* Posts by graeme leggett

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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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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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Google have a perfectly valid defence ready

"rogue engineer"

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Service? Industry?

Or worst case, send someone down the local chippy, Chinese takeway, etc while promising a post-production trip to a Michelin-starred restaurant.

though if the "major talent" was already in a tired and emotional state, it might only have taken a lack of mushy peas to set him off.

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Re: Poor Oisin

In less high profile circumstances, one route for the Beeb would have been apology, compensation, commitment to "anger management", some time off work "to deal with personal issues" and the return after a suitable period of purdah to TV.

No doubt there are questions in the BBC about if they could have spotted the way things were going earlier, and who was making sure that Clarkson wouldn't bring them embarrassment.

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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Telling quote

"Many in the industry feel that the main barrier to more registrations is awareness – in other words that people simply don't know care that the gTLDs exist"

There fixed that for you.

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Summer bust-up expected with new Apple TV and Roku coming onstream

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Re: Alternatively

The plural of Lego is 'Lego'. The alternative phrase would be "handful of Lego bricks". Well, this part of the world anyway.

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Hurry shipmates - the black hats have hacked our fire control system

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Re: Aren't the fire control systems of Belfast completely mechanical?

If I've understood correctly, there's one other element to the actual fire control - the gun crew.

The fire control computer sends the elevation and training (left-right direction) to indicators in the turret (strictly the "gunhouse") . The gun crew then operate the hydraulics (or in emergencies handwheels) to move the guns up/down until they match the mark on the indicator.

So no good trying to fire the guns if the crew are all in their bunks, or at breakfast.

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Re: "Her two forward 6" turrets are trained on the M1's Scratchwood services"

We'd have needed to preserve HMS Vanguard or one of the other 15-inch gunned warships to be in with a change of hitting Slough.

Though there are two guns outside the IWM, I don't think they are pointing in the right direction, let alone elevation.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Seems to have been a constant part of adult life

It was a mere page or two preview of The Light Fantastic in a issue of White Dwarf that made me (a university student) go and buy it. And enjoy it immensely despite it following directly after the cliffhanger (almost literally) of the first Discworld book.

Then I fell into getting the hardback books every Christmas and generally reading them that self same day. And between Christmases re-reading them.

Memories of connecting to CiX for my email and interest groups and reading comments from the man himself.

I had the privilege of playing The Librarian on the amateur stage in Guards! Guards! - the lines were easier but the costume was heavy, (and Death in the same play). And -though the memory is hazy - some parts in Wyrd Sisters.

And just the other night I passed a rather crumpled paperback of Mort to my son for his first Pratchett read.

He had a wonderful grasp of the human condition and the human mind, and I think the appropriate reaction for me is to go and read one of his books again.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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as Lord Reith said : "educate, inform, entertain" - does this new idea not fall under any of these elements?

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Since the discussion touches upon the measures of success, may I point out (also because understanding statistics and their limitations is a good thing) that geek/techie publisher No Starch Press have an interestingly title in the offing http://www.nostarch.com/statsdonewrong

and there is a sample chapter up for viewing, it does talk about "underpowered" studies and how to spot if your wonderdrug/treatment/process isn't probably as different from the control as the inventor would like

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Re: the market doesn't always work

Government "They don't have to do the research, nor the tests for safety etc"

Oh, but they do. It's the law. Now doctors can prescribe treatments "off-label" but they take full responsibility for whatever happens to the patient and can't shoulder any of the blame on the pharmaceutical manufacturer.

And no doctor will risk prescribing off-label unless they've seen the evidence that the drug in question is effective and is less likely to kill the patient than leaving the patient untreated (or using a different treatment).

(off label includes prescribing the same drug made by a different manufacturer and in a different form to that which has been approved for that treatment. eg Pharma A makes drug X in pill form and gets it approved for the treatment of Intestinal disease 'M'. Pharma B puts drug X in an injection form for the treatment of skin disease 'N'. Sticking B's syringes into your patient for his gut ache is off-label.)

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UK.gov in pre-election 'Google tax' blitz against internet firms

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I suspect the US internet firms merely pop to top of list of examples as they

1) are well-known names

2) already have a fair degree of suspicion and mud sticking to them

3) being the internet, to the average person, it's vague as to how money is made in the first place but being huge, and therefore able to employ (do-no-evil) tax advisors they are "probably up to no good, init"

No doubt other names could be given as possibilities - in the more conventional service or hospitality industry perhaps - say a coffee house chain

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Scotland to get National ID system 'by the backdoor', campaigners mull challenge

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Re: Meanwhile, in associated news

No online equivalent?

https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/nhs-health-check/Pages/check-your-heart-age-tool.aspx

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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Re: unappreciated prophets

Mitchell managed the test against the Osfriesland to get the result he wanted - a demonstration that aircraft could beat warships, and not a scientific assessment of what it took to beat a warship with an aircraft.

That included having a target that wasn't fighting back, that was slowly travelling in a straight line, and that didn't take measures to counteract the effects of the bombing.

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Win! El Reg exceedingly fine mug collection

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I'd rather have PG - it's the taste.

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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Bought one years ago as a present

Wherever it's been lost to - it may or may not be glowing still. Schrodinger's torch?

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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Re: All this shows me....

Changes of "0.07 per cent" as noteworthy?

I suspect the (estimated) margin of error in measurement would be much larger than such a change.

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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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