* Posts by Pen-y-gors

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Vodafone: Dammit Britain, your emergency services need 4G!

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Re: So just where in the country do criminals go to avoid the police :)

odd-numbered houses?

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Wow, Barcelona really has a problem with tech disruptors. Watch out Airbnb

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What is a tourist?

Interesting question: is the tourist tax and the tourism register strictly for 'tourists' (holidaymakers?) or is it actually for 'anyone from out of town'. If the former then does offering a bed to someone in town on business make you liable to be on the tourism register? Or how about someone from the outskirts who wants a bed in the city centre after a hard night out?

Simple rules can be sooooo complicated!

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Hardened Linux stalwarts Grsecurity pull the pin after legal fight

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Name names?

"a “multi-billion dollar” corporation"

Go on, who is it...?

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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Insurance value?

IANA Insurance Broker but...I think you'll find that your insurance company actually insures you for the 'rebuilding cost' of your house, not the market value of the house (less land value etc). In expensive areas this may be a lot less than the market value of the entire site, but in cheaper areas may be a lot more than the market value, as it includes the cost of demolition and clearing the site, plus the cost of doing a one-off build (rather than perhaps building an estate all at once)

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

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Shameless plug

Excellent article, and I agree that the place is well worth a visit, as is King Arthur's Labrynth.

And the shameless plug...when going from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth (or vice versa) do stop off at Caffi Cletwr in Tre'r Ddol (half way between Mach and Aber). It's an excellent community-owned and run cafe and local shop (with a surprising range of tasty stuff), staffed mainly by volunteers, and a venture well worth supporting. [Declaration of interest: I'm one of the volunteers!] Oh yes, and there's free WiFi (have to include the IT angle).

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Re: I Say Potato and You Say Pot-Ah-To

I suspect CAT themselves aren't entirely sure - I've seen signs with two very different welsh translations of the name.

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US military says it will discipline Ashley Madison users

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Re: We should be told...

If there were, I'm sure they were purely for research purposes.

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Curiosity rolls over onto Martian WET PATCH, takes satisfied selfie

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Distortion

I appreciate that they use a rather odd lense on the camera, but it would be nice if NASA would process the image to remove the distortion before releasing the photo.

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Boffins dump the fluids to build solid state lithium battery

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Battery evolution

It's easy to be cynical about the number of 'revolutionary battery technologies' that disappear down a black hole, and yes, batteries for portable stuff like phones have improved over the years.

But what hasn't improved much is the technology for bulk storage of solar, hydro etc, the sort of thing that we need to store hundreds of kilowatt hours rather than a few thousand milliwatt hours,

Wake me up when I can get a power pack that stores 500kWh, lasts at least 20 years without serious degradation, costs less than £1000 and fits into the space occupied by my oil-fired boiler.

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Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time

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You cannot be serious...

Carter sees the map as helpful, but said: “To make it an accurate and useful tool, Ofcom needs to regularly test networks both indoors and outdoors around the UK, using only data collected in real life, and not a mash-up of testing and computer simulation."

So he wants Ofcom to send some poor sucker out to cover the entire land area of the UK, cities, villages, fields, mountains, swamps and all, stopping every 100 metres, to measure the actual reception on every network? The phrase 'job for life' springs to mind...

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Costa Rican authorities detain drug-smuggling pigeon

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Unnecessary complications

Last week we had fights in a porison when a drone tried to drop some dope ina prison, now it's pigeon post. Why can't the inmates just buy their drugs from the guards like everyone else?

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Yes but no but...

Good news, but how many of them will decide to waste their skills as accountants or bankers rather than going into IT or science research?

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

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Ho hum,

Providing an option that lets just anyone nearby see your phone and send files to it.

What could possibly go wrong?

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It's not just antivirus downloads that have export control screening

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How do names get on these lists?

Obviously no self-respecting trrrst would use his real name when buying online, but what would happen if some moronic jihadi started posting inflamatory messages on facebook under the name of 'David Cameron', or 'Theresa May' or "Barry O'Bama"? Would those names be added to the blacklist?

Just curious...

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Death to DRM, we'll kill it in a decade, chants EFF

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Re: Not going to happen

@DavCrav

"Where exactly do children get this sort of money?"

Or to use the same argument...

60" smart TVs and new BMWs also cost thousands of pounds...so presumably it's okay to steal them if you don't have the cash?

DRM is bad, but so is freeloading. Content creators do have a right to be paid for their work.

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Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE to FEED interwebs into YOUR FACE

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Interruptions?

I can see that it will fly above commercial aircraft, but presumably that laser that connects it to the ground station passes through airspace used by aircraft, pigeons etc. How does it cope with interruptions? Or a Google balloon getting in the way?

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Comet 67/P CAKED in LIFE-GIVING RUBBLE, say astroboffins

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Thumbs up

...for probably being the only article written in any news publication today that correctly uses the word 'literally';

"we've just about literally only scratched the service of the worldlet on which it rests

It's so nice to read material written by a literate journalist!

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Sorry, chaps

Still not a reason to lash out all that dosh for Prime

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Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

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Plan of action

1. Get friend in St Johns Ambulance or theatrical type to give you some really guesome facial 'injuries'

2. Buy and wear 'Anonymous' mask

3. Go to Festival

4. Wait for them to ask you to remove your mask...

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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How about...

Mandatory deletion of all Twatbook accounts one month after 18th birthday, and they have to create a new grown-up a/c. Simples?

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Re: idiotic attitudes all round

"if a company actually releases software, isn't it supposedly fit-for-purpose?"

Which planet do YOU live on? I'd like to move there...

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Energy for Agriculture and Forestry?

The article conveniently notes that renewables are a small proportion of total energy use, once we factor in transport etc. But what about all the solar that agriculture and forestry use to grow crops? If you're looking at total energy use, shouldn't that be included as well?

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Encourage renewables?

It's important for governments to encourage renewables, although sadly it seems that our present 'green' government is so keen on renewables they're killing off virtually all financial support for them, presumably because their chums in the City can't cream off enough of the cash.

And the article talks a lot about wind and solar, but why the heck are we still so slow with sorting out serious tidal power in the UK? Some of the best tidal ranges in the world, out of sight (on the whole) and very predictable.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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Gravy?

"Two countries separated by a common language"

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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WTF?

In what strange alternate universe would anyone think that connecting the car radio to the brakes was a good idea?

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Totally wrong!

A Smidgin is several kg - more or less depending on breakfast time.

(I suppose I should explain that Smidgin is the name of one of my sweet little pussycats - who is rather under-sized following a difficult birth - I'd upload a piccie but ElReg doesn't do piccies)

I actually have a theory that the word is actually "Smidgín" and is derived from the Gaelic -een endings for a small thing. Probably totally wrong....

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Invisible updates?

I could probably live with this, PROVIDED that the update process is changed so that it happens invisibly in the background and doesn't lock my pc for 30 mins with a 'windows is updating, 10% complete, installing update 3 of 29" message just when I try and reboot to give a presentation to a customer! Is that so difficult?

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Ideal solar system for SECOND EARTH found – and it's just 186 light-years away

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So....

all we need is for Elon Musk to invent a warp drive and away we all go. Or perhaps we should send the B Ark first.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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Grimbledon Down?

Nu-Food?

I think not...

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Spring cleaning time

Although my Win7 laptop is way over the minimum specs, I'll be buying a new one (probably early next year, once all the Win 10 bugs are ironed out) Excellent chance to remove all the crap, upgrade software etc. And drivers...I had an old Shuttle box that worked fine with Ubuntu (several releases ago), tried updating Ubuntu and the embedded video would no longer work. One dead Shuttle, and I can't be bothered to try and install another distro.

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Experts?

"Experts predict problems of this type will become more commonplace as cars rely more and more heavily on digital technology"

You really don't need to be an 'expert' to predict that!

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Hacking Team's snoopware 'spied on anti-communist activists in Vietnam'

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Prison?

Surely there is some way for these evil scum to end up in prison? They must have broken some laws somewhere - ten years in a Colombian jail is too good for them!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chopstick-collapsing Spam musubi

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Re: Spam in Scotland

Spam fritters were bad enough - but our local chippie in Guardbridge (near St Andrews) back in the Seventies used to deep fry meat pies (no batter). They'd cut them in two and pour out some of the fat before serving, so they weren't entirely unhealthy!

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Oxford Uni unearths 800-year-old document to seize domain names

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Embedded names?

I think they're on dodgy ground once they start saying that the domain includes the name of the complainant - Oxford University will shortly lose its domains to the Ford motor company...

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US senate committee wants Twitter, Facebook to report 'terrorist' posts

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Possibly not so bad?

"obtains actual knowledge of any terrorist activity . . . shall provide"

So if they don't monitor and read everything, then they won't know anyway, so no need to report.

And as it refers to 'actual knowledge' then if there is a terrorist incident (bomb in Kabul?) and anyone mentions it in a tweet or post then they MUST report each and every post. That should slow up the NSA

Politicians should not be allowed to draft or amend the wording of legislation - they always get it wrong.

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Google yanks fake Android battery monitor

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Re: Follow through ...

"advise everyone that downloaded the app that they have been proned..."

YOU! Lie flat on the floor NOW!

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Indian DEITY plans 14 Exabyte cloud storage rig

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Wonderful!

Many of their citizens don't have clean drinking water, sanitation or adequate housing, but they've all got a Gigabyte of cloud storage. Job done. Treble lassis all round.

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Planet killer: Ex-army officer's Welsh space-rock mission

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Fascinating!

That's a definite place to include in the day trips when I go on my hols later this year - got a fortnihjt in a brewery in the Marches (not kidding - cottage in yard of the Three Tuns brewery in Bishops Castle. What more is needed for a perfect holiday: excellent beer, WiFi, nice little eateries and a trip to the Armageddon Avoidance Centre)

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Export control laws force student to censor infosec research

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Easy PhD

"I have made some wonderful discoveries about infosec vulnerabilities, but if I pout them in my thesis and tell you about them the CIA will have to kill you. Please send diploma to my usual address...

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It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range!

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Food processors...

"food processors that also do the cooking for you"

Isn't that called Dominos?

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Operations?

I'm not sure that the Falklands was the only time the Vulcans flew in anger - we were out in Aden in the early/mid sixties and I have vague memories of Vulcans being used around then to drop small loads of conventional weaponry on recalcitrant tribal villages up in the hills of Yemen (plus ca change...)

Very sad to see her grounded. Lived at Scampton and Waddington for 5 years in my teens, and the house shook as they took off and the engines pointed straight at us. Even had a holiday job for two summers at Scampton scrubbing them - there's a lot of wing to clean when you only have a small brush!

Could we have a Kickstarter whip-round to raise the dosh to bribe someone to keep issueing air-worthiness certificates?

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Bear of little brain is confused...

I am of limited intellectual powers. Could someone please explain how this can work?

1) I am in the contact book for some one who uses Win 10, using my regular e-mail address of balls-of-steel@narcissist.com

2) my laptop comes in range of my poor deluded Win10 user

3) What on earth is there that connects my laptop (called numerouno) with a user account of eljefe to the e-mail address in the contacts list on the Win10 box?

Let's hope they switch it off by default before release date. And then kill it entirely

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Tech Mahindra posts profit warning: The end for Indian outsourcing?

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Circlehealth

"10-year deal with CircleHealth which operates a network of NHS and private hospitals"

Help, Nurse, my pacemaker isn't working properly.

Have you tried switching it off and on again?

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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

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Without supporting Sky in any way...

('cos Murdoch is 100 times more of a shit than BT)...

Openreach do need a kick up the arse.

We were originally due to get FTTC last December. Then they moved it to March. Then to June. Then in early June they moved it to September. (Although the boss told the local AM that it would be Xmas - left hand/right hand?) At this point correspondence revealed that there was a problem in installing new cabinets, allegedly a question over whether they could install them on a trunk road(WTF?) How could they get to three weeks from live date and suddenly discover they hadn't actually installed the cabinets? We've had Openreach engineers digging up roads for months! Where on earth do Openreach get their 'project managers'?

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'Please, choose to be a good citizen and DON’T ask Siri about 9/11'

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Silly people

If they tried to use the calendar in a logical, natural way, and referred to dates as DDMM e.g. 11/9 or 11th September then they wouldn't have a problem. Don't get me started on the lunacy of displaying dates as mm/dd/yyyy. And how about using 999 as an emergency number?

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Re: 23:44

That's obviously the problem, they were using sensible units: clearly something was expecting standard US units of inches per day

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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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Let's be realistic

The 'brain' behind any car-control software MUST reside on the vehicle, preferably in triplicate, with fail-safe options by default. Same thing for aircraft or any fast-moving, life-threating objects. Connection to a datacentre is fine for the occasional software or map data update, but that's it. We won't see 5G outside London, Brum and the Northern Powerhouse until at least 2086 anyway.

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Free keyboard?

Does it come with a free keyboard and mouse that will attach to a phone?

Not specifically a criticism of M$, personally I find that phones are really, really rubbish for any sort of serious data entry or manipulation, even with 6-7 inch screens (or bigger) - those on-screen keyboards really suck. Okayish for typing a text or an e-mail, but a report in Word/Docs/OpenOffice? No thanks

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: Popcorn time!

"Same route cause..."

You think they took a wrong turning somewhere then?

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Self-inflicted

Undoubtedly a crap bank, but don't think the twitterer @Victoria Hicks can really blame Natwest for her having 3 kids - no money, yes, but 3 kids?

Or maybe they offer a wider range of sercvices than I thought.

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