* Posts by toxicdragon

211 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Nov 2011


Online Safety Bill age checks? We won't do 'em, says Wikipedia


Re: What is deemed harmful to kids ?

"sterilise and mutilate themselves in the name of progressivism." You do realise that you cant get bottom surgery until you turn at least 18. And thats after YEARS of therapy and long term gender changes. You dont just say "I am trans now" and are given a pair of bolt cutters and a corkscrew at the doctors. Its a long involved process.

Robotaxis freed to charge across 60km2 of Beijing


Open sided Tuk-Tuk in tunisia during rush hour. Im convinced that you could still see my nail marks.

Microsoft's problem child, Windows 11, is here. Will you run it? Can you run it? Do you even WANT to run it?


Linux for gaming?

Not technically off topic but general question. I am curious about windows 11 but I am more leaning towards linux these days, I mainly game however and using steam on linux there are very few actual games. Im curious if its a viable alternative now, if wine or similar is much easier to set up than it used to be.

Dozy ISS cosmonauts woken by smoke alarm on eve of 5-hour spacewalk


OK I'm convinced.

At this point it has to be deliberate right? They are trying to either cripple the ISS or everyone on board, but why?

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far


Im convinced there will be a lawsuit from apple coming very shortly, that looks so much like apples OS design.

Here are some deadhead jobs any chatbot could take over right now


Re: why don't phishers script a few skills so that a voice-AI can make unsolicited phone calls

You know what, be kind of interesting to see how far you could take that one.

Flight Simulator 2020: Exciting new ride or a doomed tailspin in a crowded market?


Re: Now *this* is what VR is for ....

Its not VR but Virtual Aerospace does do virtual flight experiences with a real cockpit.

Gaze in awe at the first ever movie of a solar eclipse from recording long thought lost forever


Re: Request from Mrs Tim Foil-Hat

Well, it is true that it was filmed in a studio, just it was the one on mars.

Jocasta? Jocasta! Don't ram that trolley into the man: New tech promises an end to this scenario


Own up

I would just be happy with people admitting it was their own fault. Had this happen to me yesterday, I was stood in a corner, not moving, someones kid rammed into me, mother started hurling abuse at me. Take control of your hellish crotch spawn.

Let 15 July forever be known as P-Day: When UK's smut fans started being asked for their age


Re: Opera?

Did not know about that feature, thank you. Opera downloaded and installed.

Mumsnet data leak: Moaning parents could see other users' privates after cloud migration


Re: Mumsnet penetrated

Not to mention the three and a half million acronyms that, I admit without much digging, I cannot find definitions for.

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results


Re: I know of one good use for Bluetooth

My university lecturers had the exact same thing. Can you give advice as to where you got it? Just searching for presenter isnt terribly helpful.

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone


Re: Uh huh...

"Do tell, where in the GDPR does it say that? (or even mention passwords?)"

"Even though passwords are not specifically mentioned, Regulation (EU) 2016/679 does stipulate that “a high level of protection of personal data” is required. GDPR also requires safeguards to be implemented that prevent the abuse, unlawful access, or transfer of personal data."


SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...


Re: James Hollingshead

"I cannot do that it is against my religion" Is perfectly fine however, what is happening here is "YOU cannot do that it is against my religion" and that is so far from fine God himself would need a telescope to see it. There is nothing wrong with religion in principle, just the incredibly shitty stuff done in its name. And yes I am aware of all the other shitty stuff done in other things names. Doesnt make then any less deplorable too.

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


Re: As I recently learnt from a real postman

"They're even allow to open undelivered letters to see if they contain enough clues to deliver correctly." Wait so the dead letter office is real? Why am I so suprised at that?

Enigma message crack honours pioneering Polish codebreakers


Another book

Another book that mentions more than just bletchley is "Enigma Battle for the Code" By the magnificiantly named "Hugh Sebag-Montefiore" Covers the Polish side, the French side and the naval side actually recovering ENIGMA related materials.

Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown


Re: Smoke me a Kipper

Sorry but its a 14b and a 14f.

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


Re: Re:Figure out your next step...

This is the one thing I am worried about. Come hell or high water my next machine WILL run a Nix variant because of this auto upgrade rubbish. If the worst comes to the worst I think I will have to run windows in a virtual machine just for certain programs.

Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny


Re: A blue butt plug? The guy is a monster...

Im my experience the more colourful ones are cheap and nasty. if its plain black its usually half way decent.

UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour


Re: In related news...

Definatly Pratchett, although I'll be mogadored if I can remember which book.

Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture


So I am sure we can expect the hotels, amenities and attractions to be finished in 2023, just as they will be in Hull.

Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on


Re: Welcome to 21st Century USA

Pseudocode is leet speak? Since when?

IT fraudster facing four years' bird time for $10k blackmail


Re: Rhyming Slang

Possibly. Wiki says birdlime was a sticky substance used in catching birds. Not sure what the link there is but syrup of prunes and all that.

The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like


Re: No Google?

Yes. Has the option to come with a sim card or not. Second page. Also the picture of the motherboard with a sim slot. and the programmable LEDs that can blink for calls.

I want one.

User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box


Small point

"Fleshware" is generally referred to as wetware.

Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship


I tend to watch lets plays of things like GTA and to be honest I like watching people messing about in ways I never really thought of. I apparently lack imagination because I never thought to try to land a helicoper on a train. I now want to.

Also personally I tend to use lets plays as visual demos for the game, these days, even though it is easier than ever to provide them, most games do not come with demos so a demonstration of the gameplay is a big help.

What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit


Re: So Mr Darmore, girls are not fit for IT?

You want comments from women? OK. Fuck off, you don't speak for me.

HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing


Re: If there's no crew on the ship to see the drone

Personally I take away from it that there was no crew so it was undefended, which seems a bit silly considering its the navys new toy.

Blocking peeps on social media? That's a paddlin' for governors, senators, house reps


Indeed, the judge dredd anthology I have has just a page saying "we cant print this, copyright." Would be good to be able to read it, I kind of missed it the first time around.

Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'


Re: Interesting, but...

There was a Dr Who episode with david tennant where ATMOS devices designed to reduce CO2 emissions to near zero were infact designed to terraform earth for the sontarans.

BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY


Re: Benedict?

Wait Simons archive is back up?...

It is. Awsome!

Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)


Sort of, but not by choice, my own work machine has linux on it but just about everything else in the building runs about every version of windows running, the admin staff run 10 and its down to me to fix it.

France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content


I am sorry to say but I am cynical enough to know that it wont just stop there, Yes it may start with the best of intentions but it will not be long before the government is saying "lets block X too because we cab"

WannaCrypt 'may be the work of North Korea' theory floated


Re: Colour me unsurprised

The Norks have around 1k computers, or at least externally accessible IP addresses. Considering the number of addresses world wide that is a very small attack area. And besides, even if it did affect them, how would word get out? I strongly doubt the Norks want their computer security questioned

What augmented reality was created for: An ugly drink with a balloon


"brandishing a rolled-up copy of Judge Dredd The Megazine"

My respect for you Mr Dabbs rises. Good choice of reading material.

NetAdmin challenge: Go to Mars, connect a rover, orbiter and three bases


Re: Hmmmm

Depending on what aspect you mean there is one that simulates LoS and time delay, called remote tech. This lets you set up satellite relays and if you want to control remote technology then you need it to have an active satellite link to a command module or the space center.

A more basic version of this was incorperated into the base game a couple of updates ago, This allows for more realistic remote monitoring/control, well, as in you can set up a control network and control probes, but it doesn't account for time delay

Snakes and bats cause more blackouts than criminal haxors


Re: Flying foxes

"(got any rates the size of dogs)"

Rodents of Unusual size? I don't think they exist.

Sorry. Someone had to.


Re: Flying foxes


I did the same, just thought it was a bat for the first few images, then saw a person stood next to it for scale. That is a big bat.

Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord


Why not Richard Ayoade

To Hull with the crap town naysayers: UK Culture City's got some amazing... telecoms


Not actually related to telecoms

I will admit, lived in hull for all but the first three months of my life, I had no idea the chip spice was only a hull thing, shows how much I get out and about I guess. If you are in the area I recommend buying some, its nice, although it does clog very easily.

Did you know? The FBI investigated Gamergate. Now you can read the agents' thrilling dossier



Can I object to these nutjobs calling themselves gamers?

Its about playing games and discussing the merits there of, like which ending of mass effect 3 was better, or which has better personality aiden peirce or a block of wood.

This harrassment is just bad for everyone and there is no way it should have happened.

This goldfish and its steerable robot tank will destroy humanity


I honestly cant decide if this is cute or terrifying, its still kind of cool to watch through.

'It will go wrong. There's no question of time... on safety or security side'



"We need standards,"


technically beaten to this but I am still posting the XKCD link.

You know how cop cars pile into each other in old comedy movies? That's how the Moon was built, say boffins


I don't really have anything to say about the article just that more things need to use the word glommed.

Learn your way round the Internet of Things in a day? Course you can...



Happy now?

Beer cause Holiday!

Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper


Re: nearly related

@Paul Shirley

I think I know where you live, my local company did the same thing. Didn't know about the hair curlers though. Maybe it is just me but I would treat an unknown charging port the same as an unknown device, dont go sticking things in there, it wont be pleasant.

Little ARMs pump 2,048-bit muscles in training for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale mega-brain


Re: Cool

My uni lecturers used it all the time. I still like it.

Chirp! Let's hear it for data over audio


Jesus christ, yeah the talking paper thing is kind of impressive but did they have to use stupid slang and that "just for you" bit? Advertising might be basically whoring out a product but that is just irritating.

Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'


Re: You're Wrong Sir.

@Howard Hanek

Or owned an old brick mobile.

Google DeepMind 'learns' the London Underground map to find best route


Is anyone else getting an insecure connection warning on the DNC link?