* Posts by Anomalous Cowturd

1036 posts • joined 2 Apr 2010


Microsoft Azure cloud region settles over desert in Doha, Qatar

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Re: and what happens when the sand gets into the works?

Good for putting out fires, too.

Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers

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Re: Why?


My 1998 Volvo does precisely that, with no need for a connection to either the ECU or the internet.

The only digital device in the car is an LCD thermometer / clock.


Tavis Ormandy ports WordPerfect for UNIX to Linux

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Re: WP5.1

Word didn't so much "reach" version 6 as leap there, straight from version 2, IIRC.

Something to do with having a higher version number than WP 5.1, which was kicking its arse, sales wise.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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Re: hot botty

I drove around in my shiny new Pug 406 Estate for three months before I discovered it had a CD changer in the boot...

Google calculates Pi to 100 trillion digits

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Re: Google can't count

And I've told you a billion times to stop exaggerating!

Engineer sues Amazon for not covering work-from-home internet, electricity bills

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Re: Can of worms

A company I used to work for once questioned a receipt for condoms, when I was working away from home.

P.P.E. was my answer. They paid it.

It wasn't her...

We can bend the laws of physics for your super-yacht, but we can't break them

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Re: Overinflated sense of self importance

Company I worked for once spent £400 to motorcycle courier a "vital" laptop halfway across England, only for it to sit in a manager's cupboard for a month.

She was a miserable bitch, but a large customer, so...

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout

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Re: College Tales...

This was the problem at my school. We were the also the first year to take O level Computer Science, and our CS teacher was primarily a Religious Education bod.

Needless to say, the results were appalling. I got an "E" grade, and only two boys scraped a "C" grade pass out of 12 entrants. It was one of my favourite subjects, too.

However, I was bitten by the bug, and am still suffering the effects of long Computing...

Kaspersky cracks Yanluowang ransomware, offers free decryptor

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See title.

Can you get excited about the iPhone 13? We've tried

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Re: Apple and Bluetooth?

I have yet to find an Apple device that will accept a file sent over Bluetooth from an Android device. Is there such a beast?

Honor 50 Lite: Google Play Services are back on Huawei's former stablemate but that's nothing to get excited about

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Re: finger problems

Exact same here, plus my daughter's right index finger for if I kark it.

Icon used to be a headstone...

Big Blue scoffs a Happy Meal: McDonald's sells automated order-taking tech to IBM

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Re: the irony, the irony

Once you had trained it to your particular voice, and learned to speak with clear...gaps...between...the...words, Via Voice was perfectly usable on a 486 under OS/2.

The way similar sounding words changed as the context became clear was impressive.

How many times more powerful is a modern smartphone over a 486/100? This never needed to be remotely "processed," it's just a way to better target advertising, or general spying on their users.

US nuclear submarine bumps into unidentified underwater object in South China Sea

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Re: Just asking...

> What OS was running the subs' systems?

Windows Bob Bob Bob.

Got enterprise workstations and hope to run Windows 11? Survey says: You lose. Over half the gear's not fit for it

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Re: If Microsoft keeps this up,

Lots of Ptouch printers are listed in the Ubuntu 20.04 driver list...

RAF chief: Our Reaper drones (sorry, SkyGuardians) stand ready to help British councils

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Re: Sill they be armed with…

"Of course, once the National Speed Limit is reduced to 50 "to save the planet" it will cease to be a problem."

They did it in the 70s, for the oil crisis, so there's nothing to stop them doing it again.

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Re: Er ...

Well played, Sir.

This one's on me.

SSD belonging to Euro-cloud Scaleway was stolen from back of a truck, then turned up on YouTube

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Re: Carrier Pidegon

RFC1149 meets the 21st century.


Windows 11 comes bearing THAAS, Trojan Horse as a service

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Cough OPERA cough.

See title.

Hole blasted in Guntrader: UK firearms sales website's CRM database breached, 111,000 users' info spilled online

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No great shakes.

Not much call for shotguns and bolt action rifles in the criminal world.

Handguns have been banned in the UK for many years. The only people who have them are already criminals.

Impromptu game of Robot Wars sparks fire in warehouse at UK e-tailer Ocado

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Bumper cars?

I had imagined them taking power from an overhead grid system, like a fairground bumper car.

Seems like unnecessary complication, having to carry the weight of batteries around, and having to stop to recharge, with the risks associated with LiPo cells.

Easier to kill the power to the entire grid, too. No uncontrollable fires.

Am I under-thinking this?

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra: Strong effort from an entity-lister, but your tiny child hands may struggle

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64 MegaPixel lens?


Didn't this used to be a technical web site? At least Orlowski knew the difference between a lens and a sensor...

While I'm having a moan, in my book, a mid-range phone is priced at £200 - 400. More than that, and it's a premium priced item.

Boffins find an 'actionable clock' hiding in your blood, ticking away to your death

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Re: Naive? Or something else?

Land of the free?

That was a typo. It's actually "The land of the fee."

Anyone still using cash? British £50 banknote honouring Alan Turing arrives

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Drug dealers.

My man only accepts cash.

Everything else gets paid by beep.

I really dislike these plastic notes. Too slippery when they're all flat, and hard to stack neatly when a previous owner has folded them in half.

UK's Labour Party calls for delay to NHS Digital's GP data slurp until patients can be properly informed

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They don't make it easy.

You need to download, print, and fill out this form:


and get it to your GP before 23rd June.

Then you need to fill out the online form here:


How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful

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Re: Only Need One

It's still on the Redmi Note 9 Pro. And a headphone socket.

Great (cheap) phone.

BMA and Royal College of GPs refuse to endorse NHS Digital's data grab from surgeries in England

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Sneaky in the extreme.

Nice of them to publicise it so widely.

The opt-out process starts here: https://your-data-matters.service.nhs.uk

Virgin Galactic declares May day for next test space flight

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Re: May day, May day

Wait for it, wait for it!

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now

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They make it hard to find, but here's the link...


White coat, obviously.

Another week, another issue: Virgin Galactic mulls test flight restart as VSS Unity fixed – but VMS Eve might be borked

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unintended feedback... generated EMI.

So they fitted a diode, and wrapped it in tinfoil?

Can someone remind me when this thing was originally planned to fly?

Rocket science is pretty much all done, rocket engineering, not so much.

How not to apply for a new job: Apply for it on a job site

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Re: another beautiful bit of prose

@Martin re: Ultimately he'd love to be a driver...

My nephew was taken on a couple of years ago, as a conductor, even though he had originally applied for training to be a driver.

He started his driver training this year. ;o)

Getting a foot in the door is the hardest part. Perseverance pays dividends, and about £30k a year starting salary.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

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Re: I would have thought...

Stuck in a traffic jam on the M25, at the end of the Heathrow runway, windows wound down because it was blistering hot, when I thought the world was coming to an end...

Concorde goes thundering overhead at a few hundred feet, giving it the beans.

Scared the living crap out of me. The word LOUD doesn't really do it justice.

I remember also being at Reading rock festival in the early 80s, and it used to drown out the music every afternoon as it climbed out from LHR.

Wish I could have afforded a flight. What a plane!

'Our hosted pools are under attack by abusers': Azure DevOps enjoys a midweek TITSUP*

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Re: Has to be said.

May I propose simply turning it off...

NASA sends nuclear tank 293 million miles to Mars, misses landing spot by just five metres. Now watch its video

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Re: Correction

Myanmar / Burma.

Signal boost: Secure chat app is wobbly at the moment. Not surprising after gaining 30m+ users in a week, though

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Never used Telegram, but Signal has improved massively in the last couple of years.

In years of use, today is the first time it has failed me. No video of the grand-kids for me today.

Cats: Not a fan favourite when the critters are draped around an office packed with tech

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Re: A bus stops at a bus station.

> A train stops at a train station.

> On my desk I have a work station ...

And work stops at your work station?

Inquiring minds, and all that.

British Army develops AI shotgun drone with machine vision for indoor use

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What could possibly go wrong?

A couple of ounces of something whoompy built into the drone might be just as effective at disabling malcontents.

If you really want to hurt them, wrap it in a few more ounces of ball-bearings.


Or be like the Americans, and just bomb the entire neighbourhood into dust.

UK intel committee on Russia: Social media firms should remove state disinformation. What was that, MI5? ████████?

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Re: Responsibility

> You'd be hard-pressed to find three less suitable people to oversee intelligence matters. Though Gavin Williamson probably comes close.

Step up to the plate, Chris Grayling. A shoe in for Defence Secretary, if ever I saw one. ;o)


My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

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> cb7

> But I decided to publish its source code in the guise of an article that explains why I couldn't publish the extension itself...


See you after the commercial breakdown: Cert expiry error message more entertaining than the usual advert tripe

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Re: Red triangle programs

> Pink triangle? At the risk of seeming old, isn't that a turntable?

Don't you mean gramophone, Grandad? ;o)

Your slippers are warming by the fire.

The world's nonsense keeping you awake in middle of the night? Good news. Go outside and see this two-tail comet

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Re: "For the UK, the comet is circumpolar"

> 2. You won't see it where you are (the UK) because it will be raining.

But hey, it's summer in the UK. The rain will be warm(er).

I'll be needing a coat, obviously.

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

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Re: A calculation

> Going through the settings for your OS/Desktop and increasing all the font sizes is a little more involved.

Windows user, presumably. P-p-p-pick up a penguin.

Not so nice, we investigated them twice: EU opens double whammy of inquiries into Apple's biz practices

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Re: 30% is outrageous

Google don't prevent you loading apps from other sources, as far as I am aware. They hide the option inside the disabled by default "Developer Mode."

It's easy to turn on the facility.

Raspberry Pi Foundation serves up an 8GB slice of mini-computing goodness

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What happened to the Pi Zero W?

None available from any of the official UK stockists, and Amazon are asking for almost thirty quid.

Taking the piss.

Google rolls out pro-privacy DNS-over-HTTPS support in Chrome 83... with a handy kill switch for corporate IT

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Re: Power grab

Re: Are they reliable now?

Just checked mine, and it was last restarted on May 12th, when I updated it to the latest version.

Prior to that, it had been happily and faultlessly running for months. Had to reinstall about a year ago, when a cheap SD card failed. No problems since. Just have to remember to SSH into it occasionally to run "pihole -up"

BT Openreach prepares to declare UK MBORCed* as all new phone line installations halted over coronavirus

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Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper

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> I’ve been trying to decide what I should go out and buy now in order to resell at an inflated price on ebay in a few weeks.

Body bags.

Too soon?

Raspberry Pi goes 2GB for the price of 1GB in honour of mini-computer's eighth birthday

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Many hapPi returns.

Doesn't time fly? Seems like only last week the first ones appeared.

I managed to snaffle a first batch Pi model B. It was a fine little thing, for its time, and served as a proxy server on my network until it was replaced by its newer cousin. That little beauty is currently running as a Pi Hole for the network.

There is still nothing to touch it for versatility, combined with its low price, and current draw.

Pi 4 is massively overpowered for anything I might want to do.

Hey kids! Ditch that LCD and get ready for the retro CRT world of Windows Terminal

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Re: You had one job.

Xtree Gold was the best file manager, bar none. Still nothing to touch it, that I have found.

Boeing, Boeing, gone! CEO Muilenburg quits 'effective immediately'

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Re: ...maybe do some proper fucking testing.

Proper testing is no longer a thing.

It started with operating systems, and now it's moved to aircraft software. You are the beta tester, and no, we haven't printed the updated manuals yet.

Good luck.



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