* Posts by Stratman

607 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

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Galileo in spaaace: France's 'equivalence principle' satellite

Stratman

Hairnet but no beardnet?

Hmm...

"The experiment was invalidated by some alphabetti spaghetti discovered in the chamber"

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Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown

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The RSA could have entered into the spirit of things

and required him to wear the colander while driving

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

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It's all academic anyway...

... as the store seems to be perpetually broken.

"Something went wrong this end, try again later", or words to that effect.

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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Devil

Can't the feds just trace the fingermarks on the screen?

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Thirty Meter Telescope needs to revisit earthly fine print

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Re: Religion: Stifling Learning for Thousands of Years!

Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory, and a Jesuit for good measure

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FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update

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"Vulcun will be required to clearly explain the behaviors and any changes to the permissions of any of the products, including browser extensions, mobile games, and websites."

Just Vulcun?

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Uber rebrands to the sound of whalesong confusion

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"a "more grounded and elevated" logotype"

Both grounded and elevated?

Their bits and atoms are presumably of the quantum variety

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Home Office lost its workers' completed security vetting forms

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Sadly, if any heads do roll they'll be of the deputy variety.

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Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

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Pilot error

When I was gaining my PPL all those years ago it was drummed into me that all flight aids are just that: aids. There's only one person in charge of the flight and of driving the plane. If a pilot is unfamiliar with an airfield it's his duty to familiarise himself with it.

This clown is on a par with blaming the satnav for driving into a river.

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

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Re: It isn't that

Question for Charles Manning

My wife and her running colleagues are always complaining that their GPS watches (different brands) invariably under record the distance run in a measured event. Typically a 10km run would be shown as 9.9km or thereabouts. They get particularly annoyed when a Marathon (42.195km) is 'short', as many of statistics tracking sites they use won't recognise it as a Marathon.

I assumed this was because the sampling points were straightening out curves but you seem to say this may not be the case.

So what would cause the short recording of their runs?

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Trident test-shot startles West Coast Americans

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Re: I think the best comment

That's why we have plastic cows.

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Victorian government teacher-laptop scheme illegal, says judge

Stratman

"I owe my soul to the company store"

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Drones are dropping drugs into prisons and the US govt just doesn't know what to do

Stratman

Netting.

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9 cuffed over £60 million banking scam targeting UK businesses

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Re: Unfortunately

I occasionally receive calls from utility companies wanting to "discuss my account", and asking me for proof that I'm the person to whom they wish to speak. Naturally I refuse and ask them for proof instead, such as the amount and date of my last payment. They usually quote the Data Protection Act in refusing to answer, at which point I tell them we have nothing further to discuss.

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Self-driving vehicles might be autonomous but insurance pay-outs probably won't be

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Re: Scared of heights?

Me too. Terrified of heights, ladders, going near the edge of tall buildings and so on.

I enjoyed my private flying, I've even opened the door of a 152 in flight to quickly cool the sun baked interior. I've also done a couple of static line parachute jumps for good measure, the first of which required me to climb out of the plane and stand on a step while holding onto the wing strut before letting go.. No fear at all.

I'd love a psychobabbler to explain why I'm scared of some heights and not others.

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Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

Stratman

What about

Austin Healey

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Is Windows 10 slurping too much data? No, says Microsoft. Nuh-uh. Nope

Stratman

From the original article

Myerson wrote. "This doesn't include any of your content or files, and we take several steps to avoid collecting any information that directly identifies you, such as your name, email address or account ID."

The Windows 10 Privacy Statement gives examples of data that Redmond might collect, including "name, email address, preferences and interests; location, browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data."

Hmmmm...

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German regulator sets VW deadline

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Re: That's going to be a tough ask

Kiss my ask.

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VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?

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Re: This may have been misrepresented in important ways

" So you need a test mode for the dynamometer. No magic, no cunning, just what has to be done. (How do other manufacturers handle dyno mode?)

Mercedes have a hidden setting which can be accessed from the steering wheel controls (it's called Dyno Mode, believe it or not) which they don't advertise. It's for dyno testing and turns off not only the traction control but all other electronic driver aids including ABS and 'keep it on the road when driver is being a twat' mode It's engaged using a non intuitive sequence of button presses.

I'm a member of a Mercedes forum which has a steady trickle of kiddies asking "How do I turn off the traction control so I can use all the power?" type of question. Eventually someone will tell them and sure as night follows day, a couple of weeks later the same kiddies are asking for a cheap source of body panels.

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Never mind VW, can they fix whatever the software fault is in BMWs that prevents the indicators from working?

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Smartphone passcodes protected by the Fifth Amendment – US court

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Can they be ordered to unlock the phones themselves? That way they don't have to disclose their passwords to the feds, which seems to be the crux of this particular lawyer feeding frenzy.

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Plods waste millions keeping their arses covered and ears open

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Re: Cost of Police IT

"... and just take a look at the latest grumble about police cars not being fitted with blue lights or sirens."

That's because they've all been given to middle management types

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good to go!

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Has the row between Right Pondians and Left Pondians been resolved?

The one where the LPs demanded the keys to Galileo so they could switch it off whenever it felt like it?

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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

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Can't they just configure the A10 to drop F35s on the enemy?

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Vaio returns from the dead wearing sharper suit, bolts in neck

Stratman

Re: Apparently ...

"If it's not on the list, we recommend you don't update to Windows 10"

And now it's on the list.

I'm having mixed feelings about it. I'm not happy with the reported spyware sending I do everything back to mothership.

Perhaps I'll give it a try before installing Mint.

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Re: Apparently ...

"VAIO + Windows 10, what could possibly go wrong.."

In the (plastic) case of my SVE1512B1EW nothing, because it isn't on Sony's list of VAIOs which should have drivers available towards the end of the year.

"If it's not on the list, we recommend you don't update to Windows 10"

Linux Mint looks more attractive by the day.

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Hey, Sand Hill Exchange. Shouting 'blockchain!' won't stop the Feds

Stratman

"there's no way of selling a house you don't own to speculate on falling house prices"

Can somebody explain why this is a real-world problem for normal people?

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

Stratman
Devil

Somewhere,

a mortuary night shift assistant is in for one hell of a shock.

RIP sir, you'll be missed.

Mind you, if his funeral doesn't feature eerie ominous organ music and a coffin lid slowly creaking open, his family have no sense of occasion.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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Coat

Re: Are we sure ...

They could be Olympic sized swimming poos

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

Stratman

"Each of Google's self-driving cars is covered by a $5m insurance package"

$5 million?. In the USA? is that all?

$5M is about the going rate for being served the wrong coffee, or having your feelings hurt in the LoTF.

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

Stratman

" its PR staff have said that it changes its passwords regularly."

Regularly =/= frequently.

Halley's Comet appears regularly. It does not appear frequently.

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German court slaps down Uber's ride-sharing app

Stratman

In other news

German taxi drivers are now looking for looms to destroy.

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HIGH-RANNOSAURUS WRECKED: Druggie dinos tripped balls on psychedelics – boffins

Stratman

" Other side effects include gangrene leading to the loss of fingers and toes, or in serious cases whole arms and legs."

And so the mystery of why so many fossilised arms and legs are found in isolation has been solved.

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Re: Death by misadventure then.

When they fly solo, one by one the stupid gene will continue to be removed.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

Stratman

Heads may well roll, sadly they'll be deputy heads.

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MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

Stratman

It gets worse

The Sergeant at Arms has started an investigation. Not into the MP's behaviour but into how pictures of him microbating got into the wild.

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

Stratman
Coat

One has crashed on a roundabout

Police are examining the skid marks.

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Dark side of the DUNE: Probot snaps shadowy comet surface selfie

Stratman

Re: LMFAO

This is why cousins shouldn't marry.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

Stratman

With such low gravity...

.. how is the mother ship being held in orbit?

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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Pint

Boffinry at its most magnificent

Have a pint

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

Stratman

Re: Don't see the problem

From the article, it seems standing in front of it isn't that dangerous and standing behind it is likely to seriously damage the shooter.

What's not to like?

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Stratman

Re: But against the backdrop of your British readership...

Worked well for Reeva Steenkamp, didn't it.

She was well protected by her man and his big gun.

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ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

Stratman

Power gives way to sail

As per the title

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'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

Stratman

Downvoted for asking a question?

I sincerely hope whoever did it doesn't have access to firearms.

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Stratman

I have a vague recollection that one of the conditions of holding a firearms licence is the 'authorities' can inspect the guns and ammunition, and how and where they're stored at any time.

Is this the case? Was it ever the case?

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Kingston is also where England came into being

In the year 927, when Athelstan united the separate kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia and became the first king of England.

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Euro Commission drags Belgium to court over telco regulator's independence

Stratman

Are there any EU standards for how long a giant supranational organisation can go without having its accounts signed off by the auditors?

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Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

Stratman

Re: 2-part security?

www.windowsphone.com -> Select phone you want to wipe -> Find my Phone -> Erase -> Confirm

From the Windowsphone site

"To erase your phone

If you're certain that you can't get your phone back, or if you have sensitive information on it that you want to protect until you recover it, you can erase your phone remotely.

On your computer, go to windowsphone.com.

Point to the phone in the top-right corner, then click Find My Phone. If you're prompted, sign in with the same Microsoft account you used to sign in on your phone.

Click Erase.

If you're absolutely, positively sure, tick the I'm sure! Please erase my phone now checkbox, then click Erase."

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

Stratman

Re: I don't know much about big engines

I was thinking the same thing.

Blip the throttle on that thing and the crankshaft will stay still while the bike spins round.

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