* Posts by theModge

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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Re: M for

Welcomes. But not very much.

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

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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)

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

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Re: Stun devices

Can report that even with the original cap this hurts rather than kills, in the case of healthy individuals at least. Friend of mine did it at school. I did have some odd friends, now I come to look back on it...

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Look what's screeching into the Internet of Stuff: SELF-DRIVING CARS

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By my reading what's new is that chipping rather than being tricky and needing specialist hardware (even if that is pretty cheap these days) will be actually made easy for the user - a usb socket or what ever.

It's not just boy racers at it either - a rich, older and sensible uncle of mine got a new ECU (before firmware uploads were possible) which gave him eco \ normal \ performance modes on a previously under used dial in

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Script fools n00b hackers into hacking themselves

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Re: Reminds me of a line from BBC Hustle

As pointed out by Terry Pratchett in Making money: The impossibility of fooling honest men is no problem, dishonest are so much easier to find.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: WAAAAAIT a minute....stop.

Software vendors who haven't yet got their products running on 7 may not be worthy of your business, but what if everyone else thought that and they went bankrupt?

I think of examples where buy specialised hardware talks only to it's specialised software, which was made by a company that went bust years ago. The hardware works fine and replacing it is a cost that would hurt a small business (or a bigger one if they had lots of it...). In those cases (some of which still need a parallel port or some other ungodly connector) it would gall to spend often tens of thousands on new kit, just because an operating system was end of life.

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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Re: We've had official Monty Python street signs in the UK for years...

Have an upvote - from a Tory

... To be entirely fair, speaking as one who would never vote Tory, if either of the others get in, it'd make little odds....

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Putin and pals dump Apple's iPads for Samsung slabs... over security concerns

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Re: At least one US President

Upvote purely for the Le Carre reference.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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How accurate do you think they are marking out allotments?

0.1 square meters will get lost very quickly in poor spade work \ sides of plots being walked on....

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Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

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Re: Infrastructure ?

Dev in SW Brum and suffering with abominable public transport? Consider me a fellow sufferer. I however have however resolved that with a push bike - not perhaps the stylish way one expects consultants to appear, but it works. Cycle to new street then trains go essentially everywhere. In fact it's only because dev's tend to live in nice bits of south brum that this is an issue: The nicest bits (arguable but I'd go with Harbourne and Mosely) are nowhere near a train. Live in Selly Oak \ North Field and the station tends to be walkable...

Driving in the rush hour is a terrible thing to have to do I would agree and most development work could be done from the comfort of home as well; though there's something to be said for being able to talk to the people you work with.

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

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Re: another wonderful day

..but possibly only just pre beer o clock

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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Re: Cheap Labour through the back door.

This is how it always seems to go - heard many stories of it and been involved in one, pretty much the same as above.

Oddly though, Indian programmers who've lived in the UK for a bit (even "freshies" who came over themselves and weren't born here) are generally at least as good as their UK born counterparts - I've worked with plenty.

Never understood quite how this makes sense, but it's certainly held true so far. I just assume that those who manage to get here must be very motivated and that this extends to learning to program properly. Discussed it a lot at my last work place, which was heavily British Indian.

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Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

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Re: gsm-r

The European Train Control System just says you have to have *a* commuications system of some kind, however, yes, most people use GSM-R for this.

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GSM-R

I beg to differ: I'm not aware of much progress with regards handsets for staff using it (network rail issue iPhones to staff), but in the UK it's quite preverlent on trains, and at least some line side kit.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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Re: Programming is a University level subject?

"“Trying to figure-out an algorithm is a form of maths."

Of course. However I'd argue it was much easier to go from knowing Logic and Set Theory to algorithm design than it would be the other way round. Logic is a useful way to analyse anything, and I’d agree taking it further into the realm of computing is necessary to be any good as a developer. A "knows some html" type developer, such as schools are likely to produce may well not even be able to do that however, thus leaving them knowing a little syntax from a language which, by the time they get their first job will inevitably have moved on.

Furthermore depending on what you’re doing (I’d confess it didn’t come up much in my time creating database front ends, but it regularly crops up in pretty much everything else I’ve ever worked on) some knowledge of maths will make you a better programmer –I find my self using matrixes all the time – so much the better if you know what you’re actually doing when you convolve 2 matrixes.

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

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Re: Ineffectually slipping through the odd boob

Oh it is: Generally we elect 1 or 2% of MPs who ARE NOT complete tits, quite the other way round...

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UK payday loaners cop MEGA £175K fine for 'misleading' SMS spam

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Re: Pay day loaners

It's a matter of who you are: If you're slightly less poor than those around you, aggressively ripping people off to get rich the government will understandably come down hard on you. If on the other hand you have more money the government they seem to develop bit of a blind spot...

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BOFH: Resistance is futile - we're missing BEER O'CLOCK

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Would it be OK to do the same to people who suggest hadoop as the cure to all ills?

Not that it isn't lovely for "big data", just that our database isn't a terrabyte in size...

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Nokia tears wrapper off Lumia 1020 monster imaging mobe

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Re: 41 Megapixels ....

Granted, but the key difference is it's possible to fit a 41 Megapixel sensor in a camera, a Lens needs to be the size it is. I'm sure if they could have fitted a decent lens with optical zoom they would have done, but the idea is that sits in your pocket, not a camera bag.

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