* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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As Mythbusters demonstrated...

... Roundabouts are much more efficient than Four-Way stop sign junctions and this sort of situation would be much less likely to happen on one.

http://www.wimp.com/testroundabout/

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@Vladimir Plouzhnikov

Might I suggest that you contact your local IAM or RoSPA group and get yourself some Advanced Driving training so you can learn how to use the road in *co-operation* with other road users, rather than in competition with them.

Similarly I suggest that cyclists also remind themselves of the rules regarding red lights, pedestrian crossings, using lights at night etc.

That way the roads might actually become nicer to use for those of us who aren't prone to Tarmac Tantrums.

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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This reminds me...

... of the classic situation where the parents buy their kid some fantastic new toy and the kid ends up playing with the box because their imagination isn't fettered by the "this is what you do with it" mentality.

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Space paparazzo captures bipolar butterfly

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Wow!

Just WOW!!

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Krebs: I know who hacked Ashley Madison

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Remind me...

... to change the combination on my luggage...

Spaceballs: The Coat

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Your smartphone can be a 3D scanner, say boffins

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"the lost art of efficient programming"

But when we've got all this memory and fast processors, *why* should we have to bother writing efficient code...?

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Motorola monsters Apple's swipe-to-unlock patent in German court

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Great...

... but *how many* years did it take...?

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'Web brothel' CEO, staff cuffed on prostitution rap – clue: the website is called Rentboy.com

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Based on this...

... there are two options:

1) They've won the War Against Terror

or:

2) Someone is desperately trying to draw attention away from the Ashley Madison hack.

Meanwhile, of course, all those sites with adults offering other services, such as actors, musicians, accountants, plumbers or even lawyers go on about their business because it's only SEX which causes the Yanks a problem.

"I'm just a musical prostitute, darling!" - Freddie Mercury.

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Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

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How long before other companies...

... start offering a bloatware free option...

... which is twice the price of the bloated version?!

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3D-printed robot hand grabs Dyson award for UK

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A big hand for these guys!

(Oh come on, *someone* had to say it...)

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Re: Wonder what the grip feels like

I offer you the cautionary tale of Howard Wolowitz...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SScHKz_Hn38

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Mobile device screens recorded using the Certifi-gate vulnerability

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@DougS - Don't they have the ability to remotely disable apps

I don't know about you, but I would be more worried about the OS owner being able to control what apps can or can't run on *MY* phone.

Sure, they can *tell* me that such and such an app has a vulnerability, but if they can stop a "bad" app from running, it's not a big step to stopping a good app for political or "security" purposes...

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Boffins unwrap honeybee black box recorder project

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Black Boxes for Bees

It's a well known* fact that, aerodynamically, bees cannot fly, so obviously this is to find out why they're crashing...

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* Yes, I *know* it's a myth!

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Big trouble in big China: Crashing economy in Middle Kingdom body slams US tech stocks

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Re: Well.. there goes the 401k...

> It may be you have more than enough put away to get by on the dividends and state pension or other income,

In which case you've probably got other pension provision than a basic 401k. Most people won't.

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Re: Well.. there goes the 401k...

If your pension plan doesn't move into defensive (ie low volatity) areas around 5 years before you're due to retire you either made a bad choice or got bad advice.

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Re: Free country?

Yes, Free to agree with what *we* say is acceptable...

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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@DavCrav - take the road network for the UK.

> How about we make that network neutral, by removing all rules for right of way, so that all road users are treated equally all the time.

You miss the point.

Imagine you're on a three lane Motorway and find that Lane 3 has been bought by the Ford Motor Company

That Lane has a 100mph speed limit but can *only* be used by people driving Ford Cars.

Meanwhile Lanes 1 and 2 have to take all the other traffic and have had their speed limits reduced to 60mph and even then you'll be lucky if you can do that because you've got "crawler races" with one HGV is trying to overtake another at 1mph faster.

*THAT* is what Net Neutrality is about, minus all the petty sneers about Arts Graduates and other such BS.

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Should all Europeans be able to watch Estonian football? Consultation launched

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@Ledswinger

> If you take a view about what price content rights-holders must sell for

You miss the point. It is not about what price they must sell it for, it's that they can (and do) charge different prices based simply on which side of an arbitrary (and imaginary) line someone lives on.

Imagine you went into a shop to buy an item and they said "Sorry, you live in XYZ area, you can't buy from us at this cheaper price, you have to go to our shop nearest to you and pay a more expensive price". Would you say "Ok, that's fine"?

I doubt it, but that's what these companies want to have enshrined in law.

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

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Cuckoo Clocks...

... very probably originated in the Black Forest in Germany.

Blame Orson Wells and The Third Man for spreading the Swiss origin myth.

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UK.gov: Size matters, and we like it SMALL but MORE

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How to win a government contract...

1) Make sure you've spent enough on wining and dining MPs and Civil Servants

2) Make sure you've offered enough Directorships which pay six figures for 24 hours work a year

3) Offer the moon on a stick whilst claiming it will only cost peanuts

4) Get your people to write a nicely vague contract with ambiguous terms that give you lots of get out clauses and golden lifeboats when you fail to deliver what you've promised

5) Profit!

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More deaths linked to Ashley Madison hack as scammers move in

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@Triboolean - Re: Meeow

So what you're saying is that because people don't fit in with *your* ideas of how they should organise their relationships, they deserve to have their privacy invaded and have society pile opprobium on them?

What a wonderfully tolerant person you are.

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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@Super Fast Jellyfish - Re: John Lewis

John Lewis is a Partnership (hence the full name). All employees are *partners* in the business, hence they get a share of the money, unlike many (most?) capitalistic businesses where any profit dividend is only distributed to share holders, not the workers.

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@Tim Worstall - Re: Where next?

> JL and Co Op are owned by, respectively, the workers and the consumers. They're not capitalist organisations.

True. They have this crazy idea of giving money *back* to the people who make it for them and keeping prices down for people who pay for their goods instead of keeping it all for those at the top of the tree or giving it to shareholders whilst keeping wages as low as possible!

Lunatics, eh? Such a business model would never survive since 1844, would it?

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@Doctor Syntax - Re: Corbyn is barking, but ...

> This needs at least two terms to clear up the mess, trying to get rid of the crap,

I think you mean flogging off the family silver to their rich mates (and give them tax breaks) whilst meanwhile screwing the workers and get them fighting amongst themselves and then retiring with lucrative directorships.

Trebles all round!

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@The Axe - Re: At least you declared an interest this time

> . I don't find any of Tim's articles abusive in any way. This one is not either

In which case, why does Tim spend so much time in it debating the *man* rather than his arguments?

I suggest you look up the term "ad hominem".

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Did anyone else...

... try to read this piece, but get deafened by the sounds of Axes grinding?

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Re: whereas ...

Apparently, it's Maths, not Economics. See Another Angry Voice for more about how "qualified" he is to be Chancellor...

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

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Re: Escalation needed

Don't forget, in America you have the right to keep and arm bears...

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Labour Party website DDoS'd by ruly democratic mob

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Re: @DavCrav - Can someone answer this question?

> As far as I can tell, My Corbyn is exactly like anyone else on the Left, which is to say, all talk no trousers. When it comes down to it, there's never any detail as to how exactly all this will come about.

And yet we have the neo-liberal Right still claiming that they can cut their way to prosperity and make everyone "on average" better off by concentrating all the wealth in the hands of a few, whilst everyone else gets screwed.

Oh and, as someone said "As a member of the electorate, it is not up to me to make suggestions as to what he will do, but up to me to decide whether his policies are sound."

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@jonathanb - Re: @AC - Can someone answer this question?

> Now tell the middle-England majority who pay for all these benefits that they should care that a small number of people are worse off because these benefits have been cut.

As opposed to them saying "Fuck you, I'm alright Jack!"?

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@DavCrav - Re: Can someone answer this question?

> You mean like this?

So there already *is* what you want?

So what exactly do you want him to say he's going to do which is different???

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Re: Can someone answer this question?

> To go after a multinational company you need a multinational attack.

So because you "heard him say that he would gather international support to change tax agreements" means he's not going to do it? Or maybe you haven't looked very hard.

From a recent speech he made, two policies on tax he wants to introduce:

"The introduction of a proper anti-avoidance rule into UK tax law.

"The aim of country-by-country reporting for multinational corporations"

I think "country-by-country reporting" sounds like he's doing exactly what you say.

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@AC - Re: Can someone answer this question?

> "on average" people are better off under the budget

Which is about as meaningful as saying that "on average nobody has two legs" because there are people who have fewer than two.

Telling people who are working in Minimum Wage jobs or on Zero Hours contracts that they should be happy because, "on average" people are better off, whilst they're living virtually hand to mouth with little money for luxuries, let alone to be able to save for a mortgage etc is not going to wash.

Still, as Douglas Adams said "Nobody was poor, at least nobody worth speaking of."

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@jason 7 - Re: Can someone answer this question?

"Just where is this great economic boom for Great Britain with a Right-wing, neo-liberal austerity loving chancellor like George Osborne going to come from instead of concentrating the majority of the wealth in the off-shore bank accounts of a small minority?

"It all goes very quiet at that point."

FTFY

(PS I'll say again that I have no more love for Labour or Corbyn than I do for the Tories and Cameron or the Lib Dems and... err, whoever, but until we have a bigger choice of people to vote for than the Blue Tories, the Red Tories or the Purple Tories or the Yellow idiots who got shafted by the Tories, then nothing is going to improve.)

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Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters

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Re: Marsbarbrian @Esme - AC If you only watch Faux News and CNN....

"requested proof" != "proof that Matt Bryant will accept"

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Re: Marsbarbrain @Matt Bryant - XonEarth Would you believe?

Taxi! Follow those goalposts...!

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@Esme - Re: AC If you only watch Faux News and CNN....

> Or do you subscribe to the notion that if you don;t have to bring in the insurers no harm done?

Ah, but you see Matt wants you *personally* to prove to *his* standards that you have suffered "harm" from this and, if you can't, he can declare victory!

It seems he's finally found a set of goalposts he likes...

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If you asked the question...

... I have no doubt that you would find a significant number of Americans who were in favour of burning witches...

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@Matt Bryant - Re: XonEarth Would you believe?

> Please go do some actual reading

Certainly. From the article *YOU* linked to...

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The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West.

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The discoveries of these chemical weapons did not support the government’s invasion rationale.

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After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Bush insisted that Mr. Hussein was hiding an active weapons of mass destruction program, in defiance of international will and at the world’s risk. United Nations inspectors said they could not find evidence for these claims.

Then, during the long occupation, American troops began encountering old chemical munitions in hidden caches and roadside bombs. Typically 155-millimeter artillery shells or 122-millimeter rockets, they were remnants of an arms program Iraq had rushed into production in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war.

All had been manufactured before 1991

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Cheers, Bill Gates. Who wouldn't want drinking water made from POO?

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Huh huh huh, we said Poo lots of times, heh heh heh...

How many bladders and bowels do you think all the water in the world has been through in the last four billion years or so?

What a pathetic article.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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@Mike Bell - Re: Personal responsibility?

RTFA:

> By default AirDrop is restricted to "contacts only" to but this is changed to "everyone" as soon as a user accepts a message from a previously unknown contact. From that point on users run the risk of being sent all sorts of undesirable content by strangers.

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Aussies turn to comic cat videos for comfort

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Re: This was their plan.

"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this." - Terry Pratchett

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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@Triggerfish - Re: @Graham Marsden

> how do you farm sharks?

I'm not sure. Wouldn't the plough sink?

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@Amorous Cowherder

Which part of "farmed" didn't you understand?

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Care.data is a complete omnishambles, says study into hated scheme

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See icon...

...for details

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

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"Stop taking ANY advice...

"...from people on Twitter without checking it with reputable sources!"

FTFY

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NASA primed for 9-minute live test of mighty rocket motor

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"send Orion farther into space than humans have ever ventured"

So is that the Orion is going further or it's going to *take* humans further than Lunar orbit?

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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Re: Heating

> A standard part of a middle class British lifestyle in the 1960s would be ice forming on the inside of the bedroom window overnight

Or, indeed, living in a bedsit in the 1990s (and probably even today in some places...)

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ZTE says it won't allow exec to appear in US court over arrest fears

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"US [...] which has repeatedly accused the telecoms firm...

"...of using its technology to aid the Chinese government in spying on its international rivals."

How dare they! Don't they know it's only the US who are allowed to do that?!

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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Re: Film @ 11

No, it's a farce!

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