* Posts by theModge

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SourceForge accused of shackling GIMP in kinky adware

theModge

re: merrits of gimp

Gimp is pretty good, considering it's free. I wouldn't use it for pro-level graphic design, but, seemingly uniquely on the internet, I'm not actually a graphic designer for a living. My work does need me to chop things out of images occasionally, and it can do that competently.

Also note worthy in this line is UFRraw. Again, it's no lightroom, but I have a camera that's about 5 generations out of data (450D) and no one wants to pay me for my photos.

I'm well with those who wonder what purpose source forge fulfils in this day and age of github.

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GCHQ puts out open recruitment call for 'white hat' hackers

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Re: While the salary is attractive

Also, £28k for a fresh graduate is very different to £28k for a person who has done a few years work and has some marketable skills

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Re: Kettles

...actually, I assume it's because in Brussels they don't fully understand the importance of a decent cup of tea. It's coffee or nothing there, if you are English.

(and no, I did not vote kipper)

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leaf-munching luddites

....which is exactly why I couldn't bring my self to vote for our own leaf-munching luddites.

Voting today really did make me feel dirty, but it has to be done.

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Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

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Re: Who is Kidding Who?

It is nationalised now: the EU said we had to stop giving Network Rail £11bn a year and pretending it was a separate company. After much sucking of teeth and realising that passengers weren't going to find and extra £11bn between them (nor were the Operating Companies) it was renationalised. Quietly without announcement I grant you, because that would be to admit privation had been less than a complete success, but none the less, network rail is once again part of the ministry of transport. The operating companies (and those they lease the trains from) remain private, but all the infrastructure is now public again.

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David Cameron 'guarantees' action on mobe not-spots. Honest

theModge

Re: Maps

Indeed. It'd be good to see a non-fiction version though, the operator provided ones seem to be a figment of their imagination.

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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Re: Trust

I've gone for that approach, via lastpass, as such all my new passwords are now the maximum allowed length and support the maximum allowed range of characters. I let it import my old passwords and I'm changing them piecemeal.

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NINETY PER CENT of Java black hats migrate to footling Flash

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Re: Well that took a long time...

This leaves the interesting question of what happens when IoT companies go bust as well: do you have to bin your fridge if you got it from a company that goes bust? What about smaller companies? When the only software engineer leaves, the new guy takes over, can't do anything with the abysmal documentation left to him (don't pretend that's never happened, even if it shouldn't) he starts the new products from scratch, are they really going to keep patching old products though don't understand?

For that matter I've been involved in projects where by I've built something, then left and it's just been left working again in the smaller business sector. Do I get kept on retainer for the rest of my life? What happens if I left on bad terms? Don't have time? Changed industry completely?

Things that need patches for the rest of there working lives open the industry up to a entirely new range of interesting and exciting problems....

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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Skirun access

Can definitely confirm that winter tyres will get you down snowy mountain roads from hotel to ski run.

Went skiing with a local in Italy and that is precisely what we did.

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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Re: ten centimeters

Upvoted purely for being interesting...

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Re: There was at least one shinkansen accidental fatality

Yes, I've sat through a few talks from Japan Rail, there are no accidents, so long as you count them exactly the right way. However it's still quite impressive - there's not been any deaths that can legally be blamed on them - no train crashes or such like.

Oh and I agree the Japanese have phones on trains sorted: you're not allowed to use them. Playing games (on silent) is ok and popular, but talking on the phone is not.

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Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

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Re: Why has the seller not commented on the review?

That would seem to be the obvious course of action wouldn't it?

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WW2 German Enigma machine auctioned for record-breaking price

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Re: And should Cameron win...

The policeman with the sledge hammer will be better paid, briefly, until he's deemed to expensive and sacked?

(For clarity I'm firmly of view that the only man to enter parliament with honest intentions was guy fawkes and have no idea which particular bunch of bastards I'm going to vote for this time round, but I'm sure I'll feel soiled for having voted for them)

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Re: So.....

The problem is that the public at large have an IQ slightly lower than the square root of the dumbest person in the group. Given "the public" is a very large group with some very dumb people, so they may very well be right to treat them as complete half-wits, if not a little over generous.

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Intel and LG: Our new mobe cams COULDN'T CARE LESS about pixels

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Re: 2560x1440

<quote> Z3 compact </quote>

Have one and love the thing. I get 2 days of *my* average use out of the battery, 3 of very light 1 if I accidentally leave google maps open all day and the brightness on full (because I'm on holiday some where sunny. Rarely need to use that brightness here...)

Personal opinion and all that, but I quite like the thing.

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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Re: Indeed!

It is something adblock can do you will be pleased to learn.

If youtube do move to block adblock then I'll cheerfully stop using them - I don't watch much on there in any case. El reg on the other hand I always feel slightly guilty about adblocking, but there's no subscription here.

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

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Re: Unwanted ad injectors aren't part of a healthy ads ecosystem

You have pretty much described my TV watching as it stands...

I do listen to commercial radio(kerarrang replacement services, what ever it calls it self), right until the first ad break, then it's time for radio 4 (or a CD, if the archers is on). News papers could be financed by an old fashioned method where by you give them money and they give you news.

</grumpy old man>

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

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Re: UK

What do you mean "Look Like"?

Scarcely before has there been a better definition of the phrase "Doesn't know socket from sodomy" than either of the party leaders. Nor it would seem any of the advisers such as they actually listen to - some one did let Cameron announce that he'd ban encryption after all....

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

theModge

Re: The Size of My Package...

Sadly we're not as far from men with flags by way of contacting the controller as you'd like to think...

Actually that's not true. GSMR covers a lot, but not all of the railway, but any case this is like GSM but with LESS data provision, not more. It's far from 3G, much less 4G and certainly has nothing to spare for passengers wifi. In a lot of cases signallers know where trains are to the nearest track circuit, which whilst quite small near stations and junctions can be a couple of kilometres in the middle of nowhere. So nope. No excess of bandwidth to use, though ERMTS level 3 calls for it, that might be implemented by 2040 (yes. 2040. That's the time scales they work on. I know. It's mental)

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French minister: Hit Netflix, Google, Apple et al with bandwidth tax

theModge

Re: Hey French film industry.

A niche industry producing far better films than anything to come out of Hollywood.

Intouchables is amazing! Really worth a watch and the world would be poorer without it.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Second the view that their data is better than most

I (like I suspect many here) have used the landranger series of maps extensively for hiking \ holiday planning type things ever since school and have always found that if you ever start to suspect the map is wrong, you yourself are not in fact where you thought you were.

From an IT perspective though what's interesting is that they've tried hard to stay up to date with data formats - all there data is available in various linked \ open formats (RDF) which is quite pleasing. http://data.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/ is the portal for that.

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Zoinks! Is that Mystery Machine Apple's SELF-DRIVING FAMILY WAGON? You decide

theModge

Re: There is one good reason why it will never work

...IF you haven't already built a rail infrastructure which doesn't have prevision for it.

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Developers, developers, developers! But WILL they support Windows 10?

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Re: Uh-oh...

I loved that when I was a kid!

It definitely gave me an interest in development

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Tat bazaar eBay confirms: THOUSANDS of workers will be AXED

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Re: Large singer required?

Small businesses who've yet to discover Amazon?

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Microsoft Outlook PENETRATED by Chinese 'man-in-the-middle'

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Re: Maybe this is where Theresa May has been getting her ideas

I'm not sure the joke icon was necessary there sadly: taking the generous view that her ideas don't come from a crack pipe, a survey of totalitarian regime "best practice" is the only other likely source.

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

theModge

Re: Well

May I remind you of a phrase from BOFH: "Downloading Brownware"

Seems suddenly appropriate.

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

theModge

venti soy caramel pumpkin mocha latte

Is that actually a thing?

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

theModge

Re: Good, but not good enough

TRIME is an example of a project on in-service trains: it does requires cooperation between TOCs (southern in the case of TRIME) and Network Rail, but it can happen. TRIME is looking at the state of the third rail (which is used extensively in Southern's area). It uses laser displacement measures rather than highspeed cameras for that task, and much like the NMT is a "flag a fault and we send a man to look at it" type of system.

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theModge

I would just like to thank Simon for writing a very interesting article

The sort of thing I'd like to see more of.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

theModge

Re: Hold the presses...

Certainly as a teenager working in a supermarket, or later a bar populated by a)stockbrokers and b)pseudo gangsters there was no one I held in great contempt than the customers. Apart from possibly the management, depending on who had screwed up most egregiously that day.

I've since discovered academia to be the way and the light way; neither management nor customers!

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Auntie hires API firm to manage new online BBC Store

theModge

Completely ignoring the finance and fairness discussions

Does anyone know if they're using Web Service Modelling Ontology for this?

I quick glance suggests that might be compatible with apigee's interests. Certainly solving your problems with linked data \ ontologies is an area in which the BBC are very much leading the way and providing some useful examples for the rest of us. It would be good to see a British corporation investing in this area.

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Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs

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Re: Beware of seemingly low-cost gifts

Another related issue with stage lighting, even the better units, is the amount they leak to earth. I'm no expert on the electrical design of LED dimmers (it's PWM and black magic) but it seems the most common way to design them involves dumping a lot of noise to earth. This in turn plays merry hell with RCD's - it looks to them like current leakage and they trip. Fine if you're supplying your own distribution, or have a guy like Elmer Phuds friend who can make arrangements for you, but when you show up at a hotel \ conference centre with everything on 30ma trips it can provide an extra problem to worry about.

Whilst we're at it, a more lighting designer rant: only the very best units provide decent colour rendering and skin tones - cheapy RGB units look horrid as front light, but still seem to turn up there, when cheap traditional halogens would do a far better job.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: A small step in the right direction

Universities in the UK tend to be picky about what connects to them over wired networks at least - authorized mac addresses only. Over the WIFI however that's been dropped some time between when I was an under-grad and going back to do a phd - the wireless is set up so as to be very separate to the wired, but anyone with a valid (active directory) credentials on the university network can use it. Via gift of eduorome this applies to other universities as well.

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Rockall batters plucky Brit adventurer

theModge

Re: Just how inedible are seabirds really?

It appears to be debatable, but we claim it and no one else seems prepared to argue. It'd probably keep lawyers off the streets for some time if anyone were to try and prosecute....

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Just how inedible are seabirds really?

For that matter, will you just annoy the RSPB or are these rare enough that you can be prosecuted for eating them? I've feeling that if seagull was nice we'd eat more of it, given how many of the things there are, but I mean, how bad can it be?

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

theModge

Re: I would suggest

I'd suggest the 4 of them it who turned up first found it so funny they called 18 of their mates...

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

theModge

Re: Hehe...

Interesting the middle east seems to have plenty of female Dev's as well - being a male dominated industry does just seem to be a western thing.

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You know what today's movies need? MORE DRONES

theModge

Know who else wants to use cameras on drones?

The German railways, to stop graffiti on the trains. They'd like to do this at night. Which is amusing, because they only have a license to fly the things during the day.

Also, it helps British industry, in so much as I know of at least one British "Cameras-on-drones" start up.

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Sacre BLEURGH: Google thinks London's Victoria station is on the PARIS Metro

theModge

Re: M for

Welcomes. But not very much.

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London officials declare cabbie-bothering Uber is legal – for now

theModge

Re: mini-cabs

Some of the ones near me do just that, by accident - free mystery tour with every journey. I'd suggest they were taking the piss, but they lack the wit (normally).

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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Re: ABP turned off for El Reg so I can help pay my way

Vic:

Except for that Microsoft Cloud one. The big blue panel that takes up most of the vertical real-estate on my laptop's screen. Bah.

Assume something else of mine must be blocking that then, it's not here

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Re: ABP turned off for El Reg so I can help pay my way

I've compromised: it's off for the forums where the ads don't suck too hard, but I can't bear the adds on the main page. Given El Reg's target demographic, I do wonder if anyone actually sees their ads, presumably the fact that so few do is why they have to be so obnoxious...

(Edit: I've always vaguely wondered why they don't have a donate button or a paid for ad free version or some such: I use the site that much I'd part with a token amount at least)

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

theModge

point 7 exists

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/googlesharing/

sort of: it takes everyone's requests for anything that google doesn't need you to sign in for, aggregates them and gives you your results back. It's a firefox add on. Defeats analytics in particular (assuming you haven't used ghostery to get rid of it in the first place, which I'd commend)

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

theModge

I would argue the situation was even worse

We're ruled by arts graduates who don't merely fail to understand the problems we face, but fail to understand the importance of hiring advisers who do. To cap it off I've just had to choose which particular flavour of cluelessness I wish to govern me, in large part to ensure that we're run by idiots who will ruin the country slowly, rather than xenophobic idiots who'll REALLY make a mess of the place.

OK. I'll get a coffee and calm down. I didn't sleep that well.

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

theModge

Re: Good Thing (TM)

Ironically part of the reason that ze germans can run trains faster and closer together is that we bombed the buggery out of their rail infrastructure 70 years ago. Which meant that they rebuilt it, much better than it was before. Half our network is still Victorian...

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theModge

Another handy transport API

http://transportapi.com/

It does very much what it says on the tin, also fairly new, has buses and the like on there as well as trains. Requires free membership, starts charging at 5000 hits/ day

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Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

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Invoice numbers

It's for this reason that every client gets their own invoice number when I (and many others I know) invoice them: AB001 where their company initials are AB. That way they don't don't know if I'm a) depending on them for an income and thus they can take the piss or b) doing lots of work on the side when they think they're getting all my time. Of course you can estimate the answers to both questions other ways (how much you see me for a start!) but depending on who you are and what I'm doing it can help a little, now I'm back off PAYE and back on a random selection of projects (+ a PhD)

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Our Reg reader 'mutt's nuts' dictionary is le chien's biens

theModge

This article does feature my favourite (and only) welsh word

Who knew that a microwave is a popty ping?

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Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control

theModge

Re: Vintage planes

"There is less demand for suicide missions to attempt to drop nukes on Moscow"

Give it a month at the current rate...

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