* Posts by Semtex451

352 posts • joined 21 Mar 2012

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Dr Hannah Fry: We need to be wary of algorithms behind closed doors

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Finally a Fry that actually knows what they're talking about.

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If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

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"may be distant aliens powering up their sailcraft"

I'm insulted they haven't deigned to visit us, or they would have showed up by now.

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Zero-days? Sexy, sure, but crap passwords and phishing are probably more pressing

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"the median time of 22 days to develop an exploit are incredibly misleading"

Yea the average would have been more useful.

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Instagram phishing apps pulled from Google Play

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Forgive my ignorance, (I'm a fanboi) but why does it always take security researchers to discover this stuff in the Playshop or whatever?

Is it really a self-policed freeforall?

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Artificial intelligence 'will save wearables'!

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Re: Artificial intelligence 'will save wearables'

"not this century, then" is harsh even for you Pascal.

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Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

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"A substantial number of Gmail users"

How are we quantifying a number of substance in these times of post-truth pre modern Brexit wotnot?

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Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty

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Re: Stern carving.

At first I read "Stern Craving" - my girlfriend gets those.

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Re: Stern carving.

It'll float back to us when the Rijksmuseum is under 40 foot of water.

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Oh, irony of ironies: Gov.UK's transparency report reveals... nothing

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Sir Humphrey would be pleased

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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Vuture Central - pay heed

When will El Reg create "A better, lighter and more considerate online advertising experience" for its readers?

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Facebook scales back AI flagship after chatbots hit 70% f-AI-lure rate

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El Reg Saves You £££

Now we can cancel our subscriptions to The Information.

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Elon's SpaceX gets permission to blow up another satellite or two

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Re: "The FAA seems happy with this arrangement"

Oh wait. Didn't think that through.

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"The FAA seems happy with this arrangement"

Either way, who doesn't like a great big explosion?

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CIA director AOL email hacker coughs to crime

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Did I miss a page?

Do we know what motivated this behaviour? I'm not aware of CWA but on the face of it these sound like the actions of an unwell mind. Prosecutor spin? Could we flesh out this article?

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Here's a clue kids, beige food is bad for you, that's the law.

One word - Porridge

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Re: Vaping isn't cool

I suppose you think Jeans that don't cover your ass isn't a cool look either?

Mines the tracksuit top at the back

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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Shurly the "injured party" is the person who was burgled

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World-leading heart hospital 'very, very lucky' to dodge ransomware hit

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Re: This wouldn't happen if they were running Windows.

Yea, you've got Donald Trump & Hilary Clinton as Presidential candidates, if that ain't sarcasm I don't know what is.

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Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

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Thank you for putting me in mind of a FSMmas carol. I can't wait till FSMmas which is on Friday, and every Friday.

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Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

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Re: Sorry, this stinks to high heaven

Yea coz Jeremy Corbyn has his head screwed on.

But I agree with the title you went with.

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Re: I'm confused as to how someone can be that confused

@ depicus - Hang on, only a "few", the FSM has truly blessed you

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Also since when was Google counted amonst "reputable sources"

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Re: Twelve =/= teen

@GKraut - Re: "realizes..." - Please upgrade to the UK Dictionary.

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

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Whoever came up with the idea to use that Dads Army pic - is a genius.

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Irish researchers sweep smartphones clear of super bugs

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"After initially developing the material for ceramics, they’ve now cracked the issue of applying it to glass"

I thought glass was a ceramic - Pedants please re educate me.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: But

I now use a paper doily as an analogue for a collander. Got fed up carrying the real thing around.

BTW I've copyrighted the idea, and can send you one out if you provide an SSAE

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Re: Indeed!

Speaking of Muad'Dib, reminds me that the spice used in your recipe is added to your taste.

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Happen to be eating a Quorn mince Spag Bol. Was all they had left in the canteen.

See I converted to Pastafarianism yonks ago, and have no plans to launch a Quorn sect, yet.

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Re: Theological Canons

@ Uncle - I see Wiki is your Bible, Tut

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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Re: Only four years?!

I'll second that

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Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent

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Re: Windows 10

@AC

Could you give us links to sources please? I, for one, am too time poor/posh/lazy to search myself

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Ukraine has a Eurovision pop at Russia

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Re: As Clausewitz didn't say

Which finally explains why I feel shell-shocked any time I'm put through it.

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

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Read that on a crowded platform and loudly screamed like a girl

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Bats and badgers hold up Apple’s Irish data centre plans

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Re: But what would a platoon of beardy hipster types do...

Hopefully contract TB

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2015's horror PC market dropped nine per cent

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Re: Wearing mine as I write.

BTW I'm IoT ready, emphasis on the T.

Now ssshhh I'm pretending to be asleep

;-)

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Re: Wearing mine as I write.

Sorry but who wants to be tied to a desk any more? Anyone?

BYOD is fine in my environment, its secure and I have hexadecimal safe words, I mean passwords.

Well my night shift is over so I'm off to bed with my Samsung strap-on.

I'll be thinking of you, but I do miss my sister.

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Wearing mine as I write.

I hate to repeat myself but, I received a Samsung strap-on for Xmas.

My sister gave it to me. I'm not proud but I'm still enjoying it.

Off and on.

I'm wearing it proudly right now, seems to be the only way, mind you.

I'm tempted to give it to someone else, just to spread the love.

No one wants to be desk-bound these days, its all strap-ons and hand jobs, sigh.

What's the world coming to? - Won't anyone think of the children?

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Samsung turns to smart home, wearables chips as mobile declines

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Re: At CES, Samsung showed off some of the innovations

But they're right about the death of the smart mobe, I received a Samsung strap-on for Xmas.

My sister gave it to me. I'm not proud but I'm still enjoying it.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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My pee is that colour, is this a bad sign?

I'll get my coat and head to my GP then.

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Exploit kits throw Flash bash party, invite Crypt0l0cker, spam bots

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Hang on someone recently told me that flash was dead.

Oh wait, it was my Mum, talking about someone called Flash Harry.

Now I'm thinking of legs.... can we have more of Dabbsy's Videos before the thought Police arrive?

I have my coat but where's me jumper?

Anyone, where's me jumper?

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Good thing there's no Flash at El Reg, apart from Dabbs in a trenchcoat

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Lovelace at 200: Celebrating the High Priestess to Babbage's machines

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Re: Sexist shite

If only there was a Lovelace out there for each of us.

We'd have to invent the "Poke Engine" to get any green beer time.

Whaddya mean its already invented?

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Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish

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Re: @ Tony S

@Jake - So you're clearly still satisfied with ASCII pron.

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Flare-well, 2015 – solar storm to light up skies on New Year's Eve

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Re: Never mind the US

@Mellipop: And leave out the lager and drink real ale. HNY all.

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Getting metal hunks into orbit used to cost a bomb. Then SpaceX's Falcon 9 landed

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"there is a room-sized vibrator" - come off it mate

...was what I should have said

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"there is a room-sized vibrator" - pull the other one mate

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UK research network Janet under ongoing and persistent DDoS attack

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Re: Local Government also

.... and some NHS Trusts* use JANET too. Grrr

*NB for mercans read "Hospitals"

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Is Alex working on an update to this story?

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Faux Disk Encryption: Mobile phone crypto not a magic bullet

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Is no one starting the...

usual Android vs iOS bun fight?

Is everyone still loitering in Amsterdam after last weeks conference...

....for the same reason as me?

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Next-gen killer hurricane hunter to be armed with Nvidia graphics chips

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AMD could have done with the money.....

(Or has their graphics unit been freed from it's sadly ailing parent?)

anyway its not like the NOAA to go Team Green, cough.

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