* Posts by Dr_N

1184 posts • joined 12 Nov 2012


'5G for Five Eyes!' US senator tells Parliamentarians the world would be better without Huawei

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Re: Hysteria

Have a Def Leppard beer.

Spending watchdog doubts UK is capable of managing Brexit and coronavirus info campaigns at the same time

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Re: Very capable

>It's the basic Dom (and Steve) script.


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Re: Combined

>They will have to combine them



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Big Dom will see you right:

Big red bus.


Images of unicorns and rainbows.

Job done.


Fujitsu unveils new laptops 'optimized for remote work' – erm, isn't that what laptops have always been for?

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Re: Nope missing an obligatory element

jake> I use a simple dial-back modem connection for more than 95% of my remote work.

How quaint. Do you party like it's 1999 too?

[Secretly wishing I could go back to using Pine...]

Ever felt down after staring at your phone late in bed? It's not just you – mice do too

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Control Groups

What did the groups of mice exposed to red and green LEDs do?

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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Re: pascal was simply useless.

I must still have a PX-8 in my folk's attic.

Along with the bubble memory RAM pack, floppy drive and maybe even the thermal printer.

Wordstar and other packages on PROMs.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Re: "an operating diameter of either 8 or 40 metres"

"operating diameter”

These people only think in 2D.

COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away

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If social distancing isn't respected after the initial buzzer warning, does it go into high voltage shock mode?

UK's Ministry of Defence: We'll harvest and anonymise private COVID-19 apps' tracing data by handing it to 'behavioural science' arm

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Re: Quelle Surprise!

So are people who write software that looks up any "@<text>" (from the email body) in your contacts and add what it finds to your cc list.

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Re: "Thank you, coronavirus"

>Shit. I've just realised the voice in my head doing inner monologues sounds like Priti Patel.

Sounds really scary. Like 300,000;34;974,000% scary!

US govt can talk about the end of lockdown, but Silicon Valley says 'as long as it takes' – and Twitter says 'WFH forever'

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You barbarian.

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: Perfect example...

"Special authorization" that you print out and fill in yourself. And it's mostly for the return trip.

If you have a family reason, or for a couple of other excuses, you can travel to the UK now. They don't care if you leave. They will just not let you back in. Especially if you don't have a titre de sejour.

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Re: Perfect example...

AC>>How, with no flights and a ban on non-essential travel over 100km?

The borders are not closed. You are perfectly entitled to leave. BA are offing a couple of flights a day at around £300 single. Off you pop.

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Re: Perfect example...

>>Right now I'd much rather be in the UK where some common sense applies than stuck here in France.

No one is stopping you. If you don't like the rules here you can "go back to where you came from" can't you.

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Re: due to the ineptitude of Boris and his cohort of fuckwits.

AC> Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!

Beer for Torquemada (Nemesis) quote.

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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Re: Local wildlife

Why's that Dalek speaking R2D2 ?

Go on, hit Reply All. We dare you. We double dare you. Because Office 365 will defeat your server-slamming ways

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Re: I thought it was called Microsoft 365 now...

Office 366 this year, Shirley?

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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The last cool Apple computer.

As hawked by Jeff Goldblum

NUC NUC. Who's there? It's Intel, with a pint-sized 8-core Xeon workstation

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I've been running a D54250WYK in a fanless enclosure since 2013 as the only thing I "watch TV" on.

No heat problems here.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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He used two famous epidemiological stories to prove the point: Typhoid Mary and John Snow.

I'm not sure an outbreak of White Walkers falls into the same category as Covid-19.

Will mobiles work north of The Wall? Coverage can be quite patchy, so I've heard.

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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Re: They are the virus

But my original point is that conspiracy and pseudoscience is on the rise and just ignoring it is no enough.

60,000 people in the anti-5G Facebook group.

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Re: Income


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Re: They are the virus

@[email protected]m

Hello Kirk,

You are using scientific terms, but it seems to me, only as a method to obfuscate, not to communicate.

Which puts your post in the realm of pseudoscience.

So I'd like to ask you. Why do you post such snippets? What is the point you want to make and what would you like to achieve?

Could you clarify?

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They are the virus

These anti-vaxx, anti-5G, pseudo-science babbling loons are multiplying like a viral pandemic.

There a thousands of them.

With the acceptance of "alternative facts" it is proving easy to peddle all sorts of utter cobblers and then claim free speech and "belief" to defend the indefensible.

Calling them loons and fruitloops isn't working.

Pointing out their utter lies isn't working.

Suggestions ...?

Xiaomi what you're working with: Chinese mobe-flinger proffers two Redmi Note phablets for UK market

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Re: This is more than a little disturbing...

All of their Mi A(x) are vanilla Android One for their overseas market.

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IR Remote

One of the things that keeps me with Xiaomi is the IR remote. (Other Chinese brand do offer these too.)

An ever useful feature. Especially in hotels where they've replaced the standard TV remote with one that doesn't let you play around with inputs and settings.

But the standard phones have gotten too big. And these Notes are waaaaay too big to be practical. (So have had to source a cut-price, last-in-stock Mi 9SE and sacrifice the 3.5mm jack for my Latest Xiaomi adventure.)

Wakey-wakey! A quarter of IT pros only get 3-4 hours' kip – and you won't believe what's being touted as the 'solution'

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" ...recommended seven-to-eight hours' shut-eye"

Recommedation for lightweights and wimps?

Wall Street analyst worries iPhone is facing '2nd recession' after 2019 annus horribilis

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Re: "the global pandemic derailed Apple and the rest of the industry"

bombastic bob> SERIOUSLY look. And Mexico looks pretty good. "Hecho en Mexico" - sounds good to me!

But they've not paid for your wall yet.

Cosmo Communicator: Phone-laptop hybrid is neat, if niche, tilt at portable productivity

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Deal breaker

"Despite the unit coming with a whopping 4,200mAh cell, I still found myself running for the wall outlet several times during the same day."

Game Over for me.

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

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Re: Screaming amounts of rampant twattery

@Dr Ellen's Nobel prize quote.

Cutaneous Tuberculosis is a bacterial skin infection, not viral.

Are you one of those people who quotes Nobel Prizes to peddle scam cures, fuel magnets and other such ?

Google: We've blocked 126 million COVID-19 phishing scams in the past week

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They added that "bad actors" have leapt upon the "uncertainty surrounding the pandemic".

I don't agree with his views, but wouldn't say Woody Harleson was a particularly bad one. At least not compared to some others.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Re: Re Cycle Wheels

>I am not sure you have been on the Hifi forums recently.

Still full of people extolling the virtues of audiophilic-homeopathy products?

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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Re: Indictment of education system

Doctor Syntax>

You forgot to name check the former Educaton Sec & current minister for the Cabinet Office, right at the centre of government.

AND his trusty weirdo advisor sidekick.

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

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Re: Correlation

Sarah Vine is in the house!

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Be Scared

Just check out the most-upvoted comments on other less technical websites for Corona Virus related articles:

Apologies in advance for posting a hate-site link:


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Black Helicopters


I'm sure the Venn diagram for 5G-scaremongers, anti-vaxers, and chem-trail believers is just one big cicle.

This is what you get when you spread statements like, "People have had enough of experts." Sow the wind ....

Where's the best place to add Mentos to Diet Coke for the most foam? How big are the individual bubbles? Has science gone too far?

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Old Skool is best

Grape fireworks in the microwave is way more satifying with less clean-up needed.

Internet circa 1995 iirc.

Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong

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Re: Why do so many businesses seem to need video?

It's even worse when your webcam is above your laptop screen and you're using an external monitor only.

Zoom vows to spend next 90 days thinking hard about its security and privacy after rough week, meeting ID war-dialing tool emerges

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Re: Anyone else...

My job here is done.

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Anyone else...

... hear the Fat Larry's Band track in their head every time this service/app is mentioned?

US prez Trump's administration reportedly nears new rules banning 'dual-use' tech sales to China

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Dual Use Technology

Is that like nuclear chicken coops and flame-throwing rakes...?

Internet use up 40 per cent in San Francisco Bay Area – but you know what’s even higher? Yep, alcohol, weed use

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Re: Makes sense


I see your 14yr old Caribbean Cask and raise you (a glass of) 15 yr old Single Barrel. (Amongst many, many others.)

Planet Computers has really let things slide: Firm's third real-keyboard gizmo boasts 5G, Android 10, Linux support

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Re: Whilst I loved (and still have) my Psion5mx...

I use this for the Intel ComputeStick:


Added bonus of a mousepad, microUSB rechargeable and can be used as a wired USB keyboard when innevitably Windows boots and refuses to connect to the bluetooth keyboard.

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Re: It's not just the Gemini that has bugs...

Chris King> I went for a Cosmo - the hardware is fantastic, but the software has been pretty ropey

And there's the rub. I've been after something like this ever since my '5 stopped being a realistic everyday use gadget. But I've yet to see anything with fully functional and integrate suite of software optimised for the formfactor and keyboard.

Want to see through walls? Electroboffins build tiny chip in the lab that vibrates at just the right frequency to do it

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Re: Ugh!

Agreed productization is clearly an insult to the English language.

It should be productisation.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

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Re: Meanwhile

Demonic Cummings, Shirley?

RAAAAAB! FTW. ( Everyone strap in. Rough air ahead, we're in for some chop. )

Hong Kong coronavirus quarantine evaders collared by cops with the help of smartphone-tracking tech

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Re: Not so smart tech

anon>but it is so much more convenient to just reach out for the handle and know that it's going to be unlocked

Yeah mine can do that too. Without me having to undergo surgery.

Disable, because security.



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