* Posts by the Jim bloke

900 posts • joined 18 Apr 2007


UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead

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... I really hate those people...

The unit of measure for fatbergs is not hippopotami, even if the operator of an Australian sewer says so

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Re: Am I the only one

Does an anti-pope hold a negative mass?

Online disinformation is an industry that needs regulation, says boffin

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.. but there is probably a youtube video about how to install an intravenous saline drip..

Glastonbury hippy shop Hemp in Avalon rapped for spouting 'plandemic' pseudoscience

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Re: If someone you know

even better,

send them out to look for the teapot.

US boffins: We're close to fusion ignition in the lab – as seen in stars and thermonuclear weapons

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Re: "a key aim of the NIF is researching the design and maintenance of thermonuclear weapons"

If you think nuclear weapons need a point, you have missed the last 200 years of weapon development...

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland

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Re: Sumption is wrong

making these people "attention whores" and not protesters.

As a side note, I object to the negative association of whores with these people.

Whores provide a useful function in society, and have a credible claim to the 'the worlds oldest profession'.

While village idiot may come pretty close to the same antiquity, it wasnt until social media took off that they have managed to unionize...

NASA blames the wrong kind of Martian rock for Perseverance sample failure

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And no one has suggested sending Bruce Willis there to sort out the problem?


Tired: What3Words. Wired: A clone location-tracking service based on FOUR words – and they are all extremely rude

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Re: Not my kind of humor, but

get wine rung and you're a thousand miles out.

Is this something that has been outsourced to south east asia? So probably closer to home for the crew.

If its available for apple things - any errors will be the result of you saying it wrong...

Naughty karaoke is China's next tech crackdown target

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Big Brother

Will the CCP be leading by example?

.. or by making examples...

Imagine a world where those in power lived by the principles they espoused, and did not use their positions of privilege to corruptly gain advantage..

Nup, I cant either.

Wireless powersats promise clean, permanent, abundant energy. Sound familiar?

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Re: The UK needs power most in winter,

we're running it to Singapore instead, at least they can afford to pay for it.

THX Onyx: A do-it-all DAC for the travelling audiophile

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the vast majority of popular music - of every era - is pretty crap. Time acts to abrade away the ordinary and forgettable, leaving the gems to be compared to the current generation of wannabees.

Admittedly, when there was a significant expense in producing music, or literature, the publishing companies had a reason not to promote rubbish, but this became irrelevant when youth gained purchasing power, and their lack of judgement made them easy to exploit.

The benefit of the information age is we have easy access to niche and non-popular music, and only ignorant losers have to listen to whatever crap is currently best selling for the RIAA.

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns

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In an amazing move of social redemption..

Apple have adopted a position that makes child abusers the good guys...

no sarcasm... but drowning in irony..

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Re: Nothing to Worry About

Lets not forget malicious SWATting, where some dipshit makes false 911 calls and armed SWAT teams descend on the victim.

As mentioned earlier, incriminating images can be pushed to a target phone.

Only way this technology would be acceptable is if we could trust both those implementing it, and using it - and that just isnt going to happen.

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Re: It doesn't surprise me

Apple used to have a reputation for supporting privacy..

and Google wasnt supposed to be evil...

Does this mean Greta Thunberg will be sponsoring NASCAR ?

Right to repair shouldn't exist – not because it's wrong but because it's so obviously right

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Re: Even maintenance can be hard


thats exactly what i want to do.

Different people have differing requirements to you.

Your comment is the same as me saying I live in walking distance of work - so nobody needs to own a car..

have a downvote.

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Re: Spot-on analysis

I remember with the Battlefield Vietnam game, the draw distance for foliage etc was shorter than your sight distance, so a player with no visibility out of the paddy field or whatever they were hiding in, was basically squatting in a naked paddock to anyone sufficiently far away.

I believe the game wasnt a commercial success...

I cant remember if the draw distance was user modifiable - definitely an advantage to set it lower.

You MUST present your official ID (but only the one that's really easy to fake)

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Re: 'All this for .... nothing really

The emergence of variants is a function of the prevalence of the virus in the population.

Variants are actually competing against each other and the prize is continued existence - we are just the playing field.

unless we control the virus running rampant, newer, more competitive variants will continue to emerge (-they will anyway, but like all things Covid, the best we can do is slow the rate) , especially in poorer and developing countries .

This reminds me of the old USA attitude to world war III,..something to fight in someone else's country, rather than your own. It does require getting control at home first., any government that fails to look after its own citizens isnt doing its job and needs to be replaced.

Reserve Bank of India official suggests country may soon have a digital currency pilot

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It is nothing like a crypto currency.

You could have picked that up from the first paragraph, where they said "..protection from volatility.."

Since the only reason people not part of the ransomware industry (willing or otherwise) are buying crypto, is because of its volatility, a -supposed- absence of whimsical flights and plunges in value set it as the opposite of crypto..

BOFH: You say goodbye and I say halon

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Re: Am I wrong here?

At the concentrations they are talking about, . no.

Nitrogen is already most of the atmospheric content, so increasing it slightly while at the same pressure wont make much difference.

You would need to increase the actual pressure - to force the nitrogen to dissolve into the bloodstream in sufficient quantity that when the pressure is reduced the nitrogen will bubble out - causing harm by being in inappropriate places.

This process requires higher than atmospheric pressure, and time to take effect, which is how the whole diving depth tables work.

If some(soon-to-be)body deserves punishment, a self opening window, elevator shaft sans elevator, or autonomous car with a custom object recognition table (or one by uber) is probably a more reasonable option.

Everyone cites that 'bugs are 100x more expensive to fix in production' research, but the study might not even exist

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Re: Go agile, go!

and on that note, we now have a full-featured release.

I no longer have a burning hatred for Jewish people, says Googler now suddenly no longer at Google

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Re: Change is Hard

Thank you for sharing this with us.

Thank you even more for not taking 10,000 words to do so.

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Re: HR departments are the problem

HR departments are the last refuge of the unskilled clerical worker.

The secretaries and typing pools of yesteryear have been replaced by personal assistants - who manage executives, admins, who basically do the day to day running of the business, various data entry and payroll types, who are required to have basic competence with whatever software package they use.. and HR who apparently need to be attractive, and look at peoples social media profiles...

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Re: Ummmm

Googles mission.

helping people and making the world a better place?

..ah no, Dont.


Be Evil.

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Re: This is confusing

"newly converted syndrome" [aside: a term I've just invented.]

"Born-again Christians" have been around since, I dunno, maybe the roman times?

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far

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I would prefer to use the top also, but apparently that (un)real estate is reserved for paying customers... ie Office and other programs keep all their menus up there, and it would clash something horrible if they had to coexist.

IT management biz Kaseya's VSA abused to infect businesses with ransomware

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Looks like they are keeping an old joke alive..

as in IoT, Where the 'S' is for security..

now, even though the full title contains 'Secure', 'ioXt' can still say the "s' is for security...

Its actually a bit too self aware and self deprecating to be credible as a silicon valley thing, so it was probably a cool suggestion offered by some subversive tech head..

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Re: What do they want? "The state does not want"

until the law enforcement comes to rescue

.. for given values of "rescue"


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Re: What do they want? "The state does not want"

If we can just stop the Politicians and Media from dividing us

One of the major problems eroding capitalism based nations, is that good government does not make good headlines.

Competent management does not generate scandal and exposure, so the media empires have a direct interest in not encouraging it. They actually promote a narrative where the media is protecting us from the evil government...

But actually, the corruption and incompetence is fostered and supported by the media empires themselves, to ensure a fruitful harvest of juicy stories now and down the line.

I am not saying politicians would be angels if they weren't in this environment, but the ones who might be decent are going to have a harder time progressing their career.

Look at Murdoch and the Australian Liberals, he keeps them in power, and they provide an endless supply of fuckups and idiocy... Win/Win (everyone else... lose)

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

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Re: Domestic cross breeding is the real problem

Stand outside in -40C and +40C, see which makes you die first

how about, see how long you survive in temperatures 10 degrees above human core temperature, versus 10 degrees below... which puts the range at about 48 to 28..

Which environment you live in is a matter of personal circumstances... I work in >40 C half the year, and am actually fairly comfortable there.

The proportion of humanity, possibly not including Canadians and Russians, that are exposed to -40 is probably much lower than those that see >40, and this disparity will get worse as climate change progresses.

Worst case, direct temperature related deaths will be trivial anyway, compared to famine and dislocation brought about by droughts and cascading agricultural failures...

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Re: Domestic cross breeding is the real problem

Heat waves are supposedly higher cause of death than cold.

first result from google search

"According to the World Health Organization, heat waves are considered among the most dangerous of natural hazards but rarely receive adequate attention because their death tolls and destruction are not always immediately obvious. From 1998 to 2017, more than 166,000 people around the world died because of heat waves"

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Re: Last sentence ...

Ideally, Governments introduce regulations to avoid negative results.

By restricting exposure to even relatively low radiation levels, they reduce the burden on their health care system.

This imposes hopefully minor constraints on behaviour for a net benefit to the nation.

Problems arise where people disagree as to the hardship of the constraints or the value of the benefit e.g. losing the family home to avoid cancer in 20 years time, or having to wear a facemask and get a vaccination versus uncontrolled proliferation and mutation of a global pandemic...

Devilish plans for your next app update ensure they never happen – unless you start praying

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Satanism has been rebadged, its now the Incels

Clueless frustrated immature males, trying to compensate for their inadequacies with magical thinking.

The whole christianity/satanism thing strikes me as a team jacob/ team edward thing, supposedly diametrically opposed but still characters out of the same franchise.

IBM's 18-month company-wide email system migration has been a disaster, sources say

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and I suspect that I'm not alone.

.. but I cant verify that because all of our systems are down..

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’

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the evil that is the american airline industry

by guaranteeing a slot in an overhead bin for every passenger. ®

how much extra do you have to pay, to get to travel in a seat?

Dealing with the pandemic by drinking and swearing? Boffins say you're not alone

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I would be interested to know what actually constitutes 'problematic drinking'.

Drinking more than your doctor

Whatever you've been doing during lockdown, you better stop it right now

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Re: Will you be doing

For some reason, traditional Australian Christmas food includes prawns,

About 3 decades ago I was working at a mineral processing plant, and one of the crew rostered on over Christmas snuck a couple of the work provided Christmas banquet crustaceans into another crewmembers Dolphin torch.

I dont know how well known they are globally, but they were very rugged large, fully sealed flashlights.

Nothing occurred immediately, and the torch continued to function when required and get left in the back of the work vehicle when not in use throughout the Australian summer. It was not until halfway through the year that the torch stopped working, and the owner opened it up...

Apparently the battery had dissolved..

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Re: At Doctor Syntax, re: fun smells.

Our worksite accommodation provider is currently running a competition to name 2 food dispensing outlets (one previously called "whats in the Wok?", the other is new)

I am inclined to offer "the Dogfoodery", and "Cats Vomit", possibly translated into the local first nation dialect..

The competition is being run on facebook - of course, so I would need to find some fb user to actually submit the entry

Snakes on a Plane meets The Simpsons as airline creates ‘whacker’ to scare reptiles away from parked A380s

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Repatriation flights to Australia

With the bollocking the government is getting every time someone slips through their half arsed quarantine system,

- the snakes and scorpions would be more welcome than our returning citizens.

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Re: Engineers

Did your duties involve modifying and adjusting principles to achieve the companies objectives?

Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance

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Re: Laptop + Projector = two computers?

I used to do that before morning production meetings.

Also used to microwave a pie for breakfast just before the meeting, so the room smelt of hot food - apparently some people found that distracting. Personally, I found missing breakfast more distracting..

Now that Trump is useless to Zuckerberg, ex-president is exiled from Facebook for two years, possibly indefinitely

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Re: Not holding my breath

Problem with trump is that you cant believe anything he says - unless you choose to believe everything he says, which would require self-erasing memory to deal with the contradictions and any knowledge of existing facts..


* He has recovered from a fairly severe bout of Covid

was this ever confirmed by an independent source?

He said he had it, he kept doing stuff, he said he got special drugs, and he said he got better...

At a time when he was downplaying the severity of the pandemic.

This is the man who gave us Fake News, and will continue to do so..

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Re: Not holding my breath

If that doesnt do the job, how about a big can of bottled sunshine (see icon)

UK Special Forces soldiers' personal data was floating around WhatsApp in a leaked Army spreadsheet

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Re: Example != Definition

Military Intelligence is a specific thing, seized upon by self styled "wits" and mocked to make themselves appear clever and daring.

Other examples of true oxymorons would be "political integrity" or "business ethics"

Like other oxymorons, these combinations of words mean something antithetical to the definitions of their components - and I am not mocking, I am mourning...

When and where to see the Super Blood Moon in a total lunar eclipse this week

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Re: Oh come *on*...

Perhaps we have our UK brethren to blame for the delusion that "the Cloud" is a stable and persistent environment, rather than just "somebody-else's-computer"

Singapore orders social media to correct Indian politician’s allegation of local COVID-19 variant

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Re: Not sure

The two are multiplicative

Social media is irritating, offensive, and occasionally fatal - going for that perfect selfie on the cliff edge or beside the wild animal..?

Covid 19 is debilitating, infectious, and frequently fatal.

When you put the two together - There are SYNERGIES !!! involved

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Basic Maths

If you are getting a variant/mutation every thousand cases, then having millions of people carrying the infection will result in thousands of variants - and the more successful/virulent/infectious ones will out compete the original, become the new normal - and seed the next generation of variants.

Ignoring the virus doesnt make it go away.

Early in the pandemic someone made the comment that it's less important how high the ceiling of your healthcare system is than how low the floor is.

ASUS baffles customer by telling them thermal pad thickness is proprietary

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Re: At this point I wonder exactly which provider makes sense

Been using Nokias for the last couple of years, the first 6.1 had an issue just shy of the 2 year mark where the touch screen stopped working, so I couldnt enter the PIN to login after a restart,

got around that with an external USB keyboard and mouse (mouse on its own wasnt able to hold and enter PIN). Not practical for normal use but sufficient for content recovery.

Getting it fixed would have cost more than a replacement.

I do expect a 2 year lifespan from an A$ 400 phone, or a bit over 50 cents a day.

The replacement Nokia 6.2 is alright, but shit at phonecalls. Somehow it cannot provide the callers voice at a reasonable volume despite having no problem with music (possibly my main use). External speakers/headphones are ok. Connection also drops inexplicably, to the point my partner prefers calling me on my 5-year-old cheapy samsung work phone instead.

As in many other cases, Nokia-now is not the same as Nokia-then

Australian Federal Police hiring digital evidence retrieval specialists: Being a very good boy and paws required

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So Peter Dutton had a corona-puppy

and needs to find a place to dump it now the novelty has worn off?

hopefully they will be less incompetent than all his cronies he stacked the immigration department with, because his tactic there was to criminalise anything that required them to make an effort or know their job.

UK data watchdog fines 'pandemic partner' biz £8k: It sent 84,000 marketing emails to people who'd given info for track and trace

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Penalties for health related transgressions

Should involve compulsory, involuntary organ donation.

From the directors of the company.

It may not fix the problem but it might fix someone else's..

China all but bans cryptocurrencies

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Re: Re. Update

So all your old apps will be safe on a Samsung



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