* Posts by dotdavid

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Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE to FEED interwebs into YOUR FACE

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Re: I so torn

"Is there much in the way of cloud above 40,000 ft"

Surely the problem is the clouds between the drone and the houses, which normally are at a somewhat lower altitude?

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

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Cat ate my bacon

"Police: Right, sir, it's not a criminal offence to let a cat eat your bacon, OK?"

Not sure there's no crime here, although granted it's a very minor one and certainly not an emergency - surely the feline bacon filching is theft?

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HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website

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HP staff would be forced by the company to buy genuine HP clothes whenever they changed them, which cost a bloody fortune.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Re: 5 minutes

Credit Card Verification? Yes, because you really want to be handing out your card number to some of these sites.

Although I do see the puritans in charge thinking it would be a splendid idea.

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What can't sell Galaxy S6s and keeps going down on you? Samsung and its profits

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I'm still on a Galaxy S3 although I think one day soon I'm going to get really annoyed with its limited RAM and get something else.

TouchWiz lasted about two months before being replaced by CyanogenMod, but that's only officially supported up to KitKat - the crappy support for Exynos processors in the custom ROMs scene is due to Samsung, and is the main reason I don't recommend any Samsung phones now.

That and the Galaxy Ace Duo I stupidly found for my father in law to use (he wanted a dual SIM one and at the time there were very few of them available from mainstream sources in the UK). Samsung really don't do budget phones well.

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"Maybe if it had had a replaceable battery and an SD slot, it may have fared something close to it's predecessors"

I agree. I think a lot of the sorts of people that buy flagship Android devices want that kind of thing, at least more than the general market does.

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Amazon comes up with delivery-drone zones after watching Fifth Element all night

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"Clearly Amazon has learned that with the FAA, the only thing that works is external prodding"

Speaking from experience with LOHAN? How is LOHAN prodding the FAA?

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Don't want pranksters 'bricking' your Android? Just stop using the internet, duh – Google

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Re: Genuine question..

You can flash a custom ROM which will likely have this patch applied but that will almost certainly void your warranty.

The problem with Android isn't really anything to do with its source code's openness (except in that because it is open source at least there is an unofficial way to patch your handsets). The problem is really in the lack of any central update mechanism independent of the manufacturer and operator.

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"The day when Android devices get updates direct from Google, whether the retailer objects or not, just got a little closer."

Has it? Android Wear-style updates from Google are definitely preferable to the current strategy but I don't really see any signs of this. In response to the Stagefright vuln Google have patched AOSP and sent fixes to manufacturers, and they'll do what they can in Google Play Services, but I haven't seen anything to indicate they plan to address Android's update mess. That said Google are notoriously opaque so who can really say.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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NowTV

Funnily enough I tend to use my NowTV boxes for iPlayer rather than the NowTV service, which doesn't seem a bad deal if I was interested in what is shown on it.

Well, iPlayer and Plex and YouTube. I don't think it will be long before Sky disables the latter (the former is sideloaded) but until then the NowTV box is a bargain way to make a TV "smart" for just a tenner.

Perhaps the BBC should make these shows available over iPlayer instead, they have it on enough platforms to immediately make an impact (although Sky et al probably wouldn't be happy).

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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I have a Win7/UbuntuMATE dual boot laptop which I plan to update to Win10/UbuntuMATE at some point. Maybe in a couple of months when most of the early bugs are fixed.

I'm most interested in any performance improvements to my Steam games which are pretty much the only reason I dual boot at all; apparently 10 has better performance than 7 in this regard. Although it could be just that my Win7 install is a bit crufty (as Windows installs tend to get). Either way at least I get to download a Windows 10 ISO for a clean install later if the upgrade doesn't work out - Microsoft should have done that years ago.

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Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

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Model names

Motorola aren't the worst company with these but why are there two Moto X's? There are plenty of other letters in the alphabet to differentiate your handsets.

I don't really like different revisions of handsets with the same name either, it makes it very hard to compare retailers' prices. Maybe that's the point.

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At last we know for sure. Blighty's 'best mobile network' is ...

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I was on GiffGaff for a while (which uses O2's network) but had to switch as the data was very unreliable. Good call signal coverage though, and I was sad to leave GiffGaff.

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Re: Last on customer service?

Or they could measure billing performance, with a special bonus for raising prices mid-contract for no discernible reason. Again EE are a shoo-in to win that.

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

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Re: he wore it

Yes there was a movie (several actually), but it was filmed on location

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Re: Pathetic

"The ability to hack a vehicle is not easy. It took the two security researchers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, months to tap into and control certain systems of Miller's SUV. They are experts"

"The ability to develop the secret of gunpowder is not easy. It took researchers hundreds of years to tap into and control accurate and reliable firearms. They are experts"

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Today's smart home devices are too dumb to succeed

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Re: The white light explained

If the bulb is so smart why can't it have this as a customisable user setting then? Then those that want mood lighting in an emergency (or much more likely non-emergency) can have it.

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Palantir raises $450m in latest fund-raising round

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Palantir's software is most famous for reportedly helping the US government track down Osama bin Laden

I bet they also used Outlook and Word a lot.

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Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

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Re: 24 hour time

Yes I prefer 05:00.00PM :-P

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Re: SOP for VM

"I quickly re-routed one of my FreeSat feeds into her home"

Curious as to how you do that.

"Posting A/C simply becuse I'm fed up with being bombarded with crap from VM"

Hah! As if that'd save you - you'll just get more stuff addressed to "The Householder" ;-)

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Re: Have you tried turning it off and on again?

I quite like the names they give their vans.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: When customers....

And pipes. Although looking at their printer drives I suspect there's more than tobacco in those...

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He only wears clothes he compiles himself.

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It wouldn't necessarily mean a lack of research. How you dress in the office doesn't necessarily equal how you dress for an interview. If I was interviewing for a role at a place with a casual dress code, unless the interview instructions said casual wear was okay I would wear a suit.

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Re: It depends...

"When I see a coder wearing shirt and tie, all I think is that he's another modestly skilled type who couldn't cut it in the arena with the talented coders."

Which only really goes to show why these silly rules are around; other people see people wearing shirts and ties and see competent professional people; you see people pretending to be people they aren't. How you dress does have an effect on how others perceive you, although that perception will vary from person to person as you demonstrate.

Personally I think people should wear whatever they feel is appropriate (they're skilled adults and should be trusted to decide what that means) and whatever they're most comfortable in, especially coders who have to do more hard thinking where comfort is more important than making good impressions on occasional non-techy people who may stumble by.

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SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

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Also they would be flying* pigs which is cool.

* More accurately falling pigs maybe?

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" if humans start spending serious amounts of time off Earth, they will have to take to using their own excrement for this purpose"

Or pigs in spaaaace, and use their fertiliser. Then they can have space bacon butties.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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"I was going to think about the errors, logical fallacies and possible hidden motives in the report, but then I saw the words 'child abuse' and got so angry that I couldn't think straight enough to do so"

-- Most of the population

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AI finally understands primitive sketches – aka marketing presentations

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I think it's visual solutioneering at its finest

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Silicon Valley sides with Samsung in anti-Apple patent war

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It was a joke way before then.

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Re: Missing

"Or, indeed, how do women respond to winning and losing?"

They tried to find out but all the women they asked turned out to be male truckers or canines in RL.

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Neil Armstrong's MOON spacesuit: One small donation from you - one giant leap for Mankind

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Re: Possibly mankind's most important piece of clothing?

My vote would be for the humble towel. It's about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. I bet even Neil Armstrong had one.

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Your poster guide: A fascinating glimpse into North Korea's 'internet'

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So what sites are available on this intranet?

I was hoping for a load of amusing knock-offs of proper internet sites, with overblown names like "The Glorious Peoples' Microblogging Site for Patriotic Small Birds"

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What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

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Re: Strut picture

Hmm, think I've seen that somewhere before...

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

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"Last week a drunk squirrel caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to a pub in Worcestershire."

Drunk squirrel, or drunk punters who managed to capture a squirrel but left it behind when they'd all moved on to a different venue?

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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Re: 'now even Windows 8 looks great'

I always thought that GLaDOS is a far more appropriate AI personality for Windows than Cortana.

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Fragmented Android development creating greater security risks

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Re: Translation

Yes, when you look at the list of phones they analysed you can see they're only reasonably high-profile ones that the manufacturers might consider providing a patch for. I'll bet the issues are in no way limited to those phones;

"The researchers analysed five different distributions: Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 5, Sony Z1, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5, all running OS versions 4.4.X (except for Samsung S4 running version 4.3)"

Perhaps the researchers want to keep the manufacturers on-side - if they'd announced that the Samsung Galaxy Ace (or whatever cheap popular-yet-obsolete Android handset they picked) had these problems I doubt a patch would have ever seen the light of day, and they wouldn't have gotten much appreciation from the manufacturer either for highlighting the fact that they can't be bothered to security patch anything but their latest high-profile handsets.

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Re: Car software

"I must check on this, but I though important updates ARE part of the Audi service process"

You could be right; it might be the dealership's omission (the car was serviced a couple of months before) or perhaps the patch was only a month old or something.

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Re: Car software

@Lost - haha maybe, although I never did work out how to use those flashy yellow side lights you get on other cars so I don't know.

On a more serious note I bet even Hyundai don't have the updates available for you (or a third party garage) to download yourself.

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Car software

It's quite pervasive now but the support structures required for software are just not in place.

My Audi A3's engine (fortunately very rarely) used to cut out a couple of times (like it had stalled) while driving; unfortunately it did this invariably on motorways which was pretty dangerous.

Once we worked out it wasn't our stupid fault we took it to the dealer who repaired the problem by updating some engine management software. Haven't had the problem since.

I work in software, I know it can have bugs. What I don't understand however is why software updates aren't a standard part of the car service process if the software is so important now. Or better still, let me download and apply it myself.

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Blighty's BONKERS BANKING BONKING BONANZA: Apple Pay arrives

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Re: With a £20 limit...

"With a £20 limit... is there anything in the Apple stores you can buy with this?"

I thought that was a joke but then I had a look in the accessories section of the Apple online store. £15 is about the cheapest price I found so you're not far off really. Even a plastic phone case is £25!

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

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Re: LOHAN

I don't think the New Horizon's control room has enough beer pumps and optics to run a LOHAN mission.

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Re: america to china on train

"People are very light, low-density loads"

That's why they're building the tunnel to America.

I'll get my coat...

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FLYING PIG crash-lands in Utah: Rider survives, bacon saved

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Re: Quick thinking that man!

He didn't make a pig's ear of the landing either.

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Robo-taxis, what are they good for? Er, the environment and traffic

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Ever since Google announced their self-driving car project I've wondered whether it would follow the gmail model of being free with ads. I can just imagine hailing a free self-driving taxi and being forced to watch ads on a TV inside while being driven to where I want to go.

Don't know whether the economics would stack up, and some people would find it awful, but hey - free taxi after a pub session!

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So some might have an employee riding in them to provide that service for passengers who require it. Don't see why that means we need them all to be human-driven.

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Re: Re Questionable thinking

"All well and good until a deer runs out in front of the 'train' of vehicles and the whole lot pile up, or a tree falls or a vehicle skids or the automatic brakes fail 'on'"

I suspect the first couple of cars would collide but the subsequent ones, alerted by the sudden braking/distress of the cars in front and having a much smaller reaction time than a meatbag driver would, might stop or at least reduce the damage inflicted on their meatbag passengers. Despite the road being more heavily utilised with trains of vehicles the death and injury rate might be similar, which is an improvement in my book.

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TfL to splash £400m on networking deal, despite GDS opposition

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"Unhelpfully, the blog post failed to go into detail as to what the official strategy now is"

Jenga?

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Americans in Europe like using Wi-Fi calling, Ericsson discovers

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Re: About that O2 App.

The Three one has similar flaws.

For some reason it even tried stopping me from using it as my phone is rooted; having root of course I just used RootCloak to get around this. I've used it once since but keep it around in case I happen to be abroad and somewhere where a wifi network has enough bandwidth to support an actual voice call.

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Tech bubble? Pah. IPOs just return cash to early-stage investors

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Re: BP, gone?? Noes!!!!1!.. hang on...

Speaking as a layman I think the oil that is there will continue to be extracted until becomes too expensive to extract and sell for a profit. This may be because there's not much left, or that other energy sources are cheaper than oil at a certain price point. This arguably is as good as an infinite supply of oil I guess; oil is likely to become too expensive before it runs out.

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