* Posts by 8Ace

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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

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... clears throat ...

OH JUST FUCK OFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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European human rights court rules mass surveillance illegal

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Harder to unpick than you think

If memory serves me the EHCR was written into law also as part of the Northern Ireland peace setlment. That decision is backed both by an Internationally binding treaty between UK & ROI and also approved by a large majority by referendum in N.Ireland as part of the Good Friday Agreement.

I think removing ECHR from UK law will be much harder that most people think

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

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I'd quit now if I were you !

"And if we're letting the Scots take the high road, quietly making Wales a sovereign nation whether they like it or not, we'd have to let Ulster decide its own destiny."

Ulster is not part of the United Kingdom. Ulster is one of the 4 provinces of the whole Island of Ireland, along with Leinster, Munster and Connacht. Ulster contains 9 counties. 3 of those counties are part of the Republic of Ireland, whilst the other 6 form the country known as Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is one of the 4 constituent countries of the United Kingdom.

I mean, come on.. time you learnt about your own sovereign state, then you can start pontificating on flags !

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Re: Yes please

Cross of St. David ?? Looks like you need educating on your own flag matey. It's the Cross of St. Patrick .. it's Irish. There is no Welsh component on the Union Flag.

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ASCII @dventure game NetHack gets first upgrade in ten years

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loved Rogue/Nethack

Though one thing led to another, next it was Eye of the Beholder, then the full Baldur's Gate (still on gog.com for around 6 quid).

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IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

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And maybe if every advert for cleaning products/cooking/shopping/washing and general fuckwittery didn't just have women in them them accompanied by a man who is portrayed as a moron, lech, or incompetent maybe the world would start to be a better place.

FTFY

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Putin's Russia outlaws ECHR judgments after mass surveillance case

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Re: Putin it to 'em

Actually at the moment the EHCR is all that stands between us and the extremes of our own government who must be looking at Putin with envy.

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Smart telly, router, app makers have left a security hole open for – drum-roll – three years

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Cut the software engineer crap

You might as well say software doctor as both are equally shite descriptions.

If they were engineers it would be done properly. Que lots of engineering fail examples from frustrated "framework monkeys"

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UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020

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The real agenda ?

Can't help but be suspicious of the drive to get everyone online. You'd almost think that the govt has something to gain if we do all our communications down one pipe, but hey governments can be trusted .. right ?

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

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Petrol Cat Converters do reduce NOx

Unlike Diesel, modern petrol engines have 3 way catalytic converters which do reduce NOx (2NOx → xO2 + N2).

3 Way addresses Hydrocarbons, CO and NOx

When operated in a closed cloop they operate with the ECU to maintain the petrol engine in the ideal range for the cat to operate most efficiently. Diesel engines currently can't achieve this.

Details from Volkswagen ironically:

http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/technology/glossary/three-way-catalytic-converter

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

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Time for petrol only for private transport

I think it really is time for diesel to be restricted to commercial traffic only, modern low capacity petrol engines are almost as efficient as diesel and an order of magnitude cleaner on pollutants such as NOx with current cat technology. In fact a modern petrol car following a diesel helps to clean up after the oil burner. I currently have an Audi A3 2.0 Diesel, but I'm trying an Alfa Giulietta 1.4 Multi-air petrol on a weeks loan/trial, which I believe is one of the most advanced of the new gen petrol engines. It gives me 170 bhp, 0-60 in 7 and a bit seconds, and averaging 51 mpg on motorway and 39 mpg overall.

Just look at modern hybrids, the internal combustion element is petrol, not diesel.

Personally I'm converted back to petrol.

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good to go!

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Announcer?

Did they borrow that lady on the vid from radio 4 ?

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Who nicked my piano ??

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So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

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Re: Where's the balance El Reg ?

Tim,

Nothing whatsoever to do with rewards, remuneration or anything like that, purely a matter of balance. I've no problem with your articles, I enjoy them though they are necessarily written from a certain point of view and a perfectly valid one at that. However the argument from the other side of the fence is absent, apart from the comments, and if the Register feels that articles on topics such as this and economic principle and theory are of interest then they need to be balanced. Whatever people think economics is not a science, large aspects are open to opinion and interpretation, and yours is one of many.

So it would be nice to hear the opinion from those with somewhat opposing views, I'm sure almost everything you've put in this article could be interpreted differently and a different conclusion reached by an economist starting from a different viewpoint.

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Where's the balance El Reg ?

Whilst Tim's articles are interesting they are the view of one side of the economic spectrum only, and any criticism or attempts at rebuttal are restricted to those of us on these forums. Whilst I'd hate to see the Register become too focussed on economics, isn't it time we had the views from the opposite side of the fence from the Adam Smith Institute. This is hardly balanced reporting.

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Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

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"Google's security engineers have been helping Adobe's programmers"

Software types are not engineers..... just stating a fact.

Engineers can also develop software, but software developers are not engineers

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

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Netflix yes, Now TV Noooo !

Please don't use Now TV as an example of how to do content access. Quality on sport and movies is piss poor and deliberately so in order to protect the full subscription service. I'd put it on a par with VHS video rather than compare it with Netflix.

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

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Re: WTF?

It's probably the fact that that most cars use a CAN type bus to exchange message between different systems. For example most car music systems offer speed depended volume to cover road noise so there's one connection. The nice display on these Infotainment systems are great for systems messages too so it now must exchange info with other systems handling brakes (wear, ABS), engine (temp, ECU issues etc.).

Once you have access to that common bus you have the opportunity to send "trusted" messages between most systems in the car.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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"Aside from its Childline, what does he NSPCC do"

Runs expensive TV and online campaigns implying that the only risk to children is fathers and other males. They are a lobby group, don't give them a penny.

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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Re: Is it just me ... ?

Oh I don't know .. how about the 7th of July ?

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Is it just me ... ?

I find the whole "7/7" monicker a bit offensive. It's like the UK media thought - well the US had a snappy 9/11 title for their horror, we should have one too. There is no reason for it other than to ape the US media, it never happended in the past. Can't they respect the victims without having to "tag" the event.

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

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Basketball.....?

Watching the updates install would have been the most entertaining part of the evening

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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Re: Not a problem solved

Aircraft and Power stations are hardly consumer products. If you are expecting future autonomous vehicle software to be designed using the same technologies (and budgets) as Airbus and Boeing, you are misguided.

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

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Re: I don't get it.

Something has to be "on" waiting for the "wakeup" call

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Not great guys

I mean who though that sticking a ginormous image at the top of each story, leaving a couple of paragraphs of text visible was a good idea?

What's with all the empty space?

What's with the grey "visited" links. OK it's different but other than that what's the point, it makes it harder to see where I've been.

The category heading above each story on the front page... what's that , some sort of eye test? A bit bigger please.

Overall I'd have to rate the changes as pretty poor.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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So what...

It's just a Skoda Octavia/Seat Leon/VW Golf/VW Beetle/Audi A3/Audi TT (arranged in increasing order of dullness).

Styling is typically German .. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

And as for Diesel, commercial use should be left alone, personal use should be hammered financially. Breathable air seems more important to me than CO2 and anyway turbo petrol is getting better each year.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Scotland

Alex Salmond put in a higher bid, the Scots are going to need kit for their own army

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Crack team weighs LOHAN's substantial box

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Just wondering ?

Isn't there a requirement for wooden packaging bound for the US, such as pallets etc., to be certified as heat treated against pests etc.

I could be wrong though but worth checking.

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Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android

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Lasted about 30 seconds before uninstall

Initial screen says "your notes are synced to the cloud" , uninstalled.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Fisher King

My absolute favourite film. At least Parry will find it easier to move the clouds around where he is now.

RIP Mr. Williams

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Ballmer SLAM-DUNKS $2 BEEELLLION bid for LA Clippers

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Basketball

Repetitive, dull, each game looks very much like the last -just like Windows

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Power assisted ??

And what happens to the power assisted steering and brakes when the engine is cut off at 70mph. I wouldn't want to be in the oncoming traffic stream in that instance.

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Re: Parking Rant

My daughter did a survey while at primary school. They spent an hour at the local Tesco counting the number of people who didn't return their trolley. In that case it turned out that 82% of those who left them at their arse rather than return them were women.

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

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Acorn Atom

Fired up my old Acorm Atom recently, built from a kit in 1980. Wouldn't start until I removed the Floating Point Eprom then up it came. Probably asking a bit much for an EPROM to hold it's data for 33 years, even when stored in the dark.

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What does the NHS’s new IT plan really want to extract from us?

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FAIL

Is the UK now just England, Wales, and Scotland ?

If you are going to complain about the use of the term "UK" you might want to learn what it actually represents first. Last time I checked those folks in N. Ireland were part of the UK also.

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Behold, the MONSTER-CLAWED critter and its terrifying SPIDER BRAIN

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A working brain?

They may want to apply that research to some of the current US Republican politicians. My bet is the megacheiran scores higher on brain capacity.

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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

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It's still just a Skoda

Not that there is anything at all wrong with Skoda's. In fact I'm sure Skoda drivers, like the rest of us non Audi types, can't resist laughing at those who pay way over the odds for the same car with an Audi badge.

But then you have to be a particular type of tw*t to drive an Audi anyway

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NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

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Carl Sagan will be chuffed

I still remember his RI Christmas lectures in 1977. Voyager had been lauched a few months earlier and featured quite a bit in those lectures.

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Re: Acorn Atom

Part of the first 1K was used as "Zero Page". This was used in the Atom & BBC Micro as an extra set of 256 fast registers as the 6502 could address this area using a single byte. The rest was buffers etc IIRC.

I concur that the BBC OS 1.2 was a superb piece of work. I disassembled and dumped the whole thing on a dot matrix printer, the printout was about 20cm thick. There were all sorts of gems in there, the whole thing was so elegant and well thought out.

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HP hammered in servers, storage, and PCs in fiscal Q3

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Hardly surprising

That's what happens when you are nothing more than a glorified technology reseller.

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Investors: Oh Samsung. You need to smash those records HARDER

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Analysts??

Why are we paying attention to these people any more. The modern equivalent of Snake Oil salesmen.

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Offensive, iconoclastic internet trolls will NOT be prosecuted, says DPP

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Big Brother

Re: Cunning plan

Provided you can find a VPN provider who isn't going to pass on your connection history at the drop of a hat/brown envelope/court order.

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Ecuador: All right, Julian, you CAN stay on our sofa - it's your human right

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Re: How does he pass his time...

Lots of leaks at the same time should do that ... Ok I'm going

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How does he pass his time...

.. I wonder how the tunnel is doing?

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NSA PRISM-gate: Relax, GCHQ spooks 'keep us safe', says Cameron

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Black Helicopters

Call me a cynic but......

The constant drive from government to ensure everyone has "fast" internet just encourages more and more of us to use the internet as our primary form of communication. As "citizens" do their communication, purchasing, and even social interaction through one "pipe" it makes life so much easier for the state to keep tabs on us and also to restrict what information we have access to. The cynic in me says that this is exactly why governments are so intent on rolling out fast connections to everyone.

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You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

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Re: Smoke and mirrors

Indeed, I'd bet that Sky have included employee PAYE & NI contributions in that. Correct me if I'm wrong once a salary is paid that money belongs to the individual so the individual pays that tax.

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Weary quid-a-day nosh hack fears colonal mass ejection

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Re: I predict

I knew that Android Profanisaurus app would come in handy. It's not just for giggling to yourself on the train after all!

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UK.gov told to get a brain in wake of £1bn IT deals collapse

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Ah but then..

.. they couldn't cover theor own arses. I've done plenty of work in the Public Sector, work they are more than capable of doing themselves. I've also been told that the only reason I'm there is so that they can cover their own backsides, "after all the consultant said .... so how can it be my fault"

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Soot forces temperatures more than thought: AGU

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Not fiddling emmisions rules

It's nothing to do with 'Government fiddling the emissions rules', diesel carries a higher weighted VED because it is more polluting. Whilst CO2 emissions may be lower for the moment, levels of local pollution are much higher for diesel engines than petrol. The extra VED costs reflect the extra damage that diesel engines do to the local environment over petrol - see http://www.environmental-protection.org.uk/transport/car-pollution/.

For example diesel has much higher NOx emissions than any recent petrol engine which can affect those with illnesses such as Asthma. In fact a modern petrol engine vehicle with an active CAT following a diesel vehicle is actually cleaning up some of the diesel emissions. With modern petrol engines, e.g. Alfa/Fiat Multiair and VW TSi, producing CO2 levels similar to diesel, the differentiating factor is that diesel engines are more damaging and therefore are taxed more.

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