* Posts by Richard 81

994 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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Brits think broadband more important than mobes, cars or savings

Richard 81

Re: Broadband or Foot?

If you work in IT, it's a no-brainer. Broadband or hand? That's another question entirely.

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Cyanogen mods self away from full Android alternative

Richard 81

Re: There's a definite market ...

So much this!

Sell a package that figures out what the connected phone is, grabs the latest ROM, sets up the bootloader and does all the flashing malarkey and I'd pay, say, £40.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

Richard 81

Re: "Because there is technology that can identify sexually explicit pictures "

Some poor teenager is going to find themselves banged up for sending a foodie of their bangers and mash dinner.

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Give BAE a kicking and flog off new UK warships, says review

Richard 81

Don't know, but you can bet his keyboard would have been drenched in spittle.

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Richard 81

Re: USA Ships

@AC: Just stay clear of the new Type 45 Destroyer. They don't work.

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UK's Universal Service voucher scheme urged to shift monopoly away from BT

Richard 81

Re: BT Thieves

"Name your time scale for BT to do all this.

Then show us your plan"

Surely we name the timescale and then BT have to show us their plan?

If our timescale is unreasonable, then it can be negotiated.

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'Post-truth' beats 'chatbot' to Word of the Year Crown

Richard 81

Re: Is "alt-right" a synonym of "alt-gr"?

I'm for mashing Ctrl-Alt-Delete on the whole damn thing.

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WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market

Richard 81

Re: It's all in the details

@Timmy B: But will it be £150-£200? If not, it's not in the same class as this thing.

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

Richard 81

Cyanogen OS

So are they going to be switching to vanilla Android, Cyanogen OS is dying off?

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Stiff upper lips and sun glasses: the Chancellor bets on Brexit feeling

Richard 81

Re: What is the purpose of this article?

That's up to the research councils who, as I said, are responsible for approving grants.

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Richard 81

Re: So to clarify...

Yeah, well I've met plenty.

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Richard 81

Re: So to clarify...

Nobody wants it to fail, just to say "I told you so". The very idea is laughable. That doesn't mean that remainers should just "Put Up or stfu", rather than desperately try to avert what they see as a disaster being orchestrated by idiots and/or those with their own agenda.

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Richard 81

Re: So to clarify...

@Phil: I'm pretty sure I did say "some of them will have rational reasons for voting out (honestly there are a few)".

To be clear, I do think there are good reasons for wanting to leave the EU, but on balance I favour the status quo. I don't, however, believe that most of those who voted out did so in an informed and rational way.

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Richard 81

Re: The Sky is falling..

"Put Up or stfu"

That attitude is getting much older, much quicker.

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Richard 81

Re: What is the purpose of this article?

Government "spending on research" doesn't mean the government directing research, it means the government giving a budget to a research council who issue grants to research organisations that apply for it. The only control the government should exert is in deciding which research councils should get some money and how much of it they get.

The Brexit angle is that, at the moment, some of that funding comes from the EU's central research councils. When we Brexit, we might be cutting ourselves off from that source of funding, so our researches will have to rely on the pittance provided by our own government.

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Richard 81

Re: So to clarify...

It's a bit much to call them racists. Some of them were/are, but some of them will have rational reasons for voting out (honestly there are a few). However most will have just been generally pissed off with their situation and had their minds poisoned by years of anti-immigration, blame the EU for everything, propaganda from our media.

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"Reflecting on Britain's legacy of Alan Turing and Cambridge research, Hammond reckoned the UK is already a technology world leader."

That's a bit like reflecting on the legacy of Julius Caesar and claiming that Rome is the centre of the known world?

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

Richard 81

Re: How about...

People will be somewhat disappointed when they go to see the pilots and find a bunch of teenagers with XBox controllers.

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MPs want Blighty to enforce domestic roaming to fix 'not spots'

Richard 81

Re: Up yours, Mobile UK

That's my preferred option. It would force phone companies to build more, while also being as price-competitive as possible; they're going to want to avoid having gaps in their network while at the same time having losing all their own customers to cheaper companies.

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Richard 81

Re: Stupid

Re. BTOpenreach, surely the problem is that the infrastructure owner is also in the same business as, and therefore a competitor of, its customers? If that's never allowed to happen, then it could work.

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Bloody robots! 860k public sector jobs to be automated by 2030, say researchers

Richard 81

Re: Ummm

I take your point. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people end up being left behind though.

...unless we have another big war to soak them all up.

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Richard 81

Re: Ummm

Which is why we need to have an objective look at options like universal basic income. I know many people spit angrily when someone suggests giving people money for nothing, but when a huge part of the population is unemployable what else can you do?

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Aussie trams equivalent to 30 skateboarding rhinos

Richard 81

Re: Standard Units

...and whether it was carrying a coconut.

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

Richard 81

In which case, it becomes the government's (with the consent of parliament) job to go for a form of Brexit that would be best for the country. Or, if that's not workable then forget the whole thing. The problem seems to be that government are going for the best political solution (for them), rather than the best scocial and economical solution for everyone.

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Richard 81

Re: The elephant in the room - stagnant wages because of the free movement of labour

...plus the employers may just bugger off.

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Can Facebook influence an election result?

Richard 81

"If Facebook can control millions of votes [...], is that still democracy?"

This question doesn't seem to bother the mainstream media, so why should it bother Facebook?

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The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

Richard 81

I hear grey is in this month.

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

Richard 81

Lets just call them Heidi Powell #1 and Heidi Powell A.

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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

Richard 81

Re: Is there a story here?

That's a fair point Xamol; until we can engineer self-driving cars that specifically identify white vans and BMWs and act accordingly, they'll never be able to prevent accidents of this kind.

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Richard 81

Re: Is there a story here?

To be fair, one of them was competently driven but it wasn't by any human.

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Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills

Richard 81

Re: I want Gregxit

Gregxit? That would be the independence of a certain inexpensive baked goods shop?

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

Richard 81

Re: At least make sure your contract include TOIL

"Say what you like about the UK, at least our employment law does something to protect employees"

You just wait.

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

Richard 81

Re: a female Bond

Not that the all female Ghostbusters are female alternatives of Ray, Egon, Peter and Winston, they're entirely new characters.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

Richard 81

Re: Time Crystals?

It's all a bit wibbly wobbly timey wimey, isn't it?

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UK nixes Land Registry sale

Richard 81

Re: The goose that lays golden eggs

"Only an idiot (or a person with a vested interest)"

That covers most MPs then.

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Kaspersky to 1337 haxors: take down our power grid. We dare you

Richard 81

Re: Hacking a simulated power station

Presumably it's so they can be controlled centrally without needing a dedicated network.

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Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on

Richard 81

Re: I have a speech...

Most scifi these days seems to focus on things going badly wrong, which probably reflects the mood that our best days are behind us. All very depressing, so a bit of optimistic forward looking would be quite welcome.

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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

Richard 81

Re: What about the 3.5 million EU nationals already in the UK?

Anyone who thinks that people who are offended by the suggestion of mass-murder should seek help, should have "help" forced upon them whether they seek it or not.

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Richard 81

Re: IT skills shortage

That's what this "Pay to Stay" thing is all about. The problem is that the threshold outside of London is going to be £30k (household income). If you live and work in the South East, losing the council house discount is just going to push you into that dead zone.

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Richard 81

You should probably stop reading the Daily Mail. Or stop commenting here. Your choice.

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Oracle reveals Java Applet API deprecation plan

Richard 81

I get that JavaScript is supposed to be modular, but it's missing so many basic features in its core API that you need third party libraries (or lots of your own code) to do anything. Remember that left-pad debacle last year?

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

Richard 81

Re: Not in favor of Brexit, but i would like to point out...

Yeah, they would since the default result should be the status quo. Since the result was a very narrow majority, it's not at all conclusive given the turn out.

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Richard 81

Re: @Charlie @AC 20-23 pages for EU citizens

"It is interesting how many disgruntled 'remainers' are of the opinion that many who voted to exit want Johnny Foreigner kicked out sharpish."

Not really, since that was the thrust of the Leave campaign.

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Richard 81

Re: @Richard 81: Home Office

Nobody said the EU was perfect, in fact there is a lot to dislike about it. However none of those things seemed worse to me, at least at the time of voting, than the cost of leaving. Not that Leave campaign discussed the genuine problems with the EU, instead it was based entirely on a pack of lies. Sadly the Remain campaign was bloody useless and completely failed to call out the Brexiters on their bullshit.

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Richard 81

Re: Oh well, better send this article to my girlfriend

You'd better put a ring on it.

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Richard 81

Re: Home Office

Not surprising, since the Leave side conveniently overlooked the fact that anything at all.

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Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

Richard 81

Meh

These all look really amateur.

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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

Richard 81

Re: It's always hard

Personally I love that ships like HMS Belfast get preserved and I find it a real shame when one gets scrapped. I wish HMS Warrior had been properly preserved, rather than being turned into a hulk. The restoration is amazing, but a lot of it's based on guesswork since there aren't any proper plans. Unfortunately HMS Victory is looking pretty shabby these days.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

Richard 81

Re: downvote here

"I know im in the minority"

Thank god for that.

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