* Posts by TRT

3792 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

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#2...

Isn't that London 2012?

Slutty Lisa Simpson just can't get enough.

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Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand

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Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

You realise your coffee can secure holdings solution depends on Java, right? With Gnome on top.

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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

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Re: which market exactly?

I have discovered that at least one country, Finland, does not require a human driver. I'm not sure about their equivalent of the Construction and Use of Road Vehicles Act, where many mandatory features are related to the driver (such as the field of view, window shading, mirrors etc etc). The UK has a special prototype vehicle legislation to deal with all these circumstances where a vehicle inherently cannot comply with the existing legislation for whatever reason.

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Re: Not a hope in hell

Rocks don't tend to wake up and run off the road when you bib your horn.

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Re: Not a hope in hell

Be useful for remote autonomous exploration of extra-terrestrial environments.

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Re: Joystick or Game remote

Knock the top off Johnny Cab.

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When AI reaches a par with NS (Natural Stupidity), we'll be in a position to reassess.

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Taking your comment to its logical conclusion...

Your wife, you say... *whistles*

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Re: Not a hope in hell

Or laser-wielding horny Swedes in pig masks...

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Re: Insurance premiums

Any insurance company worth its salt will be making sure it covers potential outlay from driverless collision incidents. With barely any data, I expect they will take a far more cautionary approach unless it is mandated otherwise. e.g. based on the engine capacity etc of an equivalent vehicle. That's just collision damage, of course. Then you've got loss through theft and fire and other means (e.g. the idiot box drives through a swollen river calculating that it's just a ford). Or the manufacturers will be forced to underwrite the vehicle, which kind of makes sense; they should put their money where their mouth is.

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Re: Similar story on Ars...

Will that support mass production, though? More about the business than the tech.

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Re: Is there no icon on El Reg...

The fitting of seat-belt mounting points became mandatory in 1968, and cars built between 1965 and 1968 had to have them retrofitted. It was 1983 before it became mandatory to wear them in the front, and 1989 before back seat passengers had to join in. Despite the vast amount of data collected worldwide in the 50s and 60s, it still took the best part of two decades and God knows how many attempts to pass the legislation before it happened. And that's for a basic safety device, rather than anything game changing like steering-wheel-less vehicles with all the liability and insurance issues. So I don't think that any mass-market is going to open up for them within 5 years purely because of the speed with which legislature moves. Possibly there's a market for self-driving taxis in a controlled environment in some progressive car-free towns or business parks, but by 2021 I can guarantee there's not going to be the kind of volume of sales that matches their announcement. I can see a main production model with advanced guidance technology as an optional package, perhaps that's what they mean, and if they'd have said "we will be making this technology available as an option on some of our main production models, operating in all modes as high as local legislation permits" I'd not be laughing, I'd be nodding and saying, yes, I can see that happening.

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Re: More predictions...

Humans. Where we're going, we don't need humans.

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Is there no icon on El Reg...

for tears of laughter streaming down the face?

And into which market will they be selling these cars exactly? The one with the legislation that allows steering-wheel-less autonomous vehicles? An unproven, untrusted technology? On the mass-market? It's somewhat easier to develop new technologies that are compatible with existing legislation, such as hybrids, rather than try to force legislation to keep up with technology.

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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That picture...

looks like it was taken in a pub or something. I was hoping it would be a stock photo so I could ask if someone had searched for "mother bored in the pub". Ah well.

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Viscous liquid oozing down the walls? You must have hives

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Welsh bees, you say?

It's not unusual to be buzzed by anyone...

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Cisco joins Microsoft and flings out Skype-friendly collab app

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Will it allow...

Telepresence users to join in without the expensive Outlook scheduling touch-screen add on? Also, BlueJeans has been doing this for a while now.

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CERN staff conduct 'human sacrifice' at supercollider site

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Re: Incredible...

1/5 kill-a-what per annum. Very efficient.

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Re: CERNs true purpose: destruction of the Earth

Campaign for Earth's Reduction to Neutrinos?

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Re: DOOM!

We need a Huon particle storm to power our SpaceTime capsules.

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

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Smothered in brown sauc... wait. NOOOO!!!!! Mind bleach, mind bleach!

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Wonderful...

everyday.

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Re: Pigs with frikkin' lasers...

Pigs.... In.... SPAAAAAAAACE!

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Well you know, Sweden...

That kind of thing really isn't my bag, baby.

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Re: Why doesn't Win10 support multiple drives better

@Adair. So seems to be the reported fault in the article! Mine updated to Windows 10, froze, and I figured I might as well go to Windows 7, as I was going to need to do that anyway for one of them - the end user specifically requested that. I only had the one SSD in there, not multiple drives, but it was definitely related to the SSD and specifically the make and model of SSD which wouldn't work at all with the generic disk device driver. Hang on, I'll look up the model... No, can't find it in my notes. It was something to do with version 4 of the SSD firmware or something - version 3 would have worked. It was an M2 board; a 950 EVO?

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Re: Why doesn't Win10 support multiple drives better

"Mute" as in "shut up, keep quiet, don't make another sound"?

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Re: Why doesn't Win10 support multiple drives better

I had a couple of boxen from Dell which, due to various purchasing agreements and cockups, came with Windows 8 on SSD instead of Windows 7. Could I roll it back? Not without a week's solid work and fitting spinning rust - not only did the disk controller need a driver not on the standard install iso, but the actual Samsung SSD itself did (no fallback mode to a default driver), and so did the USB sockets, all of them. No floppy, no CD drive. I tried baking my own custom Win 7 install DVD, which I hadn't done before - fail. I've never had so much pain getting an OS onto a PC before. I'm wondering if this double driver issue is screwing with Windows 10 as well.

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Re: most MS licencing schemes allow you to install the software on a home device as well

A trouble shared...

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Re: Wow.

Time went bust in 2005, didn't it?

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Microsoft: Why we had to tie Azure Stack to boxen we picked for you

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Re: Building a walled garden, one brick at a time.

There's mortar this than meets the eye.

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Hmm...

“Azure iterates very, very rapidly… new services merge all the time, existing services update rapidly and we need to have that approach workable in the customer data centre,” Tewari said.

And that's a good, stable platform for their business users is it? Thoroughly tested and secure. Variability of hardware not good. It gives way to variability of software.

I'm just trying to understand this statement, is all. It's setting my BS detector off, and I'm wary it might be a false positive.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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I used to run...

an Indigo digital press Eprint 1000. Great beast. And it worked a lot of the time. But when it didn't... Graaaahhh!!!! FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUU.....

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Re: If only...

Hm. A useful upgrade to windows.

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Re: Erm...

How else do you wipe windows?

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Re: Going for the 'DownVoted' World Record!

Top Trump.

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Re: I find the best way to avoid adverts on Farcebook...

I find that if I want to leave a forum comment, but have to have a Facebook login to leave one, then what I wanted to say was probably 1) not worth saying 2) to the wrong audience.

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

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Re: "Crew"

"Not so much crew exactly. More... cargo." Harcourt Fenton Mudd.

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: Smart bulbs versus light switches

Changing a light bulb? You want the current off. Although there are "safe when vacant" sockets (the pressure of the bulb on the pins needed to lock the bayonet pushes the pins through an air gap and onto the live supply - the pins are tied together by an insulated bar, so that they have to move together or they jam before making contact - thus prying fingers would need to push both pins in really hard and synchronously in order to find a live terminal).

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Re: ironic heart attack

Funnily enough, the washing machine in the flat I moved into post-divorce has taken a terrible toll on my clothes. Either that or I'm shit at laundry. Because all the shirts I have are shrinking rapidly. The nice short sleeved one I only bring out for special occasions (i.e. very hot days) that I've had for years? It's now so tight I look like a throttled earwig. And the long sleeved white one with the special collar for bow-ties... I've had that for years too, and it used to fit brilliantly, but now the sleeves and cuffs are so tight... the right cuff I can't do up at all for some reason. And you're right. Shop stocking has definitely changed. I can't find any 32xs trousers, so I'm forced to wear 34s with belt and turn ups. I always thought it was because there were so many short-legged men around that they sold out of xs before I got there. And now with BHS gone titsup, I've no chance.

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Ah.

I'm afraid I'm guilty of having a remote control for my vacuum cleaner. It's built into the handle, so one can adjust the suction just before one hits a loose rug, but it does operate over radio frequencies and needs the battery changing every now and again.

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London's 'automatic' Tube trains suffered 750 computer failures last year

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Re: RE: Anonymous Custard

I've had more replies about the SPaDs. Seems like it's a feature of the layout of the tracks in that area.

"A904 if you miss the R904 and come out of the tunnel doing 30mph plus in the rain its a spad all day.."

"When I didn't have gray hair and used to be a trainer, I'd always tell trainees that if R904 was on start braking immediately. If they didn't..."

"One of the problems with A904 is that drivers don't react soon enough to R904 if it's on. They come down the hill from Southgate, see R904 with a yellow aspect, but don't immediately start braking, hence the number of SPaDs at that signal. "

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Re: The guy didn't have my mobile but knew where I drunk...

You don't think you might have a problem? ;)

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IP mapping hell couple sues

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Re: Law of unintended consequences

Pity they didn't elect to use their own US office as the location. Did someone foresee this consequence?

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

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Sort of...

But you have to have un assiette des haricot dans un sauce tomate sur pain grillé. Avec fromage.

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Re: Some of these choices are strange

The London Richmond? For the sausages? LOL. Well, I suppose it's made of ham.

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Re: Scotland and London vs. England and Wales

Did they?! I'm surprised.

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I'm going to go home via the London Underground and then on a Virgin Trains service to have a plate of either home-made Cathedral City cheese and onion pie & chips with HP sauce or Richmond Sausages and mash with Bisto gravy and a mug of tea (not PG Tips though, Clipper Organic from Waitrose) whilst watching the BBC news and Robot Wars on iPlayer.

As for the referendum, I couldn't make up my mind.

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Funny story, this. UK.gov's 'open banking app revolution'. Security experts not a fan of it

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Re: Now why would I want that?

Ah well, you see this is all a drive to help the ailing high street. Instead of going into your local town or village to deposit cash in the bank, you can use it to buy goods and services from outlets in the same area instead. When you put it into the bank, it's immediately lost to the local area economy.

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Re: Now why would I want that?

Now stand in the middle of the town square and shout the following...

All you bankers! I'm after the best banker. So who banks the highest?

With your fingers in the corners of your mouth, pulling.

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