* Posts by David Nash

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China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs

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Re: Does not really look like a Babushka Doll either

I think you mean:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka_doll

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Re: My dog cant play with Sticks.

Simple measures to prevent accidents are one thing but if we keep adding features to protect people from their own stupidity then we are reinforcing the idea that anything which goes wrong is somebody else's fault (who shall be sued, of course).

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Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown

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I'm sympathetic to the FSM cause but I don't think they do it any favours by such claims quoted as "We are fond of beer" or "Every Friday is a religious holiday"

Someone should ask these authorities what their definition of a non-parody religion is. The answer would probably be "I know it when I see it"

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: confused - - - -

Held in memory = stored in memory.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: All 'religions' the same

@Mad Mike is correct, that is indeed the point of FSM. (OT: I can't help thinking Finite State Machine...)

Therefore they should be treated no differently than Christianity or various other religions. You may say you know the difference but how can it be proven? If it looks like a duck etc...

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Re: Excellent

Refusing blood - that is why I had a long and occasionally heated discussion with a couple of JWs on my doorstep. I will never forget the news story I read about a baby girl growing up with no mother because she had been brainwashed into refusing a simple and common procedure - a blood transfusion. Simply evil, in my view.

They tried to give me BS about it being unhealthy, blood containing diseases and so on, but what is preferable? A tiny, tiny chance of a properly screened blood transfusion giving the recipient a disease, or certain death?

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Re: Devils advocate.

"My viewpoint is that there's no reason for the admin to be reading those emails in the first place - just bounce them. I'm guessing he set this up as a way of snooping, rather than to be helpful"

Actually I believe in the article he said that often customers emails would be mis-addressed and he was attempting to forward them to the appropriate recipient. Sounds like a reasonable thing to do for the business.

It just happened that some internal mails were also mis-addressed.

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

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Agree (apostrophes comment), but also why pick on those particular cars? Bad drivers can be found in any vehicle type.

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Re: 2 words: black box

It's always been my understanding that (in the UK at least) yes, you can. Driving instructors tend to advocate leaving plenty of space in front for that reason I think.

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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

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Re: Ebooks more expensive that books

I am no expert and know nothing about it but that doesn't often stop a determined commentard.

It seems to me that Ebooks are priced as for the new book, you are paying for the content more than for the physical item.

Whereas second-hand books are an entirely different market, you are no longer paying the publisher for the original (they've had their cut when the book was first sold) and you are buying it from the current owner as a used item.

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Saturn spacecraft immune to mysterious Planet 9's charms

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Re: Planet 9???

And another thing...why Pluto "haters"?

Look up the history of the solar system. The number of "planets" has gone up and down for centuries. Originally it included the moon and sun.

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Re: Planet 9???

In that case then it's planet 14.

From http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/dwarf/sats

"The first five recognized dwarf planets are Ceres, Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea"

http://seldomsirius.net/ has a nice way to remember:

My Very Easy Method Can Just Speed Up Naming Planets However Many Exist.

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Academics claim Google Android two-factor authentication is breakable

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iOS too

Article and quotes from paper say Android and Apple are equally vulnerable.

Yet the headline makes it sound like this is a Google-specific problem.

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China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation

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Interesting. There is some discussion of it on the Guardian page (that came up as part of the same searches) here:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/02/google-tories-are-labour-are-autocomplete-conspiracy-theories

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Taking an artsy selfie in Stockholm? You might need to pay royalities

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Re: Headache

I wouldn't be surprised (can't be bothered to check) if you found that reproduction of the EU stars logo was prohibited too!

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Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution

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Why do it?

Because people don't think like that.

As far as Mr. and Mrs. non techie are concerned it just works "over the internet". They don't know (or care) how or why, or even what "somebody else's server" means.

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Re: Urrrgh

In fact it was recently announced that they can do it via a Raspberry Pi.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/29/amazon_ports_alexa_voice_assistant_to_raspberry_pi/

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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That climbing forum shows that she actually has gained reasonable respect from the community for being honest and humble and admitting her mistakes - which everyone makes. Far from the bashing some are giving her here and in the newspapers, they are generally wishing her luck:

For example, not an isolated comment from someone called wercat:

"A common saying in mountaineering about experienced climbers goes somenthing like "Experience is just the sum of all the near misses we've had". In other words we learn by making sometimes serious mistakes. Obviously you've made a splendid and extreme start in this respect but you'll find the mountains a great place to make further mistakes in - just make sure they are on a smaller scale! Good luck with learning the skills and report back your adventures!"

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Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

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Devil

Belief?

Nobody seems to have remarked on the fact that the article asserts as fact that the villagers "believe" that the rock was part of Satan's foot.

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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One can try to apportion blame and say things like "If you go out and leave your front door open it's your own fault if you get robbed," but at the end of the day the blame is with the fraudster/thief not the person being robbed. Without them the crime wouldn't happen. One can also say that the customer has a certain amount of responsibility to lock his door or not give his PIN out, or click dodgy links, etc. But even if one accepts this, the "disincentive", ie. punishment, is completely disproportionate to the "offence" of being somewhat lax with your security.

"Been phished? Had your savings cleaned out? Ha, that'll teach you!" I don't think so.

On the other hand, the banks can afford to take the hit. Hopefully they will then in turn try to do their bit to educate their customers, and with a bit of luck to improve the systems too.

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Re: HSBC

I've never had any problem with FD. I haven't noticed that comment about LANs on their site, it does seem a bit silly and presumably was put there by someone who doesn't understand what home WiFi is, or before home WiFi was widespread.

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Re: Do you really think online criminals are looking at your card?

Amazon don't ask for the CV2. I am not sure whether there are others like that.

I read somewhere (here?) that it's because the CV2 is not allowed to be stored, it can only be used immediately. And Amazon prefer to have your card details stored for later purchases, so they don't worry about the CV2.

Not sure whether that affects fraudulent buying from Amazon.

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Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month

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This ever-increasing mobile data use is partly because apps and the OS expect data all the time, unreasonably in my view.

I recently got a new Android phone (Moto X Style) and while it's very nice, why does it make it so hard to turn off mobile data? Click the control icon - That no longer simply toggles data, no, it takes you to the data usage page. Click to turn off data. Click YES I know my life will be meaningless without mobile data but I AM SURE. Click to get back to where I was.

4 or more clicks instead of one. Even if Wifi is already on and connected.

Anyway if the mobile companies are constrained by capacity, just price accordingly and people won't treat it like it's free.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

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Re: Bad for the Consumer

"you can't download it, you have to stream it."

Not true - at least in many cases the "autorip" feature allows you to download the CD you have bought well in advance of it dropping through the letterbox.

My bugbear with Amazon is Prime Music's lack of material compared to Spotify. I'd rather own CDs actually but these services are good for trying things out and discovering new artists.

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Polite, helpful? Stop it at once in the name of security

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Holding the door open

The only good answer to this is turnstyles or gates that let only one person through at a time. Expecting people to shut the door on colleagues is unrealistic, and even on strangers it's fairly unlikely.

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Re: Shuffle

Anyway CD players had shuffle way back when. I never used it but I do sometimes use shuffle on my phone when playing a playlist rather than an album.

Never understood using shuffle for albums. I think kids today just don't think of albums the way they have always been, but treat them as just another playlist.

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Re: free wifi that requires passwords ?

"DO tell us HOW... :)"

I've had a series of Android phones over the years and this has never been a problem.

On the odd occasion that my phone does connect to something that then doesn't work, Just tell the phone to "forget" that network.

Sounds like the problem here is people leaving things switched on all the time.

My phone has BT, Wifi, Mobile Data, NFC, Location turned off all the time unless I need them.

Generally I leave Wifi on at home and usually at work, but I am certainly in the habit of turning mobile data on when I need it and off when I've finished (Why do later versions of Android make the latter such a palaver by the way?)

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

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Re: Let's just hope AI's will be smarter than these researchers

Human intelligence and its evolution is severely constrained by brain size, which is constrained by head size, which affects the ability to safely give birth, is connected to the ability to walk upright with that pelvis, and related to the fact that human children are so helpless when born and for some years, compared to other animals.

A machine would have none of that baggage so could probably be scaled much more easily.

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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We don't owe them a business

If the use of ad blockers results in less income from ads then the content producers will naturally turn to a different funding model. They don't need government help or anyone else's to figure that out.

It's like putting ads on bus stops and then finding that they don't work particularly well so they put them somewhere else instead. And nobody would suggest that the bus stop ad people need special help in that case.

An ad blocker is not special, it's just the same as me going to make a cup of tea during the adverts if I am watching a film on TV. Nobody is suggesting that I am being immoral or stealing content in that case by not watching the ads (at least I hope not!).

It's a business model. If it doesn't work, change the model or you don't have a business (I am reminded of the argument where low-cost retailers claim they have to pay minimum wage, use zero-hours contracts or they would go out of business - in which case they don't have a business, do they?)

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$17 smartwatch sends something to random Chinese IP address

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"buyers download the pairing app from an IP address scrawled on a piece of paper that comes with the u8 watch."

This is the problem, clearly.

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Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive

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Bitter IP Battles?

Bitter IPA battles

FITY

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Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

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I don't get all this "too big" stuff.

My 5.5" Android fits nicely in my pockets (jeans or smart trousers) and although I admit my hands are on the large side it's not too hard to reach across with the thumb or use 2 hands when necessary. I see plenty of people texting with 2 hands.

I would rather have a large phone with a useful screen area than to buy and carry around a tablet as well as a phone.

Ah well each to their own I suppose but my theory is that many iPhone owners have just decided that small=natural because the iPhones were stuck in that niche for so long.

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Latest in Apple v FBI public squabble over iPhone crack demand

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Re: FUD and nonsense

"removing the current high-level security in a later version"

Except that, as I understand it, the current high-level security is implemented in hardware so a later version of iOS would not be able to remove it.

Whether Apple could extract the keys or PIN from the more modern hardware security mechanism by physical means, I don't know, but it would be sensible to have designed it to be as difficult as possible to do that.

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: So what about congestion

That is a valid question but is a separate issue.

Not having good answers yet to the congestion and the other points you mentioned does not invalidate any good points of hydrogen cell cars, which nobody has said would cure congestion.

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What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls

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Re: SJW Infestation @ Vulture Central

Just to be clear: Are we talking about Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport or St. John's Wort?

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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Re: drifting onto QI ...

One of the "facts" discussed a couple of times on QI involves the so-called "half-life" of information, as-in After 10 years half of all the information you know will be wrong - but you don't know which half.

IIRC they have several times covered items from previous episodes that are now known to be wrong.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

Homework. This. It seems to be universally expected that kids can "research" online and produce printed documents. I dare say schools will accept alternatives but this is why people do still use PCs rather than tablets.

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GCHQ spies quashed this phone encryption because it was too good against snoopers

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Re: MP letter-writing time again

Mine is the same. I get a standard "I know what's good for you" type of letter in response, probably a standard reply. It did get me on his mailing list though, and probably some kind of troublemaker list !

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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"glo-bull" wow I see what you did there, so clever!

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Never mind the patent trolls. Here's a riddle: What about the inventors?

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Legal fees

I still find it hard to understand how, in the US system, someone can sue you and lose, and you still have to pay. How can they justify that? At least in the UK loser pays both fees.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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"a simple crop"

I just can't understand this. There is a "dotted line select" tool, and a "Crop to selection" or something option on the menu.

Just works. Where's the problem with that UI?

The only thing I don't like is the whole "export" concept, rather than "save as".

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Re: Multi-channel and deep bit depths is what I need

"I do a lot of multi-channel deep bit depth work in astronomy, and Gimp's lack of support there has caused me to use it only in the latest stages, if at all. I will certainly try the new version."

Yes, this. I am in the same position. If the new one can do 16-bit per channel, or even higher, then good times are here.

And I learned GIMP way before trying Photoshop (for cost reasons, obvs) and therefore I have no problems with the GIMP UI. The whole "layer" thing is more or less the same as Photoshop anyway and I am normally able to translate from PS tutorials on the web to the GIMP equivalent (does the new GIMP have "adjustment layers" by the way?)

Edit: just read further down that it does not yet have Adjustment Layers. Shame, as many Photoshop tutorials use them. Have to fake it by using a normal layer.

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Brazil gets a WTF WhatsApp moment

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Re: Whatsapp, Facebook and Google

"WhatsApp is not free"

They say that, yes, but I have never had to pay (I haven't changed my phone number either).

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Work on world's largest star-gazing 'scope stopped after religious protests

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Re: Move it to Alaska

No, wind=moving atmosphere which is not good for a steady image through the telescope. Also known as the "seeing".

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Hate your broadband ISP? Simply tell your city to build one – that'll get the telcos' attention

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Re: We all know how this song goes...

I know nothing about Amtrak but it seems fairly clear to me that railways are a public service, rarely make much profit and should be run in that way rather than attempting to make one. Trying to profit from rail transport means huge fares for passengers and/or subsidies from government, because running a railway costs a fortune but is beneficial for the country as a whole.

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

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Re: It isn't that

My GPS watch suffers from the same problem and I put it down to cutting the corners. It probably doesn't sample sufficiently frequently. This may outweigh the problem described in the article.

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

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"We don't know if the pilots were looking at our wimmin"

Do people really think that comment was not a joke?

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Spanish town trumpets 'Clitoris Festival' thanks to Google snafu

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Re: Actually....

Yes, that's the point. As mentioned in the article Google thought it was Portugese and "translated" accordingly.

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

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Best line

Was the in-joke about reversing the polarity of the neutron flow.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Re: When will this stop?

I was wondering the same thing. Can I just hang on until that date and then what? MS will stop support for W7?

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