* Posts by Heathroi

145 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Dec 2010


Kiwi judge rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to USA


Re: Huh, Wha'?

No. the american movie and music people got to FBI to assist with defending copyright from various people whose servers where used to shift on copies of said stuff without authorization from owners, Kim being one of those. The FBI is asking the Kiwis to allow Kim to be removed to the US where the complaints were laid. if thats right or wrong i couldn't say

the complication is that Kim foolishly involved himself in NZ politics (such as they are) and as such the NZ govt will quietly and administratively gut him, could take a while but it will happen.

After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens


German tanks started out rubbish and only got better once they came up again the Russian KV and T34s. the French tanks were easily better in 1940 but the stupid french government pissed that advantage away.


Re: "standardize hard and change infrequently"

The Roman Empire didn't just collapse because of Barbarian invasion. Usually they would under sufference take in a bunch treat them like crap, then flap round for bit while the Barbarbians revolted, (having first taught them effective soldiering) then would struggle to recover the area because the locals for one welcomed their new barbarian overlords who didn't know much about the niceties of the Roman class system ands its taxing methods and cared even less. Add to that the constant threat by various Roman provincial military commands against the emperor (Britain was a favourite as you could half way across Gaul with your legions before anybody know what you were cooking up)

Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent


Re: Sack Moffat +1

tennant. the weedy shouty one? no way.

Doctor Who's The Zygon Invasion shape-shifts Clara and brings yet more hybrids


you'd thought the BBC could spring for a Crown Vic rather than a 00ish Cadillac Seville.

Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave


only the warriors that captured the Dr and Clara were vikings not the whole village as its old Norse for people going to sea on an expedition. and the odin character seems to pinched Thor's helmet.

11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?


Re: What were they thinking?

errm Winterkorn has a doctorate in metallurgy.....

Condoleezza to China: 'The rules' mean cyber-spying isn't allowed


They mean Gang tattoos..

"...we can just park the Pacific Fleet there and they get the message " Umm I hear an answer blowing on an East Wind.

SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park


Re: Geothermal energy?

The US idea of a national park was a generally useless but pretty and natural piece of property far away from the cities where one could meet with like minded people and not be disturbed by dreadful people of the middle class (let alone the working classes) that could be maintained at the nations expense

if a use could be found for it, I'm sure it could be deparkified in short order.

America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?


one way to establish a credit history if you know you are coming to the US for a while before actually arriving is go to your current bank and use their contacts to transfer your foriegn cards into US cards, if you just turn up, you might have come from bongobongoland. amex probably works best for that.

Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs


same, mine would update the bios which stops the dvd drive from reading or writing to discs.

Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?


Re: the market doesn't always work

but this story is exactly the point, the market does work because customers demand better cheaper alternatives to what is already out there. the government does everything poorly because it doesn't care about price,

GSMA: Er, sorry about that MWC brothel ad with our logo


Re: Exploitation?

No you just choose to accept a stipend regularly instead of taking the risk of that surplus coming in later.

UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?


Re: Where to put it?

you try and shift those Americans. they might prove a bit more troublesome than the natives.


SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS


Re: Interesting but not really breast scan tech

to be pedantic, this the pedantic icon

German iron meets Monaco's highlands: Audi A1 review


Re: Sums?

you mean the Stazi car known as Farty Hans?

It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV


Re: @Ru'

you don't need a heater if you have the plasma.

How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?


Re: The machine is not designed to detect things. It is simply designed to go “bleep”.

option c, staying loyal to Kiev, whoever was in power, had been rendered moot already

What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again


Here in the suburbs of Chicago, the Power co simply came and put one in. Didn't take long actually spent more time discussing an access panel on the meterbox that had pulled away from the chassis by a piss poor concrete pour when the house was built 38 years ago. They pulled my duct taping away but couldn't think of any other fix other than put their own on and said they would put an order in for a tech to fix it. believe it or not nobody has come back to look at that.

Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY


Re: D'oh!

this thread might put you on the right path


City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'


Re: At least the French tended to name stuff after what is there.

Maybe they were feeling deprived of such after all that time in the wilderness.

Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL


"Apple has tweaked the iOS user interface to include a "one-handed mode" that can be switched on and off, for those with short fingers but who still like the idea of a phone with a larger screen"

you mean like cooking while reading the recipe on your phone?.

Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES


Re: 5 seconds with google....

compared to what you can get they are quite tame

Kiwi Rocket Lab to build SUPER-CHEAP sat launchers (anyone know 30 rocket scientists?)


Re: Error

and christ help you if you disturb Hauraki's taniwha.

Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink


Re: The sweet irony is...

really there is only one "eye' and that eye has four poodles who know who doles out the tucker.

USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe


Re: The queues will get horrendous

And frankly its just made terrorism easier as they don't even need to get on the plane to have the same effect. Half a dozen deluded halfwits setting off suicide vest at the same time in the lines for security at different airports would have the same effect ie air travel being effectively shut down.

Kiwis unplug supercomputer after intrusion


'users switched to a backup facility in the city of Hamilton."


Iranian hacktivists move into hardcore hacking against West, dissidents


Re: Not just "dissidents," but religious minorities ...

Yet .....


Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS


"The political standoff between the US and Russia over the latter's antics in Ukraine..."

There is probably plenty of murky hanky panky by all sides in that region. at the moment

Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'


yet their website says nothing about this change and still promotes their products as the only thing you need.

Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'


WOE TO THEEE, COMPUTERS WILL DESTROY YOU ALL TE HEHEHEHE" (Stephen attempts to thump synthesized voice box for not sounding evil enough, fails, rolls out in disgust.

Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

Big Brother

While religion is not entirely necessary to begin chopping people into little bloody bits, (although it has been know to assist ) a State of some sort definitely is essential.

Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap


Re: Golden ear set again

down vote for the dbstep, upvote for the QOTSA ;)

FCC net neutrality blueprint TRASHED by US appeals court


Re: @Trevor_Pott: What have you been smoking?

trev, you don't know what a monopoly is do you? its regulation in favour of a firm or a number of firms,

social democracy is merely 50%+1 might is right. how does social democracy restain monopoly ? it can't because it hates heresy or choices. How does it drive margins down? by limiting choice and veriation, if the customer is allowed it at all.

Globalization, zero regulation by the state are postive boon IMHO and the last is problem caused by the state's monopoly over money and the financiers utilizing that monopoly to their own advantage.


Unfortunately for you, Somalia did do better as an anarchist region (obviously not first world better but of comparable nations) until the US backed Ethiopian Invasion of 2007 which prompted the El Shabab people to unhelpfully take up the standard of errm 'defenders of the people'.

Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)


Re: Curiosity kills the KitKat.


Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum


Re: The Mossie

the Germans did have bunch of cheap tanks at the start of the war mark 1 and 2 and even the 3s which were completely useless at the start of the war.


Re: The Mossie

Amazingly and fortunately, navigating the Nazi military/industrial complex was infinitely worse than the Western Allies's version.

Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year


It would certainly be appreciated by African insects.

D-Link hole-prober finds 'backdoor' in Chinese wireless routers


Re: Shoddy work

still other politicians would exploit it but would leave evidence on a blue dress.

Streaming TV Aereo's enemies lob sueball into Supreme Court


Re: The Broadcasters next move will be...

the broadcasters don't have money for that.

Rubbish broadband drives Scottish people out of the Highlands


"..undeniably beautiful, but also freezing cold, windswept and isolated....."

Hence the mournful shaggy highland cattle pictures on tins of shortbread biscuits.

Amazon's EYE-OF-SAURON KindlePhone will watch you with FOUR cameras - report


Its all very well offering me ads for stuff i might want to buy but unfortunately for the advertisers i've already bought the thing

Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN


thebox (sigh) and before that UKnova.......

Deep inside the iPhone 5s lurk a few surprises


the dark arts of power management?

isn't that not having a big extremely pixelated screen, the HTC desire i had would last about a day with mostly everything running (except gps, that didn't work on that phone) and and that had a 4.2 inch screen and only a 1230 mah battery. talk time hmmph better measure is how many movies it will play before dying.

One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?


Re: Independant Scotland outside the EU... ha ha ha

Why is Spain held to be indivisible? Just because two nobs merged their family 'firms' centuries ago. doesn't mean the descendants of the subjects of the king and queen of Castile and Aragon must be held by that.

and as for Border stuff, just don't bother, let people come and go as they like the way they do now.


I 'm going to make a simple suggestion. Don't have a spooks nest, taxmen or a dole office.

Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality


RTM? Responding to moaning, perhaps?

400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official


Re: No wonder

You might be the person to ask. I once read that English would be 'better' if written in Cyrillic rather in Latin.

Reg hack battles Margaret Thatcher's ghost to bring broadband to the Highlands


Re: No....

*I leave it as an exercise for you, dear reader, to decide which is a worse disadvantage. Having no broadband, or being Scottish...

or both.