* Posts by Mike Moyle

1543 posts • joined 8 Feb 2007

Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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"What if it had gone through the window?"

Then someone on the train would now have a free drone!

German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

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Re: Die Welt

No, no... It's because the whole situation is likely to leave Die Welt on the affected area.

Austrian mayor spunks €40k on virgin-eating dragon

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Re: Either stupidity or corruption

Semi-obligatory "The Oatmeal" reference:


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Re: Either stupidity or corruption

This suggestion is the functional equivalent of: "You work with computers, yeah...? Mine's not working. If you can fix it, there's a fiver in it for you!"

Both say "I need what (I think) you do, but I don't value it enough to actually pay you what your time and expertise is worth."

Home Ebola testing with a Tricorder? There's an app for that

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Arugul(a). ;-P

Carolina cop cuffed for 'carjacking'

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I think that, in this case, the problem was with the short arm of the law.

The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Re: Number 11

It's true -- the smell of good paper and ink can be intoxicating, as can the feel of it.

If it is possible for a business card to be sexy, then the sexiest that I ever was handed was from a Levi Strauss company VP. It was a pale blue-gray and was of the most sensually velvety texture. He handed it to me and I just went "Oh... my..." and stood there for a moment, holding it in both hands, rubbing it between thumbs and index fingers. It turns out that they contracted with a paper mill to custom-make their business card stock from 100% cotton bluejean trimmings/waste from the manufacturing process. Sublime!

Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals

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@ x 7

"why did the neanderthals die out? Probably just back luck."

Dying for a cig and all the tobacco was on a different continent.

Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

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Re: I loath what Microsoft are doing


No idea, etc., etc., so have an etc., etc.

Carry on!

Firing a water rocket to 1km? Piece of cake

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Using a lower acceleration means that you're wasting impulse lifting the remaining mass of your fuel for a longer time, hence you'll get a lower altitude. Blasting it out all at once means that more of that potential energy stored as pressure is used to push the vehicle alone, getting you to a higher altitude.

As long as you're not worried about the effects of too-rapid acceleration on fragile payloads (Fleshy water-bags like passengers, say) you're best off using as much of your launch fuel as possible to accelerate you as quickly as possible as early as possible in your flight.

Note: I am not a rocket scientist.

AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

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I'm scared.

1 -- As AI technology advances, more functions in society will be amenable to being performed by machines.

2 -- If history is anything to go by (vis. publishing, multimedia) the porn industry is an early adopter of new technology.

3 -- ...damn...

Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses

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Not happening on my Macs nor 'Pad, all of which are up to date.

Probably too soon to have a handle on (even rough) percentages of affected systems...?

Berlin takes down ‘for sale’ sign over top Nazi’s love nest

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The iron bar on the door was just a backup -- you didn't break any of the lines in that weird design on the floor, did you?

Uber driver 'pulls handgun' on passenger

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Re: Interesting

Both passenger and driver were out of the car. Seems to me that the driver only felt himself in danger because he didn't choose to close and lock the back door then get back in and drive away.

Flock of sheep ends NZ high-speed car chase

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Did the driver exclaim...

"We're flocked, mates!"?

GCHQ spies quashed this phone encryption because it was too good against snoopers

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So, if MIKEY-IBAKE was too secure, would this mean that their new, preferred version should be referred to as MIKEY-HALF_BAKED?

Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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TheRump's plan to "make America great again"...

"One idea to do so is a mooted 35 per cent tax on companies that choose to manufacture offshore."

And would this be including the makers of the made-in-China Donald J. Trump men's clothing line...?

Activist investors want tepid Yahoo! to reboot crashed Marissa Mayer

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Typical vulture* capitalists...

"The company must 'deeply reduce unnecessary costs', flog its unprofitable businesses, and overhaul its incentives and compensation programs, it said."

i.e.: "Screw the employees; WE'RE the only ones who should get paid!"

* No offense intended to Vultures, Central or otherwise!

Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip

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Mr. McFeat thought that he...

...Spotted Dick.

... sorry...

DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

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Re: The gift that keeps on giving...

Damn! You probably could have made your fortune opening up a sideline hat business with that!

JD Wetherspoon: A 'hacker' nicks 650,000 pub-goers' data

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Hacking a pub...

Dear GOD...! Is NOTHING sacred?!!?

WDC's shingle-free stocking filler: A 10TB helium disk drive

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Re: @AC... Will we see 10TB desktop drives? Nope.

More importantly, if you put your music library on a helium-filled drive the singers' voices get all high-pitched chipmunk-y sounding.

Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H-1B peeps

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Companies who (...) run fun parks are not going to be places for real IT wizards to shine.

Sure, if you're talking about some guy in a greasy mac running the Wonderwheel, you're right. But do you have any idea how many (and, simply, HOW) computers are used @ Disney? "Haunted Mansion", as a simple example, has a computer-controlled "drop" that is randomized for start time in the narration, amount of shake, duration, etc., so that it's impossible for someone who has ridden before to anticipate. Also, at least a part of Disney Animation -- which is largely CG -- used to be in Florida, and I assume that it still is. So you're talking rendering, storing, and accessing some pretty big data files. Their data center is critical to Disney's operations.

Tech firms fight anti-encryption demands after Paris murders

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Re: Join up your thinking

FWIW, Senator Feinstein has a 0% rating from the National Rifle Association.

There are plenty of other things that Feinstein is guilty of -- and I've been annoyed by her since I was living in exile in California in the late '80s -- but being a gun supporter is TOTALLY not one of them.

Apple's iBackDoor: Dodgy ad network code menaces iOS apps

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I could be wrong but, since the article says "Mobile security researchers at FireEye have identified 2,846 iOS apps containing backdoored versions of mobiSage SDK," I assumed that, as with XCodeGhost, the source of the dodgy SDK was from a lax developer downloading the SDK onto his/her Mac from an insecure/unsigned source.

The linked FireEye notice says, as well; "It is unclear whether the potentially backdoored versions of the ad library were released by adSage or if they were created and/or compromised by a malicious third party." So, while it's currently unclear, it seemed to me that a dev's disabling of Gatekeeper was, at least, a not unlikely source of infection.

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You can set OS X to only open applications downloaded from the Apple Store, or from the Apple Store and/or developers with a valid Developer's ID, or from anywhere at all.

So, yeah... Kinda makes the knee-jerk snarky "control-freak", "locked-down", "walled garden" comments seem rather puerile when anyone can permanently disable Gatekeeper at any time. (OS X DOES, however -- quelle horreur! -- require that you input your password before changing that security setting. I guess that must be that heavy-handed control-freakery at work...)

Boffins solve bacon crisis with newly-patented plant

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Re: Fellow vegetarian here

"I can't stand the ones that are very close to 'real' flavor (don't know how else to say that) but the ones that aren't too close, or not meat flavored at all (like Morningstar Farms Veggie patties) are my favorites."

So, does one get these from the same Nutrimatic dispenser which produces a beverage which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea?

The battle of Cupertino: Jailbreakers do it for freedom, not cash

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Re: I don't jailbreak my device

Indeed. While I haven't felt the need to jailbreak any of my iTems or Androids (Why do you want to buy "X" if you don't like the UI and OS and immediately want to change them...?), the jailbreakers are providing a Darwinian service -- making OS makers stronger by forcing them to up their game in closing access points into their products.

Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

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The thing that actually has me the most worried...

Does the muzzle look to anyone else like the business end of an asthma inhaler? Gramps suddenly can't breathe when out on his morning constitutional and gets a little panicky and confused...

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Re: Metrication

"And, as good ole' E=MC2 tells us, the velocity is more important than the mass for such things."

Are you sure you don't mean F=MA?

US Cyber Command floats $460m contract to outsource most of itself

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Re: And the contracts are awarded to....

Mitre Corp... MIT founded and nearly a wholly-owned subsidiary of DoD anyway.

Beard transplants up 600% for men 'lacking length elsewhere'

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The thing about the hipster beard onslaught is how annoying it is to those of us who have worn major facial hair for more years than THEY'VE been alive!

One morning in the summer of '75, as I was getting ready to lather up in front of the mirror, I thought: "Now, wait a minute... I'm about to have a go at my own personal neck -- of which I'm quite fond -- with a sharp object... And I haven't had my coffee yet. Well THIS is a stupid idea!" I put the razor down and never picked it up again until a couple of years ago (when I donated 25" of hair off the TOP of my head to Locks of Love. The top is still shaved (albeit, only once a week -- I'm blond, gone to gray, so it's not that big a deal if I let it go) and the chin is still hirsute (My lazy-man's policy is that it gets chopped back a couple of inches when it gets long enough that it starts getting knotted into the job-mandated necktie. Once I retire or they kick me out, though, I may go the full Liam Genockey on it -- that man is a beardie's god!).

Asus ZenPad 10 Z300C: Cheap tab, dock combo you can turn up to 11

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Re: don't buy Xperia Z4 Tablet.

"and yet Sony themselves give you all you need to unlock the bootloader on a Z4 tablet."

But it's proprietary and there's no source code and you can't modify it so no trugeek would ever be caught dead using it!

FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE

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"We learn this from a new study by trick-cyclists in California..."

"'It may be initially surprising that more overweight men reported the highest number of partners,' comments David Frederick, psychology prof..."

Would this, then, be Dr. Frederick, of Hollywood?

Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: no honour in the top knobs club

"This is your captain speaking... do not rush for the lifeboats... Women, children, Red Indians, spacemen, and a sort of idealized version of complete Renaissance Men first!"

Marijuana from heaven: Bundle of blow bombs bow-wow's boudoir

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Just because...


'Miracle weight-loss' biz sued for trying to silence bad online reviews

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It's all in how you phrase it.

The trick is to write a review that is glowing praise when read literally but can also be read as an indictment.

"I was expecting very little result from this product and it EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS!"

"If this product works for you as advertised, you are indeed fortunate!"

"I've been using this product for months and I FEEL GREAT!" (This one really only works if one is willing to send along a "testimonial" photo of oneself showing off one's shirtless manboobs and with one's fat ass spilling out in all directions from a pair of Speedos.)

XcodeGhost attack tapped into dev distaste for Apple's Gatekeeper

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Re: Vultures: Apocalypse! Apocalypse! Apocalypse! Apocalypse!

Tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun!

Russian Tor network-wrecking effort takes bizarre turn

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...They cracked it and discovered that most of the Russian users were Putin's good-buddy oligarchs. They are now faced with a choice of WHICH powerful group -- official government or shadow government -- they want to get their legs broken by.

Robber loses heist case after 'evil twin' defence, gets 60 years

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"Meanwhile, in the great British tradition of adopting only the worst ideas from America and never the good ones, there seems to be a growing expectation in the UK that rape is part of prison. Sad."

It's just democratizing your public school behaviors.

...or "democratising your public school behaviours", if you prefer.

Texan hotshot coughs to $4.5 million Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

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A fool and his money-like database object...

Sharp's new TV has over 7,000 lines of pixels – but there's NOTHING TO WATCH

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No "7000 lines of pixels and nothing on" reference?

Regular sub-headitor's day off...?

Witness Apple's iPhone-iPad extravapalooza here in our no-hate zone

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Re: Reassuringly expensive

I hope Apple has licensed Wacom's excellent tech -- their Bamboo Fineline stylus is excellent. I've used one with my Pad since last Christmas and been quite happy with it (fine point, not the big rubber knob of standard styli, bluetooth, and 1024-levels pressure-sensitive). Besides Wacom's own Bamboo Paper notebook app, other apps support the stylus, including Smart Note which does tolerable OCR if you print relatively neatly and -- for old-school geeks -- can export to LaTeX, among other formats.

Partially blind albino porn pirate nabbed for £300k bedroom streaming site

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Re: " He suffered from congential albinism which left him "partially sighted",..."

Do your National Front/UKIP types suffer from "congenital Albionism"?

Chinese mobe market suffers pre-pwned Android pandemic

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"Xiaomi responded by saying the compromised devices were high-quality counterfeits."

I can see the ads now:

"Pardon me... Do you have any Grey Pre-pwned?"

Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor

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Back in the mid/late-60s, the singer John Davidson had a variety program on TV in the U.S. as a summer replacement for the Smothers Brothers, whose show was on hiatus, IIRC. A more relentlessly white-bread act was impossible to imagine -- honestly, he made Pat Boone seem edgy, so this was something of a change from the Bothers' occasionally political humor.

But he had two comedians on the show as at least semi-regulars over the course of however many weeks the show was on, who MUST have been forced on him by the producers in order to have something "for the kids". Because I can't imagine that, no matter HOW cleaned-up for television their acts were, Davidson would have chosen Richard Pryor and George Carlin as his "house comedians".

They were... a revelation.

Jailbreaking pirates popped in world's largest iCloud raid – 225,000 accounts hit

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@ Sandtitz Re: Re: Walled Guarding

FWIW, there is, at least, *A* version of Opera Mini running on iOS, and has been for several years.

BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

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The Boss got the best of the PFY in a fair, dirty fight...?

Simon may have finally got a Boss who can give him a challenge!

Stands to reason, though... Pure Darwinism... Having taken the weak ones out of the corporate gene pool, he was BOUND to make the survivors more able to compete.

Ins0mnia bug means malicious iOS apps WILL NEVER DIE

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Re: limited support

IOS 8.4.1 is listed as supporting devices back to iPhone 4S (Oct. 2011) and iPad 2 (March 2011). Not sure how that compares with Android devices overall, but seems better than some (admittedly, not top-of-the-line) Andy-phones I've owned. As another poster commented, however, that may say less about Android's inherent ability to run on older hardware and more about the cellos' desire to get users to extend their contracts to get a new, allegedly more capable, phone.

Rock reboot and the Welsh windy wonder: Centre for Alternative Technology

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+1 for the subhead

Cheers to the sub-headitor!

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