* Posts by allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

6151 posts • joined 20 Oct 2015

How politics works, part 97: Telecoms industry throws a fundraiser for US senator night before he oversees, er, a telecoms privacy hearing

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Nothing to see here, move along...

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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You know, I'd love to read Lester Haines' take on this. Alas...

(A pint or two to raise on absent friends.)

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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This kinda feels like a dress rehearsal / sample of someone's work.

How I got horizontal with a gimp and untangled his cables

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"I'm too old for this shit."

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Alessandro McLeod really sounds like a character in an Ian Fleming novel.

Well played, Mr Dabbs, well played.

SpaceX sends Iridium-8 into space while Musk flaunts his retro rocket

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In other news: SpaceX has just laid off 10% of its employees.

Mixed messages...

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-layoffs-20190111-story.html

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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JPL really knows how to build stuff.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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Re: !@#$Fsg34=#5^GSHJ+ASdgAE$_wfaewgefH

"Just sent a load of old hash irregularly thru any of your usual messaging apps, make it look like some encrypted messaging - it'll drive them nuts, provided they suspect you of something of course."

Of course they'll suspect you of something if you seem to be using encryption.

Why would you do that in the first place unless you're a Bad GuyTM who has something to fear because he has something to hide, hmm?

Waymo's revolutionary driverless robo-taxi service launches in America... with drivers

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Some of the investors must be getting impatient.

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future

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I'm still waiting for all that cyber sex I was promised 25 years ago.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Totally worth it.

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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TBH, "TV sets built in 2006" doesn't sound bad. You could probably find one with decent enough specs, but without any "intelligence" or connectivity.

Bird, Lime, and Xiaomi face scooter sueball

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https://bbs.boingboing.net/t/why-lime-scooters-can-be-dangerous-safety-tips/132108/3

Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings

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Cathode-ray tube amusement device... I like it.

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: Terrence

You wrote that poem, didn't you.

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Re: Spielberg or Bay

Capricorn One (1977)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077294/

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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I'm quite fond of HERE at the moment.

Far from perfect, but gets the job done and works offline if you want (and have the space to keep the maps on your device).

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Re: what our USAnian friends have against people with a love of walking

Maybe it's not so much 'anti walking' as being extremely 'pro car'.

My theory is that it has something to do with the considerable percentage of US citizens that have been conceived on the back seat of a motorcar.

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: Am i missing something?

Now that's just crazy talk.

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: Is "designed by computer" better ?.

On paper, anyway.

Boeing's accountants are at least as good as Boeing's engineers.

Pork barrels don't come for free.

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Re: RE. Re. aliens

Explorers?

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089114/

How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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"Normally, Mme Le Dabbs and I turn down the offer of audio guides at tourist sites because they always go wonky on us – crackle, cut out, play the wrong track, lose battery power, expire completely and so on."

Always, always, always. If there is any tech worse than IoT crap it is this. Ah, well.

My regards to Mme Le D, and have a nice weekend, everybody!

Post-silly season blues leave me bereft of autonomous robot limbs

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Dear Dabbsy,

please give my regards to Mme Dabbs.

The gym audio CD swap is brilliant.

Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

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Re: Electric Universe

Great band name.

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Re: How did that turn out?

Worst. Honeymoon. Ever.

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Re: All a bit unnecessary? / booklet

The booklet would be a truly British solution.

Probably including having it printed in France, like the blue passports.

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

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Re: You do know....

... and European Space Agency (ESA), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Ownership & jurisdiction:

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/International_Space_Station/International_Space_Station_legal_framework

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Re: lowest bidder quote

Usually attributed to John Glenn, but according to Gene Kranz (in his book 'Failure Is Not An Option') actually Alan Shepard. Both good.

http://books.google.com/books?id=slQZ3JOUSKQC&q=%22The+fact+that+every+part+of+this+ship+was+built+by+the+low+bidder%22&pg=PA201#v=onepage

Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Re: I'm not worried...

"I can kill catering with a thought!"

Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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I think we are missing the key point of all this. In effect, they want to create a whole electronically synthesized simulation of 32km of Oxfordshire roads in one of their offices so they can go and research autonomous vehicles during the day and still go to parties in the evening. Yeah, bloody clever, of course, but it’s got nothing to do with the real Oxfordshire has it? Nothing to do with life.

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[...] £900bn for products and services associated with crash damage repair [...]

I thought one of the big selling points of AVs was that they don't crash (as much), thereby severely reducing the market for crash damage repair.

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Re: mockups

Needs to be approved by The Committee to find impressive things for the Minister to stand in front of at photo ops first, but I think we're on to a winner here.

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Covfefe in Spaaace!

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Re: AI in spaaaace

Or a "Bomb 20" scenario...

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

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That's what the handle on a Toughbook is for, isn't it?

Beam me up, UK.gov: 'Extra-terrestrial markup language' booted off G-Cloud

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This would explain a thing or two.

Porn parking, livid lockers and botched blenders: The nightmare IoT world come true

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This scenario is basically how the Krell wiped themselves out, isn't it.

Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

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Re: New training rule needed

Or the face-recog "AI" has parameters like "the bad guy always has a beard and/or wears a black hat".

(Hey, it worked in all the classic John Wayne movies, so proof of concept, right?)

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Have a nice holiday, Dabbsy!

Have a nice weekend, everybody...

Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

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And, most important, a nice cuppa.

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

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So... a Dyson?

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: "I bet you wish I'd captured all this on my webcam."

Yes.

By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

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Now, are the sure all of these are really moons?

Code of conduct claims new Texas Instruments CEO after just six weeks

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Skinny-dipping in the secretary pool.

Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Small, tactical nukes exist. And yes, they are portable.

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Is a redesign strictly necessary at this point?

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

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Nice pics

I predict some good memes using those pics.

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Re: Phone reviews

Headphone sockets are soo noughties, dude.

Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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"It also monitors toilet visits and scans your retinas every 80 seconds."

"Why's that?"

"Just making sure you're still you. Some might call it invasive, but we think it shows we care."

Skynet for the win? AI hunts down secret testing of nuclear bombs

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Re: you-could-be-sacked-for-tweeting-entirely-personal-things

You might not get the job in the first place if the pre-engagement "Adverse Media Check" discloses that you hold Personal or Political Opinions that your potential employer disagrees with.

Fixed.

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