* Posts by Uffish

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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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Re: "Bot's are great"

Whoever is running the bot is responsible for their actions. Of course the above mentioned big guy v. little guy and skewed legal system scenarios mentioned above still hold true.

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Re: Polarization

Find a pair of Polaroid sunglasses, break them and use one lens to filter light from a torch (flashlight) and iluminate an otherwise dark scene with the polarized light. By using the other lens as a polarization analyzer see what reflection and or refraction does to the plane of polarization.

In general, reflected and refracted em waves have the polarization altered. Linear polarized waves can even end up elliptically polarized and vice versa.

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Re: meteor showers etc

Radar pulses glinting off satelites, or reflected from meteor showers, etc etc.

There are well known EM pulses with high DM detected on earth in large numbers, but which are strictly Earth based. "Whistlers" are very low frequency pulses (but lasting seconds not mlliseconds) and result from lightning flashes 'streched' by earth based plasma.

Obviously whistler signals are not FRBs and obviously the boffins have been hard at work before suggesting the origin of the signals but a close-to-home origin doesn't seem to have been definitively ruled out yet.

Occam's razor and all that.

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The Year of Living Danishly, The Internet is Not the Answer and Classical Literature

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Re: Metella est mater

Matella is your mother. She said it happened in a threesome.

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

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Re: I Like Mine

Do you recharge it overnight?

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Re: Keep reminding yourself ...over and over until it registers.

Actually, that's quite a funny joke you wrote there.

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Re: Do you know what i have noticed?

@ the OP

I won't call you a liar because you are simply ignorant, and surprisingly wrong.

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Re: Tasered

Given that the murderers had Kalashnikovs, rocket propelled grenades, Molotov coctails, handguns and hostages it's not easy to be critical of the authorities.

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Re: I don't for a second believe ...

... that the causes are simple, or that they are concentrated in one subset of people.

Western Europe has had two world wars and four countries with fascist dictatorships in the recent past and Eastern Europe has had some vicious governments and worse wars in the more recent past. Africa has it's atrocities, many countries have had multiple murders by a lone-gunman or bomber.

It's not what happens, it's how it is dealt with.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Re: UK equivalent

Sadly the likely cause is not corruption. If it were it could be corrected rapidly and reasonably robust safeguards put in place to stop similar things happening. This is most probably almighty blithering stupidity, caused, supported and protected by standard procedures and practices and most likely the grand total of licences was reported with a slightly sheepish grin and a total lack of any idea how the number could be reduced.

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Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

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Re: "iconic"

Definition of iconic : of or relating to a cone, but with rounded corners.

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: And it's supposed to work?

No idea whether the simple recipe described will almost guarantee that all the other elements will naturally be present in earthish ratios but if they say that there are lots of earth size, weight, temperature, chemical composition planets out there well, that's great.

But how many will have lifeforms up and working? Is that likely, or are there just a lot of wet, rocky planets in the universe.

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WTF?

And it's supposed to work?

Shove in a few million meteors' worth of the other elements and a galaxy size lump of good luck and you might stand a chance.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: French diesels.

Long time ago French diesel was noticeably cheaper than French petrol so lots of people bought diesels. The situation is slowly changing to equal tax/duty so the preference for diesels is diminishing.

P.S. Of course the French hate driving - they are surrounded by French drivers.

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Criticising other countries' cars...

... is a waste of time; expect no more than a gallic shrug in response to criticism of French cars, and probably the same from any other nation's constructor(s). If you want things to be done better try starting up your own car company.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: A minicab company could run a variation

I remember travelling around Nigeria by taxi/minibus. You went to some big field near the edge of town, found a taxi/minibus going to the town you wanted and purchased your seat on it. Other people would purchase their seats - deviations from standard routes were negociable. The scheduling problem was also negociable. No IT was involved.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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Re: America never bowed down

More like America just couldn't be bothered. The relevant people got bored and changed channels. It's not as if one movie counts for much in the minds of all those who made the decisions.

The Sony Pictures board say it was market forces, the cinema chain managers say they were protecting their customers, the great american public was only interested in the tittle-tattle released.

Still, whoever did it, the big Nork ought to be pleased and that means the rest of the Norks ought to be deliriously happy.

IT professionals on the other hand...

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: ' what the answer is'

No, I don't know what the answer is either, but I think that the teachers that feed them are onto something.

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Re: crystal radios in the 1930's

... and cost quite a lot at the time.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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UK laws

Very happy to see that someone can legally home-build and use a rifle in the UK. As noted in a comment above a lot of the Daily Mail style articles in the press, tv etc give the impression that all potentially dangerous activities must be forbidden rather than regulated.

As for El Reg's headlines - the more extravegant they are the better they are.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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No complaints

I use an old, underpowerd 32 bit laptop and No Script and it still displays correctly (ie I can read it easily) .

Must admit that my primary concern was that the Registerwriting style had not been affected - quick look at the headline and all the eyecatching smutty inuendo is still there so all is ok.

Even with NoScript off everything seems to work quickly and clearly - well done.

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GCHQ, police to team up to hunt down child abuse on the darknet

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Re: hmm....

My take on it is that the browser will have to ask 'GCHQ' whether a website is permitted - each and every time!

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Excuse

They evidently believe that they don't need an excuse, but just in case...

Nice one security bods, who could ever criticise you now.

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