* Posts by wolfetone

3250 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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Well, at least he's trying to find out the truth for himself. Which is more than what other flat earth wankers can say.

Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases by credit card customers

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"Because there's a reasonable chance of you winning those bets."

If every bet would win the bookies wouldn't be in business.

House always wins etc etc.

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But I can still place bets on race horses and football matches with my credit card?

Makes total sense.

Samsung heir walks free after appeals court quashes bribery charges

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How much did that judgement cost him?

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: Single aisle transatlantic is not news...

"Is that an actual price? Because thats less than the price for me to get a train to London! The added bonus of course is that at the end of the trip I wouldnt be in London! :)"

Yes, well it's "from £149" one way to Toronto from Birmingham with the airline PrimerAir. I think they use either the 737-700 or 737-800 for that route.

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Re: Single aisle transatlantic is not news...

"The A321LR is basically being touted as a *replacement* for the Boeing 757 on transatlantic routes.

Until recently American Airlines was running daily flights in the winter from Manchester to JFK and Chicago using the 757 - my first ever trip to the states was to ORD on a 757. I'm pretty sure that United are still flying Manchester to Newark with the 757 daily. But with the 757 fleet aging, there's been no viable replacement until now."

I'm utterly surprised that the first mention of the 757 occured right at the bottom of the comments page. I really did think it would've appeared on the article, as this is really the crux of the matter. Airlines are using the 757 for long haul flights as it's fairly cheap and allows them to run to near full capacity on those routes. The 757 though was a failure initially, so production was stopped and Boeing didn't bother with a replacement. Now, though, the 757 has found a market Boeing don't have a replacement for it, hence Airbus are trying to get in there first with this new plane.

The thing is though, regarding other comments about single aisle planes and long haul flights, if you're willing to pay £150 to fly from Birmingham to Toronto (as an example) you can't really expect to fly it using a 747 or 777. It's cheap for a reason.

Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

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"Are you over 18? Yes or No"

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How will this affect those users in Britain who use an American based VPN to view their porn?

Asking for a friend.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Re: it’s the first Sunday of February, which would make it the fifth this year.

Oh look at you Mr.La-De-Dah calendar botherer.

Nork hackers exploit Flash bug to pwn South Koreans. And Adobe will deal with it next week

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This line I found ammusing:

"The flaw is being abused right now by North Korean hackers to infect victims' PCs."

When you consider one of the software titles released under the Vault 7 leaks allowed the NSA to "spoof" the location of attacks, it makes one wonder whether North Korea are doing these attacks at all and not someone else.

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: The worst customers...

Friend of mine used to work at a Blockbusters frequented by Karen Brady (of "The Apprentice" fame, as well as famously being on the board for Birmingham City and now West Ham FC). She pulled that once as she jumped a queue, to which he replied "Yes I know who you are, but I'm a Villa fan so you can wait your turn."

She did not like that.

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"Ant’s letter to On-Call finished by saying “Yes I know that we were dicks for letting her humiliate herself, but it was only because she was so vile.”"

Someone needs to tell Ant in no uncertain terms that what he did wasn't dickish, but God damn admirable.

A pint for you!

Anti-missile missile misses again, US military mum on meaning of mess

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Re: I give it about a week

"Wait, so with a number plate, you can then look up MOT history? Can anyone do that or do you need some special access somewhere?

>>>> Mines the one with a list of advisories a mile long hanging out of the pocket"

You just need the registration. You used to need the make and model but they've simplified it.

I would only worry about it if you have someone who knows about cars come round and look at your car. Otherwise, if you didn't know about it, chances are the buyer doesn't know either.

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Re: I give it about a week

As an avid viewer of crappy old cars on eBay, I can also put money on the fact it would have it's reg plate hidden or blanked out so you can't check the MOT history of it.

What a Hancock-up: MP's social network app is a privacy disaster

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Re: We call App Britain

I've looked, he hasn't said Boo to Nanny.


Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action

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Speak for yourself. I'm thoroughly enjoying this clown Levy being given enough rope to hang himself on.

Bring the people 'beautiful' electric car charging points, calls former transport minister

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"I do wonder what the capacity of the local grid is to support them if every house was to actually use them."

Careful who you say that to. There are EV "evangelists" who get quite animated when you question the capacity of the grid to support their ambitions.

Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

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Re: Money

That's far too sensible an idea for it to ever feature in any Government department.

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Carillion's failure started a domino effect. Crapita's suffering, Interserve also. Who goes next though is anyones guess.

Kremlin social media trolls aren't actually that influential, study finds

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I think it's also worth pointing out that the Obama administration recinded an act that prevented the US Media from publishing/reporting propaganda pieces. Since then there's been a proliferation of anti-Russian, anti-North Korean, anti-Chinese news.

As you were.

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You'd have to be some sort of almighty tool to believe this.

Then again, if you can believe this you'd believe what they'd tell you too.

Wouldn't they, comrade?

UK.gov mass data slurping ruled illegal – AGAIN

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Re: Watson, not Corbyn

"Not at all surprised that this has come from the 'centrist' side of the Labour party rather than its left-wing who tend to admire authoritarian regimes as long as they aren't allied with 'the west'."

Funny that, because Corbyn generally votes against the introduction of such "authoritarian" tactics such as the National ID card system. Tom Watson though voted consistently to introduce the National ID card system.

"Watson is dismissed as a Blairite these days which is basically anyone not in Momentum. He was actually a Brownite though in the Blair days."

Watson has been instrumental in rocking the boat with other leaders such as Milliband, Blair and Corbyn. The fact he's tried, twice, to bring down Corbyn and twice failed (the second time increasing Corbyn's majority) speaks volumes for his judgement and political prowess. I wouldn't trust him to look after a pint of milk.

But don't let the truth get in the way of making you feel better.

Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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If Alan Partridge was ever an MP...

Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

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Re: Bye Bye

"The first ad I see built in to the browser will trigger an instant uninstall."

I'm not even giving it a chance. Deleted complete from my system, installed Palemoon for the time being.

Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?

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I call App Britain.

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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"That's the puzzling bit about it... it could be part of an overall plan to monitor everyone 24/7 which would reduce the number of needed Police? Or maybe just as a prelude to outsourcing more and more of the duties of the Police to private organisations?"

I think the latter is more likely. Her husband, apparently, had some dealings with G4S, so it's not beyond possibility that some sort of pseudo-Robocop-OCP-era privatisation of the police force in the UK could happen.

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"...must stand in her way to a more comprehensive police state..."

The irony being she loves cutting the budget of the Police, so that when the UK becomes a police state there'll be no police to police it.

Virgin Media skulks in disused public toilets

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Well, at least you now know why your internet is always a little bit shit.

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: Old as the hills

"Apparently toddlers who have learned to use a touch-screen tablet then wonder why pictures in paper books and magazines don't respond in the same way."

Isn't that a bit sad? Toddlers are being introduced to Peppa Pia via a tablet first rather than Spot the Dog in a book?

Schrems can't throw collective sueball at Facebook but individual action OK

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But you need a private Facebook account in order to create a public page?

Hawaii governor: I wanted to tell everyone nuke alert was fake – I just forgot my password

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Re: Eh?


But in a Government setting? You know as well as I do to get anything to happen at a Government level - local or otherwise - takes absolutely ages to get ratified.

Plus where were the developers based? Were they on site? Abroad? In the pub? Asleep?

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Still though, 38 minutes to develop a brand new function just to cancel an alert being sent out, designed developed tested and deployed in that time, that's no small task. Especially when you consider you'd usually have to wait for projects to be signed off etc.

That's a marvel of development, I hope the guy/girl who did it sticks it on their CV. They're a keeper.

Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Lovely obituary, but you haven't told us where the wake is being held and when?

I thought there'd be more Instagram: ICT apprenticeships down 20% in five years

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"People at parties don't expect car mechanics or scaffolders to solve their car/house problems for free."

You'd be surprised.

I was at a party the other month and got talking to this guy about hobbies. I told him I do mechanical work on my car, and he asked what type of work. Told him I had changed the shock absorbers, fitted new brakes, and fitted a complete clutch to my car without an engine hoist.

He asked me loads of questions about cars then, like how to fix certain stuff. Finished it with "well maybe you could take a look at it for me?". Immediately turned the conversation on to computers.

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"Why would any youngster want a career in IT..."

I turned 30 in October, and I've been working in IT professionally since I was 20, left school at 16 to do my CCNA etc etc.

Looking back, if I had my chances again, I wouldn't touch IT with a barge poll. I'd be in something else, like engineering or construction. Better money, better work/life balance, better time of it all.

'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo

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"True to his word, Galbraith agreed to pay for the new version of the tramp stamp to be placed alongside the old one."

Pardon me, but a "tramp stamp" is a tattoo located on the lower back, just above the bottom.

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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A pint for you!

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Good man Linus! Pint for you.

You there Intel??? No beer for you.

NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

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This can only go well.

The Reg visits London Met Police's digital and electronics forensics labs

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I was listening to the "Unexplained with Howard Hughes" podcast yesterday, and he was speaking to a chap called Mike Godfrey from a company called Insinia about hacking and cyber threats. And he mentioned, briefly, how everyone thinks the Met work closely with GCHQ on certain threats when in actual fact GCHQ can't trust the Met with any information in fear of them losing it. Aparently there's a track record with the Met and such things.

This chimed with something an uncle of mine (since departed) said to my Dad some years ago. My uncle worked building devices that could detect whether or not a room was bugged and where abouts in the room it was located. He had offers from America for the device, but nothing from the UK. And he said that the British police are always several steps behind everyone else (especially the Americans) in terms of technology to help solve crimes etc. He said that about 15 years ago, and nothing since has proven him wrong.

IBM turns panto villain as The Reg tells readers: 'It's behind you!'

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"The story was published and not one person called The Reg to tell us we were incorrect. Not one."

But did they email you? Have you checked your spam folder?

Take a bow, TalkTalk, Post Office, Vodafone! You win most-whinged-about telcos award

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I thought that, but then with the comment about the closure of the Indian call centre I thought they meant they were self serving their own customers. I didn't consider that they could be outsourcing their support to their own customers.

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"...and a radical shift to self serve..."

We've reached peak PR bollocks when the idea of having your own call centre, staffed by your own employess, not outsourced to whoever is considered "radical".

Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

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Re: Clarity required

"Hey Wolfie, when you say you've decided to "go on" YouPorn is that as a star performer, whether single or with others, or merely as a viewer?"

Tried. I failed the auditions for Fake Taxi.

No one told me you actually had to own a cabbies license.

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Paris Hilton

You know, after reading the headline I was absolutely shocked. Shocked to the point where I thought death was to be placed upon me shortly.

Now though I realise that 1.5cm a year isn't anything special, and I'm not going to die, so I've decided to go on YouPorn.

If it's good enough for Hawians after a missile scare, it's good enough for me.

Paris icon because, well, I might be a fan.

Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath

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"Is that Varoufakis' book? Might be an interesting read, but isn't he talking about the Euro and the EU - and the problems with them? Rather than Bitcoin. And I don't see how Bitcoin is the dollar even makes sense.

Also, there's an IT angle. Varoufakis used to be chief economist for Valve."

The very same.

For the most part it is generally about the EU. But it's the formation of the EU and economic impacts behind the formation which are interesting, and enforce what I was getting at before.

The "bitcoin is the next dollar" is in reference to the Nixon Shock which occured in the 70's. In very simplistic terms, the dollar isn't backed by anything. Just good will and faith of other countries. After WW2, the Bretton Woods system pegged the dollar against gold, but once gold values started to rise the USA were still forced to sell it at $35. Nixon pulled the dollar away from gold. Since then the dollar, really, hasn't been backed by anything tangible, the same as every other currency in the world. So when people bemoan bitcoin for being worthless or a bubble, they don't understand how their own currencies work. Every currency in the world is a fiat currency, faith based.

If someone in the UK decided that America wasn't strong economically as they thought they should be, they'd "sell" their dollars. This devalues the dollar, as everyone else see's that and thinks "crikey, the dollar must be on it's arse. Best sell what I have". The dollar slumps due to this contagion of the weakening of the faith in the currency.

At the very core of the matter, all currency is worthless. If both you and I decided that a bottlecap is worth a bottle of beer, I could pay you a bottlecap and get a beer back. People outside of our agreement would see that and think the bottlecap is worthless and you're stupid for selling it. But to us its a currency. That's what has happened all over history. From the swapping of hides for food through to brass coins instead of hides.

To finish, the book is very, very good. Hard to understand sometimes so may need another read. But I must say, as someone who voted to remain in the EU, I'm half glad the UK is leaving now. That'll make sense when you read the book.

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"It's only until you see and understand how financial markets have worked since the Nixon Shock in the 70's, will you then begin to realise that all finance is corrupt and shady."

I like how you neglected this part.

The book "And The Weak Suffer What They Must" is a fantastic description, from a European point of view, on the creation of the EU we have today. Those who disagree with what I said would do well to read this and then read my comment again.

I'll wait.

M&S extends customer support contract with, er, Capita

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This isn't just any support contract.

This is an M&S outsourced to Crapita support contract.

NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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If the volunteers threw in £200 each, they could've wined and dined the heads of the NHS and pushed this through. Alas, their mistake was to believe that those who manage the NHS are doing it for the good of the organisation, and not for the good of 3rd party contractors who want to make a few quid off the back of a publically funded body.

Roll on the next general election, and get these shower of bastards away from the NHS.

Red Hat slams into reverse on CPU fix for Spectre design blunder

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However, if you're unlucky enough to have a VPS hosted by Linode, you don't become the wiseman. You become the beta tester.

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