* Posts by PNGuinn

1915 posts • joined 18 Mar 2014

Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

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Re: We can send men to the moon

Yup, there's hope for humanity yet.

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shiny!

Personally, with a new bit of shiny to play with, I'd

1. Check the bloody batteries are suitable and fitted / charged.

2. Check the recording media for size and fitting.

3. Try the bloody thing out and get to understand how to use it.

4. TURN OFF it's ability to phone home with all my precious data. (Even in spaaace you can't be too careful!)

5. RTFM

>> Thanks, it's the one with the tinfoil lined space helmet in the pocket.

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Boffins bash out bonkers boost for batteries

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Re: Energy

Hmmmm.

Personally, I'd far rather walk around with a well capped fullish tin of petrol in my pocketses than one of these new fangled buggers. Petrol, handled properly, is actually pretty safe.

YMMV. Your new shiny just might not go critical on you.

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Re: Two improvements

"maybe there is some cold fusion involved too?"

Aah, so THAT's why they need to keep the temperature down.

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Re: Diode or Storage @ Chris G

Quite easily (in theory) if you ignore the energy needed to generate / control the magnetic field?

And to pressure lubricate the dancing snakes?

How much snake oil is needed to lubricate the hide of a perfectly smooth spherical elephant?

That could be seriously expensive - https://www.tradecounterdirect.com/product/monument-tools-snake-oil-1-litre_1-litre.html

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Re: Diode or Storage

"Unobtanium. That's what's missing. And maybe a soupcon of expensivium, too."

Don't forget bulletproof tinfoilhatium for when the new improved lithiumbombiun goes bangbium!

There are already enough safety issues around with current technology that make me yearn for the durability and operational safety of nicads.

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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Re: Winning a headline

IT WAS THE VULTURE WOT WON IT.

c'MON, 'OW DID YOU miss that one THEN?

>> add virtual beer icon.

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

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Re: Upvoting own posts

"Is that akin to smelling your own farts?

I know some of you do this"

So How many commentards smell ....

Enquiring minds etc ....

Ida thunk it'd be a more suitable question for an erudite tech site such as wot this is to enquire as to how many commentards have, and on how many occasions, successfully LIT a phart. ....

No, don't bother, I'll get it myself.

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Re: Suing would backfire, badly

Courts use video links ...

But they've cut off his 'hinternet access.

Everyone say "Aaaaaah"

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Re: @Florida

"He's eating their food, he's using their Internet connection and apparently he has no problems at all just pissing over..."

Perhaps he should learn to use their toilet as well ...

Oh, sorry, tldr.

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Re: Heroes

"... screwed god knows how many liberal luvvies out of the money they stumped up for his bail ..."

So, he's not all bad then.

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Re: Swallowing floating globules of water

Methinks it'd be a brave man (or woman) to swallow any globules of "water" aboard anything designed or built by NASA.

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Bowel down: Laxative brownies brought to colleague's leaving bash

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co-workers ...

...or cow orkers?

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German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way

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Re: Bring it ON! Robot Punch ups.

More like "Ow! you've just hit all the diodes down my right side. I'm so depressed."

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"Only reason I did know was that I answered a call thinking it was a test call and found a customer on the other end. Managed to get them transferred to an agent and then logged out rapidly. I've no idea how many people I hung up on.."

Not nearly enough. Have you no conscience?

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Re: "Don't understand the down votes."

Ahh by "Cycling" and "Motorsport" you mean velodrome events and the likes of F1.

Look on the bright side. At least that keeps them and the spectators from blocking up the roads and footways / verges.

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Re: Smiles in the aisles

So watching a bunch of overpaid prima donna's push a plastic pig's bladder round a patch of artificial grass is considered sport then?

FIFY.

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Naming things

"I wonder if anyone else here feels that naming our latest nuclear sub after a famous French defeat by the English might not be entirely diplomatic in the middle of Brexit negotiations?"

Would you rather we called the bloody thing the M'hem Therese?

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: tinworm

Nah, that only eats tinfoil hats.

You mean its omnivorous cousin the metalmaggot.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Re: Whenever I think of something getting Oriented

"I think of facing towards Mecca. I don't know if that is a good thing for a satellite."

Bingo!

Ok I'm going ....

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Re: re-orientated itself

Now you've done it ArrZar - you've got me imagining a spinning oriental potentate.

NURSE!

>>... It's the one that buttons up at the back, thanks.

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Re: TESS GNC issue

Good BOFH excuse:

"Sorry, we've run right out of long plumb lines. Waiting for the manufacturer to deliver more string."

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@ Mark 85

"I would argue that presumably at some point they will produce a stable and usable OS ... "

Mark, do you expect to outlive the heat death of the universe?

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Intel's security light bulb moment: Chips to recruit GPUs to scan memory for software nasties

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Remind me ...

"FYI Intel is gonna let Windows Defender and other antivirus tools use integrated Intel GPUs to scan physical memory for #malware. "

"FYI Intel is gonna let Windows Defender and other malware use integrated Intel GPUs to scan

physical memory for Anything They Can Bloody Well Snaffle. "

There, FIFY, Chipzilla.

Remind me, someone: How many Intel engineers does it take to change a lightbulb?

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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

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Re: Co-CEO chats with current POTUS?

Underground Golph - now THERE'S a an idea that might fly.

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Re: Seriously??

Commentarders is seriously uglier. Err ...

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Torvalds schedules Linux kernel 5.0, then maybe delays 'meaningless' release

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Re: As with the browsers

Yes, for really professional willy waving, I suggest {Version Number}=(<latest firefox release> + 17 + miinor-release-number>93.0666)exp42.

>> Mine's the one with the elastic abacus in the back pocketses.

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Re: A new scheme?

Ah, 17. The random number. By definition.

Wot's wrong with 42?

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New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children

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Small technical question ...

Would this device be a special with cut down silicon or would it be a full fat base model crippled in software?

If so, how easy would it be to root the device and re enable all the naughty features?

No, they're kids - they'd never stoop so low, even if one of their number did find out ...

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Re: can you put video/sound/pdfs on the phone?

"Mine's the one with the 4-figure log tables in the pocket"

Pffft. Mine's the one with the slide rule sticking out of the top pocket.

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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I thought C ran MI6?

No, he runs El Reg.

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Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

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Let's look at ths slightly differently....

Lots of interesting comments here. I can see that in *some* circumstances it might be possible to access the supply to a single or small number of computer supply feeds via an unsecured supply cable. Not necessarily the switchboard. Cable ducting above ceiling / below floor anyone?

But let's think around this one for a bit. Assume that you've done some research on your target, you know the topography. In other words, you've likely got someone on the inside. The place has considered security, and they've got all sorts of protections in place, and they think they're secure.

By definition, that probably means they are not. You've independently "audited" their "security". Something like this might just work. The real problem here, it seems to me, is getting the data OUT into the real world unnoticed. Ok, if your tap is in a relatively unsecured area, that might be easy.

What you really need to know is what they are currently protecting themselves against, design your tap around it, and either, depending on the amount of data you want, and when the data are available, pull your agent out and tap or tap and then get your agent to remove the tap. Then pull the agent or not as desired. Or live dangerously and leave the tap for later.

Thought. Have they got power line networking anywhere. Ah, WiFi - Must have. Because. or somesuch good reason. Or "intelligent" controls ... ah, green .... Would the systems in place notice a little more naughty RF on the powerlines? How easy would it be to add something into a psu case or on to a mobo or into the birdsnest behind the epoxied usb ports on the front panel ... in a computer, possibly before delivery or at repair?

Remember, the biggest security risk is human, and it doesn't need to be situated locally between keyboard and chair.

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@ AC

"Not again... Well, if they think that's good I've managed to get the led under my mouse to transmit data. I'm still trying to work out the details on how to receive the data but at least I'm half way there."

Balls - that's what you need to prevent those pesky leds talking to strangers.

OTOH, small efficient motor inside a wireless balled mouse, and could be told to drive your data right out of your office. D'oh.

Q patent for intelligent mouse with gps in 3 2 1...

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British government to ink deal for yet another immigration database

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"But he said much of the design of the system would be dependent on what policy for EU residents the government decided upon after Brexit - for example whether or not they will need visas."

So, b****ks once again. Any last minute changes demanded by Tusktusk and Barnyard, and hastily capitulated to by Darlingbudzofmay and her team of ******** (insert your own appropriate description here - I don't have the skills in Finnish Linus has) and the next splurge of taxextortees dosh gets flushed down the crapper.

*** We need a Hang, Draw and Quarter 'em icon, AND a Stick Their Heads on Pikes on London Bridge Icon .... <splutter> .... ***

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Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

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@ Dr Syntax

"Right now we need a mobile OS that doesn't allow apps to poach each others' data. Will Google deliver that?"

Quite. Have an upvote.

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Re: do - wile

I thunk 'e ment wil E Coyote?

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Great Western Railway warns of great Western password reuse: Brits told to reset logins

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Re: We need a court action @tp pc

"The train due at platform 7 will be 15 minutes late to enable online booking customers to wade through our new high security captcha logon system in order to book a ticket. Passengers are reminded that Great Western takes your security, safety and comfort very seriously."

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Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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@ Jim 59

Thankyou for enlightening a Penguinista.

I always wanted to know where Clippy lived.

Except that, from what I've heard, a disused basement lavatory is far to nice a place for W8.

Tie it to systemd and nuke it from space?

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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African or European?

Don't be daft, AC - JB was talking about coconuts.

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Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots

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Re: Substitute News ...

So ...

We have a series of random bots to write the headlines.

We have a series of random bots to write the stories.

We have a series of random bots to write the comments.

So, no change then, until Apple and Ms decide to talk to the bots.

It'll never catch on .... Oh, wait ....

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Re: amamfrommars

3 options:

amanfrommars is the prototype.

amanfrommars is the finished product.

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Re: No DevOps?

No, DevBots.

RTFA.

Queshtion is - will they be Agile enough?

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Cambridge Analytica seeks data protection assistant

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"Job Type: Temporary Required education: Bachelor's"

Can't have wifey poking about, can we?

You know, security and all that ...

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DeepMind boffins brain-damage AI to find out what makes it tick

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DeepMind boffins brain-damage AI to find out what makes it tick

DeepMind boffins brain-damage AI to find out what makes it thick

FIFY.

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Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

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Re: Long File Paths ?!

"A legacy OS for legacy software."

Or vikki verki.

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BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....

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Re: Everything

+1.

(I presume you're one of my down voters with taste.)

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That would be twatsplaining then

Twatsplatting.

FIFY

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Re: cellphone?

Wot's wrong with mobe?

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What a hang up: US big box biz Best Buy kicks Huawei to the curb

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@ Gene Cash

I have no idea as a right pondian what Best Buy is / was like, but may I respectfully refer you to the recent el Reg coverage of the demise of our Maplin?

Seems like another bunch of corporate lemmings doing the right thing ... Sad,really.

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We sent a vulture to find the relaunched Atari box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap

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OOOPS! El Reg has just upset another ...

El Reg has just upset another major hardware manufacturer.

Apple refuse to talk to the vultures ...

M$ refuse to talk to the vultures ...

The Leading Manufacturer of games consoles refuses to talk to the vultures ...

Keep it up, lads!

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