* Posts by Andrew Moore

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Leap second boffins prepare to fiddle with the FABRIC of TIME

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?

Andrew Moore
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

Andrew Moore
Coat

Re: Hmmm...

"Heroic Swordfish Rids Harbour Of Bully"

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

Andrew Moore

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

Andrew Moore
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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

Andrew Moore

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

Andrew Moore
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

Andrew Moore
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

Andrew Moore
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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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

Andrew Moore

What we learnt...

The Tardis turns into the Pandorica when it goes into siege mode...

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

Andrew Moore
Black Helicopters

UAV?

psssst- they are known as RPAS now, at least that's what all the cool kids are calling them...

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

Andrew Moore

But the good news...

Excise rebates for micro breweries have gone up from 20,000hl to 30,000hl...

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

Andrew Moore

Re: There was one big scary moment for me...

worse in the pipeline- a cameo from David Baddiel and a villain called 'Statto'

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

Andrew Moore

Re: Activist Investors & Venture Captialists

The worst thing is the top execs who strip a company then get hired by another company, even though the second company knows the exec's track record. It's like hiring a fox to mind your hen house because he's suddenly available after the previous hen house he minded mysteriously became devoid of chickens...

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Andrew Moore

Nostalgia...

Remember when "streaming" was listening to your wireless...

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80 PER CENT of app devs SUCK at securing your data, study finds

Andrew Moore

Another view...

I had a customer who called in one of these so-called security analysts to check over an app I'd developed for them. One of the big red flags in their report was that my app transmitted passwords in plaintext across an unencrypted internet connection. It doesn't but they refused to back down, saying they had documented proof. Turns out the person doing the testing had a habit of making his usernames and passwords identical.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

Andrew Moore

Licence fee to ITV and Channel 4...

I'd only agree with that if they dropped the adverts...

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

Andrew Moore

Bye bye XKCD...

The normal way this works-

1. Publisher spots popular website with good readership.

2. Publisher offers site owner a nice upfront advance on book.

3. Book gets published.

4. Site owner sent on gruelling promotional tour.

5. Site never gets updated again or if it does so, extremely infrequently.

6. Site owner basically makes no money because they learn about "withholding".

This has happened to so many sites- Off the top of my head: SatireWire; The Perry Bible Fellowship; Tucker Max; Regretsy; 27bSlashb...

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

Andrew Moore

larger than what?

or did you mean lager?

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

Andrew Moore

Not to be left out...

I believe Hailo are starting to introduce questionable practices also. Apparently one of the things that Hailo hates is for taxis to switch off their app on a Saturday night when there is lots of on-street business so Hailo is missing out on their cut on the most lucrative night of the week.

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