* Posts by graeme leggett

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Paranoid Android Kaymera smartmobe takes on Blackphone

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"No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our weapons include..... and not phoning the week before to make an appointment at a mutually convenient time.*"

*though perhaps the real inquisition did.

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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They do seem to be decent TVs brought low by this problem.

I can only guess that at the design stage, it made sense for the TV to make a check that the internet was "working" rather than a user being baffled why iplayer (for instance) wasn't working. What they hadn't put enough effort into was then being sure that this check upon which all the smart functions depended was itself dependable. I shouldn't have thunk the extra code for it to test more than one ip address would have been that much effort had they realised the weakness.

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The Extreme Centre, Rise of the Super Furry Animals and The Kind Worth Killing

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That Super Furry Animals book cover

For some reason I was reminded of the Illuminatus trilogy. Eye in the pyramid and humanoids covered in hair. Is there a deliberate connection

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Seven months of Basil Brush on YouTube: Er, boom boom?

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Re: I was quite find of Mr Brush, but not his foils

Well (in my opinion) Rodney Bewes and Derek Fowlds were better suited as actors than in light entertainment.

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Time will tell

When we see if anything does come out of it and there is actual hardware in the hands of reviewers.

"That means we have to hand it over to our tame racing driver. Some say......"

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

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perhaps there's a market for a voice operated app on your mobile phone that sends commands to the TV. That would create a barrier between you and the TV manufacturer.

or a voice operated app that sends the equivalent of key-presses to the app that controls the TV.

Now of course to save on programming, you need a "cloudy" provider of voice recognition.... oh.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: reminds me of a problem I had

I had a problem more recently with a TV remote that wouldn't work. Changed batteries - no effect. Then I discovered that the DVD player remote which was in the same room had one of its buttons stuck down. The second remote was jamming the first.

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reminds me of a problem I had

with a VHS recording of "Warriors of the Deep" off of Gold. In one scene, every time the Myrka was 'shot' with a flash effect my TV turned off. I suspect somehow it recreated the remote's off signal.

In retrospect, given the low standing Warriors of the Deep in Doctor Who fans' eyes (and the Myrka costume in particular), my TV might have been trying to tell me something...

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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"The number of TOTAL UK gun crimes,..., so UK gun crime is around five times more than US gun murders, or about 30% more than total US gun deaths."

What's total US gun crime figure by comparison?

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Re: The Hodges biography

"Arsenal (store not football team) of Freedom" was definitely an apt phrase for the US manufacturing output.

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Apple's Beats, Google, and Sony hammered with unpaid royalty claim

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Re: Pre 1972?

If the aforementioned services don't pay royalties on pre-1972 recordings in the US because they don't have to, do they pay royalties on pre-1972 recordings in other locations where they are covered by copyright?

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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The Russia House

made a quiet night at the cinema rather slow. By comparison more happened in Medicine Man but still a poor showing by Mr Connery.

Once fell asleep during "The Song Remains The Same". But in it's defence, it was the middle film of an all-nighter at the local ABC. Heavy Metal and Woodstock were the other two. I think I might have been 15 or so. God knows why I thought that was something to do.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Re: Education just got more interesting

" the Battle of the Bulge, but you walk around in it, experience it"

You put the lenses on, I'll turn down the aircon, and throw ice chippings and steel ball bearings at you.

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Image if....

"you got the actual cartoon Elsa from Frozen bursting out of the landscape, singing "Let it Go."

YMMV

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Test skipped

Operational Utility Evaluation - I take it to mean giving it to actual pilots to see what they make of it?

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

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Or there might be a surprise. Like when the UK helped test the US air defences in the early 60s (Skyshield) and perhaps (or not) surprisingly some of our bombers got through. By dint of some impressive flying and electronic countermeasures, I believe.

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EU-turn: Greenpeace pressure WON'T mean axing of Chief Scientist

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definitely a good idea

To have a [Chief] Scientific Advisor. I know this chap would be good at the job: Dr John Smith.

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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Re: Consumption is not the same as production

"Mr. Putin cannot turn off a non-Russian tap"

Soviet fleet in Straits of Hormuz? Diplomatically 'awkward' but might have the effect of curtailing supply.

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Is it in a pit?

Cos I met this guy at the British Experimental Rocket Group. Name was Quartermain, or Candlemass, or somesuch. Anyway he says whatever we do don't bring it back to Earth.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Re: Excellent.

And is the answer to certain of societies ills still to 'cut them off'.

(Not the Nine O'clock News. Pamela, Mel and Griff, if memory serves me right)

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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Re: "greatest British comedian of all time "

"He was Irish"

Anglo-Irish, and certainly British enough to serve in the RA. Only Irish nationality after bureaucracy intervened (to put it politely) and he ended up 'stateless'.

Thinking on it. The forgotten Goon was Anglo-Peruvian.

And Sid James was South African born English, which with Bill Kerr the South African-born Australian made Hancock's Half Hour quite international.

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"greatest British comedian of all time "

Ronnie Barker.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

"six times as many accountants as doctors "

Unsurprising since companies over a certain size will probably employ one or more, and at a much lower ratio than that of GPs to population (1:1000 to 1:2000 ?)

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If BT gets EE, it will trigger EU treasure hunt for fixed lines

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Re: In theory....

"BT should be charging the same for backhaul to competitors as to its own business, and thus the advantage to BT, and disadvantage to the likes of 3 UK would be minimised."

It could but it doesn't have to. It could cite admin costs and accounting reasons why it has to effectively charge 3 more. And if forced to, it could try and play something along the transfer pricing game, increasing the cost of the backhaul and decreasing something somewhere else in BT such that the internal costs remained the same but the competitors paid more.

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Spice up the Sheriff of Nottingham with pinched pepper and brie bribes

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re Uno

or Whot! for older Britons who saw games in black and white

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Re: Bureacrats Are a Sociological Class

I've met "spend your budget this year or get it cut next year" in private business too.

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Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

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Re: Old Clara

yes, having discovered that he'd not seen Clara for 60 years, he could go back and see her. But then she wouldn't have seen him for 60 years. Paradox.

Or as the Doctor once said "You can't change history. Not one line!"

(though writers have a clever way of working round this)

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Re: Yippee-ki-yay

To my ear - and the subtitles - it's 'yippee-ai-ay'. So I followed it with "Ghostriders in the skyyyy..."

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PlayStation clambers back online days after DDoS attack PARALYSED network

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paper today

described the attack as a "hack". I'd have though the paper in question would have likened it more accurately to a blockade of a port with tractors by French farmers.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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My brother had the 100-in-one. lasted for years.

He gave my son something similar for his birthday, though it is based on components on mountings that clip together and few flying leads. Manual is good for assembling circuits but not so for understanding them.

I think I ought to get accompanying book that gives the knowledge. Turning off the home router and faking a powercut might also get my son off Minecraft videos and into something practical.

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Re: What that stationary Mamod steam engine needed was...

I believe the holes on the drive shaft accessory were Meccano compatible sizes.

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Google it! Ruskie gov user data slurps jumped 25% last year

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"mushroomed 19 per cent "

19%? Sounds modest for a mushroom. Is this an example of hyperbole in writing (and would that be a case of hyperbolics?)

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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Speaking as one who started playing board/card/tabletop games at university in the mid 80s, I ain't no hipster neither.

But my stash is modest. I do know of people who install more and more shelving to accommodate their collection. And visit Essen annually for the Spiele.

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"£75 though..."

That's OK, I have the first and second editions already.

(And Warhammer Quest, and a host of other stuff they stopped making. )

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Re: Can anyone recommend a starter gamer for 9yr old?

I'll suggest Castle Panic - or one of the other 'Panic' varieties as a possible. Cooperative so its the family/friends against the game, but with scoring so that there can still be a winner/best player (a bit of competition is a good thing).

Gets you into thinking a turn or two ahead, but without the infinite possibilities of chess etc.

Also as a cooperative, it can be played single player (or single player and befuddled/newbie adults)

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Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

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Re: I don't know...

A pertinent point.

There's a wall plaque a stone's throw from where I'm typing this that records two incidents that happened nearby. An 8th Air Force B-24 Liberator on a training mission had some sort of trouble and came down on the parkland near where the memorial is now. A second -also on a training flight - about a month later parked itself into a house at bit further down the road. Two crews, no survivors.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Re: There's no such thing as "great CGI effects".

It's not too bad when it's used to create an animation, as opposed to a live action film.

Watched the 2013 Captain Harlock Space Pirate ( or was it Space Pirate Captain Harlock?) film Saturday. Bit of space opera epic.

And then yesterday 5 of the 12 episodes of Arpeggio of Blue Steel, a more traditional style of animation with the anime tropes but CG rendered.

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So now the Hobbit is finished

Are we going to get that Dambusters film, or not?

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Funny sizes?

Oh and on the subject of different sides having different ammo.

Due to the British Army accepting a rimless cartridge for their (British-built) tank and armoured car machine guns (the BESA - an adaption of a Czech design) while still retaining a rimmed .303 for infantry, they could use the German 7.92 ammunition.

And with both sides putting 9mm Parabellum in sub-machine guns and pistols, there was plenty of scope for reuse there.

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Re: Funny sizes?

I believe technically the EM-2 reached troop testing and got a "proper" service name for a while.

I did watch someone poring over the construction and firing it on a youtube channel (might have been "Forgotten Weapons" as mentioned above)

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That's the way to build a gun properly

And how's your "mad minute"?

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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if they wanted Scandinavian designs cheaply

wouldn't they be more likely to head for Sweden (and a certain furniture and homewares store)?

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Go

I gave before

to the Colossus of Yorba fund. Never saw the money again.

>>>>closest icon to an apple I could pick, will a Granny Smith stand in place of a golden one

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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Self regulation

This is how most self-regulation works in various industries. It relies upon the players watching each other and running to "mother" if they spot something.

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Chinese responsible for 85 per cent of website scams

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Re: Some of us are fortunate

Why isn't bad spelling, and poor grammar, a spam filter you can use...

No, wait. I think I've figured out why

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Rolling the ATTACK DICE in King of Tokyo

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Re: just had a look on boardgamegeek

Review whatever's interesting, no matter when it came out. IMHO.

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just had a look on boardgamegeek

Thought the name Richard Garfield was vaguely familiar. Seems he's that Richard Garfield.

Quick scan of his blog, and that prompted me to look up http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/113294/escape-curse-temple Escape:Curse of the Temple by Kristen Østby - a (European) cooperative game where play is simultaneous, through custome dice, and to a 10 minute soundtrack/countdown.

Sounds bonkers, and possibly leads to fisticuffs.

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King of Tokyo is currently my son's favourite player vs player game. But then he's a 9-year old Godzilla fan.

As an alternative to Munchkin - I've looked over the worked examples - I'm considering Gauntlet of Fools (by Indie Cards and Games)

You have to fight through umpteen rounds of enemies, and you will die at some point. But dying with the most gold is what makes a hero (and the winner of the game). Although the number of cards is limited , the number of permutations (or is combinations?), and the speed of the game ought to mean that you wouldn't get bored by it before it was time to move onto other things.

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The Information Age: A day out for grown-up children?

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About 2 years ago when I was there they had the beam engine gently steaming away. Made the atmosphere higher up in that end of the building a little thick.

It seems to me that with several museums you have to visit at least 5 years apart or try to focus on bits you haven't done before or you will be getting a strong feeling of deja vu. I have vowed that next time I take my son to the Natural History museum that once we are in the front door (don't talk to me about the queuing) it'll be turn right (away from dinosaurs and the human body - I don't think either exhibit has changed in 20 years) and do the insects and geology.

Interactive exhibits get shabby; unsurprisingly given the number of grubby mitts rubbed over them. And stale for the regular visitor because if you make them too deep and comprehensive the casual visitor will never get past the first part.

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

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Re: no suspicion that the user has committed any offence?

Has Mississippi got its own nuclear submarine force?

But I put it to you that the editor of the Spectator is not a reliable economic source on comparing countries and states based on back-of-the-envelope calculations

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