* Posts by Triggerfish

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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Re: mouthful of seawater? No thanks.

Its pretty common among my diving buddies who are in the water most everyday especially tropical water to take a few days off if they get a large cut it turns into a sore very fast with all of the contact with seawater at which point its often anti biotics needed to clear it.

The other habit picked up from them is to wash your ears out after each dive with fresh water, ear infections can be pretty common otherwise if you dive a lot.

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Re: the real problem is that people don't know how to drive any more

"God forbid making the driving test comprehensive enough to weed out the bad drivers in the first place."

What you mean things like keeping a decent grip on the steering wheel and not being distracted? Good grief.

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Why does Uber keep its drivers' pay so low? Ex-CFO: 'Cos we can'

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Re: Ah, yes. "Capitalism"

How about a unvetted taxi driver having a crash, whats your sick benefits like when you are off work?

How about if you cannot work anymore? Figure a normal household insurance is going to give unlimited liability like a taxi for the pasengers, or are they going to use the excuse of it being used as a cab to just not pay anything?

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AI pioneer reckons China's where the Rise of the Machines will start

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Re: Another wrong place to look for AI

"Or, accidentally via increasingly complex interactions between programs, data sets, and hardware."

River of Gods by Iain McDonald explores a similar generation of AI like that, the prequels stories also, it's a good novel as well.

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Re: "you need data and you need compute power,"

I thought the whole thing about babies brains was that it was a shedload of computing power dedicated to processing data?

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

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Re: re: the minute it became obvious you had the capacity to spy

Whatever happened to "The Talk"?

It seems it got replaced by "The Keylogger"

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Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

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Re: This sums up the problem:

Aaah the linear levels bug me so much ever since I think it was one of the Modern Warfares that insisted I get on a bridge over a road to use a MG, but would go mental and kill me for trying to flank the position instead.

Basically the turned it into space invaders with pretty graphics, its that much on rails.

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You're going to have stop calling people 'cold fish': THIS one is HOT-BLOODED

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Re: Warm blooded? @Arnaut

However if you are just quoting Jim Rose, then you are not staying up to date with current opinion, there's plenty of people who have pointed at flaws in his arguments.

We do not know if fish have a psyche ( you are making the flaw of assuming they do not have one on the judegment of this guys ten year old research.).

Likewise fish have been known to show varying personalities pufferfish, groupers, sharks all are examples, they have even found some tool using fish, and some quite complex interactions between fish and also other species. All of which argues to some level of intelligence.

I think you need to do more research.

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Re: Warm blooded?

The jury is still out on fish feeling pain. Funnily enough because some of the issues is how do you define pain? There's certainly stress indications, and to some degree pain/ or its equivalent makes evolutionary sense I would think.

This PFK article is pretty good on it.

http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=5436

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Re: Typical republican conservative bullshit.

I seem to remember one of the reasons Cuba has a higher ratio of doctors is that they used (don't know if they still do), offer free medical training to doctors from other countries I think on the proviso they stayed in cuba a few years afterwards before returning to their home countries. They have a lot of students from poorer countries and I think one of the largest medical schools.

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Apps

Of course Jeb and they wont need insurance because the Iwatch app will manufacture antibiotics, or deliver Chemo or open heart surgery as well. FFS.

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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Re: Android app--how ironic

The immediate sentence in the article though says researchers say may be causing, clickbait headline.

More than likely it would not surprise (in a complete guess), as being a number of factors, generally speaking a lot of species are pretty robust at dealing with a crisis of some sort, such as climate change, but they often seems to get hit with double whammys such as an addition of habitat loss, or pollution, I think it tips the edge of how much they can come back from a problem.

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Actually I read it as its the second highest annual loss, on an already downward trend. In which case its fair to say the bee is in trouble.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Hell man I pretty much hate the government whatever shower of shites running it, just on general principles.

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Re: Ofcom in the Internet age?

Oh they could build a big firewall and go down the China route I suppose, after all its for our own good.

Just as a note I have a friend who has worked with various intel type organisations US and UK his comment once was if you saw what (our MPs) they want to do, you'd be sickened.

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TalkTalk unveils best results ever – and its share price dips

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Re: News is not good?

Meh if you try talk talks service, you'll realise how atrocious they are, seriously the amount of time I spend resetting a router or rebooting it, because my connection just stops. Frankly their service status page has never listed an issue in my area and yet my connections drops out at least once a day.

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You think the status tracker is bad

Try their service test for your connection, you navigate to the web page and click on it, it tells you you are connected. Ingenious.

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: I can't help but wonder

Schools used to to a RoSPA course I take it that's been cut. I remember having to do one at our school as compulsory, where we all got bike training, that was in the junior years.

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They get pretty pissed off when I do donuts at the local archery course as well tbh.

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Re: 100M£ @LucreLout

Well to be honest if the trucks already pulled up and indicating left and you try and get down the side tha'ts pretty much Darwin in action.

This is from the British Cycling Org website "Filtering up the left hand side of high-sided vehicles is a complete NO. Several cyclists can be situated at the side of the vehicle without being seen by the driver."

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/insightzone/techniques/balance_and_coordination/article/izn20130830-Effective-traffic-riding-part-1-0

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Re: 100M£ @ Ac

I think you are reading this wrong he was in line, the truck would be behind him and should stay behind him, instead it pulls up alongside him. This is why the suggestion of taking up the whole lane in front of the truck proposed by someone else on here is a solution to that.

I have to say as well as someone who cycles, drives and has been on motorbikes. There's a big attitude with some motorists in the UK that make riding unsafe it's almost like they resent people who are not driving so much they do irrational things that put the cyclist/motorcyclist at risk. Seriously I feel safer riding a motorbike in parts of SEA compared with riding bikes on some English roads.

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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At least its not Emus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu_War

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Re: Lots of 'em in Spain...

Crows are clever buggers, and known for enjoying playing if any bird was going to think a fountain is a novelty they wouldn't surprise me.

Then again a shop I worked in had a parrot and that used to love getting sprayed with a plant mister, it would actually stand in front of you and spread its wings and turn around for an even spray.

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Rare monkeys stolen from French zoo – now even rarer

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Re: Inside job? or Escape to Freedom? @Voland

There's a good trade in rare species for various reasons, Tigers might be impressive but people will buy these because they are rare and its status to own them. Or just because they are cute and so a must have for someone with more money than morals.

The trade in animals like the Loris is down to how appealing they are, having met a rescued slow loris that was being kept by a friend for a while until it could be moved to a sanctuary I can see the attraction in them as pets (to some degree, there are downsides), but they should never be taken out of the wild. Stealing the monkeys from a zoo is probably easier than capturing them and gets you nicely around having to worry about smuggling them out of Brazil.

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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

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Re: So...

Having worked in hot places, including a place vulcanising rubber heats not often an issue as long as its not humid, but having done various things that take physical exertion in heat and humidity that's when it gets bad.

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Employment laws

Could be wrong but I always get the impression from stories in the US about companies like Amazon and Walmart that there seems to be quite a lack of protection for workers in US laws that leave them open to more abuse than countries like us or Germany would tolerate.

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Re: So...

Thing is if you look at some comments by US workers working for Amazon warehouses, It seems the chance for going for a drink seems slim, they work them down to the last second and if you are a bit behind on how quick you pick things, come back from break (which also includes checking in and out for the break as part of your break time) I get the impression with US laws on employment and dismissal you are pretty much out of the window that day.

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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Re: @ M7 S

I can see your point with a UKIP and Cons coalition, however I think with proportional representation you might find people becoming more interested at grass roots level and people might feel more motivated to vote for candidates.

You might have an unpalatable coalition this time, but I would wonder what would happen the next election when people actually start feeling like their vote can make a difference.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: Uploading 'everything' to iCloud?

The right tool for the right job would probably be a decent high end compact.

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

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Comcast

My impression is people use Comcast because they have to if they want internet, and I can understand that.

But at what point do does a smart lock to improve your life enough to have to deal with a company like Comcast?

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Not pro-Bono: Russian MP wants Apple to face stiff action for cramming 'gay' U2 into iCrevices

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For a bunch of people

who once held of the Nazi's they seem surprisingly scared of the gays.

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse chap in 'desperate' cash shortage

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Re: oh the horror!

We ate a lot better than that at college and most other people I know did, I doubt you'd find many college students who could live on a quid a day, its not an easy challenge from what I can see.

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Mounties nab Canadian woman, 27, in webcam hack shenanigans bust

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Re: "recreational terror[-ism, -ist]"

Listed under hobbies on CV.

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

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Re: how do you know which is correct though?

Yeah agree here, even if you are working out formulas a rough idea of what you should be getting eg an energy output, or amount of force, comes from what you know and its been enough to stop me making a mistake when i have accidently added one zero to many on a calculation.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

Eurofighter doesn't fly with stability I think they do that with a few modern fighters so that the are more manavuerable.

I would have thought with the X-Wing you are not getting enough surface area or the right wing shape on the leading edges, although thrust will help with that. Just what point does it stop being a plane for aerodynamics and turn into a rocket?

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

I think you'd have to modify the wing shape.

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Quid-A-Day kids chow down on foraged weed salad

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Re: Mmmmm, foraging.

You could argue foraging is ok. Having been a guest in some relatively poor farming areas in Thailand, foraging was pretty common, (ants egg curry surprisingly good, monitor lizard not bad from what I remember), and even with friends from there who were now better off they would still be picking up different bits you could eat when we holidaying down on the beaches like indian almonds washed in on the tide, cashew apples things like that, probably more to show us, but it showed what habits they grew up with.

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Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

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Re: story vs analogy

I have to agree with you, analogy probably isn't the correct word and what you describe is a better description, that and being able to translate the effects into something useful for non technical people or see the use in a technology that can be applied to a business or design, is a definite skill set that is sometimes lacking among the tech crowd.

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Re: narrative vs hard statistical maths

Think of it less as a story, and more about being able to deliver an analogy that translates the technical into something less technical. I have worked with plenty who have way more IT qualifications than I, but who would be awful describing something needed to a non technically minded person.

A programmer I know who has worked with compilers for MS, started of as a civ engineer, then did something to do with eco tourism before moving into programming.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Re: Driving

If it works like the Casio twist jerk its would actually be OK. I have that on my dive watch and it seems to be pretty good.

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Re: Your cringeworthy article implies

Auto downvotes don't seem to work for anyone else who posts, have you considered 14 people might think you are talking rubbish?

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Re: Objectively gorgeous??

Whilst I do not own an Omega they are rather nice and sometimes less about fashion and more about having a damn nice watch.

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I just read that whole review thinking I would find something in it that described a point to a smartwatch and you know what there's nothing, really it doesn't even seem that much use for a quick glance at the time.

I am not interested in smartwatches but I was at least expecting something that would make me think hmmn that's pretty groovy, but it does naff all.

Also if you think that's nice design then go look at something by IWC that's how nice watches should look.

Plus if you are worried about the glass getting cracked on the bedpost whilst sleeping then how do you wear it outdoors without worrying about it getting broken?

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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I think the safer way is have a generic pattern for sites that don't mean much and don't leave your information on the sites if it asks you to store your credit card details etc for ease of use next time, just as many of these sites are losing their info from poor internal security practices.

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Google exec and avid climber dies on Mount Everest

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Re: Not Risk Free Fun

I take it when people are run over by cars you quote the likely odds of the accidents as well.

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

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Re: Some still are running on DOS

Some of that DOS was remarkably robust especially with a Unix back office. We had to call around our estate to make sure they were happy with the service, and some stores didn't even know they had tech support since they had never had to call them, there were cheap (basically pc rather than server kit) sitting in the back offices that had uptime running in 5-6 years region.

It also said a lot about call centres and SLA's because the call centre manager hated to see us sitting round on our arses most days (if there was an issue we fixed the damn thing properly, the NT team relied mainly on reboots), and they hated that they could not get the customer to change over to their NT software, they used to bring them in to the centre and try and sell them to the NT software desks which was always really busy (with rebooting), showing how many calls they could handle and how quickly (reboot). While for some reason our customer liked our quiet desk where we sat around not having many issues and taking only a few calls (we might take some time, the process was fettle so it runs then fix properly - but that screws call stats).

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Re: Please explain

Getting physical access to a drawer is not a problem usually anyway, most have a small hole a bit like CD drawers used to have poke a pin in and it releases the lock.

The problem is a cashier would have a discrepancy that would show up on a Z-reading (don't know if they still call it that, acted as tech support for POS software many many years ago), which shows the total from the transactions.

If a cashier was going to fiddle a cash drawer then the ability to do mental arithmetic and keeping the running total in your head for the till, plus what change you should be giving (basically you balance the books in your head), is easier you ring up as no sales (to pop the drawer but no value entered in the checkouts final total), the average customer doesn't care about a receipt.

Depending on the set up, changing prices would not be easy either a lot of the stores had price files sent down to the back office that was then loaded down to the tills, not sure if you could change them after that easily.

It really depends on how they set up their POS network - some stores checkout die completely with loss of the server, some we worked with were pretty robust (and running all on DOS) and would continue because they stored local copies.

I would have though the grand prize was access to the CC merchant services that will be running somewhere the last one I saw (again years ago) used to have a service running on a SCO box and would squirt all that data to a bank that processed it and sent back auth codes for the cards.

I can tell you also many stores do not check when someone turns up looking like they should be working there, I have walked right up to the server racks in the offices of some large chains and not once has someone said anything (I was actually supposed to be doing so btw), ask for where the sign in book is and you are pretty much accepted.

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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Re: Tempted to buy their stuff

You may even find them worth a read, its been a while since I have read 200AD, but if thir storylines are still up there with the Democracy storyline they did, then its matching some books counted as proper literature for quality.

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Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi

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Re: Am I the only person in the world

No but its unusual, people at my place think my phones locked down to paranoid levels (its not btw, just things like location, etc turned off when not in use). There's becoming a changing attitude to privacy especially the younger generations, who seem to have grown up without knowing what it really was.

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Surveillance, broadband, zero hours: Tech policy in a UK hung Parliament

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Re: What about skills?

Having worked in temp job for the council a couple of years ago to avoid living on the dole, I could say there are people out there at least education wise out of the ten temps that started it included me relatively well educated in engineering and It with experience, a physics grad an architect and a economy grad, that was out of ten new starters. I can assure you working in a call centre for council tax was not what we had thought of as ideal jobs.

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