* Posts by Andrew Moore

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W3C's failed Do Not Track crusade tumbles to ad-blockers' Vietnam

Andrew Moore

Re: Hah!

It means "stupid people should not be in management positions"...

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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

Andrew Moore
Flame

Pedant Alert!

That would be Starlord's Strontium Dog

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

Andrew Moore

Re: Unintended consequences

There is a maximum weight that an unlicensed drone can be- 55lbs is way too heavy.

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Toyota recalls 625,000 hybrids: Software bug kills engines dead with THERMAL OVERLOAD

Andrew Moore

Re: Quality

It's better than getting the situation where accountants decide is cheaper to pay for the deaths than it is to cover the recall/repair costs (allegedly this happened with a particular brand of aircraft)

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Of course...

The best way to listen to Neil is live- I'm not a big fan but the wife is and she dragged me along to a couple of concerts and they were fantastic (for purists, it was at the same venue, three times)

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Free internet for kids! Obama's offering free internet to kids! (Yes, there's a catch)

Andrew Moore

Re: Old cause and effect confusion again...

How about:

Poor people pay more tax

More employees means more tax

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Google's new view of the world takes two pics to make 'DeepStereo' 3D

Andrew Moore

Re: EU proposal on copyright of building images

That means that all the buildings of interest (the historical ones) would probably be okay as it would only cover the new stuff that there's little interest in. But if there is modern stuff of interest (say The Shard) I could see Google making arrangements with the architect.

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Self/Less: Crap science, eyebrow acting, and immortality for the 1%

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I'm pretty sure...

...that this is going to be how Humans turns out too

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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

Andrew Moore

Re: About time

The problem is, unless you start making senior execs culpable to the illegal actions of the companies they serve, then you risk creating an marketplace where other companies will flaunt laws based purely on the fact that none of their employees will be held accountable.

And I don't agree with arresting random Airbus employees, but I do agree with arresting Airbus top execs.

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But, but, but...

I thought Uber were going in to lecture the French authorities on their (the French legal system's) "misunderstandings"

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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

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something similar happened in Ireland- the taxi drivers were allowed to resell their licenses which mean't that these licenses commanded €100,000s to acquire. And then the Irish government deregulated the whole industry...

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

Andrew Moore

GPS...

I thought all the GNSS systems adopted the GPS approach- they ignore the leap seconds so they are currently adrift by 24 seconds.

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Android's sun sets on Eclipse

Andrew Moore

Re: Embrace, Extend...

agreed- the Android Studio experience is 100 times better than Eclipse, even when it was in pre-beta (or is it post-alpha?)

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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

Andrew Moore

Re: Maybe ....

...and stale beer; which is the last thing you'd want a pub to smell of (not that your examples are welcome either)

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Data AWOL? Thank God for backup. You backed up, right?

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Mushroom

Ah memories...

One of the worst calls I'd get when I used to do technical support for Psion's kit was usually from someone who had been storing all their "valuable data" in the internal RAM- which required power. They'd inevitably let the battery run down or fail to swap the battery within the 30 second time frame and puff went all their data. And I'd get a phone call demanding that I restore their "valuable data". I eventually developed a copying strategy which went something like:

Me: "Don't worry, we can easily get that back. What I need you to do is get your last backup..."

Customer: "But I've never done a backup."

Me: "I thought you said your data was valuable."

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

Andrew Moore

Somewhere...

...a "terrorist" atrocity is being contrived by an intelligence organisation. It will be blamed on Edward Snowden...

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

Andrew Moore

Somewhere...

Christopher Lee is facing off Death in a heavy metal showdown...

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Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish

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Re: Hmmm...

"Heroic Swordfish Rids Harbour Of Bully"

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

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eh?

Would a jet be allowed to pass that close to a prop aircraft?

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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Re: Perspective, Mr. Dabbs

"Ah! That well of infinite melancholy that would engulf and smother even the perky optimism of a teenage boy."

So that wasn't only me then...

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Andrew Moore

Re: reel to reel

I did the same to my Super 8 projector- I could never get it back to normal again.

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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Lots of 'em in Spain...

They are all over the place in Malaga and Marbella. And yes, they do seem to be out-competing with the local bird population.

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

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Mushroom

The conspiracy theory...

Moore's Law was also used to slow down innovation by allowing R&D to only focus on making kit that was 2 times faster within the 6 month time period. Whose to say that they didn't produce a chipset 16 times faster but held back on release for 2 years...

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>Ring, ring< Hey Wall St. Yeah, it's Google. Yeah, bad news again, fellas

Andrew Moore

Isn't this just Wall St/"Market Analysts" gaming the stock prices (as usual)

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Cybercrime taskforce collects huge botnet scalp on first go

Andrew Moore
Black Helicopters

Somewhere in Eastern Europe...

a minion is being made "an example of"...

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

Andrew Moore

Re: Didn't this happen already?

The article does link to the attempt in Ireland. However:

>"This is the first time I have heard of a drone being used to get banned items into a prison," a source

>told the Brit newspaper.

It would appear that the "source" does not follow international news...

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo good to go after six-week recovery effort

Andrew Moore

Re: "reached its desired orbit."

That was the French military's reasoning about pressing for Galileo in the first place

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Hawking thesp Eddie Redmayne and Snowden doc Citzenfour win Oscars

Andrew Moore

Re: Not about Nerds

I think Interstellar got best effects.

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Swift gets swifter: Apple updates its new programming language

Andrew Moore

Re: How about ...

That's fine if you need to work with CIE calibrated values- which 99% of us do not. And it is criticism without ignorance. If floats are so important, support them AND hex.

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Andrew Moore

Re: How about ...

the fact it has to rewrite every programming convention makes it a bad language- YES/NO instead of TRUE/FALSE? 'self' instead of 'this'? Expecting RGB values as floats rather than hex? There are many others...

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Gov.UK begs Google 'n' U.S. tech pals: Forget Ireland, come to Blighty

Andrew Moore

Re: The "HQ-UK" initiative is intended to showcase why Blighty

"Google's HQ in Ireland only employs one person"

Strange- there was a lot more than that in the office when I visited 3 weeks ago...

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Coat

And why not...

...seeing that a driverless parliament has been such a success...

[nicked from Boothby Graffoe]

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

Andrew Moore

Re: Sceptical Mila is sceptical

no it wasn't- it screwed up the entire ending, was missing some major characters and had a piss-poor performance from Natalie Portman.

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

Andrew Moore

Re: GPS and SatNav

You're lucky- we don't get the bags anymore, just stickers with instructions to attach it to a bin bag...

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Andrew Moore

Re: GPS maps are not the same

I've always suggested that if we wanted a mass cull of the stupid, we'd just need to get GPS systems to say "Turn right now" when it detects that they are driving eastward on Beachy Head.

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

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Coat

Optional Toast Reference...

"Stephen, this is Grim Fandango, can you hear me?"

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

Andrew Moore

Re: I'm not sure I feel that sorry for the "victims" here

Trust, like respect, has to be earned. This does not mean you have to shut yourself away from the human race; just be careful with your interactions with people you don't know and (especially important in the internet age) have never met.

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Andrew Moore

Re: Not sure who is being punished the most here...

The German's have a word for this face "Backpfeifengesicht"- it means "a face badly in need of a fist"

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Alan Turing's LOST NOTEBOOK goes under the hammer

Andrew Moore

Re: "The Imitation Game"

I think you'll find that "U-571" was the U-571 of Turing biopics.

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

Andrew Moore

Re: meh

no, it's not watchable.

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Andrew Moore

In a lot of cases they are not even referring to either book or film- they are just referring to the law/rule:

"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he were sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle."

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Cash-burning Box makes yet ANOTHER IPO promise

Andrew Moore

Re: more bullshit

As long as most of that 100 million dollars went into the shareholders pockets, they couldn't care less about the debt. It's all about Wealth Capture...

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

Andrew Moore

Re: Oh god yes....

I understood he only wanted the last D&C session so he could swear repeatedly at Dud for daring to be a bigger star in Hollywood than he was...

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

Andrew Moore

Re: yes, yes, no etc

I took our dogs for a walk in the local park on Christmas morning and the place was overrun with kids with new bikes and scooters.

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Andrew Moore

Re: Oh dear

well, nearly all- I didn't have the Sony radio or the Polaroid Swinger.

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European Commish asks for rivals' moans about Booking.com

Andrew Moore

That explains it...

I was wondering why hotels were giving me better prices over the phone than on their websites- no overview by reseller websites.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

Andrew Moore

Re: Orphan Black...

Series 2 aired on BBC3 within a week of it appearing in the US earlier this year. Yes, series 1 was better but 2 was still excellent viewing.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

Andrew Moore

I particularlly loved...

...the "tell us how long it will take to fix BEFORE you've even had a chance of looking at the problem yet"

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

Andrew Moore

Re: Be nice to shop workers

Be nice to people, full stop.

It's a long time since I did customer support, but I do remember going out of the way to look after the people who treated me decently. And thankfully I didn't have to work in an entitlement culture which rewarded arseholes.

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

Andrew Moore

This news calls for...

http://www.sadtrombone.com/

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