* Posts by Wupspups

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Three outsources staff to Capita

Wupspups

Same old, same old.

"We will now work hard to ensure all employees affected by this change are fully supported and we will be commencing consultations with them.”

Or, "We will have a couple of meetings with them. Talk a lot of bull hockey. Then kick them out and give them not another thought."

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Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really

Wupspups

Remind me more of the old motorcycle couriers that used to kamikaze all over the place in late 80s/early 90s. Pretty much the same employment system to. Riders were self employed in most of the courier companies.

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That Public Health study? No, it didn't say 'don't do chemo'

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Trollface

UK Big Data boffins not up to the task?

What intrigues me is why is some Aussie academic and not a UK one is crunching NHS data. Arent our big data boffins up to the task?

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Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

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Childcatcher

Ideal

For when you run out of Nerf darts and Playdoh.

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NHS injects tender for PC and peripherals kit with £500m

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New PCs with XP that is.

Our local hospital and quacks are still running XP. On brand new boxes too.

Wonder if that £500M is enough to buy some Micky Micro$oft support for a year or 2

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Teen thugs lure, rob Pokemon Go gamers

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Trollface

Re: or...

That would be 10 drums of ammunition actually. Lewis gun never used ammo belts.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Re: Passport, driving licence validity(@ Conrad Longmore)

Of course, an easy solution to this issue would be the UK govt. swapping the old EU passports for the new UK ones for free and with minimum hassle for citizens. But again, past experiences don't give too much hope of this happening.

I bet they charge twice as much as a standard 10 year renewal.

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Deploying software every day is... actually... OK – what devs tell their real-life friends

Wupspups

"One possible explanation is that low performers ignore critical rework so they can push new features, but it’s highly likely this is at the expense of racking up technical debt.”

Or maybe they are actually sorting the bugs out and doing proper testing and not introducing new bugs.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Flame

Maplin Masters of the huge markup

I just about fell of my seat last week when a colleague told me how much they had paid for a few passive components. 1000% markup on 1% metal film resistors.

And don't get me started about the quality of their tools. I've seen harder plasticine.

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Blighty's Virgin Queen threatened with foreign abduction

Wupspups

According to Royal Museums Greenwich, "The portrait is in a fragile state". What's the betting that if they get hold of said portrait of Queenie they'll be after a few more pennies to restore it? A couple of million quid would probably do no doubt.

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

Wupspups

Re: It Bodes

As a non smart phone owning person will they buy me one to hold my funky new "its digital it can't go wrong driving license on" ? Cos I sure wont.

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UK.gov pays four fellows £35k to do nothing for three months

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Facepalm

Not just money

Many moons ago I had the joy of serving in BAOR. One of the weirdness I could never get over was the annual lets go crazy and fire crates of ammo off. The reason for this was if we didnt fire our allotment of training ammo off next years allotment would get cut.

The reason for this was we weren't infantry so didnt get first dibs on the ranges, add to that we spent 4 months of the year on non live firing exercises so often ended up doing only 3 or 4 range days a year. We were supposed to do 12. The quartermaster always said if we didnt blast all the training ammo of come next year we wouldn't get enough if we did get our 12 days on the ranges. So a new QM arrives and he doesnt do the mad day of blasting off. We get the ammo cut and yes the next year we got our 12 days but only had enough ammo for 4 days.

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

Wupspups

Re: Angela Merkel

The same could be said for Margaret Hilda Roberts. First UK PM with a science degree and look where that got us.

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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

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Joke

The Rynkl team, is that a hip way of saying a bunch of wrinklies?

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Vulture conservationists hatch cunning 3-D printed egg plan

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Re: Diclofenac

And its side effects are not to nice in humans. I lasted about a day on it after a knee op. Throwing up and diarrhoea simultaneously are not fun

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

Wupspups

BOFH with patience?

IS Simon getting more patient with with users? Seemed to have taken ages to get to the ambulance stage.

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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Re: Do not speak of what thou knowest little....

Have a thumbs up for reminding me of the joy of getting zapped by EHT. Almost as enjoyable as getting zapped in the ear by 50 volt ringer voltage when jumpering up new lines on the MDF of a 300 line automatic exchange (uniselector not Strowager)

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Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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WTF?

Company wordsmith?

WTF? Seriously WTF?

And as for it looks like a "superstar's car" I think I may have a different idea of what that may look like.

So where does the hydrogen come from? Magic? It will not eliminate pollution from personal transport so long as we are dependant on coal or hydrocarbon fired power stations.

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Back to the Future's DeLorean is coming back to the future

Wupspups

A boot load of coke is available as an upgrade.

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

Wupspups
Facepalm

Smack head me thinks.

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Four Boys' Own style World War Two heroes to fire your imagination

Wupspups

You already mentioned Popski's Private Army, but the chap who created the unit Major Vladimir Peniakoff, MC is worth mentioning. Initially a concentious objecter in WWI but eventual served in the French Artillery in WWI as a private because he didnt want to waste his time training as an officer in the british army.

Next Herbert "Blondie" Hasler leader of the Cockleshell Heroes in the Operation Frankton raid against German ships harboured in Bordeaux. Haslers theories and practice where later to be used by the SBS. He was put forward for a VC but it wasnt granted. Hasler after the war went on to invent the Hasler Self Steering Gear for yachts that allowed single handed sail across large expanses of see. He also instituted the Observer Single Handed Transatlantic Race which he aslo raced in. He came 2nd to Sir Francis Chichester.

Third and sort of communications related on Thomas "Darkie" Waters a corporal in the Royal Crops of Signals. Waters was a wireless and line operator (though the old linemen(aka "lineys") of theSignals used to clain he was one of theirs) Waters was attached to 5 Para Brigade for the raid on Peagus Bridge in Caen. During the attack on the bridge Cpl Waters rescued a wounded comrade. Repaired a communications line multiple time under fire. He was awarded a MM. Water was later wounded trying to protect other soldier during a training excerise when a pin was pulled from a grenade. He Lost an eye and had a metal plate fitted to his head. Almost every Sergents mess in the Royal Corps of Signals has a copy of the painting by Peter Archer of Corporal Waters legging it across Pegasus bridge with reel of D8 line to repair another cut line. His example is used by the Signals to emphasise "comms must get through no matter what

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The BBC's Space: A short history of 21st Century indoor relief

Wupspups
Black Helicopters

State-owned, collectivised server farms

Run by GCHQ I guess?

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What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

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Big Brother

Surely the only way Google knows what you have searched for only if you log in to Google? (and why would you want to do that)

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I survived a head-on crash with driverless cars – and dummies

Wupspups

"There’s a certain impotence when you’re sat there, with the tools to control life or death for yourself, your passengers and anyone else who crosses your path, and you’re locked out, in the hands of the machine. In the driving seat, but not driving."

And there in rather a long sentence is the whole problem with driverless cars. Human being don't like to feel impotent. They want to feel in control. I know I do. If I am a passenger in a car I cant sit in the front because I am constantly checking the traffic, trying to look at the instruments. God forbid that we have to emergency brake because my right foot is pushing that imaginary brake pedal

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Skype founders planning non-drone robodelivery fleet. Repeat, not drones

Wupspups

I forsee a new student collecting craze. Forget traffic cones they are so last century.

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Get 'em out for the... readers: The Sun scraps its online paywall

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Joke

My mum told me "Never look at the Sun!"

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Wristjobs, whopping big 4Kers and fondleslabs: Currys' Xmas tech

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Devil

Rampant consumerism at its best.

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Wanted: Brit Facebook and Twitter trolls for counter-jihad psyops

Wupspups

And what the Army thinks.

Always good for a read is what the Brit Army's unofficial social media thinks of the situation

http://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/the-chindits-are-back.225808/

I do like the comment on page 4

"Is it a good sign when an information operation outfit starts off by oddly appropriating the name of a respected behind the lines mob from WWII? It's a bit like when they put a MG badge on a Mini Metro. "

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

Wupspups

>I, like anyone who hasn't just passed their test and is an average driver, can readily glance at a >control and press it even if it is on a touchscreen - you just don't do it on a corner with a large vehicle

>right in front of you , or while going through a built up area at permitted speed. The example of the >heater with no visual feedback until you press something is dumb, however that is ux rather than >based upon touchscreen controls.

Unfortunately you seem to over estimate the skill of the "average driver". From what I have seen on the roads (certainly in the UK), the "average driver" has no awareness of what is occurring on the road around them. They seem more interested in twatting about with their smart phone, having animated conversation with passengers or just plain have their brains in neutral. Giving them another thing to mess around with instead of concentrating on driving is just asking for trouble.

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Hear that? It's the sound of BadBIOS wannabe chatting over air gaps

Wupspups
Facepalm

Easy to stop

Remove the microphone and/or speakers.

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False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror

Wupspups

If a false widow is freaking em out just wait till they see a woodlouse spider

The false widow looks quite harmless compared to a Dysdera crocata woodlouse spider.Its big its red and its got farking large fangs. I got both of them in the garden and have found them in the house too. Its the woodlouse one that gives me the willies.

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

Wupspups

Dont use one set of rails!

Use 10 set of rails. Each rail set firing once a minute. Would give the cooling system a chance to work. if they could get enough juice they could even do salvo firing. Better chance of hitting something if you fire a salvo at it.

Plus there is the "My willy is bigger than your willy" boasting factor

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3D printed gun plans pulled after US State Department objects

Wupspups

Too late they already have put the plans for a 3d printer. Check out RepRap and MakerBot

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Japan forgot data wipe on ship sold to Pyongyang

Wupspups

I doubt AIS data would be any good with naval vessels as they dont seem to broadcast AIS. I live on the Bristol Channel coast and the only naval vessels I have seen broadcasting AIS have been University Royal Navy Units P2000 patrol boats.

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German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

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Thumb Down

Re: Hmmm

16MW of power a day that is a mere drop in the 1TW that we use daily.

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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FAIL

"he expects will see weapons remain holstered"

Maybe the hand guns will be as they would be pants for shooting drone. A nice semi auto 12 bore with 1 in the breech and 8 in the extended magazine would be just ripper taking little drones out. Very little property damage to.

Mines the one with the no 6 birdshot

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James Bond doesn't do CGI: Inside 007's amazing real-world action

Wupspups

Where's the gyrocopter?

I cant believe an article on engineering on Bond movies failed to even mention Little Nellie! To the piranhas with them Mr Osata!

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From Dr No to Skyfall: The Reg's one month of Bond

Wupspups

Excellent Mr Bond.

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Liquefied-air silos touted as enormo green 'leccy batteries

Wupspups

Re: Better idea, sea level pumped storage.

Or why not use the same system that is already in use like a pumped storage system such as Dinorwig in Wales or Cruachan in Scotland. Would save ruining estuarine eco systems.

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The problem with wireless: all those effin' wires

Wupspups

Re: Poor workman blames his cables.

Just what I was thinking but you beat me to it. Dont know how much storage Mr Dabs need when he is on the move but I find a 250 GB HD more than does the job.

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Human rights group: Nintendo tops conflict minerals baddies list

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Flame

Re: Progressive hypocrisy at its finest

I see this here where I work. My research group works in oil and mineral exploration geology. We are constantly having snide banter like comments fired at us like; "Oh there you go again looking for new places to rape the earth." from our "greener planet loving" colleagues. Yet when it is pointed out to them that they are the first with the flashiest new computers, phones and hi tech gee-whizzes , and that all these geegaws use all sorts of rare earths and exotic stuff. So of it wasn't for likes of the group I work for finding new sources and ways to get to the existing stuff they wouldn't have all their lovely new fruity computers and doodahs. The normal response is "Oh don't be like that. We need to have the latest stuff to help us in saving the planet" Arse to the lot of them.

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London Fire Brigade: This time we'll send the NEAREST fire truck

Wupspups

Re: Its not like a taxi service.

It would be nice that the appliance crew would be able to report the status and this be used to indicate a non fire availability. But its more likely the whole plan will be used as a a background ploy to reduce appliance and crew numbers. Because we send our nearest appliances we don't have to have so many in reserve. Its all bean counter thinking.

If they want to have a nearest unit response then they probably should be looking at the motorbike/car paramedic system. They respond, assess the situation and call in the cavalry if needed.

And I bet no body in the hierarchy has spoken to a single fireperson about this and got their views.

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Wupspups

Its not like a taxi service.

Cant see this going down well with the firemen persons. On their way back to base after a big shout all groted up, knackered, engines (sorry appliances) all out of foam, water and breathing cylinders. Then get sent to another incident. Sounds like a recipe for a disaster.

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Stephen Hawking to demonstrate speech via brain scan

Wupspups
Alien

Genesis of the Daleks?

The way Prof Hawking is going he'll end up looking like Davros.

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NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

Wupspups

Why is it when I watch the video clip I keep imagining a chap from Lancashire and his clever dog landing beside NASA's rover, then trying to feed it cheese (Wensleydale of course)?

Apart from that the Curiosity landing system does look overly complicated with lots that could (and most probably will go) wrong. I hope it doesn't

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'Attitudes to robot sex will change'

Wupspups

Groinal attachments

I wonder if they would come with groinal attachments? Be handy for giving the old boudoir a quick vacum before the next punter arrives. Or perhaps rustling up a quick post coital omlette with the whisk. Of course not many go for that option.

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Two teens cuffed after Blighty's anti-terror hotline hacked

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Hardly a barrage of calls

"We have had about 700 calls over the last couple of nights."

So call that 48 hour period for the sake of argument. I work that out to be a call about every 4 minutes 7 seconds. Not exactly a barrage of calls. Even if it was only a 12 hour period that would be a call every minute. Shouldnt be a problem with a line that gets routed to multiple operators or recording machines. Maybe a problem if its an unshared line with a single op or more likely a single recording device.

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Dr Who scores new companion from Emmerdale

Wupspups
Meh

Dont care really as long as it isnt that awful Tate woman.

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ARM's ultra-low-power fridge-puter chips: Just what the CIA ordered

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Devil

Forget the CIA.

Tesco et al are probably rubbing their hand in joy at the thought of this.

Get punters to associate fridge, microware etc.. with their loyalty cards. Supermarkets RFID tag their goods. Punter loads fridge with RFID tagged goods, fridge reports back to supermarket chain when item is put in fridge and is removed. Supermarket gets really good source of data to do with what they feel like.

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Underwater Greek volcano brewing Lara Croft style earthquake

Wupspups

Re: Sealed magazine in underwater rifle....

You misunderstand Grasshopper. Its a 5 shot pepper pot style pistol The 5 barrel clusters are pre-loaded in the factory. But the user can swap out the fired cluster with a fresh new one full of underwater banging fun.

The thing is probably about as accurate as Jack Sparrow's flintlock pistol as the barrels are smooth bored. Underwater the range varies a lot .

You also need a supply of PP9 batteries to fire the wee beastie.

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