* Posts by The First Dave

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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Re: Google Waze

One of the effects that speed cameras have is to make the roads more dangerous. For example, until recently, there was one on a trunk road near me (no longer a trunk road, so the camera has now gone) which was on the one straight bit of road for several miles. Rural location, so lots of tractors around, so everyone had to overtake them on the bends instead...

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France says NON! to UberPop: New law to kill off amateur cabs

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Re: So Uber says a small fee is involved, but it is not commercial?

Would be interesting to hear a comment from a French motor insurer - I know for a fact that my own insurer here in the UK would void my insurance if there was any hint of "hire and reward"

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European Commish asks for rivals' moans about Booking.com

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Re: except, of course: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!?!?one?!

"don't forget, Apple just got an a**e whipping for doing exactly the same thin to the eBook market."

No, it got punished for trying to beat Amazon (the _actual_ dominant player) at their own game. Still don't understand how they lost that one.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: Ah!

@ codejunky

What is this bollocks about "the big three" - I take it you weren't paying attention when the SNP, despite only having a base in Scotland, became the third largest UK party a few weeks back?

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

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Imagine that - it's actually possible to pay your Council Tax online now, and all thanks to a plucky 17 year old. </sarcasm>

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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@James Hughes 1

Actually that is a stupid question:

Both of the people crossing the road have right of way over all vehicles (including pedal cycles) except in a handful of cases, which we can safely ignore.

Therefore, and decent driverless car will _need_ to be programmed to be aware of pedestrians, and to only drive at a speed such that it can safely stop if necessary. It will therefore NEVER be inevitable that _either_ pedestrian gets hit, never mind both.

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Re: The faulty car should sacrifice itself!

Surely it is far more likely that the oncoming vehicle (the "high value" one) is erroneously signaling an unavoidable collision, than that an actual 100% certain to be fatal collision is imminent. Who in their right mind would chuck themselves off a cliff on the basis of a signal that logically we must presume is incorrect?

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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Re: TANSTAAFL

Yes, it is a village in the Netherlands - the OP clearly meant TINSTAAFL

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Pure: We've created the Everlasting Gobstopper of Storage – 'Forever Flash'

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Re: M&S?!

Surely they should use S&M instead?

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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Re: Pocket Billiards

Why would your wastecoat have a pocket in the nipple region?

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Lunacy

"You wait until Apple bring out a version"

They already have, its called Siri.

Google already have, and even Microsoft has one that works reasonably well.

All three have the additional advantage of being inside your phone, and therefore not snooping on you 24 hours a day, if only because no modern phone battery lasts long enough.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: Foolproof gun!

That reminds me of a wonderful truism about the pistol supplied to officers in the British Army in the 70's, 80's and 90's - lethal range: 25m

Handgrenade: lethal range:35m, so if you really want to kill the enemy best to just hold a pineapple and walk towards them...

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Languages don't breed bugs, PEOPLE breed bugs, say boffins

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Re: If you don't know the ins & outs of ANY language + compiler + OS ...

"It's not exactly rocket science."

But that is very much the point: it _is_ rocket science, in some cases.

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Pitchforks at dawn! UK gov's Verify ID service FAILS to verify ID

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Re: Security questions...

"Probably a tissue-paper thin defence against SQL injection."

More likely an indication that they were _vulnerable_ to SQL injection.

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

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Re: On a personal note.

For me, at least, there is nothing worse than hollow "supportive" messages from people who simply don't understand. As Mitoo says, nothing cuts it other than honesty.

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NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM

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Re: " only about two tenths of a mile"

Surely everyone knows that miles, inches and the like can _only_ be divided into eights and sixteenths, nothing good will come out of one-fifth of a mile. (I can't even bring myself to repeat the original abomination.)

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This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO

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Re: About that self-professed rational liberalism

"the economy isn't zero sum."

Positing that as a fact shows that the sums that make up "the economy" _must_ be wrong.

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'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

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Re: This whole terry wrist thing is backwards

To be fair, even the Police don't know how to spell Terorism [sic] let alone deal with it - probably not the only mistake in that letter, of course...

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: Why 400 days for men and 300 days for women?

I'm sure it's more complex than that; probably a lot closer to a mass:cross-sectional-area ratio.

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

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"ENIAC is considered the world’s first general-purpose electronic computer."

Only by Yanks.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Re: Your stuff is crap but it's free so I'll take it.

Not to mention that you need to know MORE or LESS or something more or less the same, before you can even read a MAN page...

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Re: Your stuff is crap but it's free so I'll take it.

I've never understood - if you are a newbie (however intelligent) how the fuck do you read the man page for a command you have never heard of?

For example, I want to find something, so I look up GREP ... ?

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Snapchat 'hack' pics mostly clothed user snaps, odd bits of legacy pr0n – report

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Re: the local Police Officer won't have to call round

Trouble is, this bloke clearly went looking for this archive.

And quite clearly, he _expected_ there to be nudity; and he _expected_ there to be under-age subjects, so the "purely for research" defence is distinctly shaky, unless he has a note from his boss not only asking him to do this research, but also making it quite clear that it was the idea of his boss...

And under those circumstances, if he _had_ come across this accidentally, with the above knowledge he really should have deleted it _without_ opening it.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Re: Antactica is melting too

Quick question - if Antarctica is getting bigger, why is the Arctic still getting smaller?

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Google in 'right to be forgotten' snub probe: Ireland tackles moans

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Re: "news publishers have had links to their stories blocked"

"We merkins can learn."

Prove it. (Pictures or it didn't happen...)

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Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

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Re: Missing the point of the article, most commentards are.

"A gun, on the other hand, is only useful for one thing..."

The butt of a handgun is usually fairly useful as a hammer, if you have a nail that needs it; some models can be used to open a bottle of beer, the barrel is good for poking things that you don't want to touch...

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Re: (Way past) Time for an ordered priority list

I quite agree - coal is only useful for two things that I am aware of: smelting iron and burning for heat. Oil, on the other hand, is an essential input for massive numbers of chemical processes, and should be reserved for that use.

Natural gas is great for pumping round to people's homes, and is totally wasted on leccy production.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: While they could end up behind bars for several reasons,

Blackmail doesn't have to involve money, merely an inducement to do/not do something.

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

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So MAVEN spent months getting there, and _now_ has to spend six weeks warming up for action?

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GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

People using religion as anything other than "an opiate for the masses" is inherently bad. It is also, unfortunately, completely normal, and cannot and must not be seen as a merely some sort of aberration that can be safely ignored.

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I certainly don't recall that WW1 was fought over the value of Pi,

nor WW2 having anything to do with string theory.

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: Pilot?

Possibly, but at least this one _looked_ like a paper plane, even if it really wasn't any more of a paper plane than PARIS was.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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While we are at it, perhaps we can persuade Ford (et al) to charge the same price for a 6l engine as for a 1.25l engine - after all it has the exact same number of components...

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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

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Re: Replacement cycle....

@Martin: a whole 8 hours a day! Why, that's nearly as much as every office PC monitor in the land, it's like, a _third_ of what many monitors do 24/7 (literally)

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Knee Jerk Off

So somehow, the advanced training that Police officers receive makes them better drivers than highly paid F1 drivers, or World Rally Drivers? Both groups make use of radio communication, but it has to be VERY well managed; one pace note out of order and there's a big crash; one call to change an engine mode when entering a corner and someone's pit crew is getting sacked.

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Re: Knee Jerk Off

Actually it's not an offence _yet_ - no cases have gone to court, so no magistrates have had a chance to set a precedent either way, so all that plod can actually say is that they intend to treat it as such. They are also wrong in saying that it is the same a using a mobile phone - which is a fixed penalty offence these days, quite unlike "due care and attention".

Not that plod would ever give out inaccurate advice...

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

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Surely the simplest explanation is that this galaxy _isn't_ able to contain the black hole as such, and most of it has already been eaten from the inside?

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Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS

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IT shouldn't be too hard to measure the current draw of the servo's (and the other loads), measure the internal resistance of the batteries, and therefore calculate the power "lost" ie used to heat up the batteries from inside.

From there, it is a fairly simple experiment/calculation to determine heat loss / specific heat, etc.

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Tough luck, Zuck! Man who claimed to own half of Facebook has fraud trial delayed six months

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Re: Who funds these trials?

How does he cut and run from a Fraud trial?

In any case, if he is able to win, then that nicely counters the original verdict, where his case was thrown out due to fraudulent evidence...

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: If they say yes...

Do you mean BoS or RBS either way, they are both English in all but name.

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Re: If they say yes...

Like you say, the "Central Belt" is relatively densely populated, and far easier to serve than most of England, so I call BS on this - the reality is that BT know that an independent Scotland wouldn't let them get away with the shenanigans that Westminster let them get away, with, due to the "Old School" network.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: What’s in a name?

Why would Betty get Booted?

Her only British line of succession is via King James IV

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: Irrelevant

Even if we do all reduce our leccy usage by 2%, or even 5%, it won't make a blind bit of difference to our bills, since the providers costs won't drop by a penny.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: SCSI port...

Was it self-terminating, or did you need a dongle?

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OH SNAP: Getty Images sues Microsoft over Bing pics widget

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Re: They're not the worst offenders

" Does anyone know a good US lawyer?"

No, all the ones I have met so far have been evil...

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

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Not significantly faster than the water would.

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: there have been reports...

Well now, Nessie is real enough; just ask George Michael about a.p.; and alien abduct.... <whoosh>

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Re: /dev/null for auditors

I will never forget the fun and games we went through when closing down a particular army unit. You see, there were two categories of "stuff" - either assets or expendables. There was absolutely no way to return the latter up the chain, so rope, batteries, rucksacks etc all had to be unofficially "donated" to other units. On the flip side, may of the "assets" were easily lost or damaged, and therefore simply didn't exist. Not to mention the stuff that we should have been issued with, but never were, but had been signed for by a predecessor for whatever reason...

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Re: Missing link

Def. not - the water should be a few degrees BELOW boiling point to avoid burning the leaves.

Boil the kettle, count to ten, or maybe twelve depending on the variety, and only then start pouring.

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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I currently use "New Tab Pro 0.3.2"

I hate that they just added a Google search bar to it, but presumably that will prevent this abomination.

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