* Posts by Scroticus Canis

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Detroit Police make second wrongful facial-recog arrest when another man is misidentified by software

Scroticus Canis
Unhappy

So next time the tuna will be guilty and the Detriot guy ends up in the sushi?

Sigh! I used to like this planet. Not so much lately.

Rip and replace is such a long Huawei to go, UK telcos plead, citing 'blackouts' and 'billion pound' costs: Are Vodafone and BT playing 'Project Fear'?

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Unhappy

Re: > "selling point of 4G was greater range/capacity" - not around here

I live in a Southend-on-Sea suburb; O2's 4G here (Tesco Mobile) does not provide any data service whatsoever, not in the house, not in the gardens nor in the local high street or train station. Nada, nix, efokoli (Fanagalo for nothing).

There is a good signal, calls and texts are fine but data just wont work (no internet connection) and O2 said everything is working fine! 3G on the other hand works for the data apps, but only at 7-8Mb/s.

Around Southend there seems to be several O2 4G no-data areas. Really useful when you need mobile banking in a shop or business or want to Skype/FaceTime people.

If they can't make 4G work properly then I hold no hope that a 5G upgrade would be of any use. Maybe including Huawei kit would make the 4G work.

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. Fujitsu tells 80,000 of its Japan employees: From now on, you work remotely

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Re: "It'll be dignitas for me"

Better start buying a prepaid plan now then, they're not free. On the bright side maybe Soylent will have opened a "free" service by then.

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

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Happy

Re: family - "let her pay for it (from her own money)"

I have a suspicion that you haven't been married.

(Icon - me, after the divorce went through)

The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist

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Re: Hitler a communist, hah!

Well he was the leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party a.k.a. Nazi Party. Communism is a form of socialism, so.....

Just saying.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

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Holmes

Re: "WHY would they build aircrafts that are:"

3 - likely to be completely rejected by passengers

I for one will never set foot upon one again.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Headmaster

Re: Dislexia Lures KO

FTFY

'We're changing shift, and no one can log on!' It was at this moment our hero knew server-lugging chap had screwed up

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Terminator

Re: marketing

Hopefully they're being herded towards the B Ark.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Facepalm

Re: 'Deny Friday' ?

Wishing for an Allow Christmas

The Deny Country, the Deny Hills

The Allow Cliffs of Dover

I'll have a deny coffee please

Where does it all end?

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

Scroticus Canis
Holmes

"a total twat and a moron" - too much credit ...

... a twat at least has some depth, while a moron has an IQ between 60-79. Trump has no depth and he is not that smart.

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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Big Brother

Re: Incredible!

Joe, is that you?

Are you extracting the urine, ESA? Why, yes it is, from Moon dwellers to build homes out of lunar regolith. Possibly

Scroticus Canis
Coat

Re: What's it smell like?

Grandma's house.

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes

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Unhappy

Re: @ I ain't Sparticus -- Green card holders and the immediate family of US citizens get a pass.

Huh, spring chicken eh? I am, and to think I paid two and six pence to watch it!

Or was it five bob for the pair?

SpaceX Falcon 9 meets watery end, and NASA needs someone to go to Mars and whack its mole

Scroticus Canis

Re: Typo?

Yes.

No backdoors needed: Apple ditched plans to fully encrypt iCloud backups after heavy pressure from FBI – claim

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Unhappy

Crayons only.

Nah, he ate those. That's why he has to use a felt tip.

Pack your bags! NASA's latest exoplanet hunter satellite finds its first Earth-sized world in a habitable zone – and it's only 100 light years away

Scroticus Canis
Happy

Re: How many planets?

Now your just pandering on.

You cannae break the laws of physics, cap'n... Boffins call BS on 'impossible' black hole, fear readings were botched

Scroticus Canis

Hmm... aim for the head then?

BOFH: Trying to go after IT's budget again?

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Unhappy

... and then chop down, pulp and make into paper ...

... with an incredible amount of toxic waste. You could smell their pulping plant 20 or more clicks away depending on the wind. It was vile.

Pack your bags, you're going to America, Lord Chief Justice tells accused Brit hacker

Scroticus Canis
Unhappy

Apparently not. Pence isn't president yet.

Denial of service kingpin hit with 13 months denial of freedom and a massive bill to pay

Scroticus Canis
Childcatcher

WTF - "Pennsylvania school district .... and the local Catholic Diocese"

Who let the local left footers anywhere near a school district's computer systems with all those juicy kiddies' details? Buggers belief really.

Astroboffins rethink black hole theory after spotting tiny example with its own star buddy

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Boffin

Maybe it's a pair of neutron stars ...

... in a tight mutual orbit and the low mass red giant is just orbiting them; gotta be a low mass red as it's orbiting something that's just 3.3⊙ and far enough away that it's not being bled of gas.

What's the scoop with Mars InSight's mired mole? It's digging again, thanks to trowel trickery

Scroticus Canis

"I wonder what this is?" said Baby Clanger

Whistle, whistle, etc...

Imagine finding this bad boy in your shower: Brit startup pulls the sheets off Moon spider mech

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Childcatcher

Re: Do I have this right..?

Well it was made for 3-5 year olds and the narrator is telling them the story. Just like every episode that was made.

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Terminator

Re: "the four-legged robot can also jump"

A good enough reason pack a pump-action if you go up there. Just to be sure.

EU's top court says tracking cookies require actual consent before scarfing down user data

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Holmes

Re: What have the Germans ever done for us?

On the plus side: some damned good beer, schnapps, Heckler & Koch, a few of great composers, some decent motor cars and resistance to Roman expansion long ago.

On the minus side: Karl Marx, a couple of world wars, sauerkraut, sarin, mustard gas, Rhineland wines and world leaders of industrial pollution until the USA and then China showed how it should be done.

Still ambivalent over their contributions to the UK aristocracy.

Got a pre-A12 iPhone? Love jailbreaks? Happy Friday! 'Unpatchable tethered Boot ROM exploit' released

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Happy

Re: ...like to take screenshots of movies

You can on macOS if your watching in a browser (cmd+shift+4 - the standard way).

Noticed that there was engraving on the muzzle of Dead Pool's gun in the opening sequence (second film) but too small and fast to read. Screen-shot and got "SMILE" at the top of the muzzle and "WAIT FOR THE FLASH" on the bottom. Thought the humour was great even if it was mainly for the crew who did it

Behold the perils of trying to turn the family and friends support line into a sideline

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Facepalm

Re: "...says the person who never dropped a deck of punched cards"

Ah, floor-sorting a 5,000+ card COBOL compilation run; the good old days :)

Remember the fun to be had with those hand powered card punches where multiple keys had to be pressed concurrently? Always some snafu before the end of the line was reached.

Or calling the h/w engineers because some tosser had sellotaped a chard back in place as a correction. Really upset the card reader feed mechanism rollers.

BOFH: We must... have... beer! Only... cure... for... electromagnetic fields

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Devil

Well they won't be getting any from the cell towers

At least not from around here.

Astroboffins baffled after spotting solar system with great gas giant that shouldn't exist

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Re: The standard model of planet formation

Seems the most likely explanation. One eddy in the collapsing gas and dust cloud just made it to stellar mass, the other didn't. Probably halted as the red dwarf reached ignition mass and density dispersing the rest of the cloud via radiation pressure.

macOS? More like mac-woe-ess: Google Chrome slip-up trips up SIP-less Apple Macs

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Devil

Re: Why?

To bring the Windows 10 Update experience to Mac users?

Emergency button saves gamers from sudden death... of starvation

Scroticus Canis
Holmes

Re: "Never drink the Lucozade"

After tasting it once, about 50 years ago, I have always thought it was just a way to monetise old diabetes mellitus urine samples.

Scroticus Canis
Paris Hilton

Good to see the old blonde bimbo jokes being recycled

No, not really.

Those furious gun-toting Aussies were just a glitch. Let's try US drone deliveries, says Wing

Scroticus Canis
Meh

Clickbait title - where's the guns in the article, where's the chasing?

see title.

That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away

Scroticus Canis
Devil

Re: Holy Smoke

When you've left your Rizla's at home ;)

Snoops can bypass iOS 13 lock screen to eyeball your address book. Apple hasn't fix it yet. Valid flaw? You decide

Scroticus Canis
Facepalm

Just RTFM and this is apparent

... which is why I just turned it off. Why would you want a phone thief to be able to read and respond to your text messages?

Wake me up before you Gogo ... so I can jump out: Kenyan MP takes on aeroplane flatulence

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Devil

Crop Dusting ...

... is the term cabin crew use to describe the practice of releasing the SBDs as they stalk the aisles. They are also prone to getting the farts from the pressure changes and diet.

SBD - silent but deadly

SpaceX didn't move sat out of impending smash doom because it 'didn't see ESA's messages'

Scroticus Canis
Happy

Re: I OWN SPACE

How many Falcon Heavies did you strap together to get that bugger up there?

LightSail 2 successfully unfurls its silvery solar sails, prepares to become a truly solar-powered satellite

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Facepalm

Re: Reg needs a new office supplier

Yes. I certainly heard a lot of WHOOSH noises reading some of the replies.

Incognito mode won't stop smut sites sharing your pervy preferences with Facebook, Google and, er, Oracle

Scroticus Canis
Big Brother

Re: Close and re-launch the browser BEFORE and after your, ahem, "sessions".

FTFY - assuming your browser is set to clear cookies, etc... on close.

Never heard onanism called 'ahem' before :)

Grav-wave eggheads come closer to nailing down Hubble's Constant – the universe's speedy rate of expansion

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Alien

Re: "... estimation of intergalactic distances ..."

Apply the Hubble constant to the observed red-shift and that gives you distance. That's why it would be nice to have an accurate value so it would be easy to calculate distances without having to wait for a Type 1a to go off near to the observed object.

Metropolitan Police's facial recognition tech not only crap, but also of dubious legality – report

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Facepalm

Wooosh - you miss the point - there was no automatic facial recognition in use ...

... so why is this killing relevant to the the use of said equipment?

"At around 9:30am, officers carrying out surveillance saw Menezes emerge from the communal entrance of the block..." according to Wikipedia.

The eyeballing operative had CCTV prints of the suspects and thought he might be of interest. However he had his dick in his hands at the time and thus could not film de Menzes to send images to another Dick who was the Gold Commander of the operation. Thus it's the dicks which caused the evolving cock-up to go lethal.

So why link it to a technology which wasn't even in use at the time? Or do you think ancient CCTV is automatic facial recognition?

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Meh

Re: Jean Charles de Menezes wasn't a victim of facial recognition cameras.

The failing there was the good old Mark One Eyeball of the current Met. Commissioner, who was the "Gold Commander" on that botched op., and her underlings. Sweet FA to do with automatic facial recognition.

So your point mentioning him was?

Get rekt: Two years in clink for game-busting DDoS brat DerpTrolling

Scroticus Canis
Headmaster

Were you looking for one of these - ‽

Here's a dead one - ⸘

FCC adviser and fiber telco CEO thrown in the clink for five years after conning investors out of $270m with fake deals

Scroticus Canis
Devil

"...to be nominated by FCC boss Ejit Pai as one of two chairs on the watchdog's..."

FTFY.

Look, we've tried, but we just can't write this headline without saying boffins have probed Uranus's cold ring

Scroticus Canis
Happy

Re: Weird usage of 'glomming'

Try the OED - sense 2: become stuck or attached to a thing (or person). American informal from the Scottish glaum.

Katyanna's usage is correct and descriptive of 'slushy' particles sticking together.

Now about your mental imagery of aliens ...

What price the Moon? Tips from the past might save the present

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Devil

Re: new phrase - Diagnostic hammering...

... followed by the obligatory "percussive maintenance".*

Been doing that for decades. Pass the sharpened hammer please.

* Usually delivered to the cadence of the chant "Work you fucker, work!"

UK taxman falls foul of GDPR, agrees to wipe 5 million voice recordings used to make biometric IDs

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Big Brother

HMRC are not above the law...

The "Her Majesty's" bit in fact says they mostly are; you cannot sue a Crown Office. It also means they do not need a search warrant when they come to inspect your books, imports (legal and otherwise), etc...

It was always a power that H.M. Customs & Excise had (The Knock) and by combining them and the Inland Revenue the same powers were extended to the tax man. Neat eh!

We regret to inform you the massive asteroid NASA's all excited about probably won't hit Earth

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Happy

Re: The Royal "We". - "could use the 20W50 for the landy & the lady friend"

Nah. I'll stick with the snake oil thanks ;)

Eggheads confirm it's not a bug – the universe really is expanding 9% faster than expected

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Paris Hilton

How do you measure the rate of expansion by observing a gravitationaly bound dwarf galaxy?

The Greater Magellanic Cloud orbits the Milky Way and will eventually merge into it.

It is moving closer to the Milky Way; so how do you calculate a positive rate of expansion from two reference points inside a gravitationally collapsing system?

I am intrigued.

Idiot admits destroying scores of college PCs using USB Killer gizmo, filming himself doing it

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Trollface

Re: "just install Norton "Internet Security" on computers ... makes them completely unusable"

What have you got against Windows 10 update doing it for you?

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