* Posts by TimNevins

204 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Feb 2008


'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit


Re: The War on Drugs

The CIA was known for the longest time as the Cocaine Import Agency.

As for the tens of thousands affected by drug crime including perpetrators,victims,buyers,sellers I think it is extremely relevant.

But its is nice of you to deflect attention away from the CIA

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


Re: er...

I think you need to open up a dictionary and see what the definition of terror is:


1.intense, sharp, overmastering fear:

to be frantic with terror.

2.an instance or cause of intense fear or anxiety; quality of causing terror:

to be a terror to evildoers.

3.any period of frightful violence or bloodshed likened to the Reign of Terror in France.

4.violence or threats of violence used for intimidation or coercion; terrorism.

I'm going to make a wild guess and say the people in Las Vegas were terrified.

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: So much for digital

Correct. Numbers like 12 and 60 were used by street market traders due to their high level of divisibility.

This was especially important when buying selling items that could not be easily divided such as fruit/vegetables which would spoil once cut. A cart of 60 apples could be split into 10 different uniform units.

Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs


Using tabs are only acceptable...

... when you're hacking into WOPR

The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer


Caveat emptor

Mr Janko Mrsic-Flogel is also a director for the abysmal Vega+ Indigogo project by RCL who are currently involved in a legal dispute.


I strongly suggest everyone read the comments on that project as investors seem to be ignored by both RCL and Indigogo:

Makes for very depressing reading.


NASA honors Apollo 1 crew 50 years after deadly launchpad fire


I wonder if Scott Grissom was invited

I think his father did not want to go ahead with the sham.


"In 1999. Scott Grissom, Gus' then 48 year old son, came forward saying his father had been murdered.

The younger Grissom had his suspicions in the 1960s but wasn't able to prove foul play until the 1990s when he was granted access to the charred Apollo 1 capsule.

Rooting around the instrumentation, he found a “fabricated metal plate" behind a switch on one of the instrument panels that controlled the source of the capsule's electrical power.

Its placement behind that switch, he said, was clearly an act of sabotage.

It ensured that when any crew member toggled that switch there would be a spark.

That spark would have been enough to start the fire that killed the crew."

Those online ads driving you bonkers are virtually 'worthless for brands'


Use the Raspberry Pi-Hole

This blocks for all devices on a home network so means you do not have to spend too much effort on a device by device basis.

World eats its 10 millionth Raspberry Pi

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Re: Just Brilliant

Pi-Hole alone is one of the best reasons to buy a Pi since its audience is anyone surfs the web.

All those adverts being blocked improves browing performance and saves on on-line traffic.

CERN staff conduct 'human sacrifice' at supercollider site


Already common knowledge

This has been already covered.

CERN's logo is 666. Take a look.

Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off


Already available

You can get the SailfishOS(from Jolla)for mobile , or Ubuntu Aquarius from BQ

It's a start

Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank becomes TV reality

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Monkey Tennis

This has already been implemented albeit in a computer game.

See 'Super Monkey Ball' mini-games. One does indeed has monkeys playing tennis.

The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale


Re: Eh?

If I throw a shoe onto the roof that does not mean I have walked on the roof.

If I throw a shoe into a lake that does not mean I have walked on lake floor.

How did Voyager 1 get to the edge of the galaxy unless someone put it there?


Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that



It's very simple

- US Patent Office grants obvious/ridiculous patent to a US Company.

- US Company enforces said patent world wide ensuring US interests are protected and non-US company cannot secure it for themselves.

- US Company collects worldwide patent licence fee.

- US Company pays(in theory) tax on profit from patent to US Government.

- US maintains signficiant worldwide IP control and secures profit flow into the US.

So its all about both control and profit.

Suddenly it all becomes clear

Tell us we're all doomed, MPs beg climate scientists


For those that missed this story

Here is what happened shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of a perceived foe.


In 1991, the Club published The First Global Revolution.[7] It analyses the problems of humanity, calling these collectively or in essence the 'problematique'. It notes (laments) that, historically, social or political unity has commonly been motivated by enemies in common: "The need for enemies seems to be a common historical factor. Some states have striven to overcome domestic failure and internal contradictions by blaming external enemies. The ploy of finding a scapegoat is as old as mankind itself - when things become too difficult at home, divert attention to adventure abroad. Bring the divided nation together to face an outside enemy, either a real one, or else one invented for the purpose. With the disappearance of the traditional enemy, the temptation is to use religious or ethnic minorities as scapegoats, especially those whose differences from the majority are disturbing."[8] "Every state has been so used to classifying its neighbours as friend or foe, that the sudden absence of traditional adversaries has left governments and public opinion with a great void to fill. New enemies have to be identified, new strategies imagined, and new weapons devised."[8] "In searching for a common enemy against whom we can unite, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like, would fit the bill. In their totality and their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat which must be confronted by everyone together. But in designating these dangers as the enemy, we fall into the trap, which we have already warned readers about, namely mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention in natural processes, and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy then is humanity itself."[9]

Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly


Re: Dolby Vision

This is the Brightside HDR tech shown back in 2005


Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses


Re: Thirsty!

Both calories and sugar need to be looked at.



"UK guidelines recommend that ‘added’ sugars - those used to sweeten food, fizzy drinks, honeys, syrups and fruit juices - shouldn’t make up more than 10 per cent of the total energy we get from food.

This is around 50g of sugar a day, equivalent to 10 cubes of sugar for adults and older children, and nine for five to ten-year-olds.

But just one 500ml bottle of Coke will send you over this limit, with 10.5 cubes.

A 330ml can contains 35g or six teaspoons of sugar

Earlier this year Coca-Cola, the parent company of Sprite, announced that the fizzy lemon and lime flavoured drink was to be scrapped in favour of a lower-calorie version that uses a 'natural' sweetener, Stevia."

Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths


Re: Bomb us back to the stone age please

Tell that to the relatives of those who've died that its for the best. Preferably on Veteran's Day.

Let me know how it works out.

Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

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Re: Deliver products not promises

Disposible Heroes of Hypochrisy.Never around when you need 'em.

Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD



This from a man who introduced smut to the general public over in the UK via Page 3 within a year of buying the Sun?

HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment


"Space is not grey"

It is if you have an LCD TV

'Occupy' affiliate claims Intel bakes SECRET 3G radio into vPro CPUs


Re: Serious Business

The very first post *always* seems to discount any criticism as lizard people or tin foil conspiracists.

Try watching the following which actually provides scientific evidence.

What in the World Are They Spraying?


Sad shop-shelf-clinging BlackBerry Z10 AXED ... in price, contracts

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To clarify

When the CEO of RIM make a verbal committment then it should be honoured.


This was done to clear the backlog of PB's with the promise of a software upgrade. Once the inventory was cleared the promise was broken.

I suspect you as a consumer would similarly 'bitch' if you were not delivered something you were promised.

Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming


Pay to Play and no one cares?

In all this excitement there has been no mention of Sony now charging to play online.

Even if it allows non-gaming access free of charge this will now result in $50 per year(more if it is per account like XBL) for any kind of gaming goodness.

So it is not all good.

It's these kinds of artificial unjustifiable toll-bridges that make people angry.

I've paid for the console,the broadband access and the game disc.

But I still have to pay on top for online gaming?

No wonder EA retired the online pass model. They knew this was coming.

Larry Ellison buys airline

Black Helicopters

Collapse of the US

Larry know that the US is on the brink of an economic collapse and so is getting the hell out. Smart Guy.

Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20


More than a B5 Ripoff

John Michael Straczynski (JMS) who created B5 actually pitched the idea to Paramount. Key ingredients like a politically neutral Space Station with a wormhole/jumpgate were pitched in detail as well as plotlines and arcs.

Paramount politely declined and then shortly after DS9 appeared.

JMS confirmed at the time that this happened and that the similarities were in no way co-incidental.

Apple bans 'memory' games from iOS App Store


Yea well

I've trademarked all the consonants so lets see you sue me without using them.

Russian Christians boosted by Pussy Riot law spank 'sinful' Apple logo


Case closed

"The Apple 1, one of only a handful still in working condition, originally sold for $666.66"


Forbidden knowledge always comes with a price tag.

No guessing who Steve turned to for a 'little' help.

Ready to patent that 'new' invention? Google is here to dash your hopes


Re: Seriously?

If you think that "It's for huge companies to keep new entrants out of their markets" then the Patent System is working perfectly.

BA staff to google for snaps, dirt on biz-class passengers


Knowing Me

I bet Steve Coogan will be chuffed.

BA Staff:"Knowing me BA, knowing you Steve Coog.. oof"

Steve C:"Ahaaaa!"

Obama is best Pres 'to beat alien invasion'

Black Helicopters


Ian R.Crane predicted a fake alien invasion staged for this year.

Sad thing is that he made this prediction back in 2007 at the Glastonbury Symposium that it would happen in 2012.

This would explain all the 'predictive programming' in the media this year (MIB3, Avengers Assemble etc) all depicting the above event.

Panasonic chief says no to low-cost OLED TVs


Re: Guide Pus

I think putting it in Shop Mode switches off the Ads.

LCD TV shipments slip for FIRST TIME EVER


Re: It is possible to have TV that is 'good enough'

See storyofstuff.com

Worth a look to understand a little about planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence

Only global poverty can save the planet, insists WWF - and the ESA!


Re: We should all lead simple lives...

"90% reduction in the population"

You've been looking at the Georgia Guidestones again

Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay


Re: Shall we just...

I thought that decision was made by Judge Death when he was young?

Memory must be getting faulty.

Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts in a year


Re: Err...

"The argument that "waah, I don't watch the BBC so I shouldn't pay for it" is stupid"

I think the stupidity lies in comparing television output to Education/Transport and Medical cover. Even if you do not make use of a specific road in Wigan chances are you have made use of roads at some point in your life.

Television is at best informative and at worst entertainment.

The BBC's model of funding is an unfair immoral unethical tax in this day and age. It should be no different than paying for any other non-essential item or luxury. i.e. A personal choice.

For the record the rest of the worlds media content generation does not work off this model quite happily.

If the BBC did not pay Ragdoll Productions for its childrens output(Teletubbies etc) they would simply have got their funding elsewhere.

In this day and age the £145 can be better spent.

Braben sticks knife into secondhand games market


Re: How about some interesting games?




Re: Why not?

The car is a good example.

Same goes for houses/toys and everything in between.

The point is that a warranty/maintenance/repair etc makes more sense for a car where mechanical wear and tear is the norm.

The same does not apply for CD/DVD sitting in a wallet.

As for passing the saving on to the End User this is a myth.History shows that every company will keep the boost in profits for shareholders and bonuses.

iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake



"A series of programmes on biology will help get a small number of people interested in medical sciences who then go on to produce products which help many people."

I find the above to be highly dubious.

So there was no such thing as doctors in the UK pre-BBC or anywhere else in the world where there is no Beeb.

People have always been interested in biology and the effect by the Beeb is negligible.

The Discovery Channel is not a BEEB tool.Seems to be doing fine.

40,000 XO PCs destroyed in Peru fire



All the hallmarks of MS?

Embrace,Extend, Extinguis.. oh wait.

Peter Molyneux parts with Microsoft and Lionhead

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Re: The problem with Peter...

Very true. See the aborted 'BC' XBox game on Youtube to see a greate concept not followed through.

UK-French drone aircraft blueprints nicked at Paris station

Black Helicopters

It's been done before

A feeling of Deja Vu?


Microsoft mulls touchscreen controller for next-gen Xbox

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Not quite

The fractured D-Pad has been a bane for most of those 20 years with no diagonal option.

Executing a diagonal press by trying to press two directional buttons simultaneously has been an exercise in frustration esp with fighing games(Tekken,SF) that use diagonal or Quarter/Half circle rolling movements (Down,Down Foward,Forward etc) to execute combos.

The problem also plagued other games and the thumbsticks do not allow D-Pad functionality in the same way(i.e. Double tap forward or backward).

Still not fixed :(

Black Ops has best videogame ending ever


Bioshock 2

About 6 different endings on youtube. Worth watching.

Angry Brides lob stilettos in dowry shakedown takedown


Oh Really?

"We don't whore off members of our own family."

Makes you wonder where the expression "Give away the bride" came from.

Apple mulls new chip boffinry HQ in Israel



Israel has never defined its borders.

How would you expect neighbouring countries to recognise a country that does not specify where it ends and others begin?

Arabs 'invaded' in 1948.Seriously?

Arabs set the borders?

What about the 3/4 million refugees(1947) still living in open air prison camps like Gaza and the West Bank? Their land was taken. Their home and villages were erased from the map.

When Jews were being persecuted during the Inquisition most fled to the ME for protection.

Dyson sinks £1.4m into Cambridge engineering chair

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"Fluid mechanics was the research area that led to Dyson's innovations with vacuum cleaners..."

That's funny.

Dyson admitted on a TV he stole(sorry was inspired by) the idea whilst walking past a Sawmill. The conical fan used to pickup all the sawdust was doing the same job for decades if not longer.

JD then 'ran' home and used a kitchen oil funnel in tandem with a normal vacuum cleaner.

In summary he just reduced the size.

Mediocrity borrows.Genius steals

Cracked emails again deployed against climate researchers


Classify "They're"

"I really don't get this whole "they're only making it up to get money" thing."

It's not the scientists that are direct beneficiaries. Rather it is those that sponsor them that have a Vested Interest.

The scientists benefits by having grant money and the opportunity to indulge in their experiments.Money is not their driver but rather accolade/recognition and acknowledgement.

Their sponsors moneterily benefit by having their industry validated and approved, and then blessed with business.

Go research the Club of Rome 1991 Report.

Manning to get day in court


Hands up

Quick show of hands.

How many people think Oskar Schindler should have been arrested/charged with treason/tortured and executed for saving victims from an oppressive regime?

How about Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg for attempting to remove Hitler from power(and potentially shortening the war) ?


We like zombies… because we are zombies

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Extremely well put

Generally the point is there are 2 main types of dictatorship.

1) Overt and visible - Stalin, Adolf,Gaddafi etc

2) Covert and invisible - UK/US/Western Democracies

This is sophisticated in that this true dictator never presents themselves directly but elects 2 candidates to dual one another to provide the illusion of democracy, whilst retaining loyalty and control using finance and power and privilege to keep the candidates in line.

Whenever a candidate wears out his/her welcome and the public becomes disenfranchised a new 'leader' is elected giving the impression of change. The true dictator of course never loses his power and never becomes tainted.

Option 1 almost always get overthrown at some point or another.

Option 2 never results in any true revolution and sufficiently divides the public to prevent any concerted assault on those in true power.

A simple question is this. If you lived in the USA for the past 10 years and you wanted to vote for a party opposed to war who should you have voted for?

Since both parties have fully supported the war the answer is neither choice would have given what you wanted.

Of course if a true 3rd candidate appears (Ross Perot) they are quickly threatened with death (or in the case of Ross Perot) his daughter as well. A quick on-line search will yield further information on this.

Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’


Prior Art - Predator

As mentioned by a previous post wasnt this done in Predator (1987)?