* Posts by Chris G

3216 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: tamper-proof screws aren't

Chinesium; today's episode.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiADday0mDA&feature=em-uploademail

I love the presentation on these videos

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DA security systems

Are much better than this lock;

Disused lavatory, locked filing cabinet etc

For added security don't tell anyone which disused lavatory to look in.

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Re: Oh my!

For most padlocks a couple of cans of plumber's pipe freezer and a hammer will shatter them, including the super hard security locks.

For the more upmarket thief about town a cordless angle grinder makes a good pass key although it's a little noisy.

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Re: tamper-proof screws aren't

Chinesium = AvE A Canadian engineer on You Tube, if you like engineering 'stuff' as opposed to digits, this is the NSFW engineer to watch.

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Creepy software knows what you are about to do... to that poor salad

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Is This

The rudimentary beginnings of my robo-butler?

I'm thinking I may not live long enough to see AI develop sufficiently to do the work of a decent butler.

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Its the Will of the People!!

@Len

I think you can add MBAs to that list.

I have yet to meet a freshly minted MBA who a. knows anything useful in a practical sense and b. isn't overly impressed with their shiny degree.

It seems the title; Master of Business Administration, makes them think they are going to go straight out of Uni and into a top manglement job.

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@RobertLongshaft

Two things, you forgot the Troll icon and you forgot the part about flogging the proles on a Sunday morning before church.

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Re: Brexit Schmexit and other Perverse Costly Abominations

" What's going on? amanfromMars1 made sense to me!"

He always makes at least as much sense as anyone in any of the parties in Parliament, sometimes much more. He doesn't seem to lie either.

I'd vote for him if he stood for election.

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Bank of England to set new standards for when IT goes bad

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Re: We need a backup system

Nah! It'll never catch on, loads of metal tokens will ruin the hang of your suit.

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Geoboffins baffled as Ceres is crawling with carbon organics

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Re: Return Samples?!

Don't worry!

It's a million to one chance that anything infectious could come back..............

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Kepler finds three Earth-sized exoplanets, but they're too hot to handle

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Re: Combustion point for beach towels

With the correct aiming method the British can use the 'Bouncing towel' to get their towels across the pool in front of the Germans:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuIJqF8av6I

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Re: And still no messages from the stars....

I'm still waiting for a research physicist looking for his missing socks in the laundry to discover wormhole technology. Hibernation is no good for me , I always wake up in a bad mood.

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Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

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Re: centigrade

Count yourself lucky, it could have been in Fahrenheit.

I would have thought Mars being so dry that caking would be unlikely, unless Mars dust has some odd properties.

Shirley the rover is more likely to be sand blasted and very shiny after the storm?

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: What is it about Reg readers?

Yeah! But what does Google say about you?

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Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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Re: Who's your daddy?

You may be right there.

I only install the updates I want, the rest are ignored.

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Who's your daddy?

Looking at the downvotes so far, it would appear there is a shill on the premises.

I am expecting a comment in support of MS's decision to treat bugs in this way at any moment.

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Duty of care

It would be interesting in the UK at least to see how often MS's lack of interest in fixing bugs that don't meet their criteria would be considered a lapse of Duty of Care.

From the WiddlyPaedia;

In English tort law, an individual may owe a duty of care to another, to ensure that they do not suffer any unreasonable harm or loss. ... Generally, a duty of care arises where one individual or group undertakes an activity which could reasonably harm another, either physically, mentally, or economically.

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Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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Re: Trumpkims

Were they 'proven' to be a threat or was it more that they are close to the Chinese Government and have been busting American imposed sanctions?

The US doesn't like anyone whittling down their big stick, that's a No No.

The rest of the bill, as is most of what the US is currently up to, is to improve the US's economic power at everyone else's cost.

This bill, like most of them, is driven by lobbyists, that's why it is including all Chinese telcos.

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AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

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Re: Yeah but...

Well, that had nothing to do with IT or the article subject but definitely worth an upvote.

On the subject of the article, I am increasingly of the opinion that many researchers need a daily slap to wake them up and make them think about the possible consequences of their research.

Fortunately in my house because of condensation problems all the walls are lined with tin foil.

So far I can't find an argument for condensation on my head.

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Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi

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Re: "The US president claims he’s a negotiator"...

"Hey, how are things going in North Korea?"

아주 잘 !

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Re: "A special place in hell ..."

So, what are the chances Canada would pay for a wall?

Bearing in mind it would be quite long (5,525 mi)

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Re: "The US president claims he’s a negotiator"...

I have yet to see him perform in any way like a Statesman or true politician, I stand by the comment I made in another thread, that he views politics as an extension of the Art of the Deal.

Trumpian politics is the same as JR's South Fork boardroom politics but not as nice.

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Youth crime falls as kids stay inside to play Grand Theft Auto instead of going out to steal cars

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Re: Disturbing

I wonder if the researchers tried correlating the numbers with alcohol and drug use amongst the same teenagers?

Maybe they're too stoned to go out and nick a car.

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: Three Monoliths just down the hall,

Hans. You do know that cricket has nothing to do with sport?

It's an old British weather control system.

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Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?

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Re: Adventures in a NEW Android 6 Phone

Make sure to disable Google assistant as that records all of your voice and audio as well slurping from just about every other app, also Google calendar another large drain hole, Simple calendar is a better app that needs nothing from you.

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Re: EU not content

You have any idea where you are commenting?

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Non PC

In the '70s, I worked for a guy who had a contract fitting heavy electrical switchgear at Windscale, we stayed with one of his friends about twenty miles away from the plant, the friend Bob hated all the animal libbers who used to bother the farmers and the stock auctions around there so he had a teeshirt printed up with a pic of a whale spouting a mushroom cloud and the legend 'Nuke the Whales'. That produced much hilarity with the hairies in the pubs and at the markets, I may do a rerun and get some printed up.

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: +1

Genesis back when they played good music.

The video played the right track as far as I could tell.

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Automation won’t take your job until the next recession threatens it

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Re: AI can't handle managers

While unlikely to be smart enough to fully understand fuzzy requests, I am sure AI will develop the wherewithal to be able to defenestrate fuzzy managers.

It occurs to me that although automation may not be about to take your job in the near future, it may well run you over with one of it's developmental models.

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Re: Cracking Up.

Eggsactly, it's an eggsasperating attack on freedom of eggspression.

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Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board

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Don't forget

In reality Trump's presidency is just 'The Art of the Deal Pt II'.

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NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe

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Re: Surely the presence of Martian mud should be the headline?

The article mention mudstone, so it was mud once but is now a lot less muddy and has dried out.

Courtesy wikipeadia; Mudstone, a type of mudrock, is a fine-grained sedimentary rock whose original constituents were clays or muds. Grain size is up to 0.063 millimetres (0.0025 in) with individual grains too small to be distinguished without a microscope.

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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All or Nothing

Autonomous vehicles will be fine when they work but IMHO at the present autopilot and it's relatives from other companies are on a par to human based drug trials. The drivers are guinea pigs who are part of the process of developing the tech.

I don't think any system that gives a false sense of security can be allowed on the roads because it will end in accidents like this one, a tired driver who like most of us thinks he can pay attention to the road, relax, text or whatever will put his trust in these systems and then sometimes pay the price for his inattention. If the system either was not on or even not installed the accident would probably not have happened.

At the current state of development anyone in control of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle is ultimately responsible for it, if even the testers working for people like Uber and Google are allowing their attention to lapse and subsequently having accidents, then the systems should not be on public roads.

When they work reliably with adequate redundancy, sensory and analytical systems maybe they would be usable.

Though not something I would want, the simplest way to be able to get in a car,give a destination and sit back and relax is to have either a driver or control from a central source that oversees and choreographs all of the vehicles in a given zone and hands over to the control for the next zone when passing into it ( The next horror ' The Internet of Vehicles') .

In large cities and conurbations autonomy doesn't really make sense, it's a vanity.

To some extent governments and authorities are partly to blame in encouraging manufacturers to roll this stuff out early before development is sufficiently advanced.

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The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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We Take Our Lusers Privacy very Seri..........

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Japan's asteroid-hunting robot Hayabusa2 has its prey within its sights

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Falcon

When I saw the headline I thought this would be about a large fast motorcycle but a probe called Peregrine Falcon is even cooler.

I can only wish this mission total success, it may be ambitious but what a coup if it brings back even more asteroid samples and gets to shoot one.

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Japanese fashion puts the oo-er into trousers

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At least the Wangflap is marginally better than this;

https://www.trendhunter.com/trends/utilikilt

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At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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Those goggles

They looked a bit like a bridge to me.

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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

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Xeon was great. So was coal.

I was wondering if that was also a slight dig at the Trumpster.

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Juno finds some lightning on Jupiter is the polar opposite to bolts here on Earth

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Re: Choice of words

I think Jupiter's atmosphere is large enough that many features are persistent,take the Great Red Spot, a storm that has been observed for nearly two hundred years,with it are many other associated features. I would image what passes for terrain beneath the gaseous layers which I would guess is liquid or frozen gas would affect the atmosphere above enough to produce feature that are related to position. So mapping is probably correct .

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Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2

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Re: 20 years??

Interestingly Naval Group among other things are developing Marine Thermal Incline energy generation, That would seem to go hand in hand with this tech.

They also build a lot of fun Naval things including nuclear subs.

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UK military may recruit wheezy, alcoholic keyboard warriors

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New Regiment

The Queen's Own Hackers. Cap badge: Pepperoni Pizza with crossed joysticks.

Uniform barracks: teeshirt stained, general duties for the use of, jeans unpressed relaxed fit, cold weather sweater hooded.Sneakers general duty

Uniform Dress. teeshirt unstained ironed, jeans tailored pressed, Sweater hooded laundered, Sneakers clean laced up.

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RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

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Re: False positives

Tai chi might fool the system right up to the point where you give someone a smack in the gob, there is no way you can really disguise that.

All of the 'floaty' stuff is about concentration, contemplation, building muscle memory and strength, stamina and balance.

You could probably get away with some of the joint locks and throws though.

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Kidnapping in public places

What does that look like?

How often does that happen?

How many drones at 16 metres apart would be needed to keep Londoners safe from kidnapping?

As already mentioned, dancing could easily be mistaken for fighting or even a couple snogging.

I also wonder if in places like Glasgow and London, it can distinguish between a Glasgow kiss and a genuine kiss.

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

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Re: @Milton

@ShelLuser

Allow me to make a small adjustment to:

"I'm starting to get the impression that these things simply can't operate all that well in bad weather."

It should read:

I'm starting to get the impression that these things simply can't operate all that well in the air.

I'm sure in reality the aircraft is actually not that bad but the ridiculous cost, the lengthy delivery time for the full number, having them serviced in a third party (decidely dodgy) country and all of the other argy bargy surrounding them, makes it difficult to take them seriously.

If the UK were to go to war on it's own with 15 F35s in the UK who could it beat in terms of airpower?

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Continental: We, er, tire of Whatsapp, Snapchat on work phones. GDPR, innit?

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Premium EU subscriptions

I can see those selling like hotcakes.

If a company can't be arsed to figure out it's legal obligations to me, it won't get my business.

When the last company I worked for wanted to give everyone a phone with Whatsapp and tracking enabled, I declined. They said 'But we won't know where you are or be able to stay in touch', my response; phone or email me and ask where I am.

Being an outsider was an absolute blessing, I reckon my productivity jumped by a significant margin because manglement were no longer calling me and redirecting me to other tasks when the mood took them, instead I was able to finish most things without interruption.

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You blithering Ajit! Huawei burns Pai for FCC sh*tlist proposal

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Pai must be getting a good slice of corporate pie when he finishes his current job.

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DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Re: full circle....

Indeed, bashing things is the basis for all technology, bashing rocks together gives you sharp edges for cutting and sparks for fire, bashing other animals stops them eating you and gives you food.

Bashing other people gives you whatever they had before you bashed them.

Bashing a keyboard gives you ...........Facebook!

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Uh oh! Here's yet more AI that creates creepy fake talking heads

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Well, at least no-one can make the majority of politicians say anything less rational, more idiotic or more dangerous than they already do.

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UK Foreign Sec BoJo asks tech firms to save endangered species

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Think of the children

Putting Boris the Buffoon in a comic would be quite disturbing for the kiddies.

If Bojo is concerned about saving the animals perhaps he could give the Oranjotang a stiff talking to about lifting the ban on Elephant trophies in the states.

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Ex-US pres Bill Clinton has written a cyber-attack pulp thriller. With James Patterson. Really

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Well, he can doubtless spin a yarn, fiction is an important part of politics but the plot sounds like a Hollywood B movie.

How exactly does a president go under cover?

Or is he talking about blankets?

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