* Posts by graeme leggett

2073 posts • joined 6 Oct 2007

Twitter's blue tick rule changes may lower the sueball barrier

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Replacement for blue tick

I've noticed that some who've lost the blue tick have taken to putting a blue circle/diamond character in their display name.

Now obviously this is just making full use of the wide character and formatting options available and not an attempt at making it look like they have the tick.

And in no way should it be assumed the people (such as Julian Assange no names no pack drill) doing this are trying it on.

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Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

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Re: Logic?

But if you're a goods vehicle operator you need an operators licence.

If driving people around you may need Private Hire or PSV licences.

You may also need to keep up to date with driving skills, and if over 45 renew driving licence at 5 year intervals, over 65 every year

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Re: I am old enough to remember...

As a famous(ish) after dinner speaker once said. Though I've probably mangled it.

"if you've got a TV you need a licence. It doesn't improve reception but you're supposed to have one. Now there are only two vans with spinning roof racks in the West Midlands....

Same for airports, you need an operators licence. There's not a lot you can do about it. Try putting billboards around but people are going to notice the odd 747 taking off and going in. "

And then he goes onto about CAA putting a massive increase in licence in response to losing money. Though he did qualify it by mentioning that British Steel could lose that much in a week.

Just looked him up. David Gunson is the man. CD available on Amazon etc. Some jokes a bit dated.

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New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

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Re: Coffinships

Prince of Wales was more or less brand new, having been commissioned the same year.

She sank because a torpedo hit one of the propeller shafts. As it was turning at full revolutions, the damage opened up all the bulkheads the shaft passed through and therefore water in. Which reached the dynamos and killed a lot of electrical power. Once the pumps failed she could not counter the flooding and rolled over about hour and a half later.

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I forget to mention that the Cuxhaven Raid of Christmas Day 1914 was a sea launched aerial attack on the German Zeppelin base. A few seaplanes carrying a very modest by today's standards bombload were put in the water in the North Sea and shook up the Germans a bit, though not actually damaged significantly

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"HMS Queen Elizabeth is supposedly named after Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth I, who saw off the invading Spanish Armada of 1588"

And following on from the WWI-era battleship that served on to 1940s. Naming ships after reigning monarchs isn't exactly verboten - witness the 1911 dreadnought battleship "HMS King George V" and he'd only been in the job a year or so. But then Britain did at the time dominate the waves.

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Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

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Re: You're being too picky

I'll add to that.

I'm presuming that the idea behind Atlas is to learn how to do things - such as bipedal locomotion - not necessarily that Atlas is the final product.

And if Atlas is an evolutionary step to an endpoint that is Atlas-shaped- that the end is something that can fit in a human environment and achieve a multiplicity of tasks as a replacement (temporary or not) for a human- not just specifically moving a box.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: Council Vote?

Why do councillors vote on such matters? Because it's a large wedge of public money, and because you don't want the lone individual executive in charge of IT making the decision.

Same for infrastructure, planning officers make recommendations and elected representatives vote on whether to build road or not.

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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A problem made in Holywood

Someone paid too much attention to the Film and not enough to the book and subjects of issues of free will and authoritarianism?

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Uber loses appeal against employment rights for workers

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Re: Independence of expert comments?

Yes. Basically join IPSE and you can get cover such as " up to £2000 if ill and unable to drive for two weeks or more"

And they say that Uber is contributing to cost of the scheme.

I think there's a definite element of COI. If only that "workers" are more likely to join a union than an association of contractors.

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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"you'll have the Daily Mail screaming about kids seeing p0rn"

Meaning the mailonline website right hand sidebar ? "all grown up" "flaunts curves" "...stuns in a bikini..." "beach body.." "plunging dress" etc etc

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Re: yes, it's very nice but...

"wasn't expecting that one."

So much material, so little time...

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The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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perhaps it's the knock on effect the are concerned about.

Take hypothetical bird - "the yellow-winged ground duster"

The ground duster (lovely plumage by the way) eats two insects. From March to July the larva of the Red backed caterpillar and from August to November the Blue legged Beetle. The latter fattens it up so it can survive until March rolls round again.

Did you know the Red backed caterpillar is a farming pest? Nibbles the growing buds of Unobtainium vulgaris (a useful crop) destroying it. But their numbers are usually not excessive.

Now one year the Blue legged beetle population drops, precipitously. Yellow-winged dusters (you remember them? - #Connections ) can't find enough food in November and most are dead come the New Year. Consequently the Red-backed population explodes in Spring - crop gone. Finito. Not a sausage.

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"not good enough for anything other than saying more data is needed"

Good enough to say "more research is needed". Which is usually followed by "I have a project idea on this subject. I would like funding for it"

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Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon

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a problem of the US own making

I'd say this sort of activity brings patent law into disrepute. But having read a lot of Register articles, perhaps that's too late.

On a more technical point. While Mohawks have immunity within US against such legal challenges, presumably such protection cannot be extended into the international sphere?

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Re: It really

"cheaper what exactly will that have achieved?"

An illustration of the law of supply and demand...

and/or

An increase in the usage of roof mounted solar panels ?

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Re: Safety-critical updates?

That would be the equivalent of a recall as practiced by manufacturers of current vehicles.

Dealer emailing or phoning you. Or worst case, coverage on the 9 o'clock news. But also your responsibility to see your car is fit to drive.

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Aviation industry hits turbulence as Airbus buys into Bombardier’s new jetplanes

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Re: Missed a point...

There presumably must be a possibility that the approach might work, else why try such a suggestion. Unless it's to flush Boeing and US Gov's position into the open.

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Boeing complaining about other manufacturers and state support?

All that cross-funding from over-priced military and space kit obviously slipped their mind.

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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Re: Silly Valley

Orac was a bit wilful though. And mean.

You: "Orac, phone my wife"

Transparent blinky cube: "I am too busy to deal with your petty concerns at the moment. And for your information, your wife is currently in a bar with co-workers and doesn't want to be interrupted by you."

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: How is it different

" ...two bricks to prevent further procreation...."

"But won't it hurt?"

"Only if you get your thumbs in the way."

Mine's the one with a very old joke book in the pocket

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Top of the radio charts: Jodrell Bank goes for UNESCO World Heritage status

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Re: Doctor Who

It was his end, but the moment had been prepared for.

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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A thought

Not in defence of gouging and outrageous markup though but sometimes the product is no different but there's an added layer that adds cost.

By way of example. The sugar industry produces pure white sugar. Pure as in 99.9 odd %. This is the stuff that you put on your cereal and in your tea.

This purity will meet Pharmaceutical grade requirements (for making cough medicines and the like) but further testing is required to show that it is really absent from heavy metals, certain bacteria and other unpleasantness. Add in this and traceability and the price goes up relative to a 1kg packet of Silver Spoon on the shelf at Morrisons.

Are any sectors paying extra for added "peace of mind" in way of certification and warranties ?

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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Giant Flying Wings in list

I'll suggest that they were logical extension of what was happening in the 1920s

See for instance Junkers G.38

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Mattel's Internet-of-kiddies'-Things Aristotle canned before release

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Named after the philospher...

Whose father died when he was still a child.

He then tutored a young prince and encouraged him to consider eastward expansion of his kingdom. Said young man then tried to conquer the known (and unknown) world. And mostly succeeded.

Just the sort of guy you want bringing up your child.

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Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

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The company will not have to delete any information that they are required to keep by law.

So records of the hypothetical employee's pay and national insurance including the NI number, employee roll number will all be retained for quite a while longer than 30 days

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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Replicant or not

The question to my mind is whether replicants are humans or not, and not whether Deckard is a replicant? The latter being the question that seems to occupy much discussion around the film.

Dick seems to suggest, or at least advance the issue, that a replicant with emotions is possibly more "human" that a real human with little to no empathy.

Spoilers for the book - the replicants have their own (fake) police precinct and employ a human bladerunner. Will Deckard kill a real human one day by mistake? Fortunately in the book, as I recall, it's relatively easy to tell after the fact - as replicants have non-organic brain units.

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: "back catalogue of programs"

BBC Worldwide money is already used by the BBC for making programmes.

Eg BBC America co-production credits on some programmes including Dr Who and Top Gear if I recall

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Re: Telly Tax

And you can write your last will and testament with the free pen.

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

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If I recall it's the Thin Controller and the Tall Controller who operate railways relating to mining in the Rev Audrey's books.

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Re: whats worse than ads is NO ads?

As VM includes the terrestials, there was news available from BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and 5

The news channels on Virgin Media (you need full package for all but Sky News is included at base) is

BBC News

Sky News

BBC Parliament

CNN

Bloomberg

CNBC

Euronews

NDTV 24x7

Al Jazeera English

France 24 English

NHKworldHD

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NASA, Roscosmos: We're building a lunar space station!

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It's a start

Someone's got to build the first one.

Perhaps one day they'll be several large stations (at the Lagrange points)

And we should expect they'll reflect different Sides of the international setup.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Re: Just a thought.

While you're at it, you could use the RAT (Ram Air Turbine) to generate electricity for your electric engines....

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Vulcan, Valiant, Victor - all wing root engines. Also DH Comet

Engines in the roots make for a noisier aircraft internally. Not so noticeable on military aircraft when crew all up front. Comet less of a problem because it was still much quieter (and smoother) than a piston engine aircraft.

I should also add that narrow turbojets (or low-bypass turbofans) take up less frontal area than high bypass turbofans hence they could fit them in wingroot.

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¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites

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I remember 1981 when a Guardia Civil commander (Antonio Tejero Molina) entered the Cortes and had a bit of a go at a coup d'état. "por Espana"

There were tanks on streets of Valencia etc. Then Juan Carlos denounced it, appealed to remaining military and it rather fizzled out.

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WDC's My Cloud Home Duo is a natty piece of kit but beware iContent

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Re: But it probably came with an arbitration clause...

Is the arbitration clause even legal in your area?

A quick looksee suggests it would be certainly up for consideration as a unfair clause in EU area.

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

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Re: Restriction of choice?

an interesting subject - what's the take up of Uber in those countries perceived as less car-centric and with a history of bicycles and public transport? eg the Netherlands

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Re: Irrelevant

"Streamline the approvals process"

Surely you meant "make sure the approvals process makes a fair and balanced judgement of the merits of the application in a reasonable time bearing in mind applicable law on anti-competitive conduct etc"

eg from Gov "Avoid and report anti-competitive activity" https://www.gov.uk/cartels-price-fixing

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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Basque complication

I hadn't made the connection with the Basque issue up to now.

If greater autonomy for the Basque region is price of peace but that region is part of an autonomous or independent Catalan region, then it could get messy.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

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Re: Sky

If I remember correctly from reading Which in the past, their surveys are of Which subscribers using the service.

So they are both self-selecting, and from a certain demographic.

If I also remember correctly Which do give this info in the reports in the magazines - the number of respondents giving ratings

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

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Re: Ah, memories.

saw one in a skip outside a house near mine the other day.

Thought 1 - "haven't seen an OHP in use in years"

Thought 2 - "wonder if it still works/could be repaired/could be turned into something else"

Thought 3 - "you haven't even replaced hinges on a door that needs sorting, what makes you think you'd do anything with an OHP except keep it in garage and then (years later) throw it in skip"

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Tick, tock motherf... erm, we mean, don't panic over GDPR

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I see a new business opportunity. The creation of datasets of fictional (though plausible) individuals for testing purposes.

First line of licence "All names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production dataset are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred..."

Those who used to make character generation programs for RPGs (out of Basic and spreadsheets as I recall), it should be no problem. And possibly fun.

[Talking of RPGs - room for a quick plug for HumbleBundle's WHFRP offering ? ]

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A newly drawn up law making things clearer, that'll be a change.

Statutory Instruments and case law will be what makes it clearer and they come in light of experience

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Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

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Re: Sheer Heart attack

I'd say that's a Touch Too Much close to the bone...

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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Re: Whats the issue?

Allowing employees a modest allowance in the way of refreshments while doing work out of the ordinary is all part of the "bread and circuses" of business.

A company that chooses to remove such minor comforts in order to save small amounts (as a percentage of operating costs) causes discontent in the ranks with risk of mob turning nasty.

A company that needs to cut such perks to save money, is probably in a financial hole.

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UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

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Re: There 'May' come a time

The great foolishness of the government is that of trying to fit in a multi-year project into a two-year deadline.

The honest (albeit politically unacceptable route) would have been for the government of the day to say. "OK. We get that a majority want out of European integration. No one has ever tried anything of this magnitude before. We can either start the clock running now, or we can take a year to get people, policies for post-EU UK into place and then start the clock."

But with a fear of UKIPpers yelping at them from the sidelines they went off half-cocked. (talking of half-cocked, anyone seen the Foreign Secretary recently?)

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Re: Diversionary tactics

As the ECJ is one of those "red lines" that current government (or just Mrs May) has sworn they will fight to the very death over, we can probably expect much more obfuscation over the matter.

Up until some agreement is made that UK gov will swear blind means that the ECJ is in no way arbiter of what is right or wrong with UKs dealings with EU but most everyone will point out is in fact the case.

And the Daily Mail will either put up a triumphant front page likening HM Gov's actions to a mixture of Waterloo and Second El Alamein or a denouncement of aforesaid government as national traitors deserving of being strung up (though not in front of a petrol station as that's what Johnny foreigner would do)

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: Rock Lobster

Martin Baker are still (to the best of my knowledge) using a Gloster Meteor built in 1949 and one built in 1952.

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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Re: As a Canadian

And once Antwerp was captured, the Germans launched V2 rockets at it - over 500 of them.

And the Germans flooded the area.

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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

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Re: What an utter joke

According to their website, the current list (and all it contains is telephone numbers) is "23,453,098 records"

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