* Posts by A.N Other

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: What a shame

My school lay under the flight path Concordes being built at Filton used to take on their test flights.

Sadly another sight/sound which will never be seen again :((

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Re: What a shame

Spent many a holiday in Cornwall near enough to RAF St Mawgan to have the house shake when the Vulcans flew over.

It will be a great shame when the last one is retired.

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Pi based kid-nerdifier Kano buried under freak cash avalanche

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Re: so...

Wot?! His cat knows how to use it? Clever moggy...

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Re: re: With American "justice"

At least in the UK, you only run the risk of "falling down the stairs"...

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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I'm a heathen...

Been cooking for years what I thought was a Spanish Omelette, turns out (at least, going by the wiki link) a Frittata...

Either way, you forgot one crucial ingredient - lashings of ketchup!!

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One small shot for Man, one espresso maker IN SPAAACE: Dragon snatched by ISS

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Re: Inspirational

Order from Amazon and it'll be delivered by drone within 30 minutes for as little as $1 ...

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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Re: Martha Lane-Fox

@Neil Barnes

And that only works because those she's saying this to are too clueless to realise what utter tosh she spouts.

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So where's all these digital services GDS promised us?

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FAIL

Re: Digital Bubble

Not just that.

As I've said before, technology as an answer to everything seems to be the standard response by those who know feck all what they're on about.

Make everything "Digital By Default"? What could possibly go wrong there?!

Not to mention, that those who are most vulnerable often don't even have access to a computer or are even able to use one. And how many Hill Farmers have no mains electricity, let alone internet access?

The whole GDS malarky is the typical response of Politicians who've been listening to those with their eyes set firmly on the all you can eat buffet that's a Government IT Project.

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Big Blue to give car insurers IoT peeking powers

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Re: But

Not sure how this tech will detect the "I've not had an accident in 50years, but I've seen hundreds" brigade, either...

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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

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Re: Pope may be Catholic

He's obviously referring to their ego...

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Re: What did they do before the internet?

Totally agree.

But it does seem to be part of the larger issue that everyone who knows feck all thinks that Technology is the answer to everything - "real" policing? Why bother when we can just read everyone's email?

Additionally, back in the days of the "troubles" there was a clear and present danger, yet did everyone run around in a panic worried that the bloke next door who "looked Irish" was a terrorist? Nope. We just got on with our lives and only occassionally blew up someone's left shopping (which never turned out to be a bomb).

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Don't forget...

Local Camera Clubs - many are filled with "old duffers", but they are old duffers with years of experience and are always willing to share that experience and the kit that goes with it.

Leica Range Finders (and their Russian/East German copies) are great fun to play with and can be had for not a lot of money on ebay (although with the situation in Ukraine the supply may soon start to dry up).

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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But would that work on the Lawyers? Cut off the head of one and two more arise...

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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We need more engineers running companies...

People like Elon Musk and (no matter what you think of them), the googlers up in Mountain View - engineers who are prepared to invest heavily in speculative technology.

Companies run by investors won't speculate unless they think there's a better than even chance of making a return on their investment. Whereas Engineers with the wherewithal will invest in technology for technology's sake alone.

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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Closest I've come to F1

Was providing some tech support to a company that installed some of our kit in Team Jordan's Pit Garage.

Hoped I couldn't sort it over the phone and would have to go there in person - sadly, I didn't get to dust off my passport :(

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Why? For the love of all that's good...

Why? Why would I want to control my washing machine from my phone, when it comes with a perfectly satisfactory set of controls as standard.

Why? Why on earth would I want "turning on one device, will activate the whole lot?"

And why for fecks sake would I want to play with my central heating controls when I'm not at home? Unless it was just to turn it off just to annoy "her indoors"...

The IoT is still a solution looking for a problem. Let it die, please, please let it DIE!!

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Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

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Thumb Up

The old one was tough as old boots..

Still, cheaper than replacing a broken lappy every two weeks...

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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A bit harsh

Not really a cockup and certainly not a "Mega" cockup.

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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Re: soo.. illegal things are ok as long s they were done in the past?

No, no, no - you've got it all wrong...

It was only illegal because you didn't tell anyone. Now all you have to do is say "I'm going to rob a bank" and it's perfectly fine...

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Facebook privacy policy change leaves Dutch stomping feet

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Re: Groan...

oh for the halcyon days when the prime focus of a mobile phone was to make phone calls while mobile, not use it for all this "social media" crap!!

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Re: Oh dear

Yup, same here. The Mamod Traction Engine, the micro-scope, the lego motor unit, mechano... *sighs*

Children of today have no idea what they're missing out on.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Pint

Originally, the pastry wasn't even edible

and was just something to hold the filling. The pastry would have been hard enough to brain anyone you hit it with. So what's his problem!

And anyway as the saying goes, "fool me once, shame on you - fool me twice, shame on me" - so what the feck is he doing still buying them!! Sheesh.

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

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Re: Old Style?

No need - they seem to know how to do that BEFORE learning to drive...

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A.N Other

Re: Old Style?

Have to agree here, I have a sat-nav for use with the bike but use it mainly as a map. You try reading a map in the pouring rain with bike gloves on!

Long gone now are the days where I'd write out a route, stick it in a plastic bag and tape it to the tank. But follow the sat-nav's instructions? All very well, but not much fun when it sends you up a track in the Italian Dolomites that it thinks is an auto-strada but hasn't yet been built!

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In a mall at the weekend? WORSE STILL, are you LOST?

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I thought these malls want you to be lost?

That way you're more likely to wander into a store you wouldn't have otherwise visited and so spend money you wouldn't otherwise have spent.

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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I think what's interesting here, is how the Beeb et al simply repeat whatever lies they're given without even attempting to analyse the report as has been done by The Reg.

Can't they get the staff or just too feckin lazy?

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You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES

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First draft of this speech read...

"It is comforting to know how to find my arse with both hands..."

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Amazon hiring drone flight ops engineer in Cambridge, UK

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Re: Nerf gun….

Buy one from Amazon and then shoot the drone as it departs?

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ICO to fine UNBIDDEN MARKETEERS who cause 'ANXIETY'

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Name and Shame

A weekly update in all the national news-papers naming those companies guilty of this. That way everyone knows who the b'stards are and they can be avoided like the plague that they are.

The more they spam people, the less business they receive (hopefully) until they and the entire industry gets the message.

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Warning to those who covet the data of Internet of Precious Things

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Re: "Consent on the basis of such policies can hardly be considered to be informed"

Who the hell reads the EULA's / T&C's before buying a kettle anyway?

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

A.N Other

Re: computer hackers who damage the national security of any country*

Or a member of GCHQ doing it...

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Re: Looking the wrong way...

Nope. What you need are proper Victorian Values - send up a few orphans!!

Save even more weight and as for food food? How much does gruel weigh/cost to make anyway?

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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FAIL

All very well...

But as has been pointed out, there is existing legislation which already covers this. The problem is that Plod does nothing about it, far too often we hear of cases where Plod just say "sorry, love, nothing we can do". In other words, they're just too lazy/incompetent to do anything about it.

So what hope do we have that this new law will make any difference?

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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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674 days?

Is that how long they can keep a Space Marine in cryo these days?

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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Re: I don't think it means what you think it means

@Mr Lion

Not at all and "I don't think it means what you think it means"...

That an industry is male dominated doesn't mean that the system is " set up in such a way that it mitigates against (in this case) women making as much contribution as they otherwise might.". It has been my experience that the IT industry does not discriminate against women, those who do enter the industry are treated no different from their male collegues.

My point still stands, that it is male dominated simply because too few women are interested in a career in IT. It may well be that education isn't offering women the skills and training at an early enough age to ensure there are suitable female candidates later, but that is not the fault of the IT Industry.

You seem to have a problem understanding common English. My final paragraph does not answer your statement, infact, it disproves it. The IT Industry is not "set up in such a way that it mitigates against (in this case) women making as much contribution as they otherwise might." - women in IT do just as well as men. The problem is that too few women want to make a career in IT and that has nothing to do with the industry being sexist, simply that women tend not to be interested in IT. Full Stop.

And no, "quite probably" when taken in context is *not* mealy mouthed. And if you wanted to "let that slide", why mention it at all?

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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"Kill off the Internet of Thingies"

One can only hope...

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Facebook: Ha! Like we'd STOP trickcyclists messing with your MIND

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Can't wait for the claims that...

Facebook made me do it!!

Some nutter does something crazy, then blames a Facebook "Social Network Experiment" for making him run around with his "Ghost Gunner" AR-15 and shooting up the Mall.

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SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

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Re: Why

Not really, more cowardice than "a clever and diplomatic solution". If I'd been drunk on "Wife Beater" and had come out swinging, it would have been the girl who would have copped it and not those paid to protect the staff from (potentially) violent drunks.

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Pint

Re: Why

I was locked in a porta-loo in the garden of a pub once - the bouncers sent a girl to unlock the door (after I had mostly kicked my way out) because they thought I'd be much less likely to slap whoever released me if it was a girl - they were probably right...

Now imagine that situation with a potentially armed suspect and you can understand why they may have acted in that fashion.

PS I didn't slap anyone, but it was amusing to see the bouncers cowering in the background after sending the slip of a lass to unlock the door.

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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Re: What?!

Try hitting one on a motorcycle, then... Not to be recommended.

A mate copped one in the face. A full-face helmet visor was no match for said pigeon. Never mind cleaning the engine bay, a face full of pigeon guts is quite a mess.

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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FAIL

Re: Who takes the picture?

Pretty much what I was thinking. If I setup a machine to automatically capture an image (say when a bird visits a bird-feeder), do I lose all rights to the image because I didn't "press the button" myself? I think not...

I know the freetards are saying that the monkey "took" the photo and not the photographer, but it was the photographer who set up the camera and arranged things just so the photo could be taken. Therefore, the effort was his and so the photograph is his in exactly the same way as if the photo was triggered by a motion detector etc

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Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

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FAIL

Jobs for the boys (and girls)?

There are a lot of Barristers etc sitting as MPs, so they *should* know better. Or was the legislation created just to keep their mates still practising in business? Coz there's sure gonna be a load of new work coming their way real soon...

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VMware seeks patent for IM chats between servers and sysadmins

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Facepalm

There may well be prior art, but probably won't be enough to get it thrown out.

"Another example of just how broken the USPTO really is." Not really, broken implies it worked in the first place...

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Google's Nest flings HALF an INSTAGRAM at Dropcam buyout

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Stop

Does this mean...

All new fridges will now come with a web-cam? That way I can if it's my cat or someone else that drinks all the milk...

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Traffic lights, fridges and how they've all got it in for us

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Facepalm

Pure Hyperbole...

The more I hear the IoT mentioned, the more I'm convinced that someone, somewhere (probably a bunch of junior engineers after a Friday liquid lunch) came up with the idea as a way of winding up the Marketing Noobs - "Who comes up with the silliest idea and convinces a Marketing Wally it's a great idea wins a free pint!!!"

Unfortunately, it has somehow got out of hand and no-one can now convince them otherwise...

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Stop

When does it send a message to the diet police

to say that's the 2nd pork pie this week, you naughty boy!

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

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Unhappy

Tomorrow's coffee made from yesterday's coffee...

Been drinking that for years, it's called office vending machine "coffee".

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Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

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Pint

We need more...

bonkers stuff like this!

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Researcher lights fire under Tesla security

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FAIL

Another eason why the I.O.T is just so much poorly thought out (and implemented) hype for the gullable.

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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

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The UK government has completely screwed up...

Sale of Royal Mail? Roll out of rural broadband? Pretty much everything, in fact.

So not much of a news item.

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