* Posts by Graham Dawson

1585 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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Re: If....

They do if you wrap them in a suitable cable armour, which likely wouldn't be much different to the armour used for conventional twisted pair.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Experts?

By and large, the hereditaries werent' all that wealthy - yes, I know, they often had a lot of land, but they didn't have much income from it. They also didn't receive a wage for attending parliament. Most of them had jobs of some sort, and a fair number even worked in industries relevant to the legislation they were scrutinising, or were hobbyists or passionately involved in some other way.

It wasn't perfect of course - you had your usual collection of imbeciles and wastrels that you'd expect in any hereditary system, but for the most part they only attended for as long as it took to get to the various bars and private dining rooms in Westminster Palace.

The end result was that the Lords tended to act as a brake on the profligate excesses of the executive and forced Parliament to pay attention to the detail of proposals before sending them for scrutiny, even after attempts to stuff it with appointed life peers. Naturally it had to go.

Nobody can legitimately argue that what we have now is in any way better than what we had before. I'd even go as far as to argue that very few alternatives would be better given they all rely on political patronage of some sort. An elected upper house, which has been proposed a few times, would probably be the worst solution of all. The only real alternative is to take the original principle of the Lords, which was essentially a sort of severely restricted jury service based on property and title, and generalise it to to the entire population. Appoint members to the Upper House by lot, have them attend for a fix period with suitable compensation. That way you can avoid the problem of appointed patsies, perpetual election campaigners and party-political ideologues (though you do potentially risk replacing it with a different set of ideologues) and instead you get a relatively reasonable cross-section of the population, with a higher chance that someone proposing or scrutinising legislation has some idea of what they're talking about.

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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He means in terms of visible user interface, not the blobs of code behind it.

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

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@John G Imrie Re: I blame 18 years of socialist government.

Blue and Red, Green and Purple.

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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Re: Blech...

It could work. An x-files sequel with the lead played by a. actual cannibal? What's not to like?

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Pure Genius

The difference between HS2 and the california thing is that HS2 has an extra political dimension to it. Viewed purely in terms of Great Britain it's entirely pointless, replicating lines that already exist and that travel at almost the same speed, but it was never meant to be merely a line between London and Edinburgh. It's part of the European high-speed rail network. Viewed from that perspective it makes sense - at least politically, if not economically.

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

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Of course the fact that the perps were well known to the authorities and had a prior history of crime and violence will be conveniently ignored.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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The benefit is in allowing reliable refurbishing of the engines at low cost instead of hoping that the engines survive immersion in sea water, which in turns cuts the cost of launches, as the engines can be re-used reliably instead of having to be built fresh for each launch.

On the capsule side, having it land at a designated landing site instead of splashing down would slash the recovery costs to a fraction of their current level. Instead of having to keep a bunch of ships and aircraft on standby to find the capsule, you can just walk up to it and open the door. And you can refurb and re-use it without much effort too.

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Enemy – Eerie double trouble from indie doppelganger chiller

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Re: Frankly ...

It was his smile.

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BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street

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Re: Another reason to skip secret santa

How about having it very clearly explained that being a temp doesn't excuse you from taking part and then being let go right before Christmas - and right before the gifts are handed out.

If I knew then what I know now, that place would have stunk for weeks afterwards.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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I don't like a thing, do I'm going to try and ruin that thing for everyone else! Nobody should be allowed to enjoy a thing I don't enjoy!

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Scrap metal?

No, scrap metal is metal going for scrap. It can be perfectly useable but no longer useful - like the old cast iron radiators we used to scrap all the time when I was a builder. They worked. They didn't work well, so they were scrapped. That made them scrap metal, even though they were fully functional.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Re: Not as silly as it sounds.

So does that mean they'd cave out?

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Re: Architected?

Perhaps they engineered it. Oh wait that was a noun that became a verb (before being a verb that became a noun), I guess we can't use that. Did they oversee the build? Oh wait that's a verb that became a noun too! Why it's almost like language changes over time!

Object if you like (lord knows I do) but don't act like it's some new thing. It's how language came to even exist.

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Re: Bah!

Falling with style, then.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: 40%

You've got it backwards. Whisky is legally defined as being no less than 40% ABV because the flavour of the spirit drops off significantly if you dilute it beyond that point.

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Re: missing the point

The reason they stuck at 40 is because the flavour of the drink falls away fairly rapidly if you dilute past that point.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Re: come on people

Too busy getting their rocks off.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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And then you can just fence them in and dig out the shears.

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What gets me - having just had a quick drive into town - is this idea that the reversing-around-a-corner manoeuvre is somehow useless as well. have any of these people ever tried pulling a car out of a parking spot? Or reversing into one for that matter. Reversing out of a driveway?

I get the feeling whatever committee thought up this pile of rubbish consists of lazy sods who get driven everywhere and probably haven't been behind the wheel for years.

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How long before they do a u-turn on this?

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Graham Dawson
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I don't remember gold-surfing dwarfs and a giant statue of Thorin's ego in the book...

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Re: Apple TV

Neither of them offered any particular points I was interested in disagreeing with, so I went and downvoted UKIP instead.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Star Trek

Oh come on, I already erased the third and fourth, what more do you want from me?

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: Static addresses

Sure, let them have this slice of the salami. There's still loads of sausage left. Just one more slice is fine...

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: Sorry

And yet every citroën I have seen on the road has, without fail, had an entirely non-functional left brake light. Every single one. They may be great cars to drive, but the electrics seem to be universally shite.

Then again I drive an old cherokee so what do I know?

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Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY

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Re: Is Facebook still around?

The influx of obnoxious teens is the reason tumblr has gone to shit over the last year or so.

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

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Re: shock absorbers for landing

That's what my general trajectory always looked like when I was playing Lander as well...

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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When it comes to design, there is nothing truly original, which is why it's so easy to classify architectural and design periods through history - because they tend to trend. Say "Georgian" to someone in the UK and they'll immediately think of tall, elegant frontages, palisters, porticos, delicate sash windows with a dozen or so little panes and panelled doors. Say Victorian and they'll think stovepipe hats, dowdy black dresses, iron frameworks and lots of tall collars.

Design trends.

Ive thinks he led one. He just happened to be prominent and bring together several elements of something that was already occurring, as can be seen by other similar design ideas that accompanied or even preceded his work in various fields.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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You could say the same about people who insist on making tea in a strainer rather than just using a bag. Some people insist that the old way is obviously superior and take great pleasure in the ritual of making their drink. Whether such things are pantomime or comfortable, pleasurable experience is entirely in the eye of the beholder.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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Re: Well, I hope they work things out and can sample the comet!

Don't knock it, those harpoons held him pretty firm to the side of the whale as I recall, at least in the film.

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

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Easy. Shoot them.

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Murder suspect charged after pics of strangle victim posted on 4chan

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Re: The child

The sort of sick fuck who would murder someone for internet fame, perhaps.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Re: Homo i-phones?????????

Deflating an inflatable is "terrorism" now?

Oh brave new world...

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The Imitation Game: Bringing Alan Turing's classified life to light

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Re: Aspergers etc

That's pretty much what spectrum means these days, in contexts outside the measurement of light. One of its definitions is "a range; a continuous, infinite, one-dimensional set, possibly bounded by extremes." presumably taken from the near-infinite gradation of the electromagnetic spectrum. Words tend to get used for similar but distinct ideas and over time, and in differing contexts, change meaning in quite fundamental ways.

Since we're getting picky about words, however, I must stress that it's not Aspergers/autism. Aspergers is one expression of the condition and is more properly labelled as higher-functioning autism to distinguish it from more severe expressions of the condition. It's also not a disease.

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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

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Re: Making a false statement?

Nope, it's much closer to an arbitration service. It administers various intellectual property treaties.

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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Oh don't get me started on the video "tutorials" for every damn thing. They're worming into some pretty technical areas that are far better served by a page or two of text. Video and images as accompanying illustrations to highlight particular elements of the process are fine, but if you only provide a video it's not going to be much use to a lot of people. A piece of text I can skim back and forth to see and understand the processes involved. A video? Follow it by rote. Can't search it if something doesn't quite go right and I need to double-check. Can't skip ahead to the part I need without faffing around dragging the time bar thing back and forth until I get it just so. Can't skip my attention between the information and the project. Can't move at my pace, have to wait for the video to get to the point... the list goes on and on and on.

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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Re: through the looking glass

I guess that means we're all terrorists.

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Blithering idiot. We had a well-organised, well-funded terrorist organisation just a hop across the Irish Sea from us for most of the latter half of the 20th century but they were mostly kept at bay without all of these powers the police and "security" services are demanding now. The ones that got through were almost entirely because reports of potential activity were ignored by the same kind of people now demanding all these extra powers.

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Laboratory conditions strike again!

The problem with this test is that it doesn't appear to replicate the real-world conditions involved. The "bendgate" video showed uneven pressure being applied across a corner, which - unintentionally, I'm sure - is a more realistic representation of what would happen. A phone jammed in a front pocket, as reported at the start of the controversy, would be subjected to unequal pressure on one corner as its owner bent their leg to sit down and stand, or walk around. The problem is magnified if that corner is also the one with the controls, which present a significant weak spot.

The full cross-section of the phone is a great deal stronger than a partial section across the corner. Testing the full cross-section doesn't address the demonstrated failure.

The smaller phone is more robust due to the relative strength of the case material in cross-section. The larger phone is weaker. It's rare, but this bending issue obviously does happen, and it's a case of Apple apparently not realising that scaling the phone up without accounting for the square/cube law is asking for trouble.

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Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables

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Re: Free software solves all problems ever

You realise those embedded devices will use busybox, yes? And that busybox isn't vulnerable to this?

Try again.

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Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

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Re: Liverpool underground nightclubs!

Those are the nightclubs.

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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@Fibbles Re: False Flag

And no correction from the Reg either despite the fact that the site is now forwarded to rantic media's own site.

Come on Reg, I always thought the redtop image was a bit of clever satire.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Re: How much?

So you say android is bad, but then spend all your time complaining about the crapware Samsung slung on top of it?

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Re: Battery Life

Why is it some people are so insanely angry about the idea of a telephone just being a telephone?

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: Mirrors, Reflectors

Depends if you want to beat them with intellect (something they have no experience of) or pull a Buzz Aldrin and just beat them senseless.

The latter is far more satisfying.

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Re: The Russians are still the best evidence...

In fact the best evidence against the hoax is the recording technology available at the time. It was physically impossible to do what the hoaxers claim was done.

Good outline of the technological issues involved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_loUDS4c3Cs

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Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game

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I've always liked alternate history tales and parallel worlds. My current favourite is the Long Earth series by Pratchett and Baxter, though that's a rather different take on the topic to this.

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'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'

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Re: First iPhone late

Did you happen to be flying over Siberia on any of those times? It'd explain a few of the holes.

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Forget bonking, have ONE OFF THE WRIST with Barclaycard's bPay

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Re: Which wrist do you put it on?

So it'd come in a headband as well? I'd live with the end of the world in exchange for the sight of people headbutting the barriers on the tube to get in.

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