* Posts by Uffish

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IT consultant gets 4 years' porridge for tax fraud

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Re: Minimum of ten years

Long jail sentences are mostly a complete waste of taxpayers' money. Prosecute the lawmakers instead, you know it makes sense.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Unware is like vapourware, only more blatant - think Project Plan and Budget Estimates for Post Brexit Negotiations.

Communty is a county sized area containing lots of teepees and yurts.

Do keep up.

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Mandarins plotted to water down EU data protection regs

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Re: Big government is watching you

May I be the first to welcome our new British overlords!

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

"don't put it past the French especially to put all sorts of hurdles in the way of people"

or remove them perhaps, especially around Calais.

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Re: "cheaper pound means more affordable exports"

Sir, so why hasn't the Bank of England already been ordered to cheapen the pound?

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Astroboffins discover rapid 'electric winds' blowing on Venus

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Re: Planetary electric field?

First, it's current that produces magnetic fields not voltage. I suppose you could nevertheless get a reasonable current flowing, somehow.

Second, varying magnetic fields induce voltages/currents in conductors including any ionized parts of the atmosphere and, I suppose, the core of Mars which used to produce a magnetic field before it stopped. You may or may not want to include some form of current stabilisation.

Third. That's it really, nothing to it, good luck with the build ! (Less sarcastically, I believe such a project to be permanently ruled out on cost / benefit grounds).

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Major Tim Peake comes home to a gastronaut's Sunday roast

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Re: Can someone fill me in...

https://principia.org.uk/the-mission/experiments-in-space/

That's a list of some of what he was doing and I would imagine that the full documentation of his work program would have a mass considerably higher than that of Tim Peake. Also, I imagine that he followed the work plan, or if not, the fully approved and vetted, modified work plan. So he did what his bosses wanted.

I only saw a couple of 360° flips and a clip from a live question and answer session where he 'disappeared' - it went down well with the school kids.

All in all, "mission accomplished" I think.

The UK has finally decided to play a bigger part in the space business, I'm very impressed that we have, for once, got back to some joined-up government thinking.

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Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

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Re: missing and broken links

Try typing in "Glasgow university 1000 core fpga" into Startpage. It was the first result when I tried it.

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

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Re: Nope, nope, nope.

Your ten-year-old has a fine grip on reality and is to be congratulated.

I'd suggest that you move to the UK to escape the intelligent designers (or whoever they are) but you would only provoke a mindless storm over immigrants coming here to steal our welfare so, happy reading.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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Re: Prohibition in the United States

I quote from the United States Prohibition article in the ultimate online cribsheet "Within a week after Prohibition went into effect, small portable stills were on sale throughout the country".[

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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

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Re: Is 4 days enough....

To play the devil's advocate, it seems the examiners do an automated search for prior art and send the top ten results to the applicant’s attorney. Three or four iterations of this procedure will have most of the work done by the applicant's attorney at the applicant's expense.

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Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

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Re: Probably it is just another very unethical tax optimization

On the other hand, I just looked up the Wikipedia article on GEC UK (not to be confused with GE). It starts off: "The General Electric Company, or GEC, was a major UK-based industrial conglomerate...) and gets progressively sadder as you read on.

GEC was a company with more money than sense. Seems to me that MS is similar.

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One entire US spook base: Yours for $1m+

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Re: Security

But if you look closely you'll find that the all rural sites are guarded by special MOD killer sheep.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Re: Oh grow up.

"They are at it again" said my wife passing over her laptop. The umpteenth +1 pop-up said "Would you like to do something we know you don't want to do - now, or this evening".

And you talk about 'growing up'?

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: vendors writing drivers...

Why write drivers for older equipment when all it does with any certainty is bolster the profits of Microsoft.

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LISA Pathfinder free fall test beats expectations

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Re: "Nothing is holding the blocks in place..."

Don't the 2kg blocks attract each other ? I seem to remember a school science experiment with lead canon balls and a miniature dumbbell hung from a thread, it certainly gave the appearance of showing gravitational attraction.

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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?

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Re: Google already snaffles stuff

I've got a new app for you, you'll love it; it doesn't take much more than Google takes but it sends it all to me.

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Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

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Re: What's a pastor

Probably married.

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Water divining project abandoned after blowing AU$60k

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Re: oil companies and diviners

Oil companies can certainly be credulous. Look up Elf Aquitaine and Sniffer Aircraft.

150 million dollars was spent on bogus science.

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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Re: "USA Back in the 90s"

Seems to be still true today. I had no trouble using my card even though I can never make two signatures that even look like the same name let alone similar writing. Some admittedly old banknotes left over from a much earlier visit, were only accepted with much discussion with other cashiers and checking with senior staff.

I got the impression that plastic transactions were insured but cash was not.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Thanks for the article!

The only Windows computer in the house is my wife's Win 8.1 laptop. She has been patiently clicking the little red X on the reminder pop-ups for some time now (it was easier than delving into the inner workings of an OS I had set up more or less as she wanted some years ago and promptly forgot about). We entertained the fond hope that all of the telemetry that was going on would somehow bring to the attention of Redmond that an 'upgrade' was not wanted thank you very much.

I read this article and warned my wife about a similar but slightly different pop_up that had to be treated differently. Sure enough, it arrived today but forewarned is forearmed.

Whoever writes these pop_ups is a tricky little bastard isn't he !

What the hell has dragged Microsoft to behave like petty criminals running a three card scam in a mean backstreet ?

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Euro Patent Office prez's brake line cut – aka how to tell you're not popular

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Re: Sack

There's a line in HHGG about "waiting for the right...price". I'd sack the whole board as well, they are supposed to ensure that situations like this never occur.

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Sweden decides Julian Assange™ 'remains detained in absentia'

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Re: "couldn't care less"

I have no quarrel with your opinions but don't present them as facts. The reason for the whole sorry saga is very definitely the USA.

Where's the pernickity old codger icon?

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German boffins smash records with 37km wireless spurt at 6Gbps

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Re: It'd work better...

But then they would lose the backup link into the cloud from the metal sheet on top of the wall.

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French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

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Re: Huh??

Have you seen Paris traffic at 9 a.m.

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Re: Google doesn't have sales in France

... and France isn't going to inconvenience the "innocent until definitively proven guilty Google" one little bit, non M'sieur, croyez-moi!

Et gare au cochons volants.

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Taxmen raid Google in Paris

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Dissolution of the Monasteries

... it worked for Henry VIII when he needed a bit of money. Of course the monasteries today don't have any money but big business does. ("You must have too much money, look how much you pay your CEO"). Should be fun.

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Apple: Another bug fix. Er, thanks, GCHQ

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Re: "the selfie camera ..."

There is a simple way to check if anyone is looking:

- grow a beard

- get a kalashnikov and prop it up near you

- get a black flag and drape it casually across the wall behind you

- take sticker off the front camera and send a rant to El Reg whilst holding the phone so that glimpses of beard, black flag and flag are occasionally seen

- send another rant in a week's time (if you are able) and we will deduce that it's not our lot watching.

PS my spell checker objects to "kalashnikov" it suggests Shostakovich instead; I approve wholeheartedly but, in the interests of clarity, I haven't corrected the error.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Re: "I wish we could burn...reboot democracy."

Democracy does get a real booting from time to time, mainly from people expressing sentiments like yours.

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Electric Babel Fish swims into crowdfunding

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I am looking forward to seeing these used

Instant games of Chinese Whispers.

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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Re: Well d'uh.

@ Richard Wharram

In the age of the internet troll the phrase 'This is simply untrue' is simply meaningless. I could try checking out your longer posts for believability and coherence but why?

A few words describing why a comment is untrue would be reasonably verifiable and much more reader friendly than a list of study reports.

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Re: Well DUH

World agriculture benefited from a multiple research and development projects over decades to increase food production and apparently saved a billion or so people from starvation. It was an international effort but is usually referred to now by the catchy phrase 'green revolution'. I am sure that quite a few people died because of the these efforts (pesticides, locally wrong choice of new technology etc etc) but overall hugely more people benefited than suffered.

What seems to me to be different today is the role of business. Business needs seem to be the driving factor not humanity. I do not have to support some business plan if I don't want to and, strangely, I don't.

tldr: There is nothing much wrong with cola but you don't have to drink it if you don't want to. But call it cola and not 'the finest water plus a lot of sugar and a few things you shouldn't be bothered about'.

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Re: Sediment escape

Probably that dangerous and insufficiently tested technology called auto-correct - it lets strange and unnatural word combinations out into the world. Should be banned.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: 110 on building sites

When I was working on a building site (a very long time ago) it was 110V with the centre tap connected to earth. Thus an exposed wire would only be at 55V wrt earth.

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Re: Battery/capacitor

Given that there are two distinct energy levels (upper lake and lower lake) I favour the battery analogy. (A three-phase battery that is).

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Re: well on our way to achieving it

London (England) had electric taxis in 1897.

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Re: designed

... 'evolved' works just as well in his argument.

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Re: queues on the loop

I think the cause of the queues on the loop would be the limited capacity compared to the train, road and air infrastructures.

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: downwind

@I.P. & S.R. (and smokers/vapers in general).

I totally agree with Orlowski's article and your comments, this is a truly terrible piece of legislation and it is terrible both in its misguided intentions and in the reasons for its coming into being.

I would be happy to help man the barricades with you - just don't expect me to agree with smoking / vaping in public spaces (or whatever the legal term is).

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Re: downwind

The second hand gaseous product of eating a lot of beans is also biologically insignificant but nevertheless very annoying. I expect that strangers will not be completely oblivious of their effect on others.

For fuck's sake just stop smoking in any form you bunch of self centred, neurotic, poseurs.

Not anonymous, just totally unimpressed by smokers.

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Supernova bubble clocked at 19,000,000 km/h

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A long time ago and far, far away...

The phrases "went bang in spectacular fashion back in 1572." and "at a distance of some 10,000 light years" should not be used together. Not for a long while anyway.

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Finance bods SWIFT to update after Bangladesh hack

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The fat lady isn't singing yet

Seems like they have been rootling around the coffers of a bank in Belgium.

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

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Re: Interesting, but...

I've got two stone age cutting implements (both found by chance at the edges of ploughed fields), one is a knapped but not ground knife the other is half of a beautifully smooth, ground axehead. Both are still sharp. They may not cut wood as well as a £17.99 B&Q axe but they sure have lasted longer.

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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

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Re: Former Experian developer here

So far they haven't been able to force me to buy anything though and, tedious though it is, there are reasonably effective remedies for unwanted advertising.

(Sorry El Reg - can you tell me how to accept your adverts anonymously - no cookies, no tracking, no targeting - otherwise the annoyance outweighs the benefits).

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Serious question

Serious answer - it doesn't matter, the problem is that Microsoft has consistently used Windows as a revenue generator, putting out new versions whenever they needed a fresh dollop of unimaginable wealth, not when they thought they needed to upgrade the platform for technical reasons.

Their intentions for Win 10 are still purely financial, the technical aspects are, for them, irrelevant. For a user, on the other hand, it is only the technical (functional) characteristics of an OS that matter leading to a very uneasy relationship with the Vendor, which has now snapped in my (insignificantly small) case.

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Re: Cost

May I suggest a lower cost solution. It's what I thought the article's title meant when I first read it.

In future put all traffic lights, street lights, litter bins, park benches in the middle of the pavement (USA etc - sidewalk). That will at least educate a lot of the ipodestrians.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: damning with faint praise

@ Philip Lewis

So, you're saying that Trump speaks nonsense equally as well as other idiots. You may well say that, I couldn't possibly comment..

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ExoMars probe narrowly avoids death, still in peril after rocket snafu

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so whats wrong if ...

Fast forward a few (thousand) generations and:

"across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.”

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Snowden WAS the Feds' quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals

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Re: Non-Death Penalty

You misread it, it means the they will be turned into zombies.

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