* Posts by Bob Wheeler

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Smart Meter biz case still there, insists tragically optimistic UK govt

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How many times ....

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has the excuse of "used different accounting methodology" been used?

I've seen it twice in the last few days here on El Reg alone (Universal Credits Project I think was the other one??).

I mean, when looking at these schemes/projects that total £xxBN, can there be that many different ways to count money spent, and add on money to be spent?

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I know I'm being simplistic, but this is becoming a very tired and overused excuse.

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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Alien

Isn't alien slime....

just one evolutionary step away from politicians?

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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WTF?

Even if..

France did grant him asylum, how does he think he will be able to travel to France without stepping onto British soil, and therefore get nabbed by Dixon of Dock Green waiting outside?

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Wikipedia: YES! we’ve SAVED the INTERNET again!

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Joke

I've saved the Internet

It's called a bookmark......

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

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@Siv "and brings you into the 21st Century"

I've been in the 21st Century for the last 15 years, are you surgesting that MS is only now catching up?

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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AI is hard

How do you define an algorithm to describe a chair, something to sit on. Is that algorithm good enough to correctly distinguish a dining table chair, a stool, sofa, a park bench?

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How do we train the next generation of data centre wranglers?

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"Manchester Encoding"

Oh my, Oh my, tip of the hat for that one. Manchester Encoding was the best, it only lost out due to the greed of some company that shall remain nameless.

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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

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Memories

I had a BBC Master, complete with 80186 co-pro which allowed me to run MS DOS programs faster than the IBM PC and IBM XT machines I used at work! Greast bit of kit.

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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A simple method

Either it is Beer O'clock, or it's not and I can go back to sleep. What more do you need form any time system?

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Re: Technocodger

There is one in every IT office, they sit quietly in the corner. Have you noticed how they never break sweat, no matter how loud the management shouts, they never rush. They don't need to because the Technocodger just knows.........

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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1066 and all that

Umm, that would have been the Normans, not the French.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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What about No. 6?

I am not a number, I am a free man

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From TV

I'd go for Dexter, fomr the show of the same name.

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

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Re: Oh crap!

Genua had once controlled the river mouth and taxed its traffic in a way that couldn't be called piracy because it was done by the city government.

-- Local-body politics explained

(Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad)

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Version 0.1 super-stars built the universe – and they lived all the way over there, boffins point

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Re: God is bigger than the Bible

In fact, no gods anywhere play chess. They prefer simple, vicious games, where you Do

Not Achieve Transcendence but Go Straight to Oblivion; a key to the understanding of

all religion is that a god's idea of amusement is Snakes and Ladders with greased rungs.

-- (Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters)

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EU: Explain your tax affairs. Google, Amazon, Facebook: Mmm... nah

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Re: Get a life

Not quite. This panel may well heavily influence tax policies in the EU for the next few years. But the issue of internataional tax is dealt with at International Law & Trade treaties level.

I suspect that when a lot of this was done back in the day when international trade involved selling cars, or food, or raw products (coal, steel) etc around the world rather than thse more intangiable 'electronic goods'

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Spanish TV journo leaves subordinates cowering after verbal shoeings

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Re: "In response, CLMTV said: ..."

The best defence is offence, or should that be offensive defence? Just aksing like.. :)

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Industrial Wi-Fi kit has hard-coded credentials

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Re: Unfortunately not

"b) They will just send it back as it's not broken as per specification"

However if they have used the word SECURE, at least once in their advertising or the specification, then......

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Glass door to the ancient past FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Rock-boffin?

What next, a Rock-Chick Boffin?

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Why did Snowden swipe 900k+ US DoD files? (Or so Uncle Sam claims)

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Boffin

A large Quantity of documents...

One thing that strikes me is the big numbers being thrown around, 900,000 documents, 1.7 million etc.

How long does it take to read that number of documents, let alone fully digest.understand what they talking about, and then decide if they should be published?

If you take the 900k number,

At one page per document, and a reading time of 30 seconds per page that still takes just shy of 4 working years (8 hours per day, 5 days per week, 48 weeks per year)

given that the 'interesting' documents are morel ikly to be a lot longer than 1 page, you do the maths!

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

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Re: A little damage was enough

If (a big if) I remember correctly, with operation Black Buck, the logisitics of setting a rolling relay of in-flight refueling points, where the tankers had to be refuled in mid flight, to refuel the Vulcan's (I think there where two on the mission??) was mind blowing.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

I always wondered how the hell the F104 Starfighter could fly with it's very stubby wings.

Mind you, if I remember correctly there were an awful lot of accidents with the F104.

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

At one air show I went to (late 70's) a Vulcan flew down the runway at 200/300 ft then the pilot pulled the stick back so far that it looks like it was standing on it's tail. The afterburners were lit up and the ground shook as the Vulcan went up veritcally.

God it was a beautiful sight and sound!!!!!

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

I think the same was said about the Vulcan as well.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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An old Saying

Vote early and vote oftern.

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Apple Watch: Exactly how many vids does it take to teach a fanboi to tell the time?

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“raise your wrist” to see a message

Many years ago, I has a 1974 Vauxhall Viva, in the owners manual, to said

"to increase the ventalation in the car, wind down the window"

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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Re: Bloat Law a.k.a. Gate's Curse

"....640KB (of RAM) is more then enough for anyone...."

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Did he get the idea from...

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=19980523&mode=classic

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Re: Come on guys

Got to say, therre have been many times over the years I want'ed to throw a server or ten out of the 3rd floor window.

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In some ways, dating apps are the anti-internet

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Paris Hilton

What I read...

"A male boss will both crap anywhere and wave his willy at any- and everyone"

I need my eyes testing......

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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FAIL

Why?

Can't Hollywood find any good scripts to churn out into a film?

I mean, honestly, well will this translate into audiance numbers?

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Your home automation things are a security nightmare

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Who is this product aimed at?

"MyQ Garage (an Internet interface to garage door systems)"

Why on god's green earth does anyone need an internet interface to their garage door?

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Google open-sources Santa Claus

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a fictional fatty?

Say it ain't ture!!!!!!!!!!

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Google, Microsoft and Apple explain their tax tricks in Australia

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Which MS Product is in decline?

"Sample didn't have a neat answer, but did admit that Microsoft's use of Irish tax arrangements are in decline because the product line that was given the “Double Irish Dutch Sandwich” treatment is in decline"

Can anyone say which product of MS is in decline? Is there something they are not telling us?

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Speak softly, carry a big stick, dress like a Smurf

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Re: 850 T5.....

I remember watching the first BTTC race on the telly and one of the wag commentators saying words to the effect of "Do they know this is the Touring car race, not the TOWING car race?"

Anyways, I was so impressed the next year I bought a 850 with the 2.5 20V engine, the T5 did not come out till 96 (I think).

So 20 years later, I still have the 850, still going strong.

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

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Re: What makes art?

I guess this starts to blur the lines from traditonal (Turner, DeVinchi etc) art, through modern (Herst etc) art into political statement.

but when you get statements like this "... enables us to focus on often difficult-to-grasp questions about who owns our digital data and the right to privacy .."

For myself (YMMV) it just seems to more of a political point than art.

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UK's National Museum of Computing celebrates 10 glorious years

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Background on RAF Eastcote - the orginal site for GCHQ!

It's amazing the stuff I never knew!!

http://ruislip.co.uk/eastcotemod/index.htm

http://ruislip.co.uk/eastcotemod/enigma.htm

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Colossus

"The ten Colossi built between 1943 and 1945 and put to work at Bletchley Park were all dismantled and completely destroyed immediately after the conclusion of the conflict"

I'm sure I read/heard that after the war in 1945, not all of the Colossi where destroyed. but that some of them where moved to places such as RAF Eastcote and used by the American's for breaking of Soviet codes, as the Soviet's used the ex-German egnigma machines.

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EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking

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Re: Irrelevant and unhelpful?

Thanks for the recap of some of the background.

Is not Geo-Blocking, just another form of trade barrier which is contra to the purpose of the EU Free market?

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Feds cuffed for allegedly PILFERING Silk Road drug souk's Bitcoins

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Gone are the days..

.. when the cops nicked a villain and stuffed their pockets with wads of £20 notes.

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

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Black Helicopters

its visit was watched by "three plain-clothed security guards".

Or otherwise know as the guys from the Garden Shed (Secret Testing HQ) popping out for some fresh air and wondering what these other guys are doing watching them?

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Question

I know I'm being a tad dim witted here, but why is the government involved in this at all?

If the energy supplies think that having smart meters are good for their business, then they should pay to install them, not the customer.

If the energy companies can convince the customers that this is good for them, then they can offer a CHOISE to the customer to pay to install them.

So back to my original question, what does this have to do with the government?

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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I always thought...

that White City was in Shepherd's Bush?

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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Re: Agreed

It's all about the conflict between image and self-image.

If your taller, then you can 'lord it' over everyone.

If your wider, then your just a ........<click>

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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

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Tommy Flowers

There really should be a statue dedicated to him, oh about 50ft or so high.

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Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

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Re: I don't understand...

@gerryg

thanks for the link, a very interesting read.

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I don't understand...

On the grounds that the people in US government are not stupid, misguided maybe, but not totally stupid, how can they think/believe that they have the legal/moral right to utterly trounce over any overseas legal jurisdictions without a howl of protest from the rest of the world.

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Re: What if the earth had legs?

Well the turtle has four, then there are the elphants, they have four each........

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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WTF?

Found the problem..

"the BBC wanted to present the subject to a disinterested audience"

See, it's the fault of the audience, if only they where interested then the BBC could make better programmes.

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IBM pushes the Accelerate, makes one Big Blue storage family

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In the video

Was it my ears, or did the guy on the video sound like he had a lisp?

I kept thinking that Elmer Fudd was doing the voice over.

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