* Posts by DJO

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

DJO

An ordinary mousetrap, humane or deadly and something like an Amazon button (£5) pressed when the trap closes would do pretty much exactly the same for a significantly lower cost.

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Florida Man jailed for 4 years after raking in a million bucks from spam

DJO

Re: Small potatoes

Just renting a dumpy one bedroom apartment here will eat nearly half of that

You need to be near to your work, our hypothetical crook does not, he'd could however easily afford to rent or buy a house near a beach in Goa or somewhere like that. Sun sea and a really low cost of living, ain't life a bitch.

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Re: Small potatoes

25 years with only $40,000 per year tax free. Bummer.

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

DJO

Re: Switch??

A little slider that obscures the lens would easier and cheaper to implement, also a switch is ambiguous, if it affects the driver rather than the hardware it might possible to circumvent it so you'd be back to sticky tape.

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Finally, a use for your mobile phone: Snapping ALIEN signal blurts

DJO

Re: Re. Aliens

Why bother emulating pulsars when you can use real pulsars for navigation - all you need is the angles to 3 or more known pulsars and you have your relative position.

The paper actually suggests the beams might be propulsion for light sails which seems a tad unlikely but it's a big old universe so literally anything is possible.

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

DJO

Re: 15,000 feet-per-minute

4,400 feet in 33 seconds assuming constant vertical acceleration from 0 ms-2 gives:

final vertical speed of 81.28 ms-1 = 16,000 feet/min

acceleration = 2.4629 ms-2 = 0.25115G

The article states objects were in free fall or pinned to the ceiling so at some points the acceleration must have exceeded 1G, 4 times the rate calculated for a constant decent so maxing at 15,000 feet/min is not at all odd, just do the maths.

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

DJO

Re: Southend Airshow

Many years ago at Biggin Hill air show I watched a Vulcan fly so low over the crowd we could feel the warmth from the after-burners, pretty damn loud, Vulcan & Concorde, probably the best looking jets ever.

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Trump's new telecoms chief bins broadband subsidies for the poor

DJO

Re: The dead hand of Obama lives on...

Free education" and "Free healthcare" (described as 'means' to allegedly 'lift everyone up') are NEVER *FREE* because *SOMEONE* has to pay

Now I'll put this in short words you might be able to understand:

Well educated people tend to have better jobs than poorly educated people, better jobs tend to pay more than crap jobs, better paid jobholders pay more tax and make a greater contribution to society.

Sick people are a drain, healthy people a benefit, poor or non-existent healthcare increases the number of non-productive people.

The conclusion from this is that money spent on both education and healthcare benefit society in both the short and long terms. Cutting budgets or restricting access to education or healthcare are 100% counter-productive and only cause damage to the parts of society least able to help themselves.

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Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

DJO

using the tunnels for underground fibre must be possible

Too little and too late. The pipes belonging to the London Pneumatic Company which delivered compressed air to power lifts and other machinery in London were sold off to carry fibre years ago.

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Google and Facebook pledge to stop their ads reaching fake news websites

DJO

Re: Do people want to be lied to?

It's called confirmation bias, people will believe any crap if it aligns with what they already believe.

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

DJO

Re: First of all, sorry

Apology accepted. To those who did vote for Trump I say this, You'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

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Re: And we thought BREXIT was bad

What's really depressing is that with 240,000,000 Americans to choose from, the Democrats couldn't find anyone better than Clinton to put up against him.

Actually Clinton was probably the best candidate for a long time, 20 years of public service, vast knowledge of national and international politics, respected internationally.

But 30 years of lies and persistent character assassination from the GOP has paid off for them, after the constant drip of innuendo against her even Democrats think she has baggage when it's all rubbish.

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Re: First of all, sorry

Trump is only in it for the money

That's why he admires Putin, Putin was a KGB operative, basically a civil servant - well paid but not massively so, he is now one of the richest men in the world with an estimated $100 billion to his name and somehow I don't think that was earned 100% honestly. If Putin can bleed that much cash out of Russia, how much can Trump get from the USA?

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DJO

Re: And we thought BREXIT was bad

I lived through the cold war and always felt optimistic about the future, Nixon was a crook but he was not going to do anything really stupid. For the first time in my life I feel really apprehensive about the future.

One thing though I can now appreciate how Hitler and Mussolini were able to win power, are we fated to repeat the same stupidity every 80 years?

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

DJO

Photons are massless and can be thrown off when an electron changes orbit so there is no change in mass also photons have no charge so there is no need to balance any charge.

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BOFH: The Idiot-ware Project and the Meaningless Acronym

DJO

Re: I generally prefer hand tools,

Wolves are OK but not too easy to find, this dialogue from the movie "Snatch" might suggest a better route:

Then I hear the best thing to do is feed them to pigs.

You gotta starve the pigs for a few days...

...then the chopped-up body will look like curry to a pisshead.

You gotta shave the heads of your victims and pull the teeth out...

...for the piggies' digestion.

You could do this afterwards, of course...

...but you don't want to sieve through pigshit, do you?

They will go through bone like butter.

You need at least 16 pigs to finish the job in one sitting...

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DJO

Re: I generally prefer hand tools,

I was wondering about the Calcium Chloride as well,as a desiccant it would mummify the corpse and keep the smell down but that still leaves some incriminating evidence, perhaps Calcium Oxide (Quick Lime) would be a better alternative.

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

DJO

Re: Easily fixed...

After many decades, I still have to conjure up memory aids and parse them to consciously derive the proper side each and every time I need to use them

Easy mnemonic: You Write with the Right.

In a similar vein for the nautically minded, "Port" has 4 letters, just like "Left"

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Online scammers speed up: Hit gold every 15 seconds

DJO

Not too tricky to stop

The banks need to create thousands of honeypot accounts and put the details on thousands of insecure PCs.

Any account trying to access a honeypot gets closed, all assets seized and if traceable the owners arrested and prosecuted.

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Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

DJO

Hubris

If Apple had used the tax reduction measures to reduce their tax by around 50% it's probable nobody in a position to do anything about it would get that upset.

Trying to eliminate all tax is just stupidly greedy and not only invites punishment but may well spoil the fun and games for all the other slightly less greedy players.

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

DJO

Re: Pointless

I seriously question who (if anyone, including the leccy companies) will benefit from this?

The meter manufacturers and the fitting companies will do very well out of this thank you very much, as for domestic customers, not much.

Non-domestic industrial, public and commercial customers however have had these for a while and as long as the data is accurate and of high enough resolution (at least half hour reading) they really can make a big difference to high consumption users.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has a watery secret: An 11 mile wide ice volcano

DJO

Re: planet?

has cleared it's orbit

It lives in the asteroid belt so to say it has cleared its orbit might be a bit premature.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

DJO

It's not changing it to a time of day, it's just that it's impossible to know if two digits separated by a : are HH:MM or MM:SS so it defaults to HH:MM.

Enter unambiguous values such as (to use your example): "0:34:20" - a bit more typing but after a while it (should) become second nature.

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DJO

Re: An easy fix ...

You don't even need to do that. Just format the column as Text rather than general.

Yes yes, that works a treat if you are typing in data

Now try again with importing a multi megabyte CSV file full of, for example, phone numbers (leading zero gets stripped) or SIM numbers (truncated & converted to exponent notation).

It's relatively simple to write a pre-processor to put apostrophes into a CSV file to fix all that, but it should not be necessary.

Almost all Microsoft programs try to be helpful and in almost every case the "help" ends up creating more work than it saves.

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Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

DJO

Re: "Amazing! New! Wrongco Proxy Crock!" at CanadaFreePress

Carbon-14 comes from ionized Nitrogen-14

No it does not.

C14 decays into N14 not the other way around.

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GOP delegates suckered into connecting to insecure Wi-Fi hotspots

DJO

Re: Stating the bloody obvious

Really, I always thought they made CPU stress test software, the AV stuff is surely just a by product of winding the CPU up to 100%

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Science non-fiction: Newly spotted alien world bathes in glow of three stars

DJO

Re: Am I missing something?

You've not missed anything, just they've simplified things a bit.

Look up "barycentre"

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What a difference a year makes: ICO tele-spam fines break £2m barrier

DJO

Re: Go after the firms that are being advertised for

The problem with that is a company could set up advertising for its competitor in order to put them out of business. If done well it'd be hard to prove who instigated it and even then if the truth ever came to light the damage would be done.

Go after the directors of the companies providing the service, and nuke them from orbit.

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Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does

DJO

Absolutely, If corporations are to enjoy the benefits of being "persons" then they should also have all the responsibilities of being "persons".

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Seagate's Kinetic drives: They're moving... but in what direction?

DJO

Yes, so?

So it's a network connected file system with multiple redundancies and it's own processing power for housekeeping. It's a fucking file server, perhaps a novel implementation but not exactly a new concept

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The Register to publish Mindful Sysadmin adult colouring book

DJO

Olof Larpi

That's a bit too much of a give-away isn't it?

6/10 - must try harder.

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

DJO

Backwards thinking from plod, so what's new

Make the banks punitively liable for any and all fraud.

The banks currently rather lax security would get strengthened as fast as it could be done and it would be kept up to date unlike the current mess.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

DJO

iPayer for iPlayer

There is no way that an user of iPlayer who does not watch live TV should have to pay the same amount as a TV using household.

There are many programs that never make it onto iPlayer due to licensing issues.

A reduced rate, say 50% would seem appropriate and proportional.

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BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

DJO

Re: Quibblage

More like the Pauli Exclusion Laptop, no two laptops can ever be in the same state.

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Carolina cop cuffed for 'carjacking'

DJO

warped values

Having a quiet wank - 10 years.

Fatally shoot an unarmed (non-Caucasian) kid - promotion or at worst a minor ticking off.

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

DJO

Re: That's Bundeskanzlerin Frau Doktor Angela Merkel to you

You're right, the country has lost its quaint character since Thatcher defeated the unions. No longer are homes lit by candle-light for half of the week.

Before Thatcher it took one average salary to be able to afford to buy one average house, after Thatcher it took 4 to 5 average salaries to be able to afford one average house. The knock-on effect of house price inflation is felt throughout the economy and Thatcher was almost completely responsible for it. (She allowed Building Societies to run Estate Agencies which was previously not allowed due to the obvious conflict of interest, this caused the first rocketing of house prices)

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Re: That's Bundeskanzlerin Frau Doktor Angela Merkel to you

Why do we never get a politician with a decent education?

We had one who was an industrial chemist and we're still suffering from the damage she caused.

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Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

DJO

Platitudes - geddit

A great idea, for the crooks.

To push the car-plate analogy it's a good thing no criminal ever worked out how to use false plates on a vehicle involved in a crime.

Enforce this and it would be circumvented in minutes while wasting millions of pounds/dollars/euros to introduce.

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Fans demand 'Lemmium' periodic table tribute

DJO

Re: Elementary Elements

"don't like Zappa"

Does not compute. I understand each work but together they are nonsense.

Incidentally I should have excluded Keith Moon from my statement about stage & private personae, as he was the exception to just about every rule going.

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Re: Elementary Elements

Ho hum, I suppose the down voters never met the man.

Rule one of Rock & Roll - Stage persona and real persona are NEVER the same, for example Johnny Rotten in the height of the Punk era was a really nice, self-effacing and polite chap.

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DJO

Elementary Elements

If names after musicians is to be considered then Zappanium must be the first. Please not Lemmy: The only biker who never owned a bike!

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

DJO

To a boss "1:100" sounds fine, try saying "3.6 days of complete outage per year" and see if he is so sanguine.

It's not what you say, it's how you say it that matters and directors need baby talk because complicated things like percentages are often beyond their comprehension.

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Short weekend break: Skegness or exoplanet HD 189733b?

DJO

If you think Skegness is bad, don't visit the Isle of Sheppy.

Just don't.

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

DJO

Thunderbird 1 has a sensor which tells Scott when his ship is being secretly filmed

Why not? A laser spinning should be able to get distinctive reflections from the curvature of a lens pointed in its direction, it might even be able work out if it was filming from the slight vibration detectable in the reflection.

I'm saying that in theory it might be possible, not that it is actually possible but sufficiently so for Scott Tracy.

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DJO

Re: Best line...

Nahhh! Best line of the series was in this episode:

"I'm old enough to be your messiah!"

He's not a messiah, he's a very naughty boy.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller special: The WHO bacon sarnie of death

DJO

Details.

Have you any idea how hard it is to source Potassium Nitrate these days?

Incidentally this dish is best served on a depleted uranium plate. If you can't get Asbestos for the garnish, a light dusting of ricin is generally acceptable.

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Bacon can kill: Official

DJO

As sung by Joe Jackson in 1982

No caffeine

No protein

No booze or Nicotine

Remember –

Everything

Everything gives you cancer

Everything

Everything gives you cancer

There's no cure, there's no answer

Everything gives you cancer

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

DJO

The drive is really tiny, the encryption is great however the iris recognition hardware is a bit on the cumbersome side.

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

DJO

Top 3

1: The Lever

2: The Wheel

3: The Still

You need a lever to get the still into position, a wheel for a cart to carry the ingredients in and the finished product whisky/vodka/calvados/whatever away.

There really is little need for anything else.

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Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?

DJO

Re: Dematerialised over the shark ?

The thing that bothered me about the glasses, is that they continued to work in the Faraday cage.

Why shouldn't they? A Faraday cage electrically isolates the inside from the outside, an electronic item will work as well inside as outside if it is self-contained and does not need any signals from external systems.

If electrical systems failed inside a Faraday cage them people would die on entry as life is basically an electrical system.

EDIT: If he was broadcasting WiFi or similar from inside the cage then that is silly and would plainly not work.

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