* Posts by Graham Dawson

1841 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

Ed Vaizey booted to backbench, Hancock booted to DCMS

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What, no mention for the Department of Administrative Affairs? Sir Humphrey will be disappointed.

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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Re: The current plan does not matter

France and Germany can hint until they're blue in the face. Article 50 is quite explicit about how it is to be invoked. The government invokes it. Not the people, not the legislature, but the government.

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

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Re: "supersonic fighter" @Steve Davies 3

No, transonic is when airflow around different parts of the aircraft are above, at, or slightly below the speed of sound. The dive is irrelevant.

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: EURO 2016

They should make the rockets out of unobtanium, which would mean they wouldn't need an fuel at all to get airborne.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Re: "preventing free speech and internet security"

Another who confuses the us first amendment, protecting free speech from restriction by the state, with the natural right to free speech.

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Sky! Blue!, Oceans! Wet!, Yahoo! Overvalued!

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Re: Let the Bidding begin!

I have a button.

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Vostochny cosmodrome caught on Soyuz rocketcam

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And the wobbly stack, too. Needs more struts.

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Cryptxxx shipwrecked: Laughing white hats shred latest ransomware

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Re: Try harder.

... it raises their reputation by comparing them to skiddies?

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'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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Re: Makes sense

Maybe he read about the leidenfrost effect and misunderstood the applications.

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Robot surgeon outperforms human doctor with porcine patients

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Re: Speed...

They use glue in a lot of cases these days, especially for keyhole surgery. My appendix scar is so light I often have trouble finding it.

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: Missing DevOps

The wife told me once of a particular publication of a book, in Germany, that garnered some criticism as, around a third of the way through, our heroes sat down for a delicious meal of branded, canned soup.

The book was Sourcery, by Terry Pratchett.

With that in mind, I'd say that the practice of inserting adverts into unrelated text at arbitrary points has a worrying weight of precedent.

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NASA saves Kepler space 'scope by turning it off and on again

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@redpawn Re: If cycling power doesn't work...

Technically they already did that, it's just that they dropped it in such a way that it missed.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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@BurnT'offering Re: Says i don't want to bother shaving

There is this amazing new device called a "shower".

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

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Re: Bunch of tosspots

I have already encountered people unironically describing themselves as "devout" pastafarians. People are starting to treat it as a legitimate set of beliefs and a religion, which I find amusing as all hell because they're exactly the sort of uncritical crowd-followers that the whole thing was originally created to mock.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: Apologies in advance to all Christians......

Not parasitism; the new roman coverts to Christianity retained their old holy days and customs for convenience, which is why there is a clear descent of the Pope (pontifex maximus, the civil administrator of the combined roman cults, was a title often held by the emperor), holy days such as saturnalia/Christmas, and the whole ecclesiastical hierarchy from the religious institutions of imperial Rome. Given those customs broadly match all across Europe it isn't surprising that local cultures would adopt a similar syncretism.

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Vaizey: Legal right to internet access, sure. But I'm NOT gonna die on the 10Mbps hill

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The comparison to Luxembourg seems daft. A city a bit smaller than leeds and a country about the size of the lake district is in no way comparable to the uk, especially considering their very different demographics.

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Sweden 'secretly blames' hackers – not solar flares – for taking out air traffic control

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Re: Might be but...

Russia and Sweden do have a historically adversarial relationship, probably dating back to the days when Sweden held most of the Baltic coast. The Swedes developed a healthy paranoia about Russian designs on the scandinavian peninsula during the cold war and are still convinced that there are Russian submarines lurking off the coast, just waiting for the right moment to sink Stockholm and nuke Dalarna. The Russians, meanwhile, have long memories and are undoubtedly holding a grudge about the Swedish assault on st Petersburg.

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BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

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Re: What Does That Leave?

BES and their secure communications suite.

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

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Re: The plans are going to sound crazy

"His novel Transitions is sometimes M. Banks, sometimes plain Banks depending on where it was published."

that is oddly beautiful.

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ISS to host space truck rally

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Re: fingers crossed

Is it me, or is the Reg once again neglecting to mention SpaceX's successful land, er, landing?

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Surprise! Magic Kinder app could let hackers send vids to your kids

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Re: say what?

I'm no fool! That's David Bowie!

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Spotify to cough up royalties, just toss your copyright claims over there ... in the bin

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Re: $1.3 billion turnover but a loss of milions

Wow.

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Re: $1.3 billion turnover but a loss of milions

Hardly. They were profitable up to the end of 2013, which demonstrates that they have the ability. They may end up like Amazon, which has never posted a profit in its entire history as far as I can tell.

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Boffins build laser that can twist its own light

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Re: Use quantum physics language for photons ...

That's because they aren't studying uses of polarisation, but using a polarised beam to study orbital angular momentum, which is not dependent on polarisation.

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Re: Use quantum physics language for photons ...

Except it's nothing to do with polarisation.

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Hollywood could learn a lot from software devs, says GitLab founder

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Nah, it'll be more like this.

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How a Brexit could stop UK biz and Europe swapping personal data

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Re: @John Brown - Scotland not only gaining independence...

It creates a precedent for the dismantlement of sovereign unions. If the UK leaves the EU, it's a lot harder for the government of the day to then turn around and say "but Scotland should stay in our union!" without some people perceiving their actions as hypocrisy.

Personally I'd argue quite strongly for Scotland to remain within an independent the UK, but I see no reason why they shouldn't be given another chance to vote on the matter at that point. At the very least there needs to be a fundamental reconsideration of how the UK is governed.

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Fifth time's the charm as SpaceX pops satellite into orbit

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Re: All objections have been reviewed...

So, to clarify: you ignore everything that proves your assertions wrong, repeatedly declare your initial claim as if it were truth, and then wait for everyone to get bored and go home whereupon you declare yourself the winner.

Have you ever considered a career in politics?

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Re: Missing the point...

The cameras on the rocket - the important ones that can used to visually assess performance and which, crucially, operate in a much more extreme environment than the barge camera - were working just fine for the entire flight. The fact that they can get a reliable video feed from a camera parked right next to a rocket exhaust, operating in a vacuum and in a very high orbit tells me that they have all the engineering skills, knowledge and experience necessary for this sort of thing.

Like the man said, the barge camera isn't a high priority and is treated accordingly.

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What a pair of ace-holes: Crooks bug gambler's car with GPS tracker, follow him and rob him

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Re: Which one is it?

Zip-ties on their limbs, duct-tape on the mouths to keep them quiet.

Not that I've spent any time thinking about things like this...

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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Re: @ A Ghost

TVL's own page clarifies it quite nicely.

"If you own or possess a television set without installing or using it as a TV receiver (e.g. you only use it to watch videos or DVDs, or as a monitor for a games console) then you don’t need a TV Licence."

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@peter_dtm

NO (to coin a phrase)

The TV license doesn't cover the equipment, it covers the live broadcast reception. If your television is installed and used to receive live television broadcasts then you need the license. This includes time-shifting - recording and playback later. If your television is installed for the intent of playing back pre-recorded video then you do not need a license. I know this, because I've had a television for the last decade and not paid a TV license - because I don't watch live television. I don't record television. I don't even use iplayer, live or otherwise. I watch DVDs, I play games, sometimes I watch youtube. I've checked this with TVL themselves and they reluctantly agreed that I don't need a license (though they still send me their threatening letters every so often).

The license is not for the equipment, but for the use you put it to.

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Google Project Zero reverse-engineers Windows path hacks for better security

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Re: win32? in 2016? really???

It's amazing how you can manage to be more and more wrong with every sentence you write.

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Re: : in a path name ?

Sorry, should have been clearer. It's a reserved character in URI paths specifically. The post I was answering was blathering about how URIs contain a colon after the protocol and seemed to be comparing that to the colon after the drive letter in windows.

Never mind that : can be a drive letter...

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Re: : in a path name ?

It's use in uris is to delineate protocol, username and password. These are not part of the path, where the colon is a reserved character.

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Re: win32? in 2016? really???

Very nice, LDS, but we're talking about file paths and mounted filesystems, not protocols. For the record, the file protocol that every os recognises is file://. A windows file url would resemble file:///c|/foo/bar

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One-third of all HTTPS websites open to DROWN attack

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Re: Personally...

Bring back Gopher.

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Virgin Atlantic co-pilot dazzled by laser

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The protocol applies to lasers designed specifically as blinding weapons. These are laser pointers, not weapons; it's the same distinction as between a kitchen knife and a bayonet, or a nailgun and a pistol. Both can be used to cause harm but only one of each of the examples is designed for that purpose. The protocol doesn't apply to lasers which are designed to act as pointing devices. The wiki page even points out a number of military exceptions to the protocol.

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Bitcoin's governance bungles stain the blockchain's reputation

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Re: So basically, then ...

It's jake, what did you expect?

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What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls

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It's not the anonymous ones they have to worry about.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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@paul Re: I Wonder....

Hate to nitpick (actually when I'm right love to nitpick) but iron will fuse quite happily with enough energy and pressure. What it can't do is produce more energy in that fusion than is consumed by the process which, as you rightly say, kills the whole reaction stone-dead in short order.

Either way, earth isn't going to turn into a flaming ball of self-sustained nuclear fusion any time soon.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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Re: News angle?

I think the conclusion to be drawn from this is that all computers are a bit site.

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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

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Re: Ruptured oxygen cylinders

"That's still small beer compared with a few litres of liquid oxygen. Want to see steel burn to white hot rust? Want to see diamonds on fire beneath the surface?"

And when the insurance claims start piling in, all these memories will be lost, like tears in rain.

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Re: proper posh notw (was Strongbow?)

oooh, well look at this la de da mister fancy pants posh man, pronouncin the aitch in soli'ull!

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Re: Looks as though it requires a high-wing aircraft configuration.

Perhaps if they had said "large passenger jets". Military cargo planes favour high wings for structural reasons - a high-wing craft can have a larger internal bay - and to mitigate the possibility of their engines ingesting a large portion of the landing strip at makeshift airfields.

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AI pioneer Marvin Minsky dies at 88

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Re: What is death?

If you and he are right then your agreement is also a delusion and doesn't matter.

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Sainsbury's Bank web pages stuck on crappy 20th century crypto

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Re: I think they meant

More reasons to shop at morrisons, I guess...

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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@naselus Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

I suggest perhaps trying a different approach. Start by suggesting a distro by name, talk through the high-level advantages. Don't start blasting them with jargon. If they aren't capable of making informed decisions then you have to help them, and that means you have to narrow their choices and present them with options that you think might actually benefit.

Or you could keep being a stuck-up, pretentious nerd who likes to show off how much they think they know by flinging jargon and superfluous trivia around. They'd react exactly the same way if you started blathering on about the history of the Windows NT kernel, GDI and the necessity of using powershell in certain situations.

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