* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

1748 posts • joined 8 Mar 2008

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Neither does CTRL-ALT-DEL. It's Ctrl-Shift-Esc that brings up Task Manager.

It does on the XP system I have just tried it on and so too does Ctrl-Shift-Esc which I hadn't known. I guess we both learned something new today.

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One button reboot

One button to bring up Task Manager is acceptable. One button countersunk on the PC case to force the damn thing to reset, reboot or shut down is acceptable. Another button on a keyboard to do any of that is a nightmare unless it's tucked well out of the way. Like others I presumed the three finger salute was intended to ensure that was non-accidental.

Did I ever tell you of the time I was a new to the job PFY and was using the Stop/Start buttons on the Op's Console to pause help files I was reading on the mainframe?

I hadn't got far before it was pointed out that this physically stopped the CPU running. Minor user annoyance offset by much hilarity at the newbie's mistake.

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From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

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"unless these studies are done"

And it is particularly important they are done where the prevailing attitude is that "it is okay so long as it isn't proven harmful" versus "it is not okay unless proven safe".

And, of course, we should always be making decisions based on fact than what we simply believe to be the case.

"My dad smoked 40 Capstan Full Strength a day for 80 years" and "we have seen no conclusive evidence that smoking leads to lung cancer" caused a lot of unnecessary suffering.

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Amazon wants to be king of the nerd goggles

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Second time lucky?

I don't think it was necessarily the glasses which were the problem.

Pretentious wankers have always risked a beating wherever they stray. There's always some dick with a "what you looking at?" attitude, and even wearing the wrong team's football scarf can invite a good kicking and worse. In extreme cases the colour of one's skin can be the decider between life and death.

I don't know exactly what it was with Google Glasses but it certainly fired up the angry mob and gave them an excuse to vent their ire. And there seemed to be plenty of encouragement in that from some quarters.

But as with most things; targets of hatred change over time. I guess this time round it depends whether we collectively choose to be tolerant and ignore it, or be intolerant and incite violence against it.

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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"Loosed"

"Linus Torvalds has unsentimentally loosed release candidate one of Linux 4.14"

That made me scream inside. And I have now had to accept that I fall into the category of "I'm not against multiculturalism but..."

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Just to go against the flow...

I would actually be happy if my registrar auto-registered .uk domains for me as it would save me the effort of doing that myself.

I do appreciate why others are not happy and I don't think the .uk was at all necessary. It's just another bastard trick to extort money out of us given that if one doesn't pay someone else will get them. Like many others I don't really have much choice but to claim them.

I'm now going to have to trawl through the spam to see if there's 'something I do want' I missed amongst all the crap that I know I don't.

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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Re: Like fingerprints

they can just hold it up to your face, alive or dead (with eyes open).

Thank fuck for that. I was trying to figure how I'd get a victim to unlock their 'X' while they were screaming and all wide-eyed in terror. Thought I might have to choose a new line of business for a while there.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Re: Get real!

One thing I would give Apple credit for is doing everything far better than what the competition was doing. That made their products appealing and the higher cost for that acceptable.

Over the years that has devolved to paying over the odds for having the status of owning an Apple product and has now moved on to merely being a gullibility tax.

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Achievement unlocked: Tesla boosts batteries for Irma refugees

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Generosity and Godwill - Double-edged swords

Nothing wrong with doing all one can to help out, but then one has to decide when one does help out, and more importantly when one won't.

That can play out very badly in the court of public opinion if it's seen - or even merely asserted - that a company isn't being fair, is exhibiting prejudice or being discriminatory.

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Oracle to shutter most Euro hardware support teams

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Re: SF.com to the rescue

Tax breaks, cheap staff: That's why we need brexit, the business friendly low tax haven May dreams of, removal of workers rights, cuts in salary and in-work benefits. They'll be rushing back to Blighty soon enough.

All together now: Happy days are here again...

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Users shop cold-calling telco to ICO: 'She said she was from Openreach'

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Re: Praise for BT

Funnily enough BT tried to sell me that advantage when they cold-called me!

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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Re: Another contributing factor?

The Pi is what finally pushed me into using Python. I then discovered Python is an excellent "write once, run anywhere" environment; just copy the source code over and, as long as Python and any required libraries are installed, it mostly just works. There are a few platform specifics but not that many and not that hard to overcome.

It's not perfect; forgetting a closing parenthesis on one line can cause a misleading and time consuming syntax error on the next, a simple typo in a variable assignment can sometimes be hard to chase down, not throwing the error until run-time can be annoying. Because of those and other debugging issues I am not convinced it's a great beginner's language.

But overall 9/10.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: Just imagine the next case ...

I wouldn't consider the case vexatious or frivolous. The judge agreed that he had invented an email system, just that it wasn't the first, and not necessarily what anyone else would consider email we have today.

However, if the judge had said what we have now derived from that, he was first, then the statements against him would have been false, would have been libellous, would not have received first amendment protection, and he would have been entitled to damages.

There was legitimate disagreement and the court settled that. Exactly how it's meant to work.

If the court had considered it vexatious or frivolous they would have said so. Just because a ruling goes the way one always thought it should doesn't make it vexatious or frivolous.

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Microsoft sets the date for Fall Creators Update

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" The big additions are gaming and mixed reality"

That "mixed reality" should appeal to the procurement department in the White House.

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Re: Most. Tedious. Upgrade. Ever.

Another day later... reboots back to the original installation, "Sorry, the upgrade failed".

One of my systems with 32GB suffered a similar experience with a Windows 10 upgrade, though more quickly and more fatally. It eventually gave up with a less than useful "Something went wrong" error message. After re-boot, just a blank screen, 'bricked' in some way.

It's now back with the supplier while they try and breath some life back into it. And I have vowed never to buy any system which doesn't have a hard disk ever again.

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Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

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Re: the average US household has 4l.5TB of data spread across 14 digital devices

I was thinking the same. If I add-up all my CD and DVD backups going back years I think I would still miss the "average US household" target.

MP3 320kbps rips of my own and friends music collections haven't hit 1TB. Maybe if I ripped all the video DVDs I have I might get some way close, and ripping BluRays would jack that up. But I can't believe the "average US household" is actually doing that.

I suppose, if I had 40TB, I could backup what I do have multiple times, then whinge about lack of disk space.

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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The funny thing is...

One can try everything before phoning Virgin Media and, when they eventually kick whatever needs kicking, they will swear blind they did nothing and the fault was at the user's end.

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Two million customer records pillaged in IT souk CeX hack attack

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Karma

CeX are always trying to get my name, address, and email details out of me. I had a row in one of their stores just two weeks ago over their persistence and time wasting when simply wanting to pay for a 50p DVD with cash.

I did later reflect on whether I had perhaps over-reacted, been a little unfair or strident in my criticisms that I don't trust companies to keep data I provide safe. It seems not.

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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A shit idea

As much as it put a smile on my face I'm not sure it's a practical or sensible idea. Two wrongs don't make a right.

Not only will stomped-down shit be hard to clear but the Nazis may well bring their own - and worse - to add to what needs tidying up. And the few mugs who turn out to clean the beach probably won't.

Can't they find a 'freepost' address for the Nazis, bankrupt them by sending them letters?

That of course can cut both ways.

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Spotify cleared of exposing kids to self-love innuendo in TV spot

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Re: Obligatory

That's less than 1,800 people nationally. I suggest we round them up at gunpoint and expose them to whatever the BBFC consider to be the worst, filthiest, most degenerate film they've ever had to sit through.

Turn them into a very long human centipede ... or conga line if this comment is being viewed by kiddywinks.

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DJI's Spark drones to be bricked by September 1 unless firmware updated

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Re: So they are bricking the devices?

If it really means "bricked", rather than "unable to fly until firmware is upgraded", it seems rather short notice and quite unfair on any owners who might be away from their drones during that period.

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Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

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Re: But what do they think the effect will be?

Running away basically means you lose all your options to make any kind of difference at all.

No; that only removes the ability to bring about change from within.

It still leaves the ability to achieve change from outside and it may often be the best option when change from within has been tried and has failed.

I am sympathetic to those who gave Trump the benefit of doubt, hoped they could help steer him towards the right course for the good of everyone. How I will judge them is how they respond now they have realised that hope was misplaced, how they continue to pursue what they believe is right.

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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Re: Alternately

Civil court. Proof only needs to be more likely than not.

In the UK, most civil court cases come before a Judge, and in my experience the Judge is inclined to treat businesses claiming things are how they are and in their favour, without being able to clearly prove it, with the disbelief they deserve.

The notion that courts favour businesses over individuals is not as true as some believe it is. Courts will usually bend over backwards to be as accommodating and sympathetic to individuals before them. Most Judges are human and know exactly how it is in the real world as anyone does.

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Spencer Meyer is lucky

Had Uber included similar clauses as Purple he may well have found himself ordered by the court to spend a 1,000 hours of his times picking up dog turds.

As it is he only picked a fight with one.

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Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

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As @Adam 52 says, this has probably killed off Cloudflare, or at least seriously harmed their rep with their customers.

I very much doubt it. Most probably don't and won't care and many will see it as the right thing to have done. I can't imagine many see it as anything which will affect them unless they were planning on espousing views which people would find objectionable.

That Cloudfare is on a slippery slope is a fear much more than a certainty. One doesn't jump overboard merely because there looks to be an iceberg on the horizon.

The sky isn't falling.

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Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nominet goes dark

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Unsurprising

Exactly why we should never put what should be public services in private hands and give them the freedom to do as they please.

It is utter naivety to believe they will "do the right thing".

Still; we're told "thing will be better after brexit".

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How to build your own DIY makeshift levitation machine at home

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Re: Like the idea, but...

A Raspberry Pi would be better; giving it Bluetooth and WiFi, allowing it to be controlled from a mobile phone and reporting its status over the internet.

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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The arrogance of certainty

I've sat on the other side of the desk - "I know what it does; I wrote it".

And a little while later - "And I have no idea why I then commented that functionality out".

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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Open sourced

"Join us for the public unveiling and open source release of our latest project, MEATPISTOL"

So has it been released as open source?

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Can GCHQ order techies to work as govt snoops? Experts fear: 'Yes'

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Re: Off the leash

I would disagree. The power to do whatever they were requested to do would come with the job not through the warrant.

There will be people doing that job, with that power, who have never been served with a warrant. The warrant is there to force or coerce those who would otherwise be reluctant to do the job.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Snowflakes to the left of me, wankers to right

In this time of growing polarisation and division in the west; Damore threw a hand grenade and poured petrol on the fire. I can't see it as anything but deliberate.

I don't believe he wanted debate, or was looking for resolution, he simply wanted to hammer the wedge down hard to create further division and disunity and incite conflict. There's a lot of that about these days.

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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Re: A question for some American lawyer

More likely get charged with wasting police time.

Given his background; there's probably something the authorities can find which they can convince him an American court would find him guilty of and will have him agreeing to a plea bargain which will be used to justify his arrest, prosecution and persecution.

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Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

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Retests

"A bug in code that generates medical reports could force patients in Ireland to repeat their hospital and clinic scans."

I cannot see why when the data itself is said to be stored correctly and it's only one of the display mechanisms which renders that data wrongly.

Hyperbole requirement for the week not met? Slow fake news day?

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To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

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Re: Writing style seems unlikely to personally identify you

One fundamental problem, no matter what the confidence level in an identification; that which does not fit will often carry more weight than what does. Much like a suspect fits a crime perfectly, other than their skin colour not matching what witnesses described.

Open with "I have a doubt" and the suspicion is that the author is not a native English speaker. Using "english" would add to that. Throw in a few "color", "can not", or suggestions of having voted for Trump or Clinton, and the notion the author is British drops quite quickly. A few deliberate misuses of "their", "there", "they're" and doubt quickly creeps in. Switching "that" and "which", increasing or decreasing their use, swapping "they" for "it" for a collective institution, changes things subtly but significantly.

Just look at the debate on whether Obama wrote his own speech when he said "back of the queue" and not "back of the line".

Anonymity is used to create plausible deniability and that seems reasonably easy to achieve and increase. I'm mostly a Windows user ->

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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Re: Sharp cutlery knives

All I'm saying is knives are for cutting , and a knife without teeth is like a knife without teeth.

I'll second that. I have one knife other than cutlery. It's a sort of serrated-edge bread knife but with a straight cutting edge and reasonably sturdy blade with little flex. It cost a quid-fifty and has lasted over 30 years. The 'spare' I bought at the same time is still in its original packaging.

Never been sharpened once and does everything I need it for without any difficulty or fuss, including murdering onions and trimming steaks. And occasionally cutting twine, envelope and cardboard box opening.

I know; sacrilege, heresy, I don't know what I'm missing. Heard it all before, it drives those who care nuts. But it honestly does the job and suits me just fine.

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Facebook pulls plug on language-inventing chatbots? THE TRUTH

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I am sure it made sense to someone

Bob: i can i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Donald: covfefe

Alice: i'm out

Bob: sold

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BBC’s Micro:bit turns out to be an excellent drone hijacking tool

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Re: You do not get a whole python2

The source code for your python script is not stored in the micro:bit at all.

I suggest you have a read of the following and also take a look at the downloadable .hex file...

http://tech.microbit.org/software/micropython

"When you write your Python application, both the web hosted editor and the offline editor Mu create a modified .hex file for you to copy to the micro:bit. This modified file contains 3 things ... 3) A verbatim copy of your Python program, complete with comments and any spaces."

https://support.microbit.org/support/solutions/articles/19000044768--hex-file-format

"MicroPython builds take a firmware.hex image (the MicroPython pre-compiled image) and append your script to the end of it, in a fixed 8K region at a known address."

PS: MicroPython is based on Python 3.

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A micro:bit running Python is a very constrained device. Most of its available memory is taken up by the Python interpreter leaving only a few thousand bytes for the text of the source program.

Things are better when programming in C where there is more memory available but a Pi Zero W would be a much more capable device.

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Bloody Brits!

It's chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-stuffed burgers and chemically created cheese slices for me. Served on a bed of E-numbers and additives.

I have been preparing for brexit and a US trade deal for months now. It's not bad once one has gotten used to it. I've lost a lot of weight and one quickly gets used to the diarrhoea.

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US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

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I would have thought that if someone had the technical smarts to be able to hack into someone's phone, then they would be smart enough to find a way to make sure that any data was stolen silently, without the user being ware.

Perhaps the point was to make people aware, to demonstrate they could do this, to let fear and paranoia do the rest?

They were probably unlikely to get anything useful from what they were doing anyway and, if the protest was being used as a testing ground (and it wouldn't surprise me if it was, an opportunity too good to miss), the results of a variety of techniques are important to observe.

It's not only about surveillance and intelligence gathering; it's about influencing and control, manipulating people into behaving certain ways, oppressing and disadvantaging themselves.

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Briton admits to router hack that DDoSed Deutsche Telekom

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Why has his name not been reported?

Perhaps because Germany has some rather strict privacy laws. Until he's convicted he is presumed innocent so it doesn't really matter outside the court what his name is, what his background is.

Perhaps a more interesting question is why did you feel the need to dox him ?

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Boffin supercharges FPGAs with timing signal tweak

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Re: FPGA design

FPGA tools do seem to throw the logic blocks up in the air, see where they land, then shuffle them around until they fit. Saving engineers the time of doing that themselves, at the cost of being potentially less optimal than it could be.

That this could adversely impact clock rates and throughput is something which I believe has long been recognised. Putting emphasis or priority on routing clocks when placing and shuffling things around seems to be the obvious answer.

So I can understand why Ingemarsson's research which proved the point and the argument for doing so wasn't considered that novel nor revealing. Some would say all he really did was restate the already known; that a better algorithm, more suited to achieving a particular outcome, will better achieve that particular outcome.

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You can't DevOps everything, kids. Off the shelf kit especially

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

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Re: And STILL incredible value for money

But the BBC still does plenty of adverts for its own stuff.

Though it is more self-promotion that advertising. All other channels do the same, and the BBC doesn't drop them in the middle of programmes unless showing multi-part shows back-to-back..

As best I can tell the main reason for so many these days is that BBC programmes are now made to be sold and licensed to those who do carry advertising and need 45 minute shows to fill an hour. That either screws the 'starts on the hour or half past' we are used to and like or they have to pad it out with other things.

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Re: And STILL incredible value for money

most of the time you get shit though don't you

I'm prepared to admit that, and happy to accept it. What I watch and enjoy is most likely shit to many others but it all hopefully evens out in the end.

£147 per year. If that's just 15 hours of programming I would have been willing to pay £10 an hour for I consider myself on to a winner. Or I could look at it as less than the cost of a pint a week. No matter how I slice and dice it; I consider it to be a bargain.

"When we come back after the break we will find out just what The Doctor does to those pesky Daleks. But before we go; here are the details of this week's competition to decide who should be next week's companion in the furry robot suit - 1) Timmy Mallet, 2) Kourtney Kardashian 3) Katie Hopkins, or 4) Nick Knowles".

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We'll hit THAT 95% Sigfox coverage target using telly aerials, says WND-UK

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Yagi?

I don't know a lot about radio transmissions but aren't Yagis directional? Wouldn't it be more ideal if it were something omni-directional at the centre of the area it served rather than sitting on its boundary?

I guess coverage is coverage and no one really cares so long as the service is available but I am not sure where the incentive is for anyone to fit such an aerial if by virtue of being directional it did not serve those actually having it fixed to their chimney. To get service themselves they would need to be in the coverage area of another aerial, and that seems to suggest far more than 2,000 would be needed.

It looks like something which sounds great on the back of a napkin, may be ideal for places which currently have nothing, but I can't see it successfully competing with other options we already have.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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The only downside...

...is that we might get more ridiculous 'quota families' portrayed in adverts.

It doesn't have to be that way but the advertising industry does seem at times to lack the creativity it likes to credit itself with.

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FreeRADIUS fragged by fuzzer – by invitation – and fifteen fails found

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Only if written wrong...

And therefore a bad choice for security in not ensuring things are written correctly.

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Thanks for U-turning on biz-killing ban, Ofcom – now cough up, say GSM gateway bods

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Re: Huh?

The issue rests upon whether the ban was lawful or unlawful. If the ban were unlawful then businesses may have been destroyed when they should not have been, and unlawful acts are deserving of restitution.

I don't believe drug dealers would generally be in such a position to claim that any past prohibitions and punishments were unlawful. A change of law or regulation does not of itself make past law or regulation unlawful.

However a dealer selling "X" which had been unlawfully considered to be "Y" for which they were punished or lost business would probably be entitled to claim compensation and recompense.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Actor gets role...

Trawling the internet I think it is obvious this is something even bigger than Kim Kardasian's arse.

Metaphorically speaking anyway.

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