* Posts by ZanzibarRastapopulous

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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Impossible situation.

Such a cyclist is totally unpredictable, as such the only solution that doesn't carry any risk of killing him is to wait for him to go.

Car was right.

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Vote now: Who can solve a problem like Ashley Madison?

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Impossible job?

More like temporary job, who's going to use that company now?

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

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So close now....

It's nearly dead, keep hitting it with the stick!

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Why it took nine years for someone to spot the grave error

Surely anyone who understood enough of the language also realised it was just missing an accent?

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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Big dam.

Just build a big dam around the mouths of rivers as they enter the sea.

Water which is allowed to enter the sea is wasted.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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> Ashley Madison's founding CTO ... is not convinced this leak is real.

Surely he can check pretty easily?

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My top three IT SNAFUs - and how I fixed them

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Re: OY! Less dissing gravity...

Besides, isn't it more of a surface-tension thing?

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: The Purpose of Government.

>Private companies can't be trusted to extend services if they aren't forced to...

Air travel seems to have done so, mostly in the face of public sector restrictions.

The railways were built with private money as well of course.

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> * Though to be fair to Beardy's company, they're not that bad.

Beardy Co got a special dispensation to run a monopoly on the west coast as I recall, on the promise of huge amounts of funding which was immediately swallowed up by the massive backlog of basic maintenance and so little was seen except for rather swish trains.

Speaking of which, some people may not remember quite how crap trains were before privatisation, but they were, crap.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Looking at that table the 6502 was something of a wonder of efficiency, makes ARM look hefty..

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

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> ...downvote for using the expression "my bad"...

I know these archaic linguistic expressions can be confusing to those who haven't studied them, and indeed are often seen as a bit pompous. However, be assured its meaning is similar to "mea culpa".

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Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m

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Am I the only person thinking it's time I had a shit in the bosses desk?

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Is that a graphics driver on your shop's register – or a RAM-slurping bank card thief?

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Re: So use ApplePay

If.....

- They accept it.

- You have a network.

- The battery isn't flat.

- It hasn't been nicked by someone who noticed that you're lugging 500 quid of hardware around.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Re: Loving the free upgrade

At $150/hour get someone else to do it for you.

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

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Re: re: Now your computer can literally rot away.

>It might suit some applications.

You think they'll branch out?

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

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Brown's Surplus

I seem to recall that Labour came to power in '97 having promised to stick to Ken Clarke's budget, which is what led to the surplus rather than anything Brown did.

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: Evidence

>You can see down votes given to the most uncontentious, factual explanations on this forum. I've no idea why.

Sorry, I had to down vote that.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Null Effect

> The economic effect of leaving the EU would also be nothing.

Then there's no point doing it and extending the article over several paragraphs explaining how you believe it would be beneficial would be silly.

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Re: impact of uncertainty

Does the world actually work like that though? We have two major banks (Standard Chartered and HSBC) who's fundamental business is in China yet they are based in London, Boots is based in Switzerland (outside the EU of course) and Ford recently moved it's transit production from the UK to Turkey and of course there are all those tax dodging firms based in the channel islands.

The argument that businesses would prefer some EU location to the UK because of the EU presumes that the EU would have some kind of substantial trade barrier with the UK, but they don't with Switzerland or Norway and Turkey doesn't get rough treatment either.

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UK rail comms are safer than mobes – for now – say infosec bods

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Re: @Alister "Network Rail already have an existing countrywide telecommunications infrastructure"

Sure, they use it so they can pay for it.

My point was actually that it's unsurprising that Network Rail has worked better than Railtrack as it has much more money available to it than Railtrack did, which is probably necessary and it probably does make sense for railways to be paid for nationally, but it's not the public success/private failure that you paint it as.

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Re: @Alister "Network Rail already have an existing countrywide telecommunications infrastructure"

I'm not sure that the government pumping my money into a service I don't use is a great "success" either.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Penalties

Doesn't taxing excess profit amount to taxing success? Isn't what we really want is a tax on all capital which would pressure effort to maximise returns and also be broadly equitable as people with more capital would pay more tax.

I have to confess I don't know how you'd do that in practice though.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee........

> Valeri Polyakov on Mir actually, 437.7 days in one stretch.

Mir and also the ISS use rockets to bump them back up every so often, as such I contend that they are actually hovering rather than falling and missing the planet.

Probably the longest fallers were amongst the astronauts on the moon which is properly falling all the time.

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Re: Just a thought:

>I suspect the barge is a SWATH (Small Water Area Twin Hull) style design.

It's not, it's a barge. Google "MARMAC 300" for pics.

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Re: Barge motion?

No it's not, it's held in position with azimuth thrusters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_spaceport_drone_ship

Unsurprisingly they're aware of obvious stuff.

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Re: Landing a rocket is retarded

The great thing about private enterprise is that I don't care if it doesn't make sense because I'm not paying for it. It's interesting to see if it works, but if it doesn't, not my problem.

Incidentally ULA have kicked off a related re-use program apparently involving helicopters, parachutes and presumably a massive catcher's mitt, which promises to be very entertaining.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-catch-a-rocket-with-a-helicopter-1429055300

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Hooray!

The sooner it dies the sooner IE 8 dies.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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I wonder....

If you could fry the electronics in these things without losing the supply and without directly interfering with the meter?

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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Fridges...

If you have two kitchens and an overflow fridge in the cellar and all these things are two stories apart then suddenly internet connected fridges make sense.

For the first time in my life I see why someone might want one. It might even make sense for the toasters and bread bins too.

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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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> I'd be interested to hear of any approach that could work without this.

Well, you could have an "impersonate user" privilege that lets you make an O/S call to become that user requiring a password to authenticate with, which would mean the process itself wouldn't have all the other stuff that root users can play with and wouldn't even be able to impersonate any user without a password.

The idea of "root" on Unix systems is widely considered to be a poor privilege model, it's just historically important. VMS had a "BYPASS" privilege, which was similar but almost no processes ever had it.

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Spades.

It isn't so much that the capitalist buying the spade makes money but that he makes more money than the man wielding the spade.

One of the better discussions of this is in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Free on Gutenberg), despite being coloured by a rather naive view of what socialism has to offer (written before the various demonstrations of it in practice) it does show quite well what totally unconstrained capitalism does to the people who have neither unusual or rare talent nor capital.

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Hacker kicks one bit XP to 10 Windows scroll goal

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Re: Backwards compatibility

Re: VMS

VMS sprang to my mind too remembering the transition to Alpha.

Thing is, graphical apps did run dog slow on VMS.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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Worstal...

Will be along in a moment explaining how there will be an IT company hiring all the cheap old people and cleaning up as a result.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: WTF

http://blog.codinghorror.com/concluding-the-great-mp3-bitrate-experiment/

"...nobody can hear the difference between a 320kbps CBR audio file and the CD."

http://archimago.blogspot.ca/2013/02/high-bitrate-mp3-internet-blind-test_3422.html

"Set B was the MP3, yet for those who picked A or B, most thought A sounded inferior!"

http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2007/11/30/few-listeners-can-distinguish/

"Few listeners can distinguish between “average” and “best” MP3 samples"

http://www.fa2014.agh.edu.pl/fa2014_cd/article/RS/R17_4.pdf

"The results of experiments conducted in this study showed that, in all listening conditions, music samples compressed by lossy compression codecs proved undistinguishable from original uncompressed samples for bit rates of approx. 96–128 kbps."

http://www.systmuwi.de/Pdf/Technical%20Reports/TechnicalReport_MP3.pdf

"Differences in files at 128 kbit/s and higher cannot be noticed within the majority of listeners"

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'Revenge porn' law to arrive in spring – MoJ

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Journalism....

So, Brooks Newmark and Bryant would've been able to sit out their respective photo scandals knowing that the evidence could never be shown to anyone?

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Get internet access to those POOR country bumpkins, says UK.gov

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Re: It's not just farmers...

OK, farmers clearly have to be in rural areas, and something can probably be done with mobile broadband to ensure they can get access to government services.

But isn't it more reasonable to expect people who don't need to be in the countryside to sort themselves out than it is to force me to pay for their lifestyle choices?

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Re: Farmers and Bumpkins, paaah

In case people aren't aware of this yet, tenant farming and pub tenancies are non-starters.

Don't do it.

You won't make any money and it will grind you down.

If you're in either of these, get out now.

Now you've been told, don't complain when you find it grinds you down and you have no money.

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Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

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Re: because we need all phones to be equal.

Ramps aren't about preventing discrimination, but allowing access.

People don't start off with "I don't want to hire people in wheelchairs how can I avoid that" and end up with "I know I'll make sure there are stairs everywhere".

People who don't want to hire disabled people have a problem in their head they just wont hire them, they might well still put ramps in and still just not hire them.

The way to prevent discrimination is through recruitment processes that ensure no one person makes the decision and those that do must independently justify their personal decisions before the final decision.

A good starting point is Joel's approach: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/GuerrillaInterviewing3.html

Obviously this stuff varies on the size of the organisation a one man band cannot have multiple interviewers for instance.

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Re: better call the NAACP

From their website:-

"OUR MISSION

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination."

and good on 'em.

Maybe it's the "u" they object to?

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Re: Its true here,

When I were a lad it was considered preferable, I think the US influence in TV and t'internet from the '90s onward, where "coloured" has a more problematic history has changed the prevailing view.

"Black" never seemed suitable in northern England in the '80s as those of a darker ethnicity were more light brown and if you wanted to be offensive there were plenty of more offensive words than "coloured".

Language changes fast these days.

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Top smut site Flashes visitors, leaves behind nasty virus

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Re: "campaign leveraging the recent Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability "

>"The dog wags it is tail" and "The dog wags it has tail" make no sense.

A bit too simplistic, the ban on the possessive apostrophe on "it" is arbitrary.

Let us consider the dog's tail, its tail wags.

The "it" is the dog, but while the dog gets the possessive apostrophe the dog as it doesn't.

http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/22603/why-doesnt-its-have-an-apostrophe

No doubt I have broken numerous rules of grammar and speeling but in my defence I am not correcting but expanding upon the problem.

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Re: To be less coy about it...

One day everyone will run Linux, and then all the viruses will target Linux.

I do wonder about these people who seem to think Linux has some kind of magical power that protects it.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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In the UK the "buzzword" laws are often actually just amendments to existing law, some of it is naturally marketing, we have after all, elected a marketing man as PM.

Regarding photos and permission I wouldn't like to see the day when a photo of an MP in his jim-jams with his nob out would be barred from publication, at the same time it's clearly extortion to demand money from him under threat of doing so.

I guess another vote for doing this creep under extortion laws from me then.

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Flash zero day under attack

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Re: Why is "forever" crossed out?

Yes, newer versions are better than older versions is a marketing ploy.

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Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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Re: Valuing entertainment generally - Work or Play?

I'm not sure about your 32bn, I think that's from the article for US consumers of facebook, so should be 3 or 4 times higher for TV and most TV has advertising as well as a subscription so the 50p is too low (although it seems a little high in the first place).

In all, I think the TV figure would come out at more than $250bn around 20 times the value of facebook to the world.

I have my doubts on both.

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Valuing entertainment generally...

Facebook is in fact no different to TV, it's entertainment funded by ads, people actually pay for TV full of adverts too of course, on top of the advertising.

So if we did the same calculation average american spending 8 hours a day watching TV, then presumably TV comes in as more beneficial to the human race than the entirety of Europe?

Facebook, is no different to other forms of entertainment and can be valued in exactly the same way.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Javascript?

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Re: misleading title?

That's how I read it too..

:-?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: A few downsides

>As a good first approximation - zero.

Not sure about this, when you design for lower performance there's a cascade of things that get smaller, lighter and cheaper and then because the whole is smaller and lighter you can go smaller and lighter again.

Think tyres, brakes, suspension, drive-shafts all that stuff doesn't need to be as big if the power is lower.

On the other hand you don't want to spend 100k to drive the electrified equivalent of a 2CV.

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