* Posts by graeme leggett

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the HORRORS

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" Photoshop 7 (from 2002) ...only installed on the 32bit Windows 10 after "thinking about it" for almost 10 minutes. "

I think you've had your money's worth from that purchase. Still more or less working after 13 years is quite good.

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Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out

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Re: Apple Pay IS an open standard

They'll still have the banks own app on their phone to check balance, see if pay has gone in yet etc...

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THIS MEANS WAR between USA and Japan! GIANT ROBOT WAR

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Re: Hmm...

I think it should have a protruding red chin.

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The giant robot fighting genre is popular ....

Well they did more or less invent the genre in Japan....

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Yank my blockchain: Bitcoin upgrade SNAFU borks hungry miners' currency

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The speculation largely lies at either end of the system doesn't it.

Say I sell coffee beans on the internet and take payment in bitcoins because that's what my customers want. So long as I can spend them promptly to buy something concrete that I want, then I'm ok.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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"3) Doctor Who needs to revert back into a 20 Minute Cliffhanger format. I don't think the Writers are just that good at writing a script from start to finish in only a 45 Minute arc. Its One of the major things I hate about Nu-Who!"

It reflects the way that TV is made this way/the viewers expectations of a faster pace today. Things are just much quicker paced.

Trying to fit 3 cliffhangers in a four 25-minute episode format could constrict the show in the old days, leading to padding (corridor running) sometimes, or Sylvester McCoy hanging not very perilously off a low cliff.

There is also the expectation of need for some sort of "everything's going to be alright" resolution at the end of the episode for the benefit of the younger viewers. Moffat has said that however scary it might get during the episode that element needs to be sorted before the end and the little ones are packed off to bed.

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Re: Hmm

"Top Gear probably exposes mostly what's wrong with the BBC financial and production model - Using licence fee money to generate programmes for worldwide sale means that production values are compromised to those "low, common denominator" markets like the U.S"

Except Top Gear was made on BBC2 budgets, proved to be popular and worldwide sales of the programme plus licensing the format made tons of cash. It was not made with the intention of selling abroad.

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Re: Terrestrial TV

Birt gave producer choice, which meant for some productions that they could buy in services etc cheaper outside the Beeb. But it also meant

1) that specialist internal services (previously effectively free at the point of programme making) had to be costed properly against a production budget

2) self-same specialists within Beeb then lost the cross-subsidy effect

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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Re: That is a really idiotic design choice.

"There were two options on the screen. The first was 'No'. The second with the bold default lines around it was 'Okay'"

Isn't there a rule that the option that does least 'damage' should be the default?

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Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...

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Makes sense

If only to spread the demand for download and thus avoid a myriad complaints about why only 1% of download complete after hours of watching the green line not move.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: Pedantry

BS were already developing tie-ups with Pratt & Whitney and SNECMA (largest continental producer) on - in the words of Flight International in 1965 - "collaboration on turbofan engines for airbus transports".

BS and SNECMA were working on Concorde's engines and civil and military turbojets (in the case of the latter for an Anglo-French swing-wing project).

Now are you sure that RR weren't feeling a bit tense about their future? And if they had saved the cash they used on buying BS would they have weathered the RB.211 problem?

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The whole V bomber series is interesting

Starting with the decision to take up three designs from manufacturers. And then another one.

Vickers Valiant (the most conventional) as the sure solution that would enter service soonest.

Handley Page Victor (unusual crescent wing) but more advanced than Valiant

Avro Vulcan (the most radical) but offering more performance promise

And then to make absolutely sure, the straight winged Short Sperrin - something closest to a WWII bomber with jet engines. Not handsome but useful as a test bed for jet engines (eg DH Gyron which was about 50% more powerful than an Olympus at one point). Shorts had proposed a design that was rejected as too radical so perhaps the Sperrin was a consolation prize.

Valiant - which dropped bombs for real (though during the Suez crisis) - suffered from spar fatigue when switched to low level attack, and withdrawn from service. That the B2 version (look for pictures of it at Farnborough 1953) designed for low level attack had been cancelled is a bit ironic.

Victor, a futuristic look with a bigger bomb bay and a near Mach 1 performance (also capable of loops and the odd barrel roll), also suffered when switched to low level. They were nearly used against Indonesia because of the bother over Malaya. They became tankers - the ones used to get the Vulcans to the Falklands.

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Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

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Re: Error Margins

Margin of error

Estimation of uncertainty

Precision of measurement

Any statistical report (claiming accuracy) that falls to give some acknowledgement of these types of issues in its methodology is flawed.

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

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Re: Islands

It was only the New Territories that were leased and needed to be returned.

But holding onto Hong Kong Island and Kowloon while 85% of the entirety of Hong Kong went back to the People's Republic didn't make much sense.

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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Could genetics be involved? Is he for instance of Polish origin?

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: Pysgnosis

example

The Killing Game Show - brilliant intro (look it up on youtube) foillowed by impossible platformer

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Pysgnosis

I bought a fair few Psygnosis titles - and I think a lot of them fell into both "lovely to look at" and " too hard to be fun" categories.

Well that's what I think I remember....it was all a long while ago.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Re: In a way I get it...

Incentive to write a real page-turner.

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Vodafone splashes €2 BEEELLLION to kick German TV sideways

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Accompanying image

Not a bit inflammatory? Can't beat a pic of a Spitfire.

Mind you, listening to the radio this morning I heard that the Luftwaffe were going to escort HM-the-Queen on her visit today.

A contrast to 70 years ago when they dropped a bomb on her home.

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Windows Phone is like religion – it gets people when they are down

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Re: Yup

"MS inability to keep up with the Facebook API might put of some folks outside of business."

This sounded strange to me so I checked. And on my phone (about 2 weeks old) with the Facebook app installed it integrates quite adequately with Win Pho 8.1.

I think the Facebook API issue was for phone to facebook without having the app installed.

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" attacking B2B users with decent-quality, low-cost handsets,"

the swines!

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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Re: Request line

I think " primagravidae" would make a good title for a SF novel.

(quickly checks Amazon - no not one by that name yet)

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Virtual reality below the prehistoric waves: David Attenborough's First Life

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the internet says somewhere in Leicestershire.

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The world .sucks at a minute past midnight on Sunday

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Predatory?

"The .sucks registry...defends itself as saying it is empowering consumers to start conversations about brands"

"prices start at US$199 for a block that prevents anyone from buying the .sucks domain of your dreams. If you want to buy one to use, fork over $249."

yes, at those prices they are making it easy for the ordinary man/woman in the street to complain about how they have been made penniless by big corporations.

It looks like they've figured out a way to gouge the brand owners in one direction and the consumer on the way back.

On the plus side, I wonder what the vacuum cleaner manufacturers can do with Dyson.sucks vax.sucks etc...?

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British Library publishes Digital Magna Carta – written-by-web-vote because it's 2015

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Had a look at the site myself

Interesting to see a lot of clauses along the line of protecting children from things they ought not see, and providing a safe environment.

eg "give us a place where we can filter all inappropriate Websites. "

"be free from inappropriate comments"

"be safe and kind to everyone. We will be able to go online and not be afraid of unwanted people taking advantage of us. "

Now possibly the being safe online sessions that children get these days in school may have led to those.

Also found "allow surveillance of public activity, but respect personal information. "

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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1930s

How much effect is there from the (re)-armament drive following the break with the Ten Year Rule* in 1932?

Eg the RAF expansion plans from 1934 onwards - creating 100 more squadrons putting 3000 more aircraft on the books (plus replacing existing ones).

*The assumption when it was first initiated in 1919 that another major war was not likely for ten years and therefore defence spending could be held at low levels. But then rolled over from year to year despite whatever was happening in technology and world politics.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: And how is this surprising

Japan was in formal alliance with the British (Empire) from early 1900s to stem the likelihood of Russian (Empire) expansion. The British having been playing "The Great Game" against the Russians in central Asia since the mid-1800s.

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Re: Economy of France

"The French state does initiate and successfully finishes technologically ambitious projects, like Concorde"

An Anglo French project - a culmination of separate endeavours by Bristol Aircraft and Sud Aviation (among others) through their subsequent merger (with state encouragement) into BAC and Aerospatiale, joined together as a treaty between UK and France.

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Re: And how is this surprising

"Italy to be Allies with Germany to begin with, but then it suited them to be Allies with the UK etc near the end because that suited them better"

Basically because in mid-1943 with the Allies sampling the delights of Sicilian beaches, the Italians had realised the war had not gone according to plan and they had lost. Hence the sudden request for an armistice. That the Germans did not intend giving up their sunbeds on the Italian coast was a bit of a bother for the Italian nation as they still had to fight to push an invader out of their country - their former house guest.

(rough précis - other histories are available)

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Google: Our self-driving cars would be tip-top if you meatheads didn’t crash into them

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Re: givig way to emergency vehicles

Now I'm wondering how they programme them to recognise the hand signals of a horse rider.

And there was that time I was on a coach that had to follow a stray cow down the Glasgow-Ardrossan road.

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Re: Yup...

"if(CarInFront.Is(Make.Audi) || CarInFront.Is(Make.BWW))"

But this is google so advertising revenue dictates that CarInFront=Toyota

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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Re: Pratchett

Just to bounce in some more tech - Making Money plays with the idea of the analogue computer which is truly measuring liquid(ity) and the flow of money - the Monetary National Income Analogue Computer aka Moniac.

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Re: @1980s_coder

"there are many alternatives they can use such as LIBOR when lending or borrowing money"

But then some bankers got done for fiddling LIBOR, so perhaps that's not so good.

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lack of twins

The problem with state-scale economics is that there's never something you can exactly (or close enough) compare with to see what would/might have happened if you didn't do the thing you did.

Like a dinghy nearing the shore on a blustery day. You can try and use your sail to get you back to safer water, or grab the oars and pull away heartily. But you can't put yourself back in the same position and try the other method to say which is better.

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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Re: It's good to see Caterham thinks of the passenger...

the passenger can then join in the fun by being your "engineer"...

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Apple preps summer bonking bonanza for Brits

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I'd be surprised if anyone outside the media gives a crud.

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Festival tech: Charge your mobe while you queue for a pee

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Wonderbag (it's a portable haybox oven isn't it)

In the spirit of invention, make do and so on, surely the done thing would be to improvise using sleeping bags.

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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Presumably - for sound tax avoidance technical reasons - the deal was negotiated with Google representatives from Ireland.

For as we all know, there is no British Google entity with the power to make sales, lest it be seen that they actually make money in UK

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WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

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Re: It's not just the Pacific!

The EU documents on TTIP - what they are asking for and their lines in the sand are here.

http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1230

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Nosy Brit cops demand access to comms data EVERY TWO MINUTES

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Illustrating picture choice

Couldn't find a picture of Noddy's PC Plod?

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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I thought the idea was that there would be no SP1 (nor Win 11) as such, just a progression of updates/features/patches.

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And then the Google lad says: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone

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Checking time on a smartwatch is "cool" is it?

No. it's an essential feature, or raison d'être (if you'll pardon my French) of a watch, smart or otherwise.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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"but in pre-internet days you'd just have been laughed out of the pub or branded the village idiot"

I thought then you just bought the tabloid/redtop newspaper that fitted with your world view. Hence polarization of British press into areas with any newsprint that tries to fit middle ground getting rubbish sales (Independent, Today)

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Nokia getting there with HERE as rivals talk up price

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Re: HERE app on my Windows Phone

Does any other satnav or satnav app have similar function to the Here Drive+ commute function?

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: Part of the UKs unique aviation heritage

"Vulcan, Lightning, and TSR2 " - also to be seen at Duxford.

Mind you, I can see a Lightning and a Vulcan just down the road in Norwich. And go in the latter.

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Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

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"The BBC reports that his parents want Hamza to become the next Bill Gates, but the youngster has other ideas, fancying himself as a pilot instead"

Yes. Ignore the pushy parents and do what you want to do.

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

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I wonder if Apple's lawyers were up for a bonus set at a percentage of the award.

In which case it's not all bad news

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Google sells .car, walks away from generic domain names

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Those who buy tractors do associate those words with agricultural machinery. For them Allis-Chalmers.com or Massey-Ferguson.co.uk would suffice.

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Use your Apple gizmos only for good, says Tim Cook

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cook meeting wallace

When did that happen?

According to internet, Wallace renounced his earlier position in the late 1970s, saying "I was wrong. Those days are over, and they ought to be over."

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Eg if it's looped through one of those staples designed to reduce the ability of a miscreant to get bolt cutters onto the shackle?

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