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London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

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Re: Scary Stuff

I currently work on ANPR and your figures are roughly correct, in daylight. Remarkably, we get closer to 90% accuracy at night using infra-red cams.

(Aside - we find errors are actually more often a factor of OCR than ANPR as such. We get a clearer image to read at night using IR).

The thing that got me about it was that most of this functionality is going to require a PNC check and each and every PNC check you perform will cost you money. It costs individual police forces, it would cost individuals a lot more, plus a full security screening and logging of all usage.

On the whole, I find the notion of ANPR in a box unlikely. Not least because our mobile units are currently equipped with four daylight cams and one IR cam and getting something that can handle and decode five simultaneous streams for under a grand seems a bit like... well, bullshit, frankly.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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My new hobby - buying a £10 PAYG phone and sending 1000 texts to random numbers all containing the single message - "we are go, bomb the Pentagon".

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I'm in: Peter 'Dragons' Den' Jones launches bid to buy out Expansys

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Re: Wow

I've been mentally referring to them as Expensys for about 3 years now.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: Back in the real world

Chromebooks? Seriously?

The only technology in the last five years to be substantially less picked-up than Windows 8 and even running below Windows Phone in terms of popularity? Chromebooks are your great hope?

You shouldn't have posted AC. Then you could use the "joke" icon.

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PGP wiz Phil Zimmermann and pals tout anti-snoop mobe – the Blackphone

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Re: Just desserts, an unnecessary evil or great force for good?

I understood that.

Are you ill?

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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I'm just shocked that an anti-terrorist law was actually used against an actual terrorist.

That must be a first.

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Re: It's not the size that matters

Both appear to be rising in.market share. So....

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It's weird how Chromebooks getting a sub 10% market share means Windows is dead but WP8 getting a 10% market share means WP is doomed.

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Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

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> If the LAPD were equipped with these mean machines, then OJ Simpson would have got away.

Well, that would have been a huge net saving in court costs and mind-numbing TV.

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Windows Phone app developers: These games are made for you

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Re: Of course you're not seeing Windows Phones...

Nobody needs to buy a PC to run Windows. Only the OS which will run happily on your linux box or your Mac if you so choose.

iOS is as if Samsung had released SDKs that only worked on Samsung hardware.

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Re: Of course you're not seeing Windows Phones...

IDEs are also free and there isn't the added "you now need to buy a Mac" charge.

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Re: Wont be found here...

Nah, Bob works for Google's PR agency.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: memories

We eventually got a colour telly in 1983 - my dad's farm worker's salary of £13 per week not really stretching to such things. I remember walking up the fields to a neighbour's house - over a mile away - to watch the Royal Wedding in colour. My mum insisted.

I had a version of the Casio calculator; bought it myself in '85. It had most of the function keys on a membrane keyboard in the wallet/cover/thingy. Can anyone remember what model number that was?

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Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

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Re: Former prez George W Bush took the time to pose for a shot with U2 frontman Bono

I'm not certain which of them is more embarrassing...

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Malware+pr0n surge follows police op to kill illicit streaming sites

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Re: City of London Police

> CoLP are mostly concerned with financial crime.

Not financial crime that affects actual people though. Only the stuff that might hurt big business a little tiny bit.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Lawyers paradox

The maxim "everyone on the internet is wrong" is not too far out.

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It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

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Re: how about ...

If something that was open source sat on as many desktops as Windows and dealt with as many bank details and credit card numbers, "virus resistant" would be a fool's dream.

Oh, hi AC.

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Microsoft wields turkey knife, slices Surface to $199 for Black Friday

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Re: Yup, the UK price is a total rip-off

Hold on - you got a Surface RT with Touch Cover for £323?

Where?

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Re: I'd certainly get a surface....

Then get a Surface Pro. If you;re so awesome, it must be within your amazing skills to compile an Android distro that will run on a Corei5.

What do you mean by this anyway? That you'd buy the hardware but not the software?

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Re: Still not a bargain

How, exactly?

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I want to play with VMs

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Re: I want to play with VMs

Also worth bearing in mind that Windows Hyper-V Server is free and will happily run linux VMs.

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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

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Re: Help!

Not cheap, but indestructible(ish)...

http://www.panasonic.com/business/toughbook/semi-rugged-laptop-toughbook-52.asp?cm_mmc=PSCNA-_-Vanities-_-toughbook-52-_-tb-52-page

Packs a Radeon HD7750, I believe. Not bad at 15.4 inch.

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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

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So you disconnected yourself utterly from the Internet too?

Apparently not.

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Visual Studio 2013: 50 Shades of Grey not a worry for MONSTER dev TOOL

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wait...

what's hard about setting up TFS?

Admittedly, getting it to integrate properly with Sharepoint 2013 was a pain in the arse (but mainly because the previous admin had bungled the 2010 integration...)

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Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

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Re: Never understood smoking

"ignorant twat"? Ignorant of what? My eyes are open.

At least I'm not a sneak, a grass or smug about anything.

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Re: @dogged (was: One point that is often conveniently forgotten ...)

> Do you actually want to stop, or do you feel like you should want to, due to peer pressure?

No, I don't want to but my son is seven months old. I've kept it to "at work only - may include commute" since he was born which is hard enough but there's no way I'm risking his health.

So I have to stop.

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Re: Never understood smoking

Jesus, you could have saved yourself a lot of keystrokes by just writing "I'm a smug cunt and always have been".

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Re: @dogged (was: One point that is often conveniently forgotten ...)

@jake

No, i'm trying to stop. I tried patches. I tried cold turkey. I tried pretty much everything. And I still smoke because it's a fucking addiction. I tried hypnosis, they told me I can't be hypnotised. I tried acupuncture, they told me I was perfectly aligned, whatever that means. Basically, nothing works.

This has cut my cigarette intake in half in three weeks. I'm hoping that in three months, it will have cut it to none. And then I can move away from the e-fag because why not?

I want out, Jake. Stop trying to set fire to my ropeladder.

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Re: @dogged (was: One point that is often conveniently forgotten ...)

Yeah, and you've probably got a cold and any number of other viruses.

Given the statistically non-significant amount of nicotine in e-cigarette exhaled vapour, overall human health would probably be improved far more if we banned you. Or any other human being. Or diesel fuel.

But we don't. And it helps smokers not to produce something that can definitely kill you.

This whole thing is like building a footbridge over a busy road to keep pedestrians safe only to find some prick with a placard bitching about the fact that very, very occasionally, people jump off bridges.

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Re: Not the same as the real thing

Like the article's author, I find it's reduced my intake. Hopefully I can kill the whole habit this way.

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Re: One point that is often conveniently forgotten ...

I never had you figured for a puritan, Jake.

"Stop enjoying things that don't affect me in any way, you scum!"

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Re: One other benefit...

How dare anyone breathe water vapour near you?

Alternatively, snap my e-fag, I snap your index finger.

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Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

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I don't really see how it's news that expensive thing launched during recession sells less than expensive thing launched at height of boom anyway.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Yeah because if EVERYONE paid attention at school jobs at Amazon would have way better conditions and pay so much more, right?

Right?

Got to love the brain-dead first-line support staff we get here who think they're better than people with real jobs. One of my friends just won GCHQ's entry-form puzzle competition. He works in Tesco's warehouse.

Because he chooses to.

Did you choose to read your script every day?

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

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There's about 23 people who think Windows Phone means Windows Mobile (and apparently all of them post here).

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Re: Why Windows is doomed.

7 was lighter than Vista, 8 was lighter than 7 and 8.1 is lighter than 8.

I might take you seriously if you had any idea what you're talking about.

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The ZOD FILES: Climate documents from 2007 'must stay SECRET'

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Re: Will CAGW alarmers step up?

Might as well release them, then.

Right?

Or is this a different sort thing to hide?

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Re: Will CAGW alarmers step up?

> Where in the article does it say the "data is being withheld"?

Since the Met Office is refusing FOIA requests, only the part where all of it.

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Can't wait for 4G? Take heart, 5G is on the way

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doesn't matter

Nobody will be will be able to afford EE's monopoly tariffs (rolled out inside the M25 only for the first 4 years) anyway.

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Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

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> and he doesn't use the Internet at all (he asks his friends to surf on his behalf, and then send him the results via email).

Try reading that back to yourself.

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Microsoft touts SCROOGLE merch: Hopes YOU'LL PAY to dump on rival

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Re: hmmm

Already out there.

But I notice that the Reg is using Chrome.

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Lumia 1520: Our man screams into ENORMO new Nokia phondleslab

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Re: Microsoft account needed for Facebook? ??

You don't - to use the Facebook and Twitter apps, poor as both are.

You do if you want social media updates in your "People" feed, which bypasses the apps entirely (and can on occasion be quite useful).

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My name is NOT Dread Pirate Roberts: Silk Road accused's fam'n'friends stump up $1m bail

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Re: ...pointing to his history of charitable work....

I think there are plenty of eye witnesses and physical evidence remaining in Hitler's case. Not to mention that even at Nuremberg the actual charge was "prosecuting an illegal war of aggression" which could certainly be proven, even posthumously.

And "child molester" is strictly inaccurate anyway. It is only alleged that he was predatory toward adolescents (not that this is much better but at least they're a lot less defenseless).

But you have invoked Godwin's Law on this discussion anway so you lose.

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Re: ...pointing to his history of charitable work....

:(

It's weird how Jimmy Savile is now a figure of revulsion based purely on allegations. I have no opinion either way - well, that's not true, I believe in "innocent until proven guilty before a jury of his peers" which hasn't happened.

So therefore, that's an innocent man. A dead innocent man who can't defend himself.

And that's pretty sad.

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Microsoft zaps self in foot with WinPho/Office remote control app

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Re: This appears to be almost completely incorrect...

Yeah, but it's lovely commentard bait.

I almost suspect that something is wrong because we have't had 34 variation on "LOL M$ SUX" yet. Still, they'll roll in eventually once Barry Shitpeas is awake.

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Ruskie email provider Mail.ru chats up US market with My.com

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Oh joy

Another spamladen provider to block.

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Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

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Re: Monopoly

Oh, it sucked. But at IE4 (which was when all this kicked off) we were still enjoy the wonder of ActiveX. VBScript support was as bad as it got.

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Re: Monopoly

> How do I stop Outlook from opening links in IE even if by default browser is Firefox?

Outlook opens links in the default browser. But nice try.

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Re: Monopoly

MS had no browser lock-in.

The situations are comparable.

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The REAL JUICE behind leaked BlackBerry OS: Android apps to slip in without protection

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>One is that Google today is a predatory $50bn-a year market-munching monster, and no rival is prepared to indulge it in the way they indulged Microsoft.

The commentards do, though. According to this bunch of helldesk throwbacks, Google can do no wrong.

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