* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

1906 posts • joined 8 Mar 2008

Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

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Re: Friendly atmosphere?

there can only be ONE EXPLANATION

Two if you wish to consider local Martians giving it a regular service.

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UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

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Re: @ Halcin

If a business wants to trade with a client in another country the product/service must meet the regs of the country. FFS this is easy. Doesnt matter if the country is US, India, China, Small island in the middle of nowhere or even the freakin EU. To trade the business must be compliant. The Business not the whole freakin country.

You are right, but if my business has to trade with the EU and incurs regulatory and tariff costs in doing that I am at a commercial disadvantage to competing businesses who have less costs in only having to meet local regulations.

I can't afford to lose the EU half of my business and I can't compete with the local competition for my other half. Fuck it. I'll close the business down, retire early. Let brexiteers and the dole office worry about all the people that puts out work.

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Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

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Better out than in

Having spent the weekend visiting a friend in hospital, who is on a ward where many patients don't have full control over their bodily functions, I can confidently say those who started this fight haven't even come close to knowing what an offensive smell in a confined space is.

I was left humbled by what nursing staff put up with all day every day, not only in medically caring for patients, but having respect and bolstering lost dignity.

Hunt and anyone else who doesn't appreciate the work nurses do should spend a day in their shoes or perhaps an hour in a cesspit.

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Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

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"Ultra-Processed Foods"

I guess we'll be changing the definition or introducing a new higher category post-brexit when all the shit that Americans eat starts making its way here.

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UK names Russia as source of NotPetya, USA follows suit

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Re: Cynical budgets

And we are apparently setting sail to rattle some sabres with China. It seems to me Williamson is just another playground bully spoiling for a fight. Which probably makes him the darling of NATO which has been angling for a conflict with Russia for a while now.

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Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks

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Re: This is way too late.

But yeah I don't know why they're bothering now ... There's absolutely nothing that can be done

If someone were going round scrawling some nasty lie about yourself all over the walls of the town you lived in would you say "c'est la vie" and let it continue, or would you take steps to get it removed where you could, even if you could never eradicate it entirely?

And if you don't do anything about it are we to take it that you are in fact happy for that to be put about and persist in the public domain, don't have a problem with that?

At the proverbial end of the day it is an unwinnable game of whack-a-mole but that doesn't mean one shouldn't put up the best fight one can if one chooses to.

If one doesn't do anything it will exist forever. If one does the best one can the damage can potentially be reduced, and the rest may fade away over time. It's try or give-in, and I don't see much wrong with trying.

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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The police must be getting better

In the old days they just pretended you had drugs. No dicking around.

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Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse!

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Re: Class Libel Suit anyone ?

there is some measure of reassurance that a website owner has put some thought into security if they do have a certificate

Not necessarily. Many will only have a certificate because they were told they needed one; to look more legit, to stop browsers blocking their sites, to avoid users phoning up or complaining, or even because others have them.

No thought about security there.

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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"it does have a strange mouth-watering effect"

I get that. Mostly when my body is warning me there's a bout of projectile vomiting on its way.

I love a 'bucket of Yorkshire' but tend to stick to filled with casserole, roast meat, sausages, vegetables, in some combination. This one doesn't appeal.

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Re: Hmmmmm...

I used to be a whiz at finding things. There was virtually nothing I couldn't find if it was there. I was quite proud of that skill, hugely disappointed when I didn't get an interview for a job doing exactly that.

These days not so much. Even when trying to game the search with tricks which used to work it seems to just ignore them.

The worst cases I find are searching on past events when there has been some similar event recently. The recent events just drowns out the old, page after page of exactly the same copy posted by different sites.

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Disengage, disengage! Cali DMV reports show how often human drivers override robot cars

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And for comparison...

How often do passengers have to shout "Oi!" at a driver who needs to snap back into focus?

I know I'm not the only person to have gone 'fully autonomous' with no recollection at all of parts of the journey I have just undertaken. Or had to take 'late action' because I hadn't fully absorbed the situation earlier.

Why autonomous control is disengaged is important. If it's just because the system or meat sack wasn't confident about what was coming up and it was an informed decision that seems fair enough. If it's because disaster is imminent that's more worrisome.

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Kremlin social media trolls aren't actually that influential, study finds

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Re: Oh no

The exact problem with the referendum as we are now seeing that both sides told numerous lies about what would happen

That did not really matter. At the time it was an advisory referendum. The public were simply being asked which way they leant and then the grown-ups in parliament [sic] would sort the mess out.

The result was expected to be 'remain' and then it could all be forgotten about, the agitating Kippers within the Conservative party pushed into a back room. 'Leave' could be dealt with by using that as leverage on the EU to get some favours and the plebs would be quelled, the majority happy with the outcome. That's the plan Boris was originally proposing.

But then the advisory referendum got taken as if a legally binding referendum. Brixiteers claimed it was The Will Of The People (TM) and pushed aside all notions of representative democracy. May went along with that nonsense having seen a chance to hijack the result for her own ends.

So that 'we would prefer to leave - would prefer to stay' vote has now become an absolute 'we must leave, and that means truly leaving, out of the EU, out of the customs union, filling the channel tunnel with concrete, setting fire to France, redrawing maps with EU member states marked as evil incarnate. Except Hungary and Poland as we quite like their mix of fascism and racism'.

No one asked what people wanted after we had left the EU. It wasn't necessary because it was an advisory referendum; that could be sorted out later. The problem now is there's no agreement on where we are heading, or might be heading, or where the people want us to be heading. Brexiteers and May are each pretending that people voted for what they intend to deliver. That's the real problem.

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Watchdog: Uh, sit down, AriseBank. This crypto-coin looks more like a $600m crypto-con

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Re: ArseBank, ArseCoin ?

#MeToo - I was surprised anyone would think it wasn't a scam.

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Fella faked Cisco, Microsoft gear death – then sold replacement kit for millions, say Feds

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Common sense tells that you issue new kit only after you have received the broken/defective/BOFH'd piece of kit...

The value involved can be chicken-feed when it compares to keeping a customer happy and ensuring goodwill. It's a calculated risk.

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UK.gov mass data slurping ruled illegal – AGAIN

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A pyrrhic victory

As soon as we are out of the EU, have removed ourselves from ECJ jurisdiction, separated ourselves from the ECHR, the government will be free to do whatever it damn-well pleases; it's not illegal or wrong if we say it's legal and right.

Yay! Sovereignty!

:(

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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NASA, no concept of archiving

I don't see where the evidence is to draw such a conclusion. NASA has so far merely said it's going to require some effort since things have moved on.

Whenever someone comes in with an 'about this project from a decade ago' request; there's inevitably an ensuing hunt to find the documentation, the software, and where that might have been archived.

That all takes time and not unreasonably. I would give NASA the benefit of the doubt until they have identified what they have got and what they haven't.

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Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

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There was no need for the horny toad to do this.

I am wondering how many successes he expected to get. And how many he actually got.

It wouldn't be the first route I'd choose if I were planning to take the bishop out for a bashing.

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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

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The wonderful thing about Tiggers, is Tiggers are wonderful things!

As far as I can see Google's problem is not that they can't innovate but its Chocolate Factory has become a Rubber Room, has them bouncing from one big idea to the next, introducing and killing projects on a whim, forever tinkering with things.

I don't know if it's because they are chasing profit, obsessed with competition, have too many fingers in too many pies, want to be all things to all men, haven't really got a clue, or are simply insecure, but they seem to have a major case of attention deficit disorder.

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£60m, five years late... Tag criminal tagging as a 'catastrophic waste' of taxpayers' cash

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Riding the gravy train

Once again a project which was intended to save money has actually cost more than it was supposed to save and given us nothing better than we already had.

"It will save money" appears to be the magical incantation for anyone seeking to take the government for a ride.

We will all likely get conned at some time in our lives, but governments seem to get continually scammed and usually by the same people. Lessons are never actually leaned, the same mistakes are repeated time after time, and then the NAO inevitably pops-up to say, "yup; you've been had again".

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Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge

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Re: Street of terraced houses in UK...

As long as you buy a self-drive EV it can drive itself to a charge point and be back in time for when you need it.

Other fantasy scenarios are available.

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Electronic voting box makers want kit stripped from eBay – and out of hackers' hands

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Behind every great politician...

Voting isn't about the outcome; it is about perpetuating the system.

Who is running the show at any point in time isn't half as important as the system itself.

As long as people are voting it allows it to be said that the system is perfectly fine. That's why there is often more focus on encouraging people to vote, no matter how much more voter fraud that may produce, than there is in limiting voter fraud.

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NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

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Re: They have totally lost it

We handed them all our census data so we may as well hand them all the rest.

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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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"Thanks for the free work" would be better phrased as "Thanks for all that unsolicited effort you put in after you unilaterally decided to do something no one actually asked you to do".

I don't have a problem with them doing what they did. It's the entitlement they appear to have that this would be adopted and the 'throwing their toys out of the pram' annoyance that it hasn't been which grates. They aren't the first to find they aren't universally considered heroes, aren't thanked for their efforts, and won't be the last.

It seems they weren't quite prepared for the knock-backs and frustrations which trying to change the world brings, thought that just by doing it things would change. Welcome to Reality 101.

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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The best of both worlds

Turf the streets and run cars underground.

It's not hard to have anything we want; the limit is having the will and ambition, being willing and able to pay for it, and accepting there will be a good deal of upheaval required in the short term.

Perhaps we need some war or other as that's often an enabler of change. When one's got to rebuild there's an opportunity of making things better and more appropriate than they were.

Our greatest societal problem is we want the new but won't accept change, or reject the new because we fear change. Most people seem to be NIMBY by nature whenever something affects them.

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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The delivery driver should not have had access to the buyers phone number

Indeed. There's no absolute requirement that Just Eat had to pass the phone details to the restaurant, and no absolute requirement for the restaurant to pass it on to the delivery guy. The service is fulfilling food delivery to an address and that doesn't require having a phone number.

If there is a problem with the delivery the delivery guy can phone the restaurant and they can phone Just Eat who have kept the phone details safe within their system.

And, yes, I know that's a potential PITA, but that's what it takes to keep data from being abused.

Just Eat passed the number on knowing it could be abused, the restaurant passed it on knowing it could be abused, the delivery guy did abuse it. So I'm also with the 'everyone is to blame' crowd.

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Make it sew

"don't expect to do any VR sewing in the next decade or two"

Sewing is actually a case where 'tunnel vision' isn't a problem and even current VR appears to be suited to that

It's the effort and strain of dealing only with 'what's in the tunnel' for prolonged periods which is the real problem, whether sewing, performing surgery, or similar.

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Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

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Back doors

"Firstly, after last week, we know just how secure American chips are. If the security of US infrastructure is of concern to lawmakers, they should start closer to home"

America should be equally concerned about its home grown product but there is a considerable difference between an unintended design consequence and deliberately putting secret back doors in a product for the purposes of spying or espionage.

(I am not accusing anyone of having done such a thing!)

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Apple agrees to pay £136m in back idiot taxes to UK taxman

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Re: "...the company has agreed..."

I think what they mean is that they are going to accept the figure rather than dispute or challenge it which seems fair enough. It is after all only right that people should be able to dispute amounts asked of them and how that was arrived at.

I would say that all tax demands are an invitation to negotiate. It's just that for most people there's little to dispute or challenge.

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Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook

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Re: The real point

According to the linked article, it was Foster's iPad and was logged into Foster's FB account.

It seems he knew the fight was being streamed, that it was wrong to do that, but did nothing to terminate it.

"I know streaming the fight was wrong. I didn’t stop my friend but I was watching the boxing. I’m just a bloke who had a few drinks with his friends."

"They’re demanding the names and addresses of all my mates who were round that night but I’m not going to give them up. I said I’d take the rap."

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Apple, quit milking tech-addicted fruit of our loins – shareholders

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It's the end of the world as we know it

Marijuana, Rock and Roll, Television, Video Games, D&D, Punk Rock, Furbies, Piercings, were all harbingers for the end of society as we know it. There's always something new to add to the list.

I can however confirm that masturbation does indeed weaken the knees and damage eyesight. Or maybe that's just part of getting old.

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Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi

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Re: Crapita public wifi ????

Who in their right mind would connect a device to a wireless network operated by Crapita ????

One could say that about anyone capable of implementing the scheme really.

If not Crapita I don't know who anyone would suggest should implement the scheme. Maybe everyone should just do nothing?

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Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

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Re: Store is a Verb

There's a shop near me which claims to be a warehouse. It also claims to sell carphones though I haven't seen one of those for a few decades.

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Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'

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Radiation shielding does the opposite

the agency advises against using products that purport to block radio frequency energy because such products "may actually increase your exposure."

That's interesting because I may have observed the same a couple of weeks ago. Testing a Wi Fi link on the bench I was checking RSSI was working. Having wrapped one unit in cooking foil I expected signal strength to go down. Instead it increased.

I would guess because the foil wasn't grounded, wasn't a true Faraday cage, power had been boosted to compensate for the obstruction.

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Ey-up, mardy Rochdale council has dropped plans for ban on swearing. Thank f$ck!

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Twats

I suspect she never knew what it actually meant

Perhaps because it means different things in various places in the UK, from a rather innocent "idiot" upwards.

I still remember that old airline joke which ends; "I'd rather have your TWA tea".

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Can you imagine visitors from Bury trying to stop themselves from saying "this black puddings shite"?

Or the outburst when fined under 'section 127 - Apostrophe abuse (a) lack of'.

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Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'

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but judas can fuck off.

"Oi! I did nuffin'. It was those bastards down at the Gethsemane Chronicle spinning it like it was all my fault. I wasn't even in the country at the time. I come back, find I'm dead, apparently, I'm hated by everyone, and not a sign of those thirty pieces of silver I am meant to have earned.

"And meanwhile there's some geezer calling himself Pontiff pushing out relics and saints like there's no tomorrow. "It's all kosher", he says. Sure; Happy Hannukah.

" It's the last time I vote to leave the Roman Empire. Fuck Rexit."

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Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

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I am surprised no one has actually transported one there, just they can play the pedant's pedant card.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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Protecting underwater cables is easy

... compared to protecting European GNSS satellites which America's military has said it would be prepared to put out of action if they believed that were necessary.

The one with "America: The Good Guys!" reprint in the pocket.

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UK's map maker Ordnance Survey plays with robo roof detector

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Re: The Next Stage

Turf the roof and plant a hedgerow above the guttering. Not only will it not be detected for what it is but an automatically generated cheque for the additional hedgerow should soon arrive in the post.

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

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Christmas Chilli

I have a 20 litre saucepan which means I can brew a batch up before Christmas Eve and it lasts all the way through. All without any effort other than reheating and a few minutes to cook up some rice and a variety of accompaniments. The best part is it gets hotter as it ages.

There are better and more enjoyable things to do than slaving over a hot stove at Christmas.

Someone always wants to drop round and enjoy a break from the traditional so I usually get offered a return visit with a Proper Crimbo Dinner (TM) at some point over the holiday.

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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

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Re: Man Flu - banter OK but no balance

My experience is not that it's bravery driving people to come in when ill, it's fear of reprisals.

As professionals we are the lucky ones. I have a bus driver friend who simply did not get paid if he took time off ill and it is the same for many other people out there.

Effectively forcing people to work when ill, particularly in direct public facing roles, has huge consequences for all of society.

I have had far fewer colds and sniffles since I began working from home. When I do go down with a cold I can usually pinpoint it to some snotty-nosed kid on a checkout a few days earlier.

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Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

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Re: Must have known...

The UK government must have known this...

Maybe if some lazy sod had actually done their impact assessments :-)

It was probably just more of the wishful thinking which has afflicted the government and brexiteers since we had the referendum result -

We can retain the EBA and EMA agencies. We will host the Capital of Culture. There is a solution to the Irish border issue. We will get a brexit deal which would be suicidal for the EU to give us. We won't need a transition period. The square mile won't flee the UK. A brexit deal is easy. Free trade deals are a cinch. We'll be billions of pounds a week better off. Everyone will love it. Britannia will rule the waves.

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Capital of Culture

"It comes after the EU cancelled the UK's previously agreed turn to have a European City of Culture in 2023, writing off bids from Belfast/Derry, Dundee, Leeds, Milton Keynes and Nottingham."

That a nation has to be a member of the EU, or aspiring to be one, to host Capital of Culture was agreed by the EU - including Britain - way back in 2014.

The EU did not cancel our agreed turn; leaving the EU has ensured we are not eligible to be a host. Something a competent government and its departments would have recognised.

The EU actually did us a huge favour. If they had not spoken up the government and candidate cities would have continued to pour money down the drain in pursuit of a unachievable goal.

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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what was a couple of years back a few posts on a forum that took 2 minutes to read and view a few static pictures which explained what the widget or special thing was ... is now elbowed aside for 30 minute rambling videos

This. Last week I bought an electronic thingumajiggy and obviously had to take it apart; I couldn't and did not want to break it. I had to skip through hours of pointless video to get to the "you have to press here" secret.

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Re: Yes, it's mad mad world.

View count to date: over 900,000.

I can understand that. People often idly wonder "what would happen if...?", knowing it's likely going to get messy, see someone has done it, go check it out, to save them from having to do it themselves.

I can even understand people watching idiots put firecrackers up their backsides and the like -- we can imagine, but might as well see it, tell all our mates about what idiots are out there.

I would like a multi-million dollar income, I enjoy my occasional 15 minutes of fame as much as the next man, but I'd rather retain some dignity than have the money. But, if people are happy to give it up, who am I to say they are wrong?

I just let others watch them, and get on with my own life. There are better things to get annoyed about.

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Re: 1980's Technology

Servicing a VCR was like playing with a Hellraiser puzzle box

Kid's stuff. I still have a VHS camcorder in pieces somewhere.

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UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

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Re: WHAT BREXIT???

Anyone who is taking the agreement at face value has forgotten how many times we have conned people into supporting proposals for "humanitarian assistance" by which we meant military intervention and regime change.

Us Brits are quite skilled and practised when it comes to mendacity. We are experts in not saying what we mean, not meaning what we appear to be saying.

And if anyone thinks May is heading for the hard or soft brexit they would like they are equally being conned. She has hijacked brexit to deliver what she wants, and seems to be firmly on the path of getting that. Don't get distracted by the smoke or mirrors.

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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Ah, souls!

^ The oldies are the goldies.

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'Drunk' developers delay software vendor's release

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Re: DVDs?????????????

Trading at £1 a piece and below on the second hand market they are a bargain.

At my age my eyes are lagging behind technology so I (literally) see no benefit from HD over SD, and even VHS is starting to look acceptable.

Enjoy your 4K while you can.

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Games-mart Steam halts Bitcoin payments

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$20 per transaction fee

I remember when micro-payments were meant to be a big advantage of digital currencies. I don't see how with those kind of fees.

What is the reason transactions are taking so long that fees are changing during the process; is it really so volatile it cannot be avoided or are transactions taking an unreasonably long time?

It seems to me Bitcoin is rapidly becoming a speculation-only vehicle, as useless for trading as gold ingots are. Without real world use it seems it will likely implode.

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