* Posts by Flip

88 posts • joined 6 Feb 2013

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Two large flightless birds walk into a bar... The pub's owner was not emused *ba-dum tsh*

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re: The language is evolving in strange ways

The language went to hell when Google became a verb...

Germany bans Tesla from claiming its Autopilot software is potentially autonomous

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What's In A Name?

I've always thought that Tesla chose "Autopilot" in order to prevent other manufacturers from using it to describe their own "assisted driving" technologies. One day it may be an actual functioning "hands-off" type of thing, and then the name "Autopilot" will actually be closer to the truth.

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

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Re: I'll just leave this here.

@cosymart

I had to look up frobbed first!

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

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Re: Could someone check the numbers?

Just as the article stated:

"Although it is a big step in research 'n' development terms, it is not quite a commercial thing just yet: "The cabin of the plane was obstructed by two tons of lithium-ion batteries and cooling equipment, with little room for passengers. It certainly wasn't a cabin setup that would make any sense commercially," reported the newspaper.

I think it would be neat to experience flying in an e-plane that has no (or very little) engine noise.

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

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Pint

Good Day, eh?

Bob and Doug. Canada salutes you!

US court rules: Just because you can extract teeth while riding a hoverboard doesn't mean you should

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Re: Alaskan treats

Yep...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadbury_Creme_Egg

Canada's .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired

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Re: Stock images

Meh. I'm a Canuck and I just chuckled when I saw the picture. If you've ever been to a tourist shop (that would be just about all shops) in a National Park, all you see are moose dolls dressed in Mountie or hockey uniforms holding jugs of maple syrup.

Europol wipes out 30,000+ piracy sites, three suspects cuffed to walk the legal plank

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Joke

"counterfeit items and dodgy goods...

...from untrusted online retailers"

Such as Amazon?

Uncle Sam wants to read your tweets, check out your Instagram, log your email addresses before you enter the Land of the Free on a visa

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Re: What about the antisocial?

Depends on your age. If you have grey hair or little hair (for men, anyway), it's reasonable to not have a social media account. If you're a young adult it would be very suspicious not to list any.

Key to success: Tenants finally get physical keys after suing landlords for fitting Bluetooth smart-lock to front door

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Terms and Conditions and Conditions and Conditions...

I used to read ToC's, and if they sort of made sense then I accepted them as a condition of using whatever website, account, app, etc. But the other day I was waiting for a package from UPS, and was encouraged to open an account with them so I could get a more precise delivery window (other than "today").

There was a box to check next to the line "I was given enough time to read and understand the ToC's", so I took a look at them. 97 pages.

I didn't bother setting up the account.

Ex-Mozilla CTO: US border cops demanded I unlock my phone, laptop at SF airport – and I'm an American citizen

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Need more court challenges

I would love to see more people challenging random border searches esp. re: unlocking cellphones and/or laptops. I know it's not up to "regular folk" who can't afford the legal expenses individually, but having help from civil-liberty organizations is a way to go. Unfortunately this would paint a pretty big target on people's backs and make it tough traveling in the future.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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I've chuckled over these for years

Demotivational Posters

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Unhappy

Re: What ever happened to ...

It went to the same place that telephone quality of service metrics have gone since the widespread adoption of cellular communications. Most people just accept poor service, dropped calls, loss-of-signal, etc. as the norm.

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Re: "privacy is not absolute"

Agree. Sharing your private thoughts is where it gets tricky.

Irish priests told to stop bashing bishops

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Re: Calgary.

That would be Calvary

Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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I'm Curious

Does Google have to accept every app submitted to the Play Store?

Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering

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Re: Denominations

"In Canada the largest is was $1000. However, any account with more than 10,000 cash is flagged regardless of transactions taking place."

And it looks as though any transaction involving old $1000 bills will get noticed. More info here:

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/the-hunt-for-canadas-1000-bills-there-are-nearly-a-million-left-most-in-the-hands-of-criminal-elites/wcm/5827c613-4297-43fa-9eb1-2dd768a3ca1c

Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

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Re: Nut Bush City Limits.

I hope you don't live in Hanoi.

http://time.com/4417357/hanoi-vietnam-motorbike-downtown-ban/

Green software blacked out Australian State

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Or something like

this:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-air-world-battery.html

Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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No offense

intended, but am I the only one who, upon glancing at your username, misread it as "triticale"?

Canada asks citizens: How would you like us to spy on you?

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ROT13 for bad guys

Here's one of the questions from the survey:

"How can law enforcement and national security agencies reduce the effectiveness of encryption for individuals and organizations involved in crime or threats to the security of Canada, yet not limit the beneficial uses of encryption by those not involved in illegal activities?"

The only correct answer to this question is that it is not possible to do this.

McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

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Re: The real reason

The restaurant can be built to fit the surrounding architecture; search for an image of the McDonald's in Banff National Park. No towering arches because of building restrictions. 'Course the fare is the same, er, food.

Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Re: Weird

@David 123: Thank you for that link! Very interesting subject.

Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe

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Recently in Canada

A new Canadian was targeted in a tax scam and was convinced enough to purchase $3,900.00 in iThing gift cards.

Luckily she realized after second thoughts that she was being scammed, so did not mail the cards. It took a while, but the drugstore reimbursed her for the iThing purchase.

In another story, the same thing happened to a senior citizen, but the drugstore clerk knew enough about the scam to question the purchase of such a large dollar amount of gift cards, and convinced the senior to contact Revenue Canada to verify that she was not in arrears.

This scam has been going on for at least a couple of years in Canada.

Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: Musk seems to be losing it

"Seriously though how do you keep that many people entertained for months?"

Sex?

Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

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Re: If something is free...

What are the numerous *nix distro providers after then?

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Re: Parking Ticket

How can you be issued a ticket if they can't prove it was your car? If your car was not there, they don't have a picture of your licence plate or VIN, so how could they issue you a ticket in the first place? Do they send out tickets to everyone with a (for example) red car?

Is there paper in the printer? Yes and it's so neatly wrapped!

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Re: Locked in? BTDT.

No emergency exit?

OK, we've got your data. But we really want to delete it ASAP

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Verification

"...data...bin it. Irrevocably and verifiably."

How do you verify that data does not exist anymore?

Netflix and not chill

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Maybe

the 25% fee increase had something to do with it.

Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

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Happy

Re: It still amuses me..

Sure they can. Just watch CSI Cyber...

Edward Snowden denies making a deal with the Russian secret service

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Re: Asylum for Snowden

Snowden wouldn't take it even if it was offered. I suspect that he knows Canada would ship him back to the US if requested to do so.

'Cops KNOW WHO I AM and I don't believe their hearts were truly in the shootout'

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Joke

Wouldn't it be fun

if John McAfee was a GOP candidate in the current American election debates? Take that, Trump!

'If people can encrypt their cell phones, what's stopping them encrypting their PCs?'

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Lobbyists

rely on such ignorance in order to push their agendas past congress or parliament. It would be nice if those holding the purse strings or making the laws could make informed decisions, but probably too much to ask.

Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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Re: Robot Wars?

I feel the same way about the use of "drones" to refer to quad-copters and such.

Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

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Picard?

This is obviously intended as a send-up of the Kirk, Picard and Riker set of Starfleet officers, always looking to get on intimate terms with the crew and/or any passing aliens.

Picard? I must have missed those episodes.

Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

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Re: drones huh?

"every radio controlled flying toy is a "drone" now? I guess all those RC "robot wars" shows actually did melt the brains of the youth watching them.

If it isn't autonomous, it ain't a drone."

Thank you.

Kmart apologizes to customers after month-long security breach

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Re: NSA's job

No, there is no hope; the banks never lose.

Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

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Re: You Have Twenty Seconds To Comply

Some would disagree with you:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/quanto-s-killing-prompts-call-for-law-to-protect-police-dogs-1.1929909

Feds: Cheeky scammers are impersonating us in criminal capers

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Guilty Conscience

I'm sure that only a person who has actually been up to some murky activities would ever actually follow through with this. Everyone else would ignore it and/or report it.

Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Speedo?

Twice a year I have to remember how to change the radio clock - something best done while parked.

The actual instrument gauges, on the other hand, are easy to scan and interpret while driving. Monitoring the gauges is actually taught by driving schools - a quick glance to confirm everything is ok, then back to the road.

Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names

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WTF?

Enforcement

Don't use it myself, so would someone please explain how the real-name policy is enforced? Is a credit card required for registration now?

Or was this story a case where an existing user's name was demonstrably an assumed name, thereby prompting a response from Facebook?

NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Re: Security

And yet... All of the banks haven't been mysteriously stripped of all assets. Somehow, all of the banks' clients still have all their deposits and investments. Miraculous!

Do you think that all the banks in all the countries other than in the U.S. would pass the same type of scrutiny? I'll bet one or two would balk as well, and more than a few wouldn't pass the more stringent security tests.

No one has a monopoly on security.

Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Re: Canada

Maybe it's because folks don't typically hold the coins against their bare skin for 4-6 hours per day.

Amazon snubs FTC: We'll see you in court over kids' in-app cash blowouts

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Upgrade Password

How about the credit card holder (mom or dad) setting up an "upgrade password" when the game is purchased so that the kids playing the game have to at least ask for permission to upgrade? I'm assuming that there would be a clear indication of the charges to be incurred before agreeing to the charges.

Maybe that's more of a game delevopment idea rather than an Amazon idea, but you get my meaning.

Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

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Re: Dialling 999

According to this document, it is called a "Finger Stop". ITT Repair Manual

Kaspersky warns of imposter mobile security apps

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Joke

Hmmm

"...infect devices or simply fail to do much of anything once purchased and installed."

Hard to tell from the real thing.

Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Re: Poor understanding of optics

Tosh or not, once I figured out how to change my e-readers to display white text on a black background I've enjoyed using them more.

Anti-theft mobe KILL SWITCH edges closer to reality in California

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Good for the owner

IMEI blocking, or whatever it is that service providers do, makes the handset less valuable to potential buyers who want to use the device as a phone. A kill-switch to brick the phone makes the handset less valuable to potential data thieves.

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