* Posts by Natalie Gritpants

613 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Jul 2007


Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

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Think it could be simpler

to build a smartphone flip case with a bluetooth keyboard embedded in the front cover. OK so two batteriess but more choice of phone etc.

Amazon and eBay agree to expose potential VAT evaders for UK tax man

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Re: It is not just lost VAT ...

Well, that would be an employee benefit. Lots of companies have them (free gym membership, health car etc.) No VAT fraud there but you are meant to declare the value of the benefit as it is taxed (PAYE) as income. How much toilet paper can you get through? Seems there are more important tax frauds going on.

Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine

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Do I have to move to a new file system on Linux as a result of this?

'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service

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Re: Damn

So @demon.co.uk it is then

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Had a hell of a time moving from freeserve.co.uk to witch.net, Then had to shift from them recently, now my new best friend email addy is going to have to change again. Still I'm getting good at emailing the internet my new address.

Any recommendations as to where I should move to?

What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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In Weston-super-Mare used to hear the thump-thump around 5pm every day, sounded like distant thunder but then it generated when Concorde was over the Atlantic (ocean, not hotel)

10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

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It does already, just come and collect your free fresh air (any time you want as rush hour is when the cows go to milking).

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

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Re: Great Idea

Or worse, dropping them from a bridge over a motorway.

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You forgot badgers

Corking story: Idiotic smart wine bottle idea falls over, passes out

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If you want to only drink one glass at a time

Buy a box. One will last me a whole week without going off.

User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Re: Feeling Old...

That was because the graphics were not good enough for porn.

Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

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Re: Redirect to dodgy sites

Yes, think of the children's computers.

Bad blood: Theranos CEO charged with massive fraud

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Re: Second Shoe

How many legs have you got?

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> By the way Jimmy Savile was never charged with anything, does that mean he was never guilty of anything ?

Yes, in the criminal law sense. But there as been an enquiry which pretty much wiped out any doubt that he would have been found guilty were he alive.

Dead bodies don't get tried because 1) they can't defend themselves and that would weaken the legal system if that was allowed, 2) they can't be punished in any way 3) they would smell worse than the judges

Poop to save planet as boffins devise bullsh*t way of extracting gas

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Re: Crap Digesters

And everyone is happy until they start to see flying pigs.

Age checks for UK pr0n site visitors on ice as regulator cobbles together some guidance

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Re: How is Porn Harmful

Is "beating Mother Nature" a euphemism?

Rant launches Eric Raymond's next project: Open-source the UPS

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I think you missed out the battery.

Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo

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Your monitor probably does support 50Hz unless it is very old. Probably you graphics card is the fault or the video editing software.

Britain ignores booze guidelines – heads for the pub

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England’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies

is now looking like a damn silly Davies. Don't think I'll bother listening to anything she says in the future either.

23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

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Re: Private keys are private

> But it shouldn't be in any email, it shouldn't be anywhere but the machine hosting it,

It should be backed up somewhere, possibly a disk/tape/usb-stick in a fire-proof safe. If the key is pass-phrase protected the pass-phrase should be backed up too (post-it note stuck to the back of the picture of the queen you have in your office).

Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

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I do from now on, sounds the cool

Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Re: Sheltering Criminals.

Absolutely, that's why embassies have their special legal status - to protect the citizens of the embassy country from being persecuted by the host country if they disagree with the host country's policies.

Under the established protocols in a spat the embassy staff are told to leave. If they didn't have that protection they would end up in prison or executed and no-one would want to be a diplomat.

The Ecuadorians are perfectly within their rights to shelter Mr Assange for as long as they like but as he is not a diplomat he cannot get to Ecuador under their protection. Instead he will have to leave and be arrested or die in the embassy. I'm fine with either as a Brit that believes he has skipped bail and should serve jail time for that.

Until last week, you could pwn KDE Linux desktop with a USB stick

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I'm going to name all my USB sticks:

`halt` from now on just in case any are stolen by a KDE fan

ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

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I like mine like I like my cocoa

Hot, sweet, rich and thick.

‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

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Or indeed if they're wearing big loose clothes that swish

That's why I only wear satin. It's very slippery.

Apple: The exclusive sales channel for an, er, AI toothbrush

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Cheaper to pay for a trip to the dental hytgenist

They will show you how to brush plus scrape off all the crap that been accumulating.

.UK overseer Nominet abandons its own charitable foundation – and why this matters

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Re: What I want to know is

Don't pay for a .uk domain, there are plenty of alternatives that are in a race for the bottom and most of the planet is now used to addresses that don't end in .com or .co.uk

Another day, another Spectre fix slowdown: What to expect if you heart ZFS

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Re: Ubuntu patches?

Think you're getting confused with realtime systems. Unless you have a SLA stating the performance you will get. It's not a bug that your program runs slower as long as it gets to the correct result (whatever that is).

National Audit Office report blasts UK.gov's 'muddled' STEM strategy

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OI, leave me and my brother alone!

Shafted by bosses, disdained by punters, loved by hackers – yes, it's freelance workers

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If I ever find myself tied to a gig-economy app

I will buy a cheap phone for it to live on. It may not even need a SIM card.

Intel top brass smacked with sueball for keeping schtum about chip flaws

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Re: Ouch

About time to ditch Moore's law. It was invented by Intel and used as a stick to beat the competition into submission but it is trumped by Scotty's law "Ya cannae break the laws of physics Jim".

It's not a law, rather an observation of past performance. I could come up with a law that states the Dow-Jones must rise by 10% every 3 years but it wouldn't make it happen forever, nor should it be a goal.

Apple agrees to pay £136m in back idiot taxes to UK taxman

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Re: Only £20,000

How much to run a train over it?

FCA 'gold-plates' EU rule, hits BYOD across entire UK finance sector

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Self employed and BYOD

Not sure it's possible to have BYOD when you are BeingYourOwnCorporation.

FREE zero-day for every reader: AT&T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it

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You do realise that it is fairly easy to read the screen of a CRT from outside your house? Google tempest.

AI researcher pulls best Blue Steel in Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ad

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Re: Yet another ...

I'm with you, You're wife smells great

AI taught to beat Sudoku puzzles. Now how about a time machine to 2005?

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Re: Been there done that

383 lines of C that I was going to convert to Verilog when I'm next between contracts. Was going to put it on an FPGA demo board with DVI in and out. Could have been put between a PC and a monitor to fill in sudokus on web pages as you browse the web.

Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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As a Christian I am offended by the complainers. They don't represent me and so don't deserve to label themselves (apart from uptight wankers). I don't take my religion too seriously, God I do, but the church and the people who work for it don't get any special respect.

What would Jesus have done? Probaly that's why there is a bite taken out of the lovely item.

Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

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I wonder if SCO thinks they have patents/copyright on stuff in Minix?

Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum

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Re: EORN hash implementation successful

Odd that he couldn't access his source code and yet the compiler could. Or did the Fortran compiler have a decrypt-encrypted-source option that was compatible with vi?

This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

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Just got to find a suitable Friesian and get it to stand still

Judge: You're getting an Apple data centre and you're going to like it

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Not in my badgers yard?

Micron gets edgy with 256GB surveillance SD card reveal in China

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Re: So all I need is to destroy the camera and no more footage?

Agreed it's bass-akwards. I'm contracting at Cambium and their many of their wireless backhaul products have a POE enabled extra port to allow the customer to add a video camera pointing down the mast so you can see who is climbing up to steal the kit.

Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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Re: Hmm ...

I have a dog. I get notified before the visitor has entered the garden by the floor shaking so even deaf people are covered.

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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VHDL - pretends to protect you from stupid errors that Verilog doesn't, but lets you do equally stupid things; verbose syntax that makes you type the same stuff out two or three times.

Oracle investors told not to let Catz and co get the cream – reports

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Re: Unconscious bias training

Even Jesus has to follow medical ethics?

Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

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I often go back and forth on websites, e.g.

Home page

Account Cancelation

Are you sure? with OK/Cancel

Back to home page as I clicked Cancel


Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

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I don't know about you but I suspect some houses/electricty-meters have more than one car parked outside every night. I blame those naughty people living together.

Beach, please... Billionaire VC finally opens way to waves

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Re: How come?

Assholes that are not filthy rich can't afford to become huge assholes.

Call the doctor! WDC's new 14TB spinner has shingled write scheme

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It operates just like VHS or DAT tape with guard bands between the overlapping tracks so you don't have to write the whole of the rest of the disk when you change a block. You do have to rewrite the rest of the disk up to the next guard band though so that's why it's no good for random writes. I guess the host managed part is to manage the bands of overlapping tracks in a virtual way so as to not limit it to behaving exactly as a tape.

Be interesting to know if they fake read-after-write checking. Difficult to read just behind the write head without picking up the field from the write head and fooling yourself into thinking the media is written correctly. Any further behind (like a second head on another arm) and you have to manage the rewrites that occur. Bit like turning around a ship.