* Posts by Richard Wharram

957 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008

Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Meh

Well...

The unions needed to be stopped. It was a filthy, corrupt, and sexist, system. She did that. Good.

What she replaced them with is a mixed legacy and your point of view probably depends on where you lived and what industry you or your family worked in.

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Gov report: Actually, evil City traders DIDN'T cause the banking crash

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WTF?

Re: A cover up

@LarsG

wtf? The report blames the bankers. Squarely. Did you read it?

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Re: But surely?

Ironically, in the years before the collapse I'd been (with others ofc) working on MI systems that tracked the quality of sales made over time to make sure they weren't of poor quality e.g. cancelled in a week because they were only taken out under pressure.

Stupid that they did this for current accounts but not huge corporate loans :)

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Re: This has worried me for a while

Branch managers have next to nothing to do with loans in this day and age. It's not Captain Mainwaring any more. Personal loans and mortgages were all approved by computer systems. I'd imagine there was constant pressure from the top to slacken the algorithms used to be more generous.

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Re: But surely?

HBOS certainly had an atmosphere amongst management that bad news was not welcome.

Bonusing corporate loan arrangers for getting big loans that they could approve themselves didn't help a great deal either I gather.

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This has worried me for a while

That we are trying to force the banks to lend to businesses when that was half (or indeed it seems now, nearly all) the problem in the first place.

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Firefox: Use new stealth window to satisfy your wife, suggests Mozilla

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Buying a gift for the wife

That old chestnut again?

Yes dear...

And they are there because I've got a cold.

Those on the floor? Yes, I've blown my nose twice already...

And my belt is broken too...

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US funds Europa mission

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The Chinese will beat us to it.

And then get blatted by a big alien.

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Boffins probe into moons – and associated rings – 'beyond snow line'

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Re: ...but when will they explain...

They came from a Brown Star.

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Re: Is that...

Only in the first novel.

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You know how your energy bills are SO much worse than they were?

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Re: "There is no mainstream party [...] which offers to dismantle these crippling stealth taxes"

Much as though I'd love to vote for a party that would scrap ROCs and FITs I can't bring myself to vote for a party that thinks the NHS could save itself a fortune by using Homeopathy.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

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iPad?

Didn't the idiot have a phone?

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Britain's passport and ID service seeks facial recog tech suppliers

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Meh

Well that might work.

If it's just comparing the face in front of the camera against an earlier one on record then it might do a reasonable job. The problem comes when trying to compare a random face against a large dataset. Then you will run into the problem of trying to keep false positives at a reasonable level without introducing false negatives. The problem is still not close to being solved for large datasets (e.g. a country and all previous visitors.) Indeed, humans would have a problem even if we could remember 70 millions peoples' faces. Some people just look quite alike. It isn't much of a problem for us at the minute as we only remember a few thousand faces but if we could scale our memory up we'd run into the same problem.

Some companies were trying to flog this stuff at a Retail expo the other day and it worked a treat but that was with only a small number of faces.

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

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Pharoahs? 5,000 to 10,000 years ago?

Leaving aside the issue that there weren't any pharoahs until the 19th dynasty and assuming the term is being used colloquially to mean 'king of the two lands', upper and lower Egypt, then 5,000 years ago takes us right back before the Old Kingdom. Before the pyramids. Certainly before Cleopatra.

It just doesn't compute!

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

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Mushroom

Re: Say WHAT, bro?

Ah, doctors trying to set policy again. Or rather a subset of doctors hailing from the old temperance movements trying to set policy. Maybe they should run for political office instead of being a doctor if that's what they wish to do.

Failing that they could fuck off.

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NASA probes spots temporary third Van Allen radiation belt

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Re: You know...

Hot For Teacher was better.

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Richard Wharram
Boffin

Never mind cataracts

What effect does it have on your tadpoles?

It would rule generation-ships out if all chaps loaded onto them had been jaffa'd.

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Bouncing into Norks any time soon? At least you'll get 3G

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Norks

Teehee again.

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Microsoft, EMC, NetApp support Oracle against Google

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WTF?

Re: Oracle are being evil. MS supports this evil

" MS copied Java to make .NET. So why aren't Oracle suing MS?"

wtf?

Microsoft copied many of the principles of Java but it has a completely different API.

If copying the principles behind a platform is copywritable then I'd like to point to the fact that we had a language that compiled down to bytecode that could run on different platforms in the early 90s at the old Halifax Building Society. Does that mean Lloyds Banking Group can sue Oracle? They could do with the money to be honest.

It is a dickish move by Oracle I'll concede but would you expect anything else?

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Boffins spot Luna-sized exoplanet

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No need to pack a duffle coat then?

Maybe a knotted hankie?

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Nature pulls ‘North Korean radioactivity’ story

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Norks

Norks.

Teehee

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MIT boffin teases space-station probe's DARK MATTER DISCOVERY

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Meh

Oooh

I'm detecting an imminent dark matter event now.

Bloody Guinness.

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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Devil

Not a big deal

Won't this mean some of us grow goatie-beards, wear leather and plot to murder our boss? (not all changed then)

And Apple will be a charity for the homeless and abandoned kittens.

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

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Devil

brew

I'm a big fan of "letting it brew"

I don't like tea though.

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Oracle wants another go at Google over Android Java copyrights

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FAIL

wtf

That is the worst analogy I've ever heard. It's like two pigs... in, err, dresses... trying to... err... do lawyery stuff... err...

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

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D'oh

Forgive my memory but Sooty is who from somewhere else? :)

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Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?

Also is LO4 available on the Ubuntu Software Centre or do I have to install manually?

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Earth-like planets abound in red dwarf systems

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Re: Interesting but speculative

Despite the abundance of planets around flare stars in Elite 2 I always understood that they would be extremely hostile to life due to their variability. Coupled with the fact the planets are much closer and will be tidally locked, the sunny side is going to get regular toastings.

Maybe in a trillion years when they turn to blue dwarfs they'll be a but nicer. I'm probably not going to be around to find out though.

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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

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Unhappy

No puppets?

I suspect we could solve the UK energy crisis by attaching a turbine to the late Gerry's grave :(

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First video inside thinking fish's brain captured by boffins

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Keep this away from me.

What if I'm having impure thoughts round the office?

Keep out of my mind!!!!

Mmmm, boobs.

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'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

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Re: Advice please

It's very hard to keep a straight face when these suppliers talk about where their electricity is generated when you actually stop to think how electricity works.

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wtf?

As previously mentioned, I grew up in the Selby area with is surrounded on all sides by coal-fired power stations. As far as I'm aware Selby cancer rates are not abnormal.

Now if you'd made a joke about it turning local residents into boozy, fighty near-humans I could have laughed along with you but you didn't.

So I'm not.

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Indeed

The fact that those who build wind turbines don't have to provide the back-up gas / unspecified-and-unlikely-energy-storage to cover their downtime is ANOTHER subsidy for wind power.

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Re: Unfortunately

Having lived in the Selby area I'm very familiar with coal-fired power stations including Drax, Eggborough and Ferry Bridge.

They may be quite big up close but for the amount of power they generate for the UK they are a mere speck on the landscape. The amount of space required for wind turbines to produce equivalent power could eclipse whole counties.

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Re: Nuclear always costs more than it's supposed to

@Ledswinger

Epic post!

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Revealing new pics of galactic princess Andromeda

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Re: Just wait a few billion years.

You're an Inhibitor aren't you.

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Oracle 'fesses up: Java security flaws more than storm in teacup

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Is there a more secure VM?

Could users replace Oracle Java with IBM Java or some other version for a more secure experience?

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The Oric-1 is 30

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5 years after the Orac design was unveiled.

They should have copied it. That seemed way more fun.

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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RedLetterMedia

Looking forward to the review for the new film already!

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 INTO BOOZE

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Mushroom

Re: News flash from 25 years in the future...

No CO2 from cars is good though surely? What's the greenhouse effect of drinking booze? Beery-farts smell like the end of the world to me.

Also, I think the efficiency might need improving a touch to make this a cheap fuel for cars.

And farts for that matter.

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Richard Wharram
Pint

More likely...

More likely to produce methanol than ethanol at a guess.

My reasoning is that it current mainly produces formic acid. In humans formic acid is produced from the chain:

methanol -> formaldehyde -> formic acid

The reactions being triggered by the enzymes alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase respectively.

The chain for ethanol (non-tramp booze) is:

ethanol -> acetaldehyde -> acetic acid.

So from only my hazy memories of how hangovers work and why tramps go blind I deduce that it is more likely to produce meths than single malts.

Of course meths can run cars. There's a campaign for it somewhere. It's not a top tipple though.

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Climate shocker: Carry on as we are until 2050, planet will be FINE

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This is good news then?

Possibly?

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Megaupload outed file-sharers to Feds months before Dotcom raid

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@Fibbles

Best. Post. Ever.

On this subject at least.

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Global mercury ban to hit electronics, plastics, power prices

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Thiomersal?

Does this just apply to straight mercury or to compounds as well?

There's enough scare stories about Thiomersal from anti-vaxxers making it difficult to get vaccines with the appropriate preservative for hot countries as it is.

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Mega launches with mega FAIL

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Re: Hmm, this guy.

@AC

As I thought. He did DDoS Barrysworld in a hissy-fit as 155&Rising remembers here:

"And beating l33t professional hax0r www.kimble.org and his aimbot in ra2, only to have him nuke b0rk.co.uk's irc bouncer afterwards and throw dos attacks at Barrysworld for the next week or so in revenge. ph34r the hacker dog ;)"

My old Barrysworld chums will be full of stories of his great prickery.

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Empire says ‘primitive’ Earth not ready for Death Star

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Boffin

Easily explained.

Because the galaxy is both a long long time ago AND far far away, a message sent via non-relativistic means then and there would reach us here here and now now.

Just requires some Force precognition to look into the future to know to send it.

(I can't believe I typed that to be honest.)

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DoJ to Kim Dotcom: We never asked you to retain files

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Re: Dotcom is an utter cock

It's nothing like the Assange sex allegation. My calling him a cock is because it is a fact. He used to cheat at Quake and Counter Strike and would DDoS anyone who called him out on it. He's a tool and I'm nothing to do with the US.

As far as I'm aware, using an aimbot is not an extraditable offence. It just makes you a cock.

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Re: US Authorities

@Dante

"Yes, he may be a cock but in no way does that excuse what the US Gov have done here."

I never said it did. They are two quite separate matters.

1.) The US has made a right royal fuck up of this affair.

2.) Kim Dotcom is a fat cocktard.

Different propositions using different words. Different.

Sorry, I'm getting into Compare The Market now...

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Re: US Authorities

"This Kim guy is fighting back against..."

You obviously don't know him very well. Do a bit of research on what an utter cock he is before lauding him as the new Jesus just because he happens to be doing something you approve of at the moment.

Bring on the downvotes...

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Browsing

The USP HMV had over supermarkets and the like was a large back-catalogue to browse through. Unfortunately that's been completely undermined by online retailers where you don't have to browse, you can search. From home.

A pincer movement of market developments has left HMV with nothing to offer.

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