* Posts by TitterYeNot

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Web crash and pricing errors hit Argos

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"According to consumer law, if the price could be considered reasonable and there was offer and acceptance of contract, Argos would be legally obliged to give me the console for that price."

Absolutely, 'reasonable' is the key word here.

From what I can gather, the law on this sort of situation is a bit of a grey area, but I'm going from the experience of a colleague of mine who bought goods from an internet site for around £280 when other retailers' prices were around the £350 mark, and was then told that the price was a mistake and that to get delivery of the goods he'd have to pay the higher price.

He contacted the Office of Fair Trading and was told that if the internet trader did not deliver the goods, he could buy the same goods from another retailer, and could then take the internet trader to court to get back the difference in price (plus costs), and would almost certainly win. The internet trader then backed down and supplied the goods for the originally quoted price.

This was because, and only because:

1. The internet trader had already taken payment from my colleague's bank account, so a contract was in place.

2. The drop in price could be 'reasonably' assumed to be a discount or promotion, not a mistake. Most judges would deem a price drop from £350 to £280 as fitting this assumption, but in the case in the article, a price drop from £379.99 to £89.99 would almost certainly not be deemed 'reasonable' and would not be enforceable in court.

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Dangle a DVR online and it'll be cracked in two minutes

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Re: Let's think like the marketing department

"Two minutes is a metric but load of clock cycles"

In official units, two-minutes-before-pwnage is approximately 3.2 TalkTalks, or around 0.027 μHardings...

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IT worker used access privs to steal £1m from Scottish city council

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Re: Seizing his pension?

"What the actual fuck did he do with the money? - it says he gambled it away straight into the bookies pockets."

Tolerant as I am of the addiction exploiting thieving bastards gambling industry, I'd be of a mind to get the money back from the bookies, otherwise charge them with handling stolen goods.

Yes yes, I know, it could never happen, but a nice thought...

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

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Re: Who - "invisible" objects

"There is no requirement in law for a pedestrian (or a fallen tree, or a concrete block, a landslide or a cow) to be wearing something which you might consider a convenience to you."

True, there is no requirement in law, but you are going against guidance in the 'Rules for pedestrians' section of the Department for Transport Highway Code if you are not making an effort to make yourself visible whilst walking beside a public road. So it's not just a case of it being for vehicle users' convenience:-

Rule 3

Help other road users to see you. Wear or carry something light-coloured, bright or fluorescent in poor daylight conditions. When it is dark, use reflective materials (eg armbands, sashes, waistcoats, jackets, footwear), which can be seen by drivers using headlights up to three times as far away as non-reflective materials.

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Samsung drops 128TB SSD and kinetic-type flash drive bombshells

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Re: The millibit/second strikes again!

Yes, that boggled my mind for a moment too, then I also assumed sloppy capitalisation. The chips are indeed 1 Tb, not 1 TB. From the horses mouth (Samsung Newsroom):-

Samsung Heralds Era of 1-Terabit (Tb) V-NAND Chip

https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-introduces-far-reaching-v-nand-memory-solutions-to-tackle-data-processing-and-storage-challenges

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Corporate criminal tax offences likely to further increase HMRC's use of dawn raids, says expert

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"What does associated mean"

I assume that in this context it means people doing work for a company who are not employees i.e. contractors (individuals or companies.) I've come across a few large companies who refer to workers who are not full-time employees as associates.

Stops a company from saying "Well, they're not an employee of ours, so it's not our responsibility."

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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"What's the betting the guy behind this is called Claude Maximillian Overton Transpire Dibbler?"

Nope, if you look at the ingredients on this pede-tastic sausage roll it says it actually contains pork, not "30% something vaguely meat-like that has been within at least 3 feet of a pig."

Cut-Me-Own-Throat's offerings are to be found not in the pies section, but in the next isle, right next to the buns...

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China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

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"That rings true for Theresa May's vision for England and in varying degrees for other parts of the UK."

Excellent news, I can't wait! No more Justin Bieber, Take That, Jedward, Eastenders, Big Brother, TOWIE, Kardashians etc. etc.

I'm sure we'll be allowed to keep Black Adder and Dad's Army, and maybe even Poldark (the 70's version, obviously)...

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NHS trusts splashed £260m on PCs in last four years

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"The real power lies with the medical consultants. And they're not even employed by the NHS - they are contractors."

That was true many years ago, now much less so. My late father was an NHS consultant, and when he started practising medicine as a junior hospital doctor in the 60's, consultants were god. They walked on water and their word was law. By the time he retired however, he and his colleagues were constantly battling the local Trust management, who had the final say on just about everything, even if it affected clinical outcomes. Not to say NHS managers are necessarily bad - some are very good, usually the ones that have clinical experience themselves as nurses or specialists. A lot aren't however, listening to some of my father's experiences.

And these days most consultants are NHS employees as far as I'm aware, so when push comes to shove, they have to do what they are told. And they even have to listen to HR...

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: City class names are ok

"Thank your stars they aren't being named for the residents of No 10, or we would have HMS Bint."

HMS Rudderless, shurley...

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Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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Re: I'd have to ask...

"..why US military pilots are not given training in hypoxia anyway? Back in the late 90s when I did my UK PPL my flying school required that all pupils be taken up in an unpressurised aircraft to a height of 10,000' whilst undertaking a series of written tests and hand-eye co-ordination tests so that they would recognise and understand the symptoms of altitude hypoxia."

It certainly used to be included as part of RAF flight crew training, and presumably still is, so I would assume that it's part of US aircrew training schedules as well.

The whole point of writing while experiencing altitude hypoxia is that many people don't notice that their writing has gone to shit till they are hooked up to their oxygen mask again by their instructor, and then get a big shock when they realise how discoordinated they had become without realising it. Expecting a military fast jet pilot to immediately notice hypoxia when they are simultaneously checking their ingress point, scanning for air and ground threats, identifying and locking targets, selecting and configuring munitions etc. etc. would be a bit of a tall order for most...

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

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Re: In the words of Marvin...

"...sounds ghastly."

I find your lack of faith disturbing...

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Japan joins quantum space race with microsatellite demo

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Re: "space-to-ground entanglement" ?

but is this really "space-to-ground entanglement"?

It is, but only in the sense that entangled pairs of photons are being sent from space and received on the ground, so slightly misleading.

As the article says, if the photon pairs are intercepted in transit, they lose their quantum entanglement state - this can be detected by the receiver so any data received (i.e. encryption keys) will deemed to be insecure and discarded.

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Why, Robot? Understanding AI ethics

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Re: Problem solved

"Don't send your kids to school dressed as a kangaroo"

And if you're elderly and crossing the road, make sure that what you're wearing makes you look like a sweet innocent little school kid.

And bring along an elderly acquaintance as a decoy...

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No way to sugarcoat this: I'm afraid Uranus opens and closes to accept particle streams

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Re: It's always fascinating when they probe Uranus.

"I think they should start using modern fictional characters, and the next moon of Uranus they discover should be called 'Little Finger'"

Dear Sir,

You may feel that having 'Little Finger' circling the ring of Uranus on the outer rim of the Solar System is appropriate astrolonomy, but as a happily married woman I must vehemently protest.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs Trellis, North Wales

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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Re: Why?

"A jape? Selling the paper for recycling?"

The London Evening Standard is edited by Gideon Osborne, so obviously the only suitable use would be for wiping one's derrière.

Presumably they've been charged with theft of public toilet paper...

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Doormat junk: Takeaway menus, Farmfoods flyer, NHS data-sharing letter... wait, what?

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Junk Mail

As one local Reg reader put it, the missive came in the form of a folded piece of paper, sans envelope, that got mixed up in a Domino's Pizza menu "and consequently very nearly went straight in the recycling".

A notice on the Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group's site read: "We are currently experiencing issues with the answer machine service number included in the letter, however we are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible."

An NHS spokesperson went on to say "We are working through the backlog of voicemails as fast as we can, however as most enquiries seem to be about special offers on deep pan pizza with extra pepperoni, this may take us some time...

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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"Reminds me of the conversations I have with my wife sometimes.."

Wait, you didn't tell her about the TIGASA list did you? And more importantly, that the pattern on the curtains not quite matching the living room wallpaper is most definitely not on the list?

That way lies darkness, despair & eternal damnation...

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NASA's Kepler space telescope finishes its original mission catalog

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Re: "Only exoplanets with orbital periods less than a hundred days were considered, "

"Or they've decided to cancel their subscription, and have despatched the war fleet. Simon Cowell has doomed us all!"

Presumably an alien civilization capable of interstellar travel will be technologically and culturally much more advanced than us, and so most likely have a much more sophisticated sense of fashion. Most of us will survive the encounter, but high-waisted trousers will be history...

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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"I only discovered it whe we were looking for water (for a borehole), while living in Afrika with someone present who had exactly this ability."

You seem to have misspelt 'when' and 'Africa' in this sentence.

"No magic, just plain natural science"

Just as you seem to have misspelt 'just plain natural superstition' in the final one...

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Just like knotted-up headphones: Entangled photons stay entwined over record distance

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Re: FTL Comms?

"Can you encode data at one ground station and have it immediately received at the other? "

In a word, no. This is sending data via a laser, so the time taken for the data to get from orbit to the ground station will be the same as any other optical communication.

The difference here is that some of the photons sent by the orbital laser are entangled pairs (created in the same event in the laser), and the ground receiver is equipped to be able to identify and read the state of entangled photons.

My (limited) understanding is that if you consider a particular property of a transmitted entangled pair (e.g. polarisation), while in transit both photons will be in a quantum state, neither polarised in one direction or another. However, once they are detected (i.e. 'observed') by hitting a photoreceptor, they reach a non-quantum state, and become polarised. Depending on the type of entanglement, a pair's photons will have either the same or opposite polarisation as one another.

This allows detection of an interception attempt. If a pair of received photons have not been intercepted, they will still be entangled when they hit the receiver, and so will always have, for example, opposite polarisation when they leave the quantum state. If one or both of the photons has been intercepted in transit, it/they will have already left the quantum state at some point and will no longer be entangled, so when they hit the ground receiver some will have the same polarisation, and some have different polarisation. That's when you know that someone has potentially fiddled with your data stream and you do not trust it.

I know it doesn't seem to make much sense, but this is the fun world of quantum mechanics. We know quantum theory is valid due to experiments in the lab and real life examples (i.e. semiconductor technology, and nuclear fusion due to quantum tunnelling in the Sun), just not really why...

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US spook-sat buzzed the International Space Station

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ISS, this is Ghost Rider USA 276 requesting a flyby.

That’s a negative USA 276, the pattern is full...

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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

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""Centralise IT at least and half these problems will go away, surely?"

In theory, yes, so have an upvote. But given government's proven abilities [sic] to handle large IT projects I think there are some practical problems with that."

IMHO one of the (many) problems with the NHS NPfIT fuckup, especially the integration of GP's surgeries into the system, was a lack of centralisation. The early initial spec called for one centralised system used by all NHS Trusts and GP surgeries, which was abandoned in favour of design whereby individual Trusts and surgeries could choose different providers. Yes, in theory this allows a choice, encourages competition and reduces lock-in, but in reality the result was a bunch of different providers all trying to integrate different products and technologies into one monolithic system on a national scale. And guess what, it didn't work.

So rather than giving Trusts and surgeries one system that would have worked, and worked reasonably well, and telling the Trusts and surgeries that moan, tough, it may be a slightly different to what you're used to doing but you're not stupid, you're just going to have to learn how to use it, instead we piss a few billion quid up the wall and get the abortion that is the Lorenzo patient records system...

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HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

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Drive Firmware

"The Reg imagines readers will be keen to know which company's kit gets corrupted firmware when SANs crash"

They're not necessarily talking about corrupted firmware. I don't know any specific details about the FUBAR implementation at the ATO, but many years ago when I still did hardware I worked on DEC kit containing SWXCR RAID controllers, which were part of the DEC Storageworks tech taken over by Compaq and then HP.

I remember once having to flash a customer's drives' firmware due to firmware issues (probably DEC branded Seagate wide SCSI back then), because if there was a mismatch between what a drive was doing and what the controller thought it was doing, under certain circumstances the controller could mark a perfectly serviceable disk as bad and drop it from the array, and however much swearing and jumping up and down you did, it would refuse to mark it good again and bring it online and back into the array (unless you reinitialised the disk, wiping the data.)

In a failure scenario, where you've got other real hardware errors, this is disastrous as you can lose the whole array (and kiss your data goodbye.)

At this point you find you need a clean pair of trousers, and discover just how good your customer's DR strategy is...

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Australia to float 'not backdoors' that behave just like backdoors to Five-Eyes meeting

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"Will it work against uoıʇdʎɹɔuǝ uɐıʃɐɹʇsn∀?"

Encryption is not necessary for Australian english. Even in plaintext it's indecipherable...

"Just this arvo I was havin' a durry on the dunny, sat there with me grundies around me ankles, when I clocked this great big redback. Me mouth went as dry as a dead dingo's donger, and me clacker shut faster than a possum up a gumtree!"

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Boffins find evidence of strange uranium-producing bacteria lurking underground

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Re: The usual baloney

"You do know that crushing bitter almonds releases cyanide"

Yes, maybe I should have been a bit more specific, I was talking about why benzaldehyde in almonds (C6H5CHO) smells the same as hydrogen cyanide (HCN). The long accepted lock & key mechanism for explaining smell works on the principle that a chemical that produces a smell response in the brain does so because it fits into, and so binds with, a particular type of nasal receptor, triggering a response. That clearly isn't the case with benzaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide, as they have a very different size, shape and chemistry.

If you're interested in why it's thought that quantum vibrations have an impact on how smell works , it's down to research into the response of the extremely sensitive 'noses' of Drosophila (the fruit fly), which respond very differently to a particular musky molecule when its hydrogen atoms are replaced with deuterium, even though this has no effect on the molecules shape, size, or receptor binding. It simply increases its molecular weight, which supposedly affects the frequency of its quantum vibration.

As to sucrose and saccharine, they don't come into this as they don't smell - they are sensed by the tongue, not by nasal receptors in the nose.

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Re: The usual baloney

"Jesus fucking Christ! Another downvote for referencing a reputable scientific publication. Where do you get your science from then?"

You are completely correct in saying that quantum biology is a "thing".

Photon activated electron pair entanglement is thought to behind magnetic navigation in the European Robin, quantum tunneling of protons is involved in the enzyme catalysed breakdown of collagen during amphibian metamorphosis, quantum wave behaviour (i.e the uncertainty principle) of photon excited electrons is thought to be behind the extremely efficient transfer of energy from a chlorophyll molecule to the chloroplast reaction centre during photosynthesis, quantum vibration is thought to be a part of the mammalian smell mechanism (i.e. why cyanide smells the same as almonds even though the molecules involved are completely different in size and shape so don't fit with the lock & key theory) etc. etc.

I can only guess that your downvoter thought that you were agreeing with the AC's random ramblings about elements, protons and neutrons, which I highly doubt.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: Marry a laptop?

" In his mind letting gays get married is destruction of marriage (like he has the rights to that word). So in his mind if two guys can get hitched why can't marry my dog, my gun my computer."

I think we're misjudging this guy here. From the article:-

"This is Sevier's third bite at the Apple, so to speak – or fourth if you count his 2015 lawsuit against Apple for his porn addiction"

So he's not on a crusade against gay marriage, he just wants to marry his laptop so that all the sex will stop...

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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"So by messaging he means some sort of enterprise service bus was taken down?"

Sounds something like it. To quote Cruz - “we were unable to restore and use some of those backup systems because they themselves could not trust the messaging that had to take place amongst them.

So, production system suffers major power failure, production backup power doesn't kick in, and either:

A) Power is restored to production but network infrastructure now knackered either due to hardware failure or someone (non-outsourced someone, obviously, 'coz he said so <coughs>) not saving routing and trust configuration to non-volatile memory in said hardware, so no messages forwarded.

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B) DR is immediately brought online as the active system, but they then find that whatever trust mechanism is used on their messaging bus (account/ certificate/ network config) isn't set up properly so messages are refused or never get to the intended end-point in the first place, leaving their IT teams (non-outsourced IT teams, obviously, 'coz he said so <coughs>) scrabbling desperately through the documentation of applications they don't understand trying to work out WTF is going wrong.

Same old story, again and again...

- Mr Cruz, did you have backup power for your production data centre?

- Yes definitely, the very best.

- Mr Cruz, did you test your backup power supply?

- Erm, no, that takes effort and costs money...

- Ah, so you didn't have resilient backup power then, did you? Mr Cruz, did you have a DR environment?

- Yes definitely, the very best money can buy, no skimping on costs, honest...

- Mr Cruz, did you test failover to your DR environment?

- Erm, no, that takes effort and costs money...

- Ah, so you didn't have resilient DR capability then did you Mr Cruz?

- Mr Cruz did......etc. etc. ad nauseam...

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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" don't use WiFi, use a $10000 gold Ethernet cable made for audio fidelity"

Ethernet! What are you smoking? It's common knowledge that Ethernet cables use a linear signal and so induce audible negative feedback at primary and secondary resonant frequencies!

Any proper audiophile knows that you need a loop topology like Token Ring for a digital music network, and with Token Ring you get the added benefit of being able to tune the token to your prefered frequency to create a more ambient tone (as long as platinum carbide termination is used so that the token doesn't fall out of course.)

<Coughs>

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Vigorous tiny vibrations help our universe swell, say particle boffins

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Re: expanding from?

"If so, where is the center of the universe?"

My favourite answer to that question was supplied by Prof. Brian Cox of rockstar physicist fame - "It's at the end of your nose."

Why? Because all the subatomic particles that make up the end of your nose and the space-time they occupy were present in the Big Bang singularity (in other words all points of space-time in the universe can be thought of as the centre.)

Made me look at the end of my conk with a new found respect...

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Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?

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Re: STERCULIUS

Ode to Flavia Cloacina

I came upon this odious place,

A look of nausea on my face,

I perceived the previous sitter,

Was nothing but a dirty scumbag with absolutely no consideration for other people...

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TalkTalk HackHack DuoDuo PleadPlead GuiltyGuiltyGuiltyGuilty

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Re: admitted stealing

"For crying out load, they didn't admit stealing. They didn't steal anything"

Correct, I suspect El Reg are using a little artistic licence when using the word 'stealing' in the subheading, though some senior Met. plod did use the word 'steal' in a press release. The pair in court pleaded guilty to:-

- "Obtaining files that would enable the hacking of websites and supplying files to enable the hacking of websites to others."

- "Supplying an article for use in fraud."

- "Supplying an article intended for in the commission of an offence under the Computer Misuse Act."

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

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Re: web 3.0 direct, from our brain to yours at 100wpm

I'm more worried about this...

[Walks along pleasant leafy street]

...great weather, wonder if it'll rain later...love the sound of the wind in the trees...ah there's Mr. Perkins walking his Spaniel, on time as usual, you could set your watch by him...oh yes, must remember to get some milk on the way home, we're almost out...<<BING BONG!...Yes, you need some ZuckerMilk (TM), great taste, great value for all the family, special promotion now on, free Zucker badge with every purchase!...BING BONG!>>...Aaaah!!! Get the fuck out of my head!!!! Now where was I?...oh yes, the trees...

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Re: The same everywhere...?

"Umm, that's called responsive web design and is being used all over the place so that websites are usable on mobiles and tablets."

Yes, responsive web design has become extremely popular in recent years due to the fact that advertisers will pay more per impression when a 'main' website (i.e. not the mobile version of said website) is viewed on a mobile device.

I think the point that Simone was trying to make is that, while responsive design does indeed make a site more usable on a mobile device, and is quite effective in managing the differences in screen estate between a smartphone and a tablet, it's usually a right pain in the arse when viewed on a desktop with a decent sized monitor.

Whether this is due to immature web publishing tools, or simply lack of experience of good responsive design principles amongst web devs/designers, I have no idea.

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy

"Alex Steward told the Manchester Evening News that concerns about health and safety were unfounded, as in the Passion’s 50-year history, no one had ever fallen off the cross"

"It's very simple" he said. "We just use glue. It's called 'No More Nails'..."

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Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive

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Re: "Goodbye"?

"Although as Saturn's a gas giant, there's not going to be much in the way of ground!"

Though as you'd most likely be making a very high speed acquaintance with a layer of metallic Hydrogen covered by liquid Helium/Hydrogen, under which is a nice hot core of liquid rock, I'd still hesitate to call it friendly towards visiting sperm whales. Or Petunias for that matter, whatever their thoughts on the matter...

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Boeing details 'Deep Space Gateway' for Mars mission staging

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Re: Trump Tower 2026

"On the moon with a wall!"

Wall? Pfft! Dyson shell at least, and it'll be paid for by the moonies lunatics selenites lunarians, goddammit...

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D'oh! Amber Rudd meant 'understand hashing', not 'hashtags'

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"Can someone enlighten me, because I thought 'hashing' in this context was just checksum generation?"

Yes, if you used something like an MD5 or SHA1 hash, changing just a few bits in an image file would result in a different hash. Image hashing uses different algorithms though, which will result in the same hash even if a digital image is resized, rotated or has altered gamma values i.e. if it looks pretty much the same to the human eye, you'll get the same hash.

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

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"You mean that beats speaker I got from Turkey for a fiver was fake?"

On the plus side, at least your fake speaker will probably sound better than the genuine article...

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Oracle doing due diligence on Accenture. Yep, you read that right

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Re: Whats this GUI thingy?

"What could possibly go wrong?"

The new company will be fine, honest.

It's unfortunate that it'll be called 'Oral Accident' but hey...

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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"'I assume you mean more than 99.9% hydrogen and helium'

The paper doesn't mention helium."

The paper talks about the extremely low metallicity of the brown dwarf, which in astronomical terms means it contains very little mass that isn't either Hydrogen or Helium (astronomical metals are any non-primordial elements produced during nuclear fusion within stars i.e. Carbon, Oxygen, Iron etc.)

Most of the Helium nuclei in the universe are thought to have been created during the early phase of the Big Bang, so the star will likely contain around 24% Helium. Its mass is too low to support the usual fusion lifecycle of bigger stars, so the amount of Helium produced by fusion is very small, and thus the percentage will be lower than the 27% or so in our own sun for example. The unsteady nuclear fusion at its core also accounts for the relative lack of metallic fusion products.

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Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

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Re: SAN?

"I'm labouring under the impression that SAN stands for "Storage Area Network" , if correct its one of the stupidest acronyms since PVR"

I think your confusion stems from the fact that in most small server farms, most non-storage techies would describe the shared storage that they see hooked up to their favourite cluster by fibre as a SAN, whereas it's usually not - it's more likely to be a storage array, which is similar but definitely not a SAN.

A SAN is indeed a storage array network, independent trays of disks hooked together by fibre or copper interconnect and SAN switches to form a storage network, operating under the control of one (but usually more) SAN controllers, which present an abstracted view of the storage to an external network or server clusters. Usually found in big server farms with lots of blades etc. requiring distributed storage.

Disclaimer - not a storage techie, but I've been nearly bored to death enough times by those who are* not to make the mistake of getting my storage terminology wrong again.

* Not knocking storage techies, I've been the recipient of enough glaze eyed stares when I try to explain why I need sticky sessions for my application cluster...

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Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

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Re: Looking forward to Episode XVIII

"Star Wars XVIII: The Batt.... Just hand over your money, you know you're going to"

Yes, too true. I'm not necessarily saying that Disney are going to milk this franchise for all it's worth, but I fear for the future, and fear leads to anger...anger leads to hate...

Star Wars Episode XXXIV: 101 Ewoks

Star Wars Episode LXXXII: Han solo and the Seven Jawa

Star Wars Episode CXXXIII: Beauty and the Wookie

Star Wars Episode CCLXXXVIII: Dumbo Strikes Back

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Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers

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Re: How can you not notice?

"YOUR COMPANY will refund me for 18 months of non-provided (and non-providable) service."

If billing was by Direct Debit then it is covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee, so you don't need to claim it back from Orange, you claim it back from your bank. If you've got evidence that the Direct Debit payments were incorrect, the Bank is legally obliged to refund you the full amount overpaid, and then it is up to them to go after the third party (the originator) to recover their costs, in this case Orange.

If your bank refutes this, have a word with the banking ombudsman, who will gladly have a word in their shell-like ears to point out the error of their ways, rather firmly.

To quote the Financial Ombudsman Service website - "if the originator or the bank/building society makes an error, the customer is guaranteed a full and immediate refund of the amount paid."

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

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"how the feck did he get everything through the ring in the first place?"

Carefully.

And now that you've set me off...

There was a man from the fair Isle

Who embiggened his manhood in style

The thought in his cranium

Was to use hard titanium

But for freedom he'd need more than a file.

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

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Re: re: Many, many phenomena in physics were predicted long before they could be detected

"Indeed, that is how science works. Nevertheless, before the proof is concrete it's sensible to take the theory with a pinch of salt."

Not quite. As I understand it, the only place concrete proof exists is in pure mathematics (i.e. proving a mathematical statement.) Scientific theories i.e. Einstein's theory of gravity, are impossible to absolutely prove, they just become more accepted as valid as more evidence is found to support them. A theory can be fully or partially disproved in an instant, however, if a prediction that is made as part of said theory is shown to be incorrect. All the science we 'know', is 'just a theory', but some of it has been around so long without being disproved that it is accepted as fact.

You're absolutely right that theories without evidence are taken with a pinch of salt. Peter Higgs (and his team) proposed the Higgs mechanism back in 1964, but didn't receive acceptance of his theory (and the Nobel prize that went with it) until 2013, after the Higgs boson had finally been detected in a two Large Hadron Collider experiments.

And other commentards seem to missing the point when talking about 'scientists getting their maths wrong so making things up.' Science and its theories evolve as our knowledge expands. Newtonian theory works absolutely fine here down on Earth when you're looking at falling apples, moving carriages and spheres dropped from towers. At the scale of the solar system, however, it starts to break down, its predictions in some cases not matching what we observe i.e. Mercury's orbit. Then along comes Einstein, and his description of gravity in the theory of general relativity offers a major refinement of Newtonian mechanics, and matches the motion we see in the solar system exactly.

Then as our view moves ever outwards to study the motion of distant spiral galaxies, we see that again, the currently accepted theory doesn't quite seem to fit what we observe. Either Einstein's theory of gravity is not quite correct, or there is more mass present than we can observe using our current technological capabilities, or possibly both. Given time, I imagine and hope a unified theory of gravity will emerge, and we'll understand gravity to be either a subsequence of the bending of space-time around mass, or the result of the interactions of the gravitons predicted by some quantum mechanics theories, and then we'll have a better understanding of whether the existence of dark matter is needed to explain galactic rotation.

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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Re: More tax revenue?

"They haven't thought this through"

Too right they haven't.

Even if the anticipated exodus from the public sector doesn't happen, what does the HMRC in its infinite fuckwittery wisdom think will happen? Contractors will put up their hourly rate significantly to compensate for higher taxation. Great, thinks HMRC, lots more lovely tax revenues.

Except that public sector project costs will have gone up significantly as a result, and where does the extra money for this come from? Yes, you've guessed it, the selfsame tax revenues, so the public purse is hardly any better off than it was before...

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IBM could have made almost all the voluntary redundancies it needed

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Re: Loyalty

"The bean counters took charge and started to look at staff as just being economic units"

Yes, when that bright spark in HR picked the phrase 'human capital' to refer to a company's employees, I'm not sure that it wasn't a typo and they meant to use the word 'cattle' instead...

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Smart sex toys firm coughs up $3.75m in privacy lawsuit

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Re: Did they collect...

No, just the dirty MAC addresses...

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