* Posts by AceRimmer

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Whoa, whoa, whoa ...

The American Dream has moved on from car ownership from all:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=american+car+ownership+decline

Plenty of studies have shown that among the younger generation in particular, car ownership isn't seen as something to aspire to.

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Re: Missing destination ?.........

I'm sure you'll be able to book by either route or time

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Re: Not for everyone

Probably better given that driverless cars will drive at a speed suitable for the road and quite likely be able to sense the presence of another car and negotiate mutually optimal speeds and passing strategies way before a human would be able to.

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Am I the only person...

"They're a government mouth piece. If they were lefties they would have been covering the london protests on Downing street as it happened rather than tucking it into the news in the middle of the night."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32678518

The protests weren't really news, it was the usual bunch yet again abusing the right to protest

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/05/09/downing-street-anti-austerity-protest_n_7249008.html

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

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Philip K Dick Warned of this Nonsense

The door refused to open. It said, "Five cents, please."

He searched his pockets. No more coins; nothing. "I'll pay you tomorrow," he told the door. Again it remained locked tight. "What I pay you," he informed it, "is in the nature of a gratuity; I don't have to pay you."

"I think otherwise," the door said. "Look in the purchase contract you signed when you bought this conapt."

...he found the contract. Sure enough; payment to his door for opening and shutting constituted a mandatory fee. Not a tip.

"You discover I'm right," the door said. It sounded smug.

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EXTREME FEEDING: BLUE whales' gluttonous gobbling of fishy fluids

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Re: iceland

I didn't realise they had freezers that big

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Destination Void

I'm surprised no ones mentioned Frank Herbert's Destination Void.

A classic tale of AI building and experimentation - If you're going to build an AI do it off world with a goal to get as far away from Earth as possible

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Re: Hmmmm

Tescos is brilliant... at keeping the scum out of Waitrose

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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Re: hmmmmm.

"wine in reverse...."

Piss?

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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It wasn't a fault

It was the software optimizing itself for maximum fuel savings

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REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

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Re: monopolies

"In the UK, one cannot buy a decent X86 laptop, at a fair price, without paying the Microsoft tax (they also tax Android)."

Took about 2 seconds of typing in Amazon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-ThinkPad-Processor-Integrated-Bluetooth/dp/B00NJ4G2OM

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Thank heavens for the silicon chip: A BRIEF history of data

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Re: sorry

You are obviously of low intelligence then, my brain corrects the spelling mistakes and allows me to read it with ease

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In some ways, dating apps are the anti-internet

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Re: Computers aren't human, people.

Why the fuck would you want to "date" somebody outside your area/zip-code?

Less chance of the wife bumping into them

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: This is exactly the problem

PM is the radio equivalent of The One Show

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Re: This is exactly the problem

In our time episode on Lovelace:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0092j0x

I might download that for tonights commute

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Re: This is exactly the problem

"With science and technology subjects? I'm not convinced we are there yet. There are some good presenters, but the material always gets dumbed down."

I find that Radio 4 to be a last bastion of quality science programming, In Our Time in particular stands out as a show which allows experts to just talk about their subjects with only the gentle guidance of Melvyn Bragg.

Having said that, Radio 4 is not immune from the "must appeal to a wide audience and get younger listeners rot" which has infected the rest of the BBC.

Its a shame really, as a teenager I drew a lot of inspiration from the likes of Horizon, I can't even watch it these days without being distracted by the constant repetition as if they need to drill obvious facts into the minds of idiots.

Personally I blame the Discovery Channel.

Currently rewatching "Earth Story" on DVD from the late 90's. It is a superb example of factual programme making

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Cables stored where exactly??

So in order to charge the car when out and about, KIA expect me to empty the boot to access the cubby hole where the cables are stored.

For an item which I would expect to use very frequently they seemed to have picked an awkward place to store it!

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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Smart Unlock

Smart Unlock also works with trusted bluetooth devices.

Very handy when in the car

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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All I see is

People with lots of money demanding even more money.

There is literally a couple of billon dollars of net worth signed up to this

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Obligatory comparison with non-Apple laptop

I get the impression that MacBooks are about the same value for money spec-for-spec as other manufacturers.

Similar spec, similar price Dell will be user upgradeable and serviceable and (at an extra cost) come with 3 year accident cover and on site support.

If you work contract or freelance then NOT having to make a 4 hour return trip to a service center is a very valuable feature.

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Re: Meh

I like the spec of Alienware but I've never been a fan of them in a corporate environment. Anyone know of any alternatives out there?

Dell XPS 15-lxxx

I have a 2 year old one with 2 SSDs fitted and room for a 3rd if I swap out the Blueray player.

RAM is at 8GB but easily up-gradable to 16GB should I see the need.

Newer versions are slimmer, have better battery life, higher res touch screens and slightly better CPU and GPUs

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Can someone please standardise cloud standards?

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XKCD

Obligatory link

https://xkcd.com/927/

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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Re: Load of bollocks

And even then MMDDYY is the format of idiots

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Universal Credit could take 10 YEARS to finish, says Labour MP

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Re: 10 years ....

"Well at least friends family and school chums get good employment"

Unfortunately for our Conservative friends that employment will be peanuts compared to the cash cow that was the NHS National Programme for IT.

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

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"I want my Nokia E71 back"

Who took it from you?

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

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its quite straightforward to reflash with an older stock ROM if you want to revert to an older version

https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

Only downside is that you will lose all user data and settings

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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Joke

Reminds me of the famous rhyme

If you want to see somewhere rough

Take a train to Slough

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IBM buys 'deep learning' upstart Alchemy API, inhales 40,000 devs

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Here's a quote from a "proper" news source

"The deal also gives it access to community of over 40,000 AlchemyAPI developers"

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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all the wheels?

"The pro version is designed to fold into a Transit van with the wheels removed"

All the wheels or just the back two?

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Headmaster

Poll Tax?

"universal levy could be put on every household in the country"

i.e. NOT a poll tax

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: Excellent pricing

"It seems to be the phone of choice in "House of Cards 3" ..."

Thanks for the spoiler warning!

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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" Me? I score more than 1,900 on this scale -"

You forgot to subtract 2000 points for giving a shit about class which, like money, only concerns those with none

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Paranoid Android Kaymera smartmobe takes on Blackphone

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Flame

Confusing Headline

Given the Headline I thought that Paranoid Android had done a Cyanogenmod

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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Re: Alistair (was:Whatever.)

To think that all these years I've been using A roads when driving from Leeds to Harrogate when I could have used the M42

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Germany's BND muscles in on metadata mass surveillance

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It's not Metadata...

...it's Data.

The "Metadata" moniker came about when the NSA tried to downplay how much data they were capturing

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Spent the weekend watching Game of Thrones? You're a FAT LONELY SADDO

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Re: @Don Dumb

<mumsnet>

My 3yo Daughter goes to sleep by herself at 8pm and has been for a few months but it wasn't easy to get there.

First step was buying blackout shades for her room, especially useful when the evenings are lighter

A set bedtime routine is essential

After that it comes down to trust and training them to not be scared to be left alone. We went through these steps:

1. Letting her fall asleep whilst lying on my chest

2. Letting her fall asleep whilst lying next to me

3. Letting her fall asleep whilst I was sat on the bed

4. Letting her fall asleep whilst I sat in her doorway

5. Letting her fall asleep with her door open whilst I noisily pottered around getting stuff done close by

6. Door open + a night light - I get to go and do what ever and she falls asleep by herself

That all took about 3 months. Occasionally we had to take a step back but its something we understood would happen

She needs the night light now as she loves scary books about ghosts and dragons but also has an active imagination (as most toddlers do)

Any dissent on her part was treated as calmly as possible, an angry toddler isn't a sleepy toddler, repeated infractions result on her being left on her own for 5 minutes to cry it out and think about it.

For the record, she never slept in a cot, it was something we gave up trying to do and for the first 2 years she bed shared with us.

YMMV

</mumsnet>

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BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux

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Fools

If only it was written in C++

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Re: Fair play to them

I'm holding out for Windows 10 to be properly released. If it does live up to its promise then I'll be very very tempted to ditch Android and unify my laptop and desktop OSs

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Nexus 6 would have had a fingerprint reader, but Apple RUINED IT ALL

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Re: Microsoft, Google and Apple - all guilty megaopolies

"The phenomenal sums of money available to both of these companies has reached scary levels of everything."

Both?

Global Hyper Mega Corps are nothing new and there are a lot more than those three. In fact 2 of the 3 companies you list are not even in the global top 20

http://www.forbes.com/global2000/list/

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

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Re: @Chris W (was: Boil pancetta (note splelling)?)

panceta

panceta

panceta

Or pancetta if you're Italian (or Jake)

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Exact wording

The exact wording the MS use for the "FREE" part is:

"A free upgrade1 for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year"

http://news.microsoft.com/2015/01/21/windows-10-a-new-generation-of-windows/

So that looks like free to me so long as you already own Windows 7 or 8.1, upgrade within 1 year of Windows 10 being released and keep the device.

Any new devices will need a new (and presumably paid for) license

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Re: Paris will become a quieter place in the summer

As an American why would you ask a Parisian if they speak French?

surely you mean:

PARLAY VOO EEEENGLEEEESH

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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

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Re: real work?

"As a contractor you should be able (and in some cases expected) to use your own equipment."

And I do spend a lot of money on my Laptops (I buy high end and make them last a few years)

I also spend on software, usually a separate windows licence for the client running in a VM, it makes it easy to hand over should anything happen as everything will be in the VM.

However, about 60% of the companies I've worked for insist on contractors using client issued equipment for security reasons. Given that I work on database systems and frequently have access to sensitive data thinks makes sense and is something which in their position I would make contractors do too.

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Re: Dell: Still waiting for something better than my Precision M90...

"If you don't do it, another manufacturer will."

Its been a few years already and no other manufacturer has bothered.

I don't find 15" (or 15.6") too small for development, although I run windows at native resolution on the 1920x1080 panel. Its big enough that I very rarely run applications maximised.

My previous laptop was a Dell M65 with a 15" 1920x1200 screen. Like you I thought I would be missing out with 120 less pixels. But once I had acclimatised to the slightly different shape it didn't bother me in the slightest.

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Re: real work?

Its the usual snobbery

Very high resolution wide screens are great for laptops as you often don't have a second screen and the width allows you to easily place 2 windows side by side without feeling that either window is being compromised.

Then later on, when work is finished and a gaming session in the hotel room is needed then the wide screen makes its second useful appearance.

... as it does again even later when catching up on a TV show

I have never i my life lamented a monitor being to short, I have though, especially when using the low res crap some companies expect us contractors to use missed having a full 1920 (or more) width screen

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Hire and hold IT staff in 2015: The Reg's how-to guide

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Windows

I'm still glad to be a contractor

EOM

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

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Re: Clickbait Article

"the nature of IT attracts the socially incompetent "

Or it could be that the prevalence of socially incompetent IT bods has made IT a haven for the socially incompetent

Problem solving (which is the bulk of real IT work) doesn't have to be anti-social

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South Londoner wins Reddit MILLIONAIRE not-a-lottery lottery

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After 2 hours

he's got $100

Contracting is more lucrative than that!

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Re: here's a crazy idea

Of course Google are playing nice, they are actively working on replacing those drivers with automation

Those drivers will soon be promoted to driving instructors... and then fired en masse 2 days later when the robots start driving better than the humans

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