* Posts by AceRimmer

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Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747

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"the probability of losing two engines on a four engined craft is higher than that of losing two on a three engined craft. Now, which is safer?"

A single engined aircraft.. it has 0 chance of losing two engines

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'International tax' needs reform. Google's chicken bill makes me chuckle – comms guy

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Re: Get rid of corporation tax...

Sales are already taxed

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

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Re: "250 grams (1 pound)"

Its a "Drug Dealers Pound"

Analogous to a Bakers Dozen

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Use of big data can lead to 'harmful exclusion, discrimination' – FTC

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"Companies should remember that while big data is very good at detecting correlations, it does not explain which correlations are meaningful,"

Big data detects nothing, it's just data.

Statistical Analysis on (big) data does the detection

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HSBC online customers still in the cold after hours-long lockout

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Re: You could all save a lot of trouble.......

"......by switching to Santander. Don't get problems with their online banking."

yet

As any bank will tell you: Past Performance is Not Necessarily Indicative of Future Results

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"I obviously need either a better imagination or the ability to over-react to the slightest thing as lack of online banking for over an hour does not exactly conjure up a nightmare scenario for me."

First working day of the month after a long weekend and a generally expensive festive period, A lot of people would have been nervously checking their bank accounts yesterday to check if they are still solvent.

For people who for one reason or another rely solely on a single card/account then it will be a major issue for them.

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US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover

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Re: Anyone heard of this thing called the internet...?

@Big John

For mountain rescue its not just about cost

Mountains tend to be away from major population areas and Mountain Rescue teams are generally volunteers with day jobs. If a call comes in, they drop what they're doing, rush off to base then attend the emergency. Trying to find enough people who are physically capable, work locally and have a high degree of flexibility is a major issue.

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It's amazing the UK Parliament agreed to track 22bn Brits' car trips. Oh right – it didn't

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This is nothing

Compared to how tracking via self driving cars will work

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Surface Pro 4: Will you go the F**K to SLEEP?

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Re: All quiet on the western front

I used to dual boot Windows/Linux too

Problem was, to get any work done I had to be in Windows.

To play any games I had to be in Windows.

If I wanted to waste an evening fiddling around with command prompts and text based config files I would boot into Linux

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Drivers? Where we’re going, we don’t need drivers…

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Re: Let's just say that...

Calm down dear, I used the "If" conditional, I was not making an assumption

Incidentally the ride sharing concept is already being used by Uber, time will tell how successful that is but a lot of people do appear to be prepared to share a taxi for a reduction in their fare.

Now go and have a proper think about the other points on how automated vehicles can be managed as a group to minimise congestion

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Re: Let's just say that...

Apples and Oranges

NYC cabs (and taxis in general) operate as individual units all vying to maximize their own revenue. Even when the taxis are controlled by a central operator, the taxi firm has to be careful to evenly distribute work to all the drivers - especially as most drivers are not employed by the firm and directly rely on passenger journeys to get paid.

Taxi drivers are also some of the worst and most selfish drivers on the road - eliminating them will probably ease congestion by 10% alone

Automated taxis will have a completely different motivation model - that of maximising revenue for the owning company.

If ride sharing does take off then automated taxis will come in a wider range of sizes and have a higher occupancy rate greatly reducing the number of vehicles on the road. Try counting occupancy rates in morning traffic. The average number won't be much above 1.

Chaining vehicles may also become possible at some point. So 2 or three automated vehicle couple together and act as one. this further will reduce the road footprint of those vehicles and reduce traffic congestion.

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

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The British tend to use very innocuous names. The general rule is the more innocent and dull sounding the name, the more dangerous the named item will be.

Just waiting for GERBIL to be brought on line

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Boffins teach cars to listen for the sound of a wet road

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Re: So far they assumed

"Despite all the progress being made (which is fantastic!), I think there's still a very long way to go until an autonomous car can outsmart a reasonably experienced driver"

All they have to do is to slightly outsmart the average driver then as a whole the population will be slightly safer.

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Re: 93.2 % accuracy

That would be 93.2% accuracy when only listening to the noise of the tyres on the road surface.

Combined with the cars other sensors (e.g. vision) the accuracy should be much much closer to 100%

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Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

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Re: Film makers?

TV came off the back of 50 years of cinema. The technology might have been different but the method of delivery was fundamentally the same i.e. a 2 dimensional picture on a flat(ish) fixed surface

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Android Studio 2.0 preview gives developers instant preview of code changes

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Re: I haven't dabbled in Android development

Obligatory xkcd reference

https://xkcd.com/303/

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Hacker predicts AMEX card numbers, bypasses chip and PIN

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There is a bit of a love going on between the two mags

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/21/wired_uk_promo/

I just hope they're using suitable protection

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

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Re: How far off? @Gomez Adams

The best way to picture this problem is a drunk man walking home from the pub. Is he walking in a straight line? Is he sticking to the middle of the path?

The answer is no in both cases. He is in fact constantly zig-zagging across the path. If for every metre his sober companion has walked the drunk has crossed the path once, it means he's actually walked 1.12 meters (Pythagoras and assuming a path 0.5 metres wide))

This would hold true for curved as well as straight paths, the drunk always walks further than his sober friend

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NoSQL: Injection vaccination for a new generation

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Re: It's not about the product

"as any DBA will tell you. Any of the major products has more than enough security - the issue is poorly-trained or lazy developers who allow the users to access database tables by executing ad-hoc SQL."

The reason why developers are giving users access to the DB is because of poorly trained, lazy and stupid DBAs who grant full access to developers including "grant" privileges and even worse, let developers have those permissions on UAT and LIVE systems.

Don't get me started on the DBAs who don't bother even exercising proper change control and allow developers to make changes directly to production.

I really hope you're not a DBA - Security is the responsibility of the DBA.

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Microsoft Windows Mobile 10: Uphill battle with 'work in progress'

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Re: Onedrive downgrade

"One day I took over a 1000 photos - not on a phone though."

A video camera?

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Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

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Re: Specialised Lego?

Specialised?

There were similar complaints back in the '80's when I was a nipper and playing with my space Lego.

Can't say I wished it was any different

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What upgrade cycle? Tablet sales crater for fourth straight quarter

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And then it will be the year of the Linux Desktop

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California enormo-quake prediction: Cracks form between US boffins

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Re: @Alan Brown (was:Re@Tom 7(was:Forget the San Andreas...))

"Unfortunately for your scenario, the subduction is UNDER North America, thus raising the coast-line"

The coast line is pushed up and then chunks of it will slip down again - it's not a constant upwards movement only the long term average is up. Gravity is always acting on any rocks thrust upwards

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Re: @Tom 7 (was:Forget the San Andreas...)

The Ghost Forest was created by the land slipping down into the sea - most likely caused by local tectonic activity.

The trees were killed off by salt water and the bottom few feet preserved by mud and sand whilst the tops rotted away.

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El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

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Ewww

Is that a telescope in your pocket or are you watching pornhub at the breakfast table again?

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Re: Tired of the tat

I don't get it

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Amazon Echo: We put Jeff Bezos' always-on microphone-speaker in a Reg family home

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Re: Monopoly

That's true about many industries and products.

I for one would love to get into the oil tanker business. Isn't going to happen soon though!

With this at least, a smaller company could start off with a software only product and then move into hardware once they've established a user base. The hardware itself isn't difficult or special.

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Facebook's UK wing paid just £4k in corporation tax last year

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Re: The usual scheme...

"Tax any of a very long list of things that can't be moved, like keyboards and door hinges"

Windows?

Jokes aside, I would love to see them try and brick up the Gherkins windows

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Reg lecture asks what’s so scary about 1.5 tonnes of metal with a mind of its own?

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Most minicab drivers can't even operate the heating controls in such a way as to keep the windscreen from fogging.

Roll on automated cars and johnny cabs

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Re: You couldn't make a story like this up if you tried...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI4kiPaKfAE

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Re: MeowMeowBeenz

Cannot upvote enough!

A superb episode from an exemplary comedy show

5 MeowMeowBeenz for you!

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Alcatel Idol 3: Holding its own with a pretty decent 5.5 inches

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"We don't want massive slabs""

Just because its being sold doesn't mean you have to buy it

Just like you didn't have to buy that Swedish penis enlarger you also "didn't want"

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Uber is killing off iconic black cabs, warns Zac Goldsmith

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Re: Open Uber...

You could do something similar but at popular static locations... point phone at qcode or even better, use NFC and the uber app automatically books the car and driver for you

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Speed of hiring

I frequently catch a mini cab from a south london station to the hotel I use mid week when working in the area.

The station has a black cab rank at the front who will want about £10 to get me to my destination

There is a mini cab office at the back of the station and almost always has cars waiting. It takes 10 seconds to tell the dispatch guy my destination and then i take a few steps to the waiting car. They charge £5 for the same distance.

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Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

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Re: touchpad

Its not the hardware or the OS...

...It's the drivers

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Layabout, sun-blushed techies have pick of IT job market, says survey

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Re: More salary needed

Why reply?

Most of those emails are sent automatically based on (bad/wide) search criteria presented to the CV database.

Your reply is more than likely going straight in the bin too; spending time reading, digesting and actioning your email will not result in the recruiter filling the position and getting their commission.

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Geeks on quest for world's most pointless YouTube video

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Re: Probably...

That one isn't pointless, just very under appreciated (well it made me laugh anyway)

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Cheers, Bill Gates. Who wouldn't want drinking water made from POO?

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Re: nice

There is a difference between clean springs, streams, rivers, lakes etc which existed at the dawn of time and a dirty wet pit full of animal waste, farm waste, human waste, industrial waste and any other shit you can think of which is a by product of over population and complete inability to manage waste products.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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I unpinned them all and then put the shortcuts I use and need in there.

No huge blank areas left over

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"Live Tiles - WTF. Start10 gets rid of those, and that makes it worth every penny."

There is a free method which I'm surprised some one technically literate hasn't shown you yet:

Right click -> Unpin from Start Menu

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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Re: Set to a range

Most heating systems operate some sort of Schmitt Trigger in order to stop the system constantly switching on and off.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Killer features

"There are no killer features which I personally need."

All an OS needs to do is to manage files, applications and the interfaces between software and hardware and present the entire package to the user in a understandable manner.

Windows 3.11 did that admirably.

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That would be the sensible thing to do before making significant changes to any OS

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Re: Shock findings

The PhD allows the scientists to ignore casual anecdotal evidence gathered by 8 year olds in playgrounds and instead focus on the ethical collection of data and proper statistical analysis in order to prove a hypothesis.

And I wouldn't call it that useless given that there is still a gender pay gap in most western countries.

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Android Wear 5.1: A more enduring wristjob for your pleasure

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Re: Has the wearables market matured already?

"But smartwatches seem to compel people to post on the internet statements about how they don't see the point of it."

Like the original iPad?

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Re: Sometimes it's the small things

Use this to keep your screen on whilst shopping:

Keep Screen on App

Or (potentially stupid option alert) use trusted places in the security settings so that when you're in Tescos your phone lock is deactivated.

Or go full techno-hog and use tescos online shopping and get it delivered.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: Let's be clear about one thing

"Of course, if you have a laptop, all that is out the window."

I presume you're not speaking from a position of knowledge or experience.

My current and previous laptops have the OS on one physical drive and data on another physical drive and they are both very much in the room and to my knowledge have never passed through any windows

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Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT

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Re: Strike?

Backlog:

- Fence needs painting

- 2 spotlights need new bulbs

- weeds are clearly out of control

- Haven't seen Dave in ages

A strike will definitely help the backlog

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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"What other brand has numbered or illustrated screw holes on the underside to remind you which screw loosens which item? Or a keyboard that pops off with 3 mins work?"

Dell - they even supply the service manuals

Example Dell Service Manual

I could take the keyboard off my old Precision M65 in about 30 seconds.

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