* Posts by PNGuinn

1525 posts • joined 18 Mar 2014

Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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"can heat to melt any glue which is present"

Hmmm

How much heat would you need to apply to a lappy containing a LION battery before the said brick becomes self firing?

Enquiring terrorists need to know etc etc ...

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Brit uni blabs students' confidential information to 298 undergrads

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Database smaterbase - spreadsheet, smedsheet

Hey - this is the University of the Inbred, NFN, is it not?

Did they include the missing climategate fiddle factor?

Enquiring minds NEED to know.

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Tails OS hits version 3.0, matches Debian's pace but bins 32-bit systems

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Re: I think the point is that..

"It seems to me much more easy for the NSA to have compromised the Tails distribution itself"

Systemd?

Gnome?

Say no more. There are other live distros out there. I'll stick with ***********************.

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@ Just as long as you don't wait for 3.11.

Hey, in my NSHO W3.11 fwg was the best thing slurp ever produced. It was downhill from then on.

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Re: *** is a sexual disease?

Suggesting the *** are a load of clap is a surefire way of getting on any watch list.

(Upvoted)

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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RTFA

I may have got this all wrong, but from my reading of the article the case is ongoing.

We generally all have the right witness and to report on the proceedings of a public trial here in the UK, and AFAIK in the States. But in either jurisdiction do we have the right to publicly pre empt the jury's verdict? Errr ...

Speaking completely hypothetically, in tragic cases similar to this we have little or no knowledge of the mental state of anyone involved, and some of the comments I have read here could easily tip someone over the brink to ...

Careful, folks.

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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

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There are other terrestrial explainations ...

Does anyone else think that this Amazon / Google rivalry is going a bit far?

Or did someone get the delivery coordinates wrong?

Or did someone order a drone and the broken winged messenger just delivered it in his normal manner as there was no one in?

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"Police went on to say they have apprehended 4 black male suspects"

Sorry, Downvoted.

With the normal expected level of police competence should that not have read "Police went on to say they have apprehended 4 black female suspects"?

All of whom would have to have been carrying concealed loaded weapons or drugs. Or am I reading elReg too much these days?

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Re: "Was he at least wearing a white suit?'

But did he own a white cat?

Enquiring minds ...

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Obligatory conspiracy theory

"The damage of the drone crash totalled tens of thousands of dollars, and the repair work was completed early Friday morning," the city said.

Personally, I would have said from those photos that the drone was already totally totalled and wasn't worth fixing.

What are they not telling us?

Hard to choose between this and the flames icon. I want to be able to use more than 1 icon! >>

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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

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Re: I'll wait thanks.

Clangers.

That is all.

Thanks, mine's the one with the soup stains on the sleeves.

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Re: I'll wait thanks.

Tosh.

Yer can whistle all yer likes, but yer'll get now't in results unless yer 'as a nice warm cup 'o tea ready fer 't when 't arrives.

Call yerself a scientist?

Now our dad ...

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Boffins get routers spilling secrets through their LEDs

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So, "take over" your own router

Play blinkenlights yourself when bored

Create pretty patterns for the Xmas season.

DIY advertising / slogan board.

Produce fake news.

Give the PFY an epileptic fit.

If Big Brother is watching: Leak false data. Transmit key watchwords for TLAs eyes only.

The opportunities for perverted fun must be endless ....

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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"Next thing you know IBM will be dusting off OS/2 Warp"

The're probably thinking about it. They need to try to make some dosh somewhere.

'They'll probably call it OS/2 Pedestrian in keeping with current company travel policy.

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Re: Yet another version? @ac

Windows WTF.

That's a REALLY good name!

You really need to TM that and bill them for the idea quick.

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Microsoft hasn't quite decided on the final name for those last two:

Windows Nein v3.1.

Windows Nein v3.11 for workgroups.

Hey, ms the consultancy fee of £5 for the names is in the post.

2 for 1 offer this week only.

ps A couple of buckets of krill for my singing whale would be appreciated. You can stuff the josticks (sideways).

use this to light 'em >>

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The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

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Documentation.

No one likes to do it.

Doing it properly is difficult.

On a fast moving project keeping it up to date is doubly difficult.

The best people to write the docs are the coders - they are the experts on the subject.

The worst possible people to write the docs are the coders. They make too many assumptions about what they see as obvious, and don't know how to explain things properly, especially to newbies.

Whose fault is it? Mine probably. And countless others.

I grab a piece of software. Install it. Try it. Read enough of the docs to get it to do what I want. Get the job done. Don't have time to fully study the docs to work what else this bit of kit can do, nor write myself my own improved docs at my level or fill in the gaps in the existing info. So I haven't got anything complete or useful enough to send back to the devs.

When I've managed to carve myself out a bit of time in my retirement there's a few bits of software I'd like to learn to use properly. And maybe improve the docs, at least from my point of view. If that helps me maybe it would help others. And perhaps the project(s) would find it useful.

Time. The great enemy.

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With closed source, you have to pay to get into the kindergarten...

And then find that you're really a criminal chained up in the corner of some kind of smelly damp disfunctional ...

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Re: Actually one reason why I usually avoid open source.

Hmmm ...

Personally I'll take several olympic swimming pools of abuse from open source fora (personally I haven't enough to fill a small thimble ...) rather than a mugfull of Slurp's "respect"

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Re Please Eat Tasty Animals

So, deal with 'em online.

Turn off the sound, turn up the contrast.

Enjoy.

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Re: It's the Internet

The problems with WD40 are that:

1. It's getting *&*&$£))" expensive for a gas powered small can of thin oil diluted by the 'merkin equivalent of white spirit.

2. It's just that, a a diluted thin oil, not a multipurpose cure - all, which is what it's sold as. For example it is NOT a penetrating oil to help free rusted up fastenings, but it will penetrate up to a point.

For what it is, a dewatering agent which evaporates to leave a mineral oil film it's ok - handy to have a tin around in the workshop / toolbox / motor in case of need.

For any serious use you need a specialist product. (Unfortunately, many specialist products are no better - just more expensive.)

Re penetrating oil - the idea is to have a very thin low surface tension carrier which penetrates between the stuck threads by wetting and capillary action, and carries with it a very small quantity of lubricant. White spirit will do up to a point - it's a bit better than thick oil, that's all.

Try comparing Laco Rustbuster with WD40 for example. The Laco is so much better. Peoples on the interwebbs suggest a mixture of acetone and auto transmission fluid. Acetone has a very low surface tension, and auto transmission fluid presumably has good extreme pressure lubrication properties, so it kinda makes sense. Being an ignorant Limey, whose vehicles still have pudding stirrers and clutches rather than this new fangled two pedal setup, I'll have to get round to getting some auto fluid to try it sometime. And compare it to GL4 or GL5 manual fluid.

The 'Merkins have another tool they call a red hot wrench - heat from a blowtorch to expand the fixing and crack the rusted joint. Very effective, especially if combined with a lubricant when hot (or the end of a candle).

American methods >>

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Bixby bailout: Samsungers bailing on lame-duck assistant

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Re: But...

Haven't you got 2 hands?

Real geeks eat 2 at a time.

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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It is at this point worth noting that a patent is a long way from a finished product,

About 500 feet and a bad headache?

>>Ouch

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Re: It would work if.. @redpawn

If they could ensure accuracy of the harpoon it would also drastically reduce the number of customer returns ...

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Re: This is Getting Out of Hand

"In fact, dropping something by 'chute sounds like a way of introducing uncontrollable randomness into where the package actually ends up"

So, prior art then.

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ESA astronaut decelerates from 28,800kph to zero in first bumpy landing

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WTF?

Optional

Definitely a job for Amazon.

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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Re: Splain it to me? @ Tim

I can see a problem right there. I don't have a google account. Nor do I have any accounts with any off planet financial institutions. I keep my Ninghis under the bed.I figure they're just too big to get downstairs easily.

As I said earlier, google, >>

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Re: Right move, wrong person @ Eddie

.... their fancy data miners ....

And there, folks is where i suspect the evil A to G is really interested.

I'll lay a bet that the scumbags will have something inserted in all this to let them mine more luvverly data.

We'll now need a 3rd party data scraper blocker to go with the ad blocker, which we'll still need of course.

Me paranoid?

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LIGO physicists eyeball a new gravitational wave

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Wot I want to know ...

... is why has that pretty blue 'n yellow critter got one eye bigger that the other?

Nurse!

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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"wannabe budget airline British Airways

c'mon guys, that's just ... cheap"

Sorry? I thought budget airlines were supposed to be cheap?

Perhaps you mean cruel.

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The Big Blue Chopper video that IBM might want to keep quiet

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Re: Limo

She was lucky. That ground looks rather soft and muddy.

Ok, it was much earlier in the year, but when I was courting and we visited the Marquis of Tavistock's humble estate I took a wrong turn, found myself on the IN roadlet instead of the OUT and tried to do a wide U turn on the grass. I got to less than 10 feet from the road and stuck fast up to the wheel rims in clay. Only then did I notice that I had been one of many ...

They had to get an ancient retainer and an even more ancient tractor to pull me out.

Happy days.

Would have been funny to watch the fun if they had had to search for an ancient retainer in shiny blue armour to carry her to the chopper, only to find that he'd been cost cropped the week before.

That guy in the high viz jacket was brave. (Why wasn't it a high viz dayglo BLUE jacket??)

He looked awfully near those blades. That egg wish only needed to move a little way forward and tip slightly and it could have been messy.

"That'll teach him to be improperly dressed. And it'll save the cost of another redundancy."

"Hey - we could dispose of him and the roll of carpet at the same time to save more dosh. It'll be a bit damp - couldn't possibly use it again after all."

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re: Overlady, surely

""... the company overlord ..."

Overlady, surely."

DON'T CALL HER SHIRLEY, or she'll be surly.

Ok, I'm going. Thanks - tt's the damp blue one at the end of the rack.

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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The REAL benifit

We'll all get to see the source code.

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Re: Two things that will happen ...

Somebody will install Devuan

Somebody will run Doom on it.

FIFY

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Re: This shows up a lot in how smooth an engine sounds when it's idling.

Modern engines don't idle. They rev their little high tech nuts off.

I'll pit my old 1100's austin A series engine and SU HS2 carb against anything "modern" for starting and idling any day.

Usually fired in less that a second rain or shine, heatwave or frost. Warm idling speed easily less that 200 rpm, (about 1000rpm cold with manually adjustable cold star enrichment).

You could get away with that low an idle with a dynamo as it didn't load the engine (charge) at low revs.

Yeah, I must be getting old.

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Posh

MY first car was a 1965 Austin 1100. I thrashed that old rotbox into the ground. I took me 17 years of happy motoring and over 220k miles to get to the point where it had obviously reached the end of the line. Never quite got it over the 400k miles. Sad.

Fitted a 1960 vintage Philips radio my Uncle had given me. Had to pull out the dash first to get the bugger in. 4 valves and an OC16 in class A for audio output. Drank about 1.5 amps.

Fitted it in about 1976. Apart from having to replace a knackered volume control it lasted the 17 years I had the car. Still worked about a year ago when I fired it up.

Class.

I think I may be getting older.

>> Needed a 5 ohm speaker IIRR.

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Samsung's Bixby assistant fails English, gets held back a month

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Problems parsing English.

Hey, Sammy

Back here in Blighty we've got a General Election for you to play with - Get yourselves a set of speeches and teach the bugger to parse that lot.

And do try to get it done well before polling day.

WARNING

I'm assuming that you are aware that the Septics speak a TOTALLY different language on the other side of the pond - But you're Samclung, so you probably don't.

So for them you'll have to do the tests using The Donald's tweets.

No trouble - my consultancy bill for £5 is in the post.

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Look at that hanger ...

... There's a dirty great cutout at the middle at the top.

What's the big bit that bolts on the top of this thing that they're not telling us about?

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Re: Not Maetric not interested

Obligatory downvote from a crusty old Imperial Fart.

Try setting traps. I bet you'll never catch a milimetre

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Re: Ambidextrous, obvs.

Or ambidextrous robots. Min.

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"Why apparently two cockpits?"

Pilot and copilot, natch.

I wonder which one gets to take the dog?

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Re: It's that big...

"can launch from different runways"

At the same time?

No, not quite.

You launch each fuselage from a different airfield and join 'em up in flight. A bit like in flight refuelling.

Then they meet up with a third plane carrying the little bits they want to launch, stick 'em onto the hooks underneath the middle bit and proceed to launch.

Simples, shirly.

It's all about cost reduction and versatility in runway use. So I'm told.

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Boffins spot 'faceless fish' in strange alien environment

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6699 is 69 wrapped in 69

And any fule kno fish should be wrapped in newspaper.

After being doused with salt and non brewed condiment.

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NASA Sun probe named for solar wind boffin Eugene Parker

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Hope It'll be a good gig.

I presume the space probe will have a little black button labelled in black ... somewhere?

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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Explainations, reasons, excuses ...

He could always get some underling to google for some BOFH excuses ... eg

excuse no: 102

Power company testing new voltage spike (creation) equipment

excuse no: 254

Interference from lunar radiation

Go on, you know you want to....

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Internet of snitches: anyone who can sniff 'Thing' traffic knows what you're doing

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So "can of worms" becomes "nest of worms".

Progress at last!

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: Really a power failure?

"In the UK in the 1980s standard power sockets appeared in computer rooms with the earth pin rotated from square. There were several different angles available. The idea was to ensure people couldn't casually plug uncertified equipment into those sockets."

Does that really prevent a cleaner pulling the plug, trying every which way to plug in the vac, including kicking the plug, then wandering off to pull another plug somewhere, leaving the first one on the floor somewhere, possibly trodden on?

Perhaps I overestimate the capacity of the average cleaner ...

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T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

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Big Brother

Just one little unimportant question - to start with

Security?

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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Re: Probably got their own staff to install the back up generators

The gennys were tested weekly but noone thought to buy any fuel and they ran dry aftter 3 mins?

They did buy fuel but it was petrol / bunker oil because that was cheaper?

They went green and bought a load of cooking oil cheap?

No - Crapita aren't even **that** capable.

>> This might have helped.

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Chipotle: Hackers did to our registers what our burritos did to your colon

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We need an ARSE icon!

We already have one - and it flies.

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