* Posts by James 51

2390 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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66 really was too young. Nightwatch was probably his finest moment. Where ever you are Sir Terry, this one is for you.

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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

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Re: My toothpaste

Other French speaking countries do have a 70, 80 and 90.

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Re: it's easy to resolve...

Assuming you haven't just gotten out of an asylum it's been a long time since doctors, nurses, teachers etc etc got anything above a 1% rise in pay.

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Re: My toothpaste

The UK has offically been metric since before I was born and the goverment has been pushing for it before we were members of the EEC. We really need to consign that completely illogical system to history. If we start exporting stuff we're going to need to use units of measurement everyone can understand. Not to mention they are a nightmare to teach to children.

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Exports are up for the moment but when hedging runs out a weak pound will drive up the costs of imported materials and energy. We don't have vast natural resources to rely on to fuel that manufacturing boom. It might benefit exports over all but it won't be painless by any means.

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GCHQ feeds first crop of infosec startups to Cyber Accelerator

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Given everyone is spying on everyone else it does seem resonable that the UK goverment is trying to get some firms started that it can rely on. Assuming of course that the security companies haven't been hacked.

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EU wants power to fine behavioural data bad boys and the ad men aren't happy

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If the companies can make more than 4% breaking the rules then it becomes the price of doing business and you can bet your pension they'll do everything they can structure wise to keep the money out of reach.

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Re: I'm assuming

I forgot to mention the test was for semtex. Good luck snorting that.

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Re: I'm assuming

It was many moons ago but when the RUC took samples and swaps during searches one lab in particular kept coming back with positive results. Fantastic! They were catching so many bad peopleTM until during a maintenace check someone discovered an old positive result calibration swab wedged inside the machine.

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Houston has been at the centre of a scandal regarding the $2 roadside drug tests, which have been alleged to be sending tens of thousands of folk to jail on an annual basis, despite their proclivity for producing false positives.

The large number of positives is probably the reason why they are being used (that and they are $2, all that money they can legally steal during 'routine' stops will only go so far). Probably still gets recorded as a justified arrest, court appearance fees and is an oppertunity to ask drivers to empty their wallets (http://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2014/03/12/cops-use-traffic-stops-to-seize-millions-from-drivers-never-charged-with-a-crime/#31a412e646ae).

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Top cop: Strap Wi-Fi jammers to teen web crims as punishment

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More and more medical devices use wi-fi. Need to change old saying to havoc ensued.

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Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

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Re: Who cares?

Being part of the ECHR is a requirement for EU membership. May has in the past said the best reason to get out of the EU was so that we could then get out of the ECHR (although perhaps displaying her ignorance by claiming we could leave ECHR and remain in EU):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21726612

If the STAZI existed they would look on in envy with what is being done now. We must take away your rights in order to project them is as stupid an arugement as it sounds.

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Re: Who cares?

The example I always give is the murder of Stephen Lawrence. His family started to embarrass the Met because of the lack of progress in the investigation. Their response was to send an undercover officer not to further the murder investigation but to discredit his family. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26466867 With things like mass surveillance in place it will be much easier to dig up something embarrassing while perfectly legal or put things out of context to achieve the same aim. This is all about power protecting itself at the expense of ordinary people.

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The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

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An updated n900 (including the linux based OS (not android), removable micro sd and removable battery and hardware keyboard (stylus would be a nice bonus) with pureview would be a marginal seller but there would be nothing else out there like it.

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Elon's SpaceX gets permission to blow up another satellite or two

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The FAA approve this and how long have the special projects been waiting?

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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

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I still remember being excited by some of the experimental UIs a university professor showed us almost twenty years ago. Some of the things have come to pass such as searching for files instead of the more tradional nested folders but the majority of it still sits in text books. This padding was suppose to have disappeared a long time ago.

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Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

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Unfortunately your side is being forced to ingest a giant pulsating wad of corruption and call it yummy. Bon Appétit!

True but Trump won't be in office for ever.

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Re: Those who like facts will pay attention. Otherwise not.

Habitual lying and denial of the actual state of the world around them is usually classed as a mental illness and does not bode well for policies or interactions with institutions and other countries that do not have a causal relationship with reality. We have had campaign in poetry, govern in prose. We now we have campaign in lies and hate, waiting to see how this one ends and fervently hoping it is not how it has ended in the past.

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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A good lawyer is going to be able to dance on the head of that pin for quite a while.

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How are they going to get around the potential illegality as the weapons can blind people?

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How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it

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Re: "but we have external input making them unpredictable"

SQL escape character. I've seen that trip up a few systems.

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Re: "but we have external input making them unpredictable"

A similar pet peeve of mine is when the same people create ambigious data file formats. So much work to correct when it would have been so simple to fix when it was still being written.

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China to Donald Trump: Twitter diplomacy 'undesirable'

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Can someone please create a holodeck and put either Trump or the PRC in it please?

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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how is such a pie in the sky concept patentable? There lots of examples of similar ideas in books, comics, tv shows and movies. How long before some tries to patent the terminator?

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Desktop budget wrangles: Whose device is it anyway?

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Re: Access everything via a web browser.

That's how we're doing it. Java apps on a Tomcat server.

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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Of course you'd have to implement the taxes on a global level so there would be no where to hide. Except Spppppaaaaacccccceeeeeeeeeee of course.

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The hyper rich and corporations would be the ones paying for it. After all they are the only ones with the money to do it. The benefit disproportionally from society, why shouldn’t they pay for it too? Plus there’s stuff like 3D/additive manufacturing and AI on the horizon that has the potential to put a lot of people out of work without the possibility of new jobs for even a fraction of the people who are made redundant.

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

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Sounds like a good way to alienate people you should be develping a good relationship with.

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CIA: Russia hacked election. Trump: I don't believe it! FAKE NEWS!

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They told him that because we sold him the weapons and he used wmd against his own people.

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Anyone can ask, it's the getting that's the trick.

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Remember that brightest supernova ever seen? It wasn't one

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Guess it all depends on what you shoot it at. I am sure there is someone on the forums who can answer if the first or second death stars were able to destory an actual star.

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Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

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I am surprised McD's haven't already issued a DCMA take down on you post.

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Capita: 2,250 jobs cut, more offshoring, more robots... Merry Xmas!

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I feel sorry for the floor staff who are getting axed but it feels like the management at crapita are doing something to be seen to be doing something. If the actually delivered products on time and to spec I can't help but wonder if this would be necessary.

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Huawei Nova: A pleasant surprise in a 5-inch phone

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+1 for micro sd, - 1 for non removable battery but with a modest chit set and decent battery that isn't a huge issue. Still, my S6 was £10 more. If you wait a year last year's flagship phones slip into the mid market in terms of price but are still (generally) excellent phones.

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Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

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Lets not forget if they pull the offical app it's going to be hard to register the watch with a new phone. Once again the hardware will still be functional longer after the software has suffered from bit rot.

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Russia's bid for mobile self-sufficiency may be the saviour of Sailfish

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Wouldn't BB10 tick all those boxes as well? They're looking to license the OS as well.

Will be interesting to see this running on the fair phone as well.

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Engineers say safety features got squished out of cramped Samsung Note 7

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You forgot the joke icon.

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Imagine what could be done if people were willing to accept phones the size of the N900 now.

We need a day dream or I have a dream emoticon.

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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You don't fool me young man. It's convictions all the way down.

Need a giant turtle icon.

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BlackBerry's final QWERTY floats past the rumour mill

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No idea why you got a downvote. Have an upvote.

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BB10 hasn't been updated significantly for a while and I still find my Q10 a lot easier to use than my S6.

Hope this has a replaceable battery.

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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I disagree. I was all for the electrical reform the Lib Dems put forward in the UK. Just a pity the electorate here rejected democratising the system rather than hoping to take advantage of the inequalities in the current system (or just believed what reason they were told that new is bad).

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The Democrats have four years to get someone ready to run against Trump (assuming that all the news reports about him leaning on foreign diplomats to favour his businesses inside and outside the US aren't true or the Republican party has the nerve to impeach him). It will be interesting to see what lessons they draw from this.

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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I doubt it is a punishment as such, more like an opportunity to gouge with a reasonable sounding excuse to hide behind. I know prices jumped a lot around Dublin when the euro was introduced as vendors of all stripes took advantage of confusion about the new exchange rate to rip people off.

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Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

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The UK government has expressed a strong desire to curtail the freedom of movement of workers.

FTFY.

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Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal

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The pebble steel is a great smart watch. It's good at notifications, five day battery and doesn't have any bloat to get in the way. I imagine fitbit will raid the patent portfolio , kill th watch off but hope they prove prove wrong.

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Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

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Re: SO VERY TRUE!

I find that it is a perceived transfI find that it is a perceived transfer of responsibility that can be responsible for the lack of user engagement. If they don’t engage, then nothing is their fault and if they don’t have to do anything new such as push a button that someone else use to push for them, then they are not responsible for what happens either.er of responsibility that can be

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Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

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The stylus was one of the most compelling features of the note 7. As it is, a refurbished note 4 would be my phablet of choice.

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India added 240m phones/year build capacity in just one year

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Re: A policy that says local manufacturing is a good thing?

It worked for Trump.

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Blu Vivo 6: Top value trendsetter marred by Chino-English mangle

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Perhaps if there is a cyanogenmod for it.

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