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2739 posts • joined 29 May 2007

BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: Selfishness

Try riding the bike over rough terrain at that speed and tell me if it's more or less scarey ? :P

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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It's childs play to spoof a MAC address you know.

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Re: And another thing

"And I think I can say, since I'm not a Labour MP, that Rochester White Van Man is stupid since he has just been fooled into voting for someone who regards him as a useful idiot helping him get into power"

Are you sure about your facts here?..

"He (Dan Ware) is the sort of voter Labour needs on its side if it is to stand any chance at next year’s general election, but is so disaffected with politics he says he “can’t even remember when I last voted” because: “No matter who you have in, it doesn’t matter.” He had not even been aware that a by-election was happening in Rochester and Strood before reporters started knocking on his door. "

So he wasn't fooled into voting at all.

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Sony quietly POODLE-proofs Playstations

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Where? Bastards, with their long tails and twitchy little noses - now I won't get ANY work done today.

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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I seem to recall from my hang-gliding training that there is a standard direction to swerve (to port I think) in the event of an imminent collision.

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Re: Ask Asimov

"1.A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm."

The problem with this law is the 'through inaction' bit and that superceding the 'obey human orders' bit.

Remove that (or put it below the obeying a human) bit and you're golden. If someone orders a robot to do something that (through inaction) allows someone to die, then the responsibility is the humans, not the robots - exactly as it should be.

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This is not even a logical question.

"Last week Fujitsu CTO Joseph Reger raised the example of two autonomously driven vehicles, both containing human passengers, en route for an “inevitable” head-on collision on a mountain road"

Unless the two AI's are in (fast) communication there is only one decision process going on here.

Each AI must make the best decision available to it for the humans it is currently responsible for. It is not in charge of the 'other' vehicles occupants therefore cannot decide.

What if the other car doesn't have an AI?

What if the other cars AI has comms problems?

What if the other AI is making a similar decision to sacrifice it's own humans based on slightly differently biased information - everyone would die!

The only thing we can program an AI with in terms of morality is the equivalent of a human.

For example, you are driving your family along a road at night. All of a sudden a similar group of people to yours has just emerged from a hidden path and is now, on foot, directly in front of you.

You only have time to

a) brake as hard as you can and plough into the pedestrians

b) take avoiding action and drive you and your family off the road, next to which is a 200 ft drop to a river meaning almost certain death.

I would choose a) in an instant. I would also choose a) after some serious thought as well since it offers the most chance to the most people. If I try and avoid them, me and my family would almost certainly die, if I hit them me and my family would almost certainly survive. For the pedestrians, they would certainly survive if I went off the cliff - but they may stand a better chance to survive being hit by a car than we would by hitting a river after a 200 ft nosedive.

In essence, most of the time you can only act to save yourself and those you are responsible for as it taps into your basic instincts for survival - anything else will take up precious moments and everyone could die.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Pink crapfest

"in Thailand I saw more pink in the men than I did on the women."

Snort :D How could you tell?

I'm trying to work out how many levels this works on, probably one less than I think it does anyhow.

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Re: Pink crapfest

I think it's referred to as 'research'.

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Re: @Sir Runcible Spoon

Thanks for the additional info - it just galls me that these politicians have the audacity to claim they are part of a democracy*.

*Unless my understanding of the word is at great odds with it's practical usage - which is highly likely considering the number of words that are 're-purposed' these days.

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Can someone explain to me the logic of allowing one bill to be linked to another bill so it's possible to be voting for two diametrically opposed ideals at the same time?

What are the obstacles to setting it up that way?

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Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

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Psycho killer que est-ce que ce est?

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Thanks for that, it gives me some idea of what I'll be laying out.

If I can convince wifey (or knock her out until the deed is done) I was planning on building a dedicated cockpit and build the PC into the frame - have some of the water cooling pipes pop out here and there. That, along with a paint-job might make it looks pretty snazzy even when not using the Rift :) It'll be bloody useless for anything else mind - but this setup is basically what I've been dreaming about since I first played Elite all those years ago - so I don't see why I should compromise.

I reckon £2k should just about do it :) (after scavenging some re-usable components from current stock)

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I hear-tell that you need to push around 60fps to the Rift to reduce vision issues, what kind of rig would you need to do that?

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Actually I'd be more interested to see how the 360 version plays, since I'm not going to bother with the next-gen consoles (saving up for a super-rig to play elite with an OR when it gets released)

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Didn't you know? That's the uzi-9mm stealth option!

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Sounds like a business plan

I read on another site that the clause did, in fact, state 'per review' - and it was against the organiser - so if you organised a pensioners outing for 10 to Blackpool and two of them posted a negative review, the organiser would be charged £200.

There's no way this is legal.

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Re: Sounds like a business plan

Assuming (for a second) that the penalty is enforceable, does it say 'per bad review' ? If not then you could also report them to the Police for fraud/theft/whatever :)

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Cyber security: Do the experts need letters after their name?

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Re: Professionalism by degrees

"A degree shows that you know how to research and study, but it doesn't necessarily mean you know your subject well"

Couldn't agree more. Having recently been asked to provide high and low level designs for new technologies (that I've never touched before) in under a month is always going to be a struggle, but having a good general knowledge and with the proper attitude you get it done.

On a subsequent call I was asked to deliver yet another set of designs for one of a choice of security systems. I was asked which one I preferred to do, to which I responded - "I don't mind, I'm equally ignorant of all of them". No-one minds that kind of answer if they know you have got what it takes to do the job anyway and it's an approach I often take at interviews as well.

"Nope - I don't know the answer to that, but I can find out fairly quickly because I understand all the underlying principles involved"

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

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Re: Wow!

Ed(w)i(na)'s in the space time continuum?

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Ok, how about

"next week, same echo location"?

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Re: yes, yes, YES!!

Consultants..

'"See," Gina says, "I do this crap year in year out, and I hate it – but it pays really well'

Wow, that's my career all in one line :D

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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Re: Shops are jsut for selling, not support.

Call them to let them know you are cancelling the account as of date dd/mm/yyyy and that you will be instructing your bank to cancel the direct debit.

Any further attempts to debit your account will incur a penalty fee of £100 to cover costs of clearing your credit rating and any time wasted trying to deal with the company in question.

Penalties must be paid within 28 days of invoice (and do send them one) and will attract late payment fees of an additional £15 if missing plus interest at 5% per month.

Put that in a letter, recorded delivery, to the finance director or company secretary - making sure to scan it first and also send it via email if you can find an account.

Don't wait for them to dick you around, go in with your steel toe-capped, hob nailed boots right from the off.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: Standard mistake to make

@Dan1980 Well said.

Online games generate stress, I play games to *reduce* stress. Back to Odyssey 3011.

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Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm

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Tracer Rounds and triangulation

Imagine your network traffic as bullets from a gun.

It's much easier for the enemy to locate your position if you are using tracer rounds and rapid fire (lots of traffic and identifiable cookies etc.) or even to use sound triangulation if you are not.

The individual sniper shot from a fresh location in the midst of a battle is much harder to track down.

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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Re: Marta Janus

I thought he'd gone one a tour of the outer planets.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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I had a Nokia 9110 Communicator and with a few bolted together connectors etc. and the zed? software I managed to console onto Sun boxes, and also Cisco routers etc.

Good bit of kit at the time.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Re: ISPs?

What has it got to do with the ISP's? They haven't created the material, and they haven't 'propogated' it either, they have merely provided a set of wet strings along which we can communicate with one another.

The lines are probably a bit more blurred when it comes to search engines though.

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Re: “extremist material” "hatred"

I hope they do ban the UKIP website, it might actually wake the sleeping masses. I find it hard to credit how dense some people can be sometimes.

You can warn people of impending doom 'til your face turns purple and they will blithely ignore it, and once said doom appears upon them they wail 'why weren't we warned?'

Would it be extremist of me to promote a form of democracy where you have to exhibit an understanding of the issues before you are allowed to vote? (or at least even an awareness of the issues)

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Re: Cameron talking crap again

Take your stinking paws off my internet you damn dirty politician!

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Poll trolls' GCHQ script sock puppets manipulate muppets

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Don't wind me up, that puts the wind right up me.

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

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Re: Meh! say the multirotor community

"and functional aero for taking Craner at 115mph"

Isn't that what power-slides are for? :)

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Re: Meh! say the multirotor community

If you are going to buy something already built (as opposed to building it yourself) you could do a lot worse than an Arial Atom 300 :D

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Re: Use a VPN? Use SSL/TLS? Well, you are a terrorist

I remember when I changed my surname, it was squarely aimed to hit my father where it hurt the most - his pride.

15 years on and the only contact from him since was to wish me dead on my 40th birthday, so I reckon I hit the target bang on :)

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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Re: i would be rich today..

If only all parents took such care to bring their offspring up with realistic expectations of the world and how fucking rock-hard it can be - but can be overcome if you persevere :)

My personal favourite was Wonder Boy - 10p spent in the pub and 20 minutes later I was still on the same 10p - it wasn't until I took up pool though that I got people to buy me drinks after they lost :) another valuable lesson learned !

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So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

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Re: I had zebra fish ...

Damn, the days of comparing my wife's memory to that of a goldfish are done.

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Plasma-spaffing boffins plan spaceships driven by FRIKKIN' LASERS

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Re: Saw this on Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle's novel, Footfall

Unfortunately unless you have some way of making course corrections this method will announce your arrival in the target system quite some time before you arrive.

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

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Re: IN OTHER WORDS...

"All your cables are belong to U.S."

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Re: "allowing them to illegally slash their energy bills"

"They can happily set it the consumption to binary zero by remote so they can do pretty much whatever they like."

If we were talking about unpaid bills, warning letters etc. before that happening then that's one thing, what I don't like is the prospect of someone deciding to cut my power off just for kicks (I'm not just referring to the power companies here) and bucks.

If these things are hackable without physical access and are capable of turning my power off, I will do everything I can to safeguard the device from remote interference, regardless of whatever 'security' measures these things are eventually supplied with.

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Re: Oh, it is going to be fun

Care to recommend some? (Locks, not locksmiths!)

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Re: "allowing them to illegally slash their energy bills"

The production of power in this country is about to drop off a cliff. If they can set limits on consumption during peak periods via these meters then I would think that would be high on their 'this is why we want these in at any cost' list.

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Re: Faraday cage

"why the meters can't have a communication module that can be remotely wired into the meter,"

They (currently) have no gov-given right to drill holes in your house.

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Carders offer malware with the human touch to defeat fraud detection

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Re: "the wife"

best..answer..yet.

I encourage everyone to upvote the above comment as I believe it is the comment of the week.

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Re: My golden rule since my card was cloned at a Texaco petrol station

Thanks for all the replies and corrections, can't say I disagree with any of them.

It's true I might be over-thinking it, but it has always offended me for some reason (not sure if having ADHD has any bearing on it particularly).

I have a similar (but stronger) reaction when people use the word 'baby' as if it were a name - that one really gets on my goat.

"How is baby today?"

"We mustn't allow baby to rule our lives now must we?"

Grrrr. Still discussing this is a lot better than writing the 'do-or-die' design doc that must be written today :)

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Re: My golden rule since my card was cloned at a Texaco petrol station

I've often wondered why people refer to 'the wife' as if they were just one of many possessed items(as in 'owned' rather than the 'demonic' variety of possession).

eg. Just the other day I was saying to the television...

I know saying 'my wife' is fairly similar, but seems more acceptable as

1) it indicates that there is only one

2) infers a degree of familiarity rather than distance

Can anyone clarify this oddity for me? I've never quite understood it.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Re: Pasties

"pasties, nipple tassels

trash, rubbish

1st floor, ground floor"

Ok, I'll bite...

Where are the ground floors in US buildings then?

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Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road

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Guily of running a TOR node

In relation to the comment about being culpable for traffic that exits via your node - if one is guilty - surely all are guilty - including the government agencies also running exit nodes.

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Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report

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Re: eak-spa ig-pa atin-la?

Can it be that they are now aware of the Streisand effect? Wonders will never cease.

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Caption this: CERN needs pic tags. Serious answers only, kids

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My contributions

picture 1 - Trombone re-designed using magnetic couplings

picture 2 - Cooling rod swimming pool opens to public in June

picture 3 - Genetically modified bees construct high quality sail-cloth

picture 4 - 'DJ Boffin' creates retro mixing deck for old-fashioned cylinder music

picture 5 - Prototype brain implant requires miniaturisation effort to become practical for every day use

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NTT thinks it's defined the PERFECT AMPERE with a cunning trap

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Re: @Reg Number of electrons != current

"coulomb"

Why does the number 6*10^23 suddenly pop into my mind?

Blimey, it's been 20+ years since I did my electrical/electronics course - the brain is a funny old thing. Most of the time I need to reminded what Faraday it is!

Never mind, I managed to dig this up..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mole_%28unit%29

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