* Posts by theModge

228 posts • joined 3 Nov 2011

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

theModge

Re: Bah!

...Because forklift jousting is safe and fun for all the family!

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Dad

@Voland's right hand

I wish you were wrong...possibly. Revolutions are messy and people who are good at leading them are not often good at governing.

People generally won't rise whilst they still have food - countries get away with far lower standards of living than us without trouble. Note that a constantly rising standard of living has protected the Chinese regime - even a pretence at democracy isn't necessary.

All that said I'd buy a lottery ticket with a chance of winning the right to shoot the pry minister (given how many would want in on that after the revolution it seems the only fair way)

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Regrettably they were pretty big on it in Government, I don't see why they're be against it in opposition.

I joined the Lib Dems instead, because they are against such things.

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Half-ton handbuilt CPU heads to Centre for Computing History

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....inside an FPGA

Actually, that was a very interesting 3rd year undergrad project: make tommy-my-first processor in an FPGA. Possibly my favourite module, despite finding it pretty hard. On reflection I don't think it could do much beyond addition and subtraction.

Impressed that they managed as little as 500w for this beast actually: wonder weather if all the LEDS came on at once it would add up to rather more.

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

theModge

Depends on the jurisdiction: that's the UK rule certainly but there's no saying it's the same the world over. Also, they may well have conducted the research with line of site, in the, quite reasonable, hope that rules will change in the future.

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How to confuse a Euro-cop: Survey reveals the crypto they love to hate

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the civilised world...

"Water boarding works" --D.Trump.

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"I'd be more worried about the murdering bastards that were born here..."

The government you mean?

The points about re-prioritising traditional intelligence seem reasonable, though I suspect that they're just not doing very well at that, hence resorting to other methods.

I'd also suggest that given that England is really quite comfortable and Syria is not, asking them selves why not just lone terrorists, but even mothers with Children are trying to go there is also a worth while exercise.

Lastly I'd point out that given the recent banning of much porn the average citizen is going to be using a VPN. This in turn will mean that just investigating everyone using a VPN is of no use. As is investigating everyone using TOR, when every student and his non-technical mate is using it to procure their drugs.

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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I believe that post may contain all of my Russian vocab. Apart from "pivo" which IIRC is beer?

I can neither read nor write Cyrillic sadly.

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International Space Station celebrates 18th birthday in true style – by setting trash on fire

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Re: Fibreglass and cotton ...

I mean... you hope the crew managed to get somewhere else first, but they're expendable compared to a multi-billion dollar space station.

Investing thing on the the museum warship in London; the crew in the magazine (shell storage) had to get out really very quickly indeed (up a vertical ladder) to avoid being drowned by the fire-suppression system (a pipe, going to the sea). To add a frisson of excitement to the proceedings in order as to avoid flooding the ship the escape hatch had to be locked fairly shortly after the water was turned on, thus further reducing their escape time.

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What's that, Adobe? A Photoshop for faking voices?

theModge

It's a similar procedure as for listening to Disaster Area: http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/Disaster_Area

Just place the mic 37 miles away, in a concrete bunker.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: Thursday's explosive anti-Brexit judgment

Personally I think the only way to settle this properly would be a second referendum that's actually binding

I was with you right until that point. Personally I think we should go with mud wrestling as the sensible dignified alternative to what's currently going on. Assuming however that isn't allowed at least allowing MPs to decide the manor of the brexit - which would I suspect make it a lot softer than may otherwise be the case.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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This gives Remain a notional Commons majority of at least 310.

How many would dare vote against the express will of their constituents though? Some will have their constituents onside of course, that's fairly easy, but there will be plenty where that isn't the case. Much as I wish this was the solution I fear they may feel compelled to follow popular opinion, however ill advised.

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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En Suite

Can't believe we're this far in and none of you have mentioned an "in room". Given that we no longer have chamber pots this isn't really used in France, but we've hung on to it.

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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Yoga

It'd be interesting to see if yoga still brings benefits with not gravity to exercise against. Creativity with springs \ elastic may be called for.

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Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it

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Train WiFi back haul

free Wi-fi should be available on 100 per cent of trains by 2020

Getting wifi on a train is a piece of cake, there's plenty of power on a train and it's a small area after all, two access points per carriage will cover it nicely.

Oh? You want to get data from the train to the rest of the world? Now that is an expensive problem. There's loads of expensive solutions of course: The track is a great place to lay fibre along side (ish) and you could then put up towers with radio transmitters - (frequency and power chosen to cover the gap between poles nicely at a good future proof data rate) then have receivers on the train. You wouldn't even be the first to do it - it's been done on Moscow metro apparently. Now imagine the expense of doing that for an entire national network. Now times it by five because railway companies can make *anything* expensive. Now consider how sodding expensive tickets are at the minute and you'll see why that won't be happening. There are people (Italians IRCC) trying to make the cheaper by using existing towers (for GSM-R) and using WiFi custom antennae to make the signal directional along the line and high gain, that's cheaper and I'd be interested to see how it turns out.

The only solution I've seen that looks affordable suffers from not really offering people what they want: a caching server on the train and an app you have to run on your phone \ laptop to receive the content they provide. Some news and entertainment, railway related info (delays, connections etc) and the option of selling people films or music from a server on the train. Even coupled with the single 4G connection which goes up and down like Cameron on a pig farm that's not much use for those wishing to work \ read the register \ rad Reddit.

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LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?

theModge

Re: "a 32-bit DAC, part of a burgeoning partnership with Bang & Olufsen"

Still, good for marketing. When can I buy a 64-bit DAC?

I hope you're running your 64-bit DAC at 96k samples a second? So as that the bats get the full benefit of the high frequency reproduction.

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Apple's car is driving nowhere

theModge

Re: Trains, planes and ships

Indeed. A strong argument I have heard against human drivers for HS2 is there is nothing they could do if they saw an obstacle. By the time you see a cow at 300 kpm on rails (not very grippy), with a train (heavy) full of people (also heavy), that cow has been demoted to beef. All over the windscreen. Which is why it's better not to have anyone there to traumatise.

Metro's are easy to make driverless, high speed lines are easy to make driverless. Mainline stuff (in the UK at least) is slightly harder because of the number of different people allowed to play on there - freight companies are allergic to spending money for example.

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Re: Empty pavements and buses

As a cyclist, pedestrian, driver of cars and quite often vans, you missed one:

Sodding pedestrians. Especially around the uni (where I am an older PhD student). They're fecking mental I tell you. The A38 is NOT a country lane and the cars on it are doing a good solid 40mph whatever the signs say (unless it's rush hour, then they aspire to 4), so don't just womble across without looking and headphones in. How any of them survive to graduation beats me.

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Sodium Lights

Come in two flavours: Low Pressure, which look orange and are a very narrow spectrum indeed. These are actually very efficient, much like LEDs, expect unlikely LEDs they're not available (because it can't be done at that frequency?) coated with a phosphor that re-emits on a broader, almost white spectrum. These give the classic street light look, which is almost black and white - your eyes can't make out colours with this little information and, very positively, your body isn't tricked into thinking it's day time because there is no blue in there spectrum.

High Pressure sodium is more expensive and similar to other arc lamps - a bluish white. Also pretty efficient in terms of lumens / watt.

As a cyclist in Birmingham, all I really want is for the council to fix the sodding pot holes: serving round them puts me in the way of things and they're easily big enough to have me off my bike

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There are some really crap budget phones out there. Vodafone's Smart Ultra 7 isn't

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Re: New word

...and it is true that yiddish words really convey their meaning with there sound. How could schlep being anything but a long and arduous journey?

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: PWEI

Have an upvote for the sentiment.

Ideally I'd like to give you another for a) reminding me of that track and b) reminding me that it wasn't just the prodigy on it.

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BOFH: The Idiot-ware Project and the Meaningless Acronym

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Re: huh ?

Normally I'd agree hole heartily, but with a day of nothing but pointless meetings, not one of which involves the demon drink(s) I think possibly some actual work has it's attractions.

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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

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Re: There are basic rules for good UI design...

I rather assumed with WPF there would be designer types playing with expression blend whilst I smashed code out in visaul studio. The new person, for it is a dull but simple job if both sides have designed to the same spec (as if that ever happens), makes the bindings happy so it all joins up.

Never bloody happened to me though. Always see programmers designing interfaces, including myself, with variable results at best.

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That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

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I do conference AV

Not witnessed either but the following horror stories from fellow techs:

  • (allocated seating) Those of you to the right of the aisle, there is no need for you to attend the afternoon session, you are being made redundant.
  • (also with allocated seating)If you reach under your chair you will find an envelope telling you if you still have a job

Mind you I've also seen the inverse: and you're salesman of the year, here have a £25k bonus (to fairly low paid sales droid), but that was a call out the name, follow spot them to stage job.

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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

theModge

The inverse has happened as well: there's been a couple of cases in tate modern of exhibits being taken away by the cleaners!

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British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

theModge

Ghent has a fantastic reputation in the very small specific area that interests me (Ontologies for Railways, since you didn't ask) and, having been there, is a really nice vibrant young city, much nicer than Brussels for a start. I don't know about the undergraduate side but all the academics and post grads speak embarrassingly flawless English, along side Flemish and French.

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ROBO-PLOD! 'Droid snatches scumbag's shotgun in standoff

theModge

Re: Perhaps it's a north american term

I used to do IT for a UK based landscaping firm and learnt the term there - they were occasionally asked to build such things to block noise (possibly from roads, I forget).

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Post-Brexit UK.gov must keep EU scientists coming, say boffins

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It gets worse

Research Fellows and other early career researchers are often on fairly short contracts, often as little as 4 months. That means that for those already jumping through the visa hoops have to reapply every for 4 months (some rationalities can't have working visas longer than their contracts) with the stress and above all else cost that entails. That they continue to put up with this never ceases to amaze me - if I was in the shoes of my Chinese colleges I'd have left long ago. If the same applied to EU researchers I can't help but assume a proportion of them would leave and that would hit my research group very hard.

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

theModge

Re: low NOX for stop-start and low speed driving

This would seem sensible: when the regulations were draw up they represented a clear choice: we will emit more C02 in exchange for less NOX; it's a trade off, one or the other if you reduce NOX you make the engine less efficient and thus more fuel and carbon is needed. One could put forward a convincing argument that because VW cheated they did the global environment a favour, they merely made the local environment in built up area's a lot worse.

Also re:bus emissions, I (just, last week) saw a bus that claimed to be euro compliant.

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Dropbox apologies for clunky administrator account access on Macs

theModge

They don't infact need the permissions that much

A previous article on the same blog:

Discusses the process he went through before coming public with the details, including telling drop box and running successfully the software with permissions disabled for four months attempting to use every feature.

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

theModge

Re: Could be a nice earner for some (female) Olympians

Sean Cannery was acting?

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Cake is a made up drug

I can't hear Basildon Bond without thinking of the Brass eye episode around cake....

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London's Francis Crick Institute will house 1,250 cancer-fighting boffins

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Re: funding

I do research in an admittedly less vital area (data integration for railways) and we too are loosing money and people quite rapidly. Given that one of the people forced to leave research and work in industry (on a European funded project that can't easily be cut) was my girl friend I find this is quite annoying.

The question is: how much do I like Ghent? it seems a nice city and the uni there has a strong line in this area....

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

theModge

Re: quality..

http://theadvancedaudiophile.tk/

http://www.pwbelectronics.co.uk/product/cream/cream.html

It's a cream. To make your hifi sound better. Worse still I can find no evidence it is a spoof Someone has reinvented snake oil sales for the 21st century.

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

theModge

It's almost as if the purpose of the design wasn't to make the best possible drone

rather to roger the tax payer for as much money as possible and still deliver "something"

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London's 'automatic' Tube trains suffered 750 computer failures last year

theModge

Re: So what's the message here, then ??

Indeed, there is an argument that whilst the grim north still has buses on rails (class 142) then digging more admittedly useful but very expensive tunnels can't be too high a priority!

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theModge

The key advantage of ATO wasn't covered

Simply you can have more trains on the same tracks. Which in a country where building railway lines is near impossible (because there is always someone's house in the way) is pretty much essential. Cross rail for example will have to be ATO in the tunnels just in order as to achieve 20 trains per hour, though for reasons of us implementing such things at a geological pace,it will revert to conventional signalling above ground.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Re: MALWARE ALERT!

your_mortgage_payments.rar is downloaded upon opening this article!

Not with adblock it isn't.

Can I now feel slightly less guilty about adblocking a site I like?

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Hitler ‘ransomware’ offers to sell you back access to your files – but just deletes them

theModge

Das ist ein Test

Could be Germans, but I use that phrase as a test all the time simply because "Test 123" gets old very quickly - it's not exactly the hardest to guess phrase in the language. I'd always assumed I was spelling it wrong - I've never studied German.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

theModge

Extracts the flavor better though. Some on the tannins stay put in the leaves until it's properly hot. 86 degree half arsed efforts are ok for not-really-tea, but proper English Breakfast needs boiling water.

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Avnet sees Dätwyler's bid for Raspberry Pi slinger, raises to £868m

theModge

The farnell group, who can be used more or less inter-chanagably at least from within UK universities includes:

  • Farnell
  • OneCall
  • Elment14
  • CPC

Who sometimes still manage to compete with each other on price! None the less they have same back end systems. I'm not sure quite to what extent they'll technically the same company - it's complex I know that.

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Get it whilst the pounds worthless

Tourists will be bringing FTSE 250 companies home as a souvenir if this goes on much longer!

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Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

theModge

trial by ordeal

As the Sir Terry (RIP) said:

"They only adopted trail by lawyer because they discovered it was worth than trail by ordeal"....

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Re: Prior Art?

Quite a few years back indeed, I commend your memory. Still good episode. Though I'd at least have used hes_lieing.pptx for the detector....

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Heart Internet goes TITSUP again

theModge

No need; SNAFU is the perfect tool for that job.

Situation Normal; All Fucked Up

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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PPE in PPE

You're all missing the real point: some one has created a twitter account dedicated to graduates of PPE, wearing PPE. This is possibly the most amuse thing I've heard since someone said BoJo was in charge of the foreign office....

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Nukeware: New malware deletes files and zaps system settings

theModge

Only the ones too stubborn to heed good advice.

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

theModge

Re: You missed the key study in this area

Got an IgNoble in neuroscience in 2012, too.

That I did not know, but very well deserved none the less.

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theModge

You missed the key study in this area

Some one put a dead salmon in an fMRI scanner and showed it lots of pictures, then ran some statistical tools and found trends in the data, too prove that the statistical tools could come up with false positives.

http://prefrontal.org/files/posters/Bennett-Salmon-2009.pdf

I believe it's an open secret in the neuro imaging community that a) you need to be careful with the tools b) not everyone is. It's just another tool. You can make scary pictures with a microscope too....

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