* Posts by Captain Boing

74 posts • joined 22 Oct 2014


Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

Captain Boing

Re: Would never have happened in my day


your personal "beliefs" do not enter into it - observe the facts

god help anyone where you sit on the jury

OK, so you've air-gapped that PC. Cut the speakers. Covered the LEDs. Disconnected the monitor. Now, about the data-leaking power supply unit...

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the vid proves nothing. it would never keep up. the speed most people type and the data was arriving at about 1cps on the mobe

never trust a man with a top-knot in 2020

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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they all look a bit... mechanical in their movement... dead straight lines, rotation that stops precisely, not fluidity...

I stopped believing video as evidence/proof (doubly so on yutoob) when I saw Keanu Reeves singing "Nuthin' compares 2u". Absolutely anything is fake-able in video.... and the "I want to believe" brigade has completely shat in their own nest by being only too keen to effectively lie to you in the hope of swinging you to their particular way of thinking (and being called out time and again with sadly no retardation on their bullshit).

Why is video of this stuff always crap?


Captain Boing

Nah, not 'avin' it. I think you have an "I want to believe" t-shirt. Just the way you are phrasing things tells me you are 90% of the way there if not 100%

BTW, there are no other "solar systems". Sol is a proper noun - the name of our star. "Solar" means of or pertaining to; Sol. There is only one Solar system*... lots of other star systems but this basic mistake is a sort of litmus test for the pursuit of detail (and truth) instead of going with what suits one's

tin-foil hat desires.

Time and again I see these conspiracists and "UFOlogists" hang on to long-ago-debunked stuff and willfully re-present them as "proof" to anyone who will listen and hasn't been informed. That contrail for Aurora in the closing seconds of a 1.5 hour vid is awfully straight for something allegedly laid in a turbulent atmosphere over time... and where are the reference points for calculating the speed that was stated?

Nothing personal, just a feeling I get reading your posts and looking at the type of links you been putting faith in.


From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

Captain Boing

Re: No smoke without a burning mast

"British Telecom 'engineers' broke into my home"

although a "statutory right of entry" existed back then, It wouldn't be executed without the owner being present (and/or police) - the legal implications are mind-boggling... Having been an "engineer" (thanks for belittling my trade with quotes btw. tosser) for many years, I never even heard of it being done, ever. I suspect this is embellishment to make a story.

"stole the phone" the phone wasn't yours. End user equipment was rented back then

who leaves guinea pigs running around the house?... dirty man.

Russian super-crook behind $20m internet fraud den Cardplanet and malware-exchange forum pleads guilty

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Re: 20m

mmmmm.... sexbots....

Y2K? It was all just a big bun-fight, according to one Reg reader

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Re: When I were a lad...

Not an "IF" in sight


Function IsLeapYear(n As Integer) As Integer

IsLeapYear=((n Mod 4=0) And (n Mod 100 <>0)) Or (n Mod 400=0)

End Function


Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

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Big Brother

Re: these terms are "divisive and humiliating,"

"Depends who's talking..."

That isn't how freedom works. People condemn themselves from their own mouths, they don't need a sainted few to do it for them and take offence on behalf of some other. No-one should be free to shut down discussion because they consider the message unpalatable. You debate idiots and prove to them (and everyone else) that they are crazy. Maybe you learn something yourself?

"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably."

Salman Rushdie is quoted as saying "If freedom is to have any limits, it must be to deny it to those who would destroy it" - quite so.

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The N-word is the new N-word


I want off this rock!

Captain Boing

Re: these terms are "divisive and humiliating,"

"A small and weak nerd is defenseless against the big bullies"

until he learns to code, then kneel at his feet

Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn

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gets its claws into everything

I de-installed LMI years ago...

some time after I was doing registry cleanup... couldn't believe the number of logmein hits I got when searching.

Tor blimey, Auntie! BBC launches dedicated dark web mirror site

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"trusted news"

LOL, you so funny Auntie

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS

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... how long are you apple lovers going to tolerate being treated like crap, with utter contempt, for something you have bought? Where is the line for you?

Fantastic Mr Fox? Not when he sh*ts on your lawn, kids' trampoline and your soul

Captain Boing

Re: Serious answer: get a couple of crows

hmm. interesting though your vid is, I am afraid the crows are not the solution. They exist in vast numbers and will wipe out all other birds (usually except other crows/type) in the area. There are areas of Ukraine where no other types of bird exist other than Jackdaws & Magpies. No song birds of any kind thanks to the crows. It is everyone's duty to make life as unpleasant as possible for all the corvids (except a few specials). If you don't agree I wish you could have been with me a couple of months back when I witnessed a Jackdaw raiding a Corn Bunting nest and butchering the young in front of the frantic parents who's attempts to distract the jackdaw were simply ignored by the much larger bird.

Crows are not to be encouraged any more than foxes... just moving the problem somewhere else

Captain Boing

Re: Make friends.

... and despite commonly held belief, my kid (who undertakes pest control) tells me that a fox ham baked in tinfoil on the barbie for 3 hours (don't want any chance of trichinosis) is remarkably good eating. Not the best thing he has eaten but by no means the worst. Yearling vixen is best (no powerful hormones to taint the meat) not stringy, dark meat with a fairly gentle flavour, not as gamey as venison and not pungent.

Captain Boing

Re: Get a dog

what is a "hunting licence". Are you in the UK?

if you don't know anything about a subject best to keep your mouth shut. don't expose your ignorance to the world.

Captain Boing

Re: Advise from my experiences

do NOT use an air rifle on a fox. Unless you get incredibly lucky and drop one down his ear you absolutely will not kill it. The only air weapon that stands a chance will be a weapon for which you must own a firearms licence.

All you'll do is cause wounds and distress.. you'll no more likely to kill a fox with a 12ft/lb air rifle than it will kill you. All it will do is make painful holes in you that will get infected and cause misery.

Anyone who suggests an air rifle for this is a twat and will rightfully be prosecuted by the RSPCA when they find out.

Captain Boing

Townies... not a clue. The neighbours who are feeding the cute fuzzy orange puppies or not securing their rubbish are the main cause of the problem, along with the anti-social bastards that think it's OK to throw their half-eaten kebab on the ground. Any animal is only in a place because of what is there. Remove the incentive, the problem will go too. Everyone thinks a cat is the solution to a rat problem - this is only believed by those who don't know what they're talking about or have an exceptional cat. A cat will kill one rat and disappear with it. A terrier will kill all the rats for the sheer fun of the chase... a fox has the same mindset. He will get in the hen-house, kill them all and disappear with a single carcass. He'll wipe out an entire roost in a single visit for the joy of killing. Foxy's gotta go. For town foxes, the solution is to clean up our act, for country foxes it's to shoot them.

Admittedly it is tricky to let foxy "have it" with your .243 in a town garden (as well as most likely illegal and triggering a visit) but it is the most humane and effective method - those of you who have considered gassing or poisoning need a beating. This is the most horrendous way to dispose of a living creature and much as I am out to do a job, I do not agree with making the quarry suffer un-necessarily. Consider hunting with dogs, it is more about the people in the chase, but when the hounds catch the fox (and most times he gets away) he is dispatched in seconds... I agree it isn't pleasant (despite matching the foxes mindset - he is a predator after all) and I am not a fan of these horrific toffs that do it for the blood, but it is quick... not the lingering, painful, sickly death of a gassing or poisoning. The quickest method is a .243 to the head or chest. This causes catastrophic damage and the fox is dead in seconds (if not instantly), although pure adrenaline may see him run 20 meters.

A free-range egg farm near me was getting daylight raids and asked for help - the mark of a desperate fox. The neighbouring farm was also having problems. A bit of research and out on the hunt. We "offed" 8 foxes in 5 weeks in that area with another 2 on the list! That's ten foxes in about 4 square miles - there is no way that area can support that many without help - The foxes were breeding out of control and all of them living just above starvation hence the desperation and the problem, all because some silly old woman puts food out for them each night. Think of the damage 10 foxes in 4 square miles were doing to the naturally occurring wildlife - it was a desert! Now maybe some leverets will make it this year.

I don't care what anyone says, shooting done properly IS conservation. I have seen it with my own eyes. You might get weepy about it and I must say I don't get a kick out of the kill (it always leaves me feeling a bit guilty actually) but nature is nasty and when we f**k with it, we have to f**k with it some more to put it right.

let the slagging commence.

Blackburn ain't big enough for the both of us: Mr Creamy and Mr Whippy at the centre of new ice-cream war

Captain Boing

you want 99 bastard?

Fire up the FruityLoops! Sir David Attenborough wants someone to remix Balinese field recording

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Tell me about it... I have stopped buying chinese takeaways for fear of being doxxed by generation snowflake

Amazon consumer biz celebrates ridding itself of last Oracle database with tame staff party... and a Big Red piñata

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cue aggressive takeover of Postgres by you know who...

Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence

Captain Boing

Re: "while talking to an unnamed associate over a recorded prison telephone line"

why al the down-votes? It's fucking true!

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

Captain Boing

Get George Digweed in!

A professional shot-gunner would have no trouble taking out the drone. And the article is wrong about spent shot representing a hazard as anyone who has been down-range on a shoot will testify.

The forward motion of the shot (where the destructive speed is involved) is exhausted in the upward arc and by the time it starts falling is pretty much gone... if it wasn't the shot would carry on travelling on the leading edge of it's parabola, but no matter once it peaks, the speed is gone - and it starts to fall, losing forward momentum all the time. Spent shot, in such a situation, is a rain of tiny pellets (mostly steel now-a-days), no worse than - and in my experience, much less than - a hailstorm. - Been there, done that.

It's a phone with a peel, but you'll have to wait a bit more for retro Nokia

Captain Boing

A particular 8110 ringtone is my choice on my P20pro

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

Captain Boing

so... the story of Laputa - castle in the sky will be an account banning tome?

("La Puta" is big swears in Spanish)

This is madness - how do they expect to process language differences, bhenchod?

Neil Young slams Google, after you log in to read his rant with Google or Facebook

Captain Boing

What a coincidence!

I, too, have spent years railing against the poor quality of Musician Neil Young's audio

'It's back to the drawing board...' Innocent axions found not guilty of dark matter crimes

Captain Boing

Don't make stuff up so your sums work...

It seems there is a correlation between the shrinking estimates for dark matter ratio versus the increasing ratio of observed conventional matter based on new discovery: Galaxies existing in huge bubbles of hydrogen (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/09/hubble_andromeda_galaxy_gas_halo/), vast webs of hydrogen connecting galactic clumps (http://www.iflscience.com/space/astronomers-directly-image-filament-%E2%80%9Ccosmic-web%E2%80%9D-first-time/).

I never accepted the premise of dark matter "our sums don't add up so we'll invent something to make them". I have every expectation dark matter, as it is conventionally envisaged, will wither to nought as our discoveries, quite literally, fill the void. In the past tow or three years we have discovered extra hydrogen that amounts to a quarter of the mass of the universe that was unknown five years ago... Science will answer everything but it takes a while.

As with all good science, I will be delighted to be proved wrong with the discover of the dark matter particle(s) - and let's face it, we have barely scratched the surface and are infinitesimally distant from the Planck Mass.

Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

Captain Boing

All these apologists on here! The author did mention Ockham's razor.

Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

Captain Boing

Re: Hacking the Law

"hopefully by taking pictures and automatically uploading them to tailgatingwankers.com"

which of course is a mirror of getafuckingmoveonyoulanehoggingpri.ck

Captain Boing

Re: If I am not driving, then I am not responsible for failure to follow road rules.

It all depends on the vehicle - if it is a driver-less, autonomous vehicle then yes I agree with you.

If it is a Tesla running in auto-pilot (i.e with driving controls and a driving position) then no I don't.

In the latter, you have to be able to take control of the vehicle. Simple as that.

You are blind and cannot drive a "normal" car, therefore the same rules apply. You can jump in a little autonomous pod, but as you could not be expected to take control of the vehicle, a Tesla is out of the question.

Captain Boing

It is simple - you still gotta be a driver

If you own a vehicle with auto-pilot capability, you still have to have a driver in control - the idea being you should be able and ready to take control If you notice anything wrong - and I think that includes exceeding the speed limit. I know the idea is that you can relax a bit but is that really realistic?

If you don't when you should, this is still driving without due care in my book. No need to muddy the waters with "iffs" and "whens"

It should only be an insurance thing if the vehicle is driver-less , like the little pods they are trialing at various cities around the world. So you couldn't allow a little old lady to buy a tesla as a personal taxi if she can't drive.

Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

Captain Boing

wait a minute...

... one paragraph in, checks author... yep - thought so... closes window

Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

Captain Boing


Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

Captain Boing

Crappy article. Littered with typos and inaccuracies... "shuttle" "places place", "Jupiter's moon Titan"...

Does no-one proof-read their work anymore?

must have be a work experience kid's homework

4/10 see me

Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

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... and Equifax sat on the news of the leak for 41 days! so that three senior execs could dump their stock...


Dolphins inspire ultrasonic attacks that pwn smartphones, cars and digital assistants

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Dolphin in (Insert Point of Presence) Pwns Smart Tech With This One Weird Old Trick

<ignores article>

UK government's war on e-cigs is over

Captain Boing

but... but...


OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

Captain Boing

crap report

"if you rip music, you use whores and hurt puppies... you don't HURT puppies... do you?"


from my observations, the reason those "older" people who rip music is because they can and they know how to do it. Generation snowflake, while prolific on line, tends to be, largely, technically inept.

I have seen it I have a house full of <30yr olds... There is no way in hell todays yoof are buying their music out of some altruistic mission. For one reason or another, they simply have no other way open to them.

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

Captain Boing

when you have been treated unsuccessfully with fake meds... it is still your life. So when you get all stressy about the lack of protection from being exploited in this way, am I still to fuck off?

didn't think so. How big are the wheels on your goal post?

Captain Boing


"... to ensure you don't lose any of it."

you are still aliasing anything between any two bit counts.. step from 14 to 15, what about 14.3? it cannot be _faithfully_ encoded in a digital form .. . you have lost immediately by sampling. In a lab, virtually any sampling resolution could be shown to be different from the original. I get what you are saying but you need to qualify "perceived loss"

If audiophile reckon they can tell the difference if the signal comes through cable with oxygen in the insulator then this matters no?

Captain Boing

"If they think it does, that is all that matters in that context."

bomb detectors, fake brands, homeopathy, cheap chinese shit from ebay...

People need to be protected from being ripped off regardless of what they think

'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

Captain Boing

"land of the free"

nuff said

While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

Captain Boing

what the actual phuq???

I want off this rock

PACK YOUR BAGS! Boffins spot Earth-size planet most likeliest yet to harbor alien life

Captain Boing

Re: I don't get it

@Axman said: "Why do exobiologist/astroboffins insist on the 'goldilocks zone' thing. We are, after all, talking about alien life.


... exoticophiles - things like bugs that use solvents other than water, thingymajigs that operate at cryogenic temperatures utilising superfluidity and superconductivity, gassy bags of ephemeral catalysts floating in Jupiter like skies, organised magneto-creatures feeding off of a star's chromosphere... I could go on and on and on."

Simple. As your comment points out, the permutations are dizzying (and currently unknown to science). However, we DO KNOW it works with the "goldilocks" mix so lets start on a certainty to minimise the task. It happened here so is likely to have happened elsewhere.

Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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@ J.G.Harston

Just noticed - you have a history of slagging off google maps here. Bet you are a fanboi

Captain Boing

what a stupid, identi-kit slap at big corp. - GM is far from a "crayoned mess" ya goit!

People vote with their feet, if GM wasn't fit, no-one would use it and it would die. Everyone slags off starbucks for the same reason - fact: Their coffee is good and appeals to a LOT of people.

GM is the same. I prefer their clean looking profile over Streetmaps dated A-Z look. If I need more streets go to the OS Explorer maps and the times I have used streetview to scope out a destination so i actually know what i am looking for when i get there is a great use of tech... I know that google are not doing this out of some altruistic ethos... in the same way i know TV programs are just something t keep me hooked in-between advert breaks.

Google got big because they are good at what they do. You might not like what they do (they are very creepy) but to keep us hooked they provide some nice trinkets.

I am not saying they would not exploit their position to further their own cause - just like vauxhall or ford recommending their own parts when you get your car serviced. It happens all the time.

My hole is a private thing – see for yourself

Captain Boing

Alistair Dobbs - yawn

OpenStreetView? You are no longer hostage to Google's car-driven vision

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"not at all"? so when faced with map or no map, you would prefer the latter if there was only google. Exactly.

google maps I have found to be very accurate and the map data is subject to much tighter correction/alteration than anything else, and street view is excellent for showing me what I am looking for when I get to a new address (mainly UK or Canada).

Really, John, don't stand on the sidelines and sneer - get involved, make a difference.

Captain Boing

hmmm... has a long way to go. it seems it is uni-directional, you don't have a lot of scan around a particular point , and even some goyt has used his approach/departure from heathrow plan to "add" info. IN THE DARK!!!

Like most crowd-sourced stuff, it comes from a loving place but it will degenerate into mediocrity and flame-wars



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