* Posts by Tachikoma

169 posts • joined 22 Oct 2012

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FTC urged to probe easily penetrated telly-enabled teledildonic toy

Tachikoma
Coffee/keyboard

I remember a few years ago it was a "thing" to put a particular search string into Google and it would give you the results for all the unsecured/open IP webcams and you could (allegedly) sit there watching nightclub door security cameras or baby monitors, etc. No doubt someone is crafting the search string for these devices as we speak.

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Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun

Tachikoma
Facepalm

Re: "You will have deduced I didn't like it"

Oh man, that is epic comedy material, and those comments, she really can't see anything but conspiracy no matter how eloquently people point out how utterly wrong she is. The film is phenomenal, out of all the subtle and not so subtle themes she only focuses on the "gender" of the robot and the main character being a white knight.

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Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?

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Thumb Up

Re: 20 years old tech?

You could probably run a spectrum emulator on an N-Gage... problem solved.

You can indeed!

http://www.whitecloudsoftware.com/products/index.html

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Re: Another female

The problem is, there's no point recommending it as a career if they're going to run into toxic workplaces.

I feel the opposite is true, you are assuming women aren't able to stand up for themselves and challenge bad behavior. We should be telling young women to go out there and make a difference, not sit by the wayside until it is handed to them on a plate. My daughter is 3 years old, but I will be damned if I'm going to raise a delicate snowflake, I'm going to teach her to stand up for herself and fight for what she wants.

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

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Of course it "flies" I haven't paid for a TV license for years, they send someone over periodically, I catch them off guard by warmly welcoming them in, show the TV with PC/PS3/etc connected in one corner of the room, I show the neatly bundled aerial lead tucked away in the other corner of the room, never to meet and they wander out of the door looking all disgruntled. Naturally I alt+tab out of Kodi before answering the door.

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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Re: James May Reassembler

BBC has plenty of adverts, for its own stuff and there's plenty of product placement and endorsement. Just look at the disproportionate amount of positive coverage Apple get both on the BBC news website, BBC Click, news, etc, funnily enough most of the presenters use Apple products, and I'm sure they paid full price for them, honest. Then there's things like the Book Review which is just licence payer funded advertising for the author.

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Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

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They did that by design, if they didn't make it so you have to receive the BBC on top of all the other channels, they wouldn't get as much money.

I saw a poll (probably here on the Reg) that about 28% of the population would gladly drop the BBC if it meant no licence fee.

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UK prof claims to have first practical blueprint of a quantum computer

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Pint

we won't be using them to compose emails just yet

Shame, an email/text message quantum app would be perfect for when you need to send a message to her indoors while in the pub, you type in drunken drawl and it calculates all the possibilities of what to send in the manner least likely to result in sleeping on the sofa.

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NASA bakes Venus-proof electronics

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Re: Kitchen competition?

Almost. I read in a different article that they basically reached the limit of what the apparatus could handle and had to reset the "oven", so it's possible the new chips could last significantly longer in the real Venusian world.

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'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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Re: 'Maker'

Add "I'm a Creative" to the list, one of my top pet peeves when trawling photography sites.

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Bloke launches twinkly range of BBC Micro:bit accessory boards

Tachikoma
Coffee/keyboard

* As in “small electric motor rotating an asymmetric weight to make your phone vibrate”, not “intimate massager”, you dirty-minded people.

Reminds me of school, a particularly nerdy young man build a "shock box" out of some bits and bobs, much hilarity ensued with the class shocking themselves until he made the comment that if you shocked a certain part of your body then it caused an "eruption" from somewhere intimate. Cut to the entire class running to the toilets to wash their hands.

Never underestimate the ability for kids to turn something innocuous into something rude. Anyone remember the Harry Potter "vibrating broomstick" and all the user reviews mentioning how their teenage daughters loved playing with it in their room?

http://www.methodshop.com/2003/12/harry-potter-broomstick.shtml

Scroll to the bottom of the article.

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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Tachikoma

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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