 etc so why should I in MSland? It isnt as is the UK is a backwater emerging country with a newly established phone number system"

Never phoned a UK number from outside of the UK? That's when you drop the leading zero and replace it with the country code. I write code to talk to a myriad of SMS providers and they all do it differently. The fact that MS do something in another way again isn't shocking or unexpected to me.

Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more

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Re: Roundup

I have three things with passwords I commit to memory. 1. The login for my password manager, and 2. Any banking credentials. 2FA on anything I can use it on and unique passwords for everything. What I do wish is that sites always asked you for the special numbers on the back of your cards before making any sales (Amazon....). Other than memorising every single set of credentials I don't know what else I could do.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Re: "environmental rights terrorists"

Terrorist - a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

According to the dictionary. If they are activists and they are using unlawful intimidation against civilians they are terrorists. Just because people aren't running and screaming their upset is no less real.

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Re: "environmental rights terrorists"

"Please don't use that word to describe people who aren't actually in the business of causing injury or death*. It's inaccurate and makes you sound like the Daily Mail."

You don't have to actually be in the business of causing injury or death to be a terrorist - just threaten injury or death or destruction of property. If indeed (which I doubt - my money is on a couple of numpty kids) this was environmental activists of some kind then it is an act of terror - as in the threat of harm to life or property was caused by the actions of the drone flyers.

2018 ain't done yet... Amazon sent Alexa recordings of man and girlfriend to stranger

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Re: Be Pure, Be Vigilant, Behave

One for the Paranoia reference... Though I do hope you have the security clearance for such knowledge or spare clones ready.

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Re: Next question - Video

RE: "I think you'd be crazy to let a microphone connected to a US megacorp in your house, let alone a camera."

Unless you are disabled / infirm and the said microphone allows you to do many things with great ease that you previously had difficulty doing, or are a carer for said person and find it a great aid to looking after them. Your lifestyle isn't the only one. Before you say about it - yes there are other non-connected solutions - but they aren't as easy to use for an 86 year old, or as easy to configure for someone who hasn't go the time.

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

A grizzly and a white tail will do about the same top speed with a grizzly just about topping it on a sprint. About 30mph iirc. They also, like many other predators, will out stamina a deer.

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Re: Shoot 'em all

RE: "IANAL but I understood, at least in England and Wales, that such action may be construed as poaching. The driver behind however, would not be guilty. PP"

Actually untrue. If you accidently hit a deer you are required to find the landowner and report it or you are poaching. If you pick up a deer that someone else has hit and don't try to find the landowner then again you are poaching - possibly. Deer all belong to somebody. But the hitting of the deer with the car is not a crime. If you hit other things such as rabbit, squirrel, etc (but not badger - different protection rules) then you are good to go - take it. IANAL but I do know the law surrounding game and foraging.

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

@AC: RE: "You've conveniently forgotten that Britain used to allow private ownership if firearms and HUNTING?"

No. I hunt and have guns. You are simply wrong.

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

RE: "Utter horse puckey, because I've never, ever heard of a hunter surveying the population numbers before taking an animal. EVER."

I am a hunter and I have a DUTY to know my prey - the populations in an area and to responsibly take first the sick, elderly and infirm. It is exactly this reason I am on hold hunting rabbits as they are suffering terribly from haemoaagic fever near me. If you don't be responsible then you should not hunt.

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

"Protection from what exactly?"

Do you actually live in the UK? I do - in quiet rural Somerset and have been held up at knife point 100 feet from my house! With police becoming scarcer and scarcer and more concerned with people causing offence who else is going to protect us?

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

RE : "Erm I don't think that bears prey on deer"

Grizzlys do.

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

"Culling is only required because the predators have been persecuted."

Ermmmm - Culling is a deer predator predating deer.. We are a deer predator. In fact we are an apex predator that eats many prey species.

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...


Got anything that's not over 20 years old like that stats that article uses. I'd also like to see suicide removed form the stats as if you want to do that you'll find a different way. Try harder.

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...


It's one of those days... I totally agree with you. I shoot and butcher my own deer. I also tan the hides and use the bones and sinew for various things. I also wish that firearms for self protection were allowed in the UK.

I'll go have a lie down now..

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Re: Irrelevant

RE: "The UI in Edge is illogical and confusing. "

I don't see how. It all seems to make total sense to me. But then 99% of the time I use "Back", address entry, close tab and new tab. What's illogical or confusing. I generally want to know. Speed is an issue to me.

But more importantly....

Backspace to go back a page works without an addon.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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RE: "There are still more Windows 7 PCs than W8 + W10 in spite of all new PCs for the last few years having later versions."

Nope. Try again... The link you posted has for November 2018 the following:

10: 38.14%

7: 38.89%

8.1: 4.59%

42.73 > 38.89 the last time I checked.....

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Re: It is _SO_ like MS and Win-10-nic

RE:"It is _SO_ like MS and Win-10-nic to bury the settings for "do not slurp" in 2 unrelated places, without documentation, and only mention them when faced with legal action."

Yeah - because everything is so well hidden that just 2 mouse clicks and 8 key presses reveals very part where you can alter the privacy settings in Windows 10. (click start - click settings - type privacy and press return)

That shows you not only all the places where you can stop slurpy like things but also lets you get to screens that let you delete what MS has stored already.

Though, at the end of the day, I don't really carte that much. I don't care if MS knows I spent 14 mins and 28 seconds in Outlook and it to Outlook 4 seconds to start. Perhaps they will use that to make it start in 2 seconds in the future.

If you're all that worried put all your computers down and slowly back away from the internet.

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Why, oh why?

Why do I read the comments on articles like this. I know I'm going to see the same silliness.... sigh..

PS. If MS are listening and you do pay people to spout glowing praise for Windows then drop me a line - I'm cheap enough and will say whatever you like....

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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You have to appreciate the sheer cheek of it. Somewhere someone looked at the cool robots everyone else has been making and said "I want some of that - but I've got no money.....I know I'll C3-PO this thing!"

It reminds me of the time I found out a traveller camp in Cardiff had been but right next door to a metal recycling centre. So they made a hole in the fence - backed up lorries - filled them up with pre-sorted metal and drove it round to the front gate and sold it back to them! Naughty - but so cheeky you have to admire it a bit.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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Re: Recent Experience....

RE: "I am amazed to see crap like this on the Register. It will only take someone with IT knowledge to transform this system into something fit for purpose."

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people with IT knowledge trying to tie the NHS together and failing. You really need to get some life experience and see what actually happens in the real world. I used a real world example and this also included departments that aren't even part of the NHS and explained why email would be an issue. I think you need to actually get some life experience and see what happens when government, bureaucracy and just plain incompetence gets in the way of someone with IT knowledge.

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Recent Experience....

I wonder how they are going to replace this?

I have a relative die last week. Faxes were used between the Doctor and the Coroner and the Registrar in registering the death. All three of them required copies of the death certificate, documentation backing this up and follow-up paperwork. They all exist on totally different software systems and don't have easy and direct email contact. For example there is no way of directly emailing a particular coroner for a particular registrar, but currently if information is requested then the recipient will tend to go and stand by the fax and wait. A horrible situation (Doctor made errors on death certificate) was able to be resolved fairly easily because of the simple, speedy and faithful reproduction system that faxes allow.

We are just going to end up with emails going back and forth to "the coroners office" or "some Dr surgery somewhere" and people will miss them or the wrong person will pick them up. That is after the scanning software and scanners, etc. is all worked out. Scanners - after all - aren't the most user friendly of hardware when compared to a fax machine.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Re: I'm looking forward to seeing it this will bring any real benefit at all.

RE: "Lighten up, Bob."

Not been here long, have you?

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: "click" with the sound the mouse makes...

""FLAT" is stupid."

Ironically many of the "flat" buttons in Windows 10 do actually change in a looks like they are being pressed way if you click on them.

I just noticed as I was curious.

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Re: Spoilers in Tech Docs!

" When visiting friends, do you click the doorbell or do you press it?"

Or... Like I do... Ring the doorbell.

It's pretty much well known by everyone that "Click on" means move the mouse to that the pointer is over the correct position and depress the left button. Good lord, we're a pedantic lot sometimes (I certainly include me in that).

Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how

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Actually very interesting to some people...

I have several books on scat and use it in animal tracking. It's interesting in that UK animals that do the same (foxes for example) haven't evolved the same kind of thing. You do also see, in sheep, deer and other herbivores compacted scat at certain times of year being more compacted and square internally. I wonder if it's more an outcome of diet than not wanting them to roll away. Do they change in wombats by season, etc. I'll have to do some more reading.

(From someone who actually has a collection of scat from many of the UKs mammal species - we all need a hobby!)

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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Rather it wasn't destroyed.

I have friends that operate a charity that searches for missing people and dogs. They often use a drone, and the "donation" of a second one to use in searching would have been much appreciated.

It'd help me too on the times I'm called out locally to track for them. But certainly not with me flying it - I can't control them things at all!

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: Past meets future

Cheers, Ben.

I went 3 to 5T so I'm 6 months behind you. I simply can't fault OP for their phones.

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Will skip this - but will get 7 I expect.

I'm perfectly happy with my 5T. It's working fine. Battery lasts well. Firmware updates regularly. What's not to like.

Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

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Re: But ... but ... they're going to replace consoles and PCs

"But ... but ... they're going to replace consoles and PCs

... if you were to believe a bunch of idiots 8 or 10 years ago"

Or Apple last week....

Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo

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Very interested.

Anyone who has the previous device got any idea what the after sales support has been like?

'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects

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Re: Recommend singular "They" for Inclusive Language

If you know the person and are referencing them in particular use he when they are male and she when they are female. If you are not referencing a person but a role then use they:

What did the manager do? They did such and such. Were they any good?

What did Jane do? She did such and such. Was she any good?

As a native English speaker anything else seems awkward and forced:

What did Jane do? They did such and such. Were they any good?

The middle They is awkward and the second they is terrible and confusing.

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"I'm beginning to see the same disconnect here between the writers of this publication and its audience as has been seen in the gaming press, where the writers utterly despise gamers and seem hell-bent on telling them how fucking awful they are. Don't go that way El Reg."

To be fair it's generally only articles that come from San Francisco...

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It is easy. Let us all follow the sage teachings of the great prophets Preston and Logan. A truth, as true now as it has always been:

"Be excellent to each other"

This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop

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2 simple questions that should have been asked in the design meetings:

Is there a way of proving that the request came from the app?

Is there any kind of way of encrypting messages between the app and the home?

Good grief - it's not rocket science! You don't even need to be technical to ask those things.

Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Re: “A trip to Wookey Hole“

"And for some bizarre reason, advertised on the A303, which at its nearest point is some 20 miles away."

Desperate bit to stop people going the far better Fleet Air Arm Museum (which I am actually looking at as I type this).

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Re: “A trip to Wookey Hole“

Wookey Hole....

Just up the road from me. It's as sad a place as you can imagine. Every few years we pop over to see if it's any better... Why? I have no idea, it never is.

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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a bit like an advert....

I see that the way the Reg is trying to get along better with apple is a whole article advert for the iPad.

You don't do things the Reg would normally do like point out that iPad sales have been slowly declining or that laptops still outsell iPads nearly 4 to 1 according to apples own chart (which doesn't include a whole load of minor sellers)

You also follow the apple line by almost forgetting the other things like the mini that may be of some interest as the updates to that actually look kind of useful.

Amazon tried to entice Latin American officials with $5m in Kindles, AWS credits for .amazon

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The 1/4 of the air is rainforests as a whole. Estimations for that are between 20 and 30%. It was hyperbole as with the tat-slinging. I don't suppose anyone actually thinks Amazon slings tat in any way. I never, at any time, made it look like my post was meant to be a serious scientific paper did I?

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Re: It's not a country!

"Has no-one registered that amazon is not a country and it's actually the name of a group of mythological female Greek warriors! "

Actually they were Turkish according to the writings.

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I say that Amazon (the tat and cloud slingers) are far less important than The Amazon (that makes 1/4 of our air) and that the domain should be donated to someone like the rainforest trust or the WWF for the promotion of the rainforest as a vital biome.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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And I forgot to say that there are two online services that SWMBO uses for her work that will not work properly on anything other than edge / ie. They work on chrome too but will randomly refresh a page losing all edits - not great. I've reported it with video - but no fix is expected.

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I kind of agree terry but there are some real issues around printing with mfds in particular never being any good and not having a really, really good office suite. SWMBO just cannot live with anything other than office.

I try alternatives such as Libre on Windows and various Linux flavours every now and then but whilst they seem fairly snappy they don't feel done. It's odd that people will moan about TIFKAM on windows but can't understand that Linux is actually worse for some users, with OS level windows sometimes having OK / Cancel type buttons in different places or the wrong way round.

I may just punt some cash on a couple of years old mac and see what the score is there.

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Re: Is there

"But would we (being us consumers) put up with this behaviour from any other customer/business goods supplier? Oh I've just got a new car/tv/washing machine/toaster....... after 2 weeks it doesn't work because the manufacturer 'updated' the software …"

If it was supplied configured so that it would apply updates and one of the updates broke it then take it back to the shop. They sold you something unfit for purpose.

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