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Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes

oobayly Re:Passes what? (73 comments)

The best euphemism I've heard of is "achieved room temperature".

3 days ago
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Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes

oobayly Re:Passes (73 comments)

This is why I loathe the euphemisms for death. I realised this when the man I sailed for (for over a decade) died. It wasn't a massive surprise, but still a shock. To most of us it was the end of an era. What struck me was that most of the others talked about "him passing", whereas I simply said " he died", and I caught a couple of glances when I said it like that.

As another example - my sister was with friends (in a marina on a friend's boat - we like our sailing) and a guy walks down the companionway and said "X is gone". My sister stops talking (people come and go from marinas all the time), and then continues talking. The guy says " are you stupid or what - X has died ", making her feel like a shit.

People die, it happens, but dispense with the euphemisms - there's nothing to be gained from them.

3 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

oobayly Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (461 comments)

Yeah, but they're insanely good fun to drive - no traction control, no ABS and power-to-weight of more than 300bhp/tonne (483 for an Atom). You do have to accept that if you get hit by anything larger than a 4x4, you're probably not going to come out alive, so it certainly improved my driving technique: visibility, visibility, visibility & never assume that people realise how fast you can accelerate.

4 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

oobayly Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (461 comments)

Ariel atoms weight about 600kg (1350lb), my old Westfield weighed 425kg (according to the DVLA), but now comparing it to the atom I'm not so sure. Is was probably more like 640kg.

According to this website, their FW400 with a carbon fibre monocoque was 400kg.
http://westfield-world.com/inf...

5 days ago
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

oobayly Re:The problem is the interface (174 comments)

Right click on the Firefox tab in the task bar and close all windows. Using keys only - I have no idea.

5 days ago
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

oobayly Re:idiotic (408 comments)

You do realise the investigation into the deaths is related to a Tory MP from the 80s, don't you? It has no relation to the palace or Jeffrey Epstein.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
Your comment shows how badly this Anonymous campaign can go (if they actually bother to do it) - people find it a lot easier just to fling accusations around with no attempt to even do a simple fact check.

5 days ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

oobayly Re:One mile? (784 comments)

You joke, but I remember working in Dublin - there was a pretty steep hill I used to cycle down on the way to work - one day it was so windy I had to pedal hard to get down the hill. Was the wind the same direction that evening - like hell it was. So, does that count?

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

oobayly Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

The root password - what desktop distro has one of those? Debian says "Enter your password for administrative tasks" when it needs to be elevated. I agree the Google Earth package is terrible, but it's pretty much the only one I've come across that doesn't manage its dependencies properly.

It's not the sparing 2 minutes, it's the fact that an installer looks (or says) like it will take 10 minutes to do something, so you walk off. When you come back you find a dialog asking to be clicked covering the progress bar that is still at 5%. This doesn't happen often, but it does enough to be incredibly annoying.

Another issue I have with Windows is the fact that the UAC window sometimes doesn't grab focus, so you sit there like a zombie waiting for something to happen, and then realise the UAC dialog has appeared behind everything, and the only notification is an extra icon in the task bar.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

oobayly Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

Also, the standalone installer doesn't actually contain chrome, it requests the current version. This is pretty handy as it means I have it on a USB stick along with reg keys for disabling the asinine "click to remove the overlay so you can decide who to log in as", etc, and still know it will be immediately up-to-date.

about two weeks ago
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US Central Command's Twitter Account Hacked, Filled With Pro-ISIS Messages

oobayly Re:#SorryForTheInconvenience (128 comments)

You have 10 minutes to evacuate your family
Your family has been wiped out
Your family has been crushed into a cube
You have 30 minutes to remove your cube

about three weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

oobayly Re:Doesn't really matter if they do patch it (629 comments)

The main reason to upgrade is for development, as well as the desire to be able to install my own CA (without having the constant "network may be monitored by third party" warning*)

Anyhow, this prompted me to have another look, and finally typed in the correct set of keywords to bring me to an explanation to sideload the OTA update - obviously my google foo has been weak, as I always seemed to find instructions on flash the firmware rather than updating. Anyhow, once I had 5.0 installed, it immediately gave me an update for 5.0.1, so I can only assume that you can't go from 4.4.4 to 5.0.1 without 5.0, and they've remove 5.0 from being received OTA, so unless you're happy using adb, then you're SOL.

* And if anyone is remotely interested - you still get the retarded "A third party is capable of monitoring your network activity..." warning, because it won't allow me to trust my own CA that I installed on my own device.

about three weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

oobayly Doesn't really matter if they do patch it (629 comments)

Even if Google were to patch 4.3, it's unlikely that it would ever hit anyone's device as the manufacturers are so shit at pushing out updates. Not that this is a defence for not patching it - Jelly Bean was only released 2.5 years ago.

And it's not just some manufacturers, Google is just as guilty - my [2013] Nexus 7 asked me whether I wanted to upgrade to Lollipop, I was busy at the time, so I hit no. Now I can't get the thing see that there *is* a new version - 5.0.2 was released 3 weeks ago, and it still says "Your system is up to date". Like fuck it is.

about three weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

oobayly Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

Exactly, a Fatwa falls under "inciting violence as it is explicitly calling for somebody's murder, which *should be* illegal in the UK - it's illegal to order a contract killing. Unfortunately, as we've seen in the past, the CPS doesn't charge people issuing them, probably for the same reasons that the authorities didn't want to investigate the Rotherham sex abuse because, as past MP Denis MacShane said "I think there was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat if I may put it like that."

about three weeks ago
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Sloppy File Permissions Make Red Star OS Vulnerable

oobayly Re:Good ol' 777 (105 comments)

Do you really have to be "really good" to do that. Standard method for me debugging issues is to tail -f both the access and error logs while making requests. Factor in wireshark with the server's private key loaded (if over https) if I'm really struggling.

about three weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

oobayly Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

Yup, somebody else has mentioned this - I most likely copied and pasted the the wrong name. I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for my pesky habit of trying to give credit where it due!

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

oobayly Re:islam (1350 comments)

Maybe I've been living outside The Republic for a bit too long - I never knew that abortion in the North was different from the rest of the UK. However when I was growing up, I never thought of the IRA trying to set up a catholic state, to me it was always about independence. The fact NI's policy is different shouldn't really surprise me, catholic dogma still has a massive political sway in the [whole] island, but I do wonder if this case is more of a correlation versus causation issue.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

oobayly Re:islam (1350 comments)

Consider this, if religion is the cause of the problem, then how do we explain away the other 1 billion muslims that aren't engaging in any such terrorism and are living lives no less peaceful than that of your typical atheist?

That's a very valid point, and I look back at what I would have written a year ago and slightly worry that I'm becoming more reactionary than I should. Likewise, you mention buddhist led massacres - I'm aware of those and it has changed my view of it being a "completely" peaceful religion. The difference is that I've only heard non-buddhists referring to buddhism as a peaceful religion (though I admit I don't know any buddhists), whereas muslims regularly describe islam as a religion of peace. It's a bit like a country with "Democratic" in the name, it tends to mean they're not.

I don't think we should blame 1 billion muslims for terrorism, but I do feel that the muslim communities in the West should realise that it's not just our problem, it's theirs too, and simply saying "they're fake muslims" will not make the issue go away. Muslim communities have to explain to those who are likely to become radicalised that freedom of expression is a core tenet of our society, and satire and criticism is not victimisation - everybody has to deal with it.

about three weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

oobayly Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

Well for one thing, Choudary et al have become very good at making sure they're not actually advocating the actual death of homosexuals, infidels, etc. They tend to go with the "Koran says so..." approach. I agree, it's very easy to infer what is meant, but [IMO] inference starts to get a little too close to thought crime for my liking. Keep in mind, they have been charged in past over inciting actual violence.

I appreciate I'm treading a very fine line between giving these fuckers too much freedom, and defending what our society stands for. It's just that I loath the idea that these people are responsible for altering [in any way] the way we are allowed to live our lives.

about three weeks ago

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Some company in Belize tried to trademark "MH17" and "MH370"

oobayly oobayly writes  |  about 6 months ago

oobayly (1056050) writes "The Guardian reports that a company in Belize has filed to trademark MH17 and MH370 — full article on Coconuts Kuala Lumpur. The application MH17 was filed on 17th July 2014 — the same day as the disaster occurred, whereas the application for MH370 was filed on 2nd May 2014 — almost two months after the flight disappeared.

The application for "MH17" was filed on the European Trade Mark and Design Network website, while details for the "MH370" application was found on the Justia Trademarks site.

The scope of the application is also wide ranging:

From conferences, exhibitions and competitions; to education and instruction, and entertainment services (namely, the provision of continuing programmes, segments, movies, and shows delivered by television, radio, satellite and the Internet).

Clearly, this is cynical way of attempting to collect (I hesitate to use the word "earn") money from the reporting of Malaysian Airlines two disasters, however, does this actually have any merit? Seeing as the MH17 trademark application has been filed in Europe — the region from where most of the victims came from, it seems highly unlikely, but past experience tells us that we can't make any assumptions."

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Bruce Willis 'considering iTunes legal action' against Apple

oobayly oobayly writes  |  more than 2 years ago

oobayly (1056050) writes "It appears that Bruce "Die Hard" Willis isn't too impressed that he can't include his iTunes collection in his estate when he dies.

Bruce Willis, the Hollywood actor, is said to be considering legal action against Apple so he can leave his iTunes music collection to his three daughters.

Such a high profile individual complaining about the ability to own your digital music can only be a good thing, right? I suggest that also assaulting Cupertino in a dirty white vest would do the job."
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Arizona drivers say no to Gatso cameras

oobayly oobayly writes  |  about 5 years ago

oobayly (1056050) writes "The Daily Telegraph reports that Arizona drivers are ignoring tickets being issued by UK style fixed speeding cameras. It appears that as the fines are not being delivered in person it's possible for them to be ignored as there's no proof of receipt. Judges appear to be agreeing with this (in the US anyway).
Why can't we use the same excuse here in the UK?"

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Estate of Philip K. Dick to sue Google.

oobayly oobayly writes  |  about 5 years ago

oobayly (1056050) writes "The Daily Telegraph reports that the estate of science fiction author Philip K. Dick is sueing Google for copying the name Nexus Six for their new Android phone. There's no evidence that the estate has trademarked Nexus Six in regards to mobile phones, so what case could they have and what solicitor would take up this case?
As an owner of Philip K. Dick books & an Android developer I never saw the connection (sad but true), and even though Google say it's nothing to do with Do androids dream of electric sheep I see it as a geeky nod to the authors work, essentially memorialising him."

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The legality of publishing email addresses.

oobayly oobayly writes  |  more than 5 years ago

oobayly (1056050) writes "Like most people I receive a fair amount of chain emails, some humourous, most downright idiotic. No matter how I try educating colleagues, family & friends, I still receive them and am now resigned to the fact that you just can't help some people.
One of my explanations of why forwarding these emails is a bad idea was that they are a perfect harvesting ground for spammers: a very high percentage of the addresses will be live. This, it turned out fell upon deaf ears. If you're stupid enough to believe that Dell will give you a free laptop then you're probably the type of person that believes that a Nigerian general wants to give you $150,000,000 (ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS!!!!).

As a bit of an experiment, I used a few tools (grep, awk, etc) to parse my Maildir for any emails that appeared to have been forwarded and extracted anything that looked like an email address. As one would imagine there were a good few (thousand) email addresses. Most of these email addresses belong to innocent by-standers. The real culprits are the people who forward them, and it takes only a little more effort to extract only those.

Part of me has decided these people who waste bandwidth, time and have caused me to lose my hair deserve to pay. What better way to do it than to publish their email addresses for spammers to harvest?

Of course, this is unethical, but is it actually illegal? By sending an email urging others to forward the content, are they not actively pushing their details into the public domain?

Answers on postcards please."

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