* Posts by MyffyW

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Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

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Re: User needs

You know, I'd be quite happy to tell a vendor of free software a little bit about the hardware I'm running, as long as it was *really* upfront about exactly what information it was, and how it would be anonymised.

I trust Ubuntu about as far as I could throw an uninterruptible power supply.

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Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

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Laughable, but there are buffoons in all countries.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - a British woman held in Iran on fabricated charges - has yet to be released because of our own ham-fisted Foreign Secretary.

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You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3

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Whether this really pans out for Nokia, I'm not sure. But it is hilarious watching continuity-Nokia claim the number 3 spot whilst being $4bn+ richer thanks to Microsoft's incompetence.

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South China waters are red, Brit warships are blue, HMS Sutherland's sailing there

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Hold a democratic election, that seems to scare the crap out of the PRC.

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See that over Heathrow? It's not an airliner – it's a Predator drone

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If all they're launching is drones, one has to wonder whether a second-hand merchant ship wouldn't have done the job with reasonable aplomb.

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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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Well who wants to swallow something that has the texture of frogspawn, the aroma of household bleach and is served lukewarm?

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NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

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Re: Unless they're dancing...

If it's to further space flight I'm quite prepared to flash my petticoats in a Belle-Époque-style burlesque show. You only have to ask NASA.

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Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies

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Re: Fiat benefit

Could it be that the reason a state or non-state actor has so far not pumped and dumped on a grand scale is because it takes so bloody long to complete a transaction.

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Re: In a heating dominated climate

"Maybe some clever company needs to create a new line of electric heaters that use their power for bitcoin mining"

Microsoft published a paper a few years ago on what they dubbed the "Data Furnace" - essentially the heat of running servers provides domestic space heating. For me the biggest obstacle is that the processing power becomes uneconomic after a few years, so needs to be regularly replaced (unlike my age-year old gas boiler).

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Good news, everyone: Ransomware declining. Bad news: Miscreants are turning to crypto-mining on infected PCs

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Why not? If I don't notice any slowdown on my PC, I wouldn't mind letting it run for my own benefit.

Well if you don't pay for the electricity, then fill your boots, hun.

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Its a mining operation! its noisy!

Next big thing - unionisation amongst hijacked PCs, complete with a digital Arthur Scargill

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Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases by credit card customers

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And yet I'm free to buy as many tulip bulbs as I want?

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No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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It is the one statistic that is universal - 50% of men and women are below average.

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: The Golden Age of flying is over

On a recent holiday I found myself speculating what would be the least stressful way of enduring modern aviation. In essence I think nude, catheterised and de-sensitised with just the right amount of diazepam to be able to shuffle meekly through endless queues without actually giving a shit about your time or dignity.

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Exoplanets from another galaxy spotted – take that, Kepler fatigue!

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Re: Planet-Coin

I've upvoted you @redpawn because I really hope you're joking, and I admire a sense of humour that is quite that dry and topical.

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Anti-missile missile misses again, US military mum on meaning of mess

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Re: I give it about a week

Bought from Amazon, have successfully used this "drone" as first stage in ISS re-supply mission, YMMV.

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The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn't a clue what to do with it

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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't really have a clue what blockchain is?

@Sorry_that_handle_is_already_taken wrote (amongst their otherwise elegant post):

"Currently, a single bitcoin transaction is estimated to consume as much energy as 15 average American households do in 24 hours.

That's an awful lot of juice. Should that be suffixed with "Probably" ?

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Borked bog forces flight carrying 83 plumbers to bug out back to base

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84 multiplied by a call-out charge + parts and labour? Cheaper to return to the airport, dump the fuel, torch the aircraft and claim on the insurance.

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Timeout everyone. Y'all know that Musk's $500 'flamethrower' is literally a Boring blowtorch?

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Call me old fashioned but the only X15 I'm interested in is made from Inconel and capable of taking me to the edge of space.

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Samba 4.8 to squish scaling bug that Tridge himself coded in 2009

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Re: Samba is still relevant? Yea!

@CheesyTheClown do you get paid by the word, hun?

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New Zealand joins the Space Race

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Two great nations divided by a common language

I was taught long ago that the wisest thing to say to anyone with an antipodean accent was "Which part of New Zealand are you from?"

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Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says insects are the new lobsters

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Re: Insects...

My daughter's pet lizard will happily eat crickets. Me and my daughter have yet to try them. To be honest they look less appetising than the lizard, and he's a scalely bugger ...

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Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

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"I fail to see why he would have needed any dildo size other than "majestic.""

personally speaking I prefer to start with "slim" and work my way up to "majestic"

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Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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Re: They were not defeated

Thanks @Voland - I had been planning on using a Nerf Rebelle but a pressure washer is a far better idea.

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Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts

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Re: Will it be that hard to drink it?

If it's Ice 9 probably best left where it is

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Fancy a fidget? Craze makes debut entry into PornHub's top searches

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Re: Maybe time for the mainstream broadcasters to pay attention

"We're going to need considerably bigger buns"

- Calendar Girls

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Re: Fidget spinners?

Maybe my imagination is limited, but my interest is rarely piqued unless something vibrates or looks like a rocket from 1950s sci-fi. Preferably both. Not terribly keen on getting intimate with a fidget spinner.

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Re: ...increased 7 per cent on Good Friday

Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do ...

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Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

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EktaChrome Blockchain

I've got this idea of using individual EktaChrome slides as proof-of-work. All that is required to run in steady-state is for my Mum to draw the curtains, my Dad to get the projector down from the loft and one of us to load up the carousel with the blockchain of images. To "mine" a new coin it will, of course, be necessary to take a picture of something notable (family member in shot optional), send the film off for processing (1 - 2 week) and then carefully insert the new slide into the carousel trying not to burn your fingers and also making sure not to put it in upside-down or back-to-front.

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Russia claims it repelled home-grown drone swarm in Syria

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I'm certainly not going to draw any conclusions on military efficacy from what it looks like.

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IBM melts down fixing Meltdown as processes and patches stutter

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... not so long ago they'd have been doing it in Lotus 1-2-3

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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Re: Discuss

Don't get me wrong, Gnome is a fine desktop. But having used a lighter desktop (LXDE) on my carry-anywhere laptop I rather appreciate the "let-a-thousand-flowers-bloom" approach.

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Re: snap/flatpak/.appimage

I love IKEA, but I'm not sure flatpack is always the answer ....

[mines the red duffel coat with the marmalade sandwich in each pocket]

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: SPECTRE..will not take kindly to be linked to a buggy CPU line.

[Intel CEO is invited to explain his share activities to long time investor E. S. Blofeld]

"We don't take kindly to failure, Mr Krzanich. Security, please show Mr Krzanich my collection of tropical fish. The carnivorous ones will be particularly interesting..."

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Lead time on new CPUs?

I'm certainly not keen to reward Intel et al with new business at the moment.

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Re: Maybe we dodged a bullet?

Perhaps a little too early to reach that conclusion, hun. I'm placing more emphasis on patching than popping open the fizzy wine at the moment...

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Multiple-guess quiz will make Brit fliers safer, hopes drone-maker DJI

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I used to bulls-eys micro quads in my T-16 .... oh wait ... wrong film.

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Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

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Re: The perfect IoT device!

Was recently sat in front of the telly with my partner and we were treated to the heart-warming Yale advert for their IoT-lock-thingummy.

In the ad the prodigal daughter comes home having been sent an electronic "key" via smartphone. She let's herself in and joins the family Christmas gathering. My partner, a very measured lady with refreshingly little technical knowledge, quipped "If they loved her so much they'd have given her a real key".

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Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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Re: Whats in a name

"the latest Astute class are using traditional old sub names"

HMS Audacious (used on one of the Astute boats) was the original name for aircraft carrier R05 HMS Eagle, and was to be the class name for Eagle and her sisters.

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Re: Whats in a name

Some are apparently uneasy about a sale to Brazil given how cosy they have been with Argentina in the past. Rumours that the MoD will paint HMS Iron Lady on the side before delivery have been denied...

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Where did all that water go? Mars was holding it wrong, say boffins

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It's a God-awful small affair ....

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Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois

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Re: Too late

If MS had brought the 5-year support lifetime to their phone offering they might have something that disgruntled Android users don't have, locked as they are into upgrading every two to three years to keep support (e.g. updates). They didn't, and they deserved to fail as a result. It will take some very clever (and well executed) tech to tempt me back onto any of their consumer products.

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Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died

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Prof Wolff and the Great Egg Race are the reasons I took apart various knackered household appliances and tried to cobble together improvised machines. I never got very far, but inspired a love of engineering that has lasted into well preserved middle age.

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Forget Bruce Willis, Earth's atmosphere is our best defense against meteorites

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Re: So what happened to the 12,000 ton Chelyabinsk meteorite?

Must object to phrase in article that said "destroyed a lot more matter" - as others have noted it cannot have been destroyed (or converted to energy) or we'd all be lots of little pebbles orbiting in the goldilocks zone.

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Barclaycard website goes TITSUP*

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Alas it was perfectly capable of telling me exactly how much Christmas has cost me so far...

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: spaceshit Ctrl+W spaceship

Good for you @Duffy Moon. Being proud of my sexuality I'm certainly not adverse to Ladies Fingers being employed in this manner...

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Bitcoin price soars amid technical troubles for exchanges

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Re: Can I buy Tulips with Bitcoin?

Let us raise a glass to Charles Ponzi (March 3, 1882 – January 18, 1949).

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Short

If I had a spare couple of quid (some hope at this time of year) I would definitely short BitCoin.

The key, as ever, is timing - or knowing quite when the whole shebang will come crashing down. End of 2018 is my best guess, there's still a few irrational expectations to be piled onto this Christmas turkey.

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NiceHash diced up by hackers, thousands of Bitcoin pilfered

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Current situation seems to be a perfect storm of risky exchanges and (relatively) long lead times between asking to sell and the transaction completing.

And I still don't understand what problem a crypto-currency is actually solving for me: the only-slightly-paranoid (and very occasional) purchaser of politics, polemics and handbag-friendly phalli.

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Hyperloop founder goes on immediate leave following sexual assault 'smear campaign'

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Re: Sexism in the Tech Industry

Just look at the stock photo El Reg used to trail the article. Doubt anybody on this august publication intended it to be salacious, but it is.

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