* Posts by Steve K

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Re: Embiggen

Yes, and completely spidulary with existing linguistic gramostications:

Embolden - to boldify more

Embiggen - to biggify more

Emtwentyfive - to drive round in circles more

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Foxconn outbids WD with ¥3 TRILLION offer for Tosh memory biz

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That is a hell of a difference between the KKR bid and the Foxconn bids!

I imagine that their motives/intentions are very different (VC vs. manufacturer/fabricator)....

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Boaty McBoatface sinks in South Atlantic on her maiden deployment

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Re: James Clark Ross?

Exactly - the David Attenborough will only be completed in 2019 according to various news sites..

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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Maybe it helps if you put Jam in too?

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Andreesen Horowitz tips $10m into American AI drone upstart

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Not sure who the videos are aimed at...

Following my curiosity, I went to their site and watched the videos, (having just received my Blade Inductrix FPV drone to play with and annoy the cat).

Who are they aimed at? They are a bit like an MTV video for someone with attention-deficit on caffeine and other stimulants.

Just as you get to see what the drone is doing there is a jump-cut to another angle of another one going in another direction. It's like a pop video on fast-forward.

The tech is undeniably cool and technically challenging, but they should spend some of that $10m on getting someone to record and edit their promotional material.

Rant over...

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Indian Business Machines? One-third of Big Blue staff based there and Bangladesh

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"switched to Concur, an expensive management and travel booking system."

Freudian or deliberate typo....?

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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So does that mean that if you don't use OneDrive then you won't see them?

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Oracle doing due diligence on Accenture. Yep, you read that right

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Re: "HP fatefully bought EDS and IBM acquired PWC"

separate, independent partnership and has even regrown its consultancy arm in some directions

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So that's what all the fuss on Cloud sails is about?

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Ah yes - like sex in a canoe - f@cking close to water.....

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

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Stayin' Alive...Disco Inferno...Yeah baby!

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Small mirrors? A disco ball would add some 70's style into modern warfare countermeasures.

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

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Re: Mesmerising

Being closer towards the "old fart" end of the Reg readership than some, I thought I should share a link to a 1977 book ("Worlds within Worlds - A Journey into the unknown") that I recall fondly from my childhood.

This includes several shots similar to the second video - including one of the bomb tower just after the fireball has started at detonation. The tower is still there, and it has not yet been vapourised - incredible.

There are lots of other high-speed or specialised (e.g. Kirlian) images in there too.

https://www.amazon.com/Worlds-Within-Journey-Into/dp/0030194164

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Cash'n'Carrion restocks atomic keyrings

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Re: Inventory is up, cart is down

Still unavailable, 2 years later....

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Sources: Liberty Global, Vodafone take seats at negotiating table AGAIN

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They renewed their MVNO deal with EE for 5 years at the start of 2017, but I wonder if the BT/EE deal has got them wanting to move away from a direct competitor (for Virgin Mobile AND fixed-line phone/cable/content) by having their own mobile operation/deal.

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National Insurance tax U-turn: Philip Hammond nixes NIC uptick

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Re: I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

Not sure there was one of those.

There was one about having an In\Out of EU referendum by the end of 2017 though

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Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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Re: Glass Electrolyte

Sorry - didn't mean glass electrolyte there - at least not at room temperature.....

I meant AGM batteries where a glass matrix contains the electrolyte - a bit like a sponge

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Re: Glass Electrolyte

Glass electrolytes are used in modern car batteries - I believe they are better suited to the frequent load demands of Stop/Start systems than the traditional lead/acid ones.

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If we must have an IoT bog roll holder, can we at least make it secure?

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Re: Just A Thought

Are you referring to the Bog Roll holder or the pregnancy test...?

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IOT pregnancy test - Really?

Why would you tweet something like that given that at least 1/3 of pregnancies fail in the first few weeks?

Unless you are tweeting "Not pregnant - Phew!" after a trip to Magaluf...

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IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

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Re: "Samsung House"

Yes - Samsung House is the one with the Smoking Area inside...

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

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Re: Given the stated levels...

Well that's not much of a solution...

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IBM: Voluntary redundo offer? Ticked. Min stat terms? Ticked

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Re: On the upside, you lucky lucky IBM'ers...

The guy on the VC got my name wrong

With "Anonymous" for a first name it must happen all the time...

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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Re: Disgustingly Evil

@Jan 0

Thanks for clarifying your use-case.

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Re: Disgustingly Evil

Google still hasn't learned how to create useful maps!

Not being snarky, but can you clarify why Google Maps are not useful?

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Re: Not as good

Unfortunately I have to agree here, whilst I sympathise with her at a personal level.

If people liked StreetMap then they would have been bookmarking the URL and so would not have been swayed by the Google search ranking.

I used to use Streetmap a lot, BUT that was because there was no alternative. Once Google Maps came along, the difference in functionality was clear and I never went back.

I don't know if they would argue that they could have invested in a better interface if their monthly revenues had not dived so much, but once Google brought out a Maps service the writing was on the wall. Bing Maps, Apple Maps and the advent of mapping licensing for mobile devices (Nokia/TomTom) would have killed them off in another few months anyway.

I think that you can see the same thing happened to Yellow Pages (used to be 6 cm + thick, now < 1cm thick and discarded as soon as it hits the doormat), FriendsReunited, FotoServe...

I feel sorry for her, but I think that it was a mistake to pursue things this far - particularly against someone with pockets as deep as Google.

The article suggests she may have had some funding, so at least she may not have had to sell up to fund the case, but if she has sold family assets to refinance Streetmap then she IMHO is once again mistaken.

The world does not need another mapping applicatio - that is a fight from another era, and already won by the giants (or provided by OpenStreetMap if you eschew the commerce-led offerings).

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Hold the phone! Crap customer service cost telcos £2.9 BEEEELLION in 2016

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...or at least roll it in glitter.

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Re: Branston pickle is...

VirginMedia is nothing to do with Mr Branson these days - LibertyGlobal bought it off Virgin Group a year or two ago.

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Magic Leap sued for sex discrimination … by woman it hired to stamp out sex discrimination

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Re: Esme - Out of interest...

.And also on the game side this approach has thrown out things like Ms. PacMan (basically a PacMan sprite with a pink bow....)

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So the quote is:

Women. Can't work with Germans. Can't work without Germans..

Are you sure?

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UK prof claims to have first practical blueprint of a quantum computer

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Re: Thumbs up for the use of the word 'bollocks'.

Bollocks to that. That idea is completely arsebucket.....

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Re: Nominative Determinism?

Weird - when I looked earlier it said Erner Schröberg ;-)

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NASA bakes Venus-proof electronics

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Re: Kind of a long journey..

Also thermal expansion effects of going from the cold during interplanetary transit to the surface temperatures of Venus will impose mechanical strain on the circuitry and connections to it

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Liquid sodium in an all-in-one CPU cooling loop- ooh yes!

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Stick glue on a drone. Fly it into a flower. World hunger solved, bee-lieve

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Can use for bikini waxing too by the look of it.....

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GitHubbers invited to hack Davis, the microservices chat bot

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Re: Hmmm..

Extend that to bots conversing with each other via APIs...

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Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

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Re: Trump has become more deranged

Absolutely - as a 15/16 year-old in 1983/84 this tension was palpable - and a lot of TV drama covered this too.

"When the Wind Blows" by Raymond Briggs is a cartoon book, but that does not diminish its content .

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Go dark with the flow: Lavabit lives again

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GET OFF MY LAWN!

It's "dissuade"

Now GET OFF MY LAWN!

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Symantec carpeted over dodgy certificates, again

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Re: Certificates are indeed expensive

I think he might have been saying that Symantec certificates are an expensive way of getting them when there are other, cheaper providers (rather than "why is anyone using SSL certificates").

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Stallman's Free Software Foundation says we need a free phone OS

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Re: A free Siri/Cortana/Alexa clone,

Agreed - Alexa etc. are about personalisation via a large data slurp to achieve this kind of secondary functionality (and of course other tracking data for the primary advertising purposes)

If you don't like it then you are free to avoid using these services BUT I don't see how a FSF model (for those who don't want to use the commercial services) can offer this kind of service without some kind of data slurping of its own - and of course the associated storage and processing for these complex queries.

Unless they mean something like Alexa that people host themselves purely for their own use?

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Wi-Fi for audiophiles: Alliance preps TimeSync certification program

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Re: Thank you for your snark-less reply

Well it shows that I am old enough to remember some of it.......

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Re: Thank you for your snark-less reply

Are you old enough to remember the (early 80's?) "Tomorrow's World" programme where Judith Hann demonstrated the miraculous properties of the (then) new-fangled and unreleased CD players.

She did this by applying marmalade to the top surface of the CD and then marvelling as the CD player coped with it without skipping a beat.

No mention was made of the fact that the laser reads from underneath, (or indeed what the effects of centrifugally-distributed marmalade on the player would do....) but I am sure that it did wonders for the CD format's marketing at that time......

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Re: This will never appeal to True Audiophiles (TM)

"special marker pens to mark the edges of your CDs "

I thought they were supposed to help with Internal Reflection?

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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Re: The chatbots are already here

Meanwhile, I notice my dad's new vacuum cleaner moves around the rooms in an erratic fashion, gets stuck, etc

Did he definitely get a robotic one.......

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Re: Whiter than white

"out of the same stable"

That will be the Augean one, I imagine....

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Tesla set to up prices by 5% in new year because of 'currency fluctuations'

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AutoPilot - that's nothing

Look where he wants to take it:

https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/autopilot

Look for where it says "Full Self-Driving Capability", and in particular the last 2 paragraphs:

All you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go. If you don’t say anything, the car will look at your calendar and take you there as the assumed destination or just home if nothing is on the calendar. Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route, navigate urban streets (even without lane markings), manage complex intersections with traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts, and handle densely packed freeways with cars moving at high speed. When you arrive at your destination, simply step out at the entrance and your car will enter park seek mode, automatically search for a spot and park itself. A tap on your phone summons it back to you.

Please note that Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction. It is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described above will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval. Please note also that using a self-driving Tesla for car sharing and ride hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year.

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'Twas Brillo but then Android Things, which watched as Google Weaved its Nest

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Re: Hyphens

They are the top of the left-over exclamation marks from the Yahoo articles, but on their sides.

The full-stops from these will be used gradually over 2017.

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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HAL

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL"

"I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave. You must be knackered by now - how about a cup of tea instead?"

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