* Posts by Great Bu

512 posts • joined 22 Nov 2011


Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram deplatform themselves: Services down globally

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I just need someone to know

Today for lunch I had a ham and mayo on white bread sandwich, bag of ready salted crisps and mint-choc brownie for lunch, washed down with a can of coke.

This is my fall-back option for reporting same on Facebook.....

Confessions of a ransomware negotiator: Well, somebody's got to talk to the criminals holding data hostage

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Re: Pointing the finger of blame

Surely the blame should be assigned to whoever did not attend the root cause analysis meeting per SOP ?

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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Re: Ha!

Lots of people in the UK also own cannon - I was in the Sealed Knot (UK Civil War re-enactors) and plenty of our artillery members had operational cannons. You only need a shotgun license to own the cannon but an explosives license if you want to keep gunpowder too.

Neither license is all that hard to get but not as easy as now I live in the US of A where all I need is a credit card.....

Blue Origin sets its price: $1.4m minimum for trip into space

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Re: Average American person years of CO2

A better measure would be a fart based scale:

One human fart is approximately 200ml, of which about 10% is methane.

20ml of methane is about 0.00001314 kg of methane. 1 kg of methane is the equivalent of about 85kg CO2 so one fart is equivalent to approximately 0.001kg CO2 (1g).

This means one Blue Origin launch is the climate equivalent of approximately 20,000,000 farts or, as we should more easily quote it, 20 MegaFarts (MF).

I should point out, though, that these figures are approximations and averages. I, for example, did a flatus this morning which I estimate to have been around the 12kF scale on it's own - this estimate based on the fact that the dog got up and ran out into the garden when it went off.

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Re: "One wonders what good that money could do"

But this manner of calculation assumes that individual's time has no value - you can make the trip on foot for infinity MPG if you like as long as you don't mind spending several years making it.....

The poor seat/mpg figures for air travel are the price of getting to your destination in hours rather than days.

Also, apparently no-one thought of train travel to make the sums better, if we are assuming time is no object, make as much of the journey as possible on a full train and the remainder by bus....

Guy who wrote women are 'soft, weak, cosseted, naive' lasted about a month at Apple until internal revolt

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Re: I wholeheartedly agree

There are lost of people I work with who I don't particularly like (and, I am sure, don't particularly like me) - if that is the yardstick we are using to decide on firing people then we will all be on the dole soon enough.

In cases like these, behaviour prior to employment should not be a factor but behaviour following employment should.

Jackie 'You have no authority here' Weaver calls on the UK to extend Coronavirus Act provisions for online meetings

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As long as you ensure that all of the opposition accidentally brutally cut their own heads off whilst combing their hair you should be a shoe-in......

Texan's alleged Amazon bombing effort fizzles: Militia man wanted to take out 'about 70 per cent of the internet'

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The Real Victims Here

I think we are all missing out on who the real victims are here - those poor tech workers at an Amazon data center who were not killed by this terrorist plot and, as a consequence, have to continue working for Amazon......

Honda sends first consumer Level 3 autonomous car into showrooms, but only to 100 lucky Japanese leasers

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Re: Honda suggests human drivers could "watch television/DVD on the navigation screen"

What the fuck is a DVD ? I know what DVDA* is but I don't think you should be watching that while driving.

*Do NOT Google at work.

Pandemic? Check. World in peril? Check. CES is on? Check. So of course Bluetooth Smart Masks are now a thing

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Re: Masks work, even cloth ones

(N-95 Masks don't have exhaust valves - not real ones, anyway)

For masks in general - N95 if properly fitted massively reduces the chances of YOU getting the virus via your nasal and buccal mucous membranes (but not via the eyes - the easiest way to catch it).

Surgical multi-layer masks have a small effect on inhaled stuff but are primarily designed to cause your breath to vent backwards past your ears in order that your gross breath goobers don't land in your patients' open surgical wound, not really to filter anything.

Cloth masks are just there to slow down how fast the boogers come out of your face when you breathe, cough or sneeze and so reduce the radius of infection around a carrier - they protect OTHERS from you, not you from them. They do work on a macro scale in that if everyone wears them the rate of infection is reduced but they do not work on an individual level - wearing one does not significantly reduce the chances of you getting the virus if you are exposed to an infectious splatter.

(How do I know all this ? - I work at Johns Hopkins where all those 'rona data graphs are made...)

Motorola sticks a suit on Moto G Stylus mobe, pushes it towards European corporate types

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Re: input device

Mash the pad for a dialling wand....


Cloud vendors can't resist the lucrative smell of gaming dollars – and they're all in it to win it

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Re: Slow news day?

But by the time you pay off your cutting edge gaming rig in 24 months it is obsolete.....and you need to get another. If you are paying, let's say, $20 a month for the gaming service then you spend less than $500 over the 24 month period on your "gaming rig" and it's always up to spec for whatever game you want to play. This would also cover the cost of the games themselves too. Hard price to beat with the "own your own" model....

When you play the game of Big Spendy Thrones, nobody wins – your crap chair just goes missing

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Peugeot 403 Convertible ?

Was known as the cabriolet and went out of production in 1966.........maybe you are really hankering for the 205 GTi.

One-time permanent DWP secretary Robert Devereux set to rock up at 'ethical' tech biz Salesforce

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Choo Choo !

I don't understand - is it a train for transporting gravy, a train made out of gravy or the train that goes to a town named gravy ?

Open-heart nerdery: Boffins suggest identifying and logging in people using ECGs

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Re: Card i/o (geddit)

"Unfortunately the deceased was unable to get his Tesla to start and autopilot him to the hospital as his progressing heart attack changed his ECG outside the security parameters...."

Silicon Valley doesn't care about poor people: Top AI models kinda suck at ID'ing household stuff in hard-up nations

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Re: see if they can tell

That's not a thumb, it's a space station !

When virtual mittens sell for thousands, of course gamers are ripe targets for cyber shenanigans

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A public service assisting the evolution of mankind....

I would suggest that anyone who wants to pay actual cash money for something that is entirely cosmetic in a virtual world should have all their money taken off them for their own safety.....these criminals are doing a public service.

Hacking these medical pumps is as easy as copying a booby-trapped file over the network

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Re: My only question is ...

I am a nurse and we have many devices that are network connected, mainly to allow data from the various devices and monitors to be automatically populated into the patient electronic record.

They also serve to parrot alarms from the bedside device to the central station monitoring computer so we can ignore them from the comfort of the nice chairs rather than the small bed side stools....

Why telcos 'handed over' people's GPS coords to a bounty hunter: He just had to ask nicely

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This part:

"The indictment against him also claims that he "provided a document… knowing such document was false and fraudulent." It's not clear what that is in reference to and it may be a further check run by mobile operators before approving location data, but it is not clear at this stage since neither law enforcement nor mobile operators want their verification processes to become public knowledge."

of the article tells the rest of the story.

He didn't just call up and ask for it, he called up, the Telco asked for whatever secret documentary proof they normally ask for to allow such information to be released and he sent them a fake one.

So the Telco may have been insufficiently diligent in checking the proof he sent but if the accusation is true they were intentionally defrauded by the accused and are also victims of his malfeasance, they didn't just hand out the information on the basis of a phone call alone.

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He defrauded the telcos by providing fake documentation to "prove" he was entitled to the information. The telcos should also be sanctioned for poor security practices with such sensitive data.

Uncle Sam to blow millions on mind-control weapon tech that can be fitted without surgery

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Shadowrun lives.....

Deckers and Riggers apply within....

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Re: Firefox

I think you meant "I will take a Marauder". Phoenix Hawk LAM's are made of tin foil......

Revealed: Facebook, Google's soft-money 'blackmail' to stall Euro fake news crackdown

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Re: The only surprise is...

I think the only reason people tend to label this as a characteristic of American companies is that ironically they are far more "honest" about doing it.

Exactly the same thing happens elsewhere but the techniques are usually more subtle e.g. US lobbyists can give money directly to politicians in real time to influence their decisions whereas in the UK they have to promise them juicy directorships after they have ended their career in politics.

San Francisco votes no to facial-recognition tech for cops, govt – while its denizens create it

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Olfactory ?

Does that mean that I'm on some CIA database somewhere for my "emissions" ?

It's May 2. Know what that means? Yep, it's the PR orgy that is World Password Day... again

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But the convenience....

I think people miss out on the good side of this.

If I forget my password for some web site that I haven't been on in months and can't remember what the stupid combination of security theater garbage they required for the password all I have to do is phone some guy in Russia who has already stolen my details from one of the numerous security breaches that happen daily and ask him what my password is.

Much quicker than jumping through all the password reset hoops trying to remember who I said my favourite cousin was or whatever.....

The easy answer is to just have essentially 3 passwords - one for personal stuff I actually want to keep secret (banks, email, porn sites etc.), one for work and one for all the other bumfrippery that I don't give a crap about (social media, logins for every other stupid site that needs an account (looking at you, el reg) etc..).

Cop watchers to probe UK police sharing data on witnesses' migration status with Home Office

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Immigration laws are laws just like any other law - breaking them is a criminal act, not a civil infringement.

This is not, repeat, not an April Fools' Day joke: 5 UK broadband vendors agree to pay YOU daily rate for fscked internet

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2 Days !

2 Days !! My fucking balls will be like space hoppers !!!

Googlers, eggheads urge web giant's bosses to kick top conservative off its AI ethics council

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Ethics is not a set standard of beliefs commonly shared by all humanity....

There seems to be a misapprehension among the commentariat about what "Ethics" are....Ethics are a set of beliefs determined by the individual or society, not rules set in stone.

Something is regarded as "ethical" if it fits in with whatever you or your society deem acceptable within their own ethical framework but - and here's the important bit - that ethical framework is determined by the individual or members of the society.

In other words, when you have an ethics committee their task is to decide whether the behaviour under consideration should be regarded as ethical by determining what they wish their ethics to be, not comparing the behaviour to a pre-decided set of ethics and saying whether it fits the mould. An ethics committee should be choosing the shape of the mould, any cretin can decide if a behaviour fits in a mould after the mould's parameters have been determined.

As such, any ethics committee should contain as wide a variety of contributors as are available, in representative proportions, so that they can shape the mould to reflect the society that is being asked to accept it not just trot out a pre-determined outcome predicated by pre-selected membership.

I would go so far as to say that members of the organisation for which the ethics committee is being asked to police ethics should have very little say in who is on the committee otherwise they will just choose a committee that will agree with everything they want to do anyway - not real oversight by any means, just a rubber stamping committee giving the appearance of propriety with no actual effect on the organisation at all.

Altered carbon: Boffins automate DNA storage with decent density – but lousy latency

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Bad news, I'm afraid....

Sorry sir, I'm afraid we are unable to access your data as it has hard drive cancer.....

The curious sudden rise of free US election 'net security guardians

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Silver Linings

I think this privacy thing is being looked at in the wrong way....

I find it much more convenient when I have forgotten my password for a website (probably because I have forgotten all the random rules that it needed 2 caps, 4 numbers, a special character and half of it had to be in a different character set than my keyboard or whatever other bullshit masquerading as security requirements it had) to just call up some guy in Moscow to remind me what it was than have to jump through the agonising 75 step password recovery process instead....

Gorilla Glass fights dirty, dirty germs with antimicrobial coating

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Luckily the toilet seat is likely to be one of the cleanest places in their house (unlike the kitchen counter or, God forbid, the cloth they use to dry the 'clean' dishes with.....)


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Re: Since when does digital data need a permanent medium in the ranges of millions of years?

No, the next program shows how they decoded all the data and found what can only be described as 'mostly porn'.......

Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

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Re: Worthless stats

I'd still rather live in Bill Gates than Wales, though......

Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Re: Still use

I still have my FX7000G, I didn't realise it still worked until I saw my wife sitting at our computer filling in her finances spreadsheet and using the calculator to add up some numbers. I made no comment.*

*Do I get a prize for restraint ?

Datawind's low cost Aakash tab comes to UK, US

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It's £30....

...and that thirtyquidness pretty much trumps any degree of crapness it may have against the rivals. If it was £60 and crapper than an £80 tablet, then it would be pointless but because it costs less than even a second hand version of the nearest competition, it surely wins out as long as it's operational and lasts more than 12 months ( I haven't seen any evidence that it is unreliable or poorly made, just that it is restricted in performance by low cost parts).

For £30 you still get a widget that lets you check your e-mail, facebook etc., read eBooks and play videos, music and minecraft / candy crush / <insert skinner box of choice here> - OK, it does all this slower and lower resolution than more expensive kit but the truth is that for these sorts of applications (especially on a 7" screen) slowness and low resness are far from deal breakers.

As a device to give your 3 year old, it's still a good call as it's also less than half the price of similar things designed to be kid-proof (like the innotab or leap pad things), so you can sustain a moderate break-rate and still be ahead of the game (especially if you tell them you won't replace it if they break it - my 3 year old is quite able to deal with that level of care when motivated by potentially losing his toy).

Excise Xmas prezzie indecision MISERY with El Reg’s gift guide²

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Re: Nest Protect

@Tim99 "Er, no." - No to what ? Your post agrees with what I said - the convection current you mention is directly caused by the lower density of the warm gas from the incendiary source which is the reason for installing detectors in the ceiling - nothing to do with the relative densities of the gases, everything to do with the temperature of the combustion products.

The mixing of the room air with the combustion gases (of whatever kind) does occur but this still takes time - not much but enough that the detector has long since activated and you have the opportunity to escape. Try it - light the bin on fire on your room now, watch as the smoke fills the room from the top down - granted the room fills completely with smoke in a few minutes but you will easily have time to walk out before it does.

As an aside, I did not refer to CO2 in any of my posts (probably because the whole thread is about carbon monoxide detection) nor at any point have I been confused between carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. I am well aware of the reduction in density of any ideal gas relative to the temperature*, unfortunately your assertion that the height of the fire above the floor is the reason why a floor based escape plan is best is only true if you disregard your own argument relating to the mixing of the convection current into the room rapidly (which you should, because it's wrong - the height of the fire above the floor in no significant way alters the mixing effect of the convection currents, the combustion gases arrival at floor level is not significantly different for a couch 2 feet off the floor than it is for a fire on the floor itself).

To cut to the chase - detectors are ceiling mounted because hot gas rises. Doesn't matter what gas or how dense it is relative to other gases at room temperature, the density reduction due to temperature differentials is far greater than the difference in density of any plausible combustion product against the prevailing room air.

*Although I note as a further side point that you have failed to take into account the changes in pressure that would accompany a fire in an enclosed space, so the density only halves with a doubled temperature if the pressure remains constant, a situation that only occurs in a wide open space - inside a building the restricted air flow out of doors and windows would lead to a rise in pressure and concommitant rise in density along with the rise in temperature until the pressure was able to equalise with the outside world -this change in pressure and so density would, of course, be the same for all the gas products in the room, though.

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Re: Nest Protect

Relative vapour densities only apply to gases at the same temperature and pressure - as the CO in this scenario is at a higher temperature than the air in the room (by virtue of having originated in some type of fire) its density is lower than would be suggested by a straight vapour density comparison. The same is true of the carbon dioxide, which, whilst it is denser than room air at the same temperature/pressure, is significantly less dense when a product of exothermic reactions - that's why smoke detectors are ceiling mounted and you have to crawl out of a room if there is a fire.

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Re: Nest Protect

The CO detectors in the ceiling work because the CO is generally being generated by an incendiary source, so the gas is warm when produced and rises to the ceiling first, before dropping to the floor as it cools.

Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

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Re: Another possibility

Also, who's to say that the e-mail address hasn't been compromised from the owners' system (i.e. they have picked up a virus that has mined their own contacts list from their PC or 'phone) ?

Pirate Bay ties up in Peru

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Re: Prize

Your prize is a copy of 'A Few Good Men' - you can collect your prize by googling "Pirate Bay Proxy" then searching for 'A Few Good Men' on there...... :)

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The whole thing is utterly irrelevant because Google is a thing. Until this stops being the case, all the rest is just smoke filled coffee house crap (there is a prize if you can name the film that quote is from...*)

*Prize not actually real.

Developer unleashes bowel-shaking KILLER APP for Google Glass

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I miss Eadon.....

On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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Re: Dear Article Author

Can I get me one of these on eBay ?


Eagle steals crocodile-cam, records video selfie

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Have Amazon seen this ?

Amazon Eagle Deliveries ? (Not available for tasty orders)

Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

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Re: Arrrr me hearties. Man tha mini-harpoons

All you need to do is order one of these:


from amazon and you can use it to play "Let's see what the neighbours got for Christmas".......

That toolbar you downloaded is malware? Tough, read the EULA

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Good News !

I changed your oil and spark plugs and as a bonus I can confirm that your air bags work (ed) !

Chester Cathedral smites net in Wi-Fi SMUT OUTRAGE

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Re: What about the poor Bishop ?

Hey ! The whole point of the article was to try and stop people bashing the bishop !

PS4 with Black Friday underway: TOUGH, you CAN'T HAVE ONE!

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Re: Whether it's an Xbox one or PS4

I am blessed with an April birthday, by which time I hope the early adopters will have cleared up all the launch issues and I will be able to choose easily.

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Re: pizza, energy drink and Tinie Tempah

No, he means "In contravention of the Geneva Convention".........

4G networks are BIG TIME SUCK for us videogame-obsessed Brits

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Re: Subhead

Au contraire - I live on The Mall in Preston (google PR2 6DU) - no quite as salubrious as the London one.....



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