* Posts by Graham Dawson

1858 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

Your Amazon order is confirmed: Eutelsat via Blue Origin. Estimated delivery date: 2022

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Re: @Graham Dawson

SpaceX was founded in 2002, and has only managed a successful launch since last year. That's 15 years of (intense) work.

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What are you talking about? They made their first successful launch in 2010.

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Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears

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Re: Not understanding the nostalgia

The modern things I hope and elect it to do are: write documents, ssh, maybe tinker with some code, possibly play music.

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Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams

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Can't say I'm all that surprised. My experience with Tameside Council was that they had absolutely no privacy or data retention audit policies whatsoever - or never enforced them - which resulted in one of their departments casually retaining someone's bank statements for several months, before handing them over to me in an entirely unrelated information request.

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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Re: Driverless Upgrades

Insurance doesn't just cover collision accidents. Theft, fire and if you're fully comp, breakdowns and other issues with the vehicle are also covered.

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Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty

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Yes.

The only question is how we intend to go about it. We could transition to the EEA/EFTA for continuity and then use that as a place to negotiate long-term deals, or we could do it the way May wants: run around gibbering, jump off a cliff and shoot ourselves in the face on the way down.

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UnBrex-pected move: Amazon raises UK workforce to 24,000

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Re: all part of their grand plan

Nah, he stopped because he has the choice.

For now.

(Although I'm not so worried about the possibility of Amazon getting a monopoly, I can easily understand why others might be. They're trying.

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Oh happy day! Linus Torvalds has given the world Linux 4.10

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Re: -0.8

Mathematics jokes are serious business.

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King's College London bods recruit members for penis ring study

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Re: Limiting the sample size...

The salt is real.

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Re: Limiting the sample size...

I find it statistically unlikely that I'm typical of only 5% of the population.

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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And if you tell kids today that, they wouldn't believe you.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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@nuff said Re: I'm worried they'll outlaw Kodi in some unenforceable way...

Brum.

Had to move for work.

I miss my bleak moors and dark, satanic mills.

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Re: I'm worried they'll outlaw Kodi in some unenforceable way...

Every day brings another reason to regret moving here.

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EU whacks first nail into mobile roaming charges' coffin

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Re: Cue the Mobile companies

They won't have to lobby for it to be revoked, if May's blather about leaving the single market comes to fruition.

It works like this:

May claims that the existing acquis - all the regulations, laws, customs and the like of the EU and the single market - will be translated into UK law in the "great repeal bill" - a farce on its face - on the assumption that it would allow the UK to continue to operate under the same regulatory regime as the EU, until such time as those laws are updated and replaced.

However, when the UK leaves the EU, any mutual recognition of those regulations etc ceases. Instantly. We can create animal passports and implement the roaming charge caps and the like, but they wouldn't be recognised in the EU. Nor would EU compliance with regulations be recognised in the UK. The end result is that UK companies would be able to impose roaming charges on customers travelling abroad as they always have, because the Community-oriented wording of the regulations would render them effectively meaningless in the context of an independent United Kingdom, and EU-based companies would be able to impose roaming charges on citizens visiting the UK, just as roaming charges have not been capped on EU citizens travelling outside the EU.

Net result: no need to lobby.

In every single regulatory area you dare to look, this same problem will arise: the regulations are worded to apply to members of the single market (which would be EU+EEA+EFTA) and by definition would not apply outside of that context. We can't enforce compliance of the EU with our regulatory regimes without mutual recognition, which is a function of the treaties implementing the single market, and as we would not be a member of the single market, the regulations so worded would no longer apply here either. Re-writing the entire acquis to apply to the UK only would be an impossible task in two years, and would still not solve the problem of mutual recognition.

May had a sensible course before her: join the EFTA, remain in the EEA, use that position as a transitional space to negotiate long-term disentanglement from the EU. There would be continuity and minimal disruption to our economy, we would no longer be under the aegis of the ECJ and would be free of the customs union, and there would be no need for grandstanding bills with the word "Great" in the name...

I suppose that's the problem. Politicians are egomaniacs to a fault. Give them a chance to get a "Great Reform Bill" or "Great Repeal Bill" or "Great Steaming Turd Bill (2017)" with their name attached and they'll strip naked, swing on the chandeliers and and firebomb their own children to enact it before you can say "rational debate".

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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Wesley appeared in the pilot episode and was a regular throughout season one. That's the season where his reputation as a sue was developed.

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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Re: Just the Guy We Need

Hijacking the top comment:

The website was replaced as part of the transition. The previous site is preserved at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/ under the provisions of the Presidential Records Act. The current website removed everything under the provisions of the same act. The same thing happened to the Bush whitehouse website when Obama was sworn in.

I don't recall anyone complaining then.

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CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!

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It was inserted years ago. Barry oiled it up and gave it a good shove on his way out the door.

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

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Re: Joining the EEA

Doug, the EU has no say over whether or not the UK can join the EEA. It is a separate treaty organisation, not some EU adjunct. We'd be negotiating with the EEA council, of which the EU is only a small part.

Of course, given pronouncements by her mayjesty yesterday, that path has apparently been ruled out.

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Re: For Once

We voted to leave the integrationist political organisation called the eu. The single market is a separate thing, to which it is possible to retain membership without being locked into the political and customs integration the eu requires for membership.

EEA members are part of the single market without having to be part of the customs union. They also have direct membership of the unece and other Un orgs, where they get to have direct influence over international trade, standards and economic policy, whereas eu member states are all represented by the single eu rep and only have one 'vote' to share between all 27 members.

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Re: For Once

She's an idiot. Any rational person would have stated by now that the first thing the uk would do is join the eea, which retains single market access without the customs union, then start to negotiate any further deals from that position. Instead she had listened to the headbangers and the Westminster bubble, and concluded that the best option is to hold a gun to her head dare the eu to pull the trigger.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Doctor North generally knows what he's talking about.

The issue is that May hasn't outlined what her transitional deal is transitioning to, or what it will transition through. She's also stated outright that we're leaving the single market. Assuming she understands what the single market is (based on prior statements, she does not), that rules out membership of the EEA and EFTA entirely - as both agreements assume continued membership of the single market in some form.

If by "single market" she means the Customs Union, then perhaps it's a different matter. Of course then the problem becomes one of her speaking about things she doesn't appear to understand, which is not a very encouraging possibility. She'll be negotiating to leave one thing, but everyone else will understand her to mean leaving another thing entirely.

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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Re: Balance of probabilities?

Why not both? Incompetent conspiracy, the worst of both worlds.

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I was thinking the same thing.

Balance of probabilities?

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Dodgy dealer on Amazon lures marks towards phishing site

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The linked blog post explains it properly. When they try to check out, Amazon throws up an error of some sort and advises the user to contact the seller directly to sort it out. The seller then tricks the buyer into paying directly with a fake amazon email. There's no automated redirect as implied in the article

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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

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That may be so, but it's largely irrelevant to the discussion. This case wasn't brought under the echr and had nothing to do with it. My argument was to correct the claim that our membership of the echr had any relation to our membership of the eu, along with the related claim that this case had anything to do with the European Court of human rights.

In fact we were a founder member of the Council of Europe, which created the ECHR, before the coal and steel union even existed.

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The European Charter of Human Rights has nothing to do with the EU, nor does it have anything to do with the ECJ. The ECHR is a treaty organisation that was drawn up by the European Council, an entirely separate organisation to the EU. Membership of the EU would not affect membership of the European Court of Human Rights or signatory status to the ECHR.

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No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off

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Re: Wrong ingredients

You must have a very peculiar idea of plenty if you want to call the glut of food that the western world consumes "rationing". In the story, the US population was forced into cities so that enough land could be provided to feed the majority a very basic diet, while a tiny minority consumed as luxuries things that even those under the poverty line take for granted.

If you can look around and think that the US, or the west in general, is in that state then you must be wearing some seriously tinted shades.

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Re: Wrong ingredients

It also predicted that such a population would be unsustainable without extreme rationing. This is evidently not the case.

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Why does Skype only show me from the chin down?

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@Andy livingstone Re: SPED???

It is the past tense of speed. Open a real dictionary and read the etymology of the word instead of relying on urban dictionary.

While you're at it, look up the definition of context.

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Japanese robot space maid will incinerate Earth's dead satellites

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Re: ton of bs (off topic)

Why not standardise on Base 12 for more divisors? 10 doesn't split easily into quarters or thirds, for instance.

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LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

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Re: Headphone volume warning...

It's in aosp. My lg g3 does it.

The source is a regulatory change in 2013. All personal audio devices sold in the eu must have a cap of 85dB. It can be overridden to 100dB, but must reset every 24 hours.

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Really weird quantum phenomenon spied lurking near neutron star

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Re: The abstract says 10^13G field strength. I presume this is Gauss

Obviously you had it draw a drawer.

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Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

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Re: They're still alive after electrocution?

The iee regs disagreed with the oed last time I looked.

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Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

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Re: Price hikes on the way @Dave 126

Not mere speed, but inappropriate speed for the conditions, something that fixed camera fines and even smart motorways aren't capable of determining.

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Apple admits the iPhone 6 Plus has 'Touch Disease'

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Gimp

"You're dropping it wrong."

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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So you blame the article for your inability to pay attention for more than one or two sentences?

No wonder twitter caught on so readily...

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Gawker settles with Hogan

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Good. They were a shitty clickbait rag that had a long history of publicising the private lives of people without any care for the consequences of their actions.

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'Biggest ever' Linux release

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Re: "commit the noun"

I suppose you also object to study, lie , yield and act. In fact, for consistency's sake, you should probably object to all these other words that are both nouns and verbs as well, given how many are nouns derived from the verb form and vice-versa.

Or you could accept that language does this stuff all the time and learn to live with it.

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Boffins twist beams of neutrons into pasta to cook up holograms

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Re: And I quote...

The fact that application has other, longer-standing meanings than "program running on a computer".

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AI, AI, captain: Royal Navy warships to set sail with computer officers

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Re: You've left out the most important bit.

Some Twat Always Reboots The Logging Endpoint.

Or maybe

Send To Admiralty: Ratings Tired, Left Early

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Nah. Call it The First Hints Of A Gravitas Shortfall.

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Sounds like someone's a Iain M Banks fan...

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Casino cops are coming if we can't move all this cash in a hurry

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Re: Interesting

They already were. By merging the management of long-term storage, operations and infrastructure, they found they were suddenly swimming in cash.

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Don't panic, but a 'computer error' cut the brakes on a San Francisco bus this week

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Re: Shouldn't they have a 'safe' failure mode?

Four.......knots! *shakes around a bit more*

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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Re: Don't complain about the "science"...

NO

NO

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Re: History

Odd, I've seen studies asserting the exact opposite. It's almost as if the entire field of behavioural psychology is rife with confirmation bias and cherry-picking to prove dubious political points.

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

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I have, a few times, before I got around to rooting my tablet and installing adaway. The damn things fling the page around so much that you can end up tapping on them when the link you thought you were pressing suddenly shifts half a screen down to accommodate the enormous image that wasn't there a moment earlier.

The reg is particularly prone to this one, with those enormous banners that appear at the top and push the entire site down by a good quarter of the screen.

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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Bits of it did.

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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@Nick Ryan

I have found that the best source of LED lighting is aliexpress. I've got my whole house lit with a bunch of next-gen LED bulbs from there. They're a fraction of the cost of buying the poorly made, overly expensive and annoyingly dim crap available here, and they don't appear to suffer much in the way of heating issues.

One downside though: they're universally Edison screw, so you will have to stock up on suitable fixtures or get adapters.

These videos by Big Clive convinced me to go for it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfJKq-igxJI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nme8T2yLhL0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gcYAFPxeug

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Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January

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Re: @Marcel - Really?

Reliable as in not tampered with between source and client.

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