* Posts by Black Rat

160 posts • joined 13 Jul 2013

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

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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'

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Replacing humans with robots in your factories? Hold on just a sec

Black Rat
Terminator

Humans still have their uses

A few years ago Crediton dairy used to employ half a dozen fleshy meatbags from the Job Centre to load milk cartons onto pallets because it was cheaper than the running costs of the robotic stacker & qualified operator. Out of curiosity I just had a quick scan of low end agency job vacancies being offered in the Exeter area and it looks as if they are still doing it.

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What wedding cake would an engineer make? A LEGO one

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Happy

Re: Excellent!

Dam good idea! Ours has been entombed in ice at the back of the freezer for a decade.

My wife also keeps all the emails & texts we sent whilst courting on a 250Mb thumb drive wrapped with a red ribbon in the bottom of her jewellery box.

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Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash

Black Rat

<sigh> I was hoping to see the Thunderbird Six come to the rescue

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EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

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Coat

Good evening citizen - Crime Blitz!

These people are not going to be happy till they can randomly kick in anybody’s door without provocation or probable cause and search for any evidence of wrong doing no matter how trivial.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CUL7XMGWEAA8KPq.jpg

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NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story

Black Rat
Devil

Providing on-site support wouldn’t exactly be fun either

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KFC-scented sunscreen

Black Rat
Alien

It's not sunscreen it's a marinade!

Warning from the Twilight Zone...

https://youtu.be/vrabZFhnBIA?t=22m9s

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Beauty site lets anyone read customers' personal information

Black Rat
Devil

I wonder if Jenny Drop Tables shops there?

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Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

Black Rat
Black Helicopters

Re: I chose the wrong career

Lincolnshire Poacher ;) I see what you did there

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

Black Rat
Devil

Jobs for the boys

You should see the adverts for SS109 ammunition in the "NATO's sixteen nations" magazine from the late 80's. They actually boasted about its ability to punch a hole through a US Army helmet one kilometre away. Shortly afterwards a big contract for improved helmets appeared.

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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

Black Rat

More predictions...

2022 Defensive & Evasive driving hack demonstrated at defcon.

2023 Legislation to outlaw civilian use of advanced driving bots passed

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We're going to bring an asteroid fragment into Lunar orbit

Black Rat
Coat

Re: Having clogged orbits around Earth with junk...

Don't worry it won't be there long ;)

https://youtu.be/7nR2sAi267g

Mines the one with the access codes for Moon ferry zero three

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

Black Rat
Devil

When subjects have accepted the conditioning and believe the road to happiness is paved with 'stuff' then adverts are not considered detrimental to their website experience but essential. Information dense & tailor made portals to improve the quality of their lifestyle.

Gotta go I'm the 1,000,000th visitor to a friends blog and I've won a games console :)

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'The box' Bones uses to fix any ailment on the Enterprise? Yup, it's real

Black Rat
Alien

Star Trek is not responsible for everything futuristic

Sounds a lot like the 'vampire box' personal medical kit from Harry Harrison's Death-World series circa 1960. It had onboard diagnostics and storage of component compounds, mixing up antidotes on demand.

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

Black Rat
FAIL

So tempted to spin up a copy of Tails and start trying to log into accounts with the many email addresses Google coughed up as being associated with users of the site. Of Course that's me just being thorough, my fingers are itching to try admin@ and webmaster@ first...

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Capacity limits are utter tosh: Toshiba fattens SSD, disk with flash layers, helium

Black Rat
Devil

Whoopsie!

"16TB drives scheduled for 1018"

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'Digital influencers' must disclose paid-for content, says new guidance

Black Rat

So if the product being reviewed on is a gift or on permanent loan then people don't need to be told?

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Theft of twenty-somethings' IDs surges

Black Rat
Devil

Re: People are generally stupid

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

― George Carlin

There, fixed that for you ;)

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