* Posts by Fred Flintstone

2584 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

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Have a look at this then..

At the end of September is the Security exhibition in Germany's Essen, and apart from exhibitionists you can find dodgy stuff like a camera that auto-tracks faces. No idea what it does with multiple faces, but that's what facial recognition is for if you can couple it to multiple feeds.

This *needs* regulation, but done by people that have a clue, which by default excludes the people who currently make it.

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French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law

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Re: Dream On

Bernard Cazeneuve is from a smart family. Presumably, as the thicko of his generation, he was shuffled off into politics.

I wish I had more upvotes for this superb sarcasm.

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Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes

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Re: Hey Googly...

The real motivation is for Google blocking online crap is that it's not Google's online crap.

Exactly. May you receive many, many upvotes.

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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"a – seemingly – kindler, gentler Microsoft"

I'll have what one of whatever you're drinking.

Meh. Not really into hallucinogens. Mine's a Guinness, thanks :)

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Re: sunnies after dark ?

Combined with a focussed-EMP device to blow up the sound system of the car that drives round near my house with some dance crap at 5KW.

May you receive a thousand upvotes..

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Re: Sunglasses After Dark

I like it :).

I reckon people that wear sunglasses after dark must be easy to identify, by the bruising..

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: ECHR

The current PM has already expressed a preference for leaving the ECHR.

Rather predictable, given her activities at the Home Office..

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Robo-buses join the traffic in Helsinki

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Re: 10 km/hr

Somehow that scene from Austin Powers with the Steamroller comes to mind.....

I was more thinking of the the Deadpool Zamboni scene :)

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: The best diet for weight management I've seen ..

OK, I found it - enjoy!

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The best diet for weight management I've seen ..

.. was in a John Hart Studio cartoon. They had a Wizard of ID cartoon where the Wizard helped someone lose weight by giving him pills, to be taken 8 times a day on an empty stomach :-).

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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Re: From the article...

No. Their legislation had to be amended to facilitate this

I suspect you quoted the wrong part, unless you have found any new legislation covering air fresheners in which case I want a link :-).

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Re: Does this count?

Actually, you will only have found whatever has been speculated. What seems to have been missed by all and sundry (for, against and neutral) is that the story of the women has not yet been told in a court of law.

The only party that has been relentlessly in the press is Assange, and methinks he doth protests too much for there not to be another, as yet untold angle to this.

There is a reason that Assange seems to be more frightened of his previous beloved Sweden than even the UK legal system, and we all know that the BS about fear of extradition to the US is just that, BS, because that was a LOT easier in the UK.

In all the gigabytes spoken, speculated and argued about this, the actual story from the two women themselves has not been heard. Not because it was drowned, but because it has as yet not been told, at all.

It may pay to keep that in mind.

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Re: i know but...

we're not leaving Europe. We're leaving the European Union

It's a pity, actually, I would have loved to see the return of British engineering ingenuity to make the former happen. Not quite sure if the Eurotunnel would survive the move, though.

:-)

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Re: UFO....

Unidentified Fool's Object? Yup.

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US.gov to open-source made-to-order software, allow contributions

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Re: Good!

I can raise you one on voting ..

Vulnerabilities in electronic voting are actually very, VERY old news (think 30+ years) with a surprisingly aggressive resistance to any openness. If you look at the work that people like Dr Rebecca Mercuri have done on the topic you can only conclude that no government actually wants a trustworthy election process..

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Re: People don't listen

I tell people all of the time that "Social Media" is a treasure trove for nefarious individuals. The usual reply is "It won't happen to me" or "I am too smart for my information to get out". When will they learn. If businesses can make money out of their information the business will sell it to the highest bidder (or anyone that is prepared to pay what is being asked).

Yes, those smart people who don't realise that even if THEY are careful, they cannot prevent the abuse of that giant barn size backdoor in privacy law: you can't prevent your "friends" giving away your data. That was, for instance, in my opinion, the goal of WhatsApp et al: grabbing address books.

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Harvard gives solar batteries performance-enhancing vitamins

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I think the main importance here is the ability to store excess generated energy to cover peak usage, a main issue with solar and wind energy.

Interesting development indeed. I just hope it doesn't vanish quietly like so many of these other breakthroughs..

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Man sues YET AGAIN for chance to marry his computer

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Back to Star Trek..

"It's life, Jim, but not as you know it"

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Re: MS leaving a bad taste in the mouth ... again

I very much doubt they have reflections.

Comment of the year IMHO :).

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Israeli researcher fans fears: here's another way to cross the airgap

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Re: I already have a solution...

Is that the entire Frankie goes to Hollywood back catalogue on loop?

Hey, you have a point there. I think we finally know what was really behind that free U2 album from Apple ..

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Re: Money burning a hole in your pocket Sat Nad?

Well, to be fair the article did mention that ... "Microsoft’s investments haven’t always paid off."

Actually, can anyone here think of one that did?

MS-DOS?

:)

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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Re: XKCD...

To my surprise, xkcd lists cheese as a liquid

In my experience, with a good Camembert that is simply a matter of time..

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Rats revive phones-and-cancer scares

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Well, duh ..

.. given the nature of the study you should have smelled a rat - literally.

:)

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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Re: " will have to to beat off stiff competition"

I rather like the double entendre embedded in that sentence - an El Reg classic, as it were.

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

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They may hear but will they listen?

Somehow you made me think of "You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave" :)

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Toyota not shybot about whybot it will trybot the iBot

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Re: in theory...

Toyota's ability to utilize manufacturing economy of scale should deliver pretty consistent quality at a lower price point than Kamen was able to offer before.

.. provided they source the right components. It's not (yet) been reported in the UK press, but they've just had to recall another 1.6M vehicles in the US as they had Takata airbags fitted (it's about vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2011). That brings the total recall (Hi Arnie) for Toyota to about 4.7M vehicles, but that's not where this story ends.

(if case you're wondering, the problem is that high exposure to humidity can cause these airbags to explode with too much force, which results in shrapnel being thrown into the interior).

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

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Re: Re Six Years

In England its six years as defined in the Sale of Goods act

It's been replaced last year (Oct 2015) by the Consumer Rights Act (click on the link for quite a good guide to its implications), but as far as I know there has never been talk about an explicit 6 year term but a more vague "reasonable expected duration" for something to work (I think, don't have the time to look it up right now).

That is one of the things the new Consumer Rights Act addresses with a tiered rights model that now also includes digital content, delivery periods and even services - worth a read as price reduction penalties can reach up to 100%.

What is significant is that this Act also incorporates Unfair Contract Terms aspects such as hidden charges and imbalance of rights. This could get quite interesting for subscription based services that don't deliver...

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Re: Doesn't really matter

Whatever it is IT kit just seems to slow and die over time.

Ah, so I'm not the only one to experience electronic kettle fur. It's weird, though, I can't quite work out if it's just my perception (getting used to the speed) or genuine..

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Typewriter for iPad review

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Uh oh..

Cue iPad repairs because people have smeared TippEx over them :)

Joking aside, I like this in a steampunk sort of way, apart from the price.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: Acts of God...

One in the chamber is fine, no safety is fine (See Glock, SD et al) but a proper holster that covers the trigger is a must. Also, ankle holsters are crap except in very particular circumstances

You remind me of this fantastic clip. It still makes me laugh.

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Nuisance caller fined a quarter of a million pounds by the ICO

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I saw what you did there :)

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Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day

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Re: Did you all miss the fact...

I keep getting a notice from Firefox that it is being blocked.

Well, at least that's easy to fix: just uninstall Flash. No more pesky messages :).

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Prince of pop trash PerezHilton pwned, visitors hit with cryptxxx

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As this is PerezHilton.com - where is the downside?

Yes, it's got a win-win feeling about it :)

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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And dead centre as well..

Not only did the thing land perfectly, but also nicely in the middle. Brilliant.

This is the kind of engineering I like :)

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: The Redmond Leviathan announces...

This politicial message brought to you from the bowels of the beast.

Ah, that explains the smelly breath :).

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Re: Sorry

No idea, but I guess they were just winging it.

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If they have it, they will use it.

Yup. Unfortunately, that includes guns.

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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

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Re: Politics?

Xamarin came about because Mono had flopped badly on Linux, and the entire Mono development team had just been binned by their employer. Many years of effort and many millions of dollars of Novell's money had been flushed down the crapper on Mono with nothing to show for it. [..]

Beautiful history post. Posts like this make it worth wading through all the other, umm, "stuff" :)

Thanks, I enjoyed reading that.

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US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

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Nah, it's just a scheduling mistake..

They got the timing wrong, John Wayne day was planned for the 26th of May (but may be cancelled as he apparently made racist comments).

Honestly, WTF are these people thinking? Writing something like that into law is, well, "delusional" is probably the most polite word for it.

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Vanity dating site BeautifulPeople popped

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Re: I'm the only HOT Reg reader?

Being a member of member of BeautifulPeople shows that you have at least a sense of humour.

:)

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F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

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Re: For just a few $m.....

What you want is a "you're about to crash" flashing LED. I suggest using a 555 for that...

Given the customary 99.999(etc) % profit margin made on such work I think you may be using too many parts. You can get LEDs that have all the flash circuitry built in, so it's a resistor and such an LED, done :).

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: Yep

Oh, you may want to check out Google's search page, that seemingly innocent blank and empty page.

Do a page source view and sit back in horror. If you were to print out the source code behind it*, that page alone is 35 pages of A4 (without any further external resources it pulls in), and a LOT of people have that as their browser home page.

* No, I didn't. Print to PDF works just as well :).

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

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This idea may have a bright future..

.. but not in the way these people think.

Let's not forget that we're having a global warming problem. An intelligent fan that stays with you may be just the thing we need to survive the summer - it just needs to consume less energy than an airco.

Yes, I've had a few beers. Why?

:)

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Euro watchdogs give America's data-sharing Privacy Shield an 'F'

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Re: So it's dead.

What I don't understand is why the German 1 & 1 hosts UK customers in UK, mainland European customers in Europe / Germany but Irish customers in Kansas, USA.

Their marketing team is working up to "you're not in Kansas anymore" ?

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

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Re: Detail?

Stop me if I'm going a bit too far back

Hahahaha. Brutal :).

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UK cops trial £250k drone squadron

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I actually want to compliment El Reg on that one - beautiful job :)

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