* Posts by Scorchio!!

1641 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Jul 2010

Put Rescuezilla 2.5 on a bootable key – before you need it


Re: Old school

Easy2Boot. Whack as many ISOs as the USB stick will allow. I've got 14 including clonezilla, which I've just put on mine.

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)


"Well, at least it was only a Macbook they took, not something important like your life."

There is that, but what made me cringe is the lack of backup. Mine's automated and, from the laptop, goes straight to 2 x 4 Tb external drives. I've not had access to my home network for a very long time and have been living out of suitcases, so that's the best I can do for now, but I learned the art of backing up with Central Point's interface to my tape drive. It was a dream, better than my current setup. My OS? WFWG!

Neuroscientist used brainhack. It's super effective! Oh, and disturbingly easy


Re: Quelle Surprise !!!

Yes it goes back at least as far as Olds and Milner in the 1950s.


ICSS and other studies

This is not new. Canadian neurosurgeons/neuroscientists tested brain function by physical stimulation of the cortex in the 1950s, Olds and Milner developed intracranial self stimulation (ICSS) in rats in the 1950s; rats pressed levers to stimulate the brain and this was found to be rewarding in itself. This was parodied in the Hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy in the 1970s. In the 80s and 90s research using sawtooth currents was used on the nucleus accumbens of male rats in the presence of female rats in oestrus, to measure levels of excitement before and after release into the female's half of the cage, and so on. In patients with Parkinsonism digital implants are now old hat and infinitely superior to the use of nerve growth factor (NGF). It is not new.

Swedish prosecutors request Assange detention: First step to European arrest warrant


"I'd be interesred to see the working as to how this gets resolved."

Gang bang I'd say. Mister popular is in for an interesting time.

London's Metropolitan Police arrest Julian Assange


Re: Only one charge remains...

Ah there you are Sir Gumby, good to see you, I thought I'd find you here. Now the little freak is set to pay for its misdeeds, eh?

A friend of mine commented that his condition was reminiscent of Saddam when he was wrested from his hidey hole, whilst others have said he resembles a character from the BBC show Only fools and horses.

Whatever, these are interesting times; prime ministers who cannot be taken seriously, people who ought not to be taken seriously... ...taken seriously. (boggle)

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers


Re: The only conspiracy

"The first time I defragged a hard drive in Windows 95 I think I actually did that for a while. Until I thought 'what the hell am I doing?' and went off to get a good book."

Stop. You're making me nostalgic, and I'll go and cwy in the corner now.. My ex gf was a Mac user [1] and wondered what the defragger was doing. To shut her up I told her it was doing the work of a thousand monks in a millisecond. It actually shut her up!

[1] She used to work for the porn king in London Docklands (Desmond somebody or other?) who used to own the Daily Express. She had the interesting task of (ahem) manipulating some of the images, such as 'stretching' Henry the Horse's manhood by the usual means. She has since settled down and sprogged. No more pr0n for her!

Don't mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called 'Loyal Wingman'


Re: Don't forget your beach ball.

"Just don't teach it phenomenology."

Especially not Heidegger, whose background was somewhat troublesome when you consider his remarks about his 'leader'.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP


Re: Happy Innocent Days ...

My first account, in 1993. I started with a CLI and worked my way up. I remember working out which PoP to use, the virtual PoP thing, and all of the other clever innovations. The software including Turnpike, Clive Stanford and his departure when he sold his share. It seems a long time ago. Tempus fugit.

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'


Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

"Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of "

Oh really? Who locked him there, and why did he flee Sweden to the UK some years back? What are his politics BTW?


Re: move on down the road a piece

"He has stuff?"

He has a pussy, as Mrs Slocombe might put it.

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US


"Could someone remind me who this bloke is, I've forgotten."

Umm. Isn't he a friend of that networking contractor who fled to Russia? Ah, Snowden?

RIP Charles Wang: Computer Associates cofounder dies aged 74


"How old is his mother FFS ??"

She only needs to be about 18 years older than him. FWIW I am much younger than he was and my mother died July last year, aged 97; only 3 of her 6 children survived, my father died when I was 3, and she fought on as that generation did and some still do.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat


He's treating the Ecuadorians like gaolers, yet the funny thing is that they have given him sanctuary. Why is it that everyone in the world is wrong except for Julie?

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange


Olaf, under the terms of the EAW Sweden could not release him to the USA for any reason; he could only be in Sweden on account of the allegations made against him. By fleeing to the UK he put himself in greater jeopardy, since Tony Blair gave the US a bend over, anything goes agreement. What happened is this; the police in Sweden advised his legal counsel that they intended, per Swedish CJS rules, to interview and then charge him. His counsel advised him. He fled to the UK, and the rest is history.

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID


Now that you mention it, I've just changed my registered email address for this subscription. I'll say no more. Squire.

'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief


Re: Dumb question maybe, but didn't see it mentioned yet...

"What's to stop his lawyers sneaking him in a privacy focused 3G/4G phone?"

What's to stop him using a 4/5G phone to go on line? He could always step out of the refuge where he's been avoiding charges for skipping bail, he could do the honest thing. I won't hold my breath.

Bill Clinton's cyber-attack novel: The airport haxploit-blockbuster you knew it would be


No cigars were hurt in this novel, I am quite sure of that.

UK Foreign Office offers Assange a doctor if he leaves Ecuador embassy


Re: Many things but not a traitor to the US

You can't commit treason against a country of which you have never been a citizen.

Indeed, but he has behaved like a one man hostile power.

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened


Re: Smart TVs?

"I wouldn't be too sure we won't end up with devices with WhisperSync like technology or mesh networking that doesn't rely on your own network."

Best not to have one. Eventually I'll be living in the middle of nowhere and as each day passes I more and more consider being completely disconnected. Don't be evil my foot. (Yes, I know, that one's been erased from their charter thingy.)

Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador


How ironic, though I'm sure it's escaped him; a man evading the British criminal justice system intends to use the civil part of our laws. It's one rule for him....

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain


Re: The most amazing engineering

"I guess you wouldn't have wanted to live near Vulcan bombers then? A chap wouldn't want to break the red traffic lights at the end of their runway. Sometimes they'd go vertical asap which put them on their tail over the road."

I'm glad you mentioned the Vulcan. When I was a child we lived somewhere on one of their flight paths either going out or returning, and I can remember looking up on hearing a moaning sound like all of the hounds of hell, and seeing the shape of what I still consider to be the most beautiful aircraft ever made. I can remember the sound even now. They can be heard by searching "vulcan bomber howl" on Youtube. The best one I've heard is titled "This must be the longest Vulcan XH558 Howl". My mother used to tell me this was the sound of freedom, our freedom.

How's your Wednesday? Things going well? OK, your iPhone, iPad can be pwned via Wi-Fi sync


Re: Chrome Browser

"What is Google Chrome?"


User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word


A moment of bliss

I managed a moderately large (now defunct) west end courier company years back. We had some very obstreperous customers, and the situation became very difficult when one of our number was crushed by a truck and died, never regaining consciousness.

These are the sorts of moment when morale drops, and with ugly synchrony one of the customers started behaving badly (very big shoe company in the East End); it was Xmas and the delay times (traffic) were long, there was nothing we could do about this, but she was screeching and squawking at us with even more than her usual vituperation; my controller looked at me and said "we'll have to sack her you know". Feeling uncomfortable I made the appointment in what was a quite clear and polite middle class accent, saying we ought to discuss our status.

I rode around there on my very noisy 1000cc bike, wearing a full set of leathers, face adorned by a huge beard, walked in and saw the woman sitting there, looking very uncomfortable, not least because I'd parked The Beast underneath her window. I told her that, under the circumstances, we couldn't continue to service her account and I recommended her to a friend's company. He took the custom. I was delighted for him. I was elated; my first sacking.

A couple of weeks later my friend started to give me odd looks in the pub, and told me he wasn't talking to me. He had a lopsided smile on his face, because he didn't know whether to laugh or cry; she started putting out large amounts of work and hassle in equal measure.

It was a relief to lose her, much like the early morning dump. We never saw them again, but my friend did talk to me again My software reminds of my dead friend/colleague once a year. RIP.

Are you able to read this headline? Then you're not Julian Assange. His broadband is unplugged

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Re: Simple solution.

I reckon he'd find something if he deployed a cantenna on the balcony, but that might be a tad embarrassing for him.


Cell phone

He'll use a cell phone. He's wealthy so the cost won't worry him, and I am sure he's been waiting for this. He must have been a very norti Ecuadorian citizen to lose his intarwebs rights though.

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam


Re: I asked why did I need a recovery on a new laptop.

"I don't know who thinks themselves " l33t" these days. Pretty bloody pretentious self-regarding term even a few years back IMHO."

As was Ha><ors. (Eyes rolling)


Re: Hanging

"Having worked for the group then I can confirm that these sorts of problems were down to bad management, the staff were trained and forced to sell and deal with customers this way."

Funny you should mention it, I did have a brush with them a few months ago when my laptop broke down and I needed an emergency replacement. They also tried to persuade me that desktop computers were no good (I need a new one of those), and then tried to tell me who should be PoTUS and who should be the British PM. The replacement for my Novatech desktop will probably come from them.

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back


Re: Don't forget to sue them for time lost...

Better still send him a Linux installer with Wine.

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


"And the answer basically is: If the US want him, they need only ask."

Yup. That's the bend over and give everything to the US agreement Blair signed with the US, though it's been relaxed for Asperger's syndrome it would seem. If he wanted to avoid the US he should have let the British send him to Sweden; under the terms of the EAW they cannot send him to the USA and, in any case, we're more cooperative with the USA.

As an aside, Assange (who once said he wanted to live in Sweden) described the Swedish CJS as being of 'banana republic' standards; aside from the faux pas here, they have to comply with the EU standard.


Re: Schrödinger's Embassy

"Why don't we suggest that the Ecuadorians move their embassy?"

There is a short cut; create an emergency, perhaps fire safety related, so the embassy is evacuated. Into the loving arms of Plod.

Assange fails to make skipped bail arrest warrant vanish


Re: A Flagrant Rotten Denial of Justice and a Blot in the UKGBNI Landscape

"(or US ones, according to your taste in conspiracy theories)"

Just to make sure no one gets the wrong idea; it's been made abundantly clear that under the terms of the EAW prisoners cannot be extradited to a third party, e.g. the USA. However, and as we have both said over years now, in fleeing to the UK (after his counsel advised him that the Swedish police intended to interview and charge him, per Swedish due process) Assange in fleeing to the UK placed himself in greater risk, simply because one T Blair signed an agreement with G Bush that technically allows for swift extradition... ...tho' with offenders who have a diagnosis of ASD (Aspergers variant) this seems not to happen. Perhaps Julie could say he has Aspergers syndrome? Hur.


Re: @ Ben ... A Flagrant Rotten Denial of Justice and a Blot in the UKGBNI Landscape

"Assange will then be forced to talk about what he knows about the DNC hack and who his source really was in exchange for a lighter sentence over his alleged involvement in the Manning hack."

The Australian judge who convicted him on 25 counts did warn him that next time he would serve a custodial sentence. Failure to talk could result in an even worse sentence too. One of those 'Max' prisons I hear so much about. He could even share a landing with that Muslim terrorist we sent over there; 'the hook', who apparently would far rather serve time in Belmarsh, which the civil rights mob here thing is so 'nathty'.


Re: A Flagrant Rotten Denial of Justice and a Blot in the UKGBNI Landscape

Surely the fact that he is still being persecuted/prosecuted long after removal of disputed facts, is grounds enough for reasonable cause that justice has not and is not being served and servered by judges?

When did you stop beating your husband?

No; he has not been prosecuted, and he cannot be excused, else every bail jumper in the UK will cite him as precedent. This cannot be allowed, but thank you for playing and using Assange logic.


Re: @Remeses

It would be a down grade except that he'll now have access to an outside yard and free medical benefits.

What is more he could engage in some much needed personal hygiene. ;-) (Good to see you in action again.)


"By this argument, people are allowed to choose where they spend their custodial sentences."

Indeed, but you must remember that, in Assange land, one is not only allowed to choose how and where a sentence is served, but also the medium in which case police interviews and court cases are conducted!

Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf


Re: If he gets his way...

The Ecuadoreans could try issuing him a diplomatic passport over the objections of HMG and force a confrontation over the Vienna Convention, but I'm not sure how much support they'd get for that from other signatories.

Can't be done without the approval of the Court of St James, so other signatories do not come into it; all diplomats must first pass scrutiny and be approved by and in the host nation. Given Assange's convictions, in or around 1991 for 25 counts, it is very unlikely that even Jesus would gain approval. These convictions include: 1) stealing passwords from US Air force 7th Command Group in the Pentagon; 2) for hacking computers at two universities; 3) hacking computers at two telecommunications companies; 4) hacking computers to monitor the Australian Federal Police investigation into *his* criminal activities.

As the US is also a NATO country there's little chance of him becoming recognised as a diplomat, anywhere in NATO.

As far as crating him up is concerned, this was tried by an African nation and failed. Moreover, you can guarantee that the security and policing services would find it easy to hold the traffic up for so long that St Julie would be so ill that he'd have to get out of his crate. I'd pay for a ring side seat and bring all of my optical and audio gear with me.

Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat


At least one thing has been demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt; those who suggested it would be easy for the Ecuadorian government to make him a diplomat, thus making his escape easy, have been proven wrong; it requires the approval the Court of St James, and this will not be forthcoming. They must let him go or put up with him until he leaves the building in a box.

WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction


Re: Here's a question

It was tried once; someone tried to kidnap an African politician.This ended in tears ISTR.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy



The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?


Re: 30 per cent faster

Giorgio says noscript will be out by the end of the week. He's revised his target once already, so we will see.

Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars


"Yes, in 2003, Windows turned 20 years old."

Nonsense. Windows 2 was released on 09.12.1987, and I can remember using it before 1993, which is the date you give in your article. You can find the dates in the archives. As for Windows 1x, it was released on 10.11.1985.

Assange thanks USA for forcing him to invest in booming Bitcoin


Daily Telegraph article: "'Bitcoin is broken', researchers warn". I've forgotten how to do html tags, so this: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10430079/Bitcoin-is-broken-researchers-warn.html

There have been other such warnings, and JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon said the currency is a "fraud" that will blow up. This too from the register, which used strike through html to voice the opinion that it's a Ponzi scheme: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/11/bitcoin_currency_meltdown/

I still feel sorry for the poor bloke who hadn't backed his bitcoin savings up, put his PC/HD on the tip by mistake, and lost millions. I bet he doesn't drink Carling Black label.

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins


Re: Or maybe they still couldn't make a case against him even with Blairs extradition law

It's easy to agree with you, except it's more than gift wrapping; "would you like him roped to a barrel, ready lubed with a satsuma in his mouth?" (Anyone remember Steven Milligan?)

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Re: @The idiot... you really don't get it...

Yes, correct, and you have more patience than me. As for the posts complaining that he should have been held and tried here, nonsense; he went to the US and the US is where he's a suspect. It is nothing to do with being sneaky. Had they not known would it have made any difference?

Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork


The title "psychologist" is in the USA and the UK protected; there is no such thing as a "social psychologist", though there are people who study social psychology. Furthermore, Damore's document is not as black and white as you contend and, in addition, we are psychobiologically different. It is odious to label Damore as thinking in terms of black and white, when the psychobiology of sexually dimorphic non sexual behaviours does indicate spectra in various dimensions of human behaviour.

I note that you appear to be a right on Los Angeles author, possibly pulled in for entertainment value, but you are merely an idiot specialising in egregious silliness. Sit on the naughty step until you have grown up. As you sit there read up on sexually dimorphic non sexual behaviours, also read the literature showing differences in the neuroanatomy of females vs males. For example, the pre optic bulb of the anterior hypophysis in males has smaller nuclei that are greater in number to the female variant, where (obviously) the nuclei are larger and fewer in number. You would benefit from looking at experimental work at the phenomenal level by, e.g., Corcoran et al. who found that females are better than males in a silent 'e' checking task; IOW they detected more silent instances of the letter 'e' in text that was presented to them.

In 'socialist' East Germany, before the reunification, Günther Dörner carried out a vast amount of research on the matter. It ranged from the greater musculature and aggression of males, through to reproductive behaviours (e.g. how some females of some species adopt the 'lordosis' postion prior to and during copulation), and caused a great deal of opprobrium (though it has to be said that his idea of neurosurgery to 'cure' homosexuality didn't help) from politically correct twits such as yourself, who cannot swallow the truth and have to misrepresent it by dint of PC psychobabble. The Canada based philosopher, Michael Ruse, wrote a great deal on the subject that is worth a long calm read.

At the more gross level you will find that while dogs cock and, shall we for the sake of robo mod call them 'lady dogs', squat. It is clear, from the macular to the molar level that there are sexually dimorphic non sexual behavioural differences, and the more recent research showing that males have more effective hippocampal 'place' cells (sense of place in a location) than females adds to the lore.

To use a phrase from Californian psychobabble, do go and "have a swim in lake you".


Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords


Re: Ugh

Jihadi John, the man who was harassed by authorities until he broke and turned into what the authorities accused him of being.

Unlikely, though it is the myth put about by the like of CAGE. What is more likely is that the severe blow to his head[1] damaged his frontal lobe on that side with the consequences that are well known, including psychopathy. Hence the brutal and terrifying deaths of so many innocent civilians in the desert, whose well being you conveniently skate over with your weak argument. Moreover, even without evidence of cranial trauma, it is necessary to ask what his premorbid condition was prior to being recruited, it being highly abnormal that a supposedly 'beautiful' 'gentle' young man would turn into a psychopathic murder, or do you claim that there was absolutely nothing deeply pathological about his behaviour?

To attribute his bestial violence to investigations by the authorities is, to put it kindly, utter piffle. Many untruths have been told about their interventions. The British int & sy services were checking and approaching all individuals showing the same signs of interest in terrorism, because failure to do so in the past led to people's throats being slit, tall buildings falling, buses and tube trains exploding, and British soldiers heads being removed on the streets of their home country.

Your claim represents to me the most odious and truth avoiding of inflammatory political correctness, and it is the sort of loaded disingenuousness that has led to young girls suffering in Rotherham, never mind the vicious deaths of people like Ken Bigley, who sought only to do good, for whom even the murderous Al Qaeda spoke defensively.

As an ex soldier who was treated very badly in this way by civvies from the politically correct wing of society the only apposite thing that I can say is that I hope you never rely on British service personnel to haul your arse from out of the fire. Because I know they will be as reluctant to help you as you have been to admit the truth.

[1] It being a recorded fact, backed up by statements from his age cohort that his personality changed from that moment on.

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Re: Ugh

He doesn't cooperate to an illegal extent, and therefore gets charged.

One of his colleagues (Qureshi) described the murderer Mohammed Emwazi who beheaded innocents as "extremely gentle, kind” and a “beautiful young man", so I'll take his innocence and that of all of them with an extremely large sack of salt.

Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden


Mr Assange's "work"? Let's remember that Assange was prosecuted and found guilty on (AIR) 17 counts, including breaking into an Australian police computer to monitor their investigations into him for breaking into Pentagon air force computers. Assange was told that he would next time be given a term in prison, which is precisely what should have happened in the first place. However, Assange clearly learned from this and ensured that his dabs have (thus far) not been found on the packages. Whilst I'm about it, when he was in the UK his behaviour toward women (as reported by a journalist no less, whose g/f/whatever Assange seduced) is in line with the profile that he has generated from the start. As I type these lines I also remember Assange's 16 year old 'partner', the one who bore his son. It all adds up into a very interesting profile.

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Yes. He's whining about it right now on the radio; when in the UK behave according to the laws, no matter what you think of them. I want him to receive the same treatment that any other individual would in this country.