* Posts by Efros

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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Re: Less fat? add fat!

You should try the deep fried pizza, comes in two varieties, battered and fried or unbattered and fried. As the cooking process advances I swear you can see the level of oil in the frier go down. Fish and chip shops in Scotland are misnamed, they should be called "deep fried anything and chip shops", pies, sausages, haggis, red, white and black puddings, battered hamburgers, smoked sausage, smoked sausage wrapped in kebab meat then battered and fried, you name it the chippie will try it.

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Sounds like

Marketing speak for more expensive product with less expensive ingredients.

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Lycamobile offices 'raided over fraud allegations' – report

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I smell a refund

Or perhaps the handing over of funds to the SFO.

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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Re "Now the chips are down"

I actually use that programme with my electronics class to show them how we expected electronics to develop contrasted with how they actually did. Not a lot of disappointment! The kids like the old cool tech.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AkBvNW3Ht0

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TV viewing time

TV used to be a force for good and I put much of my catalogue of useless but entertaining information down to being an avid TV viewer in the 70s. It also refined what I wanted to do in terms of my chosen discipline, the TV available now will do little for our youth apart from force feed them the latest crop of shit that someone somewhere is trying to make their fortune off.

In the 70s a curious and technology/science/history interested kid was blessed. The range of educational programming available on the BBC and to a much lesser extent on ITV was huge. More to the point it was truly educational, unlike the mostly glossy presenter centred claptrap we see now. Horizon is a pale shadow of what it was, today's Panorama is sensationalist at best, Man Alive has no modern equivalent. The list is huge but some highlights include Connections, Tomorrow's World, World at War, All Our Yesterdays, Chronicle, Miller's Your life in their hands, This Week, just some of a very long list.The best that is on offer today is still good but there's just an awful lot less of it. When documentary channels are dominated by fecking reality TV shows (I'm looking at you Discovery and History) and presenting Hollywood films as factual content, things are in a sorry state.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Haines' articles

always guaranteed to raise a smile, your hunger level and pique your techie side. Lester will be sadly missed by all, condolences and kind thoughts to his family, friends and colleagues.

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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Re: Reminds me of some "academic leadership" courses ...

A Teaching Institute's curriculum where I used to work is referred to as Program of Studies, its acronym, which is innocently used, is entirely appropriate.

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Sounds like

"O-levels in Psychology and Hugging, a did-not-complete in Reality and an A-level in talking bollocks."

The current crop of educational theorists who are bollocking up the education systems of the USa and the UK.

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Account scrubbing time

Looks as if it's time to scrub that account, their security issues and spamming have only got worse over the last year and their usefulness is diminishing as the annoyances increase.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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As long as it's a stick with 6 inch nails in the end of it. My 3 year old Samsung has never had an update combo of Samsung and Cell company not doing their job.

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You. Comcast, TWC, Charter, DirecTV, Dish. Get in here and explain yourselves – Congress

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Pointless...

like anything involving big business being called to book in the US, at some point in the proceedings someone who has had a chequebook flashed at them will roll over and call the whole thing off.

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'Whites are taking over': Race storm hits heart of Africa's internet body

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I smell graft

Looks to me as if someone is attempting to shut down a FIFAesque crack down and investigation on and into past dodgy dealings.

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Microsoft mops up after Outlook.com drowns in tsunami of penis pills, Russian brides etc

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Hah

So that's why I was getting all that crud this morning, I wondered if someone somewhere had sold an email address list.

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Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

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You should go and have

a butcher's at the opening ceremony, somebody was smoking something a little bit too strong in the planning of that I think.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36423250

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: And I was annoyed that my Fingerprint reader didn't work after upgrading

I got one of those, it worked fine after upgrade, and then I disabled it as the login reliability was just as pathetic as it was under W7,W8 and W8.1. It's quicker just entering a password than multiple finger swipes then followed by a password as it eventually fails.

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Disk death: Three-quarters of PCs will run SSDs by 2020

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All of mine

have at least a boot and OS SSD. It is the single best upgrade you can give a PC. The only machine I have that has a substantial amount of SSD storage is the games machine which has a couple of 480GB SSDs in RAID 0. Does my Skyrim installation no end of good.

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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

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I'm glad my mind doesn't image this.

"I can almost imagine Vladimir Putin and Boris Johnson sitting on that horse together. With bare chests."

shudder!

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EU wants open science publication by 2020

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Should have always been the case

I foresee, however, a massive legal challenge to this. Elsevier won't go into the night quietly.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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Re: I thought I recognized "Sensus"...

from that link

"Every “smart” digital electric meter has what’s known as a “switching mode power supply”, which is proven to directly create large amounts of dirty electricity (DE) – or high-frequency energy radiating throughout your home’s electric circuits, essentially creating an antenna cage. The levels of DE caused by “smart” meters can be several hundred times higher than some international safety standards."

'Twas at that point my inner voice started screaming "Bullshit", these smart meters seem to have issues but don't spoil the case by using this sort of crap.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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If it's secure and fully functional

Then there isn't a problem. TBH it gives me some sense of security that ICBM control systems are older technology that don't have a convenient USB or internet connection.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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fans all a-tizz

okay that does say tizz right?

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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"So the average participant is 168kg (that's 26½ stone!) and is 70cm tall (that's about 2'4") and thus has a BMI of 343."

'Murica!

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UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

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Re: Science?

I remember seeing a recruitment ad for Flixborough from the early 70s and I quote: "Flixborough, the most rapidly expanding chemical plant in Europe.", how prophetic!

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Motion Picture Ass. of America to guard online henhouse

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Is it a dot or a hole?

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: Hurrah!

It is still one of the best arguments for the retention of the second chamber in that they can and often do ameliorate or call critical attention to the more extreme policies passed in another place.

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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Notifications... Off

None of them are that important that I need to be jogged out of whatever I'm doing to attend to them. If it really is important try dialling the number and talk to me. App notifications get disabled the first time they make my phone vibrate or make unwanted noise, if the app is important I'll check it on a fairly regular basis.

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Walmart sues Visa for being too lax with protecting chip cards

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No chips

I have a number of debit and credit cards from major banks and minor ones in the US, none of them are chipped.

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ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New top-level domains terminated

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Is there a

.fifa

sounds as if there is.

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Gobble away! Charter-Time Warner Cable merger OK'd by FCC

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competently corrupt.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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Roots

Nothing to do with Kunta Kinte. 3 days after moving into our new house our sewer backed up. It seems the previous occupant had lived there for 20 years on their own. We moved in as a household of 4 adults and the maple roots in the sewer pipes obstructed more crap in those three days than they had probably ever seen. Cost about $1000 to get the pipe replaced and the offending maple removed. Took weeks to lose the stench in the basement.

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You gotta watch

for the full moon on the second Friday of the month, especially if it's the thirteenth. On those days not only will the sky fall in but your PSU will fritz and proceed to fry everything on the +5 and +12V rail. A true confluence of shitstorms.

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

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Re: ...

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

Jules de Gaultier a French philosopher.

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Makes you wonder

Who those 21 stakeholders are to have such an influence over such a policy. Name them!

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

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Pint

The bonus

from this sort of mission is all the tricks and dodges tried and used that can be incorporated into future missions to lengthen them or make them more reliable. This is not the first time that bodges and solutions to in flight problems have significantly added to the value of the mission but also to future missions capabilities. You can't beat working under pressure to get the results you need, rarely pleasant at the time but incredibly satisfying and exhilarating when it comes together. Pint for those involved, or several!

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Who you callin' stoopid? No excuses for biz intelligence's poor stats

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Multivariate analysis

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhh!

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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Absolutely Brilliant

Should have the men in white coats on standby to collect the casualties.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Risk

That the intelligence services can't easily access your stuff.

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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not harm free:

Just what is?

"Life is a terminal disease, only alleviated by death."

The argument is that this means of nicotine delivery is a helluva lot safer than the old "burn a tube of dried organic material and suck on it" method. If you want to live a life without risk then you'd better wait for the next turn of the wheel.

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What the world needs now is... not disk drives

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Re: SSD outrageous premium

Yeah, this laptop was purchased about 2 years ago, its predecessor (a six year old lenovo Ideapad) looked as if it was going to fail through physical problems rather than electronic. The hinges were extremely loose and the video connection was getting a bit iffy. Bought a new one, the old one is actually still going strong its new owner eventually had to replace the video cable and managed to tighten the hinges. As far as performance is concerned the old one is still up to everyday tasks, I wouldn't try video editing or photoshopping on it but it still outperforms the low to midrange crap that is on the market just now, largely due to an SSD and a crapload of RAM.

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Re: SSD outrageous premium

It is exactly what I do, and their maths adds up in terms of how they screw over the average computer user. The premium is still outrageous. The laptop I'm on right now was sold with a 24GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, replaced the SSD with a mSATA 250GB SSD and kept the HDD as a secondary drive. Required some jiggery pokery as it wouldn't boot from the installed SSD with the other drive there but all good in the end. At that time there was no option to install an SSD on HP's site, and indeed for most laptops on the site right now there is no SSD option, and all the major manufacturers are the same in that respect. The one thing that can make a low end laptop bearable to use they are reaming you to install.

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SSD outrageous premium

The use of SSDs in laptops and notebooks would go faster if it wasn't for the ridiculous price surcharge the manufacturers slap onto a laptop when you add an SSD to the build. To exchange a 1TB drive in an HP for a 256GB SSD they want a surcharge of $190. A decent SSD will cost you less than $100 retail, and a 1TB hybrid notebook drive can be had for about $80 retail. Their maths don't add up. They must have a helluva lot of spinning rust in their inventory.

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

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Re: Already apply

nope and frankly I don't care, and I won't know what they want to say to me while they block access.

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Already apply

My own Site Blocker. Fairly simple, if the site asks me to disable adblocker by refusing to load content until I do I don't go there again. Fuck you Forbes.

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Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection

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I wonder

If a petition could be raised to stop the BBC stumping up for this annual crapfest.

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Stop using USB sticks to move kids' data, auditor tells Education Dept

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Fundamental ignorance

Of the simple fact your security is only as good as your weakest link. If you're using USB sticks to move around sensitive information then at least you don't have to go looking any further for that weakest link and Anne Robinson is going to have a field day.

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When is making $20bn in three months not enough? When your name is Google

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Wall Street

The only place were making $20bn in three months is not enough.

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

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Re: Why do we need cable boxes at all??

Indeed when cable went digital in the US it became clear that the newer digital sets didn't require any box, that is until the cable companies suddenly required the use of one. Provided free of charge... for a year, the rental has increased on 3 occasions since then I believe.

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It can be done

Satellite providers in the US charging comparable fees to the cable companies provide the hardware with a charge at the beginning of the 2 year contract, which is then waived. I have no illusions, the cost of the equipment is then made back over the 2 years through service charges, fee for a DVR etc. But and it is a big but, I cannot lie, at the end of the contract the customer can usually get new equipment under the same deal. Previously I was with a cable company and I had 2 DVRs which were about 8 years old, were good room heaters, and they would only be replaced with the same antique devices if and when they failed, these were replaced with a single All Home DVR (twice as many channels to record and 5 times as much storage) and two wireless bedroom stations, all for less money than the cable service it replaced. If cable is wondering how it got to this they only have to look at the way they have screwed their customers with increasing gusto over the last 20 years or so.

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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

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Re: "most people are now computer literate"

My experience of the current teen generation (I teach them every day) is that they are computer literate as long as it involved FB, Instacrap, twatter and the like. If it is anything out of their social media needs they a haven't a clue and are more than likely to give up, call the tech a piece of crap and walk away FBing their experience. This is not really their fault, the opportunities for learning about tech have diminished over the years due to the prevalent attitude that "the kids know the tech coz they use it all the time", consequently even the simplest applications based courses have been canned. It really is time to call bollocks on that. Currently the only students who have a clue are less than 5% of the school population that I work in, if you look at the teachers it's about the same if not less.

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