* Posts by TrumpSlurp the Troll

608 posts • joined 4 Mar 2017


Big US election coming up, security is vital and, oh look... a federal agency just got completely pwned for real

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Got them all?

Given the broad ranging and sophisticated attack I do wonder if they have traced everything.

Brexit travel permits designed to avoid 7,000-lorry jams come January depend on software that won't be finished till April

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World Beta?

Permanent, that is.

Trucking hell: Kid leaves dad in monster debt after buying oversized vehicle on eBay

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Does anyone

Read all the emails from PayPal about recent transactions?

I know I should but I use PayPal so rarely that I sometimes assume that the email in the next couple of days relates to my known recent transaction.

We've heard some made-up stories but this is ridiculous: Microsoft Flight Simulator, Bing erect huge skyscraper out of bad data

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Re: Intentional Error? Fries land?

Perhaps just an early chippie?

Physical locks are less hackable than digital locks, right? Maybe not: Boffins break in with a microphone

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Random background noise?

Mechanical upgrade to generate back ground noise when the key is inserted?

While the world pushes back against COVID-19, Facebook has a pandemic of a different sort – medical misinformation

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Re: TSDR and Darwin

Please note that natural selection usually relies on the selectee being removed from the gene pool before breeding or on them passing on negative characteristics to offspring.

I suspect many may be early breeders (gee, how did that happen?) so successful Darwinism regrettably mainly relies on them damaging their offspring.

Which antivaxxers at least seem to be able to do.

However Covid quack remedies and the like are more likely to harm the more "mature" individual.

Dido 'Queen of Carnage' Harding to lead UK's Institute for Health Protection because Test and Trace went so well

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Key plank?

I couldn't possibly comment.

Sun welcomes vampire dating website company: Arrgh! No! It burns! It buuurrrrnsss!

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Re: Inappropriate garb - Dublin

At one time I used to commute from London to Dublin every month or so to visit a supplier.

This was the time before gas canisters in ring pull cans could generate a creamy head on Guiness. The solution at that time was to have a small plastic syringe to suck up some beer and then squirt it back. Not generally available in the UK. Anyway.

Being pre EU there were duty free limits, which included IIRC 50 litres of beer. So there I was with my baggage stuffed with all the novelty beer I could reasonably carry. Not 50 litres, mind.

So I would approach customs with a trolley full of bags which rattled and clinked and I would see the customs officers almost roll their eyes before stopping me to ask "Are you aware of the duty free limits?" "50 litres for beer" was my reply. Always got an extra check over in case this was a distraction ploy.

Still ---->

Black, of course.

Made in China? Not for much longer, reckons Foxconn boss

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Re: Capitalism baby

Reminds me of the UK Ford management process. Promote you until you are above your level of competence then fire you.

The UK has gone so far up the value chain that it has fallen off the top.

Next step is to start at the bottom again.

Snakes and Ladders is a useful reference.

Wi-Fi 6 isn't signed off yet, but boffins are already teasing us with specs for venerable wireless tech's next gen

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Is that a hedgehog in your pocket?

Or just the latest MiMo device?

Xiaomi turns 10 and celebrates by sitting down to relax in front of its new transparent television

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Re: Transparent TV

Wondering what it looks like when viewed from behind.

Also if it would effectively project a blurred mirror image of the picture on the back wall.

Or is it like a rainbow, only visible from one side?

UK.gov to propose new rules for online political campaigns after last election marred by an avalanche of fake news

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According to the article this is a proposal.

To stop or severely limit activities which gave the Tory party an 80 seat majority.

I'm sure this will get fast tracked as essential new legislation.

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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There's been a lot of similar commentardery with two common themes:

(1) I've spent my entire sad and geeky life buried in data. Why can't these people do what I do?

(2) Biologists should be able to deal with this.

Please remember that these people are just Lusers. They have all the aspects of the vast herd of non-biologists who drive the average IT support person to drink on a daily basis.

Your average Luser will, early on, learn to use a word processor and spread sheet at a very simple level and will then be bound by the few functions that they learned for the rest of their working life.

Trying to break them of the habit, or educate them, is a way to profound despair.

Hammer/nail. Financial people will do everything in a spreadsheet, however unsuitable this seems. Marketing people will use PowerPoint in a similar way.

Deciding to change what you can control instead of another decade or more of fighting what you can't control seems eminently sensible to me.

Just thinking about it makes me need ->

Fun fact: If you noticed a while ago Zoom's web client going AWOL for a week, it's because someone found a passcode-cracking hole

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Whatever happened

To the reports that Zoom was profiling your machine and storing all sorts of information unrelated to the Zoom call?

We're not all about rockets, says NASA: Balloon tech is good enough for economical star scanning

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Tourist potential?

Stratospheric cruise a lot cheaper than rockets, perhaps.

Motorola Moto G 5G Plus: It won't blow your mind, but at £300 we're struggling to find much to grumble about

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Lots of Apps?

On my Galaxy S5 I have to remove Apps on a regular basis because the updates keep eating more and more space.

As far as I can tell there is no way to remove old patches and keep the App.

It has just occurred to me that if the base App is updated with the new code an uninstall followed by a reinstall might work but I am not hopefully.

So I am now being pushed towards a new phone because my old one is suffering drift accretion.

Yes, I have moved what I can to the SD card.

UK government shakes magic money tree, finds $500m to buy a stake in struggling satellite firm OneWeb

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Oooh look! Over there! -> Bunnies!!


(1) Fuck off you Euro twats we don't need you!

(2) What do you mean we can't use the system? We designed and built most of it!

(3) Fuck you double, we'll build our own!

(4) How much?

(5) Oh shit, what do we do now? We need a distraction.

(6) Hey, this firm does satellites. Close enough. Hint that it could do navigation as well and they'll be too busy arguing about it to remember the original cock up.

And, dear reader, the rest is history.

Hey, Boeing. Don't celebrate your first post-grounding 737 Max test flight too hard. You just lost another big contract

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Re: Boeing in a serious bind?

Could always give off the planes as, say McDonald Douglas, and bring in new management.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: The one true way...Nubile?

For my sins I once looked the word up.

It means "marriageable".

So technically gender neutral.

However it seems to have morphed into the assumption that only young and statuesque females are worth marrying. On which I couldn't possibly comment.

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

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Re: There's a rat in mi kitchen...

Upvoted for the welly boot suggestion.

One of our cats used to bring mice in to play with.

Let them run a bit, then trap them between fore paws.

Rinse and repeat.

Usually about 3 in the morning.

We were woken by the sound of "patter patter patter bump" repeated many times as the mouse was released and caught.

I had to wait until the mouse was frozen between the front paws and pop an inverted welly over it.

Lay it down and the mouse legged it up to the toe end.

Out into the cold dark night to shake a welly. {Not code!}

Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up

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W10 print spoolers

I have a mixed network including W7, W8.1 and W10.

Every now and then W10 seems to lose contact with the HP networked printer while W7 and W8.1 still print happily.

Restarting the printer (single action instead of tinkering with multiple PCs) seems to cure it.

This predates the latest updates so the W10 spooler may have been dodgy for some time.

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: To all the "conservatives"

True Communism is Christianity for atheists.

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

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Re: Just a flyby?

I did wonder if they could drop a small probe off into orbit for the longer term.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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Re: acre feet?

I have those.

Trouble me something chronic before rain.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

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Thank you

For the sermon on the mount.

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Don't.you mean hierarchically different?

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: Purpose of survey questions

I am occasionally cynical, and I wouldn't trust the intent behind this survey.

However the questions being asked would also be needed for a genuine survey trying to understand perceptions.

Do you know a lot about the subject and have a high degree of experience?

Do you know very little about the subject?

A valid result might be that:

(1) People who understand the uses, limitations and capabilities support the use of drones but people without this information distrust the technologies.


(2) People who really understand the issues are deeply uncomfortable with current and planned future uses but people who have a hobby drone think the whole thing is cool and see no problems.

So the questions themselves may be valid and could also highlight where there are real or perceived issues. Cynicism suggests it is just the start of a propaganda exercise to justify what they are doing and intend to keep on doing.

EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it

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Re: Reserve power?

Comparing eCar range is obviously very interesting but is it strictly comparable with keeping a plane in the air?

I assume the range calculations should be for accelerating up to cruising speed then just cruising, which is more or less motorway miles. I think.

They stopped using this figure because it didn't reflect real life driving and now calculate fuel consumption and range based on mixed driving patterns.

It may be that the comparisons are the same, or it could be that the urban part of the test favours the eCar and the range difference may be larger.

Oh, and don't mention VW!

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

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Re: Press the button Max ...

Not just Basingstoke (which is very tempting) but in the same blast radius (from memory) you would also get Newbury and Reading.

In fact they are far more likely because Aldermaston is beside the river Kennet which is in a vey deep valley with very steep sides. As are Newbury and Reading.

Still, very evocative image.

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

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You need electronic tracking of some sort.

Noted by some above, ignored by others.

Phoning someone up and asking them to identify their contacts is more or less pointless if they have been in a shop or on public transport (just two of the many obvious cases).

Electronic recording of close(ish) contacts, such as with low power BT recording beacons, is not reliably accurate to identify close contact but it seems the best available at the moment.

Yes, mapping every cell phone into a massive central database linked to personal identity could do much the same but there may be minor privacy issues in that approach.

The BT approach at least gives a nod to maintaining anonymity.

Writing it off because of obvious edge cases is not a sensible approach, although much loved by techies. If it offers even 75% accuracy it is far better than an outsourced call centre which has all the failings detailed up stream.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

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Haven't they already done that and settled?

Enriching lawyers but not fully compensating themselves.

There's always a coronavirus angle these days: Honor intros new smartphone with built-in temperature sensor

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Re: I'd rather like that function on my phone

I've been grumbling on and off for years that with all the built in sensors you get on a phone there is never a thermometer.

I assume one reason is isolating the sensor so battery temperature, pocket temperature etc. don't distort the reading. Protective cover could also cause issues.

Hmmmm....BT thermometer to talk to your phone?

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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Re: This is not how security works

If, on the other hand, the caller sounds confused, uncertain, and then breaks down part way through and admits that they don't know what they are doing because they haven't had any training you can be reasonably sure that it is genuine,

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Re: git broke English

Painful to recall the times a partner has informed me that I have unpulled.

As anti-brutality protests fill streets of American cities, netizens cram police app with K-Pop, airwaves with NWA

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Re: Cui bono? Not racists.

Flags all the way down.

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station

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Isn't the Crew Dragon much the same as the cargo version which has been going to and fro for a while?

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes

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Re: Hilarious...

Sadly I have been guilty of trying to touch scroll printed media.

Too long on the tablet. :-(

For the price tag, this iPad Pro keyboard better damn well be Magic: It isn't... but it's not completely useless either

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Re: Because ... it’ll just work : Nope

I'll see your XPS 1330 and raise you an XPS 1530.

Still in daily use with an SSD and rocking Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell.

I did a test upgrade to W10 a year or so back so I know that runs.

Unless something biodegrades there could be a good few more years in it.

Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much

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Tastes change

I was brought up drinking tea; milk and 2 sugars (sometimes 3) and didn't like the home made instant coffee.

Having to give up sugar tapered off the tea drinking and I now find myself drinking beer as a thirst quencher. Tough old life.

For the coffee addicts, nobody so far has mentioned the Aeropress which IMHO produces an outstanding cup of coffee. However I can't usually drink coffee past noon and still sleep at night.

My coffee consumption is normally one mug in the morning with 3 heaped spoons of instant, a big lump of butter topped up with double cream. Rocket fuel for those trying to keep to a keto diet.

I agree with all the comments about USA office coffee. The first time I saw the glass pot in the filter machine and realised that I could easily see through the liquid and thought "I usually piss darker than that" I knew that something was seriously amiss.

SD cards hop on the PCIe 4.0 bus to hit 4GB/s with version 8.0 of storage spec

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Re: 128TB ?

P!us a 5G mobile phone which supports this card for a pocket cloud server.

Philippines floats digital services tax – and Uber’s local arm surprisingly applauds

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Tax on whom?

VAT is paid by the customer not the supplier.

Much the same as import duties.

This is just an additional tax on the locals, with global suppliers used as tax collectors. It isn't a tax on revenue or profits of the supplier. They still make out like bandits.

So it isn't costing the globalist money directly, just pushing up local prices (import duty) to try and encourage local suppliers to compete.

However it seems to be pitched as "we will tax the tax avoiders" not "we will tax you for using these suppliers".

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl

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Not in MY bedroom!!!!

There are a number of posts focussing on the sexual aspects of monitoring bedrooms (and bathrooms). Can I respectfully suggest a couple of reasons:

(1) You have young children and wish to monitor the baby sitter to detect any form of mistreatment.

(2) You have an aged and/or disabled and/or vulnerable member of the household who requires agency care and you wish to monitor for neglect and abuse. Plenty of examples of cameras hidden in care homes to expose abuse. Extend this to full monitoring of an aged relative who lives alone for trips, falls and again (contract, probably) support staff.

For those banging on about scanning logs for unauthorised changes being easy. I assume (not stated clearly) that initial installation would include the addition of email addresses to the system for authorised users. Part of the service might well be for the installer to add the addresses for the less technically able (or lazy) customer. One extra address seems easy, and as this is the initial install this forms the baseline to check against for unauthorised changes. I assume there are also legitimate addresses installed for supplier support or it shouldn't have taken 7 years to spot.

So 20/20 hindsight from most, but no real suggestion about how to spot an email address which isn't authorised support and isn't a personal email belonging to a customer.

Interested, though, that the feature being used to abuse the system can be turned off without apparently affecting the end user's ability to configure.

New Zealand releases Bluetooth-free COVID-19 tracing app

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The difference that I think I am seeing is that the people in NZ trust the current government with their data.

Wheras in the UK........

NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?

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Re: Just say no - tinfoil


I'll wrap it around my phone.

Possibly also line my pockets.

Openreach boss denies BT selling stake in UK's national broadband plumber

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More money into UK Plc

So flog off more vital national infrastructure to foreign investors.

NHS contact-tracing app is best in the world, says VMware CEO... whose company helped build it

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Re: Wear the mask - plenty of pensioners

Bearing in mind that there are also plenty of pensioners (State or private?) still in their 60s and early 70s who have tech aware children (and often grandchildren) and use smart phones to communicate with them.

They are also often fit and active and walk, cycle or run every day.

I think you need a more precise definition of a grouping with little or no technical grasp.

Perhaps those who don't have a Broadband connection?

Edit to note that I would lump into Broadband owners anyone with a smartphone and data package.

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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Re: The important questions...

Having been seriously traumatised at a very early age by a black Labrador which was "only trying to play", have an upvote.

Cattle prods are too gentle for such dogs, but more especially for the ignorant owners.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Spacecraft with graphene sails powered by starlight and lasers

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Attraction of light sails

To my very dumb bunny non engineering mind the big problem with space flight is reaction mass. Something has to app!y a force to make your spacecraft move.

The attraction of light sails is that you have a constant (though diminishing) supply of light to push you along so you don't have to carry and burn your own reaction mass.

However the solar supply may be effectively constant but inverse square law means that the amount available gets less and less the further you are from the sun.

Lasers are an attempt to tinker with the basic fact that free but diffuse energy implies a very long time span for any interstellar mission which you want to be able to stop at the destination and then return.

Beyond a certain time span the mission starts to become pointless.

So what is the likelihood of improving the efficiency of the conversion of matter to energy?

Beyond a certain point you can presumably generate enough energy to slowly accelerate and decelerate a very large mass. Thinking Footfall style of interstellar travel, and refueling at a gas giant.

Solar energy is effectively free and constant but of limited magnitude. So in, say, 70 years time will we be able to efficiently burn rock or gas for energy and have effectively unlimited reaction mass within the solar system and other star systems?

Also, my dodgy ScFi memory suggests that you may need a force field to clear all the matter in you flight path to avoid high energy impacts. This in turn can be sucked up to provide reaction mass.

Given that we have interstellar visitors shaped like huge rocky turds might we be better off tooling up to hitch a ride on one of these? Or perhaps create our own and keep pouring energy into it as it orbits the sun until we can slingshot it towards a distant star?

I love the idea of light sails but it feels as though they are only one part of a complete solution.

One malicious MMS is all it takes to pwn a Samsung smartphone: Bug squashed amid Android patch batch

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Supported, supported, supported.........

So nothing older than 18 months to 2 years?

India makes contact-tracing app compulsory in viral hot zones despite most local phones not being smart

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But will it run Crysis?

Now to be replaced by "but will it run on Huawei?"



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