* Posts by CrazyOldCatMan

3653 posts • joined 6 Oct 2015

Outlook Mobile heads to the White House, passes infosec clearance for federal sector

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because Outlook has never been very good at actual email at all

Especially as it enables 'creative types' to set amusing coloured and patterned backgrounds to their emails..

(Grumble, grumble, email is 7-bit ASCII, grumble, grumble)

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: Dark matter/energy question

My interpretation of this is that our understanding of quantum mechanics and/or the universe is incomplete.

In other news, the Pope is a member of the Catholic Church and ursinoids defacate in arboreal areas..

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Re: Dark matter/energy question

post may contain elements composed from baryons

I thought that he'd left and been replaced by Derekyons?

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Re: Dark matter/energy question

band doing science based blues songs? I went down to the black hole

Well - there is a prog-metal band (Ayreon - actually just Arjen Anthony Lucassen + various guest musicians) that has an album (Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator) featuring the following songs:

2.4 To the Quasar

2.5 Into the Black Hole

2.6 Through the Wormhole

2.7 Out of the White Hole

2.8 To the Solar System

2.9 The New Migrator

(Not Blues I know - but pretty good - if you like prog-metal)

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Re: The FCC, eh?

Ethanol and also hops

Except that (in the heyday of small beer) hops wasn't used at all in beer.. (in this country anyway - where hopped beer wasn't available until 1400s when it started being imported from the Netherlands).

Every AleWife had their own recipe and many, many things were used as a flavourant - preservation wasn't that important since small beer was generally drunk within a week or so of being brewed and very rarely travelled very far[1] from the inn or brewery.

[1] In modern terms - generally each village or town had only one or two inns/breweries and any small beer made was drunk only within that village or town.

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Re: The FCC, eh?

The sort of thing you'd drink all day on the fields

Especially as it contained only just enough alcohol to kill all the nasty germs usually in the water.. Essential to survive in the days where sanitation was unknown.

Closest modern analague - US Lite beer..

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Questions like:

questions that physicists are still unable to answer. What is dark matter? Why is there more matter than antimatter?

And, most crucially of all: why don't we get invited to all the good parties?

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Then we'd stop...

Says the masochist: "Hit me!"

Says the sadist: "No"

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Re: The room doll was removed

"She's loving, warm, inflatable and a guarantee of joy"

Or the lyrics of the ELO song "Yours Truely, 2095":

She is the latest in technology

Almost mythology

But she has a heart of stone

She has an i.q. of 1001

She has a jumpsuit on

And she's also a telephone

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But as soon as it is connected to the mother ship it becomes dumb as a rock, subservient to the whims of its maker

Why does "Dark Star" spring to mind?

(I saw that many, many years ago, well after reading the source story. The film is best appreciated after brain-melting amounts of scrumpy and while puffing on whacky-baccy fags. Allegedly)

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told

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Re: Utter fail

Skin in The Game makes the game a lot easier on all the players!

This most certainly didn't work in earier times - for most of the Armys life, the officer corps was drawn exclusively (almost) from the sons of nobility and the wealthy since comissions had to be purchased (and were quite expensive).

So it wasn't unheard of for chunks of the nobility to lose sons during wartime since SOP at the time was always 'shoot the opposing officers first' (which, in quite a few cases, probably improved the morale and capabilities of the army..).

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Re: Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch

Is it just me or does everyone put an 'L' in front of his surname and then imagine him in a butlers outfit?

Just me?

Ah well.

Googlers to flood social media with tales of harassment in bid to end forced arbitration

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"requires employees to waive any rights to sue or appeal"

I'm somewhat confused that (unlike in civilised jurisdictions) contract law is allowed to trump national law.

In the UK (at least) contracts that try to enforce terms that are illegal (ie - attempt to take away legal rights) are deemed to be unenforcable and (potentially) illegal. I assume that isn't the case in the US

Brit hacker hired by Liberian telco to nobble rival now behind bars

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Re: He was hiring the attack net OUT

isn't even by one of the their tech reporters

And so is probably more accurate than their usual "hey - I can use an iPhone so I must be a techie!" reporters..

At least the non-techies know that they have to do some research.

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Re: Charged with creating a botnet?

several charges under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990

Too many big words..

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Re: highly skilled hacker

Not skilled enough to keep out of prison though

Area of 'extertise' in one field (cracking/skiddying) does not imply expertise in another (OpSec)..

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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Re: Nudist restaurants

awful lot of young ladies around who were trying for hypothermia

Round here, it's not just the young ladies..

It seems to be a peculiar affliction of the young.

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Re: Osé

... even those that shouldn't.

Hang on.. I'm getting the colour orange with a hint of petulance..

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: the Eagle Nebula dubbed the Pillars of Creation

run by space ferrets in league with the lizards too


Another semi-evolved simian that's going to need aquiring and reprogramming..

Space Ferrets High Command.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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"CVE-2018-16864, CVE-2018-16865, and CVE-2018-16866"

I'm surprised that the response from DedRat wasn't "user error, #wontfix"..

Zuck's 2019 tech talk tour should tackle the questions Facebook spent 2018 dodging

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Re: "I'm going to put myself out there more than I've been comfortable,"

Zuck to answer some live questions from the commentards

What? Interact with *real* people? Don't be silly - he has staff for that..

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silicone valley execs

Hmm.. I think they work in a *very* different industry..

Google Play Store spews malware onto 9 million 'Droids

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Re: Do phones still have an IR port?

Some do - my current (Honor 10) has an IR emitter to control TVs and set-top boxes..

Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church

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Re: The so-called "beast" of Revelation was an STD ...

Err.. no. To go into the whole realm of biblical symbolism is beyond the scope but, in general, animals were used to represent either political or religious intitutions and, in that regard, Revelations is no different.

(For an OT example, see various parts of the book of Daniel).

Also, there are many, many interpretation of Revelations (continuous-historic, partial historic et. al) which assign different institutions to the various beasts and other things (like the False Prophet) - the most common interpretation (in Protestant circles anyway) is that the Beast ironically refers to the Catholic Church..

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Re: Steady now

The confessional, in it's raw form, is simply "a problem shared, is a problem halved"

Umm.. no. It was a direct result of the heresy that promulgated that a priest had the ability to forgive sins (especially when combined with the 'salvation through works' idea).

customs in the church started off with good intentions

Or were accreted in via the various pagan ideas absorbed by the church.

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Re: Dial 5 for sadomasochism...

smartphones are prone to butt dialling

You are holding^W storing them wrong..

(What is this fascination for putting them in back pockets? They are easier to steal and more prone to being sat on and broken..And putting them in a case [or even locking them] is a pretty simple way to prevent butt-dialling..)

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Re: Dial 5 for sadomasochism...

Not a Furry, a Feathery

Now I'm worried that I had exactly the same thought..

I'm doomed I tell you, doomed!

Microsoft vows to destroy Office, er, offices: Campus to be demolished and rebuilt

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Re: I guess it must just be me...

but how come my experience is so different?

Same reason that some people win the lottery - pure, dumb luck..[1]

(It's a variant on the '10 million monkey Shakespeare' trope.. sooner or later, 10 million Windows 10 machines will eventually produce one that actually works..)

[1] Or you have a machine with no exotic hardware and don't use it to do anything that causes a crash..

What's 23 times the size of Earth, uncomfortably warm – and has astroboffins excited?

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Re: A bit of a fried egg planet - with a melted front and a solid back.

Although libration might cause the edges

Mine's a pint of cider please..

Oh - 'Libration' - I could have sworn you said libation..

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Don't worry, it's only money

he has been appointed to negotiate the terms of the UK's withdrawal

... along the lines approved by the other 27 EU countries. It's pointless agreeing an agreement if he can't get it approved by all the EU counties because just one saying 'non/nein/nyet' will scupper the whole thing..

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Democracy is about representative government

Err.. no. *Representative" Democray is that - democracy per-se is about 'rule by the people' ('demos' being the Greek work for people..).

In Ancient Greek that was done by having large meeting of all the free citizens (ie - adult non-slave males who were citizens of that city - no women, foreigners or slave allowed) where a direct vote would be taken.

Since that's pretty much impossible for anything bigger than an Ancient Greek city, representative democracy was born where those eligible to vote elect others to represent them on the premise that those elected would accurately reflect the wishes and opinions of those electing them.

Then political parties were invented and it became more important to reflect that the party wanted than the direct wishes of those who elected you. So we get to the current absurd situation where MP's from areas that voted Remain are still required to reflect the wishes of their party/faction leader rather than the wishes of the electorate in their constituency. I'd have a *lot* more respect for MPs if they grew a backbone and tried that, rather than blindly followed the party whips in the hope that they'll move up the ranks.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Unelected autocrats such as Theresa May

You do realise that she is an elected MP? And that 'autocrat' is an utter mis-statement? If she were an autocrat, her vision of Brexit would already have been signed, sealed and delivered and she wouldn't be walking the greased tightrope over the shark-tank filled with rabid MP's..

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Re: Suggested musical accompaniment to seeing the Northern Lights

I'd prefer the song "Northern Lights" by Renaissance..

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"virtually none of the Navy's work would be possible"

Well - it would. but would require a much, much larger crew. Which would mean many, many more stores. Which would mean a much, much bigger ship (or more frequent stores intake).

The automation allows faster information flow and lower personnel leves.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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I watched the programming on BBC Alba

Chan eil Gaidhlig agat?

(Mind you, I don't have much anymore either. I can pick out the odd word..)

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Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

Oh there will always be a market for efficient, knowledgeable people providing specialist services

Much like opticians. I would rather not go to somewhere like Specsavers where they seem to specialise in grabbing just-qualified opticians and then burning them out..

I'll stick with my traditional opticians thankyouverymuch. The place where I know all the staff, they know me and, if I've managed to pull off one of the nose pads on my glasses (again!) will replace it without bothering to charge me..

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Re: Might I add...

I do believe ubuntu solved it...

Right up until they were infested with systemd..

Yes, linux with systemd is still better than Windows, but only just.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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Re: Here we go...

But the question is, does it fly?

Anything will fly, given sufficient incentive..

(a JATO unit springs to mind)

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Re: Mixed feelings

I find the term Department of Meat Sciences ... disturbing

Students enter, but never leave.

And by pure coincidence, very generous pork-based pies are available.

Silent night, social fight: Is Instagram the new Facebook for pro-Trump Russian propagandists?

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Re: The wrong culprit

but Trump won the elections

Err.. I think you'll find he didn't. He lost the popular vote but the (unelected) U.S. Electoral College chose him anyway..

(There was recently both an Only Connect *and* University Challenge question using the few US Presidents that got elected by the College despite losing the popular vote)

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Re: Not exactly what it seems

Stalin days nostalgia

Sure, you might get sent to the Gulags or shot for wearing blue jeans, but at least the trains ran on time(*)..

(*) Except when they didn't - because the driver annoyed someone in the Politbureau and is currently breaking rocks in Siberia..

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let's have some government regulate all of our communications

In other news, straw men are made of straw and a big fires gonna burn..

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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Re: Curious precedent on what is allowed

Socialism and Communism have proven themselves to be brutal, dystopian, totalitarian systems of government

As have many right-wing governments - many of them supported by the US..

Hint: It's not the political system that's at fault - it's the people ruling. Power corrupts and all that..

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: Merry Brexmas ...

But now in Rees-Mogg land we get to replace EU rules with US rules

Especially the plutocracy. Rees-Mogg wants to be part of the new nobility..

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Re: Sadly with May running the clock down...

There was no way to do this without either breaking the Good Friday agreement or else damaging the Union that the Conservative and Unionist Party stands for

And this is the fundamental issue for the Tory Party - in order to kowtow to the fanatical Brexiteers (most of whom appear to be stuck in the 17th - or at best the 18th - centuries) they now have to cause a rupture of the Union - one of the fundamental things their party stands for.

And let's face it, post-Brexit, the liklihood of Scotland voting for independance goes up markedly. Especially as one of the critical reasons for the sececcionists losting the vote last time was that they wouldn't be part of the EU if they left the UK..

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Re: Meanwhile Mayhem in still playing chicken with the British economy

I have a tiny smidgeon of sympathy for May - she's pretty much in an impossible situation wherre anything she does is pretty much going to be blocked by one segment of Parliament or other..

Then I remember that she got herself into this situation by calling a snap election that she didn't need to and eroding her majority to the extent that she needed to be propped up by buying support from a bunch of throwbacks from Norn Iron.

Bed <--> Lie.

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Re: Why Dublin?

English stops being an official Eu language

It won't - because English is an official language in several EU countries..

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Re: Why Dublin?

The Guiness is better in Dublin

Not in my experience - it makes me vomit there too.. (as do most bitters and some stouts)

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Re: Why Dublin?

Tá mo shreabhadh móra lán de eascanna

Chan eil fios agam..

(Sadly, I don't know any Manx Gaelg - only Gaidhlig)

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