* Posts by David Nash

114 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

David Nash

"Some sufferers of such conditions are completely aware that their fears / illness are not being caused by external sources"

That does not appear to be the case with EM "sufferers" though. As I understand it they do genuinely believe there is a physical cause, and that cause is EM from Wifi, Mobile Phone masts, and electricity pylons etc.

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

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Re: It's meant to be a joke, FFS!

"It wasn't funny"

Most of us can still spot even an un-funny joke, and this was clearly not serious in so many ways, although there were a few sensible points in there to throw us off the scent.

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Re: Wait, what?

That was one of the signs that this was definitely a joke, obviously.

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

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Re: Google Translate? It's actually useful/usable if you know what you're doing

If it's utter crap, why do you regularly use it?

The point was being made that if you know how to cope with its limitations it has its uses. Eg. proper names, which is one of the points that you made.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

David Nash

Re: They're all idiots...

Verify your bags is on the "scan as you go" machines, not the "scan one at a time at the checkout" machines. Yes there are two types of auto checkouts now. The Scan as you go ones allow you to pack items directly from the shelf into your shopping bags, which is why they can't do incremental weight checking.

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

David Nash

"Spotify is a social platform"

Why do they want it to be social? Why do they bother with the facebook integration and all the sharing stuff? Do they see it as a feature that people like (and therefore a selling point), or is it just for their own nefarious (ie. advertising) reasons?

Personally I have no interest in sharing what I am listening to. At least not on the scale they seem to think.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

David Nash

Re: Mint is the way?

Last time I updated it, GIMP doesn't do 16-bit colour. I use Gimp a lot for post-processing astro images but rely on Windows-specific applications for primary processing.

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

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Re: FSF Statement

The problem with that FSF statement is that it begins by complaining that Windows is not Open Source. While the likes of Richard Stallman might disagree, that is not the primary problem here, yet it will put off most readers as soon as they start reading.

What we need is a major newspaper or Which magazine, or the BBC, to get a clue about this and make a noise about the privacy implications.

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So unfair! Teachers know what’s happening on students' fondleslabs

David Nash

@probie

"I know I did piss poor in my English"

You have my sympathy regarding your children's teachers but do us a favour and go and look up correct use of apostrophes.....

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

David Nash

Re: What is natural?

And what are man-made tools and man-made materials made from?

It's all "natural" ultimately.

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David Nash

Re: Kill the buggers

"that nature becomes a little less natural....."

I am not condoning bear-bothering but I am always interested by people's definition of "natural".

It seems that anything done by humans="unnatural" and anything done by other species="natural".

Why is that, I wonder? some other animals and birds use tools - is that natural? a termite hill - is that natural?

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What a shower: METEORS will BLAZE a FIERY TRAIL across our skies

David Nash

BBC weather were recommending looking last night

I wondered why they were a few days earlier than the peak but perhaps because they knew clouds were on the way in the following days. They didnt' mention this though.

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Susan Sheridan, voice of Hitchhiker's Trillian, dies aged 68

David Nash

Still available from Amazon (& others?)

The first series:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitchhikers-Guide-Galaxy-Dramatised-Unabridged/dp/B002SPZN1Q

There are various others including a box[ed] set.

Unfortunately Amazon seem ill-equipped to list actors in Radio Series and the cast are all listed as narrators.

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Blighty a 'smartphone society' amid rise of 4G middle class

David Nash

Re: Mobile Toptrumps

"I am an absolute Luddite when it comes to smartphones. I am still not sure having something people can use to contact me anywhere is such a good idea, let alone one that you might be able to use to "do work!""

You are no more contactable than with a dumb-phone, are you? no-one would be forcing you to "do work", and email can easily be ignored, too. and the benefits include maps, web browsing, and smart apps such as train times or hire bike status (in London). and so on and so on.

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Samsung looks into spam ads appearing on Brits' smart TVs

David Nash

Re: Easily solved.

Speaking for myself I was in a similar position. The BR player is also the home cinema unit and came with speakers. Plus I had no desire for a game console and although my son got one later, attempts at using it for iplayer were mixed. First issue is requiring a Sony account. Second issue is the number of times it requires updates just when you were about to settle down to watch something on iPlayer. Next issue is the crappy UI, although that's partly the BBC's fault (iplayer used to be much nicer in my opinion) but the Sony game controller is better suited to playing games than for iplayer.

Now for iPlayer we use an Amazon fire stick which I got from the launch offer for £19.

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David Nash

Re: Easily solved.

If it has a tuner you need a license. In fact you're supposed to have one for viewing "as live" on iplayer etc.

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David Nash

Re: Easily solved.

"insist that you receive one which won't do this. In writing if needs be"

If you were a retailer would you agree to this? I don't think so. Especially as these devices can be updated after the event.

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Court KOs irate Apple iMessenger woman's bid for class-action face off

David Nash

Re: And another thing

This is true but perhaps the carriers should look at improving this situation, because people regard SMS as instant, guaranteed, or at least they get very surprised or confused if a text doesn't arrive in a timely manner, or indeed at all.

They could market it as a "premium text" with (almost) guaranteed delivery - which might educate people that standard SMS is not guaranteed, as well as potentially being a money-maker.

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David Nash

It is being suggested that Apple didn't make it clear that this was necessary.

It does seem unreasonable if Apple didn't have a fall-back/failure detection or at least warn the sender.

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

David Nash

Re: energy and consciousness

But when these woo-merchants say "energy" they don't mean any normal, accepted definition of energy such as you might get from a scientist or even a physics teacher. they mean some vague undefinable "life force".

Consciousness is just the emergent behaviour of a few billion brain cells and the rest of your body working together, yes they need energy input from food, and they convert that to electrical energy to do work, but there's nothing mysterious about that.

Now explaining consciousness, yes, that is called "the hard problem" and is quite mysterious indeed. But one can't just posit some unexplainable web of "energy".

By the way reports I've heard indicated that self-proclaimed sufferers of sensitivity to EM radiation from wifi, etc, couldn't tell the difference from placebo, so it's all in the mind or simply an unrelated conjunction of assorted non-specific symptoms (headaches, tireness, nausea etc). Unfortunately I don't have an immediate source for that. It's just a normal reaction of some to newish technology. Same happened when the railways were invented, no doubt something similar happened with motor vehicles, and I've even heard that people claimed some kind of syndrome caused by ball-point pens!

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

David Nash

Re: Whatever.

If your daughter has a child she is older than the current generation where social media is everything, and it was probably easier to monitor her internet access. Even better if she was your only one.

While I agree on the point about parents parenting generally, it's easier said than done. If they are at home you can check up on them, although looking over their shoulder the whole time is impossible. And do you prevent a 13-year old having a smart phone when "everyone has one" and all phones are smart anyway? Do you police their internet access when out with friends?

It has to rely on education and trust, but kids make mistakes, follow the wrong crowd, etc.

Having said that, this new proposal is just silly. I think they must believe that there is some body somewhere who can control what is "on the internet".

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

David Nash

Re: Amazon

"Anyone know if Amazon are paying artists now you get the mp3 version of every CD you've ever bought?"

"@AMBxx did you read the whole article? This was specifically mentioned as Amazon HAS come to an agreement witht he various rights organisations for that very reason."

@BoldMan

Actually the original article mentioned Amazon in the reverse situation, ie. you buy an MP3:

"Amazon MP3 purchased gives you unlimited copies for private use."

Here we are talking about ripping from a CD you buy - which Amazon do for you with their "Autorip" service for many (albeit not all) CDs that you buy from them, including previous purchases.

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

David Nash
Big Brother

Re. Facebook number as our government id

Shades of Dave Eggers' "The Circle" here.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

David Nash

Re: The thing to remember about Smart TVs...

"Space heater..."

My Panasonic plasma does get pretty hot as it happens. It's about 3-4 years old and tries to be smart but isn't very smart really. Works nicely with an Amazon fire stick though.

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Behold: Pluto's huge ICE MOUNTAINS ... and signs of cryovolcanoes?

David Nash

Re: mostly...Only Orpheus has returned from Hades.

"where's the River Styx?"

From Wikipedia (where else?) on "Moons of Pluto":

"The dwarf planet Pluto has five known moons. In order of distance from Pluto they are Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra"

Can't help you with the frogs, I'm afraid.

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David Nash

Re: The more we learn

I wouldn't say we know *less*.

We definitely know more, but we also know that there is a lot more to learn!

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

David Nash
Alien

Space is big...

The fastest rocket we have ever launched took just over a year to reach Jupiter, then still took another 8 years to Pluto. That's how far Pluto is. And that's just (part of) the solar system.

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

David Nash

Re: Size.....

Actually yes, 2 pixels.

A quick google turns up this at the Planetary Society:

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2013/02141014-hubble-galaxy-pluto.html

"not even 3 pixels across in Hubble's view"

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David Nash

Looks like one of my own pictures of Mars

Amazing stuff, until this mission, our best image of Pluto was something like 2 pixels.

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

David Nash

Re: 95% confident

Upvoted for making the xkcd a real link rather than necessitating select-copy-newTab-paste-enter

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Summer breeze makes IT fine, blowing through sysadmins in my mind

David Nash

+1

for the headline

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

David Nash

What are they thinking?

Are they just trying to appeal to yoof? Everyone knows about 999 (or your local equivalent) it is stupid to say kids can only text or even worse, tweet. In a real emergency I am sure even the coolest social media user would rather have some authority figure on the end of a phone line.

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

David Nash

Reminds me of...

...Windows-only printers that gave Linux users such trouble a few years back.

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Samsung, Oppo collared in smartphone bloatware probe

David Nash

I don't like bloatware but...

surely Samsung et.al. are fully within their rights to put whatever they want on the device.

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Look! Up in the sky! Five Brit satellites on one Indian rocket!

David Nash

Risky?

That seems like a lot of eggs in one basket. Launch vehicles have been known to fail.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

David Nash

Once a streamer, always a streamer?

I use free Spotify because it's nice to try things out or discover new things. I baulk at a tenner a month though and the problem with only streaming, even if you had sufficient mobile data/coverage, is that you are dependent on them for ever. I like having my CDs, I can take them (in the form of MP3s) whereever I want and don't have to pay £10 a month to do so. I can rediscover an album I bought 15 years ago or equally one I bought this year.

If I streamed but then didn't want or couldn't continue, or the service disappeared, all "my" music is gone. My CDs/MP3s won't do that.

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

David Nash

Re: Morning Panic: Secondocalypse or Bad Cable TV?

"A lot of squinting at a computer screen said my computer also thought it was 2am-ish, so I abandoned the mystery and went back to bed. The DVR was working fine by the time the real 5am (plus some snooze button slaps) arrived.

Would secondocalypse mess up with a cable TV network to that degree?"

Don't know but if I had been in that situation I'd just have looked at my (analogue) watch and rolled back to bed.

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

David Nash

iplayer

I got one of these (£19 offer as a Prime member) just for the iplayer, since the BBC broke it on my Sony Blu-Ray.

It's the same iplayer app as on my son's PS3, which we were using, but seems to work much more smoothly and reliably and without messing around with PS Network subscriptions, logging in, updating firmware, etc.

We also use it for Prime Video, good for watching old episodes of Bottom and so on.

Yes the remote is RF. Not sure what flavour, but the Amazon and iPhone apps work fine over wifi too.

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

David Nash

Re: UK Price

If it's the equivalent of $14.99 for a family and the service is comparable to Spotify Premium (hopefully including off-line listening) AND on Android, I'd sign up.

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David Nash

Re: invention

Yes, I know because the BBC news at 10 had an er..advert...all about it.

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Screw you, Apple! We're still making phones no one wants – Samsung

David Nash

Re: Oh good! Hardware Android buttons are back

I like hardware home buttons. In fact so do millions of Apple users.

My first Android was an HTC Hero which had a little trackball - great for certain games.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

David Nash

Hate and Vitriol

There was plenty of that going the other way too!

And also the less obvious trying-to-be-subtle spreading of rumours, lies, or just plain old FUD.

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David Nash

Re: a 48 year-old writes

"the UK has a tendency towards Conservative government"

I (almost the same age as you!) have come to the same conclusion

" ... it's the natural party of power."

Not sure about that bit but it does seem to be the default option for many people.

Myself not included - I remember Maggie! Of course some people will say the opposite for precisely the same reason!

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David Nash

Re: As with any survery

"Who I vote for is my business and no one else's "

True, although you could just tell the pollster that, rather than lying.

Since these opinion polls seem to affect the campaign significantly and turn out to be inaccurate at best, why not just add them to the list of behaviours that is already banned or strictly regulated during the election campaign?

It's already banned to try to influence people in the polling station, or to attempt to reveal how someone voted (exit polls notwithstanding), why not ban polling during the campaign?

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JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan

David Nash
Coat

Re: Its a BOOT.

And the article should appear in the bootnotes section...

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David Nash

Re: Cars/bulter ratio

Some cars are always in the same place during working hours - train station car park.

Ideal for people who are not at home but don't want or can't receive a parcel at work or dont want to lug a parcel around on the train on the way home.

I would be slightly nervous of the security implications though.

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Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains

David Nash

I was rather impressed on a recent trip to Madrid, the phones just continued working in a deep Metro tunnel. Not just in stations, voice and data just worked as if we were on the surface.

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Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

David Nash

I have one of these cards and have managed to accumulate enough points for a free coffee or two, over the years. But I didn't bother registering online, especially after I noticed what they asked for.

It works fine as a loyalty card without registering it.</smug mode>

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Watch: Nasty JPEG pops corporate locks on Windows boxes

David Nash

Nasty JPG

So the so-called "Nasty JPG" of the title is not at all, it's a nasty script pretending to be a JPG.

Did I get that right?

So similar in concept to a spam email containing "open_me.doc.exe"?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

David Nash

Fantastic

As described in the article. No added contaminants necessary.

This is one of my favourite foods, including the onions of course. And no runny egg please! Bonus, if you're that way inclined, is that it's one of the only dishes that the Spanish have that doesn't include meat.

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