* Posts by Glenturret Single Malt

223 posts • joined 30 Apr 2014

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2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

"the fob was still laying on her drive"

No problem then. There would soon be lots of little foblets hatching out which would grow up into full grown replacement fobs.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

Stylii, the plural of stylius?

I have posted before about mock-Latin plurals of words that end in -us. The generally correct way of forming the plural is to add es. Thus we get viruses, campuses, grampuses, octopuses, omnibuses (buses), calluses, cactuses (yes!) and styluses. But the plural of opus is opera.

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Re: Hum

Who not whom.

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Re: It's to be hoped that the conference organizers vote with their dollars...

It adds a new dimension to the football report which said that Manchester City's most effective attacks came through the middle of the Arsenal defence.

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: This is normal in every human endeavor.

The golf club where I play has no external windows in the men's locker room toilet. It also has movement activated lights. So, if you come in after playing on a quiet winter afternoon when it gets dark not long after 4.00 and disappear into a toilet cubicle for too long, you can find yourself caught with your pants down plunged into almost complete blackness.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: Just to mudddy the waters a trifle ...

As all primary school children learned, three (old) pennies weigh an ounce. A pound's worth of old pennies (240) therefore weighs 80 ounces or 5 pounds (lbs). Which explains why in my first week of Christmas post work in 1963, two of us were sent to collect a basket containing £10 in old pennies.

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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See:

http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/sndns2008

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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What happens when (as often occurs), the people involved in the call make a series of short comments in reply to each other. I would guess that the phone slips out of your hand and down the toilet.

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: Only cracking I have done is

Making holes in castle walls is also the place where that much misused or misunderstood word, a petard, would be used appropriately.

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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Re: Re:beans that are not suitably roasted.

Years ago, when living in Malaysia, my wife occasionally bought fresh coffee beans and roasted them herself. The smell of roasting coffee was fine in the later stages of the process but, during the initial stages of heating, a lot of very unpleasant smelling substances were released. Fortunately, as is common in the tropics, much cooking could be done outside.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: We need some ...

The squatting position is adopted by those who normally use squatting (rather than sitting) toilets. I ubderstand it is a much more efficient way of defecating. I have gone to sitting toilets in Thailand and other Asian countries and found foot marks on the seat.

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Re: We need some ...

Unless it has been through you first?

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Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps

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Re: What did the Roman's ever do for us?

The Roman's. That's Chelsea FC isn't it?

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It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

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Re: I might be wrong, because I don't know

You can also rotate the words one letter at a time to give variants:

BatteryCorrectHorseStaple

eBatteryCorrectHorseStapl

leBatteryCorrectHorseStap

etc.

The capitals may or may not indicate the start of words if you don't know how long the words are.

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No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

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Re: I don't 'Binge ' drink.

"I'm a cereal drinker.."

In Marks and Spencer this morning, I saw bottles labelled "Oat Drtink". Looks like just the thing for you.

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

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Re: Is you fridge running, Are there any walls in the house at all

I have had exactly the same argument with a representative of a large investment company with whom I have an account after he called me and then wanted me to establish my identity. Neither of us could prove convincingly who we were without revealing important details. In the end, we agreed that he would send me a letter which did indeed arrive.

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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Re: Autopilot fun

Impedimenta means luggage or baggage (originally military). You may have intended to say impediments?

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: Validation Vs verification

My PhD thesis contained many mentions of cobalt carbonyl, Co2(CO)8 (don't know how to do subscripts here) and numerous others with combinations of capital C + lower case o and Capital C + capital O. In those far-off days, one hired a typist to do a professional job. Lots of fun was had proofreading the first draft of the typed version.

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There are 10 types of people in the world, but there is only one Melvyn

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Re: If you press litmus paper to Jim Al-Khalili, does it go blue?

Only if the limus paper is damp (and not blue already).

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It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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Re: Dates

Re "meet up": see the article by Oliver Kamm (The Pedant) in the Times of last Saturday (10th March).

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Re: Mess

Does anyone have a dual band wifi adapter that works with Mint on the 5GHz band?

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Britain ignores booze guidelines – heads for the pub

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Re: I stopped listening...

In which case (presumably too hard to work out), why was the drink advice not given originally in terms of pints per (say) 20 kg of body weight?

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Mobile World Congress: 5 buzzwords, an homage to Windows XP and a smartphone snorefest

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Hooray, the title has homage spelled correctly (one m). Boo, the use of "an homage" signifies that the author has the pretentious pronuciation "omage" or, even worse, "ommaj" in mind.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: "the right to prevent your access to the store"

Apple may be using some kind of restrictive practice but it is not "monopolizing" because you have the option of using other operating systems.

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As Facebook pushes yet more fake articles, one news editor tells Mark to get a grip – or Zuck off

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Re: WTF?

And your pet dog, the Slush Puppy.

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Not just mail order. I once bought a white shirt in M&S to wear with my dinner suit. When I unwrapped it at home, it was stinking of cigarette smoke.

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Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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Re: Petty Speeding

Ah, the Illiterate Apostrophe. Do you mean cameras as the plural of camera?

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F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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I thought the headline meant that the newer aircraft was vastly inferior to the older one.

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: No problem

... put big fences down both sides so pedestrians can't get anywhere near them...

Just like the railways and look how successful they have been (e.g. Calais e.g. schoolchildren killed or injured).

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Re: Fovea or FauxVR..?

Any big change in the type of vehicle requires care initially. I used to find problems with the relative responsiveness of my car immediately after driving a fully loaded minibus for a couple of hours. I am sure that the same applies to drivers of all heavy commercial vehicles.

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Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook

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Re: THAT Price for one View?

I agree that train station jars but we use bus station and underground/metro/subway station, so why not be consistent?

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'Twas the night before Y2K and a grinch stole the IT department's overtime payout

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Re: Back when I was stuck in the 9-5 rut ...

In our local paper a couple of months ago, there was an article about a man trying to get rid of Japanese knotwood. This was referred to in the paper as a perineal problem.

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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Re: @Alan Brown

"kg.m2.s-2"

No full stops after SI units.

I've just noticed that copying and pasting lost the superscripts in the original but not when I paste it into Word or similar.

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'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

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I would agree with the inadvisability of wearing gloves. The thing you had to look out for then was to make sure that any spilled liquid nitrogen did not come into contact with a ring on your finger or under a metal watch strap. Very painful but thankfully not too long lasting.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Stuart21551

I'm still trying to decide if "deja vous" is deliberate or not.

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Foil snack food bags make a decent Faraday cage, judge finds

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Re: Has anybody actually tested this?

I'll let you mix your phone with the gease, salt and food particles....

Turn the bags inside out!!

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Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

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Re: That's funny ...

If you do that you, of course, get Bing results.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: Speed isn't as important as Addons

In W10, put it on the task bar, A single click is all you need then.

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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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Disintegrating aircraft

I wonder if anyone else saw the story in last Saturday's Times about the Welsh rugby team on their flight to Australia some time in the 1970s. The captain persuaded his hooker (after all others had failed) to move out of first class back into economy where he was supposed to be sitting. It seems he told him that "the first class section isn't going to Australia."

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Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

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Re: You ended up with a Nissan Puke? Unlucky!

I can't see what all the fuss is about. It's a car. I have googled images of the Nissan Juke and, as far as I can gather, it has four wheels, an engine and brakes so it will take you where you want to go and stop when you get there. What more do you need?

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Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

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Re: Ganymede, Mimas, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea, Iapetus, Europa, and Titan.

Tom Lehrer, surely as in the elements song.

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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Re: A thought

Just like deluded hifi aficianods who pay outrageous amounts for exotic metal cables.

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Mozilla extends, and ends, Firefox support for Windows XP and Vista

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Support

Am I the only person in the world who thinks that the phrase with "support" is the wrong way round. Should it not be the operating system that supports the app?

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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No doubt pronounced "levveraged"

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: TBH

1. See reference to "sic" above.

2. I think you will find that the damage was caused when a real knife was substituted for a prop knife.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: PC fail

spat (past tense of spit)?

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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I had a long debate about just that with a man who said he was from a company with which I have a couple of investments. He did not see the illogicality of asking me for identification details when he had actually called me and I would not accept that he was who he said he was without some identification from him. In the end, I received a letter which was genuine but I still do not accept calls from them.

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

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Re: only ones saved

That reminds me of the local Baptist church which has a poster saying "Jesus saves" outside. I always mutter to myself "With whom?" as I go past but have resisted the temptation to add "with Nationwide" or similar.

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: So much for digital

While living in SE Asia, we came across the kati (= 4/3 lbs) and the tahil (one sixteenth of a kati). Beer was sold in bottles containing 4/3 pints.

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Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

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Re: Email address?

....insertion of firmware updates?

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