* Posts by TeeCee

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Re: AI is hard

Unintentional from an AI standpoint...

Yup, the important bit about an insult is the intent. A "perceived insult" isn't actually an insult at all, just a misunderstanding.

Trouble is that the legal system tends to reward people for acting pigshit-thick and misunderstanding as much as possible.

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Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon

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Oh yes!

The European Parliament cannot actually write legislation..

An important point that cannot be made often enough.

I can't help thinking that the purchase of a rubber stamp with the word "APPROVED" on it and a red ink pad could save the EU a good few million EUR each year. It'd do the same job equally as well as the current setup and they could even buy two, to have one in Brussels and one in Strasbourg, to save the cost of moving it back and forth every month.

They'd lose the figleaf of democracy, but it wouldn't actually change anything in practice as all the actual power is held by the Politburo Commission who are appointed rather than elected anyway.

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LG won't fix malware slinging bloatware update hole

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Re: Not Surprised

Hmm, it's not just third-parties buggering Android.

The app update model is b0rken. When the new version of an app is cattle-trucked, you're left with an official choice of being stuffed or reverting to whatever antique version is sat in ROM[1]. Going back to last known working involves tracking down the .apk, turning on install from untrusted and doing it yourself.

In a word, "maps". On my Ascend P6, versions since 8.x go titsup on invocation with a nasty library API error. Something to do with the "more opportunities for us to punt crap at you"[2] functionality that Google built in from 9 objecting to something in the Huawei build.

[1] Of course, if it's an app you installed, rather than one supplied with the phone, your options are more limited....!

[2] I can't see anything else in the release notes that differentiates 9 from 8. The Googly deafness on this one supports the idea that what's at fault is something that makes them cash and that they thus won't allow to be turned off.

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Besides, the real reason is that if they did validate the server certificate, everyone's phone would throw errors each and every time they forgot to keep it up to date.

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

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Re: All is not well, though

defaulting to Google's time servers that are not offered or guaranteed to work in the future

Not the first time (hah!). Doesn't seem that long ago that the Time Zone Database, providing an "everything you need to know about times and dates" service, got taken down due to some troll wielding its IP. Cue outrage.

My perspective at the time was that the rights and wrongs of the takedown were rather less important than the fact that use of said service was squirreled away in a load of software libraries, used by just about everything and yet was reliant on the good graces of one bloke maintaining it in his spare time for its existence.

As it turned out, ICANN picked up the service and the world carried on turning, although I still wonder what would have happened had the patent troll actually had legs to stand on......(!)

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Which side of the road to drive?

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Re: Which side of the road to drive?

Don't worry, you get used to it really quickly. Many people worry about changing gear with the other hand, I've never even noticed this.

Secret is to concentrate when approaching roundabouts and right turns, especially first thing in the morning or just after leaving a motorway. This is where the "wrong way" fuckup will occur if it's going to.

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Re: Conformity

and should swap to the right.

Not even possible these days.

For around 40 years now, the junctions of major roads have been very carefully designed to encourage acceleration on joining and deceleration on exit. Likewise, newer roundabouts, gyratory systems and one-way systems are carefully designed to provide good flow and sightlines in one, and only one, direction. Just reversing that little lot, for obvious safety reasons, was costed at many hundreds of billions in the 1990's (last time it was looked at).

That's before you factor in signage and other such changes.

Elephant in the room is the stonking safety issue of having the majority drive on the right in RHD cars for many years.

Note that Japanese cars are innately RHD and yet do not seem to be significantly cheaper than converted German, French et. al. cars.

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Microsoft in Blighty reveals its 78 THOUSAND POUND Surface 3 slabloid

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Re: Two! Nine A! The number of the beast!

Dear Sir,

We wish to inform you that our client, Apple Computers, holds all relevant trademarks and patents relating to The Beast(tm), The Number Of The Beast(tm) and Hordes Of Zombie Slaves Of The Beast(tm), which they actively exercise in connection with their business of achieving world domination through mind control.

We take a very dim view of your encouragement of Microsoft to infringe our client's rights and require you to cease and desist forthwith.

Yours etc,

Messrs Hangem and Floggem, Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

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Re: Ignorance of the issue

Said Eurozone implosion wouldn't have been the fault of Greece anyway, it's Germany you should be looking very hard at here.

Much was made at the time of the fiscal fudging that went on to allow Greece and Italy into the Euro, yet the German elephant in the room was quietly ignored as it's unfixable.

The problem is the German constitution and the Bundesbank (and we have the Allied Powers immediately postwar to thank for this). In a fit of rabid paranoia over the hyper-inflation of the Wiemar Republic and its results, the Bundesbank is fearsomely independent and has as an overriding goal the control of inflation. This can be Good Thing as it stops their version of the loony left tax 'n spending their way to bankruptcy (c.f. Gordon Brown, the current greek mob, etc).

The slight snag in this arrangement with the Euro is that if the European Central Bank were ever to set interest rates that conflicted with the requirements of the Bundesbank, it's hello constitutional crisis in DE and a rapid "gexit". Unfixable, as there ain't a cat in hell's chance of getting the required votes in Germany to change the setup. The net effect is that the allegedly independent CEB running the Euro for all countries is actually the Bundesbank's poodle.

When the PIIGS states started overheating (remember the "Celtic Tiger" and such?), everyone expected a hike in interest rates from the CEB of somewhere north of 0.5% to suppress this. At the same time the Bundesbank predicted a slight slowdown in the German economy, so what we actually got was a 0.5% cut in rates.

The effect on the Euro periphery was like pouring petrol on a fire[1] and the rest is history.

[1] And had the side-effect of causing growth rather than recession in DE, compounding the fuckup, as the PIIGS blew loads of cheap credit on products by Porsche, Mercedes, Miele, etc ad nauseum.

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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Re: Tackle the problem at source

Great idea, I'm in.

Which direction do you want us all to run in and when?

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China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie

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Radios.

These features crank up the rate at which the chipset looks for a Wi-Fi........signal

So, does it have the Achilles' heel of the P6 in this area? Bluetooth streaming cuts out every time it sees a Wi-Fi signal due to the cheapskate use of one 2.4Ghz transceiver running multiple stacks. Should be even worse with that feature if so.

A right PITA (and illegal, cough) if you're already on the motorway and have to juggle the bloody thing one-handed to turn off WiFi so the music works without interruption.

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Ofcom: We need 5G spectrum planning for the future’s ultramobes

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Crystal ball?

...try and make those spectrum decisions on imperfect knowledge.”

Which sounds better than "guesswork", even if it means exactly the same thing. Presumably OFCOM are looking to hire Mystic Meg as a consultant in order to firm up those 5G requirements.

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LG's six-sided battery to take smart watches into new timezones

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Re: award to LG for best photoshop ever?

That is a bit shit, isn't it?

Still trying to work out if any of the elements in shot were actually in the same place at the same time.....

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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... lost contact with the rocket due to "some type of anomaly"....

That'll be what was said in the frantic interval between the telemetry disappearing and them finally sticking their heads out the window to find that it's gone off bang.

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

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He's close....

As I have observed before, getting a meaningful agreement on what to do about warming is proving impossible, so the chances of anything we're doing now (or looking to do in the foreseeable future) making any difference at all is somewhere around fuck all.

So, yes, stick the money into R&D, but R&D to find answers to living with a warmer climate, not into yet more pointless greenery.

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Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops

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...to make sure Samsung's hardware drivers were not removed or overridden by Microsoft's upgrades....

Hmm. Now you'd have thought that updated drivers were a Good Thing, unless of course the supplied ones have something else built in that they're getting a kickback for.....

Maybe it is Lenovo all over again, but we just haven't dug far enough to find the root (hah!) cause yet. It would make more sense.

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Space station cabbage: To boldly grow where no veg has grown before

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Re: Dumb Question

See Mir, cheapskate[1] Russians, manual docking and remote control for a real world[2] example here. According to Mike Foale, who was onboard at the time, it's quite nasty.

[1] They had an automated docking system, but it was made in the Ukraine. When the Soviet Union went titsup, the Ukrainians decided that they were not going to provide this for free. The Russians decided that fitting a TV screen and rudimentary remote controls in Mir itself would allow manual docking of unmanned resupply craft and What Could Possibly Go Wrong promptly did.

[2] Okay, offworld then.

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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Re: re how many are called Rod

Noah? Fresh and original??

That one came out of the ark....

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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Re: It's my motto

He didn't say what they were pints of........

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Courtney Love in the crossfire! Paris turns ugly over Uber

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"The Uberpop app connects private, non-professional drivers with passengers..."

Well that has to be the dumbest idea in the history of dumb ideas.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Ah yes, I know. 90+% of people wouldn't know their car had a serious, even life-threatening, fault unless the car said; "I have a serious, even life-threatening, fault" as they approached it (and even then, they'd probably drive it anyway). The sort of people who are trying to scrounge a few extra quid by moonlighting as a fake taxi are by definition not the sort who will drop the necessary quiddage to keep their car professionally maintained and in top-top condition. You'd need your bumps felt to use this system.

Most countries with any degree of common sense force licensed taxis to be inspected rather more frequently and seriously than the cursory[1] once-over most vehicles get for this reason.

[1] I've seen a few things with a new MOT that have "Death Trap" written all over them. Likewise I've seen failures for no good reason. It's Lucky Lotto out there.

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Re: Cheap ass celebrity

how do the real taxi drivers know it's an ubertaxi?

Here's a revolutionary idea. Why not try reading the fucking article before spouting off here?

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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"Delphi's prototype was an Audi Q5 SUV"

Obviously[1] the Googlemobile assumed the driver was a cunt and cut it up deliberately.

The shortcoming in Google's system is the lack of an arm with which to flick two fingers.

[1] As in you'd hard-code this.

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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Re: Why can't we have both?

In a word, money.

As soon as 5G turns up, 5G phones will be on the market within minutes. The Sheep will go "ooooo, must have new shiny" and want one, at which point any network not offering 5G will lose customers like it's going out of fashion[1].

So 4G buildout goes hang while perfectly well serviced areas with gobs of customers (i.e. cities) get pointlessly upgraded to avoid this.

[1] This is seen as "demand for 5G", even though less than one percent of buyers will actually use the capabilities for anything constructive (i.e. something other than faster access to cat pix).

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Google IS listening: Binary blob banished from Chromium build

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Re: Listening?

Which is the right thing to do.

Keeps the openistas happy and everything continues to work as is for Joe Public, who doesn't give a rat's arse about this sort of thing and also makes up 99+% of the user base.

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Get yer skates on Argentina!

We're building some new aircraft carriers you know.

When those are finished you'll be properly .fk'd for nicking any islands you fancy the look of.

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OOH, it's so HOT in here! All my ATMOSPHERE is coming off

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Re: Gliese 436

A quick search on "Gliese"[1] reveals it was Bebo[2] and Gliese 581.

Now if they were out when it arrived at 581 and it got left at 436 by the postman......

[1] Yes, there is a search facility here.

[2] A week may well be a long time in politics, but a couple of years is an entire lifetime on the internet.

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Flushed with success: No bog standard Canadian goldfish these

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'The region currently declares itself "rat-free"'

Yeah, right.

How's the flying pig infestation working out for them?

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Hackers exploit fresh PC hijack bug in Adobe Flash Player, the internet's screen door

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Re: Kill it with fire

Are we talking deeper magic from before the dawn of time here?

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Ah. Adobe. Again.

Not for the first time do I wish that Windows had ceased support for Adobe fonts when TrueType was introduced.

I suppose that, with the benefit of hindsight, embedding Adobe's crapware in your O/S and giving it kernel privilege always was a one-way ticket to fuckup city.

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

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Re: Does it really save that much?

According to him the most efficient way to run a modern boiler is to use thermostatic valves on all the radiators.

I have to second that. Some time ago I did just that in my well-insulated modern house. Total cost of valves - 300 EUR (some rads already had 'em).

Payback time was under a year and manifested itself as a 450 EUR refund after the following winter. I have to admit to being somewhat gobsmacked at the time.

Obvious really. The way you waste money is by heating rooms more than is necessary. No central thermostatic control on earth is ever going to be able to vary usage by room. So, if you're thinking of lashing out a few hundred on shiny wall-mounted toys and you haven't already got thermostatic valves, don't bother. Insulate first, then valves, then and only then get the shiny.

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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When caught, did he say......

Now this is podracing.

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Stealing secret crypto-keys from PCs using leaked radio emissions

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This is proof that there is no such thing as a free lunch!

That sandwich that your co-worker just put on your desk? Be worried......

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20 years ago this week, Microsoft just about killed Australian PC manufacturing

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Hmm.

Lifetime warranties

pledged to replace a PC's hard drive and CPU after two years

Aha! That's Gordon Brown economics that is, borrowing money from the good times in the future to generate sales / public goodwill now. The idea being you'll have cashed in your shares / brownie points / made enough to retire / whatever and be off doing something more lucrative before the good times fail to turn up and the company / country / whatever goes inevitably titsup when those liabilities you've stored up for your successors really bite.

Say what you like about Microsoft, but with strategies like that the management should get the lion's share of the blame for it all going pear-shaped.

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Google endures wobbly Wednesday in the cloud

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Hang on a tick....

I thought this whole "cloud" idea's biggest selling point was the combination of scalability and redundancy?

We seem to have got the first bit, but the second continues to elude us. Now we have these "hybrid", multi-cloud, clouds attempting to ensure continuity. Presumably we need more than one of those too......

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

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HiFi.

Of course being a Parrott unit, it'll be the absolute dog's bollocks at Bluetooth handsfree phone and audio streaming, unlike the Alpine system as theirs are usually pig-awful in this area.

A far more useful feature than bloody DAB, which is to in-car music what welding gloves are to brain surgeons.

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Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina

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Re: Offensive "art" deserves an offensive response.

Simple rule of thumb I use. If you have to argue the case for something being "art", it almost certainly isn't.

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Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

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Re: How stupid do you have to be?

As stupid as someone who sends all their money to a 419 scammer?

As stupid as someone who answers "Yes" when their O/S asks for permission to install that "FREE!!11!! Antiviruz scanner"?

As stupid as someone who takes it seriously when their Android phone tells them it's been taken over by US hackers and needs them to install this app quickly to fix it?

As stupid as someone who believes it when their MOT bloke tells them that surface rust on the wiper arms is a failure and sells them a new pair plus fitting at an exorbitant rate[1]?

As stupid as a woman of 50 on holiday alone who believes that young Turkish barman just fell in love with them and not their passport/money at all?

Etc ad nauseum........

Stupidity. Making scumbags richer since the dawn of time.

[1] I had a good laugh at that one.

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Auto-playing video ads? People love auto-playing video ads – Twitter

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Oops!

"PeopleThe drooling idiots that use our services love auto-playing video ads – Twitter"

Now it makes sense.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Does anyone listen?

I don't know which likelihood is worse here:

1) He genuinely believes that and people still listen to him.

2) He's a piece of shit-stirring scum and people still listen to him.

Next week: Having realised that this makes him look even more of a twat than usual, he claims that Mossad hacked his Faceberk account and posted that to discredit him....

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Re: Say what?

so they surely haven't emailed everyone

You amaze me. Maybe they like to think that their user base has more sense than to respond to: "Dear Lastpass user. It is now important to update your account details. Please login at the following link: https://wecantbelieveyoufellforthisyoutwat.moodyhost.com.".

Other possibility. They did, but messages like that go straight to your spam bucket....

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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Bloodhound.

I was standing next to that the other day when some chap came up to me and said it was the loudest thing he'd ever heard.

He was on base for a test, back in the day. He said at "go" time, the thing just vanished to all intents and purposes. By the time his eyes found it again, it was several miles away and at about that moment the godawful noise of it departing on rockets hit. Having just got used to that, the fact that it had fired its ramjets and gone supersonic as it cleared the airfield perimeter fence made itself felt and heard.

Acceleration figures of 0-->holyshitthat'squick in nothing flat. I take it that the car comes second best as it is incapable of achieving supersonic speeds in a standing quarter mile drag?

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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"physical demands of the role"

In one interview I saw, he said that his doctor had told him in no uncertain terms that he should not fly to NZ for the filming of LotR, as the stress of flying long-haul could kill him.

He decided he wasn't going to pass up the opportunity, especially not because of someone else's opinion of how well he felt at the time.

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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

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Ah!

Some time ago I summed up BB's current state and opined that their best move would be to ditch hardware (low-margin, competing with world+dog) and concentrate on software (high-margin, market leading, etc).

I also opined that the daft move would be to provide their services on other platforms without ditching the hardware business.

I never even dreamed they'd be this bloody stupid.

Presumably the share recommendation on BB has just moved from "sell" to "GTFON!".

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Re: Christ, I though the roads were bad...

Range Rover and their cars don't care at all.

But their customers are mostly the sort of bling-obsessed rich twats who feel the overwhelming urge to fire a twat-o-tronic outburst at the local council if their backsides are faced with a less than cosseted ride and that's who this system is aimed at.

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ISS 'nauts quit orbiter and aim for Kazakhstan splashdown

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Re: Splashdown!

The lack of a convenient large ocean in the middle of Asia means that the Russians have always taken the somewhat less comfortable version of a soft landing. Then again, if anything goes seriously wrong with the braking process it makes bugger all difference which surface material causes that umpty-hundred gee stop at the end of re-entry.

A hangover from the Soviet days. Presumably they were worried that any Cosmonauts landing in the sea would quickly whittle a pair of paddles from the available material on board and row their capsule off to America.

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Do you use Hola VPN? You could be part of a DDoS, content theft – or worse

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Translation.

"We would also welcome their participation in our upcoming Vulnerability Bounty Program...."

Translates as:

"Everything else we've tried has failed, so we're going to bribe these bastards to STFU..."

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Dear France.

You lost.

Get over it.

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Words fail me.

Not at the DVLA, at the fucking British in general!

1) All countries in the EU use the same Driving licence format.

2) Britain is the only country that ever had a ruddy paper bit.

3) It's never caused any problem to any other European license holder anywhere in the world to hire a car with only the placcy bit. No codes, no online site, no nothing.

4) The only place on the entire bleedin' planet that I've ever been asked for the paper section when hiring a car with a UK license is, er, the UK. (This was slightly embarrassing as, since I'd never needed it before, I didn't bloody have it with me in the country!).

Why the fuck do we always have to overcomplicate everything?

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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It thinks it's posting to usenet.

Rather than break the bad news to it, NASA just built an interface on the ground.

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Bin bods Brabantia breached, customer passwords trashed

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Must be a government hack.

Obviously a "black bag" operation.....

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