* Posts by graeme leggett

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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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Polygraph.com owner pleads guilty to helping others beat lie detector

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Re: Bloody replicants getting everywhere

Which desert?

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Re: Wow - this technique needs to go to Wikileaks, pronto!

I seem to recall Harry Harrison outlining a technique for beating a polygraph in The Stainless Steel Rats Revenge.

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Mozilla flings teddy out of pram over France's 'Patriot Act'

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The French attitude to extraterritorial may be coloured by history. French Empire was quite big even if a lot of it was sand. There's also that nuclear force - having one of those gives a feeling of self-importance.

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Why Joe Hockey's Oz tax proposals only get five out of 10

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"Channel Islands retailers selling into the UK, for example"

Wasn't this caused by exploiting a deliberate tax exemption set up so that flower, veg and fruit producers in the CI could sell to the (much larger market of the) UK without excessive burden?

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: "getting drivers a street-level cab"

With a low cab, where does the engine go to? And with a cab in front of the wheels, won't the space taken up at turns increase?

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Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

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50 updates for my machine - about 1 Gb

But this is on a computer with elements of MS Office from 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 (visio trial).

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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Re: Next stop Venezuela

I have heard that Aberdeen as a whole is suffering a downturn due to the low oil prices.

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: We know you, you know!

"It was rejected, hated, railed and rallied against"

You forgot "rioted".

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Re: Am I the only person...

The best stuff I've found on Sky that wasn't on Freeview was the children's tv channels.

Pricing for movie 'rental' seems high: £3 or so for just Hunger Games Catching Fire which is on Netflix ( £7 all in). And the watch-and-keep £12 for a DVD which is closer to £8 in shops, and a download that took so long that the DVD nearly got there first.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Re: Good article

I don't think I was agreeing - I was pointing out that the organisation follows the intent, just as an SOP is formed as a means of turning a policy into practice.

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Re: Good article

"except the EU has existed for less time than the peace in Europe has"

Well a European union wasn't going to spring into being fully formed the day after VE day, the nations of Europe had to recover. Infrastructure had been broken, cities flattened, refuges everywhere, two countries (Austria and Germany) under military occupation.

But the concept of a union to prevent war was already there. Churchill gives 1946 speech "United States of Europe " leads to Council of Europe 1949, the European Steel and Coal community (1951) leads to Treaty of Rome in 1957.

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The cost of leaving

Includes all the effort spent in carrying out the leaving, the drafting of new laws, rules and procedures to deal with the post- EU period, the periods of indecision on investment by companies while the situation becomes clear.

In other words, add a couple of extra years (?) on the time before the return on investment (if any) of leaving gets to greater than zero.

I suspect, that faced with the decision, those who are not firmly EU-phobic or EU-philic will tend to see it (as with this just passed election) as the unknown involved in leaving is more uncertain and risky than the purported benefits of leaving.

Unlike upping sticks and moving house to a new job and a new future elsewhere in the country (or abroad), it wouldn't be easy to sell up and move back if you think later that you've made the wrong decision.

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Re: Damn Lawyers.

They've only got series 1 to 3 on Netflix in the UK. Damn them.

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Stubborn 'won't fix' Google U-turns on Chromecast vid judder twitching-eye blunder

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Actually, now I think more on it. The Chromecast device using wifi, I'm surprised it couldn't work out which country it was in - and therefore the likeliest frame rate in use.

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I think the underlying technical issue was that Google forgot that there was more than one frame rate in use in the world.

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Cylon is golden: Backstabbing bank holiday board games

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Armada - how much?

100 USD for the game I can go with but 50 USD to add another Star Destroyer.

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

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Re: Interesting times.

"Dixons-PC-World-Whateveritiscalledtoday "

and there's the problem. A desolate hall - about 50% empty space - compared to the days when there was actually stuff on the shelves.

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

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Someone will try, and that's a good thing.

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Re: It's the Applications Stupid!

"whole raft of products out there that just won't install without a GUI running on the box"

The way forward is now going to be 'a whole raft of products that will install under a GUI running on a different box'

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Can't tell scale from photo

Or a Kenner (Palitoy in the UK) action figure would do.

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Can't tell scale from photo

Has anyone said if it's the original model kit from the 70s, one of Revell's modern "quick kits" or perhaps one from the Star Wars X-Wing minatures game?

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UK's annual PCB waste = 81 HMS Belfasts, says National Physical Lab

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dumping HMS Belfasts as waste

You don't wont to do that, it/she has a lot of asbestos on board. I remember the signage last time I was on it/her.

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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costs

35 lbs of weight (and hence 'x' amount of fuel) saved every flight against the costs of all aircraft being grounded once - an interesting one for the accountants to evaluate

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: How is this legal?

On the other hand,

a) such devices already exist, and if there have been instances they should have been acted upon already

b) if it is mandated, then the specification will probably also include requirements that the device should not present a hazard if use, and some form of safety testing to confirm that before the device is incorporated into a vehicle.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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restrictive clause

"software in the App Store cannot mention Android nor Windows Phone,"

so you can't even say in your apps description that it is better than the one on Android/WinPhone? Or the same as the app that was previously only available on Android...?

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Apple BIGGER than the U.S. ECONOMY? Or Australia? Or ... Luxembourg?

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alternative way of checking if the values are about right.

If company X was to suddenly disappear, would the effect be about the same the comparison country Y (or some subset thereof) suddenly disappearing under the sea? (to help you sleep better at night, assume the population have escaped to higher ground but equally miraculously create no burden on their neighbours)

Apple disappears overnight - aside from having trouble accessing one's iCloud, there would be a lot of companies and their employees who wouldn't get paid and with big holes in their future revenue expectations. But it certainly wouldn't have same effect as the US not being there (geopolitics aside).

Apple vs California? - no, still getting a California bigger feel there.

And so on.

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MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

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"What does this Turbo button do?"

Or on the cheaper cases - "what does this Tubro button do?"

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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"Or even send something as personal as your heartbeat"

that's just creepy.

And if someone needs their pulse remotely monitoring, I suggest something with Medical Device approval according to the statutory regulations.

though we could get a new spin on "My Grandfather's Clock"

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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Re: This is how it should be done

"all your copies don't disappear in a puff of smoke."

though in the case of the 1980s issues I recently found in my loft, they can go a bit crinkly and yellow

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Windows Phone 10: Less stuff that does more – plus IE-killer Project Spartan

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Re: Reading mode

Just tried the reading mode. I wasn't aware of it before but will be trying it again.

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Oracle grunts, grimaces, pushes out 98-flaw security patch batch

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Re: More bloatware...

there's a "suppress partner offerings" (or something similar) in the java settings. Right down at the bottom.

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Life after Nokia: Microsoft Lumia 640 budget WinPho blower

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Re: Retina display?

I remember when 1280 by 720 was adequate for getting things done on a 14-inch monitor, so I don't see any problem when applied to a screen one third the diagonal even if held only one third of the distance away.

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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Gemini Man?

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Antichthon

Or referencing Doppleganger / Journey to the Far Side of The Sun by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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Kinquering Congs their titles take

"there's something about the desired career structure of Brits that leaves us not really interested in conquering the world"

Because we did it once before. And look what acclaim that got us.

"White man's burden", "East of Suez", "end of Empire" etc

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

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Redstone

More likely named after the rocket that propelled the Mercury project astronauts into space marking the American entry into manned spaceflight?

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

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Re: I'm puzzled by these attempts.

Tesco have Clubcard and Tesco credit card to get customer shopping habits.

Generalizing here a bit but I suspect the vast majority of shoppers at Tesco don't give a flying fig roll (aisle 15, next to the ginger snaps) about being tracked through their iphone

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Council of Europe: Don't spy on your staff, you naughty employers

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Re: Monitor this....

With your workplace, it sounds like everything are subject to in the way of monitoring is clearly understood and openly acknowledged. You know your position and accept that.

In other places, there are employees unaware (possibly blissfully so) that management look through their emails, count how many times they take toilet breaks, what hours they arrive and depart and those who have a suspicion that it goes on but have not been told that it does. Those are the ones that need a bit of protection.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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stats and precision

"12.23 per cent to 11.12 per cent" - isn't that still likely to be within the margin of error of measurement?

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V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

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Re: What makes art?

As an exhibit - better suited for a museum of computing, as a "famous computer" because the bits of themselves are only factual.

Now if someone had reused the pieces to represent the act of destruction, or the overbearing state, by for example laying them out to spell "1984" then that might be a bit arty.

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Fast Integral Reactor.

I've cancelled overflights of the Salado Formation in my light aircraft 'Eagle' just in case.

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: "I still to this day want to know just what the hell they where medicated for?"

Or protect you from whatever grew on, or in, those bits of wood bolted to the ceramic rim in lieu (see what I did there?) of a proper lifting seat.

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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

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So that's testing covered

But if they want to use it south of the border (where the market might be) they still need the FAA on side.

At least no one has suggested that the Canadian response to a rogue drone dropping on their head would be "Sorry"

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