* Posts by Richard Taylor 2

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Re: Corrupting America?

Very good pisstake of other videos (mentioning no US teen in school in particular)- and a Vonnegut putdown as well "-)

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Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

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David Brin, the only person I know to write a book containing a masturbating dolphin...

His Uplift War series though is excellent.

I would suggest you look at both Old Harry's game (there is a very evil dolphin (goes by the name of Chuckles) who appears in the first series I think, and who has a crush on Sharon Davies - I know not a book, but, and Carl Hiassen's Native Tongue - where the dolphin gets up to much much much

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Re: Bah!

In a standoff between a dolphin with a webcam and a shark with a frikkin great laser I know who I would bet on

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Rock reboot and the Welsh windy wonder: Centre for Alternative Technology

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I agree with the general tone of the article - worth a visit and good grub. You also get a years worth of visits if you can sign a tax refund form. What is interesting though is their account of how they moved from 'all energy generated onsite' to a mix (even if they generate the majority of their bulk energy - not timed) of grid and self generated.

One disappointment is a display on one of the turbines with various celebs (including that man of science, Noel Edmonds - see previous reg and other articles) providing their soundbites in support.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Oh gawd, I hope the Missus doesn't check my Ashley Maddison account

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China shutters 50 websites for spreading explosion 'rumours'

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Re: If this were Mao's China...

Well that is the Reg banned from China then

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Gazan medico team 3D-prints world-leading stethoscope for 30c

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Re: More 3D printing bollocks makes this news?

But to be fair, given the situation he was in, 3D printing the stethoscope was the only way he was probable;y likely to experiment and get a decent design - that of course can be mass manufactured.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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She had set it to 'anyone' so as to allow her to exchange (something) with someone else. And forgotten/didn't know any better to turn it off.

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ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm

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I am sure he'll find a proper internship somewhere more interesting.

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More UK broadband for bumpkins, but have-nots still ain’t happy

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Hounds are not what they used to be - I blame too many video games in the kennels.

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'An essential tool for all biz', says Countryside Alliance

Rubbish it's mobile we need. When you attach the GPS collar to the fox, you need a good 3G signal to track Reynard. Businesses - pahhhhh

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Cheers, Bill Gates. Who wouldn't want drinking water made from POO?

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Re: Not too long ago

While your point about beer as an alternative to contaminated water is true, I really don't think that was the only reason people drank it

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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Re: Bloody Jurno luxuries....

Nah real men (the advanced type) smelted the lead for their presses (run with Mammoth power if you were in the right part of the world)

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Re: In my day

@GrumpenKraut

or children?

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Re: <pendantry>

@Alister

You don't hate it really do you?

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Running an underground (well close to the ground) magazine at school c/o illicit access to a Roneo machine I can still remember the smell. Come to think about it the quality of our writing was probably much influenced by said smell....

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Care.data is a complete omnishambles, says study into hated scheme

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Re: Assumptions

And that it performed admirably.

Well in the short term it has enriched consultants (what large government IT project does not), in the medium term maybe ministers and civil servants may get the sinecures the obviously deserve *hemm hmm). Whether the data will be released to the marketeers remains to be seen.

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No

shit

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Random numbers aren't, says infosec boffin

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Re: Brainstorming ....

3) Use next weeks lottery numbers ?

If you could point me to a source pf next weeks lottery numbers I would be very grateful. Ta in advance.

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Re: Bonds

ERNIE was not (maybe no longer is) a pseudo random generator but based on what is still understood to be robust random processes

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Jail incompetent council folk who leak our data, thunders furious BBW

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The problem is establishing the level of the person who should be charged (having cut costs and paid no attention to experts). Chances of them being even charged - let alone convicted, nill. Bit like corporate manslaughter.

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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Re: Knowing my bloody luck...

Available from the BBC on 4extra. Great short story.

But I don't think the monks were assuming one true name, more all the names of God

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Aussie bloaters gorging on junk food 'each and every day'

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Re: I'm conflicted...

It's not sitting on peas and gravy - fail

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Google ready for another pop at India, with Android One in hand

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Android One has been a flop, with the Chocolate Factory failing to understand the Indian market. The dominant manufacturers – Micromax, Intex and Spice – felt that the OS was an American solution being arrogantly foisted upon them.

Well with no understanding of the market, I can still understand that "they would say that wouldn't they".

But who would not like better dust/water proofing, better speakers ect ect ect. Can live without am/fm radio though, although without good 3G I can understand why others do care.

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Has Microsoft saved the Apple Watch with Outlook improvement?

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Re: That's the second time MSFT has pulled Apple back from the brink!

Microsoft probably did save Apple by developing and supporting Office on the Mac, but this was, as I remember things, as much a 'stop the Feds doing an anti-trust' on Microsoft as much as saving Apple. At the time MSFT were under a great deal of pressure on a number of anti-trust fronts, and this did buy them time (when for example the integration of Explorer was distorting the market away from Netscape Navigator).

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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On a general point the entire plumbing industry seems dedicated to producing large numbers of parts none of which are what you need, probably don't fit together and when they do they leak.

Sunds remarkably similar to IT really....

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Re: Big Sister

Bread, circuses and iDevices (replace with any old shiny)

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Hack a garage and the car inside with a child's toy and a few chips

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Re: Sorry?

Living in Michigan we used to during the winter. It was so bloody cold that the ability to open the garage remotely and go in (so that the car did not free overnight) was a great benefit.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: A few things

Serving n a branch of the military in the early 80s and based in the south of England, it was not unknown for four people to get into a car late friday and drive for two days skiing (rotating drivers) in order to be back in time (just) for parade on the monday morning. One does silly things occasionally.

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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Re: "additional security measures"

The but then in 'the forrest' if you are caught snaffling someones possessions then it is likely to be a Glos version of the Wicker Man end for you.

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Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

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Pahh - you didn't know how lucky you were - we had to make use of semaphore - and even that didn't work on foggy days

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Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

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Whoops -it was SoundJam MP - Jeff Robbin and Bill Kincaid. Just booted up a very elderly Powermac DUO to check. That's what age does to you. Cassidy & Green published it (and Glider)

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I signed up to the 3 month trial as I was curious. I haven't used streaming services (unlike other members of my family) manly because (a) I didn't like the rip off the artists model (and Apple at least seemed to be paying more) and (b) quality.

Now I don't have a major problem with iTunes (I have been running a Mac of one sort or another for the last 25 years) - possibly it's platform, possibly because 'awkward' features have accreted slowly and I'm just suffering 'boiling a frog' syndrome. It was adequate, although even my ears (fifty odd years old) could easily distinguish the differences between their streaming and a CD.

Roll on a little and it did persuade me to get off my arse and try some other streaming services - actually Tidal high def is great. It has the music, the (beta) Apple player works very nicely and they even appear to pay rather more to their artists.

For me the consequences of Apple's offering has been to decide to fork out £20 per month to a better providr..

BTW - does anyone out there remember the application that Apple bought and which became 'player' eventually? I think it was written by one John Calhoun. Very simple, worked with Gracenotes to rip CDs, lovely bit of software (along with Gliders - wasted much time on that 2D scroller)

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FBI may pillory Hillary with email spillery grillery

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Re: Only to be expected

But can anyone doubt that using a private service (actually it's security might have been better than .gov :-( was a silly idea, from a point of view of audit (this seems as though it might have been the primary reason for doing so) or accountability. Bad though .gov security might be, I can't believe they take too many short cuts with such an important post.

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Junior defence staffer on trial for 'posting secret dossier to 4chan'

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Re: Unlucky...

He should have also stripped *all* of the metadata - proxies ain't no use when you can identify the source of the document and work forwards from that

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

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I suppose not - time still flows - even when the clock is running backwards

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Surely that violates 'time arrow'?

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Re: He's possibly right about Ebola

Yeah, but nobody ever made a scary film about Flu, Malaria, TB or Motor Vehicle Accidents...

Well I raise you, in order

* Flu Bird Horror

* Martha and Mary (a Richard Curtis film - so that get's the horror angle)

* A New York Winter's Tale (it really is bad)

* Crash

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Well it solves the battery life when you are out and about and have forgotten your charger.

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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

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Re: 'Orable

What was 3 just out of interest? Management or Politicians?

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Re: Oracle is only part of the problem

Ahh someone who has not come into 'conflict' with the Oracle licensing proposition. It is not as simple as 'one licence per user' - it can be anywhere from that up to 'one licence per user per customised app per application per oracle install per process cores per colour of CTOs underwear' and other variations on the theme.

It is tempting to suggest that the licences were agreed by legal beetles (actually not beagles have more sense) without projecting costs with increased system complexity, growth in the user group, and expansion of database applications.

It makes TP & NG's cry for sanity look simple....

“Along with the standard computer warranty agreement which said that if the machine 1) didn't work, 2) didn't do what the expensive advertisements said, 3) electrocuted the immediate neighborhood, 4) and in fact failed entirely to be inside the expensive box when you opened it, this was expressly, absolutely, implicitly and in no event the fault or responsibility of the manufacturer, that the purchaser should consider himself lucky to be allowed to give his money to the manufacturer, and that any attempt to treat what had just been paid for as the purchaser's own property would result in the attentions of serious men with menacing briefcases and very thin watches. Crowley had been extremely impressed with the warranties offered by the computer industry, and had in fact sent a bundle Below to the department that drew up the Immortal Soul agreements, with a yellow memo form attached just saying: 'Learn, guys...”

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Re: No Boats for larry!

And fighter aircraft not that I would not do the same type of thing if I had the boodle

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

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But these are aimed at businesses

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Re: Kodak tried this cheaper ink, more expensive printer business model

As did HP with their Office range of ink jet printers about 10 years ago.

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If you don't want to look like Velma from Scooby Doo, you pay through the nose for what sits on your nose.

I think Velma is cute - far more attractive than Daphne - even if the more recent cheap cartoon style is awful.

(not anon cos I like Scooby and is proud)

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Re: Hm..

Its not actually the same. The mechanics (including the need to keep nozzles clean) of a printer with refillable ink are a little more complex than those of a printer with snap in cartridges (which deteriorate quite quickly if you refill the cartridges manually - sometimes thwarted by manufacturers 'measuring ink usage' and disabling the cartridge for your own good - of course). I suspect as well that the printer is intended/expected to print rather more pages than the lowest of the low, which again raises costs.

Yes it won't be $300 but it is probably unfair to claim this is an identical machine.

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Drone delivery sparks Ohio prison brawl

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Aside from being forbidden from carrying boxes of cigarettes, marijuana, and heroin into medium-security correctional facilities

So medium-security facilities are discriminated against in the aerial delivery programme?

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Lights out for Ada Initiative – women's group closing shop

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Yes but word class software engineers are only any good for VBA programming - and who wants that?

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Asian worries for Samsung and Apple as local brands chop up the market

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Re: Apple's market is cyclical

I do hope they have some post iPhone plans, negligent if they don't, as Nokia demonstrated, things don't go on for ever. But at the same time, they do design the hardware - even if it is Foxconn who do the manufacturing (as for so many competing companies).

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Duncan Campbell: GCHQ and me and a roomful of Reg readers

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Re: Balanced values?

Sorry Lewis - URL cut in parts (but maybe its a dark agency wot dun it) - would this help

[snip long URL - the one in Lewis's post is now working - mod.]

and if this gets contracted I am going back to the double foil treatment - or I might just blame the way that the Reg formats things :-)

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