* Posts by Steve Crook

568 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008


Amazon throws toys out of pram, ditches plans for New York HQ2 after big trouble in Big Apple

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BoJo Solution

Perhaps they'd like to part fund Boris Island, then Bezos could have an entire airport to land on and have special access to the proud new UK as it sails into a proud buccaneering future post Brexit...

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Re: Why not just

You mean the button that says "Whatever you do, please don't listen to anything I'm going to say because it could be used against me"?

That's a bit like "trust me, I'm not a spy. No, honest, guv, I won't listen to a thing, no really, really I won't. Sorry, how many nipple clamps did you say you wanted. Oops..."

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Pi Hole

Works quite well, perhaps they could cooperate with the extension writers to let the extensions clean the UI by detecting the as slingers etc,while pinhole blocks the requests themselves

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

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to publish a photo of the guy and put his life at risk. not only that, I see he looks a lot like the guy from "the it crowd" so I hope the register will be paying for a personal protection team for him as well.

I would have typed this in upper case to emphasise my outrage, but the shift and caps lock keys are broken. But here are some !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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2001 - ish

Part of the film is co-credited to Trumbull Studios...

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Re: Overlords

It's not like we'd do that sort of thing. Certainly not at Christmas. Oh, wait....

STIBP, collaborate and listen: Linus floats Linux kernel that 'fixes' Intel CPUs' Spectre slowdown

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Re: He should hug off and mind his own business

Perhaps he meant "fug". I'd go for Flip, it worked well in the censored version of the original Repo Man. Or Frak.

Or, perhaps, not be a dick, and leave things as they are.

We're getting worse than the Victorians lobbing the genitals off statues. I always wondered where they stored them afterwards. In a big hanger like the one from Raiders Of The Lost Ark, but crammed full of cocks and balls cut off statues...

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Cancel HS2

Assuming it can be delivered anywhere near budget and on time, and there's precious little evidence that either will be the case. Also, there's the question of whether it's high speediness is actually bringing anything to the party other than cost.

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Cancel HS2

There would be worse things to spend £5bn on. They could cancel HS2 which is largely (completely?) pointless and spend part of the money on a satnav system and the rest on actually improving the rest of the rail network.

We're already at the forefront of small satellite development, and it *could* be a boost to that sector.

Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law

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Re: Amazing stuff

They're both amazing too.... Just tell me you not looked at either one and not been amazed...

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: RE: Aladdin

Only Amazon have the i7, 16GB, 512 version and currently want a whopping £1800+. The Microsoft store in the US also stock it for $1500.

At £1800 it doesn't come even close to an XPS 13.

I'll wait.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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Re: £899 - Ouch

And for a phone that'll only receive updates for a couple of years too. It's approaching the price I paid for my desktop PC and I expect to get OS software updates for that for some years to come...

Pixel 3 XL reveals innards festooned with glue and... Samsung?

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Re: Recycling

It'll depend on the type of glue. It might actually be more recyclable if they can put it on a conveyor, warm it up and then jiggle it around a bit to have all the glue melt and leave the components loose and recoverable.

I remember reading about car manufacturers experimenting with plastics that deformed when heated so that it was easy to separate them from metal components for recycling.

But I'm not holding my breath...

Cabinet Office: Forget about Verify – look at our 3,000 designers (and 56 meetups)

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Re: Doug Adams was right

> Aren't you supposed too be able to fit the entire population of the Earth onto the Isle of Wight?

"Stand On Zanzibar" John Brunner 1968

Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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> It's exactly this sort of nonsense that drove many in the UK to vote for Brexit in the first place

Not exactly, but close. It's the sort of attitude that underlies it. The idea that *everything* can be improved with detailed legislation to ensure we all do it the way that the legislators think we should. Ideally such legislation should include trapdoors that'll permit more draconian versions without too much debate.

IMO many continental countries have a whitelist view, while in the UK it has been blacklist. One of the changes the EU has wrought is that, gradually, we've become accustomed to the whitelist view of things.

A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?

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More stuff

I'd try, decide I didn't want, then also find I can't uninstall it or even disable it.

By all means include it, but please let me delete/disable/hide what I don't want to use.

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Actually, there's more...

The Vasa didn't start out top heavy. Marketing decided they needed new features to keep up with the cutting edge of flagship design.

They were added by reluctant developers while trying to stick within original project schedules and work with a design that wouldn't easily accommodate RFEs. Then marketing added some more. Bigger canons? Yes! More canons? Yes! Another gun deck? Damn right we will!

Familiar, no?

Which is what Stroustrup is warning against.

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Re: The most amazing engineering

Yes, exactly. To have 20 or 30 concorde flights taking off and landing every day must have been hell. Oh, wait, it was what? 2 or 3?

As a kid I lived under an occasional Heathrow flight path. We got a diet of low level VC10 and Boeing 707 they weren't quiet either. But somehow, we struggled on.

2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: Forbidden Planet

Actually, I always thought it was the father of 'Star Trek' more than a descendant of Shakespeare. But I guess YMMV

A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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Print button? Customer asked. This was my life.

Mgmt: We need a print button.

Me: Why?

Mgmt: Customer asked.

Me: Do they print anything from there?

Mgmt: Don't know, they asked for a button

Me: Does it have to be a button?

Mgmt: Don't know, they asked for a button.

Me: Is there any chance of me speaking to someone to find out what they want?

Mgmt: They asked for a button, what else do you need to know?

Me: Errr, nothing I guess. When do you need the button?

Mgmt: End of the week.

Me: Hmmm, I've got to finish this, test that, and release that thing over there.

Mgmt: How difficult can it be to add a print button?

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

> Yeah, stop reading us.

In other news. 'The Register' advertising revenues declined as people took their journalists advice and stopped reading them...

New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: How many battery "breakthroughs" is that this year?


It's possible that we'll be able to squeeze more out of current battery technology, but I can't help feeling it's a bit like the days of cassette tape, with never ending incremental improvements to a fundamentally limited technology. We had to wait for the true breakthrough: CD and digital.

Similarly with batteries methinks.

What we have at the moment simply son't scale sufficiently for solving the most pressing problem, storing intermittent renewable energy. Phones and other small devices are irrelevant. As are batteries for cars if the electricity that's being used to charge them comes from fossil fuels...

This is peak AI: Bot to guest edit Radio 4's Today programme

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Don't complain about the politicians

What did anyone expect the result of the hostile questioning and striving to make headlines through an interview comment would be, the truth? ROFL. The problem is that anyone at the sharp end is being sent on media courses (run by ex BBC staffers) to learn how to deal with this shit. Most current BBC (or other) interviewers haven't got around to changing their questioning tactics. Except Brillo.

Part of the problem is that a politician being honest about anything is immediately pilloried. Ask an MP is they'd like to be leader of the party and they say YES, watch the media fireworks, regardless of the context of what they said.

We have the press and politicians we deserve...

I'd suggest that the *only* proper response to a repeated failure to answer a direct question might be to terminate the interview...

D-Link in Pluribus-powered white box play to target enterprise sales

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Nice to know.

It'll be useful for a game in I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Amazon.com just became a 90,000-seat Azure case study

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Is this a ploy?

To knock Microsoft out of the cloudy business by buying up their customers?

Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: Hang on...

> make a jumbo jet from the VC10 - by having three fuselages flying

Had to look because it was so hard to believe. In the event, utterly awesome and very definitely Thunderbirds material if the outer fuselages detached shortly after launch. I can hear the music now...

Thanks for the link.

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Hang on...

Isn't there a Thunderbirds episode about this very plane? I got the weirdest feeling of deja vue looking at the pictures. Any bald headed men with glowing eyes seen in the vicinity???

Seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab

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Re: Left

I was left sufficiently scarred that I've never wanted to go back and check. It was a long time ago 30 years I'd imagine, the detail fades, the scars remain. PI Mania (or whatever it was called) on the BBC Micro produced similar feelings of disgust (for being a waste of my time) and inadequacy (for not being able to get it right) and I put that down fairly rapidly too.

I admire your desire for accuracy (even if it verges on pedantic) and am envious that you had both the time *and* inclination to go and check your facts.

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You are in a maze of twisty turny passages all alike.

> right

You are in a maze of twisty turny passages all alike.

> right

You are in a maze of twisty turny passages all alike.

> right

At which point I decided to spend more time with my life and have no intention of going back, north, east or west...

Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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Dead to me

Had my doubts about the fingerprint sensor, but this, Bixby and the price kill it for me.

Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Is it good enough?

On my Samsung S6 I've had to multiple prints because I found that I couldn't always rely on a single digit not being damaged enough to bork the sensor.

In fact, I found that after a longish hike my fingers could swell up enough to confuse the sensor so I had to record prints for before and after hike. So you might not get your money if the weather's hot, or you cut or scraped your finger tip.

Pong, anyone? How about Pong on a vintage oscilloscope?

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This sort of thing is amusing, interesting, inspiring. But I just feel inadequate, uneducated, ill informed. A bit like a taster version of the Total Perspective Vortex.

Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: There have been planes like this before.

Yup, that'd be my choice as well. Best plane from WWII by a country mile and very possibly the best combat aircraft ever built.

Great airframe design & build coupled with engines from the gods. Went to the Mosquito museum and was quite astonished at how small it was. I've built a few models of the plane, but until you see it in the flesh it's incredibly difficult to appreciate just how tiny it is.

Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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Re: Bewildered. (That's grown-up speak for "wtf")

We get internet connected dishwashers because Miele think there are idiots out there who would choose their model over one without an internet connection, and that fewer people will refuse to buy it for the same reason.

In that sense I think Miele are entirely correct in their assumptions. If we (in the widest sense) are living in hell, it's one we made...

Come in King Battistelli, your time at the Euro Patent Office is up

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Rumour is that...

He'll be joining the EU Brexit negotiating team...

Can we have a false news icon please...

Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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Re: pah....

How much of a premium are you prepared to pay to not have one? You can bet that as soon as they can, they'll start to really sting those who chose not to switch to encourage them to change their minds.

US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

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What's needed is regulation of the vaping liquid content to control nicotine levels and other chemicals. ATM most liquid contains chemicals who's behavior is well known.

The idea that vaping is going to be a bad or even worse as smoking is just stupid and flies in the face of any sense.

People who use the precautionary principle should first use it on their idea to use the precautionary principle.

Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark Zuckerberg as Tim Cook?

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Sharp Objects

Have to be removed from any space Mr Z occupies in case he hurts himself. Or a chicken.

Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

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Tom Wrigglesworth

Doesn't exist. He's an actor playing a part written for him by a 75 year old woman living in Letchworth. She doesn't like Dr Who.

Watch: MIT's terrifying invisible gel robo-eels snatch live fish

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Anyone reminded of the...

The water tentacle from "The Abyss"?

Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Not. Holding. My Breath.

In other breaking news Valve announce HL3 for Q1 2018

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Not. Holding. My Breath.

Got paperback copy of Dune in the early 70s. It said "soon to be a major film"


Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Unfounded optimism

> We look forward to hearing how the BBC responds.

Don't hold your breath. If they respond at all, it will be to explain patiently (and slowly) that they were right and he was wrong.

On another note, surely it's neither the state nor inventors that are responsible for these inventions, but the ancestors of those who gave birth to them. They own the genes. But then of course the flying spaghetti monster created everything, so perhaps it's the true innovator.

Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: But Why?

Lubrication. Steric acid. Cheapest source. Others sources are available, but can change characteristics of plastic, making it softer for example.

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Tallow is for Steric Acids, as a lubricant.

So I'd assume that it's not just the fivers that are the issue, it'll be pretty widespread. It may well be that the vegetarians plastic shoes have those same traces...

There are non animal alternatives, but they're more expensive and can (I believe) make the plastic a little softer (less durable?).

IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

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Trump/Brexit angle.

No doubt this worm has been in the wild for some time. Coded messages flashed into the brains of voters compelling them to go and vote 'the wrong way'. All very Manchurian Candidate, anyone fancy a game of cards?

What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Spruce Goose

I'd just want to see them take off. That'd be enough...

Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

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Who cares? If it wasn't going to be Jobs, it would've been someone else...

Osborne, Psion, even Sinclair. The all had a crack at producing a 'handheld' computer. The value of computer combined with a phone was pretty obvious to all, what was missing was technology and a perception of a market at the likely price of such a device.

Apple happened to be in the right place at the right time technology wise and produced a quality product. I think what surprised many was the willingness of people to part with £450 'just' for a phone. That was where Apple's genius lay, they *really* understood the size of the market *and* how to sell to it.

I know that for some, the eighties are ancient history, something only known from the mad ravings of the parents or history books. But really, a bit of technology PERSPECTIVE please.

Hey! spies! Get! in! here! and! explain! this! Yahoo! email-scanning! 'kernel! module!'

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At least Scunthorpe's email is safe

As it's not smut they're scanning for....


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