* Posts by Rich 11

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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Re: The spotting of another iceberg tip

Just to make the whole stew even more foul tasting let's throw in some political utilitarianism (the greatest good for the greatest number - a ridiculous notion but one held by many an apparatchik I'm sure)

I think you must hold a very shallow understanding of utilitarianism. Following that with a bare assertion denoted in such terms suggests you have a hobby horse you are desperate to ride.

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Translation

As Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage...

Since we started forcing it down your throats...

all designed to do more for you

Enjoy your assimilation.

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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I'd like it if they showed the studies backing what they've said

The references are listed on page 176 of the report.

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Re: A report based on evidence instead of prejudice ?

Have they done a thorough long term health study on the effects of the various chemicals in the goop which goes through these things?

Glycerine and propylene glycol ('goop', as you put it) are both food additives with a long history of use.

Now let's see how many people are scared of anything with an E number.

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One black hole, three galaxies, four BEELION solar masses – found by accident

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Re: These black holes are fucking bastards

Were you planning on taking it anywhere?

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Re: Simple question

Why one universe? Why would any event that can create one universe not create 2? or 3? or N universes?

That would depend on your definition of 'universe'. There are several.

And what if the things we can see is just the bit of our universe within the range of the speed of light

It is. It's what we call the observable universe and is the simplest of the definitions of possible types of universes. There are other universes out there, with the exact same qualities as ours, but they're positioned so that with the expansion of space their light cone will never intersect with ours and hasn't since hyperinflation.

Haven't we done the classic mistake of religion.... to think we're special, unique?

No, we haven't, and the idea that we're not goes as far back as Newton.

I ask again

Can I respectfully suggest you do some background reading before repeating your question?

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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I had the same happen on an old notebook last month, when I finally decided I'd let it upgrade so I could take a proper look at Win10. After the third download and installation failure I disabled the upgrade option and decided I'd use another sacrificial machine instead -- next year, maybe.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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Re: When is ad-blocking ethical?

if I go to a site that wants me to switch off Adblock, it gets dumped immediately.

Exactly. If I walk into a supermarket and one of those nice ladies with a sample tray approaches me to ask if I'd like to try a piece of cheese, but keeps trying to get me to taste her cheese even after I've said cheese makes me chuck and I never buy the bilious muck, the supermarket won't be surprised if I walk out.

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Blighty's SMB tech ranks bitterly divided on Brexit

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Re: Border Control

Well, it could change the lanes from UK/EU and Others to UK and Others.

Or more probably, since we'll want to negotiate ease of access for our own business travellers and weekend citybreakers, four lanes: UK and Ireland, EU Schengen, EU Non-Schengen and Others.

Now is the time to move into the signage business!

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Re: UK encouraging Darwinism

thank you Tufty and Mr Green Cross Man.

"Meeow mmr meooow mur meoww!"

"Charlie says, 'You're welcome'."

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Re: My dog cant play with Sticks.

"Warning, you are approaching a cliff, Do an emergency stop and make a U-Turn".

"Click here for definition of 'U-Turn'."

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But we're already letting nature take its course. Many of us eat too much. Some of us still smoke. We drive cars that pollute the air too much. We overuse antibiotics. We're chucking too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and are still arguing after a generation about how to go about stopping the seas rising and the marginal areas of the globe becoming unproductive or uninhabitable. Right now we're letting tens of thousands of people in the UK alone die unnecessarily each and every year, yet are happy to spend a load of money on stopping a few dozen people from dying or being badly injured.

Why do we do this? Because the little problems are easy to solve, so we concentrate more on those than on the big problems even though in comparison they are nowhere near as cost-effective for life-years lost. It's also easier to put a name and a face to someone killed by a small problem, whether it's because we've had to scrape them off the road or because we know that 97% of lung cancer cases are directly caused by smoking. That's us and our rose-tinted glasses.

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Re: In the interest of safety...

Keeping citizens safe with a warning as they approach areas deemed dangerous.

So basically anywhere outside their own bedroom, then.

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Put all the idiots behind fences and barriers.

Are we back to talking about Trump's wall again?

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Re: Hmm...

drop-kerbs to indicate a crossing...

Still a complete waste of money

I'm guessing you don't use a wheelchair.

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Re: Zombies + fast beat

"Hey, they're going to get you too,

Another one bites the dust"

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Re: Darwin award??

riding a bike, head down and ears filled. I'm surprised I don't see more accidents.

Well if you looked up from your phone more often... ;-)

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

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Re: Utterly unacceptable

Some of what I see is a weird and unexpected result of political correctness and equality gone mad. Our generation still had some level of "gentlemanly behavior" drilled down into our heads at home and at school. As a result certain ideas were off-limits day one and stayed this way as we grew up. That is presently considered to be "wrong" and "sexist" leaving a huge moral void instead.

This is utter bilge. You're saying that being taught to treat all people equally decently (which you characterise as "politically correct and equality gone mad" -- a red flag phrase if ever there was one) is responsible for some men issuing rape threats and death threats to high-profile women because those men are no longer being told to put women on a pedestal and treat them as the weaker sex, incapable of doing everything for themselves. Treating people equally decently. Treating people equally decently. How can that possibly translate to a "huge moral void" to be filled with threats and abuse?

This is more of an insight into your thinking than an insight into the problems covered by the article.

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Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown

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if we force the congregation to modify their behaviour

Which is the first step on the road to recognising blasphemy and heresy, with a short hop from there to execution in the name of Dolmio.

(I've just been reading about Theodosius and his imposition of a state religion. It all happened in a remarkably short time.)

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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

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Re: RE: Brexit is all a sham like the Scotland referendum.

Clearly neither option is a solution, the EU commission, not the body as a whole is the main problem point, most issues and perceived issues stem from its current formation.

Exactly. It's the commission which has too much power and more of it (like being able to propose new laws) needs to move to the parliament. The problem is that every national government has a vested interested in continuing to appoint commissioners, in much the same way that our PM gets to appoint his cabinet. The difference is that it's easier (for us and for the PM) to get rid of an incompetent or corrupt minister.

For what it's worth, I'd also want to see reform in the UK, not just in the House of Lords but also not allowing the PM to create a peer just so a favourite can be rewarded with a seat in the cabinet.

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Re: @ John 156

And to put your list in context:

http://www.thelocal.de/20160218/refugees-to-germany-commit-tiny-proportion-of-sex-crimes

You wouldn't want to leave out context, would you? Someone might think you were a despicable little shit with an axe to grind.

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Lick that new, new metal...

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Re: I'm not...

Or like ------------------------->

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US intercepts Bermuda Triangle bubble podule

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An adventurer's audacious plan to venture forth from Florida into the Bermuda Triangle in a "hydro pod bubble"

What was he going to do when he got there? Wait for the aliens to give him a lift home?

IIRC Bermuda is about a thousand miles from Florida. Maybe 70 (or even 7) miles off Florida counts as being in the Triangle, but this voyage of adventure looks more like a one-way exploration into dying of thirst.

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Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

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suggesting we probably ought to leave the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) instead.

Isn't that tantamount to expelling ourselves from the EU, since being a signatory to the ECHR is a pre-condition of membership?

I reckon she's trying to have her cake and eat it. If the referendum goes against him and Cameron gets the traditional knife in the back, she'll be able to tell BoJo just how much she secretly supported him from the inside.

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Secret UN report finds WIPO chief 'broke procurement rules'

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Re: "refusal to protect whistle-blowers"

∫ i di (lim → ∞)

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse spared chickpea ordeal

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The wedding is more problematic. There is no known solution to this problem, short of selling the rights to Hello Magazine.

You're doing it back to front. Find a wealthy father-in-law-to-be and woo his daughters and/or sons.

If he owns a chain of garages then your turbo problems are sorted too!

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Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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Re: In other news...

A similar poll could be run to determine the level at which Income Tax should be set

And if it were presented in light of total tax take and the proportion of spending in each category (pensions, health, schools, further education, universities, defence, police service, fire service, legal aid, etc) you might find that a majority do actually understand the need for funding a well-run state capable of benefiting its citizens. I'd be willing to bet more people would want to restore corporation tax back to its general historical level rather than cut income tax yet further.

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Re: Is this a fiendishly clever plan?

...But still have this law on the books ready to use against someone we *really* don't like. Pour encourager les autres, aussi.

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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+1 for...

...the Sabbath reference.

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Whitehall waste: Cash splashed on consultants and temps up 90% in half decade

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Re: "access to these skills in-house"

Along with "We will identify and cut waste."

Naturally there's always more waste to be found. Certainly enough to kick off a bidding war between political parties even outside the election cycle. It's like they're competing on who can fuck up government the most. And we vote for the bloody idiots.

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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If you dial any international number and mention his name often enough, he'll get to hear about it.

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Blighty ranks 38th in World Press Freedom Index

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Re: Not surprised

but do care about press gagging

Hey, enough! Whatever goes on between consenting journalists behind closed newsroom doors is entirely their own business.

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Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

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Do we know if...

...David Cameron approves of this takeover of his favourite club?

Up the Hammers!

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Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers

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Re: "this is something we take extremely seriously"

Operating at minimum financial cost is something that can cause great financial cost down the line.

Unfortunately this argument rarely sways beancounters unless something tragic happens to the Finance server in the fortnight before the final budget meeting...

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Re: Shit....

It could be freebird shit but I still wouldn't buy it.

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

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Re: Those of us in other countries

Technical ability has less to do with it than having a legal system that allows blatantly undemocratic (or, in the US case, unconstitutional) practices to continue unabated.

If you're referring to:

there was no statutory requirement that PRISM data only be used for foreign intelligence

Then I expect this is a feature, not a bug.

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One million patients have opted out of Care.data

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there is also the fact that you wouldn't know or potentially have any way of finding out if your data was in this system

You might, once the sales offerings from health insurers starts dropping through your door but not the doors of your healthier neighbours.

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Snafu! BT funnels all customers' sent email into one poor sod's inbox

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Probably not as much as GCHQ pick up from teenagers sexting each other.

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Re: #IPBill ... ?

How in hell do they keep on having problems like that but never seem to face the music?

But they are facing the music, and in the designated manner: at this very moment they are being spanked by the invisible hand of the free market. Or so I'm told.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Re: Foolishness

But what will happen when they grow breasts?

Then they'll be banned from entering public bathrooms.

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EU: We're splashing out €6.7bn on a giant scientific cloud

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Re: Brexiters, rejoice!

Just who do you think would be paying for this if the UK remained in the EU especially since the UK is the third largest contributor to the EU budget?

Why do you think I said 'pay through the nose'? It's hardly going to turn out cheaper, is it?

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Brexiters, rejoice!

Here's another thing you'll want us to pay up to join after we leave the EU. All that money you say we'll be saving which could be spent on the NHS or on education or on the deficit will instead be sliced up to pay through the nose for access to things like this which will give us a chance of keeping up with France and Germany. Although you could say it will instead go on a uk.gov project to establish a data grid of our own, and then some bright spark will suggest halfway through development that perhaps it should be able to talk to the EU system -- yeah, I can see how well that might turn out.

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

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Re: any small balloon ... banned from large swathes of airspace below 2,500ft

if you make it large enough and if necessary hang a couple of house bricks on it, you are fine.

Or if you have a small kite on a 3000ft line and walk it in from the edge of the area?

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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Re: Says i don't want to bother shaving

Also says you don't mind sporting a handy archaeological record of meals eaten

A moustache and beard are excellent places to store small quantities of Guinness for consumption on the way home from the pub.

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US poised to unleash stadium-sized sandwich bag

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Re: kiloCats?

That's just your midichlorians responding.

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when fully engorged with helium, or put another way is "big enough to encompass a football stadium".

That would be a stadium filled with very high-pitched cheers.

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Hey, Britain! Meet Mr Maxwell, our new National Tech Advisor

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Re: Head of computing at Eton ?

Of course it isn't. At CERN their computers aren't powered by serfs on treadmills.

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Academic network Janet clobbered with DDoS attacks – again

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Re: Valid excuse?

They rather laughably said it was because of bandwidth issues

Since some of the terminals were still on 1200 baud lines, they may have had a point.

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Re: Joint Academic NETwork ?

Yeah, I still have fond memories of remembering where to put the % character.

@UK.AC.CHELT

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