* Posts by graeme leggett

1761 posts • joined 6 Oct 2007

Watch it Apple: time has come for cheaper rivals' strap-ons

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Re: “a category waiting for a market”

"next to an alarm clock, drive to work (dashboard clock) and sit at a computer (desktop clock) - I won't disagree with them."

For me, I also have clock on the telephone on my desk, one on the wall over to my left, my mobile phone is displaying the time while charging. Between all those and my colleagues that leave work at set times before me, I haven't needed a timepiece on my wrist as well to note the passing of the hours.

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China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs

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would you rather the 70s?

Second pic, after Servlan

http://www.tv-ooh.com/2012/03/blakes-7-dvd-rewatch-season-1-episode-6.html

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Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown

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Uncanny

It's like these legal types work together to come up with the same conclusion. Conspiracy!

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/judge-scolds-pastafarian-over-permission-to-wear-pirate-hat-on-drivers-licence

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/14/flying_spaghetti_monster_is_not_god_rules_mortal_judge/

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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A 2000 AD (OK, Starlord too) reference

I always liked the Ezquerra style. And he did Stainless Steel Rat too.

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Blighty ranks 38th in World Press Freedom Index

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Libel law changes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Chiropractic_Association_v_Singh

led to "new statutory defences of truth, honest opinion, and "publication on a matter of public interest" or privileged publications "

and "requiring claimants to show actual or probable serious harm ", "setting limits on geographical relevance,"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defamation_Act_2013

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There's a method certainly

But I think they could have made how they calculate the scores a little clearer. A worked example would be nice.

So would seeing how they aggregate scores from questionnaires and how they reached the weightings for each item too.

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Hand over our code to China? We're no commie patsies, Apple cries

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Re: As a ratio?

Very interesting. Even if we assume that the ratio between USA and the other countries is way off, it's not likely to be by an order of magnitude.

Three interpretations spring to mind, none of which I can speak to the validity of, 1) USA is very poor at making requests (eg law enforcement can't be bothered), 2) law enforcement is more selective (assume that requests will be denied, request will give no useful information), or 3) and this will fuel the suspicious-minded, they have another way of getting information.

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Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

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Re: There is so much bollocks ...

Seems the EU puts some developmental money through the "BBC World Service Trust" to deliver stuff to other parts of the world

http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=84760

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Re: There is so much bollocks ...

Try these guys

https://fullfact.org/

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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perhaps

The Apple software updater program on my computer will flag up this issue and advise me to uninstall QuickTime.

Oh, no. Wait. It won't because the updater is broken on my Windows 7 installation -broken when Apple's own software updated itself.

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British booter bandit walks free after pleading guilty to malware sales

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Re: An odd thought...

House prices. The Daily Mail is always banging on about house prices so I'm not surprised.

But "teenage boffin"?

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

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Companies, especially the larger ones, self-insure on small value stuff (your definition of small may be different to theirs) as the cost/risk is lower than the hassle of paying the premium and making the claim when required.

You don't, and shouldn't, have to insure the company's kit, but you shouldn't be careless either.

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Brexit: Leaving the EU could trigger UK science patent law rejig

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Re: "Parallel imports"

the Prescription Price Regulation Scheme exists to stop British pharma ramping up branded medicine prices quickly

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

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is this bit a leftover from earlier draft

"Remember, also, that smartphones are selling at a rate of a billion a year, most on Android"

And how does that affect the enterprise desktop?

You shouldn't include a fact unless you are going to do something with it to inform the reader how it is related to the subject.

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Re: Dull

There are such things out there (certainly to put multiple Edison screw into bayonet )

http://www.amazon.co.uk/VANKER-Extend-Holder-Adapter-Converter/dp/B0140SDR2A

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ELINKUME-Lamp-Socket-Converter-into/dp/B00WDZJFQK/

But quality might be suspect, the closeup views on Amazon can be quite revealing.

There is a standard for bayonet connectors BS EN 61184

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Re: Who's paying the piper?

Round my way, they replaced a lot of street lamps with higher efficiency ones. A combination of fitment design that puts more light down rather than sideways or up, and shorter posts (lower maintenance cost apparently because they can use a smaller vehicle to service them) gives darker gaps between the posts. But still enough to see and be seen.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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dodecaquid

This word needs to be used as much as possible (once the coin is in circulation).

Can it be added to the standard Register lexicon of weights and measures?

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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Re: They'll have to "remaster" ET again

the effects were done by ILM, so perhaps that's added to your confusion.

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Re: Grow Up and Grow a Pair

To be fair, some Americans were up for joining in.

President Roosevelt, for one. But it was not politic at the time. There were volunteers such as ended up in the Eagle Squadrons of the RAF, or pretended to be Commonwealth citizens.

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Amazon to bad cable slingers: USB-C yourself out

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a question

Unless Amazon/middlemen are going to audit the suppliers, the only way to find out the cable is not up to spec is after it's cooked your device.

So what happens if a seller buys in a bunch of cables and sells them on and cooks a couple of expensive items?

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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apple wants to video about computer stuff ?

Dear Apple,

Make an adaptation of Stoll's The Cuckoos Egg.

Then get back to making software and hardware.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: Even Windows 7 has sometimes weird UI behaviour

Yep. Its part of the Intel display driver. After the third instance of a colleague accidentally rotating their display, I've now taken to going round and disabling the hot keys setting in the Intel control panel before the problem occurs.

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Re: 256KB of Flash

I'll add to that. In so far as initial experience of ZX81 owners was typing programs in from magazines, kids often had a chance to see what a particular line of code did when it was typed wrong.

And once they'd got over that, how to make the game easier by upping number of lives or decreasing the strength of the monsters in the maze. A form of learning by tinkering with the mechanism.

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Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

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will anyone notice?

After all average person probably doesn't find the clever bits of their phone.

Case in point, I was looking on my phone settings to see if it could change lock screen to red at night.

Didn't find it ( I think it must have been on previous phone) Did find how to change colour balance of display and a multitude of quiet hours settings.

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

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Re: This is why everyone thinks students are w*****s

And an ex-Beeb man too.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-35860760 "Boaty McBoatface instigator 'sorry' for ship name suggestion"

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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RSS Everybody Down!

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

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written by

A technologist and a economist.

Not by wildlife or aviation researchers. Suspect writers, while making (inadvertently) a point that its good to try to apply some evidence base to policy decision, are working out of their depth.

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Get lost, Windows 10 and Phone fans: No maps HERE on Microsoft's OS

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bugger

Here is an effective system and I use it. Particularly in the form of the Here Drive and its commute function

Closest thing to positives is it will keep working on my Winphone 8.1. for a while.

Suppose worst case use is use it in the web browser

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Microsoft traps and tortures poor little AI in soulless Minecraft world

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wondering if

Reference to climbing hills is deliberate?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_climbing

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Cloud Native Computing Foundation adopts Kubernetes

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Name

I take it that kybernetes, a more common transliteration of κυβερνήτης and the origin of "cybernetics" was already taken?

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Approved: Master plan to end US gov control of internet's highest level

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Re: I could govern the whole of the Internet

"What I don't understand is what the governance of the Internet has to do with money."

I'm sorry. While you made a good impression with the panel and we found your views interesting and well argued, we don't feel you're the person we're looking for this role.

[sound of fat manila envelope sliding across table]

But perhaps we shouldn't be hasty with our decisions.... tell me, do you play golf? There's a lovely course in Bermuda. It's right next to the beach...

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Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

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Re: Oh yeah--BRING IT, PEEPLE!!

"dwile flonking"

careful, giving away your location (and/or territorial affiliations) there.

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

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Re: Isaac Asimov

Asimov's Robot stories are all about the conflicts within those laws and between those laws and real world problems. Not so much an answer to the AI vs Man question as the basis of some philosophizing, and publishing deals.

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Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told

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Clementi

From wikipedia (as good as anything for a quick look)

former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England

Chairman of International Payments business World First

Vice Chairman of Investment Manager Ruffer Group.

former Chairman of Prudential

(former) non-executive director Rio Tinto Group

former Chairman of Virgin Money

I'm not seeing a lot of experience in telecoms, media, provision of information....etc

Now whether that's a good thing or not, I leave to others.

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Intravenous hangover clinics don't work, could land you in hospital

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"amps up the immune system and detoxifies the liver”,

File this one under Woo. Borderline dangerous woo.

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Wikidata makes Wikipedia a database. Let the fun begin

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B5

Coincidence of course but was listening to a podcast reviewing Babylon 5 episode "A Day in the Strife" which has a plot of alien machine threatens to destroy protagonists unless they can show advanced knowledge.

In actuality the probe is looking for evidence of advanced civilisation so that it can blow it up and remove a possible threat.

I mention this because wikidata is the fragile bit, it's only as good as the data sucked from Wikipedia(s) - the encylopedia anyone can edit! - and with previous plans to feed wikidata into Wikipedia, you could be looking at a positive feedback loop for errors which might just blow up in our face.

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

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Re: "aircraft fumes"

I remember two in each overhead locker. One under each seat where the lifejacket should be...

But Martin wouldn't let there be any on the flight deck.

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Re: "aircraft fumes"

Along with otters. Talking of which, how many otters could you get on an aeroplane?

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'Leave' or 'Stay' in the referendum? UK has to implement GDPR either way

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Re: LEAVE EU would actually STAY in the EEA

Re German and French trade, is any of that comparable to the Rotterdam Effect*, the UK is effectively a port before the goods are sold on to other nations. Or is it that we are incorporating French and German products before selling on within the EU, and that in the case of Brexit, there would no longer be an advantage?

*http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/uktrade/uk-trade/december-2014/sty-trade-rotterdam-effect-.html

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SpaceShipTwo ready to slip the surly bonds of Earth for Virgin Galactic

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Re: Slip the surly bonds? Nonsense!

While we're at it "As a thousand-year-old saying goes, there is no easy way from the Earth to the stars. But finally, there is a way, and through steady testing, we will find it."

There has always been a way, and it's been resources, experienced pilots, planning and attention to detail.

Per ardua ad astra

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Re: what technological use is there for this?

Or it could be a self aggrandizement project so that Branson can add another all-weather infinity pool to his volcano hideaway on his personal island in the Caribbean.

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MIT boffins' code scans your health claims, tunes plans for bosses

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Missing the obvious

" when certain cancers or chronic conditions are on the rise in a company"

Then you might want to look at your health and safety policies, your [American equivalent of COSSH] , and health monitoring programme before you get turning to the medical costs.

see also http://www.hse.gov.uk/cancer/about.htm

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

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Re: Oh some 19 year old student took offence I bet.

Back in the 80s at my university there was a push from some within the Student Association to join the NUS. Many students were sceptical (that the university leant heavily towards engineering and sciences may have meant that the students were mostly judgemental introverts on the Myers Brigg scale. That they were also 90% male may also have had something to do with it) that there were benefits to be had over the discounted beer we already had.

An attempt to "ban" News International's titles from the student-run shop because of whatever stupidity The Sun had done most recently didn't get far but I don't think the free copies of a redtop handed out by attractive young women actually swung it - the voters were just exhibiting the reactionary tendency of the young.

It was after my time when, the university having absorbed an arts college, that there was sufficient student mass with an inclination to pass a vote to join the NUS.

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Re: Re:Makes sense to me?

I think other people inserted the aside mentally and overlooked the author's slip of the keyboard and parsed it as:

"Possibly having - as it were - gotten away with being close to the knuckle up to now"

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Ordnance Survey unfolds handy Mars map

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The client - Dr Grindrod - is reported to have said that "he had always admired OS maps and pointed out that they are good at including lots of information in an easily read format"

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Free science journal library gains notoriety, lands injunctions

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Re: Copyright theft

There are many journals for each area of research. And not all of them publish through Elsevier.

OUP, Springer (publishes Nature), Wiley-Blackwell

And some of these do open access where the publication costs are borne up front.

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National Pupil Database engorged to 20 million individual kids' records

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Dilemma

With the "retained over a longer timeframe for historical, statistical or research purposes" element, when the government/civil service is asked if education and support of the disadvantaged in society are getting worse under their stewardship, they could be shown to not be doing a good job.

Without the data the opposition would claim that they are deliberately not keeping the data so they can't be exposed.

Can't win.

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Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals

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Re: Echoes from the past

We won out because we were a better fit in the environment.

That could be intelligence, resistance to a certain disease, faster breeding rate, ability to digest certain plants that were more common, having less hair...

The Neanderthals could have been much cleverer but if they spent all day sitting around in caves chewing poppy heads rather than having more children or clearing forest then they were on a losing streak.

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Want blazing fast Netflix streams? Book a flight to Northern Europe

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missing something

How fast does it need to be for uninterrupted viewing?

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What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls

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Re: Re. FTFY

Twittter's faqs say

" establish authenticity of identities of key individuals and brands on Twitter"

So possibly they downgraded him from a key individual/brand

Also "Changing certain profile information (such as the @ username or protecting Tweets) "

So it can be a result of changing things

And finally

"An account may also lose its verified status if it violates the Twitter Rules or Terms of Service"

"Previously verified accounts may not be eligible to have their badges restored"

Which is what I heard. A sort of non-badge of shame. The last sentence can be read two ways- either once you've lost it you can't get it back, or just because you once had it - it doesn't mean you'll get it again.

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