* Posts by Brenda McViking

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Brexit and data protection: A period of shock and reflection

Brenda McViking
Pint

The 7 stages of Brexit

From the remainers perspective...

SHOCK - Woah, WTF?! The polls and markets didn't see this coming...

DENIAL - its not legally binding anyway, right?

ANGER - FUCKING PENSIONERS! UNEDUCATED TWATS! NORTHERN RACISTS! FARAGE!!!

BARGAINING - *signs petition for 2nd referendum on facebook*

DEPRESSION - Fuck. I'm really stuck on this little island now...

TESTING - *googles how to become an Irish citizen*

ACCEPTANCE - It's Friday, that means it's beer o'clock!

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Sea of outrage after 'migrant-spotting app' turned out to be bogus

Brenda McViking

There are crowd-sourcing sites like zooniverse.org which really do help with problems that computers still aren't very good at such as image recognition (mapping solar flares, deforestation, ocean floor analysis). They can simply rely on lots of amateurs pre-ranking images for expert analysis, which helps in putting those needles you're looking for into a much smaller haystack.

Yes, there are plenty of ludicrous premises - real time refugee monitoring of the high seas isn't a clever one. But there are plenty of actually useful applications for this sort of technology.

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TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding pockets £2.8m

Brenda McViking

Re: Revolting shareholders...

Because, being in the FTSE250, the vast majority of talktalk shareholders are people like me and you with pension funds that they never look at, never vote at company agms, and generally don't care about so long as it provides a retirement in the future.

The pension fund managers are incentivised by the firms to go along with the board recommendations, which just mean executive remuneration packages are almost always passed without question - the fund managers simply vote with the board with everyone's shareholdings, made up of millions of smaller shareholders. A few well placed business lunches never seem to harm this arrangement either.

And nothing ever changes, until a single large shareholder with an agenda comes along, which requires several billions in clout.

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You Acer holes! PC maker leaks payment cards in e-store hack

Brenda McViking
Headmaster

Re: Happens All The Time

I'm afraid I take issue with your brutish command of the English language good sir. So naturally, after a cup of tea this fine morning, I have re-written it for you.

Consider:

Those devilish blighters working for Acer mailed sent me a letter about this last week via the outfit pretending to be Her Majesty's postal system that one uses here in the Americas. This happens so often in America the former colonies, my that of course one's card number had already been compromised prior, through some other merchant another scallywag masquerading as a purveyor of goods, so one took the liberty of disposing of this card is long gone quite some time ago as a suitable precaution. What?

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

Brenda McViking

Re: Cut the late registrants some slack

Indeed.

Whilst I was registered for a postal vote (have been for years) My flatmate only realised he wasn't registered when he didn't get a poll card through the door when everyone else did. They arrived last Friday. I also note that if the peak was around 22:15, that is suspiciously close to the BBC 10 o'clock news announcement that it was the final day to register.

People will behave like people. That black art pseudoscience, psychology, apparently shows there is a preference for organisation or spontaneity, which dictates that a large proportion of the population will indeed leave it to the last minute. Just as the other large proportion will have sorted it out months ago, and are now loudly denigrating those who aren't wired the same.

This is not new, it is not surprising, and those blaming those who do what they do naturally and register at T-5 minutes should levy their ire just as much as those who had planned the system - they too, had no excuse for not thinking this would happen and not implementing the necessary elastic capacity. The difference between these two groups, is that one were paid to do this, and the others were the reason they were employed in the first place. Hell, registering to vote should finish 2 days after the announced deadline.

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

Brenda McViking
Joke

My car lit up a little light and told me to "check engine"

So I did.

It's still there, under the bonnet. Silly car.

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

Brenda McViking

I'll introduce the concept of a Minimum Equipment List - i.e. what can fail on an aircraft and how quickly it should be fixed (a period usually between Cat D - 120 days to Cat A - immediate). I'm guessing it a was a Cat B if the engineers tried for a couple of hours but then let it go (they might have 3-10 days under regulations) - something like a radio or autoland button. Not necessarily needed as pilots are qualified to fly without it's use but certainly a nice-to-have.

There is an example here Cessna Citation 560XL MEL

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Brenda McViking
Megaphone

Do not disturb

Is available, in the form of bose QC-series noise cancelling headphones. Several shades more than £50, and if you're an audiophile then you'll probably want to throw yourself out at 37,000ft due to their inability to reach ultrasonic, "unfaithful" 14.7kHz frequency response or some other reason I don't understand.

However, they are incredibly good at blocking engine noise, cabin announcements, screaming babies, and usually the dollies get the hint that you're completely oblivious to any attempt at communication whatsoever whilst you remain blissfully unaware. They don't stop you being tapped on the shoulder, but you can avoid that by not sitting in the aisle. Assuming you get a choice.

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

Brenda McViking

In this case, the AAIB do indeed use the word "Accident", with a specific definition that can be found here: AAIB Accident definition (GOV.UK)

Because they determine the facts, rather than apportion blame, political correctness doesn't get a look in. As it should be.

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

Brenda McViking
Gimp

What are you on about? I thought everyone knew that if you didn't buy your apple shiny in the last 7 days then it is no longer supported. The "bricking" is a feature, not a bug. It allows you to use old devices as an aesthetically pleasing antique paperweight. Or perhaps a tray/coaster for your single-farm-arabica soya-milk Lattes.

I mean what are you, poor?

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LG: Stop focusing on Apple and Samsung. There's us. And our G5. Look at it. Look at it

Brenda McViking

ditto. All ready to buy a flagship, only non negotiable requirement was a removable battery. LG pop up with this and yet I'm hugely uninspired by reviews.

A plastic case I could have lived with. Unibody metal cases are "apparently" what everyone wants (not me, give me good old plastic any day), so LG make one, supposedly solve the "impossible" problem of all-metal cases and removable batteries and then make it feel like... plastic. Guys, come on.....

Modularity - could be a game changer, but already I really feel as though LG are doing it no favours. High bar to becoming a developer for modules, for a single product which will of it's own accord become too niche to develop for unless something happens quickly. Classic chicken and egg scenario. LG haven't got decent modules for it - a 32 bit DAC (the phone already has 24bit audio, plus no FCC approval for the modular DAC so it wont sell in the US), and a camera grip - nothing of very much interest then, won't drive sales, risks unpopularity = no market for devs to tap into.

A wide open market to developers with super low barriers to entry might have saved the G5 - I mean, things like a projector attachment? sign me up. FLIR module - niche but I'd take it. But LG vetting applicants, all this talk of oversight to "ensure quality" just sounds like when my companies brand droids want to get involved - they'll just stifle ideas and generally prolong the process which ends up guaranteeing failure. I have to ask myself would I take the risk and develop for LG? the answer is probably no.

I really wanted to like this phone. I was all set to go out and buy one. But I have been stung by LG before, and it's making me hesitate, particularly as the reviews all find it currently lacking, with great potential upside. In my experience LG promise but don't deliver. I only hope that if this fails it isn't pinned on the fact that it had a removable battery - as this is the only thing right now that is making me consider buying one.

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

Brenda McViking
FAIL

Re: Meh

I don't own a HTC, but the one thing I would consider them good at is high quality front facing, stereo speakers. The M8 did extremely well because of them, but they bring out the 10 with a different speakerset which is, judging by reviews, worse than what they previously had. Still might be the best of the bunch of the current crop of smartphone flagships, but phone speakers are generally shite. The only phone speakers that weren't were the M8's well engineered ones. But they've changed them, and as this review states, it's for the worse.

Whoever made the decision to mess with and deteriorate their one distinctive offering and strong selling point in the smartphone sector - sound - is a complete eejit. I'll bet it was to save costs - and I'll bet that the decision to save pennies ends up costing them the company. After all, the first thing an M8 upgrader (who HTCs largest target market should be) is going to want to see is that the speakers are as good, if not better than what they're supposedly "upgading" from. I'm not convinced they're going to be satisfied. We shall see.

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

Brenda McViking
Devil

I bought a sony smartwatch 2 when my conventional watch died.

Most of the uses are completely, well, "meh" - telling the time, message notifications, having a wrist calculator, fintness apps, remote camera button. Yeah, I use them, there are fringe cases when they're useful, no, they aren't worth buying a smartwatch for. I can live with charging it once or twice a week.

There is only one thing that made it worth the £50 I paid and that's the "Find my phone" button. Means I can track the blighter down!

Squirreling it's way down the couch or hiding under cushions no longer works for the devious little smartmobe anymore, I no longer have to search 12 pockets to find which one it's in, and the watch even vibrates when it's lost connection so I know when it's tried to stay in my car without me.

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Brenda McViking

Re: Cars

However "reasonable" it is, you can still be prosecuted for going through a red light to let an emergency vehicle through.

A useful site on what you should and shouldn't do with regards to emergency vehicles in the UK:

www.bluelightaware.org.uk/

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HTC 10: Flagship goes full Google – but the hardware's top notch

Brenda McViking

Re: Yet another landfill flagship

A battery lasts me 8 months before I typically replace it. Because yes, I abuse the life out of it. I visit countries with climates that kill lithium-ion cells. My phone is in constant bluetooth communciation with other devices, and is utlised most of the working day. For £500, I get my monies worth, I am what the industry considers a "power user." Something your average happy iPhone 4S user is never going to relate to. I recently got my mums 4S battery replaced because it was completely dead. took 4 weeks for the resulting apple fuckup to get resolved.

Would you accept a non-removable battery on your car? No, because batteries are consumable - they die before the device dies. Which means any engineer worth their salt will make them replaceable. Why make that process difficult?

Power banks are no replacement for a removable battery. Bulky. Require cables. Require attachment to phone for HOURS. Very difficult to find ones that output 10W+.Their use is banned or restricted by various countries' FAAs and CAAs on aircraft (not all, but enough). They are of dubious quality even when branded (EE fiasco?). I own some, they are completely inferior to the removable batteries I also own. Need I go on...

Car charger - you try pursuading a foreign taxi driver that you need to unplug his satnav. Go on.

And as for getting wet - I'm talking complete immersion. I have a chance to get the back cover off my phone and rip out the battery before it's completely internally shorted. You don't. Niche case, perhaps, but I'm sure you know someone who has water-damaged their device. Call it my replacement for phone insurance.

Removable batteries are not a gimmick. They are a necessity for some people, particularly those who travel a lot. Back in the day, phones used to last 2 weeks between charges. Maybe when that rings true for smartphones, will I consider that it is no longer a necessity to have a removable battery. Though probably not, because of the obsolecence argument.

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Brenda McViking

Yet another landfill flagship

No removable battery = dead brick after 2 years that can't hold charge

No removable battery = can't go away for a weekend without power

No removable battery = a guarantee to kill the phone if it gets wet

No removable battery = no sale

If HTC thought they might revive their fortune with this - I can't see it, unless its pricing undercuts the wileyfox swift. The audio offering might have been impressive had the LG G5 not already grabbed the audiophile niche with their B&O tie-up, the reversion to stock android is a welcome change (though sounds like bloatware is still an issue) , but otherwise, what is innovative? what spells it's flagship status? Airplay? do I look like an Apple supporter? OIS for selfies? yes, because teenage girls can afford flagships... Did they even put in a micro SD card slot? The only thing I can tell from this review is that it isn't the droid I'm looking for...

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Europe's biggest radiotelescope in fast-burst-finding upgrade

Brenda McViking

There is also a film called "The Dish" based on the Ozzie Parkes telescope and it's role within the tracking and televising of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

It's currently on Netflix, I watched it last night, and it's really rather good.

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Homeland Security report hoses down energy-sector 'cybergeddon' talk

Brenda McViking

Re: Reality Check

Nah, the biggest threat is squirrels. Just look at the evidence!

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Brexit: Leaving the EU could trigger UK science patent law rejig

Brenda McViking
Meh

Aside from these articles being hard to read

I'm not sure they even make sense. It's claimed that the EEA provides the restrictions. The EEA is NOT the EU. Our membership of the EU has little effect on the rules we'll follow in the EEA, because it is a different supranational body. It's bloody confusing, but it also is kind of key to the article, isn't it?: Supranational european bodies (Wikipedia)

So "intellectual property rights owners that place their goods for sale in one country within the European Economic Area (EEA) generally cannot use their intellectual property rights to prevent these goods from being bought and sold within the EEA." will be completely unaffected by a brexit, unless my understanding is flawed.

As for the proposed advantages of the loss of price arbitration if we leave the EU, that's an advantage to whom, exactly? arbitration is actually a good thing, economically. It means the consumers aren't screwed by artificial price differences from place to place - so your average UK national is only charged £10 for antihistamines the same as your average French national is charged 13EUR Rather than say, £500 and 20c where some guy pays and the other guy freeloads.

Now in medicines, I agree we do need some dampeners on arbitration due to the fact that the third world cannot afford the development costs to do with drugs and the first world can. By all means vaccinate in both - I'm happy for the first world to pay 3x as much for their vaccines to cover the cost of vaccinating the third world as well. It benefits the human race as a whole. But the EU is comprised of largely 1st world countries. Price arbitration between the lot of us is surely the fairest way to do it? Why would we vote to leave for this reason?

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

Brenda McViking
FAIL

Re: Huh?

Because it was never an April fool...

Royal mint website

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

Brenda McViking
Mushroom

I've been april fooled

Dabbs you Bastard.

I've messed up my displays reading this. Ctrl+Alt+right arrow isn't undone by Ctrl + Alt +Left arrow, not when you've got two screens. Arrrrggghhhhhhh. They seem to be sequentially changing and I can't revert them both.

And of course display options where I could fix it is blocked and requires administrator priviliges. HELLDESK? HELLO? I'VE BEEN AN IDIOT....

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

Brenda McViking

Re: no removable battery

Damn right.

Though I'm really not the only one am I? - battery life isn't exactly down there with GLONASS support as a spec is it? No, it's just ever so slightly more important - the biggest complaint of modern smartphones by a mile in fact.

I, like many others, aspire to a phone that can last a full weekend without access to electricity - something that phones used to do, Sony's crop just about manages, and everyone else fails to do unless they slash their margins and put in a 5000mAh battery. When they gave us the option years ago to pop off the cover and replace the battery that met the requirement. Nice and simple. Not to mention the forced obsolescence of a glued in battery which as an engineer goes against my profession's moral practices regarding sustainability.

Clearly however, I've misjudged the thinking that an android flagship is designed for the bleeding edge power user, when in fact it seems nowadays it's trying to appeal to the same crowd that likes the iPhone. Shame.

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Brenda McViking

no removable battery

NO SALE.

My current phone is an S4, which I've been happy with, and I have purchased 3x new batteries to keep it going for the 3 years I've had it. I am not going to buy something that will be landfill in 2 due to its inability to hold a charge. I also like to be able to FULLY charge a phone in 15 seconds flat.

I've read the article and it looks like more of the same, incremental refinements. Nice. Sounds like what Apple would do... No doubt it is a lovely device. but it's crippled.

And whilst the author clearly doesnt think much of LG due to what was it, the lack of a decent official case? (Errr... ?) they at least have tried something different with add-ons, and have finally done the thing I've been waiting for a flagship to do for over 2 years, and thats put a removable battery in their device.

I've been waiting for Samsung through the S5 (not worth an upgrade from the S4) the S6 and the S7 (no removable batteries) and they've failed, for 3 upgrade cycles now, to produce a phone suitable for my uses. So bye Samsung, due to your repeated failure to get that most basic of requirements right, I'm off to buy an LG G5, because LG seem to be the only company actually listening.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

Brenda McViking
Thumb Down

Good Luck

I wish them good luck, and will be hoping that they realise how much of disaster blocking the blockers turns out to be.

Ads are an enormous parasitic drain on the internet. Blocking them is fast becoming mandatory for anyone who gives a shit about security and any semblance of privacy, and the ad companies only have themselves to blame.

Whilst online "content" needs to be paid for somehow, it doesn't mean we should allow consumers up to be mugged. Publishers need to find some middle ground, demanding that people stop using security software is never going to work. They seem to like adding "share to facebook" buttons everywhere, but never seem to have made the step to micropayments services like flattr, produced by those very same bad people who ran the pirate bay. I'll happily give you a few pence per article, but I'll boycott you if you penalise me for using an adblocker.

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Seagate says it's scooped the 'fastest ever PCIe drive' record

Brenda McViking

Well according to this:

Corsair DDR3 vs DDR4 bandwidths

It would appear that quad-channel DDR4 at high clock speeds (Sept 2015 figures) could manage between 60GB/s read and 50GB/s write.

EDIT: shifty powers beat me to it

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Brenda McViking
Trollface

Trevor, are you listening?

Paging Trevor Pott

This changes everything - THERE'S A FASTER SSD OUT!

Dear storage industry: shut up

SSD go fast. This is not rocket surgery. If I see another press release about an internet catfight regarding just how much beyond "more than fast enough" some bit of overly expensive rubbish can go, I think I'll lose what's left of my mind.

If you'd be so kind as to film yourself losing your mind and upload the video to youtube for our general amusement, it'd be much appreciated.

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Nearly a million retail jobs will be destroyed by the march of tech, warns trade body

Brenda McViking
Holmes

A million jobs lost

I read this in Worstall terms - the retail industry is now getting more efficient and will have lower operating costs to pass on to consumers. Those who are employed will soon be free to do something more valuable within society, and as society we are as a whole, richer for it, as we are getting more productivity from fewer people.

After all, no doubt there was hand-wringing when combine harvesters put a million threshers out of work, but then again it doesn't cost 3 hours' minimum wage for a bag of flour any more does it? And whilst some of the previously employed languished for the rest of their days on the dole, telling mail journos that immigrants and the old prime minister were to blame for their ills, more of them went and got higher paying jobs in other sectors, and so society progressed...

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LG’s modular G5 stunner shuns the Lego aesthetic

Brenda McViking

Re: Sorry LG, the idea is doomed.

Well I'd go for it.

Better grip and extra battery, together with dedicated camera button - why not? Agree that it is a niche product, but that'd be the whole point of this kind of modularity - if I'm going on Holidays, I'd take this attachment. Off to the office, I won't bother.

Whether this works depends on who LG partner with (or better yet, make it open source and see what comes your way), but high quality DACs are wanted by the audiophile market, and you've got potentially many offerings for those who want something a bit different within their own niche.

How about a FLIR attachment? night vision, an extender offering a USB hub? Much higher quality microphones, or a conference speaker set up. Laser measuring devices, LED projection equipment. If this was done properly then it could really be a full differentiator and actually really rather useful. There are plenty of things that could be used with the processing power of the phone which would add too much bulk by themselves (or their permanent inclusion would just provide too much of a power drain) but incorporated into an add-on like this and designed for temporary use could work rather well.

We'll see. If Apple had come up with this then everyone would be praising their ingenious foresight. As it's LG, well, someone has to continue the innovation to let Apple "change the world" by including it in their products in 5 years time once the bugs are ironed out. and then sue you in 10 for "copying."

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No tit for tat, or should that be tat for tit ... Women selling stuff on eBay get lower bids

Brenda McViking
Paris Hilton

Re: What's in a name?

But you'd pay me 7% more if I got with Alison, right?

Paris because she's also a naughty girl.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Betting on VR with a dash of Vulkan

Brenda McViking
Thumb Down

Woooaaa we're halfway there....

So I have £700 burning a flagship sized hole in my pocket for my long-awaited Galaxy S4 upgrade. and I do mean "upgrade." And I have 2 features I will not compromise on. 1 - uSD card slot. 2 - removable battery.

But this is yet another downgrade due to the fact it has no removable battery. SGS7, you're fired. NEXT!

...well hellllooooo LG G5, what do we have here? a manufacturer who actually gets it?

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There’s a module for that: LG launches G5 smartphone complete with 'friends'

Brenda McViking
Thumb Up

Finally.

Someone was listening.

a removable battery, and an SD card? was it too much to ask? No! of course it wasn't.

And this also looks like a proper flagship for a change - something that does it differently, tries something new in the flatlining smartphone technological arena - whilst the whole modular thing is open to debate as to whether it is useful, it does mean that LG might be the first manufacturer in 4 years that might actually pursuade me to part with my SGS4! Flagships are supposed to be those which push the boundaries, and this is the first i've seen in years that qualifies. Type C USB? about ruddy time.

I was going to look at the S7, but due to the fact it is landfill in 2 years with a welded/glued/rivetted in battery, Samsung can get lost. No doubt a refined smartphone, but nothing new, so of no interest to me.

Bravo LG, you appear to have listened and innovated, unlike every other manufacturer out there right now. Now if only you hadn't burnt me with (horrific lack of) android software updates in the past...

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Helpdesk? I have a software problem. And a GRIZZLY BEAR problem

Brenda McViking
Devil

Re: animal influences on the job.

Ha ha, that reminds me of Cyber Squirrel 1, the website dedicated to all the animals engaged in infrastructure-destruction terrorism.

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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

Brenda McViking
Holmes

Re: Strongbow?

If you grew up in Birmingham you'd know that Basall Common is a proper posh neck of the woods. I mean its so far on the outskirts that people don't even speak with a brummie accent.

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

Brenda McViking

Re: If weight is such an issue...

Samoa air services does indeed charge by weight, and have done for years now, and they say it's been a success.

It makes perfect sense, as fuel burn (the majority of the cost to the airline) directly correlates with weight (via lift, produced by thrust, produced by fuel burn) The lengths some of us in the aerospace industry go to to shave a kilo off a part for a plane... followed by passengers undoing all that hard work by loading up on cheap vodka in duty free in heavy glass bottles is just ridiculous.

However they indirectly pay our wages so we aren't too vocal about it.

The airline pays more to transport a heavier person, and the general demand to go towards razor thin margins and cheap flights means that at some point, the price you pay will be close to the cost of the airline to provide it to you, and it's fundamentally cheaper to transport less weight. It might feel like discrimination but it's actually physics. Currently though, the skinnies are subsidising the fatties, so BRING MOAR PIES!

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

Brenda McViking
Facepalm

Re: Old IT joke

I find it isn't generally the bog-standard desk pilots who forget to turn the sockets on. It's us lot, the techies that really do think we know better, and have sat there for 30 minutes convincing ourselves there is something seriously messed up deep within the innards, before making the decision to expose some live terminals and taking the next step of unplugging the.... oh... *headdesk*

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

Brenda McViking

Re: Why badges?

That is simply not the case - MS sufferers being a prime example. My friend's Mum can be having a great day on the way out of the car and to the shops, and then have a turn and lo and behold, the use of that disabled bay means that she can actually make it back to the car and get home safe in an hour, rather than 5 hours if she parks where everyone else has to.

Of course, she gets abuse all the time, having those few good days that she does have ruined by ignorant fuckwits like yourself. Disabled doesn't mean you have to be in a wheelchair, she's perfectly well entitled to use it. So unless you're a qualified medical professional able to diagnose people with a 3 second glance, go be a social justice warrior somewhere else. If people abuse the system, that's up to them - and it is down to the police to identify them and enforce the proper use of badges, not you or the rest of the general public.

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ISIS operates a crypto help desk – report

Brenda McViking

Re: "university education"

But holes are not positrons. You can use the analogy as an aid to understanding, but likeall analogies it doesn't stand up to scrutiny if you look into great detail - if it did electron holes would annihilate with electrons and they don't, as shown by the fact that you don't get photons emitted from most semiconductor devices under normal operation. an electron hole is just that - an absence on a electron. It's not a particle of antimatter. It realeases energy which we like to call the band-gap

As with most university education, you learn how to teach yourself as much as you need to know. For the great majority of electrical/electronic engineers, a "positron as a electron hole" analogy works well enough. But it isn't completely true, and it's not good enough if you're creating detectors for CERN for example.

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E.ON fined £7m for smart meter fail

Brenda McViking

Re: What *customer* wants this?

Today is the first time in a while I've seen UK wind generating almost 5GW. Yet even with all of that we're still relying on the French (1.5GW) and the Belgians (1GW) to provide us with power through our Euro interconnects.

UK National Grid Status

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Halo 5: Overhyped, but still way above your average shooter

Brenda McViking

Re: no split screen ....

ain't that the truth! We have the BT Homehub 5 which is 10x more stable than the Sky router from 2014, but still gives 1x open and 1x moderate or strict NAT. We can generally use party chat, but joining each other in game is roulette, sometimes it works, sometimes not, usually requires a restart of one or both consoles to fix.

All due to the fact that not one of the major broadband providers routers implement uPnP properly. You can't port forward because they use the same ports, and putting one console in the DMZ doesnt work either. looks like the only solution is buying a proper £3figure router. If any of you have ideas/workarounds/solutions let me know!

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Brenda McViking
Holmes

Rating

4 and a half stars for a game that doesn't live up to it's hype? You should have given it 3.

Artificially inflated reviews are what is wrong with the game critic community. I tend to only look at metacritic users reviews now. Looking at Halo 5, they give it the 6.9/10 it deserves rather than the "critic" score of 8.5/10. That puts it firmly in the "will buy when it's sub £20" range for me rather than "go splurge £50 right now, it's awesome."

Reading the 0 star reviews (which tend to actually tell you whether the game is worth playing or not) the following becomes clear: There is no split screen or co-op, which means this isn't going to be a nostalgic "play halo with friends" experience we used to have. Campaign is short- 5-7 hours by the looks of it, lackluster and lacking any charisma, as mentioned in the article. Multiplayer is just like Call of Duty and sounds reasonable, but so-called "microtransactions" (that aren't anything to do with thousandths at all) make certain modes pay-to-win.

Actually, reading your article again, you said most of this, but then covered it all up with a headline that made it sound like it was "above average." To me it sounds distinctly average - yet another franchise getting long in the tooth using prior glory to extract money from console gamers whilst providing them with the barest minimum of entertainment that they'll get away with. Sub £20, I might give it a go.

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Lotus F1: 38°C? Sand in your Vblocks? Must be building a data center in Bahrain again

Brenda McViking

You say these things, but when your drivers have fan websites like hasmaldonadocrashedtoday.com/ how can you say it's boring?

I've worked with a number of engineers from F1 teams who have come to the company I work for after they've had enough of the pace of the sport, they're very good guys both personally and technically, but have all said it's a thoroughly exhausting job, chasing ever-diminishing returns. Hats off to them though! It's these types of things that give a chance to new technologies to prove themselves so that we as a wider society benefit from them in the future.

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Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

Brenda McViking

Re: backdoor inflation

Oh people fall for it alright. I used to do reductions in my local supermarket.. Put a sticker of a £1 or 50p on an item and you're left with half a shelf full at 22:00 which you have to chuck. make it 99p or 49p and there's none left by 19:00.

It's all psychology, and it works, which is why it's done.

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Share-crazy millennials spaff passwords ALL OVER the workplace

Brenda McViking

Who cares?

I'm a 20 something and yeah, I'm guilty of passwords on post-its, passwords in unencrypted text files.

Fact is I have about 40 business logins for various systems. I also work in an access controlled office. Anything critical like the crown jewels or stuff that actually matters, sure, I'll keep in my head, or write down in obfuscated form.

But the HR system to book my holidays? pah. The learning system to do the "how to sit at your desk" courses? nope. Even my performance review tool - you can enter loads of comments about how you think I've done - you're welcome to do it - my manager never reads it anyway. My SAP user account - again, feel free to book my hours for me. My Hire-car account. My company conferences account. My student loan balance login. The department milk fund excel sheet. - none of these hold anything even remotely interesting or useful which can be stolen, no credit cards, no addresses, just mind-numbingly boring information about me.

The employee data system with my bank details and health records - that ain't written down. Neither is the one that grants access to the company IP as that requires the 2FA RSA key. The problem is in business, that every single time you need to view information, the default is to require a password, when a username alone would do. We're rolling out enterprise single sign on, but the completion date is October 2375. Until then, I'm going to keep them all in an easily accessible, easily hacked form because I don't flatter myself that people would actually care.

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The pachyderm punch: El Reg takes just-over-a-ton Elephone P8000 to tusk

Brenda McViking

Hmmmm

Amazing that you can get this spec for this price.

But in fixing the battery in place they've lost me as a potential customer. Just like seemingly every other phone manufacturer out there...

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German regulator sets VW deadline

Brenda McViking
Joke

Talking of all this money..

Could YOU be owed compenstaion for being mis-sold TDI?

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Happy birthday to you, the ruling was true, no charge for this headline, 'coz the copyright's screwed

Brenda McViking

Re: xkcd...

I think it's time to reform copyright to give protection of 3 times the length it took to create the work. Derivatives do not reset the clock, nor do 2 people working on it double the protection time.

So books can have 3 years if they took a year to write. Music - what, a month to write, record and mix - they can have 3 months.

Happy birthday can have the 30 seconds of copyright protection that it deserved in the first place.

And Duke Nukem Forever can have 45 years.

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Brenda McViking
Megaphone

PERPETUAL CAPSLOCK

FINALLY, THEY'VE GOT RID OF THE OFFICE 2013 SHOUTY CAPS. ONLY TOOK THEM 3 YEARS TO REALISE THEY SOUNDED LIKE MORONS THE WHOLE TIME.

A WHAT?

YES, I DO HAVE A HEARING AID!

MENDED? IT'S WORKING PERFECTLY ALRIGHT

I HAVEN'T GOT IT TURNED ON AT THE MOMENT. THE BATTERY RUNS DOWN

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It's 2015 and a text file can hack your Apple Watch. IS THIS THE FUTURE YOU WANTED?

Brenda McViking
Black Helicopters

Re: Fools and their money...

I've seen just one useful application of an iWatch. I was lucky enough to get a flight with a display pilot, and he showed me how he used an ipad to input a flight plan with a specific time-on-target. He then sync'ed the data to his watch, which displayed 2 continuously updating variables - first the necessary speed to achieve that target and second the direction.

When we were up in the air, 5 minutes late due to departing ryanair flights getting priority, we deleted one of the waypoints, the watch displayed the updated figures which of course were now quite different to the initial flight plan and we made it to the target at the absolute correct time (and did a mock dambuster run on Carsington water at exactly 14:35)

So, if you're a member of the niche market of probably 1000 display pilots worldwide that want to make your life a bit easier, I think this might be quite a good purchase. Of course being mad is part of the job description, which helps.

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Robots, schmobots. The Rise of the Machines won't leave humanity on the dole

Brenda McViking
Angel

Re: Wants and desires

I quite like the phrase "renovating code" to describe "fixing the complete clusterfuck the last i-once-built-a-computer-so-i'm-an-IT-expert cowboy meatbag cludged together."

I think I'll tell that to PHB next time he asks what I'm actually doing to improve the companies agile synergistic innovation quandry next time we touch base.

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SPACE WHISKY: Astro malt pongs of 'rubber and smoked fish'

Brenda McViking

Re: Scientific newbies

yes, they did keep a control sample on earth, and human taste testing was blind - there is a whitepaper on the Ardbeg website.

And contrary to the headline, those who haven't tried an Ardbeg might be interested to know that rubber, smoked fish and antiseptic lozenge are actually flavours you'd expect in the earth-matured Ardbeg whisky as well, and are actually quite pleasant when mixed in with the other more conventional fruit flavours of spirits which the headline didn't mention. Ardbeg is from Islay, and reaches the extremes of the whisky spectrum, It's much smokier when compared to an easy-drinking Speyside like Glenmorangie for example. Flavour map

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