* Posts by Matt 21

463 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

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Spanish TV journo leaves subordinates cowering after verbal shoeings

Matt 21

Re: "In response, CLMTV said: ..."

Too much......... I'm lost for words.

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Joke

Re: I don't know why you're all complaining...

and his mates will be along shortly with some statistics to prove it. Plus those complaining really need to understand that they have to keep up with the times and that going electronic will save the country a lot of money.

In the next stage of the role out you'll be able to request the code via Facebook.

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Joke

Re: breaking news : european dna

Well to be fair there's no direct mention of anything which implies the sheep did anything more than stand in the corner with its eyes closed. Anyway, this brings me to my poem:

Mary had a little lamb,

she also had a bear.

I've often seen her little lamb

but I've never seen her bare.

Unless of course you pay her, in this case.......

Then it's more like:

Jack and Jill went up the hill, to fetch a pale of water.

Jack gave Jill half a crown

and Jack got what he was after.

I'll be here all week, so you can just be thankful that it's already Friday :-)

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

Matt 21

Re: easy to remermber? really?

Surly the problem here, even if you can remember the "unique" answer you gave, or even the "unique" question you asked, is that once it's compromised it's compromised everywhere.

So, the only real solution is to give a different answer on each site which works like this and then record them somewhere... oh hang on a mo, if that's compromised we're back to the same problem....

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Google Maps gets hit with racist White House listing

Matt 21

Re: Wonder

Or perhaps we could combine them for those of us from the West Country: Them their sat-navs ?

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Hypervisor indecisive? Today's contenders from yesterday's Hipsters

Matt 21

Re: ICL VME

Thanks for the info and for spotting the incorrect use of their!

I quite liked VME at the time. CAFS was also an interesting innovation for its time.

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ICL VME

I'm not certain of the precise timeline but ICLs VME grew out of something else which started in the 60s, I think. I don't know who got their first but it looked pretty close between IBM and what became ICL.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Re: I'm impressed.

Great, another patent on the bleeding obvious........

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IWF took down over 31,000 child sexual abuse URLs in 2014

Matt 21

Re: I was wrong.

Good point.

It comes down to the government needing to be seen doing something, this is something and with today's advert we can now see that they're doing something.

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Bigotry posted by your Facebook account? Use this, Mister UKIP MP wannabe: 'I was hacked'

Matt 21
Joke

Bad joke at that

Two men have been in the desert for a week or two. They found a bit of water but no food. They're now reduced to crawling as they are so weak from lack of food. One says to the other

"Look, look, there's a bush and it's growing bacon! We're saved."

The other replies

"Watch out mate it's a ham-bush."

I'm here most days........

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Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets

Matt 21

Re: Life is just not fair is it!

Last time I was in Cornwall the only way I could get a mobile signal (in the area where we were staying) was to stand a yard or two in the sea at low tide with my arm in the air.... which suited me perfectly for a holiday.

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Sony snags Spotify for streaming music to Playstation gamers

Matt 21

Hyperbole

"The software can also be controlled remotely using a smartphone app linked to Spotify, allowing the user to pause, skip forward on track lists, or even pick a new song without interrupting gameplay."

Doesn't sound likely does it? There I am driving around Spa at top speed and somehow my smartphone allows me to change the music track without interrupting my "gameplay". How does that work then? I suspect the reality is that the track can be changed by smartphone and anyone who chooses to do so will probably pause the game during the operation.

I suppose it doesn't sound quite so "cool" when put like that!

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

Matt 21

Re: I'm guessing

The article says this came from the council of ministers (telecom reps) and not MEPs. MEPs had said they support getting rid of roaming charges (according to the article).

So it looks like ordinary MPs (ours included) were lobbied and bribed to keep roaming charges.

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Privacy? What privacy? EU's draft law on your data is useless, say digital rights orgs

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Re: good for goose

While I agree with the principle I'm not sure why you're talking about MEPs. This "mangling" was done by the Council of Ministers, in other words, our government and members of other governments.

In this case our (UK) government seems only too keen to do whatever it can to remove any rights from us.

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Samsung's spying smart TVs don't encrypt voice recordings sent over the internet – new claim

Matt 21

Re: Hollywood is responsible....

Don't tell him, Pike!

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Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

Matt 21

Re: So what happens...

Great for the environment too. Even if you can recycle what you've destroyed you're still throwing away the energy needed to turn it into something useful.

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EU-turn: Greenpeace pressure WON'T mean axing of Chief Scientist

Matt 21

Re: too much influence in one person?

and that's the problem isn't it? How can one person really represent all scientific thought on a subject? Perhaps in rare cases on a particularly specialised subject but in general it seems unlikely.

We are also in danger of falling into the trap of assuming that all "scientific" thought is infallible whereas the evidence is that this is not the case.

There are often European societies representing bodies of scientists in a particular field, so surly it would be better to just consult them. This can then be balanced with opinions from other sources as appropriate.

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The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

Matt 21

Re: Connections

I'm with you, I just can't see the point. It does rather have the feel of a solution looking for a problem.

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Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

Matt 21

Re: Take off energy...

Or a large elastic band?

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Matt 21

Re: Can you clairfy

Isn't that a bit inefficient? I mean converting the energy from petrol to electricity instead of just using it to propel the plane.

It's hard to see where the gains are coming from in general unless the battery is fully charged from the mains before take off. In which case the 30% figure might be the petrol saved due to the electric energy doing the work during take off. I wonder how quickly the 30% drops if the flight is over 100 miles, for example.

Perhaps the next step will be having retractable "wind mills" to recover energy when the plane descends... a kind of regenerative braking for the air!

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

Matt 21

Re: Sorry for the bother?

Better than saying "sorry for any inconvenience caused" as if it might not upset most people. It's honest and slightly charming... makes a nice change.

Plus I always liked Paddington... mmmmm I fancy a marmalade sandwich now.

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EU breaks 'legally binding' lobbying register promise

Matt 21

Re: The EU has been captured.

I think you mean hypercritical. Sometimes it seems our press would have us believe that all evils have their source in the EU.

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GERONTIC 'Ghost ship' prowled the undersea cables of the 1940s

Matt 21

Re: NUMA

Given the location I wonder instead if McGarrett's mum is hiding on it.

Or perhaps Nine Wilde and Chase are fighting another megalomaniac to find a clue to Atlantis's sister island which was left on the ship by a the relics of the Nazi spy system just after the 2nd world war.......

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

Matt 21

Yes

but with this solution they can cut off individuals remotely and say that they've exceeded "fair use" at a time of "short supply".

Surly that's got to be the reasoning behind this. If they turn off whole areas there'll be an outcry but if they turn off 90% and push the message that it's because they use too much everyone will turn on each other and the government can walk free.

Perhaps drop a few stories in the press about certain people running too many Christmas lights, or outdoor swimming pool heaters etc. then encourage us to watch our neighbours and then start using the SMART meters to switch some of us off if necessary.

Anything to distract us from asking questions about the government failing to address the real problem.

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

Matt 21

Re: I'll embrace Black Friday...

America: Barbarism to hedonism in one generation without an intervening period of civilisation.

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

Matt 21

Re: AC I assume this was their intention all along...

Well obviously we're all guilty of anything the US charges us with so yes.

In fact, let's save them some money and agree to fund our own flights to a jail of their choosing where we should pay them rent for our prison cell.

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UK.gov biz dept: Yoof APPRENTICE? Get a degree while YOU'RE HIRED

Matt 21

Re: this takes me back to the 70s

The biggest difference I'd say is that today the government is keen to make almost anything a "degree" course so they can say they've achieved an increase in the number of people with degrees.

It was also interesting to see IBM's name mentioned as I was told they're currently in a global recruitment freeze period.

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Boffins find Jackie Chan's SUPERCOP is good for something

Matt 21

Re: Does the RIAA know about this?

Might not putting it on your roof count as a public performance?

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

Matt 21

Re: They aren't a problem; they're a solution!

So we need to eat more????

Ahh, I've got it, we need to die having eaten more curry in order that the methane count is high and we need to collect the boiled off water to solve the water problem too.

Perhaps we could keep our lardy bodies hooked up to some kind of dream machine so we could be grown more efficiently.......

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

Matt 21

Re: Boohoo

While in this case it may be that the hotel is not a nice place to stay the whole principal of these reviews is at the very least unfair in my opinion. In fact I'd go as far to say that these kind of review sites are fast becoming useless.

As a business you often have no come back (although some sites do allow it) and if you do reply it can look like you're making excuses. Some complaints aren't even from people who've used your product or service. Some people get their friends to post bad reviews for fun or for other reasons.

Some examples I've seen:

"I didn't like the colour of product X I bought". Well it's advertised as that colour so what did you expect?

"The TV I bought doesn't fit in my room". Well it's advertised with its dimensions......

etc. etc.

Even positive reviews don't help because they often seem to be biased by devotees or reviews which sound suspiciously like they've been written by people working for the people providing the product or service.

Spotting the genuine reviews among the dross is taking longer and longer to the point where sometimes I just give up.

Of course there are some funny ones along the way, like Veet for men and the "big ships" ones.

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

Matt 21

Re: Should have included some buttered toast on the feet

Yes, but after millennia they breed and change into almost human form..... then get to live with a hologram and what passes for a human.....

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

Matt 21

Always difficuult to know hwo bad these things are

Games are nearly always released before they're finished nowadays. I don't like it and can only hope that things like this will help push us back to games that work as they should from day one.

On the other hand some reviewers are saying they played the game for quite some time and didn't hit any of these problems. I've seen other games slated for "terrible" problems which I didn't hit and neither did anyone else I know (I mean real people I actually know and physically meet as opposed to comments from people like me on forums which I don't consider verifiable). One such example was a game where your car could go into a sub-world where the normal rules didn't apply. Later it turned out you had to do a fairly bizarre sequence of things to achieve this, so not a huge problem in that case. Of course the videos published at the time didn't show this, just the "problem".

So, who knows if this is a bit of a storm in a teacup or a major screw-up somehow missed by some reviewers. Fortunately it's not a game which interests me.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

Matt 21

Re: Am I a criminal?

While a silly example it does lead me to think about what hacking is.

Imagine I go to my local electricity supplier's shop and distractedly try and enter by the wrong door, which causes the local grid to go off line. It would be the electricity supplier who was in trouble, not me and rightly so as they shouldn't be stupid enough to make simply trying the wrong door take the grid off line.

So why should typing a wrong URL be a crime just because of the consequences?

If I ssh to the wrong IP address and login with a default password, why should that be a crime? It's rare but possible I didn't notice I was on the wrong server.

Anyway, you see the sort of thing I mean. It seems to me that at the very least there needs to be proof that there was a deliberate attempt to cause serious damage and that a reasonable attempt had been made to mitigate the risk (no default passwords for example).

In the 1970s my mum, sorry my friend's mum, walked into a car park, opened a blue ford Cortina and started to drive away before she realised it was the wrong one. Not really her fault Ford key security wasn't up to much and while begin a dozy moo is not to be encouraged, I don't think life in prison is an appropriate response....... well perhaps...... no, I'll stand by my first response.

As for overseas "attacks". Why would anyone allow overseas access to their sensitive infrastructure? You'd have to be exceptionally stupid to do that at a time we're all being told there are evil terrorists queuing up to attack us.

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FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers

Matt 21

Re: Past time.

I was a bit surprised that they don't use the "undisclosed recipients" trick. Why would you give all your subscribers each others e-mail addresses?

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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

Matt 21

Re: Please no...

I'm in two minds: Part of me wants this to be picked up by, for example, the Daily Mail or the BBC and published as fact and part of me wants to point out that human excrement doesn't actually help with growing veggies.

Wasn't there a project in the 19th century to pump poo out of London for fertilizing the fields of Essex which showed how much it doesn't help?

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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

Matt 21

Ideally

...it should be something which is difficult to link to the presence of the new "space plane" with the destruction o disabling of the satellite. Space "debris" left for the satellite's solar panels to hit many hours later.

Another idea would be to change tactic. How about a large spaceship which could literally eat the satellites? You could launch it from, oh I don't know, a false bottomed volcano in Japan, for example. It would be untraceable except to the very best of British spies.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

Matt 21

Re: That explains it...

Bertrand Russell always struck me as someone who was very adept at hiding his ignorance behind an impossibly complex veneer of logic.

Made me wonder about Wittgenstein too.

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Revenge smut bullies who send 'grossly offensive' messages WILL be prosecuted

Matt 21

Re: Um...

...but does know how to make the most out of a "high profile problem" which only effects a tiny proportion of the population while completely failing to do anything to help the majority.

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£150m, three years... TWO base stations. Gov.uk? You guessed it

Matt 21

Confused

I'm a little confused. On the one hand some people are saying it's not possible to live without 3G (in lieu of any other Internet connection) while others are saying that there are lots of places no connection is available.

So surly it must be possible to survive without or are all these places with no internet access ghost towns full of the dead an dying?

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EU's super-commish for tech: Geo-blocks on cat vids, music – NOT FAIR

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Re: Pot - kettle

...or perhaps he's just a sensible chap who realises you can't just go into a new job and announce cuts with a timetable before you've even had the chance to look at the detail of what they do.

It seems fair enough to propose some ideas but I'm prepared to give him six months to come up with more details.

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Want the EU to work on making cloud snoop-proof? Speak up, my good 'stakeholder'

Matt 21

Re: am I just paranoid ?

While I agree with you I wondered if voting in Australia was also considered a duty, just as it is in Belgium.

Personally I like the idea but I would like to see more decisions put to the vote in a similar way to Switzerland. The combination of the two might bring us closer to something we can realistically call democracy.

It might finally put an end to the anarchist saying 'doesn't matter who you vote for the government always wins'.

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

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@Phil

"we like share", isn't that Facebook and to be honest I don't think it's nearly as important as you imagine.

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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

Matt 21

Re: For the sakes of Apple and the Irish Government....

My understanding of the rules is that if this is deemed to be state aid then Apple will have to pay it back.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

Matt 21

Re: oops...

According to Belgian media the pipe will run by the canal so you'd probably need to set-up a floating bar.... but it could work :-)

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Matt 21

Well

it's our language so we can do what we want... I suppose. You could then go on to ask why the Flemish insist on using their own strange names for Wallonian towns.

More interesting yet is that we use the French language version for Bruges but we call the near by related Zeebrugge (Bruges-on-sea) by the Flemish name.

Still no hills though but yes, plenty of bridges and cobbled streets in the old part of the town.

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

Matt 21

Re: Geneva Convention

I would have thought that if Scotland decides to leave the UK and then applies to join the EU then once EU membership is granted (opinions vary but it looks like it won't be automatic) then they can live and work in the UK like any other EU citizen.

The problem occurs if Scotland votes to leave the UK and hasn't yet got EU membership (should it choose to try to join). I don't think there's any legal certainty at this point and everything is up for negotiation. British passports held by Scottish citizens could arguably be deemed invalid, both sides may wish to quickly move to new passports. The practicalities of voiding so many passports might prove tricky... or not.

On the other hand it's also likely that both sides will agree to honor existing UK passports and allow freedom of movement across the border for a period of time.

On the other, other hand the Tories really like border patrols so who knows :-)

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

Matt 21

Re: maybe

I think there's an app for rooted Androids which lets you fake contact lists etc. That way the app works but doesn't steal your data.

I haven't done it but I've got sympathy for those that do. As things stand I can't store anything private on my phone as I know it the data can be nicked. Not the end of the world but it does limit what I might get out of having a smart phone.

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

Matt 21

Re: Irrelevant

I can't see how you'd save even 2%. Most people aren't bothered so won't do anything different and those who are, already turn off the lights when they're not in the room etc.

It just seems one massive waste of money and rather than helping the environment is going to harm it.

There seems to be the bizarre idea that we all leave the electric oven on each day and that smart meters will mean we're suddenly aware of it.

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Net neutrality protestors slam the brakes on their OWN websites

Matt 21

Re: "Just imagine if ISPs had to stand in line..."

It does appear to be a bit of FUD. Claim they'll have to stand in line for things which wouldn't be effected by net neutrality.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Top marks

....for going Open Source but they really should have looked at Postgress. They probably could have saved more by simply migrating to Intel/AMD and keeping Oracle instead of re-writing everything, unless it's a fairly trivial system in which case it was over specified to start with.

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