* Posts by Siberian Hamster

48 posts • joined 21 Aug 2012

'It's full of beer!' Miracle fridge reveals itself to pals tuckered out from cleaning flooded cabin

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<Evil Grin>

What a wonderful idea for an experiment...

As a non coffee/caffeine drinker I can tell when one or two of my colleagues who drink coffee caffeine levels drop dangerously low by the almost slurring of thought process. Swapping lids could be a good experiment in showing how much some of them depend on it on a daily basis.

Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror

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Re: Computer sound is on in an open space ?

Worms was the first thing that sprang to my mind!

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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I totally agree with you!

Just as an aside though, I assume that you mapped the cities yourself otherwise you, in a similar manner, as you said rather eloquently, is someone's bitch!

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

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Re: Not Just a Store

I cannot agree with you more wholeheartedly! There were two assistants in my local Maplin that actually took an interest in what they were selling and I asked them why they didn't do 'demonstration days' to get people in and involved and therefore buying.

They both said the same, manglement were not interested in the slightest, all they were interested in were sales, there was no opportunity or encouragement to help drive anything by the staff.

As has been already said, if they have regular coding clubs or sessions for various age groups in store I think they could achieve so much.

Almost £5k for a deskslab: Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 hits UK

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Au contraire mon ami, machines like this are a direct response to seeing the likes of Apple (read Apple!) being able to sell machines at significant margins compared to their competitors and Microsoft wanting to jump on that bandwagon.

I completely agree with you the real world advantage of upgrading to the latest tech is fairly marginal nowadays with the likes of computers or phones, as we have got to the point where outside of 'power users' even three year old kit can easily do 99% of tasks.

As for the target market, I would say firmly planted in the 'large disposable income, keeping ahead of the Jones' group that Apple target. Working in an academic field, I hear on occasion of staff buying Apple computers from their budgets then complaining that a specialized bit of software only runs on Windows!

Big Red's big pay gap: $13,000 gulf between male and female Oracle staffers – reports

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5) Willingness to bargain hard for pay, a trait that is significantly greater in men, or so the psychologists tell us.

This I think is the over riding factor in all of this.

I'm willing to bet beer tokens that the moment a study is done to relate the level of 'risk taking' behaviour in regards to negotiating for a higher salary against not getting a job there will be a direct correlation.

I joined a new company where they took on three of us each covering a different sector, two guys and a girl. Talking together a few months later, I was the only one to ask to discuss starting salary. I started almost 10% higher than both the others, even though being honest we were all at about the same level of experience and knowledge.

Full frontal vulnerability: Photos can still trick, unlock Android mobes via facial recognition

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Re: Fingerprint sensors are useless

Actually TouchID is definitely not secure against this attack, as I demonstrated (a few years ago now) to a friend less than a week after he got his new iPhone!

He was proudly willy waving his iPhone around when we were over his place so I sent his son off to the local shop for some sweets. It took a few tries but I got his phone unlocked after warming up a gummy bear and kneading it thinner.

He shut up about his phone for a quite a while after that!


Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: I had noticed

I think he meant PTerry..

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator

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And IK+.

A case study of how to achieve multiple manoeuvres with a single button joystick!

I found a security hole in Steam that gave me every game's license keys and all I got was this... oh nice: $20,000

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The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies

So just for this one guy's input Valve have paid out on two bounties totalling £45k, I can't help but wonder a few things...

Why aren't they just employing a couple of staff to be full time pen testers, surely it's the cheaper option?

While this bounty program is in place I would be worried that any internal staff of questionable morals coming across a bug would, rather than fixing said bug would look to strike a deal with an external pen tester to share a bounty.

Sorry for calling you Shirley.

iPhone XR guts reveal sizzle of the XS without the excessive price tag

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Re: So basically....

Must. not... bite...

<nasally voice> Ah but the STe blah blah blah...

Graphically yes I will now concede the Amiga was the superior machine but the Atari being clocked at 8MHz to the Amiga's 7.14MHz meant for 3D games like Elite it was the better machine.

At least the rivalry wasn't as intense as it was between C64 and Spectrum owners previously.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Another good one is ( or so I've heard...) is to slip a Desktop's power supply voltage input selector slider between 110v and 240v. Said power supply makes a resounding 'Zap!/Fizzle' as it goes. Once you've heard it once you'll remember to check what the site voltage supply if you're expect to have a 'mobile desktop'.

Need a facial recognition auto-doxxx tool? Social Mapper has you covered

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Re: Go for it

Well for a start we can find out the approximate area you live, Australia/New Zealand is our starting point...

UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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Re: Yup.

Actually more akin to if they have a noticeboard for people to pin business cards and the like to.

You wouldn't expect them to check that every type of 'Joe Bloggs roofing contractors, we're the best in the business' is backed up with actual facts but you would expect them to remove something such as 'The guy just moved into no.56 Somesuch Street is a just released paedo' .

Seagate's Barracuda SSD bares its teeth at PC, laptop upgraders

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...using 4 x 365 and 1 x 366 days/year...

So what planet does your journo live on I wonder?

Ticketmaster gatecrash: Gig revelers' personal, payment info glimpsed by support site malware

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Re: Clear as mud

There is only one reason any company is ever cagey about something and that's when they think they've screwed up, if they had even the faintest idea it was customers they would have blamed them first.

Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home

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Do you know what kind of a Bombe it was?

Clouseau Operator: Yes, the non-exploding kind.

NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe

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Perhaps a long lost relative of aManFRomMaRs?

Escape from the Zuckerborg: WhatsApp founder legs it

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Re: Time To Be Afraid Be Very Afraid

You're Donald Trump and I claim my five pounds!

Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

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Oh come on guys, why hasn't anyone thought of the pun...

Guy gets caught short with a short in his short shorts!

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

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If we cyclists agree to beacons how about...

making vehicles unable to turn until they put on their indicators! With a sensible 3 seconds wait time to ensure cyclists are given enough time to react.

I guarantee that'll reduce the number of RTCs between cars and bicycles.

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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'... we have a better relationship with US anyway, and GPS is already embedded in our military'

you do understand that a big part of our relationship with the US was that we were effectively their voice* in the EU?

* read 'ventriloquist's dummy'

Patent quality has fallen, confirm Euro examiners

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Re: How the EU will deal with this...

An addition to Godwin's Law:

As an online discussion on the EPO grows longer, the probability of a complaint about it being indicative of a broken EU (and a subsequent pointing out of it not being part of the EU) approaches 1.

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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Re: Dates

Anything, and by that I mean everything that has a date field in it when I'm writing a text import function for Excel is imported as text then converted afterwards as Microsoft refuse to fix their inbuilt function, it's been the same since at least Office '97 that I know of.

Also shows that Office has ever been a complete re-write as there's big chunks of code they're obviously re-using.

Administrator PwC chops Maplin staff

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+1 vote for the Forrest Mims reference, those little notebooks were my first steps into electronics when I were a lad.

Also you've summed up exactly why even though I'm prepared to pay a little bit more for something from a bricks and mortar store I'm purchasing more and more often online. That 'knowledgeable PFY' Maplin* or PC World or whoever that you could have a little discussion with is gone, replaced with droids that either follow you around asking 'can I help with anything' multiple times or ones that do their best to ignore you.

*my Maplin still has a guy that genuinely knows about stuff - YMMV.

Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

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RE: Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

"I thought that was due to how you play it and fret the strings. (I've tried but I have two left hands.)"

Go see your local Igor about that, I'm sure he could 'hook' you up with something different.

Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Screwfix

I've found exactly the same and can go one further, Screwfix is generally cheaper than Toolstation for tools yet Toolstation has Screwfix beat on fixings and fastenings!

Xperia XZ1: Sony spies with its MotionEye something beginning...

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I don't need no stinking title

Nope the phone doesn't output .stl, it outputs a zip file with an .obj, .mtl and jpg triplet. I've found a bit of open source called open3mod that does the trick of opening the files and allowing you to export to .stl.

Your assumption is correct, you can upload to sketchfab from the app and get things printed from there.

PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Ideas for a new game

As an experiment into the gullibility of these scammers have various VMs set up ready to go for various scenarios;

Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor to the President: with various documents being drafted and 'videos of captured extra terrestrials being interrogated' open on the desktop...

Dr A. Rimmer: various docs and emails for the final stage of rolling out a global epidemic 'duodecimsimiae' to with projections of wiping out 97% of all human life.

Feel free to come up with even more twisted ideas...

User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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Ah those wonderful Turbo buttons with a 2 digit 7 segment display that was set just with a jumper board. We had a problem at my first place where those displays started showing FU when the turbo button was depressed..., they never did work out who was doing it...

America halts fast processing of H-1B skilled worker visas

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And how is that different from the Glasgow based call center [sic].

Fifteen love, your turn.

New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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Re: Driverless Upgrades

Surely quite the reverse, if there are no accidents then the insurance companies pay out NOTHING EVER! It's their version of utopia, because you can bet your insurance premium won't come down much if at all.

USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

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Re: Swap

To my knowledge, the last major upgrade to the Harrier was an extended composite wing designed by McDonnell Douglas which gave extended range and carrying capacity, but at reduced speed and turn rate. BAe designed a GR5K "tin wing" Harrier which maintained the turn rate.

This "tin wing" could have been retrofitted to the existing Harrier (and Sea Harrier) fleet giving a faster, more manoeuvrable aircraft with more lift capacity than the AV-8B, but the US Government would only buy their own AV-8B design, and would only purchase if the RAF also purchased it.

As a compromise BAe designed metal wing root leading edge extensions which gave improved turn rate. These were eventually fitted to both the RAF and US Marine Corps versions of the AV-8B. The wing root leading edge extensions are metal because McDonnells refused to export the composite materials technology to BAe.

Note that the eventual AV-8B/GR5/GR7 is actually slower than the GR3/FRS1

My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Re: idiots with more money than sense...

First term in university I got rudely shaken awake by my room mate. After asking why he would do such un-godly thing (may have used expletives too) he rather calmly told me the fire alarm had been going off outside our room for the last 5 mins and I hadn't even woken up. To be honest, it was pretty loud...

UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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Re: It reported my gender.....

Damn, I thought my password was un-guessable!!!

Hi! Up here! I'm your Amazon drone. Do you mind if I land now?

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Re: Have amazon actually made this?

Completely agree with you, fairly basic physics any A Level student would (should?) understand, the noise created by rotating propellers can be (mostly) cancelled by another propeller.

Unfortunately the secondary propeller needs to be continuously pushing back against the shockwave for the full rotation, meaning that it rotates with the primary propeller and more importantly AoA reversed so it effectively pushes in the OPPOSITE direction to the primary propeller!

Contra-rotating will actually create a beat in addition to the noise of two propellers!

Who are they employing to come up with these ideas I wonder, becuase its obviously not engineers!

Adobe will track you across all your devices with new co-op project

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Re: Slurping and Subscription? ...Time to boot Adobe, M$_Win10, Autodesk etc...

Oh thanks for this, been keeping my eye out for ages for something exactly like this!

Congress strips out privacy protections from CISA 'security' bill

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Re: Great Idea -- Cutting the internet, building a wall, etc.

The danger if you do wall off these places is that the president's personal aircraft gets shot down while over-flying and snake Plisken isn't around!

It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

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Re: Beer Tokens

I received a new card from Barclays Blank a year or so ago with the contact-less payment on so toddled off to my local branch where the conversation went something like this;

<me> I'd like a replacement card without the contact-less payment please.

<zombie> I'm sorry sir all our cards will be having these from now on.

<me> I'd like to close my account please.

<zombie> Let me see what I can do sir.

(returns after ~5 mins)

<zombie> We can help you out sir.

<me> Excellent, thanks.

<zombie> We can turn your account into a restricted one and issue you with a new card without the contact-less payment.

<me> I'd like to close my account please.

<zombie> (returns after 2 mins) We can issue you with a replacement card sir.

<me> Thanks bye.

Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Lily 'slim but dim' Cole...

Custom ringback tones: Coming to your next contract mobe?

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Re: as the caller, I just want to hear Brrrrr Brrrrr.....

or a random 2% chance of one of these phrases inserted:



'I want to play a game'

'where's the kaboom, there's supposed to be an earth shattering kaboom'

Who here needs to explain things to ELEPHANTS?

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I don't need no stinkin' title!

I think they need to rethink their methodology and review their footage. Her constant head turning towards the bucket is both a bigger visual cue than a static arm and also it is well documented that pack animals will look in the direction another pack member is 'concentrating' on. call themselves scientists? Pah!!!

'Chinese' attack sucks secrets from US defence contractor

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I don't need no steenkin' title!

Qinetiq is actually a British company formed from the sale of the old DERA to some of its bosses, though they have been buying up smaller US defence firms for a while.

The question is were all the hacks confined solely to US operations or were they company-wide?

Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Re: The welsh lobby

Well thank you for noticing, we do indeed tend to punch well above our weight!

Twenty classic arcade games

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Re: Ahh, thems were the days

I believe you mean 'Countdown humanoid, countdown intruder!' and also 'humanoid chicken, fight like robot!'

Loved that game... Berzerk I think it was.

Welsh bureaucrats busted for getting political on Twitter, Facebook

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Re: How to speak Welsh

Okay, we'll have a quick whip round to buy you a bicycle pedal and we'll see if you can indeed speak Welsh with it shoved down your throat...

FTC settles spying charges on rent-to-own computers

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Re: Remeber the school PC with the webcam activiating spyware?

Actually I think the school PC webcam spying thing is a part of this case, and in response to those saying 'If I had one of these PC's I'd wipe it and put on Linux/new OS straight away' IIRC the students/teachers/others weren't allowed to make any such changes to the computers.

SHOCK: Brainwave readers work as advertised

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Next stage of phishing attacks...

I can see in the not too distant future Black Hats inserting malware into your favourite games that use a brain-wave reader, to surreptitiously 'blip-vert'* images of banks/credit cards/anything into said games to deduce your personal information.

* +1 to anyone who gets the reference!

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