* Posts by graeme leggett

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Think beyond the Beeb: Gov consultation is crucial for free telly

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Re: The rest of the licence fee

thanks for sorting my confusion twixt the one 4th channel and the other.

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The rest of the licence fee

If the licence fee is torched, what happens to that bit that goes to Channel 4?

Or does that no longer happen?

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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They frequently modified cars on the show. Just not how mainstream modders do.

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Re: 30 grand is not really a punishment

"in what the shows do, where and when"

Wouldn't have worked with Clarkson, as he effectively wrote a fair bit of the script. I remember them joking when they got an award for "Best Unscripted" programme".

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Re: Small potatoes?

The budget was only BBC2 sized. But that vehicle manufacturers (or the owners of cars), the British Armed Forces etc would be prepared to make things available probably made things a lot easier.

Consider the regular challenges. Filming costs aside many of them didn't spend much on the raw material the "buy a mid-engine sports car for £500" sort of thing.

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Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE will ZAP you with INTERWEBS

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name choice

not to be confused with Lockheed MQM-105 Aquila. you don't want one of them overhead.

Given its size, wouldn't naming it after one of the New World birds with a large wingspan such as Vultur gryphus make more sense.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Re: Mine!

Not everything was made for the BBC on the basis of perpetual ownership.

With the older stuff made in a time before VHS let alone DVD the actor, writer contracts etc were based on one or two showings. While a sum would be paid upfront for this, if there were further showings, then repeat fees were due to those involved.

Hence if material from the archive is to be shown then there may be (admittedly small) cheques to be made out to the actors (or in the case of Daleks, Terry Nation's estate).

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" if the BBC Store finally allows people to access it"

More interesting to see how much people are prepared to pay to see it.

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Google turns cookie monster on AdSense, DoubleClick clients

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"But neither side will tell me what that message needs to say..."

Something along the lines of.

"This website uses cookies so that the adverts (and it's Google that decides what they are not me) that appear while you are reading it should be relevant to you. That means that I get paid more for including those ads, which means I can afford to let you read this stuff for free.

If you are not happy with targeted ads, then you are welcome to go and look at other websites, perhaps they've got what you want. I'd like to make an exception - I'm certain you're a nice person - but website hosting costs money."

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Wanted: beta testers for El Reg’s Android app

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Re: It's a start but....

The windows phone app mostly works I can read the articles but it's just that I have to open a browser to explode in splenetic rage offer my personal opinion in the forum.

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Ofcom wants to ease the pain of switching mobile networks. Good luck

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Re: Slamming

"pay the customer £100 a month. And make the mobile companies MD personally liable."

harsh, disproportionate and excessively punitive - I like it.

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: PILOT ERROR

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"Alsbury had a relatively unusual background for a test pilot."

That section reads as a roundabout way of saying he lacked the experience that would normally be expected of anyone on the cutting edge of aviation.

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Google Californian warehouse workers file to form union

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"failing electrical systems resulting in fires."

One for getting the US equivalent of the HSE or local authority Environmental Services involved?

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Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

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Re: g+

or A flat?

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Re: Memories

I had an unholy stack off the side of my A500+

A memory expansion, an HD, and then the huge lumpen CDROM (A520?) on the end.

As a testament to the home-builderynessability of the Amiga, it was a SCSI HD on a SCSI board that some people I knew had built and written their own drivers (or whatnot) for.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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question

is there a similar explanation for differences in number of women in STEM in other nations?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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" between an American biscuit and a Brit scone is the former is made without sugar"

Remind me never to eat your cheese scones nor beef cobbler....

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It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

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Actors

That was Stuart Fell in that first film clip wasn't it?

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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Re: IANAA, but...

could we reclassify it from a dwarf to an "eccentric planet"?

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Major and minor flaws?

This is based on the reactions to the perception to how the researchers played and the associated voice. But they did not include a control group - they had the data there potentially but didn't use it.

They also seem to have tried to compensate for any differences in their playing style (and that of the other players) in the statistics rather than in attempting more standardization (or a larger dataset). What's that phrase about changing the experiment by interacting with it?

The dataset size does not seem to have been determined prior to the experiment (actual size was N = 126). One interpretation of the statement in the report " We stopped at 163 as this is a substantial time effort." is they ran out of time/got tired/got bored/had something else they needed to do rather than X games is the right amount to play to get good answers.

That leaves open the question as to whether the experiment had sufficient power - a good statistics treatment of research should discuss this in the paper - in the first place for a significant difference to be found. If you throw enough permutations at an data block, something will stick, even if just due to the random distribution of the data. As exemplified by "scientists say X will give you cancer" interpretations by newspapers.

I also note they are reusing data from a previous experiment - " Kuznekoff and Rose’s (2013) original study" - http://nms.sagepub.com/content/15/4/541 New Media & Society June 2013 (first published online in 2012) so there's a second element to the possibility that a better study would have been done if they had designed their experiment and got new data rather than try and fit an experiment to previous work.

Personal declaration of my own skillset in this area - reading some books (No Starch publishing's Statistics Done Wrong), and listening to the radio (Radio4's More or Less: Behind the Stats), and a large dash of cynicism.

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: OK Say you get to Mars

Guess first thing is to achieve Mars orbit and build a station there.

Reminds me of Millennium 2.2 (on the Amiga and other platforms)

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: bollocks

I think they see it in terms of the middle classes listening to Radio 2, 3, 4 during the day, and in the evening watching the News, Only Connect, Springwatch etc while the low incomes only go to BBC1 to watch Eastenders before changing over to watch Emmerdale, New Faces/Opportunity Knocks Britains Got Talent etc on the other side.

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Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

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I think I can compensate for your lack of awareness in that I bought four CDs (Arizona Bay - what if California fell into the sea - was one) of his material and [I think] a VHS.

I ought to dig them out again. While his material was edgy at the time, it seemed to come from a genuine philosophy to hold the subject matter up to critical inspection rather than a simple desire to shock.

He used paradox in an interesting way. His response to menacing redneck Christians after a gig where he poked fun at Jesus - "so, forgive me" (he of course told it better)

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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" that its spam filter's rate of false positives is down to less than 0.05 per cent."

but that's just a single statistic. an average across all mailboxes. Without knowing something more descriptive (such as the Coefficient of Variance) you can't really measure their success as experienced by users.

You could get 0.05% by having 99 users with an exceptional 0.01% false positives and one unlucky sod with 4% falsely identified

Probably a better descriptor would be the Positive predictive value (http://www.networkworld.com/article/2336754/software/spam-and-statistics.html)

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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I went and saw if there was anything about WSUS and Windows 10

http://windowsitpro.com/patch-tuesday/windows-update-business-better-says-microsoft

an article drawing on an interview with Stella Chernyak, "Senior Director at Microsoft"

"Microsoft isn’t replacing WSUS or SCCM, only providing an additional mechanism that the company believes will be better. Stella suggested that Windows Update for Business is like WSUS Lite. It’s Windows Update with some of the controls of WSUS, particularly different is where the updates are delivered from and where they are stored"

So it seems to be aimed at companies without an on-site WSUS installation. presumably the sort using lots of cloudy services

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Blighty's BONKERS BANKING BONKING BONANZA: Apple Pay arrives

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Re: Gone are the days of searching for your wallet

You need your wallet when shopping for your Tesco Clubcard, Nectar Card, Shell drivers card etc...

And if I drop in at the library on the way back from the shops, I'll need my library card too.

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"50% mark of cashless transactions earlier this year"

But that includes all use of debit cards etc and not just contactless. And with everyone already happy with doing chip and pin, why would they swap to contactless.

I don't know how significant contactless use is. I suspect it must all be going on in advanced civilisation such as exists in London. Out here in the sticks I have yet to notice anyone doing a contactless payment.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chopstick-collapsing Spam musubi

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Re: Swap the spam for corned beef

Then replace the sushi with a packet of Savoury Rice. No need to bother with getting it to stick together; just put in a bowl and throw corned beef on top. If you're hungry, you're hungry.

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Oxford Uni unearths 800-year-old document to seize domain names

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Re: Meanwhile

Top. Men.

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Canadian dirtbag jailed for SWAT'ing, doxing women gamers

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That would make sense in this case. Staying in the safe place effectively reinforcing the distance between that place and the outside world.

Is there any indication that this youth will receive help? we hear Canada has good medical provision, but I've never heard anything about quality of its mental health services.

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"that the teenager worked by day in the computer industry, and spent his nights gaming and ordering pizza. "

One of those cases where getting out more really would have been good advice?

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THIS MEANS WAR between USA and Japan! GIANT ROBOT WAR

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Re: Errrr ...

the first Battletech is made up of an assemblage of Japanese mecha designs (eg from works such as Macross). Somewhere along the way they realised they were in a sticky position vis a vis copyright and dropped them.

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

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Re: MS should take note

"Do MS know why people make their own custom android roms"

I suspect they are aware that some people like a minimalist approach, and also have handle on how few those people are compared with the installed userbase and so discount as a minority not worth considering.

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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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Robo-taxis, what are they good for? Er, the environment and traffic

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questionable thinking

"reduce congestion and increase efficiency, by allowing cars to slipstream each other."

I'd have thought most of a taxi's journey was urban at speeds where the slipstream effect was minimal.

And even allowing for a robotaxi have lightning fast reflexes, is the slipstream useful while still maintaining a safe braking distance. (2 second rule for fleshy drivers at speed).

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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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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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