* Posts by Graham Dawson

1876 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

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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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Can't find the actual paper, but from the description it sounds like a data dredge. You can bet that they split the original sample up into smaller and smaller pieces until a spurious correlation popped out.

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Brexit must not break the cloud, Japan tells UK and EU

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If only they'd paid attention to Dr North...

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Russia is a member of the ECHR. This would be well within the court's remit.

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BBC vans are coming for you

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Re: why do I have to tell ... my address?

It's a licence to receive live television broadcasts, which is why iplayer live is covered by it, but using the tv to watch dvds isn't.

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Re: I'd still like to know...

Its entirely fear-mongering. The vans are a fiction thought up in the 50s, when tv was still seen as a bit magical and science could do anything you could imagine. Nothing but propaganda.

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

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Re: Maybe

The station's orbit is inclined far too high for that. One of the comprises required to get the Russians involved was that it had to pass over their launch sites, otherwise the fuel costs to align their launchers with the station would have been prohibitively expensive. Unfortunately that means it can't be used as a way station to the moon for the same reason.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: Or maybe...

This is the very reason why our legal system presumes innocence unless sufficient proof can be brought to convict.

Sadly, on this issue in particular, our legal system is inexorably being inverted to presume guilt.

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Re: Exercise the SRO

Unfortunately, and with increasing frequency these days, dark humour tends not to translate well on the internet.

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Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

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just give me a modern equivalent of the n900 and I'll be happy.

you hear that, nokia? one man's happiness! surely that's worth more than a million sales?

no?

oh well. gimme anyway.

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Hey, turn down that radio, it's alien season and we're hunting aliens

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Re: @jeffypoooh I for one take 2

A downvote? Seriously? Does context mean nothing to you people?

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@jeffypoooh Re: I for one take 2

Comment quality around these parts had taken a real dive...

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: Smart bulbs versus light switches

These smart light things are all sold on the premise of saving money and energy by having finer control over your lights and things, though they cost so much and use so much that any savings are pretty much imaginary. If you want to make real savings, ditch the smart crap and buy a job-lot of next-gen led bulbs from china on aliexpress. You can buy similar bulbs here, of course, but they put out less than half the light and cost four times as much.

Got the idea from watching this chap. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nme8T2yLhL0

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: Hounded

Oh yes, the technology worked that way, but the detector vans themselves never existed. They were pure propaganda designed to scare people into paying up.

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Re: I got exactly one letter.

I ticked the box. I got another letter six months later. Ticked the box. Another letter six months later. Repeat ad nauseum.

I chuck them in the bin now.

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Re: Government investment in the Police

There is actually a sound reason for using cassette tapes. They're robust, they're simple and they're reliable. Digital recording can still just magically disappear (the more general magical disappearing properties of evidence contrary to a case notwithstanding), whereas a tape is bloody difficult to wipe effectively.

It's the same reason solicitors still tend to use fax machines for important legal documents, and why hansard is printed on vellum.

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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Re: Ford, best known..

Camilla's back and on the sauce again, it seems. Bottoms up!

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I was under the impression his most widely celebrated role was Regarding Henry.

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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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