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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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@Some Beggar

"If it isn't safe to overtake without exceeding the speed limit then you shouldn't be overtaking.

"I can see why you'd be worried about this type of scheme if you've never read the fucking highway code."

I have read the Highway Code. I have also just recently been awarded my IAM Green Badge for passing my Advanced Motorcycle Test, so pardon me if I take issue with your understanding of the subject.

The aim of Advanced Riding (or Driving) is to "make progress" in a way that is safe and responsible and if you can make that progress by overtaking a slower vehicle in front of you, you want to complete that overtake as promptly and safely as possible and looking ahead of you and taking regard of the vehicle you are passing, rather than looking down and checking your speedometer.

Whilst on my Advanced Test on the A32 I completed a three-car overtake and the examiner who is a serving Police Officer and Class 1 rider had *no problems* with the fact that I had most probably exceeded the posted limit when doing so. If, however, I had forced another vehicle to change their speed or direction because of my actions, I would have failed because that would not have been safe.

I recommend visiting the IAM Website and signing up for their Skills for Life Package, it only costs £139 (including the cost of the Test) and you can then actually *learn* something about road use instead of thinking "I've passed my basic test, I know all I need to know" when, in fact, you have only achieved the bare minimum standard to be allowed out on the road in control of a vehicle.

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West Midlands plods get mobile fingerprint tech

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If this uses GPRS...

... I can see problems arising.

I have a mobile credit card processing terminal which often cannot connect to the server due to "network congestion". Apparently GPRS gets the lowest priority from phone masts, so if lots of other people want to connect using 3G etc, GRPS gets bumped to the back of the queue and has to wait.

As more and more people get mobile devices, this can only get worse...

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ESA seeks doctor for Antarctic spaceflight sim

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Concordia?

Not the place to open a Costa's Coffee, then...

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Yellow Pages targets zombie survivalist market

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Simple solution...

... get a load of yellow pages, suspend above zombie and drop at the opportune moment.

Can I have my money, please?

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Solving traffic jams with maths

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Re: Bangor, North Wales

Many years ago, Bristol City Council spent a load of money doing studies and re-designing the Three Lamps junction leading out of Bristol on the A4 because it was a notorious bottle-neck.

Apparently the contractors they hired chucked down some temporary lights whilst they were working and the junction had never flowed more freely!

They told the Council who said "stick with our design" and, when they'd finished, it was as much of a bottle-neck as ever...!

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Re: These have their flaws, too...

Another flaw is that the induction sensors are sometimes not sensitive to pick up a bicycle and the "camera" sensors occasionally even miss a motorbike meaning two-wheel users end up stuck at the lights until eventually a car pulls up behind them (and, yes, when cycling I *DO* stop at red lights, ok?!)

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Road deaths spark crackdown on jaywalking texter menace

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Re: Darwin rules

> The trouble with motorcyclists is that the the menaces are in a majority.

BALDERDASH!

From the Department of Transport:

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4.1 Right of way violations

Of the total cases, 681 (38%) involve ROWVs. However, less than 20% of these involve a motorcyclist who rated as either fully or partly to blame for the accident. The majority of motorcycle ROWVaccidents have been found to be primarily the fault of other motorists.

This is an even higher level of ‘non-blameworthiness’ in ROWVaccidents than that observed in other in-depth studies, e.g. Hurt et al. (1981) The majority of ROWVs occur at T-junctions, which are three times as common as roundabouts or crossroads. This finding is in accordance with the work of Hole, Tyrell and Langham (1996), who found that the majority of such accidents occurred at ‘uncontrolled’ (i.e. no stop light or sign with only give-way markings and/or signs

present) T-junctions in urban environments.

When these cases are examined, it can be seen that the most common failure of other drivers in motorcycle accidents is a failure in the continuity of their observation of the road scene. Over 65% of ROWV accidents where the motorcyclist is not regarded as to blame involve a driver who somehow fails to see a motorcyclist who should be in clear view, and, indeed, frequently is in view to witnesses or other road users in the area. Failures of observation that involve drivers failing to take account of restricted views of one kind or another, and failing to judge the approach speed and/or distance of a motorcyclist, are not included in this category.

Sometimes, accident-involved drivers in motorcycle accidents fail to see riders even when they are verifiably using visibility aids, such as daytime running lights and high-visibility protective clothing. This occurs in over 12% of such cases (but the level of use of these aids to visibility is felt to be under-reported by police).

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http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110509101621/http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/research/rsrr/theme5/indepthstudyofmotorcycleacc.pdf

"Sorry Mate, I Didn't See you" really means "Sorry Mate, I Didn't Bother to LOOK Properly"!

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Ofcom: Now's your chance to make Local TV for Local People

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Here are the Local News Headlines:

Mrs Brown of Boring Road has found her lost cat!

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Atlassian, Zynga among San Francisco's best town bikes

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Re: Bicycleistotards ...

@Irongut - No, the OP wanted people to stop RIDING as well.

If more USA-ians got out of their cars and tried riding or walking or using public transport, maybe they wouldn't be such a nation of lard-arses.

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Disabled can't 'Go Compare' on price comparison websites

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Re: RE: Not so easy

The first thing to do is to disable images in your browser and see if you can still navigate the site using your keyboard.

If you can't, fix it.

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Facebook tests paid post promotion

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Re: The Rise and Fail of a Social Network

So Zuckerberg's got the right idea: Cash in by going IPO, then dump all your shares before the bottom drops out of the market, bitch!

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Europe must shift R&D from car gizmos to infrastructure, honks wonk

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Re: Teleworking

@ravenwiz: But how do you get to your office? Walk? Cycle? Bus? Other public transport? Or drive...?

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Study reveals high price of smut addiction

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Post Hoc != Propter Hoc

"Habitual viewers of smut often mess up their lives".

ORLY?

Or perhaps people who have messed up lives become habitual viewers of smut. Or alcoholics. Or drug abusers. Or resort to crime. Or...

The same goes for “excessive users had severe social and relationship problems and had often lost their jobs or been in trouble with the law as a result of their addiction” the conclusion seems to be that it's the porn that caused the problem, rather than the problem being the result of other factors and which is then manifested in this "addiction".

BTW "addiction" is a nicely pejorative term, but whilst drug addicts may mug grannies for their pensions to feed their habits, I don't think I've ever heard of someone doing the same so they can buy another porn mag or download a movie...

Meanwhile, *who* were these "800 habitual online smut viewers"? How were they selected? And if there were "800 habitual online smut viewers" how does that compare with the number of those who also view online smut but do not do it "habitually" (whatever that means, how frequently do you have to do it before it becomes "habitual")?

I found a link to the original survey, but, alas, the survey was no longer available which is a shame, because I'd have loved to see what the questions were and how impartially they had been phrased.

Some other questions:

"30 percent acknowledged that their work performance suffered due to excessive viewing" and how many "habitual" smokers acknowledge that their work suffers due to them gasping for a cigarette?

"20 percent of respondents said they preferred the excitement of watching porn to being sexually intimate with their partner" and what about those geeks out there (of which there are more than a few) who haven't got a partner because aren't good in social situations and, as such, find other ways to relieve sexual tension?

"Around 14 percent had formed a relationship with other online users" which is surely a good thing (but good things don't come from "addictions" do they?)

"18 percent were preoccupied with fantasising when they were not online" and it's only "habitual smut watchers" that have this problem. After all, it's not the same as thinking about the big match you watched yesterday evening or worrying about your financial problems when you should be working or...

And finally ""Watching porn is a learned behaviour and we believe it can be unlearned” says Dr Sitharthan. Why does this sound so disturbingly like the assertion from the last century that "Homosexualiy is a learned behaviour and we believe it can be unlearned”, resulting in attempts to "cure" gays by administering electric shocks for aversion therapy or, even, giving them lobotomies?

I think these researchers had a conclusion and then did their research to prove it.

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Billion-dollar high-tech ghost town to run itself without humans

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Terminator

Nothing can go wrong...

... go wrong... go wrong...

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Scandal ad slingers cough up $100k in 'Facebook clickjack' case

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So get NoScript...

...and you'll be warned when someone tries to Clickjack you!

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Planet systems with 'hot Jupiters' PULVERISE innocent strays

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Well there goes Tattooine

Going by this article, a binary system is one where the "hot Jupiter" has accumulated even more mass and undergone fusion to be come a sun in its own right.

If that's the case then you'd never see that fancy double sunset because your planet wouldn't exist in the first place.

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Intelligence a genetic mistake

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Re: Algernon

@Mike Banahan - You're welcome. Just a couple of weeks ago I re-read it (again), so this story from El Reg was particularly apposite :-)

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I have a mouse...

... called Algernon here who wants a word with you...

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US Judge says IP addresses don't identify pirates

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Bravo Judge Brown!

At least it seems that *someone* in the US Legal System has a clue!

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Web super-TV turns EXTREME sports fans into sofa-dwellers

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OTT?

Oh, so not the "Adult Version of Tiswas" that Chris Tarrant and Lenny Henry did, then...?

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Hunt tosses 27 cities into broadband cash bunfight

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Re: bunfight?

@asdf - I suggest you look up the term. "Bunfight" has nothing to do with "Bumfight" and, in fact, pre-dates it by a long time.

Whilst it can mean an official (but completely unimportant) event which requires people to dress up in their best finery, it also is used to mean an argument or dispute which is "a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing at all".

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Cameron hardens stance on UK web filth block

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And once again...

... what happens to my business?

As I've posted in the past, I run a legltimate, legal and successful business making affordable leather products for the (ahem!) discerning adult ;-)

I already have my site signed up to Net Nanny, Cybersitter, Surf Watch etc so that *responsible* parents can install appropriate blocking software and stop their children accessing it.

But if this stupid proposal comes into force, I'm probably going to find my business on the blacklist meaning that anyone who wants to be a customer has to ask permission from Nanny first which is not going to be good for trade.

What next? Having to opt-in to being able to visit Ann Summers shop on the high street...??

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Re: Funny

As I've just posted in another El Reg forum, they did.

See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/bt-blocks-direct-access-to-telephone-porn-lines-personal-code-will-be-needed-for-adult-premium-rate-numbers-1494484.html

It was eventually revoked, but by that time there were other services accessible.

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Jolly rogered

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This nonsense was tried back in the 1980s...

... when it was decided that access to the 0898 "naughty phone lines" should be made opt-in rather than opt-out.

Unsurprisingly, very few people were willing to call up their phone provider and say "Please let me access the smutty message services", meaning that perfectly legal and legitimate businesses suddenly had a massive drop in their income.

Eventually, of course, this decision was reversed, but it just goes to show how stupid the "Won't Someone Think of the Children!" mentality can be.

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Re: dick?!

I once posted on a forum about the Sci-Fi author Philip K Dick.

His name was (I kid you not) rendered by the forum software as "Philip K masculine area"!!!

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Canada failing to sufficiently protect IP rights – US report

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Re: Damn it...

You beat me to it!

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UK's new drivers now in safe hands... of laser-wielding robots

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WTF?

Will the DVLA remember what vehicles you're allowed to drive/ ride, though?

I know several bikers who, when it comes to licence renewal, have claimed that theirs is "lost" because if they send them back to the DVLA they have a habit of sending new ones *without* the details of said bikers having passed their test and being told they're going to have to re-take it otherwise they'll be riding illegally!

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Telly is becoming moving wallpaper for constantly online Brits

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Re: ****ING Repeats!

In this post, Graham agrees with Big Boomer saying "Yes, you have a point there."

Yes, you have a point there.

Coming up, Graham also thinks that many "documentaries" that last for an hour, could be shown in 30 minutes if they cut out all the padding.

Many "documentaries" that last for an hour, could be shown in 30 minutes if they cut out all the padding.

Wow! Can I get a job in TV?

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Britain prepares for government by iPad

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"They have to agree...

"... to receive documents about parliamentary business on the fondleslabs rather than have that information printed out on paper."

And then they'll dump loads of stuff out to printer anyway, because that's what they're used to...

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European Space Agency heads for Jupiter's moons

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Re: Good choice

"Would we then consider sending probes to the funny little wet blue planet in the inner solar system?"

We did, but we decided the inhabitants were too boring to bother with (apart from some of our Teasers)...

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Hear hear!

But, at present, no large black monoliths have been found...

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Why embossed credit cards are here to stay

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Re: see ID

I run a stall at a market once a month and occasionally I get American customers who haven't bothered to sign their cards because they're so used to handing over their driving licence as proof of ID when they use the card.

In any case, if I have to use the manual backup eg because my GPRS terminal won't connect, I phone for authorisation on any transaction which is above my "floor limit" (amount which my card processing company sets). This doesn't guarantee payment, but at least it means that, at the time of the call, the card hasn't been reported lost or stolen.

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

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Re: @ Graham Marsden

@Steven Roper

Consider what would Apple would be likely to do you you if you answer "yes" to that question...

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Re: Surely some better questions for Apple owners.

Or "Have you ever jail-broken an Apple device?"...

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Everything Everywhere rolls out the 4G astroturf

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"leaving one three minutes to build an extra widget"?

Or just more time to download other pointless videos...

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No sex please, we're Telstra

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WTF?

"we cannot support anything that is sexist or that is inconsistent with our values"

Those "values" are, presumably, to make arbitrary decisions based on anecdotal evidence and to give credence to whinges from the "We don't like this, so you shouldn't be allowed to see it" brigade...

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New satellite will blow your socks off - and spot them from spaaaace

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"the length of your correspondent's size 13 flip flops"

So will we finally be able to spot Bigfoot?

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Global cop squad busts 36 credit card data-selling sites

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WTF?

So can someone tell me...

... exactly *HOW* these sites got hold of this information in the first place??

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Murdoch 'sorry' he didn't shut News of the World years ago

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Re: Old point, new presentation

You can make a lot of money pandering to the lowest common denominator, especially when you feed them a diet of salacious tittle-tattle and carefully spun stories that appeal to their prurient interests.

Truth? That's another matter entirely...

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Murdoch "Sorry"...

... he and his got caught.

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Graham: ICO will blow £3m on IT services

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I will...?

Oh, sorry, different Graham...

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Facebook shares URL blacklists with security companies

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Why did I read that as...

... "Two Faced"?!

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Floppy disk drives jam James Bond theme

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Re: This stunt was quite common on Commodore 1541 disc drives...

Yep, I heard one playing Amazing Grace many years ago.

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'Asteroid mining company' makes classic hypegasm debut today

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"the crew of the International Space Station, famously...

"...must drink their own recycled urine"

Right, because on Earth all urine is neatly stored away and never re-enters the water cycle to be drunk again...

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Ofcom probes Sky News over Canoe man email hacks

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Re: "they can (theoretically) argue public benefit"

Public benefit does *not* allow them to break the law in order to (possibly) find some putative evidence of other wrong-doing.

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Plumbers of the interwebs vow to kill IP hijacking

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ROVER

Orange Alert! Orange Alert!

(Large white weather balloon bounces across the interwebs...)

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Higher ground: plants seeking colder temperatures

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Is it...

... the Time of the Preacher? ;-)

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Google founders, James Cameron, go asteroid mining

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Now all they need to invent...

... is the Cobra Mark III and a Mining Laser.

Right on, Commander!

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Stray SMS leads to aborted landing

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"The story does rather give the lie to concerns that...

"...active mobile phones are a threat to flight safety..."

But they may be a threat to the safety of the dickhead with the loud voice and the exceptionally irritating ring-tone...

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Home Office 'technologically clueless' on web super-snoop law

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Big Brother

But it's Paedos and Criminals and Terrorists,oh my!

How can anyone argue with that...?!

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