* Posts by Mark 85

12417 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

The Devil's in the details: Church of Satan forced to clarify that no unholy rituals taking place in SoCal forest

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I'll stay with the real deal if you please..

The real deal is of course the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,

Cambridge student rebuilds Polish Enigma-code-breaking box that paved the way for Turing ... and Victory!

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Well, it's on Youtube so we techies will have to do some digging.for more info. A pity they couldn't be a bit more technical in the video though.

Trump reveals US cyber-attack on Russian election-misdirection troll farms

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Re: "his own brilliance"

At last count, he's posted to Twatter and in speeches he's up to over 15,000 lies. What's truth? What's a lie? Been so much crap coming out of the WH, that it's very hard to tell. I do believe that he fully understands Goebbel's Rule: "“Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”,".

As proof, he has an awful lot of people believing him.

The reluctant log trawler: The buck stops with the back-end

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Re: Bodging someone else's cock-up

And once they know (through harsh experience) they will have to clean up their own mess, they will start writing better code.

Or, more likely, after the first time they had to fix the code, they suddenly find a new position with a new company.

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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I know there's a way to report this, but I can't remember what this is

Lower left hand corner, just below the last paragraph: "Tips and corrections".

Civil-rights probe: Facebook has completely failed to… Zuck: Look over here! We’ve banned four groups! Go me!

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Well, both he and Trump are psychopaths. I guess they have to stick together.

Way back when they met, it would have been interesting* to have been a fly on wall.

*or maybe nauseating which would be more likely.

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

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Re: So what happened?

The C-suite suits decided to hire monkeys, pay them peanuts and outsource everything to the lowest bidder. The suits at the top never learn that cutting costs will at some point kill profit and the business.

Cereal Killer Cafe enters hipster heaven, heads online: Coronavirus blamed for shutters being pulled down

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I always thought that the late Lester could have opened a restaurant chain with his menu of post-pub noshes.

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world

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Re: No.

He surrounds himself with yes men, and watches his cheerleaders on Fox News for hours every morning

He's lately been beating up Fox for questioning his decisions and pushing for people to go to another news service that loves him.

As long as everyone praises him, he's happy. The minute they question, he'll scream, through a tantrum, and bad mouth them.

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Considering that he's in trouble with his base slowly melting away, this is just another attempt to pander to to them. He hates anyone not white and it's showing more and more everyday* He plays the religion card very well even though he hasn't been in a church in decades.

If the shrinks are right who have looked at things from a distance are right, he's an egomaniac, a paranoid, and in dementia. From where many of my friends are, we think he's just nuts.

I wonder what his next stupid stunt will be. But then again after the way he's treated other world leaders as well as citizens of the US, I'm not sure really want to know.

*Except he loves to use/abuse them for worker bees in hotels.

It's not a Windows 10 release without something breaking so here's a troubleshooter for your OneDrive woes

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With all the issues of Win10 and MS's constant "fixing and changing" things, I have to wonder why customers put up with it? From everything I've read, heard, and seen, it's still not fit for purpose.

Disclaimer.. not a Win10 user. I'm in the Linux world with Win7 for a VM. Happy as a hog in a waller as they say and not looking back.

Born slippy: NASA Mars rover Perseverance to persevere on Earth a little longer as launch date pushed back again

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(who is this f*ck-up fairy gal anyway?)

Murphy's sister.

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

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Re: chewed wires

even rats have musical taste.

Similar thing at home. My wife gave music lessons (piano, recorder or violin); if the music was done well our cat would sit around and listen and if not he would leave.

The old saying is true: Everyone's a critic.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Re: This is why we can't have nice things.

Several years ago, my local university had to cut down what was basically a very small forest on campus

Somehow that just seems wrong to cut down the trees and put a fence up to keep the deer out. Would it not have been better to fence in the humans to keep them away from the deer?

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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So once the Government gets its way....

Any financial transaction won't be safe. Any private message won't be safe. I think the first folks to enjoy this should be the ones who vote for removing encryption.

The US has a government run by numpties starting with the guy at top. If there's any intelligence in any voter here in the States, I hope they vote the numpties out.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Re: I called the cops

Managed to call the cops by mistake when calling back to the UK from our US office. I dialled 9 to get an outside line then 11 for the UK. The US emergency number is 911.

You must have been doing it on an outside line. Otherwise it wouldn't have done that.

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Re: "Now is the time to confess all with an email to Who, Me"

You're lucky. You have one that does color. Mines black ink only. If I could just get people to stop sending faxes with logos and stuff that's black on a red background....

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Re: What is scariest..

Many of us are. Once upon a time, we would be appalled at a pile of lies coming out of the Oval Office, but there's been so many and iin rapid fire succesion that it's impossible to keep up with them. We've become jaded to it.

NASA scientists mull sending a spacecraft on a 13-year mission to visit Neptune's 'bizarre' moon, Triton

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Re: Faster!

But that why us geezers want things sped up. I remember the first satellite launches. I want to see some colonization, new things in space. I want them yesterday.

BTW, get off my lawn, kid.

Facebook's cool with sharing the President's nonsense on its mega-platform – but don't you dare mention 'unionize' in its Workplace app

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Re: Is Zuck angling for a US VP job? He's got the billions and lots of experience

Not sure if Zuck would quit his day job for VP that pays a lot less. On the other hand, he has a history of supporting Trump. <shrugs> Who know what lurks in the minds of men?

Wailing Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday as versions of Windows 10 stop playing nicely with plugged-in printers

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Still waiting for Win 10 to "stable".

Didn't happen this month again... I'll just crunch along with Win 7 and continue to be patient.

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

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Ah, sales droids

They find ways to bork a system that a programmer/developer never dreamed of. I believe that at least one them should be a tester of any software because if it can be broken and turned into a cesspool, they can do it.

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh

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I don't know about the lad in the article but here in the States, the Amish outfit their buggy horses with a catch cloth.

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea

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Re: I am reminded...

There's more than drones now. There's armored vehicles, assorted medium to heavy arms, etc.

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Re: Purpose of survey questions

You know what I don't see in that list? How about a question about people's opinions of drone use for purposes like policing? Not search and rescue? The reasons they've been used recently. How are you supposed to figure out what people think if you don't ask about the thing you're going to talk about? If you don't care what people think, why do you bother to ask them?

Why? It's a slanted and carefully crafted poll. "Do you want to be against finding lost children?" for example. So this boils down to pure public relations and eye wash for the masses so they can seem to say "we care".

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Re: You asked my opinion about drones...

They will probably keep the drones and increase the number even if the results go to "stop". Their reasoning is along the line of many hard-core police and government types... "if have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear."

As for the public polling, and what's will be asked, I'm sure there's some in depth analysis going on of the respondents involving IP addy.

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

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The mention of money is probably what his rant is about. Instead of the US spending the money in Russia, it's now spending the money here in the States. Someone over there has to be really upset about this.

Keepnet kerfuffle: Firing legal threats at bloggers did infosec biz more damage than its exposed database

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That seems to be the way things have been going.

Company screws up.

Company gets called on it.

Company denies they were at fault.

Company sics the lawyers on the one who called them on it.

Company becomes a laughing stock by IT types.

Japan to test self-destructing satellite to shrink space junk with string and an inanimate carbon blob

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Just a bit late maybe

With all the ones being launched weekly by SpaceX, this seems be like closing the barn door after the horse got out.

That aside, it's still a good idea to get stuff out of orbit and clean things up a bit.

Trump's Make Space Great Again video pulled after former 'naut says: Nope

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Re: Took first good look at

At the rate he putting on the pounds (weight not money) he'll soon be a "bigger man" Xi. Maybe he is already?

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Re: Practically the only thing that has gone right in his Presidency

Trump's not so politically savvy to understand he's acting like a Fascist dictator (in the Mussolini mold)

Oh, I think you are very wrong in this. I think he knows very well what he's doing. Look that the world leaders he's praised and calls "very fine people" and look at the leaders he's shunned and insulted. Look at the way he argued that he should have an extra year because the impeachment took a year out of his Presidency or at least his focus on the Presidency.

If he pulls a win in this election out of his ass, it's very possible the next 4 years will be hell. I worry not only about our people but the Constitution as he continues seeking work-arounds of it.

If he wins.... my find all be having to chant "Hiel Trump". Be afraid, very afraid, this guy's mental state has been questioned by my folks brighter than most of us and it shows that he's all out for power.

If Daddy doesn't want me to touch the buttons, why did they make them so colourful?

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Re: More of a Who Me? except he got away with it

Plastics were real plastics some 30+ years ago!

You mean there's fake plastics now?

Hooray, space boffins have finally got InSight lander's heat probe back into Martian ground again

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The next time,

Send two robots. One with an arm for drilling. The other with a BFH and also the ability to jump up and down on the drilling arm.

Staff in a huff, personal call with Trump, picking fights with Twitter, upsetting civil-rights groups – a week in the life of Facebook's Zuckerberg

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Zuck and Trump

Zuck met with Trump about a year ago. This might be a result of that meeting. From the coverage of that meeting, it feels like Zuck is really on the Trump side of things. So with that in mind, is any of this latest surprising?

As Twitter blocks white supremacists posing as anti-fascists, FBI appeal is flooded with images of cop violence

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Overall, this is pretty sad and scary state of affairs and not the first time this has happened nor probably the last.

The guy at the top hasn't said much to calm people down it seems. Mostly the opposite with his silence except to scream about his enemies and the fire and fury he'll bring down which will do the opposite of opening dialog.

I note that Zuck doesn't seem to care what goes up on FB as long he makes profit. So read into that what you want in order of things going on.

As for the rest of us, i hope we stay safe and try to calm things as best we can. Yes, there's outrage at what's happened not only to George Flyod but others not only black but just about any race other than white. Those stirring the pot have their own agendas and many of those are not about peace but destruction.

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station

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Re: this is only half the trip

From up, the only direction available is 'down'.

Well there's also "more up"... "left" and "right". None of those are good though for this flight. Down would be the preferred flight path to get home.

They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station

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Re: Awesome...

Only 2 hours of watching here due to other issues. But it was grand and excellent. Icing on the cake was hitting the landing of the booster. Adult beverages all around!!!!!!

Watch SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn

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No one said it, I'll do it.

Obligatory: Rocket science is easy, it's the rockets that are hard.

Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted 'figures in millions'

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There have been a few cockups of epic proportions due to different units. Seems one of the space craft to Mars (if I remember right) had that problem and reduced itself to component parts on landing/impact.

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Missing Matter?

Ok.. a question, maybe it's dumb.

Have we discovered all the galaxies in the universe? Maybe that there's more undiscovered galaxies and that's where the missing matter is.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

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As a token of appreciation for the inevitable bail out they be getting at some stage perhaps they will donate a Max for use as Airforce One.

I thought they were using the Max for a tax write off for profits from the arms side of the company. But still a great idea on donating one.

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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Careful there. You mentioned Coronavirus and if a certain high ranking elected US person sees it, there will suddenly be press conferences and lots of questions to the Surgeon General about "you'll test this right?", etc.

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

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Re: Thoughts and prayers

So, if it's the older population that dies then there goes the Congress, the Supreme Court, and much of the Executive branch including the guy at the top. Not to mention many of the top corporate guys.

Unless this the result of younger operatives in the party, someone didn't think this through. Or did I read your post wrong?

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Re: Trumpetsters Trumpet Drumpfs Lumps

He can't stop Tweeting. He'll loose his base which cant' handle more than 250 words at any one time. And then there's the self-ego thing of his which he reminds everyone regularly (in 250 words or less).

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Re: Worst American president ever

Well, he keeps telling us he's he best, etc. etc. etc.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: Strong men, thin skins

Did someone contradict the shite he spouts? So not fair!

It kind of hard to contradict that much crap because there's so much of it spewed. His average Tweet Storm takes about 2 day for the press to analyze and rebuke it. If he'd spend the time doing his job instead of watching Fox and spewing, things might actually be better.

I don't see things changing but only getting worse. Various shrinks and psychologists seem to think he's into dementia, paranoia, and mental degradation. Seems like that might be true having had a family member hit by those issues.

With his killing of treaties, and general belligerence I hope that who ever has the launch codes won't give them to him.

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets

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Re: Free speech?

Yes, on is free to speak, but media is not obligated to spread it.

More importantly, Trump obviously never learned "It's better to remain silent and let people think you are a fool than to speak and prove you are a fool."

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Re: Rootin' Tootin'

It would be perfectly fine with him if Twitter killed off all the opposition tweets. But his... are huge, brillant, best ever, ad infinitum ad nauseum. Ask him. He'll tell how perfect he is.

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Re: It's a coup

"You don't make more money by keeping an epidemic going"

If it's not about money, then it's about power and power controls the money.

Dude, where's my laser?

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Re: "Of course, in the '70s, active correction of the beam was not an option."

Not if you've got a big enough laser!!!

So the solution would also involve bigger sharks and bigger boats? Seems reasonable.


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