* Posts by graeme leggett

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Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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I do have a copy. And in hardback it's a beautiful item. I haven't looked at it in a while but it must have partly influence my suggestion.

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Re: One problem with this

According to the Measuring Worth website, a 6d Mars bar in 1955 going by retail price index would be worth about 60p today. Coincidentally the current price of a 51g Mars bar from Tesco.

Using other measures of 'value' 6d in 1950s is worth up to £2.50 in terms of earnings or share of economy.ie it took more to earn that Mars bar in the 50s.

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Ada Lovelace gets a poor showing sometimes because although a romantic figure, there's not the evidence to point to and say 'she did that'. But as a symbol of women in technology and as a bridge between the literary and scientific sets could be a justification as an early communicator?. Her 'social' network included

Mary Sommerville

Babbage

Charles Wheatstone - influential but a bit of a sod over claiming IP that wasn't necessarily his to claim?

Dickens

De Morgan - her tutor

Brewster - optics

Faraday - nuff said

Perhaps a hypothetical soiree of the above could be considered.

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Re: A logical choice...

Not De Morgan?

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One problem with this

Putting a scientist on the £50 doesn't mean much recognition for the British scientist chosen.

Because the average Briton seldom sees a fifty.

Short of massive inflation reducing the British pound to a fraction of its current worth, the image when chosen will appear briefly in the news and then fade from memory. Finally becoming a question on a tv quiz show in a few years.

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So, about that Google tax on Android makers in the EU – report pegs it at up to $40 per phone

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Re: iCOMP

And Google would drop Microsoft in the hot water the moment they found some dirt on them.

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UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: RE: Mooseman

There are quite a few French overseas departments. Is not one suitable?

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Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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Re: War Is Bad

I think you may be getting your anti-Me 262 and anti-night fighter operations confused with the melee between the Mustangs, Thunderbolts and Spitfires and the Me 109s and Fw190s over Europe.

In "Big Week" February 1944 the Luftwaffe lost 355 fighters and 100 fighter pilots. In March-April 1944 (according to Galland) the Luftwaffe lost 500 aircraft and 400 pilots. In the first half of 1944, Germany lost 2000 pilots while the US had far more pilots to replace their own losses.

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Re: War Is Bad

The campaign against oil facilities was fairly effective according to the post war bombing survey.

The American daylight bombing campaign crippled the Luftwaffe by forcing German day fighters to engage the bombers, the Allied fighter escorts then shooting them down. (The nighttime attacks are credited with drawing resources -eg 88mm guns, ammunition, and gun crews - away from the ground fronts.)

With the Luftwaffe in the West nowhere to be seen on D-Day and the North West Europe campaign it's not surprising the Allied tactical air forces were particularly effective.

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Re: 300 lightning strikes

Raids could be swift. The concentration of bombers in space and time is what allowed the RAF to overwhelm the Luftwaffe defences.

In operation Gomorrah, the July 1943 attack on Hamburg, "728 aircraft dropped their bombs in 50 minutes"

In the 1945 attack on Dresden the first 250 bombers dropped their payload (500 tons of HE and 370 tons incendiaries) in a space of 10 minutes.

In the second part of that raid, 3 hours later, 500 bombers took 25 minutes to unload 1800 tons of bombs.

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"The duo aren’t sure how radio communications were impacted during these raids"

Given that on later raids, the RAF were flying airborne jamming aircraft within the bomber stream, and using high powered transmitters in the UK for man-in-the-middle-attacks on German radio control of their nightfighters the researchers might find they have some confounding factors to deal with.

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Re: C'mon, we're all anoraks round here

If only the Second World War had provided us with iconic photos of bombers, or even iconic bombers.....

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Re: "Are you affected by the outage? Leave us a comment and let us know."

Are you outraged by the affectation, then?

Looks like I picked a good day not to buy my partner one for her birthday. Though they do seem nifty devices....

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Memories of Not The Nine O Clock News

and their spoof on the American Express advert.

the AE card enthusiastically received everywhere with extra customer service (Pamela Stephenson's "and would you like.." but this may be read by young people so I'll gloss over).

Punchline - trying to buy rail tickets only to be asked "haven't you got any money?"

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: The ALCU might be confused

The town of Kenner? the mayor did it off his own bat.

"His memo, dated September 5 reads that any purchases for use at city recreation facilities made by sports booster clubs for "apparel, shoes, athletic equipment and/or any athletic product" must be approved by the city first"

Since which the mayor has reversed his stance, and blamed the city attorney for giving him bad advice.

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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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Re: Small minded petty eurocracy

If looking for a 'Rome office' to carry on EU related business, I've heard that the Netherlands has much more exciting requirements for setting up a company.

Such that it's easier for an East Anglian to set up a company with the EU27 in Dublin rather than (45minute flight away) Amsterdam.

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UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Re: #PeoplesVote for space race

And Star Cops?

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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Re: Is their hardware history better or worse than their software history?

The US gave us money to develop the P.1127/Kestrel/Harrier under the guise of Mutual Weapons Development so, among other things, Bristol only had to cover 25% of the cost of engine development.

Plus the idea was part French.

Overall it's all so complex

http://www.airvectors.net/avav8_1.html

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed

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Inferences

So RCL can't get documents from 'their' solicitors and their solicitors are no longer representing them?

Sounds like someone else hasn't been paid for work done.

I think court fees on the other hand have to be paid upfront. Very wise.

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Not surprised

Google won't even pay attention when I click "no I don't want to install chrome" up the top right corner when I go to the google homepage. (And that's when I'm logged in to google).

So ignoring other tickboxes and sliders is hardly a shock.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: @Steve K

And while in Smiths, pick up a magazine with a Cassette tape stuck to the cover?

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: Correlation, causation, and all that

The pseudo science lot will be over this like a rash.

Particular Structure Rresonates (when tested) will not be seen as a specific case of Things Resonate but as a general case of OMG Aliens

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India mulls ban on probes into anonymized data use – with GDPR-style privacy laws

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Re: India? Good for them... I hope.

The world has moved on, these days it's "BT" calling you to say there's "a problem with your router".

I haven't hung on the line long enough to find out what form a miscreancy they are up to. But I'll hazard a guess it's going to be some form of remote viewer and then mucking up your system. Perhaps someone can enlighten us.

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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Re: A principled stand?

Perhaps we could get him to lie down in front of a bulldozer.

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: eh?

You recall previous French intransigence and agricultural based strikes and blockades? British lamb in roadside BBQ, anyone?

In the past, you got the EU to admonish the French and issue fines. The French complain but comply eventually. Under WTO? "bouff" will be the response.

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Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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Re: Or turn a woman in a bikini into a beach ball

If I remember a flounder is a flatfish and doesn't do that much swimming.

Though once when diving a long long while ago, I found a very small flatfish and it did an impressive job of swimming upside down to stay against the protection of my glove.

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They just need to add urns not bikinis to the pictures then?

Won't take much would it, buy an urn digitise and insert; how much is a Grecian urn?

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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Re: Still need that "killer app" ?

My son wears a watch - ordinary for school, waterproof Timex for Scouts etc.

It doesn't help him look to his mobile because its a huge smartphone (Moto 5)

I don't wear a watch because I got out of the habit when working in laboratories and with strong magnets in mass spectrometry.

What I'd like to see in a smart watch is a basic information I get off the top line of my mobile - time, date and the alerts that come up. Not really a smartwatch but more a dumb repeater so I don't have to fish my phone from my pocket each time it goes ping.

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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

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Re: Diplomat?

"specialising in psyops" which he conveniently published in book form so other people could learn about them.

Perhaps 'diplomatic' refers to being a member of the Foreign Policy Association, or being confidant of Chiang Kai Sek

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JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

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Re: Blakes7 Internet Federation

You listened to the audio remake though didn't you.

http://www.b7media.com/audio/blakes-7/blakes-7-audio-adventures/

And the Big Finish audio dramas

https://www.bigfinish.com/ranges/released/blake-s-7

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Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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Healthcare regulations should mean devices have to be thoroughly tested and validated. Full stop.

I don't see how that affects what a device manufacturer chooses to develop next, or when it chooses to do so.

Should a licenced device manufacturer find out a device has been hacked and it's performance has been changed affecting patient safety, then that would fall under the "vigilance" part of a manufacturers obligations. eg

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/medical-devices-guidance-for-manufacturers-on-vigilance

So are scanners etc being let off the hook by not being licenced like heart valves, glucose test strips, scales, treadmills etc or are manufacturers just keeping their fingers crossed.

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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Re: Wittertainment

My Windows tablet took hardly any time to run the April update.

That was once I'd attached some external storage to give it room to do the job.

When I say hardly any time, I mean it did take some time but not a really long time.

Because on the reboot it decided something was stopping changes to C:/ and then rolled back.

At least I think that's what the error code meant.....

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Obligatory SF reference to scan locks

"Anybody authorized to go through the gate has a physio-psycho pattern registered in the central computer... When he wants to go through, this scans him and feeds the reading back to the computer. All you've got to do is intercept the feedback from the computer. Now, you stand in front and I'll press the scan button. Retrieval system, no record, refusal signal, now." [ the gate swings open]

Mines the one next to a 1970s plastic cool box.

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Zamak

It was structurally crap when used for the door handles and window winders on British cars of the 60s and 70s, and it is today.

I'll admit the poor quality of chroming probably had something to do with it but I remember the way it would corrode blistering off the remaining chrome.

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Re: "My keychain has 2 sizes each ..."

A phrase matched by "is anything known?" at the end of the subsequent trial.

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Or the Line Out on the 30pin connector.

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Well

Snails are fish for some regulations regarding trade, well fancy that.

Are you acquainted with freshwater snails?

Apparently some people eat them.

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UK digital secretary throws cold water over bid for laws on kids' use of social media

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Unusual territory for the Telegraph

I'd have expected it to be the Sun or Daily Mail that would take up this "Won't somebody think of the children" campaign to improve circulation counter social media pernicious effects.

In all seriousness, I don't think The Telegraph has a history of campaigning on any subject, let alone one like this which you would think could raise some cross-party support from both sides of Fleet Street.

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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A coincidence

But on my way whom a colleague contacted me to say they couldn't reach a fileserver which happens to be W2003.

Now colleague is on Win7Pro and they haven't installed any updates (because in a hunt for free space on another server, a third party IT provider deleted the WSUS db thereby knocking out any new updates)

But this is a good spur to replace the 2003 server.

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WikiLeaks took 10 days to reject Cambridge Analytica's US emails bid, says Tricksy Nixy

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I think he overlooks that by claiming he was manipulated during the undercover filming it means that he is not actually a sophisticated businessman at the top of his game (as he might like to think) but an privately educated dolt who is an easy mark for a journalist.

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Re: "A ship in port is safe. But that's not what ships are built for"

Driving a couple of battleships up and down the Med on the off-chance of meeting some Italian warships would

1) use up lots of fuel, not just the battleships but the escorting screen as well

2) expose the ships to air attack (and not long after we taught them about Taranto)

3) lack focus in application of effort to achieving strategic or tactical goals

The battleships sortied from Gibraltar and Alexandria when they were needed to cover convoys headed to resupply Malta.

And as to the Grand Fleet in WWI, and Home Fleet in WWII, you do understand what a "distant blockade" is, don't you?

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Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening

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Are ICANN going to play "legitimate interest" card

Because among the reasons under Lawful basis you can give for processing Personal information within GDPR is "legitimate interest"

It's less box-ticky than contract, opt-in permission, etc but if you can frame the processing correctly then you're in.

As ICO puts it "It is likely to be most appropriate where you use people’s data in ways they would reasonably expect and which have a minimal privacy impact, or where there is a compelling justification for the processing"

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Hold on. Here's an idea. Let's force AI bots to identify themselves as automatons, says Cali

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Try and catch it out by asking it how the local sports team is doing?

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

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Re: "written at the height of the Cold War by a veteran with a fascism fetish."

But it's got Denise Richards. And Doogie Howser.

And Michael Ironside.

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Re: Dune

Many machines on Ix.

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Re: Dune

No. You're not the only one

There's some wonderful imagery in it. (Though that said, I find Metropolis has lovely imagery but is rather long and not that exciting.) Given the size of the novel, and the depth of the content (discourses into lifecycle of the sandworms, scheming to produce the Kiswach Haderach etc) it was never going to transfer into a condensed film format but the film gives a sense of the depth of the milleau and gives you the opportunity to remember the general flavour of the book without having to dedicate the hours needed to read it through again.

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Super Cali upstart's new rocket test approaches, even though the size of it won't launch a Tesla motor

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Headline

One of your best yet.

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: At least

technically a so-very-dark-blue-as-to-appear-black but nowhere like the blue we are likely to get.

At one level switching to 'blue' passports will be a useful thing. At European entry points the border control will see us coming at a distance and be able to put on a sympathetic so-you-went-through-all-that-for-a-different-colour-piece-of-card face.

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No Falcon Way: NASA to stick with SLS, SpaceX more like space ex

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Modular versus non-modular

If things can be built in say 10 tonne lumps and assembled in space then a number of "smaller" and cheaper launchers makes sense.

But are there things that might want to be put in orbit that can't be modular (because eg either the underlying structure is too big, or assembly in orbit isn't practical because of the complexity)?

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Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower

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Re: The BBC

I did

the timestamp "9 hours ago"

'Cheating may have swayed Brexit poll - Christopher Wylie'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43558876

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