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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

Arnold Lieberman

Re: VB

I think you mean, you can pick up any imperative language quickly. Try writing SQL in an imperative style (cursors etc.) and you'll end up with a painfully slow process. As for Prolog...

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

Arnold Lieberman

Was that an Oric 1 on the table?

In the lab?

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

Arnold Lieberman

The real issue here

Do the Scottish people hate being in the same country as the English, Welsh (and Northern Irish) enough to sacrifice their economic well-being for the next umpteen decades? If the answer is yes then they must go it alone, and strive for the socialist utopia most of the Yes campaign appear to hunger for.

Anyone who looks at the figures can see that the SNPs proposals are built on a litany of assumptions and wishful thinking, and I get the impression Salmond will say anything to secure the vote.

The only issue I have with the No campaign is being on the same side as Gorgeous George, another one in the Salmond mould (tureen?).

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

Arnold Lieberman
Alert

Re: Let's all cheer and applaud this one.

@ Arnaut the less

Seems like a good opportunity to reassess your preconceptions/political affiliations/expectations, no?

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Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

Arnold Lieberman

Hipsters shmipsters

Got my oversized phone last April, despite it's idiosyncrasies (well it is no-name Chinese), the form factor has been mostly brilliant. So much easier to read web pages than the 4.5" one I had previously, to the extent that a tablet is unnecessary. Stuck in a queue? Get out the phone and do a bit of reading. Stuck on a bus / train? iPlayer helps to pass the time.

Of course the hipsters laughed at it back then but I'm sure as soon as the iShiny is revealed they'll forget that phablets have been around for years.

And yes, it used to be embarrassing to take a call on it but the answer was simple. Silent mode.

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Western morality

@Tom Welsh

Apologies, I meant this one: http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2014/08/the-inconvenient-wog-settlement-in-a-land-devoid-of-people-origin.html

"Submit" pressed just a bit too late.

At least we can have a semi-reasoned debate, rather than sink to the level of the "Juden Raus" AC fruitcake above. :)

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Arnold Lieberman

Re: Western morality

This is so mad, I have to answer line by line...

"'Hamas' do not fire missiles."

They would beg to differ! Have you seen the videos or do you only watch the BBC?

"How can they, when the government of Palestine is not allowed an army ?"

ISIS is doing pretty well on the weapons front without being an "army" in the formal sense.

"So what you have on one side, is a group of nutters, backed into a corner like a dog - don't be expected if it bites."

Yes, nutters. For once you are correct. Elected nutters. Just like Hitler, elected by popular vote. And ever since then they've done exactly as Hitler did and removed any opposition within their electorate.

"But they are not 'Hamas'. they are not the government of Palestine carrying out the wishing of the population. They are a bunch of nutters."

Hamas IS the governing party. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4650788.stm

"On the other side, we have a GOVERNMENT sanctioned army, killing civilians."

Please name one war where no civilian was killed.

Apologies if this causes a bout of cognitive dissonance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM0fTss0UX4

"The equivalent would be Britain sending airstrikes on Dublin because the IRA bombed Manchester. It would be utterly moronic, immoral and pathetic."

So what should Britain do in that situation, oh enlightened one?

"And it's what Israel does every time. That, sir, is the difference."

Go on then, what's the alternative, assuming a government's first priority s the protection of its citizens.

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Arnold Lieberman

Re: Western morality

That mad rambling is proof of what exactly?

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Arnold Lieberman

Re: Western morality @Chris W

'cos no-one has heard of Gaza.

The IRA gave up blowing up bits of the UK - look where that got them!

The ANC gave up their armed struggle - look where that got them!

Even ETA eventually put down arms - look where that got them!

Your point?

It's the senseless waste of life caused by the recklessness of Hamas and their ilk that is so depressing. If they had wanted to protect their civilian population they would have a) not chosen civilian areas to fire rockets from, b) spent some of the billions of aid money they have received building bomb shelters. But that doesn't generate suitable PR that gullible idiots and racists in the West lap up.

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Arnold Lieberman

Re: Western morality

Well you won't see this on the BBC.

http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/07/31/sources-hamas-quickly-puts-dissent-gaza-kills-palestinian-protesters/

It never ceases to amaze me how many rabid apologists surface when these psychopaths and their comrades do their thing, all from the comfort of their living rooms/offices in the "evil" west. By all means, if they hate the west so much, they should do as the wannabe IS butchers do and go out there, not forgetting to leave their passports on the way out though.

Face it, even opportunists like Galloway are in for the chop if these IS types make it to Europe. Just as, according to him, all Israelis must be evil (even the socialist/peacenik ones!), so all kuffar are to face the same fate a the hands of the Calliphate. Events in Iraq certainly put to bed the lie that peace will break out if only Israel and the Jews were to disappear into the sea. Christian, Yadsik, wrong sort of Muslim, all going the same way.

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

Arnold Lieberman

Re: About time

Of course not!

My missus is happy to watch just about anything with sound from the TV speakers but also enjoys the home cinema at full blast.

My in-laws never clean their cars but like it when I do (as payment for borrowing them).

My cat doesn't use quilted toilet paper.

However, with this it is possible for manufacturers to set up presets that would work best for the device in question rather than one mix fits all. Just as dynamic range compression allows people to use "night time" mode without worrying about what it does to how it works, devices could remove individual singers from the mix or maybe someone learning an instrument could replace the bass player in their favourite group. Think of the benefits of listening to a 1D song without any of the singers, or instruments...

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Arnold Lieberman

About time

For some time I've thought it strange that we are forced to take the mix that a sound engineer deems appropriate. With the flexibility of file formats it should be possible to deliver sounds as discrete lumps, using as many voices as necessary and combined with metadata to describe where that sound emanates from.

If you've got the master tapes then pretty much any recording could be re-encoded accordingly.

Imagine listening to a pop group, but you'd rather Ringo sounded like he was playing in the toilet down the hall - entirely possible if each master mix channel was delivered separately. Want to auto-tune Paul's latest efforts? No problem. Fancy Debbie H on your lap? Sorry, I digress too much...

As soon as XBMC can decode Atmos I'm in (as long as I can hide the extra speakers behind the sofa).

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

Arnold Lieberman
Stop

Re: We are all going to love...

Every electric Golf will end up with a collection of five-ring dents on the boot.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

Arnold Lieberman
Childcatcher

Re: Always look on the bright side of stuff

Depends if you've cracked one off whilst viewing them, I guess.

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Google pulls Gaza games from Play store

Arnold Lieberman

Religion... and the rest

People will ALWAYS find an excuse to kill each other, whether it is religion, politics, culture, tribalism, football etc. etc.

Take one away and something else will fill the void.

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METRE-LONG DINOSAUR POO going under the hammer

Arnold Lieberman
Joke

No shit

Really?

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Mozilla and Facebook snip a further five per cent from all JPEGs

Arnold Lieberman
Stop

Re: Trellis Quantisation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27m_Sorry_I_Haven%27t_a_Clue

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Arnold Lieberman
Joke

Trellis Quantisation

Was that the one invented by a Mrs Trellis of North Wales?

I'm sorry, I haven't a clue...

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Hamas hacks Israeli TV sat channel to broadcast pics of Gaza wounded

Arnold Lieberman

@John Devoy

Not sure where you're going with this line of thought. Please explain, would you rather the Jews jumped in the sea, vacating all the land to whoever wants to fill the gap? Or perhaps Hamas should be allowed to honour its charter and kill them before they jump?

My point, if I need to make it again is that it seems to be perfectly acceptable for Gazans to ethnically cleanse their land of Jews and others, which has happened yet Israel is attacked for being an apartheid state. I know it's not deemed appropriate to quote Wikipedia round these parts, but this snippet may give you a clue:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_citizens_of_Israel

"Most of the Arabs living in East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed, were offered Israeli citizenship, but most have refused, not wanting to recognize Israel's claim to sovereignty. They became permanent residents instead.[12] They have the right to apply for citizenship, are entitled to municipal services, and have municipal voting rights.[13]"

Do you think Hamas would reciprocate should they have been in the same position?

How about this, from further down:

Israel Defense Forces: Arab Generals in the IDF include Major General Hussain Fares, commander of Israel's border police, and Major General Yosef Mishlav, head of the Home Front Command and current Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.[citation needed] Both are members of the Druze community. Other high-ranking officers in the IDF include Lieutenant Colonel Amos Yarkoni (born Abd el-Majid Hidr/ عبد الماجد حيدر) from the Bedouin community, a legendary officer in the Israel Defense Forces and one of six Israeli Arabs to have received the IDF's third highest decoration, the Medal of Distinguished Service.

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Arnold Lieberman

Re: Uggly

Brave coward, you didn't answer the very serious question, because you know the answer.

16% of the population of Israel are muslim. Again, I will ask what percentage of the population of Gaza is Jewish? What percentage Christian/Druze etc.?

Time to wake up from your simplistic stupor where the goodies (Arabs) fight the baddies (Israelis) - it's a lot more complex.

Try not deal with your cognitive dissonance once you've watched this video:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/07/13/egyptian-tv-announcer-calls-for-destruction-of-hamas-al-ahram-columnist-thanks-netanyahu-video/

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Arnold Lieberman

Re: "extended stay in shelters.”

@ratfox. I used to think they were too stupid to understand that they can't win that way but now I realise they just don't give a shit about the lives of their own people. Funny how it takes an Arab news site to report that Egypt is is also trying to deal with Hamas.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/07/13/Egypt-thwarts-Sinai-rocket-attack-at-Israel-.html

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Arnold Lieberman

Re: Uggly

Remind me, how many Israelis are there living in Gaza?

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

Arnold Lieberman

@AJ

Here's another Carl Sagan quote for you to chew over:

“The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.”

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China's world-beating Tianhe-2 super has brawn, not brains

Arnold Lieberman

Anybody who has bought a Chinese tablet/phone etc. knows this isn't unusual... I have cupboards full of old things like tablets etc. that have so much potential but can't be used because the software is rubbish and the manufacturer won't open-source kernel code.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

Arnold Lieberman

Re: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.

Whilst I agree with your sentiment, I think it's only fair to point out that most modern cars weigh considerably more than their 1960's equivalents. All that passive safety does come at a cost!

As for aerodynamics, that's another area where things haven't advanced as much as one might hope. For instance, there was car from the 1920's with a Cd of 0.28 http://www.autospeed.com/cms/A_113084/article.html

Apart from that, give me modern any day...

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S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side

Arnold Lieberman

Re: AMOLED screen ?

Not the first...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexus_10

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Arnold Lieberman
Facepalm

Re: Yawn

What exactly where you expecting? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically... Sydney Opera House?

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PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

Arnold Lieberman
Coat

The 1980's called

They want their hardcards back...

Mine's the one with the 20Mb MFM drive in the (deep) pocket.

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Samsung WRISTPHONE – for those who wanna whisper to strap-ons

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Battery, battery, battery.

http://www.pandawill.com/swatch-e2602-bluetooth-watch-android-42-mtk6572-dual-core-camera-gps-wifi-fm-154-inch-p89213.html

My pleasure.

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Big data hitting the fan? Nyquist-Shannon TOOL SAMPLE can save you

Arnold Lieberman

Just occurred to me

What would happen if a waveform was sampled at non-regular (but defined) intervals? This way, the chances of always measuring a signal as it crosses zero would be solved. One for the mathematicians, I think.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

Arnold Lieberman

Livefan F2

Been hankering after one of these for a while now, but can't quite justify it...

4Gb RAM, Celeron for £315

http://www.tinydeal.com/livefan-f2-116-ips-windows-8-intel-dual-core-64gb-tablet-pc-p-107132.html

up to i7

http://www.dx.com/p/livefan-f2-wifi-11-6-ips-intel-i7-windows-8-tablet-pc-w-4gb-ram-64gb-ssd-white-black-282847

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Tick-tock, Jock: Dock schlock for mock-stock in ad-hoc shop squawk

Arnold Lieberman

Re: UK Chancellor George Osborne doesn't want iScotland to use the pound

Of course, anyone is free to use Sterling, they just don't have a say in monetary policy. Plenty of small countries have hitched their local currency to a bigger player e.g. Alderney Pound.

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We're from the SAME DUST CLOUD, BRO: Boffins find Sun's long-lost sibling

Arnold Lieberman
Joke

Re: Bad news...

Don't be silly! C & W didn't evolve, it was designed that way! (or so the audience would rather believe).

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'Bladdered' Utah couple cuffed in church lawn sex outrage

Arnold Lieberman

It's no good

Even staring at Ryobi Girl isn't shifting that thought. Please, no Playmobil re-enactment.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

Arnold Lieberman
Coat

Wasnt there a film about this?

Snatch!

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

Arnold Lieberman
Thumb Down

Re: All this proves is that TVs are TOO BIG

Let's play Spot the Bully, shall we? Looks like someone could do with a bit of "re-education" via a sojourn in N Korea in order to appreciate the benefits of free choice.

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Raspberry Pi to serve up bite-sized modules for bulk-buying biz bods

Arnold Lieberman
WTF?

Re: I don't know...

...nothing else indeed. It'd be like bolting 10 Nissan Micras together to give the same number of seats as a coach.

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Got 4G ?

"The phone is usually showing 'H' (HSPA, eg 3G) or 'E' (Edge, also 3G) ...sometimes falling back to venerable old GSM modes. Have been keeping an eye out for the long awaited 'L' (LTE, 4G) mode but never seen it ... the phone only ever said '4g' once."

EDGE is not 3G.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EDGE:

EDGE/EGPRS is implemented as a bolt-on enhancement for 2.5G GSM/GPRS networks, making it easier for existing GSM carriers to upgrade to it. EDGE is a superset to GPRS and can function on any network with GPRS deployed on it, provided the carrier implements the necessary upgrade. EDGE requires no hardware or software changes to be made in GSM core networks. EDGE-compatible transceiver units must be installed and the base station subsystem needs to be upgraded to support EDGE. If the operator already has this in place, which is often the case today, the network can be upgraded to EDGE by activating an optional software feature. Today EDGE is supported by all major chip vendors for both GSM and WCDMA/HSPA.

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

Arnold Lieberman

End of support, not end of life!

Why the panic people, just because XP falls off of support in April does not mean it can't be used... for anyone with decent firewall/AV and who doesn't surf on the darker side of the net it's going to be perfectly fine. Seems M$ can't win whatever it does...

Remind me, how long is the support cycle for $linux_of_choice? Are there ANY 13 year old linux distributions receiving security updates and patches from their creators now? And no, I don't believe it's possible to do an in-place upgrade from one to a current distribution any more easily than the loops that have to be jumped through getting XP upgraded to 8.1.

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1bn down, 6bn to go: Zuck to grow Facebook by touting 'free internet onramp' for the poor

Arnold Lieberman

@dogged

The reason why there may be little to no orthodox Jewish farmers outside of Israel is probably more to do with the time back in the day when Jews were prohibited from owning land.

If I were a rich man...

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Say WHAT? Qualcomm, MediaTek scrap over who has best 'marketing gimmick' octocore

Arnold Lieberman

Lovely hardware

But they never release enough hardware-specific source to compile new kernels, so support for older chips disappears as soon as the next shiny comes along and there's nothing anyone (hobbyists, phone manufacturers) can do about it. That's why MT6589 still stuck on Android 4.2.1 - no-one can build KitKat for it so far.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

Arnold Lieberman

Microsoft Linux?

Almost...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenix

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

Arnold Lieberman

Re: By Gove! I think he's got it!

Of course they hate him. I have never known an education secretary that was loved by the teaching "profession".

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Arnold Lieberman

Yup, same here in the mid '80s. I think the rot set in during the 90s.

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Arnold Lieberman

By Gove! I think he's got it!

Gets my vote. Good luck teaching teachers though, they don't like change!

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Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

Arnold Lieberman

Re: @ Arnold...

Yup, you're right. Choice is between the devil and the deep blue sea.

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Arnold Lieberman

They are slimy

Just like the offer to upgrade my STB to a V+ HD for £20... plus £49.99 installation, which is only mentioned at checkout time. Of course there is the small print somewhere in one of the web pages but you've got to go looking for it.

And there's other things like the ability to upgrade a package online, but not downgrade, mission info about TV M, only M+ etc. etc.

If the broadband wasn't so good and the "loyalty discount" sufficient, I'd be off.

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Lenovo Yoga 10: Mediocre tech, yes, but beautifully fondleable

Arnold Lieberman

All that's needed to make it perfect

...apart from a better screen, processor etc, is for the tubular part top open, revealing space for a set of AA batteries a la Psion S5.

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Thermal stores would help too

" Most of the energy use in most houses is actually gas- as your laptop, TV, washing machine get ever more efficient the good old gas boiler remains the same."

Um, these items only get "more efficient" as they are replaced. Same with boilers - our old one (1980s) was <70% efficient, new one is >90%.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

Arnold Lieberman

Crappy PR picture

In the real world, the picture is going to suck in a room like that - too many white walls, and have you seen the cost of top-notch projector screens?

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