* Posts by Lee T

35 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Aug 2009

Boffins baffled as supergiant star just vanishes – either it partially blew itself apart or quietly turned into a black hole

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Re: Job done

"Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out."

is one of the more terrifying final lines of a story I've ever read :P

Phone home: Indie Chromium browser Vivaldi goes mobile

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Here's hoping it releases before Mac OS 10.15 which is apparently dropping 32 bit app support (which will break Opera 12)

That Telegram feature that let you delete your private messages on recipients' phones? It didn't work properly

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Re: Is it not encrypted?

Regardless of encryption, the analog hole always exists - take a screenshot of the image, take a picture of the screen of the phone/PC, whatever. If it's visible to a person, it's copyable.

Gay Dutch vultures become dads

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Re: So how does this fit with evolution theories?


Basically, having a few extra pairs of hands in the family who don't have kids but are able to assist those family members who *do* have kids increases the chances of those kids, and therefore perpetuates the existence of the genes which lead to a small percentage of people not being interested in having kids of their own.

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: re: They were Canon right?

That's 5 1's, not 6. Though that may be a typo. *cries*.

Lester Haines: RIP

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;-; damn.

Snakes in the aircon, killer crocs in the river, virtualisation for apps

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Ahh yes, the only reggata which is cancelled if there is water in the river :P

Dallas Buyers Club doubles down on Oz Torrenters

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Re: 2015: Close that barn door!

Bypassing the Geoblocking is probably similarly illegal, honestly. Morally better, perhaps.

Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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Re: Is this intended to be a permanent fixture?

"By March 2006, Musk had invested US$100 million of his own money into the company.[9]"



Which amounts to about 1/3 of his fortune.

BOFH: It's DANGEROUS to go alone. Take THIS

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CRT Whine

My LCD whines with some images.

Try this one


Amount of ice in Bering Sea reaches all-time record

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Repeat after me -

Weather isn't climate. Weather. Isn't. Climate. *Weather* *Is* *Not* *The* *Same* *Thing* *As* *Climate*

climate = Long Term Global Trend

weather = there's more ice in the Bering sea at the moment than there was in some other year.


I'll be at the Pub.

Google plonks reCAPTCHA on Street View, makes users ID your house

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Big Brother

Not Actually A Change

you've been able to tell the known and unknown text apart for a while - the known text (currently) always has a section inverted, so theres a black splotch with the text in it turned white. previously the known text would be repeated behind itself but twisted a few degrees.

LOHAN fires up sizzling thruster

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LOHAN looking hot


LOHAN unsure about how much to thrust...


Looking good, chaps :)

NSW buckles: R18+ game rating clear for take-off

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its about time, but...

I'm not holding my breath - it'll probably be along the ACL's new line of "the same as ma15 but now we can say kids can't buy it"

Sorry, time travelers, you’re still just fiction

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this comment section needs more SHOUTY CAPS


Sex Party's down-under struggles with dominant Catholic priests

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@ I agree

the problem is, of course, that the church was not on that day just a church - it was being used as a polling place. people went there to vote, not to pray.

Any other day, certainly, they can say who can & can't put posters up, but on election day, they either had to accept every party or none. If they felt there would be *any* party they didn't want having their posters up (within the electoral rules of course) then they shouldn't have volunteered to be a polling place.

Australia, give up your fixed broadband!

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re: Erm...

yes, it is. Its pretty blatant. Some of the commentards above don't seem to be able to tell, though...

BOFH: BOFH vs Bot: Ultimate Smackdown

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1. C|N>K

2. is is just me or is amanfromMars making more sense than usual?

pint, Simon, if i ever meet you I'll buy you one.

Intel to keep laptops from losing cool in bed

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Jobs Halo

vents blocked up?

s'funny, apple seems to have solved this problem years ago - the macbook's vents are on the back, between the body and the screen.

Tinfoil 'radiation shield' maternity wear hits 'Frisco

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@Goes a bit too far

"We all know that little kids are very sensitive to radiation"

we also all know that the moon is made of cheese. It isn't, and they aren't,

at least not to *non-ionising* radiation.

"see some scientific evidence that this protection is crap"

against wifi/cellphones etc, the "protection" is fine. the point of the article

is, it's protecting against a danger that *simply* *doesn't* *exist*

Skeletal scanner would ID terrorists from 50 meters

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do i *really* need to link to *your own story* explaining the problems with using biometrics as a search tool? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/14/biometric_id_delusion/

PARIS skins up with Rizlas and dope

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A way of testing in colder temps

possibly lester can get his hands on a CO2 fire extinguisher - give it a good solid blast from that and it should get pretty darn cold right quick. alternatively, get your hands on some dry ice/liquid nitrogen and an esky? should be available, and -200 odd degrees should be colder than you will see in the atmosphere.

<-- good pub engineering this.

McAfee offers cash for clunkers

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It works. It's free. It doesn't screw up your system.

Not much more I can say, really.

McAfee false positive bricks enterprise PCs worldwide

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whatever happened to staggered application of updates?

i'd have thought that the safest way to do things, *especially* in a uniform PC environment, would be to apply *any* updates - OS, AV, any software at all really - in batches, and to keep mirrors of a system every time you do.

ICANN delays decision on pornography domain

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Paris Hilton

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

"and if porn site owners want and request an .xxx (I am sure that they will)"

They don't


<- who else.

Young people are lazy, think world owes them a living - prof

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This has been going on for, literally, millenia

"I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on

the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless

beyond words.

When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of

elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of


--- Hesiod, Eighth Century B.C.

"The world is passing through troublous times. The young people of

today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for

parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as

if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is

foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are forward, immodest

and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress."

--- extract from a sermon preached by Peter the Hermit in A.D. 1274

Apple cops to defective MacBook drives

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better late than never

my hard drive was replaced by apple 6 months after i got the laptop, it did the flashing question mark "its joined the bleedin' choir invisible" thing. i can complain about apple's QA process, but i sure can't complain about their warranty service - they ended up replacing the whole laptop for other assorted issues, 2.5 years after purchase. Thank goodness i bought the extended warranty.

Google and Yahoo! join Oz protests

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and the new filter is even easier to bypass entirely

a few choice words...

• proxy

• ssh

• tor

you get the idea anyway.

<- my blasted government, and particularly Conroy the Clown.

Aussie anti-censor attacks strafe gov websites

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not just small breasted women...

also "detailed instruction in crime" which can mean graffiti video's, drug use etc. Also discussion of euthanasia. suicide. Fetish material (yes, anything, including spanking or bondage or "golden showers") RC is such a ridiculously broad category it isn't even remotely appropriate to block it.

<- Oz .gov FAIL

Is it art or is it pr0n? Australia decides it's ALL filth

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Not to mention...

the cover of Nirvana's "Nevermind" (with the little naked boy in a swimming pool)

that "virgin killers" album cover

a large number of parents (i'm sure they've got pictures of their kids as naked babies)

Manneken Pis in Brussels

Need i say more? my state government is (and has been for a while) a useless bunch of reactionary prats.

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oh and another thing

i forgot to mention, as it applies to cartoons as well, the simpsons movie will count as well.


Hard drives cop flak from .50 cal incendiary round

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I wanted them to rig up a power supply so the drives were *spinning*

possibly a railgun? although you'd probably get better data security with a coilgun... especially point-blank.

Judge shoots down challenge to Craigslist erotic services

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"underage MySpace users"

Surely that's a tautology? ;-)

Virgin hijacks empty pages

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OpenDNS has ads, but you can turn them off

If you create a free account, and put in your external IP address (they provide an auto-update tool for those on dynamic IP providers) you can turn off the ads.

Aussie net filtering goes into reverse

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@Filter status

They're still trialling it. A (completely fabricated, naturally) report is due out in september/october (but they seem to love that whooshing sound deadlines make as they fly past).