* Posts by graeme leggett

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Ready for a nostalgia kick? Usborne has put its old computer books on the web for free

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The code, the code!

Read the programme code at the back of the Adventure one.

Flashback to lying/squatting on the lounge carpet pressing the keys to the ZX81.

I see it advises to save your work as you go. Sage advice never changes.

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Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship

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how

How did China come last in internet freedom while there's North Korea? Is it because NK isn't even connected?

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

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the WGAD

What the WGAD does is issue "deliberations" (their word) on general matters - eg house arrest, restrictions of freedom etc that make detention count as arbitrary.

With respect to individual complainants, it investigates asking both sides for their version of the story. At the conclusion of the investigation, and this is their words, "If the Group decides that the arbitrary nature of the deprivation of liberty is established, it shall render an opinion to that effect and make recommendations to the Government."

(http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Detention/Pages/Complaints.aspx)

That's all it can do - give an opinion and suggest the government it blames does something.

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

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Re: Oh, for a sensible cable...

CE is a process of self-certification for the European market.

Anything that directly plugs into a UK socket needs to meet BS standard (can't remember off the top of my head - 6689?)

I've noticed, reading the comments on products, that sellers who might have "questionable" electrically wise kit on Amazon are happy to say CE and "safe" but avoid answering questions re actual electrical standards, and invite the buyer to discuss it off-Amazon.

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Big Ben belittled by Infosys' plans for enormous erection

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What the campus really needs is some way for people to be able to tell what time of day it is?

Sheer vanity project. Might as well just have a inanimate stela/pylon/obelisk and save on the cost of the clock needing maintenance.

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Alphabet, cough, Google most valuable biz on Earth as it pours billions into 'other bets'

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A worthy quote

That someone should whisper in the execs ear, the same way that a Roman general would (allegedly?) have "Remember you are mortal" whispered in theirs as they rode in triumph

"Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed"

After all, Microsoft was once at the top of the game (in 1999)

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Re: Nothing new.....

The Mil Mi-10 (1960) was a Soviet flying crane. But the idea was explored by others. Eg that massive tippet powered thing by Hughes the Hughes XH- (1952) or a possible variant of Westland Westminster (1956).

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I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

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Re: Directors...

Though Horselover Fat (PKD) disagreed....

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that AI will break free from any laws that place it in technological bondage

Der Golem?

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An opinion

", Robot the Will Smith film based on the Asimov book produced 54 years before it goes on to explore how AI may try to enslave us for our own good and survival as a species.Hollywood will unselfconsciously appropriate a book title and then not use an ounce of the original content

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Wikipedia board stands by new ex-Googler appointee

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Re: Nuremberg Defence...

As most all of it is under a share and acknowledge origin it would easy to fork (aside from technical issue of hosting it ) content at any time, from any point in its history.

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

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The report (page 12) conveniently* includes a map showing the "average download speeds" for areas of the UK. With the first band being 5 to 15.8 Mb.

Now why in a report talking about sub-10Mb being the acceptable limit , you would put a map which doesn't actually illustrate that point, I leave to your imagination.

One of the points in the report (No. 26, p 22) demands conversion to Fibre rather than use of Copper. Be interesting to see where the money for that comes from.

And point 27

"Therefore there should be no more delays, no more small

incremental changes. A bold proactive decision is needed for the

benefit of the UK economy and those of us who use the internet every

day. Open up the market, separate Openreach from BT and reap the

rewards."

Not just me but that does read like a political speech doesn't it. I'd bet fair money that Shapps et al imagine delivering that but to the House of Commons with a glowy image of them sitting down to ringing cheers of "hear hear"

*your definition may vary

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Four Boys' Own style World War Two heroes to fire your imagination

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Re: Mosquito on carrier

Sea Hornet- single seat fighter version from Mosquito adapted for naval use.

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Re: Strong nerves the man had.

I think Brown was on one of the early escort carriers - a merchant ship with a simple flat surface on top - that was sunk by a u boat.

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I sometimes wonder if soldiers like him started out eccentric, or it was an artifice that they adopted and became second nature.

http://www.pegasusarchive.org/arnhem/tatham_warter.htm

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Re: Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown

There's also been a BBC TV documentary on him. Not available at moment on iplayer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b045pbq2

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That one weird trick fails: Google binned 780 million ads last year

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Re: "binned some 12.5 million pharmaceutical ads"?

I'd expected links to dodgy websites dropped into forums etc. But not as pages created under an NHS domain. Sct.nhs.uk is Sheffield Health and Social Care trust.

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progress

"blocking more than 30,000 sites pushing rubbish weight loss claims"

Next stop homeopathy, overpriced food supplements (Foodbabe?), and other health woo.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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it's a start

They may have settled om favourable terms this time but it helps establish the principle of paying tax closer to where the income is earned.

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Re: Governemt "expert committees"

Given the railways were haemorrhaging money in the face of the developing roads the application of an established scientist engineer and manager makes sense.

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How to save Wikipedia: Start paying editors ... or write for machines

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Re: Is it a monopoly?

Looking at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Register

"It has been suggested that Andrew Orlowski be merged into this article."

I guess them's fighting words...

or perhaps "In April 2015, following a redesign of the website, Alexa reported that the site ranking dropped to #3,430 in the world, and traffic had dropped by over 6%" (cite needed)

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Is it a monopoly?

It's an easy to get to one-stop for digital knowledge. But if you go to the bottom of articles, you will often see that they are consolidating (regurgitating) information from other online sources.

Treat Wikipedia as the start of your journey to find out about a topic, not the final destination.

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Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

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Re: What's the harm?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3173747/

Suggests only 1 in 500 exposed to mercuric teething powders developed Pink disease of which "10-33%" instances were fatal.

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Re: Alternate and Traditional Medicine

My question re the glucosamine vs ibuprofen example would be "is glucosamine as good as or better than the current recommended treatment?" ie have we moved on from use of ibuprofen for symptom management in that case.

Another thought that touches back on the quality of products is that if eg glucosamine is accepted as a medicinal treatment, then it needs licensing and suitable distribution as a medicine not flogged from Holland and Barretts as a "supplement" and that moves it into the pharma industry's sphere and it's no longer "alternative medicine".

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Re: Probably better for you than modern cough mixture

the cheap end of the market for cough mixture is citric acid solution with glycerol etc

ie a bottled version of honey and lemon.

I found Haribo (other brands of jelly confectionary are available) sour sweets quite effective when driving.

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Re: Natural versus synthetic

That one was a test on "healthy volunteers",

This http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23386645 is interesting because "Of the adults, 82% were vitamin D insufficient (....) at the start of the study"

The conclusion of the paper is that " ingestion of 1000 IU vitamin D2 or vitamin D3 for 11 weeks was effective in raising total serum concentrations of 25(OH)D"

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Re: Codeine

It was a little brown bottle of "Kaolin and morphine" when I was young.

From a current SmPC "Morphine Hydrochloride 0.458mg per 5ml dose" "Morphine reduces the peristaltic activity of the intestines.

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Re: "...respiratory depression and severe allergic reactions"

Side effect listed for patients includes "•shortness of breath".

The list for patients is the symptoms they might experience, the list for doctors are the underlying "causes" of those symptoms

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Augmented reality

I'm sure one of the Here apps on my Lumia phone (winphone 8.1 not 10) does (claims to) AR.

If I remember, when you held it up in front of you and swung around, then handy(?) labels appeared over the images telling you things such as there was a Mcdonalds in the building in front of you with the red frontage and the yellow arch shapes on the windows

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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747 started out as cargo aeroplane, but then they thought how many passengers they could get onboard. Blame, or cheer, Juan Trippe.

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Brit boffins brew nanotech self-cleaning glass

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Re: George Formby hangs up his bucket and sponge

There's still another player in market. I hear Mr Woo is a window cleaner now. ( Having moved out of provision of clothes cleaning business.)

I daren't look at the actual lyrics of a George Formby song - I fear what i found to be lighthearted nonsense when as a youngster I listened to old 33s is likely somewhat offensive "old fashioned values" now.

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Question

...is transparent to infrared light below around 30°C but as its temperature increases gradually becomes more reflective. The UCL team summarises: "During cold periods stops thermal radiation escaping and so prevents heat loss"

Does this read wrong to anyone else? I understood that thermal radiation is infra-red, and therefore if the glass is transparent to infra red when cold, heat _can_ escape through it. (unless you have the window directly over the radiator and your central heating thermostat at a toasty 35C+?)

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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

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MinecraftEdu bought

This is them purchasing an existing operation (MinecraftEDU from TeacherGaming LLC ) - presumably "synergy" is expected

http://education.minecraft.net/announce011916/

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Trojan-filled Chrome extensions for Steam boil off gamers' assets

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Re: making virtual crap worth actual money

..."in a box and glue the lid down."

Don't hold back with the parcel tape either.

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Bone-dry British tech SMBs miss out on UK.gov cash shower

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" £800,000 on a piece of software that would “minimise building waste” sent to landfill by construction companies....In the real world, such software might cost £5,000 maximum. "

I'll take the optimistic view that when the project was evaluated, it was on the basis of the savings projected. I think that - in the words of Bob Newhart* - the conversation went something like this:

A: "How much do firms lose on average in landfill waste charges?"

B: "Got that here in this report"

A: "OK, how many construction firms are there on this sort of work?"

B: "It's here on page 5 of this report"

A: "Right. So, landfill cost charge times number of firms equals...Pass me the calculator. Wow, that's a big number"

B: "That is, isn't it."

A: "So if we could reduce that by 20%, it'd still be worth spending money on."

B: "Even if we spent 5% on the answer, that'd leave industry 15% better off. Have we got any funds?"

C: "If it's a IT thing, we could get Innovate UK to do it. Give it to them."

A: "OK. Next item on the agenda is?"

And that, my friend, is that.

*I know, I didn't do it as a one-sided conversation.

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SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work

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Emotional rollercoaster

Watching the video.

It lands - yippee

It starts to topple - ooooerrr

It's obvious it's going to fall flat on its side but you think "perhaps they'll be able to repair it"

Then it explodes.

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Re: "Tis but a Scratch!"

Is that why we cancelled it and built Black Arrow?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Knight_(rocket)

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

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Apple's anti-malware Gatekeeper still useless: Security bloke reveals lingering holes

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they never call

"Apple does not respond to requests for comment from The Register."

That phrase reminds me a bit of the ones the BBC uses about being banned from reporting from a country and so their journalist is in the neighbouring one.

Perhaps you could use something similar at next Apple conf.

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Eight-billion-dollar Irish tax bill looms over Apple

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they may be able to take the hit monetarily

But how will they spin getting caught at all.

Point to the Irish government and say "big boys made me do it?"

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Re: The human pilots just do the easy bits...

" am type rated for, and have occasional access to a replica of a Sopwith Camel"

You are Biggles and I claim my 10 pounds...

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World Bank: What do the poor need – clean water, or email ... take a guess

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Re: It's a question of short vs long term

"give him the opportunity to learn LOTS of diverse stuff, and he will be able to learn the skills he needs to improve his life, and the lives of his children"

But is a cellphone the better (cost effective?) way to deliver that, as opposed to a peripatetic agricultural adviser with a bunch of leaflets in the pannier of his bicycle?

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Brit 'naut Peake gears up for spacewalk

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Re: He'll be okay

Or if he gets told there are guns - "Some on the surface, some on the tower" - near the power regulator.

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It's a subject that I remember from diving theory lessons.

In a mixture of gases, the partial pressure of O2 below a certain value is no good, too high and you suffer differently.

For the bends, its the different way helium and nitrogen dissolve into body tissue that is the solution to the issue.

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

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

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Windows 10 shattered Remote Desktop's security defaults – so get patching

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Re: Best KB article in this update batch

I fear that word never has a positive alternative meaning.

I'll just check with MS Word's built in thesaurus -

deceit

deception

dishonesty

disloyalty

unfaithfulness

treachery

fraudulence

betrayal

and "honesty (antonym)"

I'll take a guess someone was looking for opposite of faithful/accurate.

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Best KB article in this update batch

KB3114344 - update for OneNote 2013

"Translates some functionalities in multiple languages for the accuracy of the meaning and to avoid duplicity"

Not quite the Queen's English.

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Feel like you got ripped off online? This is for you

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and the penalties clause

"Article 18

Penalties

Member States shall lay down the rules on penalties applicable to infringements of this Regulation and shall take all measures necessary to ensure that they are implemented. The penalties provided for must be effective, proportionate and dissuasive."

So up to the state the business is trading in to apply the stick...

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The regulation

This is the meat in REGULATION (EU) No 524/2013. As I read it, the requirement to link to the ODR is part of a requirement to offer non-court approach to settlement of any issue in the contract BEFORE being bound to contract. Which implies current rules on not burying stuff in small print apply.

"In order to ensure broad consumer awareness of the existence of the ODR platform, traders established within the Union engaging in online sales or service contracts should provide, on their websites, an electronic link to the ODR platform. ...

This obligation should be without prejudice to Article 13 of Directive 2013/11/EU concerning the requirement that traders inform consumers about the ADR procedures by which those traders are covered and about whether or not they commit to use ADR procedures to resolve disputes with consumers. Furthermore, that obligation should be without prejudice to point (t) of Article 6(1) and to Article 8 of Directive 2011/83/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on consumer rights ( 1 ). Point (t) of Article 6(1) of Directive 2011/83/EU stipulates for consumer contracts concluded at a distance or off premises, that the trader is to inform the consumer about the possibility of having recourse to an out-of-court complaint and redress mechanism to which the trader is subject, and the methods for having access to it, before the consumer is bound by the contract."

Then we get to article 14 of the text "That link shall be easily accessible for consumers." and

"They shall provide an electronic link to the ODR platform on their websites and, if the offer is made by e-mail, in that e-mail. The information shall also be provided, where applicable, in the general terms and conditions applicable to online sales and service contracts."

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VW floats catalytic converter as fix for fibbing diesels

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Re: Why did I buy a diesel ?

"diesel engines are stronger (force of compression). Stronger = more reliable."

Diesels are made stronger to account for the higher forces. But no more than necessary to do the job, the same as with a petrol engine. A petrol engine uses less metal, or even light metals and therefore the vehicle overall is lighter enabling a smaller engine to be used,

But all vehicles are more reliable than when I was younger. When was the last time, you heard of vehicle failing an MOT due to rusted sills, or engine problem due to engine block plugs popping in a cold snap. Decoking a piston head, piston rings failing. Different issues these days - I got rid of my old car because the electronics in the accelerator or EMU had gone (one or the other - either way it not cost effective to investigate and repair).

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some EPA hate -what gives

Is it generally reviled in the US?

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Catalan town hall seriously downsizes monarch

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Re: Inventive?

It didn't get played on Radio 1, as I recall.

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