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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

Chocolate Teapot Re:Who cares (216 comments)

You could do it in one second, but only if you were downloading 100GB of data. However, you are more likely to be downloading a similar volume of data as you currently do, but a whole lot quicker. After all, are you really likely to actually watch 33 movies per second?

about two weeks ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

Chocolate Teapot Re:the (50 comments)

All yours beers are belong to us!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Chocolate Teapot Ooops! (195 comments)

I have a Prius (actually 2).!

You forgot to post anonymously!

about a month ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

Chocolate Teapot Dangerous? Really? (132 comments)

OK, I'm talking more about commercial airliners here rather than piston engined aircraft, but don't they test those engines by firing frozen chickens onto them? If a lightweight plastic drone presents such a risk to an Airbus, then I might holiday closer to home on the future. Do flocks of drones really sit around on the grass at airports waiting to throw themselves into the path of approaching aircraft? Of course I'm not seriously suggesting that they present zero risk, until some loon packs them with explosives before deliberately placing them in a flight path.

about a month ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Chocolate Teapot Re:This is a great idea (150 comments)

Don't simply copy someone else's comment regarding one particular rogue app and cite that as evidence that this hotel chain has more interest in misusing your data than preventing another one of their customers from being raped. You sir, are a moron.

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Chocolate Teapot Re:Well... (150 comments)

He wouldn't need to. He would simply wait until the cleaning staff were in with the door propped open with a trolley. At that point he just walks in and acts like it's his room and asks for five minutes privacy while he takes a shower. Naturally they leave him alone in the room.

about a month and a half ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

Chocolate Teapot Re:Wouldn't the target phone need to be turned on (126 comments)

No. You didn't read TFA. The target is a contactless credit/debit card carried in the victim's wallet. The phone is used by the thief, who installs basic point-of-sale software on and then bumps it against a wallet in an attempt to relieve the victim of funds. The card is a passive device which is never 'turned off'.

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Chocolate Teapot Re:This is a great idea (150 comments)

I'm not it can't be abused. I simply believe that in this case the hotel are genuinely trying to improve security, and for a very good reason. Perhaps people should delve a little deeper before reaching for conspiracy theories.

about a month and a half ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

Chocolate Teapot Re:Typo Alert (151 comments)

Of course it should refer to defectives in the police farce.

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Chocolate Teapot Re:This is a great idea (150 comments)

Don't worry. Any attempt to electronically violate you as you try to enter your hotel room will certainly be thwarted by your tinfoil hat.

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Chocolate Teapot Re:Honestly, this was possible 25 years ago (150 comments)

English can be a tricky language to master, but don't despair. I said "could" not "can", closely followed by "wouldn't" instead of "don't". Dude (or lady), if you require any additional help with the subtleties of past versus present tense, I'm sure there are a number of readers here who would be delighted to assist ;-)

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Chocolate Teapot Honestly, this was possible 25 years ago (150 comments)

With my first mobile phone, I could beat down the door on a bank vault. Hotel doors wouldn't stand a chance.

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Chocolate Teapot Re:Hackability of hotel locks (150 comments)

Which you have to sign for. There's a reason they get a specimen signature when you check in. If they issue a replacement key card without checking the signature, you then sue the ass off of them.

about a month and a half ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Chocolate Teapot Re:There's a reason why... (443 comments)

Yep. There's no such thing as a free launch.

about a month and a half ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Chocolate Teapot Re:CNN is reporting (443 comments)

It was aimed at ISS, not ISIS. I can see how that could be misunderstood though.

about a month and a half ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Chocolate Teapot Look on the bright side (443 comments)

The ISS crew will get their pizza for free now.

about a month and a half ago

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Back from a long holiday

Chocolate Teapot Chocolate Teapot writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, it's been over two years now since I returned to the UK, and I finally got around to getting an internet connection again. I must admit that not having even touched keyboard in all that time has been refreshing - I did indeed have a life outside of the tech industry, just waiting for me to go and find it.

True to form, within 24 hours of picking up the phone to order broadband the bullshit began all over again. Six weeks and several visits from British Telecom's engineers to sort out their wiring and I am online again.

Now came the fun bit. Isn't it funny how you can pack computers in so many layers of reinforced, shock-absorbant packaging so that a laptop is encased in something the size of a shipping container, and a server requires the police to close roads to traffic so that you can transport it. Upon arrival at it's new home, you carefully unpack everything and check inside the cases for dislodged heatsinks, loose cables, illegal immigrants etc... The bundles of cables that you lovingly labelled and bound with cable ties appear to have had some kind of orgy and now resemble a popular pasta dish.

The care invested in packing however, seems to have paid off. You plug everything in and it still works! Silly me. The problems start when you attach said computers to the network. Hard drives fail. CPUs start to slowly cook themselves. Strange beeps emanate from the speaker on boot, which sound more like techno music than anything in your motherboard documentation.

Oh yes! I have really missed computers.

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