* Posts by James 51

2161 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Encyclopedia Dramatica user hit with £10k damages after calling ex-councillor a 'paedo'

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Re: Smith

It is mostly likely the nature of the allegations that is big problem here. As the links here show, people have been murdered over less 'proof'. Plus there is the damage to his political career if the link starts to rise in search engine rankings.

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Re: Smith

See also:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35156657

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China decrees it will grow world-class enterprise vendors by the year 2025

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With the size of the internal market and their ability to keep foreign companies outside or captured as partners to local firms, it is difficult to see them not being able to threaten almost any sector they decide to dominate. Not sure that will bode well for anyone given their track records on human rights and the self certified exceptionalism that allows them to ignore international law:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-36777348

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Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

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Re: Simple: choose the right question

It is important to remember in these situations that a sense of humour and by extension a statement no matter how hilarious it may be, should not be issued.

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I just finished reading Homicide. It goes into how theatre like this can be used to intimidate the ignorant. I wonder what will happen the first time someone gets banged up for violated the terms of their release based solely on the polygraph and it is later proved that the polygraph was incorrect.

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

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Probably something to do with compression and expansion rather than fiddling with knobs and keys.

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One of the main selling points of Apple products is suppose to be the physical design including the robustness and longevity of the product. There has to come a point when the market is saturated and it looks like Apple have reached in. I wish investors and analysts would grow a functioning synapse and then use it.

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Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama

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Re: "Green Prince of Darkness" at FauxScienceSlayer

NO 'sustainable' energy

So how long have we got till it's back to the stone age?

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I agree there is going to be a long lead time but if we don't lay the ground work for replacement technologies we'll never see the improvements which are required. Even if we don't jump straight to all solar planes, they might inform the design of the next generation of planes.

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I can't remember if I read this in Accidental Empires or Where Wizards Stay Up Late but the author was telling a story about the creation of postscript. He was working with one of the men responsible for creating it. The short version is that the author kept trying to tell the other person that postscript was too complex and resource hungry to work with their computers and printers. It was only years later that he understood the other man's point that there would soon come a time when that was not the case but he had lacked the vision required to lay the foundations for that time.

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UK membership of Council of Europe has implications for data protection after Brexit

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Any step towards a UK without a data protection law would require the UK to withdraw from the Council of Europe and its European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), something that Mrs. May has categorically stated will not happen under her watch as Prime Minister.

But it is a personal ambition of hers:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2722361/We-pull-Euro-human-rights-rules-May-tells-PM-It-s-way-rid-foreign-criminals-says.html

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Seagate's south UK factory hasn't a future but HDDs do (it hopes)

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Re: Sad day for Havant, Portsmouth, and Hayling Island

I am sure May, Boris and David Davis will be telling everyone on the new this is a symbol that Britain is open and ready for business. Can't we control the jobs back?

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European privacy body slams shut backdoors everywhere

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Re: Decryption, ... monitoring, ... of communications should be prohibited.

If not then new software will be written in the EU with full fat protection and will be exported to the UK and other places.

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Lenovo: Our gear will be 10% more pricey from 1 August

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I doubt if the prices will ever some down, at least by a substantial amount. The £ to $ conversion already left a lot of room for gouging and I don't see that behaviour changing any time soon.

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Opera use to have a similar pledge about the data they gathered on users of its browser. We're going to find out that that's worth now that it's been bought over. (I know the BBC is not 'commercial' entity but that didn't stop Call Me Dave selling extremely sensitive personal information held by the NHS for a tiny fraction of it's value and there's plenty of MPs who would like to see it privatised or made to pay it's way more (both the BBC and the NHS)).

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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I'll upgrade this weekend but only because somehow Win10 sneaky download killed my Win7 Pro install. It won't boot any more but my Windows 7 Pro disk won't recover or even wipe the disk clean and start again as detects a newer version of Windows. I've been using Ubuntu for months and if it wasn't for old games like Blade Runner I probably wouldn't bother at all. If it can't recover it, I'll have to wipe the disk and then will stick with Windows 7. It will be interesting to see how Win 10 responds to having the motherboard and cpu replaced if that is what the authentication is based on. Just waiting to see what Zen is like before I get something new.

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GOP delegates suckered into connecting to insecure Wi-Fi hotspots

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The pop up on the app says the network may be interfering with traffic but it's hard to tell.

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I have pureVPN on my phone (paid for version) but it has never worked great on vodafone and is almost never works on three.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: Rather Late.... - Blackberry Playbook ?

I have two already. Four or five years old and still going strong.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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It was. Exhibit A, his love of antique sports shoes that got more time than the plot did.

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Re: Nahh, the old Star Trek was for nerds...

So that is where tribbles come from.

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Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets

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Depends if there are seasons or not and how long the day/night cycle is. It if was tidally locked it might be a Brian Sldiss/Hothouse scenario.

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Oz boffins cook quantum computing out of mothballs

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Re: So...

When Moore's observation ran up against the limitations of the physics of current technologies.

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Software can be considered 'goods' for purpose of commercial agent rules – High Court

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A common sense decision, I wish I wasn't so surprised. Nice to see it though.

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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What's the plan? ARM is already very successful and the new owners have nothing to offer. Unless it's to hand over a bunch of cash and walking away I doubt this will end well.

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You really do want to use biometrics for payments, beam banks

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If the same survey advocated homeopathy I wouldn't be rushing to the tap. Biometrics are user names, not passwords and I wonder if people understand the limitations of the technology.

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EU waves antitrust claims in Google's face, snarls 'You want some?'

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I am looking forward to them hauling Facebook over hot coals for the scam they run on small businesses to 'boost' their posts.

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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

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Re: The Question Remains....

We use Java in my department. We support several hundred people and most of our stuff is used by small groups so never had to test it scaled but we've never had any problems.

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Samsung deals out microSD-crushing faster fingernail flash cards

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I bet lots of devices that ship with this will still use USB 2.0 for the physical connection.

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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My math might by a little off but it seems that by 2023 there will be 1,000 people working directly or indirectly on each plane. No wonder they are expensive.

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Science non-fiction: Newly spotted alien world bathes in glow of three stars

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Re: One to read...

I am trying desperately to remember the line about the sky being filled with stars but keep running into B5 episode guides.

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

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Re: disturbing

The calm has been explained in multiple articles as a well known survival mechanism. When the immediate danger has passed and her daughter is being cared for by someone else, that is probably when it will hit her.

I was going to say that you'd hope the police would understand that once it's on facebook odds are that it has been duplicated for 'backup' purposes and is recoverable. Just deleting it from the profile is not enough but I am guessing they weren't thinking clearly. Tampering with evidence, they really do have no where left to run.

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AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

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Tomshardware has a good run down on the power issues:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-radeon-rx-480-power-measurements,4622.html?_ga=1.45889636.1935770078.1467877452

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So. Farewell then, BlackBerry Classic. You were a classic ... of sorts

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It's a pity. I have a Q10 and I think it's great. The tool bar addressed its only real weakness, accurately selecting text on the screen. The keyboard on the passport and priv are too cramped for doing a lot of typing on. If it had a replaceable battery I would have snapped one up. As it is, might wait for one in a sale (although the Q10 is officially discontinued too and is still £150 on amazon).

*edit* Congratulations BTW for being listed as a source on the BBC story about tech price rises.

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UK patients should have greater data slurp opt-out powers – report

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How is the government of the day not going to sell valuable data for a fraction of its worth and undermine the NHS at the same time if they are caught acting in the patient's and public's interest?

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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Re: Embarrassed

10,000 words for my thesis as well. When I got to 14,000 and realised I could easily get to twenty, had to find a clever way to dismiss half of what I had already written. Thankfully I'd picked advanced concepts and their potential and IBM shipped some demonstration models based on them to a few of their customers so they actual products now and didn't count.

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Space prang of cosmic proportions blamed for giving Mars its moons

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Re: Conjecture

The counter point being we have the ability to observe things as they are now and we can use that information to eliminate a lot of theories. Not to mention I'd expect the theories to explain exoplanets as well.

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And Earth was probably hit by something Mars sized. The early solar system sounds like it was a metaphorical bar room brawl.

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Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo

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Shiny.

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New phones rumoured as BlackBerry cans BB10 production

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Crackberry covered this a few days ago:

http://crackberry.com/us-senate-staffers-blackberry

The tag is is 'Because it's not true'. It is still possible to buy the full line up from www.blackberry.com/ I think I'll be waiting for an official pronouncement.

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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Re: "...Theresa May, who is considered more moderate..."

That just means she really wants to be PM and wants to shed her image as the crazy cat lady as there isn't sufficient support. In a few years things might change. After all once we don't have the EU to scapegoat the Tories are going to need another external agency to blame for the country's ills.

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: Although the burden of proof lies with Love

This is an extremely dangerous law that violates the right to silence and is ripe for extreme, unprovable abuse. All the police have to do is say that they believe you have the password and you are guilty if you do not hand it over. There is no defense beyond proving a negative. Of course if the first time you saw the USB stick was when an officer dropped it into an evidence bag, how are you going to prove that?

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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Re: The current plan does not matter

In theory with the agreement of all 28 countries the deadline could be extended past two years. However it is difficult to see this happening in practice.

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Amazon slashes mobe prices to get more eyes on lockscreen ads

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It's a pity that the Blackberry Passport SE isn't in this offer given Blackberry have stuck Amazon apps on their phones. Of course then I'd use an autoloader to get rid of it afterwards.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Actually they didn't and they don't:

http://news.sky.com/story/1717826/backtrack-on-give-nhs-350m-eu-money-promise

Just below the second picture (the one of Boris wrestling with his hair).

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Re: 'Brexit could make the insurance industry more competitive'

Both could apply. Lower pay outs on the same issues and offering insurance for fewer circumstances.

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Re: Passport, driving licence validity

I always thought that the Great Britain part was Scotland, England and Wales as the 'great' part was an issue with multiple islands near by having the same name and the largest was called great <island name>. If that is accurate I doubt rUK or England and Wales would be able to accurately use the term Great Britain to describe themselves.

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Assuming they're not dead cat bounces pensions and businesses like banks have taken a tremendous beating. Brexit changes the structure of the UK economy in the long term. We have all the weakness and disadvantages mid and long term spelled out but no one can know if there will be any advantages. Wondering about what is going to happen isn't meaningless, it means we can respond faster to a given scenario as we've already thought about it. I just wish the leave campaign had a plan for winning.

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Plymouth 'animal rights' teen admits Florida SeaWorld cyber attack

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I remember reading about the orca that killed its handler. One expert said that as it was raised and lived alone it was basically crazy and from that perspective the attack was still a shock but not a surprise.

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I would have thought strapped to a gurney would be a better comparison or perhaps trapped in a coffin.

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