* Posts by Black Rat

127 posts • joined 13 Jul 2013

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

Black Rat
Devil

The unprobed limits

In M.R.D. Foot's history of the Special Operations Executive there's a mention about plastic explosive being edible, now bend over and cough while I check for a detonator.

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Vultures Wiith Lasers!

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Alert

Vultures Wiith Lasers!

I saw this and thought of you guys, vultures with lasers in a kids cartoon from the 1980's

https://youtu.be/7mDVMtcAzX0?t=4m42s

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

Black Rat
Devil

Wait for the ammendments...

Punishments will involve the removal of redundant organs such as an eye, a kidney, a lung, or a testicle.

May his merciful shadow fall upon you.

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Repentant priest from Cuntis sorry he dressed as Hugh Hefner

Black Rat
Gimp

I love El Reg, it brings me all the best wierdness

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Vice News YouTube video commenter set for retrial over 'menacing' posts

Black Rat
Big Brother

Joy Alertness Citizens

This slope has been greased for your safety

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LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces a Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

Black Rat
Coat

That'll be some holiday photos I won't mind seeing

Mines the flightsuit with the "Salvage-1" mission patch

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Brit cops can keep millions of mugshots of innocent folks on file

Black Rat

and what about the other agencies who they shared images & data with?

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

Black Rat
Facepalm

Revenge is dish best served remotely, ideally from a self erasing bash script on the bosses laptop.

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UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

Black Rat

Any excuse to throw a parcel over the fence

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US Homeland Security is so secure even its own staff can't log in

Black Rat
Devil

Probably all the Facebook passwords being added.

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Jun-OH-NO! NASA's Jupiter probe in busted helium-valve drama

Black Rat
Alien

So once the public forget about it we can rendezvous with the anomaly

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Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

Black Rat

Now listen carefully Bond...

New iPhone X, push the earbuds into the sports nutrition bar thus to make a demolition charge.

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HPE blames solid state drive failure for outages at Australian Tax Office

Black Rat
Devil

Fake News Alert

Hackers not getting the blame for a government computer failure? pull the other one!

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Dead cockroaches make excellent magnets – now what are we supposed to do with this info?

Black Rat
Alien

Seems legit

Phase two: cockroach in a railgun

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

Black Rat
Pirate

Enough of this blind man's buff with baseball bats!

Crank up the active sonar to 11 and let's get the supercavitating sub fighters off the drawingboard and into the water. That'll give everybody something to shkval about.

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Trump cybersecurity order morphs into 2,200-plus-word extravaganza

Black Rat
Black Helicopters

Cyberattack on the nation's electricity grid...

Seriously Mr Trump? go read Paul Parfomak's 2014 report "Physical Security of the U.S. Power Grid: High-Voltage Transformer Substations", digital shenanigans are the least of your worries it seems.

Since 2003 at least six transformers are known to have been destroyed by rounds from a common relatively small calibre hunting rifle, the FBI can tell you how many other incidents have not been made public for security reasons.

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The best of Reg readers' David Hockney-style logo redesigns

Black Rat
Childcatcher

I find the lack of comic sans most disturbing

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NASA's Curiosity puts cat among the climate pigeons: Lack of CO2 sinks water theory

Black Rat
Alien

Obvious Really

Our alien lizard overlords wanted more beach-front basking property on Earth so they simply removed the water from Mars. This flowed from the stargate portal at Giza into the Nile and caused the previously unexplained water erosion of the Sphinx enclosure.

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GCHQ cyber-chief slams security outfits peddling 'medieval witchcraft'

Black Rat

adequate pernicious toe-rags

Seriously with comments like that and they wonder why they cannot attract new talent. Then again maybe it's a recruitment test, a challenge for those with the stones to go after the GCHQ firewall.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

Black Rat

I think Idris Elba could work then again so could the return of Catherine Tate, it's a timey whiney meta crisis thing. But if you really want to mess with your head... is Paul Darrow (Avon of Blakes7) still about?

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Black Rat

Re: Gary Newman?

oh I don't know I found this pic of Gary Newman with a companion

http://www.eonline.com/photos/19432/emmys-2016-party-pics/719793

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Twin brothers. One went into space. The other didn't. NASA reveals how their bodies differ

Black Rat

Re: Did they test them for telepathic powers?

Seeing science fiction become fact does bring a smug grin to this old space pirate's face.

FYI: if you burn your jets hard you may catch the 'Bishop' over at the bushcraftuk forum who is currently unloading a scifi book collection. He's had it hidden under his server room floor for twenty years so lots of gems with the really rare ones destined for the Imperial College scifi library in London.

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Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

Black Rat

Technomagic

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C. Clarke

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.

Barry Gehm

Any technology, no matter how primitive, is magic to those who don't understand it.

Florence Ambrose

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Cisco: We know what you all want – a $10,000 70in whiteboard with a $190/mo cloud sub

Black Rat
Black Helicopters

Re: 12 Microphones!

For those not familiar with nasal resonance meet the beast of 3840 and the perils of VOX

https://youtu.be/XJpALdxzFzA

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Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

Black Rat
Joke

So when are the Americans fitting a gun turret and anti-tank missiles to it?

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Boffins turn timid mice into psycho killers – by firing lasers into brains

Black Rat
Facepalm

ooh crikey!

It's real?, I thought it was Danger Mouse's origin story

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What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas: Razer prototypes nicked

Black Rat

Re: Have you heard this one?

Same here running a Triptych of 22"s in the office mostly coding and website related stuff that requires a real time eye. Couple of years back though I was lucky enough to meet 'Kohai' one of the staffers from Chess.com, an amazing woman with insane levels of multi tasking skill who was running a five screen monster at home. Simultaneously handling customer support from billing to technical SNAFU's, overseeing the forum/chat mayhem and somehow finding time to bug test the next code push.

So yeah there's definitely a market for the little Razer.

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

Black Rat
Coat

I'll get my coat...

I've got an access point to crack

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

Black Rat
Devil

Re: Most of what's now available is useless

You are Dr Sidney Alford and I claim my five pounds of Semtex.

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Top of the bots: This AI isn't a cold, cruel killing machine – it's a pop music hit machine

Black Rat

Re: Maybe they could work on the lyrics...

Joe Cartoon's gerbil has the lyrics

https://youtu.be/foM4uHSyMIE

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

Black Rat
Devil

It's a nice twist on an old trick to be sure but for a masterclass in cache poisoning seek out the crazy Spaniard Chema Alonso with his DEFCON20 presentation: "Owning "bad" guys {and mafia} with Javascript botnets",

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Laser surgery ignites internal methane, burns patient down there

Black Rat
Coat

Laser ignites flatus?

That's one way of starting a bush fire I guess.

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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

Black Rat
Thumb Up

Awsome!!!

Just found a copy of Gerry Anderson's "Into Infinity" archived for posterity by a pirate, been looking light years for a copy of this.

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Alleged ISIS member 'wore USB cufflink and trained terrorists in encryption'

Black Rat
Big Brother

What Next?

Will kids with Arab backgrounds be banned from the schools model rocket club?

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Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit

Black Rat
Coat

Re: Die Hard VII: Sysadmin

Nobody quits the Tharg life.

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It's finally happened: Hackers are coming for home routers en masse

Black Rat
Holmes

When did anybody here last see an unpatched router running WEP WiFi encryption in the wild?

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This speech recognition code is 'just as good' as a pro transcriber

Black Rat
Devil

Feed it the 'Fork Handles' sketch and lets see how it does ;)

https://youtu.be/gi_6SaqVQSw

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I want to launch thousands of drones, says Facebook's flying Wi-Fi router chief

Black Rat
Big Brother

Roll on IPV6

We'll all be assigned a personal surveillance drone

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

Black Rat
Coat

Obligatory Johnny Mnemonic link

https://youtu.be/pBSR3DyobIY

Mines the one with the Thompson eye-phones in the pocket.

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Alleged German YouTube-to-MP3 ripper sued by labels

Black Rat
Devil

As some have pointed out the Analogue Hole ripping method is the gotsee in the room but for how much longer? Apple have ditched the 3.5mm jack on the new iPhone so you have to wonder if other companys will follow their lead or rather lack of it.

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

Black Rat

Re: We're gonna need a bigger rocket

When we can build a light-bulb that's guaranteed to last five years or longer then we might, just might be ready to tackle the engineering challenges for a Mars colony.

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Judge makes minor tweaks to sex ban IT man's order

Black Rat
Paris Hilton

21st Century Sex

Get a room, get a lawyer.. but remember no deal, no feel!

https://youtu.be/urS8GmwmeWQ

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I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

Black Rat
Mushroom

We have the capability...

CBU-97 anti tank 'Skeet' munition, proven design, in production and a component of several Portable Area Denial Systems more than capable of stopping any civilian vehicle. The only downside it does leave some rather large potholes in the road.

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Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

Black Rat

My voice was my passport

Fascinating yet troubling technology with enormous potential for both hilarity and abuse. Elvis could have a another comeback. The real question though is could it fool a biometric lock or human being?

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Star Trek's Enterprise turns 50 and still no sign of a warp drive. Sigh

Black Rat

Reminds me of the Newtonian heretic Eric Laithwaite.

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Google plots cop detection for auto autos

Black Rat

Prior Art?

Plague from Space (1965) by Harry Harrison. Vaguely a recall a few lines in the opening chapter describing how the ambulance communicated with traffic signals and other vehicles telling them to clear the way.

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Appliance-maker Liebherr chillin' with Microsoft, prototyping another Internet fridge

Black Rat
Terminator

<beep> Unauthorised midnight snacking detected, entering lockdown mode

Tappity tap tap...

<beep> Thankyou Mr R White, shall I order another bottle of lemonade?

https://youtu.be/DnxLjbwmJjM

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Google scraps its Project Ara modular smartphone wheeze

Black Rat

On the surface a modular smart-phone does seem to be a rat hole engineering project. However for long duration space missions, Martian colonies etc where replacing defective gear is bit more tricky then the concept of interchangeable components has some merit. Apollo 13's air filters being a classic example.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

Black Rat

If the level of automation in these quadcopter drones was reduced so that it actually required some level of knowledge, skill & practice to actually fly one it should deter the less serious from taking to the skies.

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FAA powers up an invisible hand, groping the skies for rule-busting biz drones

Black Rat
Terminator

Drones coming home to roost

Some regulation is definitely needed especially with the lager commercial drones, though I doubt it will do any good. Between over enthusiastic idiots buzzing airports, the criminally insane, basic home grown whack jobs or terrorists etc it's not IF a drone will cause bloody mayhem but WHEN. With a semi-pro drone costing under £5k being capable of carrying 3-4 kilos of payload plus a camera the possibilities for an atrocity are truly terrifying.

https://youtu.be/heMboVN12r0?t=14s

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