* Posts by Boring Bob

137 posts • joined 15 Feb 2008


Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

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Tetleys hasn't been the same since they brought out the round tea bags.

Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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Re: But what about Damon?


Am I correct in understanding that TSB hired someone with only one year of project management experience as their head of IT infrastructure?

Perusing pr0nz at work? Here's a protip: Save it in a file marked 'private'

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Re: The real story

Aren't jokes supposed to be funny? Your comment was an idiotic repetition of insults and brainless prejudice. Which part of it would you consider to be witty?

Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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Re: You guys are nuts

Like the UK you get what you pay for. The difference is most companies heavily subsidise a canteen (small companies share one), those that don't provide luncheon vouchers. It is very rare that people buy sandwiches, generally only if they are in a hurry (this is often considered badly by colleagues as the purpose of lunch is to share time with them) If you were eating sandwiches for lunch everyday in Paris there is a problem somewhere.

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You guys are nuts

You English people are nuts, you are so used to being scr*wed you bend over at every opportunity. Here in Paris my company has two different sites, both with subsidised canteens (about £2 or £3 for a three-course meal). When we go to the other site (a 30 minute drive away) we put the lunch on expenses. This is considered normal in France, no one would consider paying for their own lunch when traveling and no one would ever consider buying a sandwich ????

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

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Re: errant missile

"as it was a test, the missile was not loaded with real warheads (It would be stupid in case it failed and it actually did that)"

If the warheads were real it would not be so bad if it failed. Now it would be really stupid using real warheads if the test worked

You know IoT security is bad when libertarians call for strict regulation

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"corporations will pay for private security within their own networks."

Like I said, the internet is dead, long live private networks. Today the internet only works because nearly everything connected to it is based on a small number of regulary updated OSs. IoT will kill this. I've spent 10 years trying to sell security to IoT companies. Most end customers will not spend a penny for security and don't give a s**t about security and privacy (if they did you would not be reading this on your Android phone). The automobile comparison is a false one. It involves protection against known knowns, it is economically viable for devices that cost 15000+€ not 15€ and a country can control nearly all devices connected to its road network (try stopping a rogue IoT device in another country connecting to your countries network)

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Laws can't solve this

The government can pass a law that will magically stop hacking and will remove all unknown unknowns?

Let's face it, IoT will kill the internet. It was fun while it lasted, now it is time for the new generation to move on to the next thing.

Too much landfill, too little purpose: CES 2017

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Re: Lack of imagination

More like too much imagination. People using their imagination to create solutions like IoT for non-existant problems which is why there is so much crap.

My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: Food is not only sustenance

You need to change companies. I have lived in France for over 20 years and everywhere I have worked has always stopped work for at least an hour at lunch.

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

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Re: wait until corporate welfare is shut off...

"fully recharge in 5 minutes.". Well let's think about that: 1 litre of petrol contains 36MJ of energy, a 60 litre tank contains 2GJ. Filling that in 5 minutes requires an energy transfer of 7MW. Replace

that with electricity at 250V and that will require a current of 28kA. That is one meaty connector.

'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

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Re: That's no moon… It's a space station!

Could draw a man's face.

Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Pump rate

Can they achieve a charge rate equivalent to a petrol pump's delivery rate ?"

A petrol pump delivers 1/2 litre of petrol per second and there is 36MJ of energy released when burning 1 litre of petrol. Hence a petrol pump transfers energy at a rate of 18MW. This is enormous, a typical coal fired power station produces 200MW and a nuclear reactor 1500MW. So I doubt they can achieve the equivalent delivery rate as a petrol pump.

Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Re: re : James 51

Virtually all pedestrians will cross the road if the red man is showing and it is safe to do so. For some reason they (i.e. everybody) think the highway code does not apply to them. What is the difference between a cyclist passing through a red light when it is safe and a pedestrian (i.e. you) doing the same?

Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Have I understood this correctly? The UK has spent £6 million preventing Assange from escaping because a Swedish prosecutor cannot be arsed to get onto an aeroplane to London? The English should stick their fingers up to the stuck-up Swede and give her until the end of next week to shift her arse over here and then let Assange leave. If she can't be arsed to come here then she clearly does not consider the case against Assange to be that serious.

Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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Re: Here's a suggestion...

"My descendants being warm and unburdened by material goods will be in a much better position to pay off my debts! Or they will just carry on kicking the can down the road and not bother doing anything about it either..."

Nothing new here, this is how national debt works. Anyway, scientists will have figured out nuclear fusion by 2200, so what is there to worry about?

Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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G does not stand for Global

The G in GSM does not and never did stand for Global. GSM is named after the people who wrote the standard, "Group Spécial Mobile".

You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

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Re: short range is good, but...

Water does not have a great effect on NFC. NFC uses a magnetic field not EM waves (think transformer coupling rather than radio waves). This explains both the short distance it can communicate and how it can transmit sufficient energy to power a micro-controller (NFC can do a lot more than simply read tags). UHF tags use EM waves and so can be read at a long distance, however the energy transmitted is so weak that they can only respond with an ID.

Pair of complete tits sorry for pervy app

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That's nature

Here is a link to an image of the app, it looks harmless enough.


Men in their 20's will always be overdosing on testosterone, thereby guaranteeing the continuation of the species. It is nature dear, you can only go so far with forcing people to hide their sexuality.

Polish man mistakes hot iron for mobe

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Re: The truth is out there...

Also what nurse put that bandage on? I doubt if he uses his left eye to listen to the telephone and there does not appear to be padding on his ear. Bit smelly this one.

PayPal drops into McDonalds, begs meat-guzzlers to give it a bonk

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Re: Phones with NFC ?

Other (future) applications perhaps?

Today the "killer" application is payment but there are God knows how many other possible applications out there. The important letter in NFC is the N, if you can thing of an application that transmits data or performs an action simply by touching another object with your telephone you have a potential NFC application.

PayPal whips out barcode app for high-street glad rags

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Re: Laser scanners on reflective screens

Could it be because 1D laser barcode scanners work on reading the reflection of the laser beam so need a support that is based on reflection (e.g. paper) and not on emission (e.g. telephone screen)? However scanners that are based on a camera (some 1D and all 2D barcode scanners) will work with both reflective and emission based supports.

Barclaycard slaps pay-by-bonk plasters on mobes

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Re: NFC enabled Phone

In theory no, the contactless standards takes in account the possibility of several cards available at the same time. The terminal will detect all the cards (including the NFC phone) and choose one to communicate with.

FBI frets about dumb security in smart meters

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Re: Seems again

"they deserve every lost £/$ they suffer."

The electricity companies will not lose a penny, they will just put up the cost of electricity. As long as most people stay honest, then honest people will pay.

Parents shocked by priestly PowerPoint pr0n

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The local rag

Looking at the comments section on this article in the local (Tyrone) paper, it looks like most parishioners think that he has been framed. It seems as though he has upset some people in the parish who have been trying to force him to leave for some time.

Google Wallet PIN security cracked in seconds

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So what?

So with this attack my Google wallet becomes as secure as my normal wallet. Well not quite, if someone steals my normal wallet they can use my cards immediately. If they steal my phone they will to do a far bit of manipulations on it before they can use my credit cards.

New sat data shows Himalayan glaciers hardly melting at all

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This is all wrong

Surely global warming should cause glaciers to grow? Global warming heats sea causing more evaporation so more humidity in climate. However hot air reduces rain fall meaning more humidity reaches in-land mountain ranges resulting in more snow and glaciers growing rather than shrinking.

Why so shy on pay-by-wave, Nokia?

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"If this happens there is suddenly no market for a phone-based NFC system"

It already has happened. Contactless payment cards exist in the USA, France and many people unknowingly have them in the UK. I suspect that when the contactless cards and NFC phone systems are up and running it is the contactless cards that find themselves suddenly without a market.

Why will people interested in the convenience that paying instantly by phone will give them? The same reason as why people buy grated cheese. When someone first started selling grated cheese it was ridiculed in the news, how could people be so lazy to pay someone to pre-grate cheese for them. Once it is there people will use it. Once NFC is in phones you will be surprised by the number of applications people will invent for it.

Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

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People who want to hate someone will always find an excuse, a way of differentiating themselves in order to turn a group of people into enemies. In the early 20th century there were problems between Catholics and Protestants in England but then with the mass immigration that occurred in the 60s those who were bent on hate found new targets instead.

Most religions preach pacifism. Those who do not attempt to be pacifist cannot correctly claim to be aligned to such a religion. For example, Catholics and Protestants who attack each other cannot claim to be Christian. Calling themselves Catholic or Protestant is an abuse of the label. The fighting is not caused by too much religion but rather a lack of it.

iPlayer founder launches next big TV thing-Zeebox

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Crap time-shifted is still crap

Being a TV addict I made up a PVR using MythTv. At the time I thought, "Great now I will only watch good programs", so I ended-up hardly ever switching the TV on. The iPlayer is fine for the little that I watch these days.

UK punters happy to pay £3 to top up e-wallets

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I bet the 300 people they questioned work in marketing in the electronic wallet industry. "And do you think most people will be willing to pay more than 25p to charge their wallet?" "Of course I do otherwise my job makes no sense and the company I work for is bankrupt"

Woman nabbed for 'senseless' stiletto ATM attack

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So she has paid Barcleys for the damaged she caused yet the police are still asking the public for help identifying her ?

PayPal to move into the shop - without cards or NFC

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Typical rubbish that comes from thinking, "How can we make money from this market" instead of, "How can we fix this problem".

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It is an option so it depends up on how the store is set-up. Before the selfscan tills Safeways use to let you scan your things as you put them in your trolley and pay on the way out of the shop. They would stop people randomly to check they had not made any "mistakes".

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The world minus the UK is still a big market place.

Dyson spouts hot air

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There is no such thing as an inefficient fan heater; all "wasted" energy is turned into heat.

French bloke fined for failing to shag missus

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Exceptional case

This an exceptional case which is why it is in the news. The woman was 45 when she divorced him for lack of sex for 21 years (i.e. from the age of 24) !

This does not compare to one's wife's right to say no when one returns drunk from the pub at 3:00am.

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Double what?

It is so English to think that marriage implies not having sex with each other.

French letter shock: Tax us more, demand rich people

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Screw the French

As with everything in French politics this letter is a set-up. Sarko has increased taxes for the rich and for the poor so it all seems far, except as the letter requests the increases in tax for the rich is an exceptional one-off levy, the increase for the poor is permanent.

August is always a bad month for workers in France. Most of the country goes on holiday for the entire month, so this is the month the government screws them - every year. No wonder the French go on strike every autumn.

World+dog yawn over NFC smartphone shopping

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Its a magnetic coupling not RF

I know everyoopne calls them RF tags or cards but NFC and contactless smartcards work by magnetic couplings (like a transformer) not by radio waves. This why you can read them from a few cms away but not 10 metres.

Train firm offers phone-based ticketing across UK

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Solution: NFC

This is why NFC is better. If your battery is flat there should be enough energy coming from the reader to power the SIM or the secure IC in the telephone. Even with the battery flat you should still be able to use a ticket based on NFC.

Anobit flash can take a pounding for 5 years

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Have I missunderstood?

4TB of data a day written on a 400GB flash is 10 writes per byte each day. Over 5 years that is an endurance of 18,250 writes. Is that considered exceptional?

Microsoft Skype: How the VCs won and Ballmer overpaid

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Shouuld have paid attention in math class

"40 per cent customer growth and 20 per cent revenue growth means only half of new users are paying for Skype"

Assuming you can say anything from the figures above it would be that new customers only spend half of what the existing base of customers do. I doubt very much that half of new customers pay for Skype.

Save the planet: Stop the Greens

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Lonely windmills

I always found it strange that I should find only one or two windmills turning in a farm when most of them were stopped (at least that is commonly the case here in France). If there is enough wind to turn one of the windmills then why not all of them? The reason I have been told is for political reasons: the one windmill that is running is being powered by electricity using its generator as a motor as EDF does not want the public to commonly see entirely stationary wind-farms.

Might be true, might be false, however it the best reason I've been given yet.

Oxfordshire cops switch speed cameras back on

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A Title

Last year the snow came in the months after Christmas. There is a good chance that the statistics do not not cover those months.

James Cameron to amp up Avatar frame rate

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Read the article

The article says that digital cameras (not projectors) already cope at 60fps

Stop sexing up IT and give Civil Servants Macs, says gov tech boss

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Keyboard broke

I work in sales and I had a colleague who used to have to visit customers with a laptop with keys missing from the keyboard. IT had got fed-up replacing his laptop every time it got a little old and his keyboard "broke".

Apple 'gay-cure' app severely slapped

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And how many priests have you discussed this matter with then?

Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good

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There is no safe dose

"you can have a pretty good guess at the ability of the body to repair it in time before it becomes a problem."

Your assumption is wrong. Radiation damages your DNA and DNA cannot be repaired. Any DNA damage will be passed onto new cells. Hence radiation damage is accumulative and this is why there is no safe dose .


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