* Posts by Tachikoma

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'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'

Tachikoma
Pint

Re: Priorities

So I take it your body is a temple, you don't have a cup of tea/coffee in the morning, you don't have a bar of chocolate in the afternoon or don't have a swift shandy in the evening?

Cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals, a lot of them cause addiction, nicotine is only a small part of why people smoke, and since switching to vaping, once the initial itch has gone from all the other shyte they put in cigarettes, my nicotine intake has dropped substantially as I find I just don't like the aftertaste and I don't wake up a quivering wreck until I have had a puff, unlike with cigarettes. I could probably drop to zero nicotine and not notice, but I still enjoy the social aspects, fiddling with bits of wire and mixing my own (often horrendous) flavours of juice at home like some mad scientist.

What started as a way to get off the cancer sticks has turned into an enjoyable hobby that is no more or less cool looking than a middle aged man in spandex with a reinforced gusset riding a £5000 pushbike through the morning gridlock trying to convince himself people are staring out of jealousy.

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Tachikoma

Most devices won't accommodate the protected batteries which are slightly longer, plus the protection kicks in when using them in a lot of vape devices as the battery thinks it is having a hard short (which essentially it is in a mech)

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NGO to crowdfund legal challenge against Investigatory Powers Act

Tachikoma

Herr May will just word it like "think of all the paedos we will catch" or "think of all the illegal immigrants we can identify and deport" and people will lap it up...

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Government calls for ideas on how to splash £400m on fibre

Tachikoma
Holmes

the £400m digital infrastructure scheme is aimed at city areas where there are big businesses

So central London then, as usual, while the rest of the country festers.

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Sneaky chat app Signal deploys decoy domains to deny despots

Tachikoma
Facepalm

To block Signal messages, these countries would also have to block all of google.com.

I think Signal underestimate how much control these places want over their populaces, and I'm sure other search engines would be more than happy to take up the slack, and probably offer some "under the counter" services Google won't.

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Infosec bods: This is a backdoor in Skype for Macs. Microsoft: No.

Tachikoma
Trollface

Re: Mac Security LOL

I am interested to know why people buy Macs

So they can tell everyone they bought one

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Microsoft's Edge to flush Adobe Flash in Windows 10 Creator’s Update

Tachikoma

There will be exemptions for “the most popular sites which rely on Flash today”, so as not to displease users, but Microsoft isn't saying which users.

My money is on porn.

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If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

Tachikoma
Pint

I think the problem is worse than they think, in my city my phone proudly declares 4G, but I can't even open my email as it's so congested, if I need to use Google maps or something I have to force it to 3G which is nearly as slow or rob the WiFi at a Wetherspoons.

Beer icon because "I only went to the pub to use their WiFi dear"

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Has Samsung, er, rounded the corner with Apple court win?

Tachikoma

Finally a victory for common sense.

What's with the random dashes in the article though?

awarded on-ly the

flimsiest of pa-tents

will con-tribute

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

Tachikoma

Re: Creationists aren't listening.

Fossils are the remains of plants or animals (or fish or whatever..) that once lived on the earth, but were rapidly buried at some stage a few thousand years ago.

Find me a fossil of a T-Rex with a modern human skeleton in its stomach, and I will believe you.

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

Tachikoma

Re: VPN sales are going to skyrocket around the world.

A VPN shifts the internet breakout to some other despot country. No?

Yes, but I doubt Hungary/Poland/Switzerland/wherever really care or could do anything meaningful or nefarious with knowing "VPNUser1232157656784" enjoys a particular flavour of grumble flick, unlike the "honourable" Ms May.

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Re: VPN sales are going to skyrocket around the world.

I have been drilling the idea of VPNs into my son for years, he quite often asks "what country are we in today Dad?"

If he can't bypass a simple geo-lock then all he has to do is ask me how, I won't ask what for, his business is his own, not mine or Herr Mays.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

Tachikoma
Meh

Re: Here I encountered the first of many problems. The labels were entirely in Japanese.

perhaps Japanese males sit to urinate

In my lengthy experience, a great number of Japanese businessmen just pee wherever they fell like it, not bothering to look for facilities.

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Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

Tachikoma

Hmmm not convinced, on the Playstation Portable there was a game called Metal Gear Ac!d 2 which bundled a Google Cardboard-like box with lenses that you slipped over the screen which turned the PSP into a pseudo VR/stereogram viewer and let you play the game and watch gravure videos of Japanese girls in sexy army costumes in 3D. This was in 2005, the iPhone came out in 2007, Google Cardboard in 2014. Re-purposing portable screens isn't new or thanks to St Steve.

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EU turns screws on Android – report

Tachikoma

Re: Typical EU

You mean the same EU that asked 13 billion from Apple because of illegal state subsidies?

That's different, you can screw with consumers, but you don't screw with the tax man!

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

Tachikoma
Joke

We are left wondering why publishers, rather than diversifying their revenue, keep insisting on making the user experience as crappy as possible: first with ill-designed and distracting ads

I take it you don't look at your own site with ad blocking disabled?

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Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren

Tachikoma

How about banning backhander lobbying in the first place? The fact you can "buy" a politician/presidential candidate with enough "donations" should be recognised for the corruption it is.

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

Tachikoma
Trollface

I'm going to change my name by deedpoll to "DROP * FROM *" or whatever the Hadoop equivalent is.

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

Tachikoma

We had something similar with people trying to print transparencies on laser printers. I think they stopped doing it when we started charging their department for the new fuser units.

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Tachikoma
Facepalm

In my old support days, I had to install a maintenance kit on a clunky old laser printer next to some PA's desk, when it was going through the "bag of spanners down the stairs" warm up, the PA turned to me and completely straight faced said:

"I'm on the phone, can you turn the volume down on the printer please? Thanks"

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Full Linux-on-PS4 hits Github

Tachikoma

then merrily went on to completely remove the ability. Typical shitty Sony behaviour

Actually, you can thank GeoHot for Sony removing Linux, it wasn't a bait and switch, it was a (heavy handed) security fix:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Hotz#PlayStation_3_security

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Want to kick butts? Go cold turkey

Tachikoma
Happy

I'm one of those twonks you see blowing huge clouds with a massive battery box, let me explain why and it's not for show... well mostly not...

I smoked heavily for years, got back into the dating game and realised that stinking of fags wasn't helping the chances of a spaghetti arm, neckbeard, IT nerd so decided to give e-cigs a try.

I started on plastic cigalikes, didn't do anything for me, so upgraded to various expensive devices using 18mg liquid. It was horrible, the taste, the mouth ulcers, coughing, spilling liquid on your hands caused you to feel sick for hours, it was a nightmare, so I wandered into my local vape shop and asked what was the next and last option. Subtanks: lower ohm, higher wattage, lower nicotine, less PG which was irritating my chest but more "clouds" as a result. After previously reading up on "the best cigarette-like experience" and following various advice, I discovered I didn't want a lung ripping harsh high nicotine hit like it recommended, I wanted a warm, smooth, thick vapour, I could feel it in my lungs like a cigarette, I could see it when I exhale, it didn't give me mouth ulcers and didn't irritate my throat/chest.

I wasn't huffing on my vape pen like a madman during my break anymore, I would just have a good couple of lungfulls and I was done, the nicotine is only half the problem, I think most people give up on e-cigs as cheap devices offer such a bad experience, I know I didn't get on with them and if it wasn't for me wandering into my local vape shop, I would be back on the cigs.

People take the piss when they see me blowing big clouds, but that's fine, it keeps me off the fags, my 2 year old daughter doesn't say I stink anymore, it saves me money and will (hopefully, if I stop drinking) will add a few years to my life.

Don't dismiss "cloud chasers" as a novelty thing, for some people it is the best solution they have found.

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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

Tachikoma
Meh

Stuff like that always worries me when looking at someones computer/laptop

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Google emits Android N developer preview early to smoke out bugs

Tachikoma

Nadella?

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

Tachikoma

I'm colourblind, and live alone, would I need a colour or black and white licence?

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Tachikoma
Pirate

Dear Minister for Fun/BBC/Capita Debt Collection/TV Licensing/Whoever

I don't watch TV, so I have declared this to TV Licensing and have an exemption certificate, I also don't use iPlayer/4oD/ITV Player/etc, there's enough stuff on the internet, both free and paid to keep me entertained in the short time I have to myself in the evening.

In order to ensure that I am not a thieving bastard, stealing iPlayer media when I am not paying, despite reassurances, I give you my full permission to contact BT, my home internet provider, and O2, my mobile provider, and IP block all domains belonging to commercial TV and BBC services.

In return, I fully expect to be exempt from any and all accusations, implications, visitations, etc suspecting me of being a consumer of these services in which I have no interest.

I also expect to be exempt from any stealth taxes, levies or other costs in a bid to prop up BBC income due to a failing business model.

Yours gratefully (but not hopefully)

Tachi Koma

Icon because I'm not a pirate

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

Tachikoma
Trollface

Reg readers want more consumer-friendly and “lighter” ads to fend off an “Adpocalypse”.

FTFY

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Joint Committee on UK Snoopers' Charter: Make like a dictionary and give a definition

Tachikoma
Devil

Re: How do you spell Apoplectic?

Perfect opportunity for some well intentioned parliamentarian to set up their own TOR exit node.

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

Tachikoma
Alien

That's just what they want you to believe, I saw the new X-Files, the XS-1 is obviously a "replica alien vehicle" and uses zero point trans dimensional vortex wave engines that require no fuel!

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Tachikoma

Is that super secret XS-1 space plane "research platform" still in orbit? sounds like it might have a course correction due.

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Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser

Tachikoma
Happy

"Type Cookie!"

Those were the days!

I think one of my earliest coding attempts was a sort of virus on the Archimedes, one of the cover discs had an antivirus app on it, which grabbed my curiosity so I wrote something (pseudocode, excuse me) like:

DO

IF SYS$.Time = 09:00:00

Copy <random folder name>, <same folder name>

ENDIF

LOOP

There were no checks in those days, so you could copy a folder into itself, which would cause an endless cycle of copying until the folder/FAT limit had been reached... or you pressed Ctrl Shift + Break

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Got a pricey gaming desktop from PC World for Xmas? Check the graphics specs

Tachikoma

The TDP for the card is 250W, so a 500W PSU is fine... depending on the other components...

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UK ISP Sky to make smut an opt-in service from 2016

Tachikoma
Happy

Re: Whats the problem

Which I can see being great for headless / text-only devices.

I didn't realise ASCII porn was still a thing, my bad!

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Tachikoma

Re: Whats the problem

I prefer the BT approach, every time you add a new device to the network you get a little page pop up when you go on the internet asking if you want to enable or disable filtering on that device. The kids stuff has it, mine doesn't.

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'Paedo hunter' who made £40,000 from blackmail jailed for 9 years

Tachikoma

Re: And of course....

Interesting point actually, he could have been done on an additional count of perverting the course of justice if any of his marks were under investigation by the police already.

Watched a documentary on Channel 4 a few years ago that was similar, a load of young lads pretending to be teenage girls on the internet, getting the marks to come over to their house where they confronted them on camera and (I think, memory is hazy) put their names and pictures on a "paedo hunter" website. They got into trouble as a few were already under investigation and one guy (I think he was married with kids) actually committed suicide right after being confronted.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

Tachikoma
Unhappy

Re: Let me at it...

Me and the Mrs went hunting for the magazine around quite a few of the big Tesco stores, nothing but empty racks with "MagPi" labels...

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Sun of a b... Solar winds blamed for ripping away Mars' atmosphere

Tachikoma
Facepalm

Re: Might it be an opportunity?

Just invert a tachyon pulse and funnel it through the main deflector, it's not that hard.

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Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

Tachikoma

Hmmm... anyone else notice CCDP is only one letter iteration away from CCCP?

Confirmation May is a (wannabe) Communist dictator!

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

Tachikoma
FAIL

This will include websites visited up to the first ‘/’ of its url

So they can see someone went onto:

randomsearchengine.com

But won't be able to see:

randomsearchengine.com/images/search=child_porn

Well that's useful for them...

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We're getting kick-ass at seeing through walls using just Wi-Fi – MIT

Tachikoma
Paris Hilton

be able to track hand movements

Is this part of Camerons anti-porn campaign? have fleets of cars going around detecting which citizens might be enjoying a grumble flick?

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UK.gov plans to legislate on smut filters after EU net neutrality ruling

Tachikoma
Coat

Cameron told MPs during PMQs that he had "spluttered over my cornflakes"

Makes a change from a pigs head!

Maybe this is why Hameron wants to ban porn, he just doesn't understand normal sexual preferences?

Coat... yes it is mine, is it time to go already?

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Grinning BBC boss blows raspberry at UK.gov, eyes up buffet

Tachikoma
Devil

So if I want to listen to Radio2 but not pay for it, I need to move to Best Korea?

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Tachikoma
Windows

Re: Don't care

Hi I'm Tachi McKoma, you might remember me from such commentard post such as "I won't pay for that BBC crap" and "Not paying for a TV licence means I can afford a healthy heroin addiction!*"

Had the parents stay with me for a few weeks and they paid the BBC tax so they could watch the sport or Eastenders or something, when they left there was another 2 weeks left, so I decided to give it a concerted effort and see if it was still as bad as I remembered.

Yep, after a few days of Top Gear re-runs and some baking show with a contestant that looks like Rick Mayall, I disconnected the aerial again and didn't bother, even when it was free I couldn't find much worth watching.

Not to belittle people that do consume BBC content, or TV in general, I just feel it has been surpassed by on demand content. If I want to watch a drama, I can just fire up Netflix or LoveFIlm or NowTV or Amazon Instant or certain proxy/file host services and watch an entire season over a weekend, not have to wait a week for the next episode. I'm doing that now with The Strain, very good it is too, even if it does make me think of Las Plagas from Resident Evil 4/Blade 2.

This announcement just feels like a knee jerk reaction and an attempt to embed the BBC into even more services as possible to make it "indispensable" when the next charter comes up.

*Not really

Icon because I'm a miserable grumpy hermit

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Sony's 4King with us now: Xperia Z5 mobe has UltraHD screen, cam

Tachikoma
Unhappy

Sony will let you unlock the bootloader

Unless you buy it from a carrier... I can install custom ROMs as long as they don't use a custom kernel.

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Tachikoma

Re: Unfortunately...

My Z2 from O2 was pretty light on bloat, and what was on there could be uninstalled. Never had a problem with the front glass scratching, but the rear glass is a bit delicate. They made some big improvements to the software and durability since the Z1, the skin and mangling of Android is very light and is now regarded as one of the better implementations, certainly better than Samsung.

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VR

Yep, while overkill for day to day phone use, it's perfect for VR, hopefully by the time my contract runs out in a year, Sony will have released the Z7 which won't have the crippled, portable heater 810 processor and 4GB of RAM.

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

Tachikoma

I would be very interested in a good value 40" 4K TV, my main PC at home plugs into my 40" 1080p TV so for most uses I'm sat on the sofa and wouldn't get any benefit, but for photo/video editing I sit much closer so would be idea for me.

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Lettuce in SPAAACE: Captive ISS 'nauts insist orbital veg is 'awesome'

Tachikoma
Pint

Re: Could this technology be used to grow hops?

Micro (gravity) brewery!

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Tobacco field bacteria offers hope for buzz-kill smoking therapy

Tachikoma

Re: higher dose

Nah, I quit smoking years ago with Zyban, which I think was recalled/rebranded after people taking it started slashing their wrists. That blocked the reward associated with smoking, so yeah initially you would be puffing away like mad to get your fix, but after a few days you just lose interest in smoking as you essentially go cold turkey while you are smoking.

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Satoru Iwata, Nintendo chieftain and gamer titan, dies aged 55

Tachikoma

Re: GBA

I know it's Advance, I think the article originally had Advanced, which has now been fixed, although I didn't sleep last night so I may have been imagining it.

You had:

Original GBA (no backlight unless you modded it)

GBA SP (clamshell and backlight)

GBA Micro (with backlight)

There was no GBA2, everyone thought the DS was going to be called the GBA2, but Nintendo dropped the GameBoy name, even though the DS was originally 2x GBA's welded together, later changing the 2x ARM7's (GBA processor) to an ARM7 and an ARM9 for the production hardware.

Still got my Mario edition GBA Micro that I picked up in Akihabara years and years ago so I can play Advance Wars, great machine, probably the most perfect handheld I have ever owned.

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