* Posts by PhilipN

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Magnetic, heat scanners to catch Tour de France electric motor cheats

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"...sending a clear message..."

You know what? That is one of the pathetic political cliches which cause me to stop reading or listening immediately. It means that the proponent does not actually want to do anything serious and effective.

There must be a pseudo-psychological origin for this (and others) but I can't be arsed to look into it because I haven't yet got the wake-up call.

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I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

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A propos today's music; MC5

Once there was a band called MC5 which if there ever was such a band single-handedly laid the foundations for heavy metal, punk, grunge and the future of rock generally.

They had a guitarist. More than one in fact. Incidentally to explain their sound and how they were different from The Who, they had a rhythm guitarist who played rhythm guitar the way Keith Moon played the drums.

Wayne Kramer gives a lecture here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qgSBrgZlzM

on the dumbing down of music generally in the past 50 to 70 years. Helps to explain why the average attention span of today's pimply-faced teen or aging fart rock fan such as yours truly is 3 seconds. That's how long it takes to "get" the musical idea of the piece, if any, then you can move on.

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Late night smartphone use makes women go blind

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Contralateral

What????!!!

You mean "opposite"?

Thank god all the best words are monos..... sorry ... have only one syllable

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Apple faces Beijing blackout for iPhone 6

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Re: Remember, Foxconn is Taiwanese

"My understanding is they're held by proxies for the mainland goverment"

Total balls

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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"a massive drain on my television-watching time"

Agreed! Star Trek was rumoured to be based on episodes from the Odyssey. Kojak clearly derived inspiration from Aesop and other classicists. Noggin the Nog was existential and the Magic Roundabout surreal. By comparison the infrequent value of formal schooling was for example limited to finding out where Jethro Tull got the name.

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It's [insert month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [insert document type]

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"Bless him ...

...... still going after these years and providing useful stuff.

https://www.grc.com"

Amen to that.

His early indispensable work may not even register (sic) as fossils to many here though.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

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Yawn. Usual MS buzzwords

"empowering". .... "get [stuff] done"

The slavishness (no pun intended) with which MS lersistently re-cycles its mantras is worthy of Stalin.

Does anyone know how they enforce the prescribed MS dictionary? Is there an office at Redmond which has the power to veto any public pronouncement which does not use the mandated spin terms?

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

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All bollocks

Compared with 10 or 5 - even 2 - years ago the sheer volume of "computing" I do every day has increased exponentially. It is just that it is now spread around a large number of devices crunching 1's and 0's.

Obvious much?

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Brit Olympian defies Zika with frozen man oysters

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Re: Amusing and sad

Dangerous rationalistic and common sense thinking!

Off to Room 101 with the heretic!

P.S. Different but related topic : Have a gander at Freedom's Battle by Gary Bass.

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Microsoft clones Trello, smuggles it into Office

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Explains a lot

MS must use this internally.

I mean have you ever been involved in a collaborative effort to do anything?

Imagine a physical meeting where 5 equally ego-driven "contributors" try to decide something. Hopeless.

Only thing which works is a project manager to knock heads together and tell (most of) the team to "Shut the *** up!" most of the time.

If the opening sequence of the video (quite laughable) is how MS thinks then no wonder we have seen .... (no I am not going to go there).

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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LLoyds Extra Wide

http://www.lloyd-shop.de/herrenschuhe/weite-extra/

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Foot-shaped shoes

Do not know of any - go figure - except Joe Nimble from Baer :

http://www.baer-shoes.com/men/style/joe-nimble

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Boring SpaceX lobs another sat into orbit without anything blowing up ... zzzzz

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The Future Starts Here

When space travel got boring. The moment we have been waiting for for 10,000 years. Starting with the horse, then the chariot, then etc.

"Bye, dear. Just popping out (back down to Earth) to stock up on Mars bars, Milky Ways, Galaxy ..."**

**Apologies for distracting resonance but I only just realised how many things at the sweet counter carry an astronomical theme.

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Swedish old timer pulls airsoft gun on broadband salesman

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Kneeled so as to cross her address off the list?

Sounds like BS to me. The only good reason I can think of to kneel down on someone's front doorstep is to peep through the letterbox and/or to check whether the (now established as) elderly resident usually leaves the key under the flowerpot.

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India roasts as mercury hits 51°C

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Re: Meanwhile, in Mongolia

Damn good post to bring perspective in a number of respects. Climate, animals and people.

Out of something more than simple curiosity what is the global warming effect of 8 million carcasses? Nothing happens at -50 degrees. I get that part, but when summer comes ....

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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XB-70

Blimey! How do you "drop" bombs at Mach 3+ ?

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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

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Homeopathic Diet

Me too.

i never eat anything but I remember what eating was like.

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Art heist 'pranksters' sent down for six months

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Our judiciary is so messed up.

Exactly.

Many years ago I had a client whose business was put into severe financial difficulties because of the nefarious activities of the chief cashier.

As chance would have it, the company boss happened upon said cashier at Paddington Station and duly remonstrated with him - by way of clenched fist to the stomach followed by a blow to the nose which curiously had come within easy reach of his knee.

In other words a serious assault. He was fined 50 quid.

I bet he felt good about it though.

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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That's nothing

Those of us who spent a childhood in rural England particularly going to the local church will know that paganism and witchcraft is nothing compared with the kind of vicious, dark and hate-filled things the twisted old biddies would say behind everyone's back. Some of it would make your hair stand on end.

Almost as bad as working in an office.

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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Re: Whoever

Betty Page

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Tragic

Axl Rose given vocal duties for AC/DC.

Prince too.

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

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George Bernard Shaw

If I can find a link I shall repost but I can only imagine with a smirk what GBS may have said on this topic. He once wrote after attending a concert of his unhappiness (danger zone ...) at seeing a woman member of the audience with a dead bird nailed to her head. Took a brief while - GBS was nothing if not plausible with his pungency - to realise he was complaining about her hat.

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

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Brilliant and thanks

The 21st Century got kick-started yesterday.

One of the most significant technological events in our lifetimes - or ever.

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Full Linux-on-PS4 hits Github

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one of the mechanics put the engine from an Austin 1600 into a Mini

Where?

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Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

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Filing an appeal without grounds being stated

Does not cost much. A junior clerk could do it.

Now the grounds of appeal - that comes later and needs more than half a brain cell.

But this kind of protective manoeuvre is typical - file notice of appeal before the deadline expires. Then figure out what the hell you do next. At least the door is kept open.

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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Urrmm...yeah, but....

"It's more so for people that want to be able to carry a gun when they need to and not have to engage other people about why they're carrying that gun,"

I thought, at least how the gun freaks explain it, one purpose of having a gun is so, when "necessary", the bad guys (or whoever) could see that you have a gun. Silly me.

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MH-370 search loses sharpest-eyed robot deep beneath the waves

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Satellites

Yeah no point monitoring the Indian Ocean.

I mean it's not like the US has strategic assets on Diego Garcia or something.

Oh. Hang on a sec .....

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Do you qualify as poor in Palo Alto? Spoiler: Yes, yes, you do

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Too many words

Just post "Pretentious twat seeks control freak"

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Want to kick butts? Go cold turkey

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Re: Quitting is easy

Flush the up votes. This is an unattributed quote from Mark Twain

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Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

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Of course. They already lost

A huge chunk of personal and commercial internet activity is now done via Linux (Android) and its cousin iOS (BSD).

Oh, upward thumb to BurnT'offering who I just noticed already posted the same message.

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A typo stopped hackers siphoning nearly $1bn out of Bangladesh

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Tip of the iceberg

Wake up everybody.

I have had 2 clients done by similar but even more sophisticated email scams in the past couple of months. One for US50K the other for 500.

And don't bother with a police report. Once the money is gone it is gone and tracing will not work, the scam is that well planned.

Wake up everybody - or did I say that already.

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

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So far no-one has made the obvious comment

.... Germans! Sheesh!

Or is it ... 13 rings? Pfft - midget!

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How to dissipate the heat?

I mean during the grinding process (snort... snigger) each piece of metal would run hot enough too .... Ouch. Forget it. I don't even want to go there.

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

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First they came for my iPhone...

I hope many others here know how this (updated) mantra, or litany, ends.

Then: "Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them".

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Essex cop abused police IT systems to snoop on his in-laws

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Don't get it

Talks about spying on relatives as if it's a bad thing.

Next it'll be spying on neighbours digitally instead of peeping through the net curtains.

Weird.

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Bill Gates can’t give it away... Still crazy rich after all these years

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Re: Humanitarian!!

I would go further. Most of the children here who live online through their browser would not understand the expression "browser wars". What happened is that progress was put back 10 years globally because MS behaved like the obnoxious kid who did not want anyone else to play on the swings.

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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Unfair

Hey! - Cut Donald some slack. Getting one's leg over Ivana with regularity at some point would have done anybody's head in

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Foxconn spikes six-billion-dollar Sharp scoff – for now

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"If you dig deep enough, the ultimate controlling interest in most Taiwanese tech companies is in mainland China."

Utter bullshit

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Pentagon to Dept of Defense: Give us $580bn for cyberwar and spacewar

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The enemy is ..... ?

That amount is more than US10bn PER WEEK.

It makes the amount of cash invested by Silicon Valley et al and all other bedroom hackers around the world paltry to the point of inconsequential.

Could they not just give a few million each to every adult human in the Middle East so they embrace middle class values and selfishness right away?

Hell that is enough to give everyone on the planet a hundred bucks. Same again next year.

Ok Uncle Sam. $100 please and I promise not to attack you.

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German mayor's browser tabs catch him with trousers down

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Re: So fucking what?

Well said Big Bro

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Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

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Re: " the owner of the phone has given them permission"

Think "privacy" and it may help you out.

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Re: " the owner of the phone has given them permission"

Case closed? .... No it is not.

If my secretary keeps a private diary in her desk (which I own) in my office premises (which I own) do I have the unrestricted right to read it when she is not there? ........ No!

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What happened to "probable cause"

FBI do not know what is on the phone. Maybe nothing. They get a judge to make an order to open it up anyway.

In legal terms it is called a fishing expedition and a definite no-no.

Welcome to 2016.

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This is what it looks like when your website is hit by nasty ransomware

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Curious

An El Reg functionary went to this web site? Why?

Poor lad

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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Hollywood got there first

Uncannily prescient and similar representation of time's hiccups in the movie version of Ray Bradbury's "Sound of Thunder"

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Ducks, Lord of the Rings, movies and maths: The GCHQ Xmas puzzle solutions revealed

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French numbers? That's just mean.

Unless you are French .... or Belgian. One of the winners, for example.

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Ginni Rometty to pocket $4.5m bonus for IBM leadership

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Market leader

I am more concerned about IBM sliding towards irrelevance than the arrivistes in Redmond flailing for direction.

In the days when MS was given the journalist's accolade of World No. 1 software company, it wan't. IBM's software sales, once you stripped out hardware sales, were consistently greater.

More pertinently, IBM has consistently been the largest customer of the US Patent Office - year after year after year. If IBM cuts its R&D budget, who is going to take up the slack?

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Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court

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'Fess up everybody

Like a lot of us I was a complete shit* when I was a teenager and it makes me cringe to think of the stupid things I would get up to. Thank Whoever I did not get caught for youthful stupidity.

Any hypocrite want to claim he was not taking risks with life, limb and property when at a tender age?

*Complete because of cultivating a respectable persona to display to the rest of the World.

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Cabling horrors unplugged: Reg readers reveal worst nightmares

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All hail

For perspective : A while ago I was looking into home telephone wiring systems to try something imaginative and I came across various explanations online.

One of them, with photos, declared that back in "those days" the wiring done by a well-trained (they all were) telephone engineer at all locations were close to works of art. Seeing the photos, I had to agree. Good quality kit (natch) but crystal clear layout and barely a millimetre of excess cable anywhere. For connections, every wire stripped to precisely the same depth.

The bloke who did such installations had probably been doing it for 10 years and would probably be doing it for another 10 years but it was impressive.

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Florida cuffee surprised by pills in vagina

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F.Y.I.

For the edification of the upright, having a prescription is meaningless. Blank prescription pads were favourite targets for lifting by druggies. Possession of such an item would mean prosecution unless the possessor is a doctor, pharmacist etc.

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