* Posts by Uffish

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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Re: Battery life?

I have an entirely mechanical, self winding, watch which does everything I want in a watch. Borg-like high-tech strap-ons are too expensive / too limited for the moment.

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SPLAT! STAR THWACKED, GUTS flung into space at 15 per cent of LIGHTSPEED

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"the pulsar’s wind"

Don't get near a pulsar after a Friday curry.

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Re: Terminology

The reference date is 1 st. Jan. 1950.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_Present

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Why did Snowden swipe 900k+ US DoD files? (Or so Uncle Sam claims)

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Re: "OK, if the DoD are telling the truth"

How about "The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth"? Only an open, civilian court would have any possibility of arriving at that.

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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Re: "zing"

If you had spent less time watching adverts and TV series you might have caught my rather convoluted praise of The Register for their articles. Still, each to his own way of thinking.

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"a fabulous, three year voyage around the world in a schooner"

Thanks el Reg. I used to think that I had a pretty good job but your boffinery reports of atom smashing, space exploration and marine studies etc make me realize how dull my life is.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: You just don't do that shit.

Only because idiots have rushed through stupid laws that give draconian powers to goons; laws that must subsequently be implemented by law enforcement and legal system people.

There was nothing that the existing security, safety and "wasting police time" laws etc couldn't have coped with but "Something must be done !" was called by those who had no idea what to do.

Good God you can't even make a joke about a possible danger now. Pathetic.

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Re: Man HACKED PLANE controls from his PASSENGER seat

@ Christoph

Judging from the article you can't be absolutely certain that the guy in the next seat with the laptop couldn't deliberately crash the plane so we should be extremely grateful for Chris Robert's actions. Please go and head-butt a library until you calm down.

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: "every single thing"

@dogged

You keep stats? 'Sufficient unto the day' dear friend.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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Re: "convincing argument "

I have no pretensions to being a boffin but I do find the ice argument convincing. After all (as you said) what else could it be? Bloody great banks of lights? Massed crowds of Cereans in tinfoil hats as Dawn comes ever closer? Piles of highly reflective and recently dusted unknownium? Frozen carbon dioxide? Occam's razor and all that suggest a boring answer unless closer inspection rules out the ice theory.

(But I won't be really satisfied until there's a rover wandering around on the surface doing measurements).

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

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Re: "that knowledge is probably in the prototype cars, already at hand"

Would you like to be in a Google car going round the Colosseum in Rome, The Arc de Triomphe in Paris or, my favourite, the motorway to the airport in Delhi, at night? I would take a local taxi every time (and tranquilizers).

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

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Re: Eire

I call it Eire (using the English spelling and pronunciation) and/or Southern Ireland because that was what was marked on the maps when I was at school. The island is called Ireland and has two 'countries' Eire (or Southern Ireland) and Northern Ireland. (FWIW I look forward to there being only 'Ireland' but, at present at least, that is not possible).

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: Individual taxes

So you're saying that lawyers said a business was a person so that the business could sign a contract - instead of framing a law saying how businesses could sign contracts.

Ye Gods, you're right about Border Collies.

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Re: "country should be run as a company"

Isn't that communism? So far, country wide communism only seems to have encouraged even more ways of gaming the system for personal benefit and public loss.

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To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

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Re: gut reaction

I was chatting with a French colleague on day and he mentioned the difficulty he was having deciding on the rent to charge on some of his apartments. I was surprised that it wasn't easy to find out the going rate in that area of Paris.

"It's always difficult", he said "because I don't charge the going rate I charge the just rate, and that depends on the circumstances of the tenant as well as the desirability of the apartment".

I have always admired his attitude. Does that make me a leftie?

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Re: only one EU

You obviously don't know how the EU works.

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Labour policy review tells EU where to stuff its geo-blocking ban

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"should" ?

As a Brit living in France I find it very irritating that I can't get all of the BBC's content for free over the internet, but I can't for the life of me understand why I should.

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

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Re: Teatime on ISS

It seems that teabags are standard issue on ISS :- http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp6/spacechronicles5.html

Whether they have ever been used to make real tea is another matter.

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Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

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Re: "the most important parts of patents"

In this instance the most important part of the patent seems to me to be the prior art cited.

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

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Re: " We have the entire Pacific to draw from..."

Might I suggest "We have the first 12 nautical miles from California's coastline to draw from...".

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

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Re: "decent Windows gaming PC"

From a quick look at the article and comments I guess that the commentators here are not at all representative of the pc and internet using public.

It looks like people here prefer the minority choices (eg linux or win8.1). Either that or all the winfans are running XP.

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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Cheers to the developers

Now we know it was the real thing it would be appropriate to congratulate the team that developed TrueCrypt. I never had any secrets worth whole disk encrypting but there were many that did need the security. Well done.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: We're the world's first ...

Bravo for the sentiment (and ideals), welcome to the club, we'll forgive you for the staggering ignorance about the rest of the world.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Socks

I would ascribe your existance to one male and one female. I fully respect your choice of subscribing or not to one gender or another.

No I can't help being a nob-end, this is a forum dammit!

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Re: Poor Oisin

The BBC are sniggering. They are perceived as having been forced to close a popular show on a point of honourable principle whereas the reality is that they wanted to axe the show. The show will be mothballed for a year or so and then will come back in a new format and make even more money.

(And asuming that a producer is really responsible for providing the food, Oisin deserves to be given a decent interval to go and find a better job - he failed).

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What is HPC actually good for? Just you wait and see

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"Investment is what raises the productivity of the workers"

You make it sound just like factory farming.

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A Quid A Day for NOSH? Luxury!

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Re: economics is the way to do it

Should one describe China's economics as being the same as the West's economics or just pragmatic.

The economic boom in China was organised and to a great extent run by the authorities in power. Some may say that means that the authorities in power have adopted 'Western' economics, I don't think that those in power in China would ever consider that to be true.

As another example, France had a mindboggling 'dirigiste' system for running the economy which worked well for three or four decades. It's true that the wheels have fallen off now, but I can't for the life of me imagine that they won't come up with an equally artificial new system. I just hope it works as well as the old one did.

I would suggest "If you want to fix the world, then looking after the economies is the way to do it". Pragmatism and competence are essential, politics doesn't come into the equation.

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BIG DATA wizards: LEARN from CERN, not the F500

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Re: I wonder...

Can you imagine the customs problems with all those hadrons crossing and re-crossing the borders.

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Re: In other news......

Norwegian Blue Parrots come to mind.

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Oxford boffins publish fine-scale regional genetic map of UK

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Homogenized

Not too sure of my grandparents origins but my children's grandparents weren't born anywhere near each other. Have my children lost or gained something?

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Curiosity rover's broken arm heals, exploration-as-normal resumes

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Re: um ... who took the picture?

Selfie sticks are banned on Mars.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Re: how do they then get the data they need to perform their duty

To my mind it is pure sophistry to argue that mass collection (even if filtered to remove "I'm on the train") can be relied on to find worthwhile information. They indulge in mass collection because they haven't a clue.

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: Fun gadget

Nah, most really rich are very stingy unless they are getting serious value for money. This watch will have vey little value once the new, thinner, version arrives.

This watch is for the only just rich enough that want to show off, unless (as the article says) it gets a killer app.

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Boffins find Earth's earliest Homo in Ethiopian hilltop

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Random Monkeys

@Ian Thomson Nice article - shame about the comments.

By the way, anyone here that can put fossil dating methods into a paragraphe or two, I'm off to search engine the subject but I only want a paragraph's worth of knowledge.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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So how does this LIDAR work?

Is there some colour that goes through leaves as if they were transparent or does it extrpolate from the small spots of light that get through gaps the canopy.

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US military SATELLITE suddenly BLOWS UP: 'Temperature spike' blamed

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Re: how superior nautical miles are ...

So superior that the French, and everyone else too, use it. However the perfidious French have had their revenge, by international agreement the nautical mile has been set at 1,852 metres exactly.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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Re: All this shows me....

@ thames

I don't think you understand just how big (and complex) the world is.

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Re: All this shows me....

ok, once more. Try to get your head round the idea of "an accurate representation of the entire population of the Internet". Suppose it were possible to get an accurate snapshot, or 3D animated GIF, of such a thing - what use would it be?

The answer - no use at all. No-one has a use for such a global figure. It is simply an amusing concept for a coffee break.

Hence my untroubled acceptance of the results kindly reported in el Reg.

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Re: All this shows me....

I do trust these stats to be accurate records of two different outfits' atempts to measure OS use and have no difficulty with the number of decimal places quoted.

Think about the problem, they cannot take a sort of photo-finish snapshot of the whole internet at 10:00 hours GMT; I imagine it's not technically possible and in any case it would skew the results towardsr European users. So they have some measuring procedures that don't overly favour certain times and places and basically add up very large numbers of detected OSs.

Nothing wrong with that and the results are intriguing.

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Re: All this shows me....

"can't rely on these stats" ; Care to explain why?

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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Re: Presumably it's been superseded by...

... the Win 10 version.

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Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

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Just hold your iPhone the wrong way.

Numpty spy: "I see a spike in power consumption - that means that the target has just driven into the underpass where the signal level drops very low".

Engineer: "Or he's just holding the phone the wrong way".

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Man the HARPOONS: YOU can EASILY SLAY ad-scumware Superfish

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Re: Any worst than by the NSA or any other ... agency

In terms of 'get off my lawn' probably not. But that is not the main problem.

This technique is another example of businesses deciding unilaterally to 'enhance the user experience' in ways that are calculated to be profitable to the busines and exploitative of the user.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: “the most significant advance since colour”

I am feeling pretty jaundiced about technical 'progress' in TV since colour so, in a way, he could be right. In any case I don't think there is much to choose between the contenders.

My preference though would go to the change from analogue to digital techniques, not the variety of digital technique.

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

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Re: The Tech Success of Apple and ARM

It depends on what you mean by tech success. Both companie , to my mind, are enormously successful at designing and selling tech. One makes more profit. One is more useful.

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NSA lays out its reforms post-Snowden (they can fit on back of a stamp)

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Re: great expectations

The USA is very proud of its Constitution, and it's probably true that the people who wrote the constitution were risking their lives - as were the people who fought for it. They must all have expected great things to flow from, and be protected by, their constitution.

What happened, unfettered power in the hands of untouchable people?

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The NSA's finest minds...

...will be employed in drafting the NSA transparency reports.

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If Europe is against US's Irish email grab, it must pipe up now

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Very odd

So a US judge is knowingly directing US Micrsoft to instruct someone in Ireland to commit an act (or to permit an act) that is illegal in Ireland.

My guess is that this one will run and run.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Re: I don't remember having seen it

I went through a red light once, in front of a police car. My explanation that I didn't remember having seen the orange light didn't do me much good.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: Wonky? More like wanky

Just wait till a Google Car wobbles all over the pavement.

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