* Posts by allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

5660 posts • joined 20 Oct 2015

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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Re: British Intelligence

"He just wasn't useful enough to them."

Depends how you look at it. He was useful enough as either a jeton or a scapegoat.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: workl

Fuck Yeah Kerning!

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Re: Want/need?

I see your lightbulb and raise you one salt shaker with bluetooth and Alexa integration.

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Commentard Quizwall experiment ends with more quizzing than commenting

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Re: Interesting experiment but...

Do the moderators actually read the articles?

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Re: Everything I don't like is a Nazi

"Grammar Pest: Someone who feels the overwhelming need to correct miner textual errors."

a) Motion approved.

b) I see what you did there. Well played...

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US prosecutors demand data to unmask every visitor to anti-Trump protest website

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Re: Of course Trump's government will also ask...

The ACME SPLAFFER could probably do this automatically, but I don't think it's creator would do that.

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US military spies: We'll capture enemy malware, tweak it, lob it right back at our adversaries

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I wouldn't be surprised if they had an experimental programme that tries to debug and improve code by prayer.

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Re: "We must disrupt to exist."

Military logic is to real logic what military music is to real music.

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Photon scattering puts a shine on CERN ATLAS boffins' day

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"CERN explains that the phenomenon happened during experiments in the organisation's ATLAS experiment, in which they fired high-energy lead ions at each other."

They crossed the streams?!?

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Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

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Re: Well done Mr. Krzanich

Cue tweet from DJT:

"Yeah, well, now he has time to fix those crappy CPUs!"

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Re: And it will get worse before it starts to recover.

Isn't that what LBJ said about the war in Vietnam?

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Re: It seems his staff are only inflating the bubble.

Just like what you'd expect from your garden variety banana republic dictator.

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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Re: As much as I hate nazis...

Sounds a lot like "I'm not a racist, but...".

But maybe it's me. Who can tell.

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Place your bets: How long will 1TFLOPS HPE box last in space without proper rad hardening

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I'll just leave this here:

Ejecting a floppy disk in space

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Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

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I say this as a fan of Asimov:

Stop trotting out the three (or four) laws at any given occasion as a "solution", and start to see them for what they are: a plot device that works, and only works, in combination with another plot device, the positronic brain. "Brain", not "computer". And that's not a coincidence, it's deliberate. A very clever plot device that Asimov used to write very good and clever stories. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Discuss.

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GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

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The clue was in the name, all the time.

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Please virtualize my reality before asking me to goggle at a fake one

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Guys, just stick with coding and whatnot, and leave designing load bearing structures to the civil engineers, mmmhkay?

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Alien 'lava lamp' with dying magnetic field orbited Earth a billion years ago – science

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Microteslas on the Moon... - somewhere there's a song in this.

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Good Lord: Former UK spy boss backs crypto

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Re: Give that man a cookie

Our slogan shall be "A rotten candidate for a rotten borough!"

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Trapped under ice with no oxygen for months, goldfish turn to booze. And can you blame 'em?

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Goldfish can grow really large. We had some in the local river for a couple of years. Someone must have tried to dispose of them, but they seemed quite comfortable a bit downstream of the power plant's cooling water return.

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"I see your statement, and raise you a driving goldfish."

This is actually about the level autonomous driving has achieved yet.

Being chauffeured by a goldfish with an alcohol content in it's bood above the driving limit.

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World's largest private submarine in mystery sink accident

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Re: Madsen seems to be quite a "character"

Quite. Why he isn't a Silly Valley startup billionaire or VC is beyond me; he seems to have all the quailfications.

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Re: It's A Shame

Denmark has good form on non-random people building improbable contraptions and taking the proper care and consideration:

Copenhagen Suborbitals

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Re: Arrested for murder of the Swedish journalist

"Seen real live naked women without airbrushing and photoshop."

Really? What's it like???

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Re: Pictures

Why does it seem to have outer doors for torpedo tubes, though?

(Paging Skip Tyler.)

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Re: What's sixze got to do with it?

"While her theoretical crush depth is given as "400m-500m", this seems a tad optimistic. Proper naval submarines tend to operate at these levels, and the 18-metre Nautilus is far smaller than those."

A DSRV is much smaller than any sub with a combat role, but can dive much, much deeper.

And I'd go as far as calling it a proper naval submarine.

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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So, bragging rights for first UAV landing and takeoff, then?

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Re: A threat?

The W54 used in the M-388 "Davy Crockett" weighed in at 23 kg. And that was 1950ies technology (W54s were manufactured from 1961 until early 1962, around 400 of them).

Just sayin'.

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Cancel the farewell party. Get back to work. That asteroid isn't going to hit Earth in October

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I guess it would be nice to land some sort of tracking beacon on it, and a sensor package while we're at it. Maybe space agencies should work on developing this capability. Most of it could be off the shelf or from leftovers or spare parts from programmes that got scrapped. Put a probe with the beacon and sensors in a parking orbit past the geosynchronous sats around Earth, or maybe in a Moon orbit. Probe would need a fairly powerful motor and a large tank.

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We all deserve a break. Pack your bags. Four Earth-like worlds found around nearby Tau Ceti

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Re: Colonization dilemma

I'm rather worried about the californication dilemma.

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NASA short-lists six candidates for future missions

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They never got back to me after I submitted my proposal for Space Hosted Interconnected Telemetry.

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Brits look at Google and Facebook every 210 seconds, says survey

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Re: mountain caves

Let me tell you, being a hermit isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

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US border cops must get warrants to search phones, devices – EFF

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Re: Individual warrants?

Constitutional? That's for liberal snowflakes.

Except for the second amendment, of course.

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Re: the sort of precautions you would take if you were being parachuted into [..] France in 1941

You'll need to step up your game. At least to 1960ies standards.

"Survival kit contents check. In them you'll find:

- One forty-five caliber automatic

- Two boxes of ammunition

- Four days' concentrated emergency rations

- One drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine,

vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills

- One miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible

- One hundred dollars in rubles

- One hundred dollars in gold

- Nine packs of chewing gum

- One issue of prophylactics

- Three lipsticks

- Three pair of nylon stockings.

Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."

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Re: FedEx routing "errors" are common

They are probably using advanced AI systems...

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Uber bros kill car leasing program after losing nine grand per vehicle

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Uber's business plan is not having a (viable) business plan. Because "disruptive".

The rest is classic mob tactics.

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New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

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Tempting.

Anyone else sometimes miss GFA Basic?

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If we're in a simulation, someone hit it with a hammer, please: Milky Way spews up to 100 MEELLLION black holes

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If we're in a simulation...

... the creationists would be technically correct.

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Sarcasm detectors - Mycrotech tried that ages ago, but they never really worked that well.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Morrisons? When I read £1-for-one-foot I was reminded of Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler.

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Re: Whilst we're on the subject of food stuff from Morrisons.

"Their meat is also very good as they own their own abbatoirs."

I hear their abbatoirs are also quite outstanding; I understand they were designed by one Mr Wiggins, of Ironsides & Malone.

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"So there's a size limit after which the cheese-like substance in the middle will hit the critical threshold and achieve fusion."

This is actually how the civilisation on the Moon was wiped out.

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US Homeland Security CIO hits ctrl-alt-delete after just three months

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Re: New measurement?

IIRC, the Mooch's first official working day would have been 2017-08-14; next monday.

Which raises the question whether he owes Uncle Sam two weeks worth of pay?

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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So, you went in the family business, thereby demonstrating that your own social mobility is rather low?

BTW, upvote for your second post.

(Mine's the one with the printout of the famly tree in the pocket.)

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China can't find anyone smart enough to run its whizzbang $180m 1,640ft radio telescope

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Reasons. Not good ones.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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"Though El Reg doesn't have a subscription to any tide table websites, [...] "

You'd think that El Reg, of all places, had access to a Babbage engine to work out the tide tables themselves.

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Our day with Larry Page: Embedded with one of the world's richest men

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Worth a try.

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After reading the transcript - Okay, I stopped at page 70. If you have tried reading it, you'll understand. - my career advice is:

1. Get hired by Google.

2. Do ... something.

3. Ask Larry for a bonus.

4. Profit!

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DJI drones: 'Cyber vulnerabilities' prompt blanket US Army ban

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Re: We’ll be reaching out to the US Army

HR consultancy reject

Ouch. That's third-degree-burn grade material. May I use that from time to time where appropiate?

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Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

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Re: Bah!

... and different bits of old string and empty Marmite jars ...

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