* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

2142 posts • joined 8 Mar 2008

FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...

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Re: Think of it this way

They *could* be doing it 'correctly' but choose not to. Why? Why mislead people into thinking they are getting playstore content?

That is the unanswered question. I don't mind side-loading when there's informed consent but cannot approve of hiding that under "Get it from Google Play" when that's not the mechanism invoked, and especially when the downloaded .apk is different from that which does come from Google Play.

It's straight forward deception as I see it.

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Re: One third porn?

I'm hoping porn sites will start carrying amusing cartoons and interesting articles to read like good old-fashioned printed mags did.

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SCISYS sidesteps Brexit: Proposes Irish listing to keep EU space work rolling in

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Re: I'm not sure it's that easy

I would have thought there'd be EU rules in place to prevent taking EU money and simply punting that outside the EU, offloading EU contracts to those with third country status.

If there aren't; I imagine there soon will be. The EU might tolerate it if we come to some sort of brexit deal with alignment to the EU but I doubt they will if we leave without a deal.

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Re: Overdue idea, price too high

All my Android phones are ~3.5", were EOL bargains, so under £20 on the High Street. Perfectly good for what I want to do.

I'm sure, if someone put their mind to it, they could have one phone mirroring whatever is on another. I'm not sure though how they'd wrangle £300+ out of anyone for having done that.

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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As good as that sounds the likely result is no better service just a reduced guaranteed service level so less chance of them having to pay anything.

And why should anyone who suffered no inconvenience be compensated?

I wish I had a pound for every tree which fell without a sound in the forest.

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Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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FAIL

I coded my own RSS feed fetcher which converts feeds to local HTML pages in just a few lines of Python so I am also mystified why Mozilla is struggling.

I guess taking data and simply presenting it in a different format just isn't enough for them these days.

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With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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The real aim is simply to build the rocket so tall, that you can climb up a ladder from the launch tower straight up to the ISS.

Wouldn't it be easier and even cheaper for the crew of the ISS to simply lower a rope?

The one with the "25% off at B&Q" voucher in the pocket.

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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I would tend to agree. Morrison's shouldn't be allowing employees to walk out with sensitive and personal information they shouldn't take with them.

Everyone appreciates it's not always possible to stop ne'er do wells doing what they shouldn't, and full-cavity body searches at pub o'clock are likely inappropriate, but the original hearing determined that Morrison's clearly had not done enough to prevent the theft of confidential data.

But Morrison's do have a point: if Parliamentary legislation excludes them from being held vicariously liable then they should be off the hook for that.

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US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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"And EAS alert can be avoided with a mass media fast"

Translation please.

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Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: .cobol

I went to delete the original files, but I only got as far as "del *.COB" befiore hitting return.

I managed a similar thing but more deliberately; belatedly finding "DEL FOOBAR.???" included files with no extensions when it didn't on a previous version (Win3.1?).

That wasn't the disaster it could have been but I've had my share of all-nighters making it look like I hadn't accidentally scrubbed a system clean.

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Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub

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Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

<grumble> Huh. People these days just don't know how lucky they are!!! </grumble>

Kids today can still have all the joys of working constrained bare metal on the Raspberry Pi GPU, which neither Broadcom or the Raspberry Pi foundation have officially documented, if they care to.

That's got video, serial and I/O capabilities. I wonder if MS-DOS could be ported and cajoled to boot on that?

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A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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Re: My perspective

£1.50 for a 13amp plug?

But comparable to what other high street stores were wanting.

No, Maplins couldn't compete with on-line for price but nor can most retailers. And, with China "shipping for free", there's no longer "it's the same once you've paid postage". Only "it's instantly yours to take home and use" which is what usually has people paying £1.50 for a plug or more from anywhere they can get one.

The problems for Maplins were multiple but I believe it was mostly that they were tipped over the edge and there was never going to be any way back. In fact it's quite impressive they held on for so long when others facing similar problems and competition had folded far earlier.

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That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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A pensioners guide to sucking eggs

The best course is probably to put it in the hands of someone who doesn't need a 101, has been there, done that, wears the T-shirt, and doesn't just say "move it to the cloud".

And, when the DevOps team say they'll have it up and running by tomorrow; don't forget to ask them when it will actually be working as required.

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Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

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Re: I downvoted him

On the other hand, you might expect that if you take on that sort of job, you'd at least get the support you needed to do it well. Which, apparently, is not something Facebook deems necessary.

Burnout is pretty bad in any job but having to deal with full-on horror all day long it's probably going to be particularly bad when that hits.

At the very least it seems Facebook have failed to put in place adequate systems, monitoring and relief which would avoid their employees reaching such a state.

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Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room

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"It's giving us cancer!!!"

There you go; that will kill the idea stone dead.

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UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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Re: Hmm

"And no one even knows what leavers voted for beyond "leaving""

Noooo! Are you telling me the result was leave but you dont know what that means? We voted to leave, to go, not to remain... but you find it ambiguous? I am not quite sure how to explain this better but the result was to no longer be in the EU aka leave.

And we are leaving so what the fuck are you complaining about?

It is you leavers who cannot universally decide what "leaving" means, are disagreeing with each other over what "leaving" means, are showing "leaving" is ambiguous.

But, go ahead, blame remainers for leaver's inability to agree on what "leaving" means.

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Re: Hmm

Even though we are the ones not getting what was voted for.

What did you expect when voting for what people promised who were not in a position to deliver that?

And no one even knows what leavers voted for beyond "leaving" which can be interpreted in many different ways. As much as one leaver says it means one thing another leaver will contradict them.

Trying to subvert things to force someone else to deliver something not clearly defined was always destined to be a disaster.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: Good for him.

The man has taken a good hard look at the toxic way he sometimes communicates and plans on taking a break so that he can come back with a more positive and productive attitude.

I can't help but think that this may be partly why he decided to holiday in Edinburgh while the Linux kernel dev summit was happening in Canada.

Unfortunately the organisers deciding to move that to Edinburgh may have thwarted his plans for getting the break away from it all he desired and deserved.

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UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Re: Remind me...

I think the benefits of leaving are, in fact 'less foreigners', although no-one is allowed to say that, quite.

And anyone hoping for that is going to find themselves sorely misled or working in a crap low-paid job which those foreigners used to be doing.

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Re: Neverendum

Before the referendum, Brexits thought they would lose by a small amount. They set up a petition to repeat the referendum until their was a 60/40 majority in either direction.

Which seems quite sensible and legitimate to me. It doesn't matter which way the vote goes only that there is a substantial majority in favour one way or the other. Until then it's not settled. And it's never settled for eternity - It's an inalienable right to change one's mind, take into account changes, new information and evidence.

It's how democracy works. We keep voting for governments and representatives, and when we find one which suits the majority they keep getting re-elected. When things change we vote for someone else.

There is nothing wrong with keeping on voting to come to a consensus. It is how it has always been. It's only hypocritical brexiteers having claimed victory who have now decided it's one vote and that's it, that re-voting is somehow undemocratic.

I expect they would also say the right to appeal a court conviction is also wrong; once convicted that's it. Tough shit if convicted on the back of lies and false claims.

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Top Euro court: UK's former snooping regime breached human rights

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Big Brother calls it a day, packs his bag, goes home

"Campaigners have hailed it as a further nail in the coffin of state surveillance"

In their dreams.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Out with the new, and in with the old

I'm not really too fussed about the new design but my GreaseMonkey scripts do a better job reformatting the old style than the new so I'll be opting for the old to save myself work for now.

I will raise a glass for allowing the opt-out, and "thanks" for the choice. But it's a little ominous that may only exist "for the time being", could disappear in the future.

Perhaps the more compact version will suit me even better. I guess we'll see.

You have not driven me away so that's at least a win. Though perhaps not everyone will feel the same way :-)

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: not skookum

Just to inject semblence of truth in, we have never provided full schematics of any of the Pi boards.

Were the original Pi A/B schematics not complete?

Those look complete to me. If not then perhaps you could indicate what's missing.

so to say we are geting less open is an exageration.

It does seem later schematics are a whole lot less complete than they were.

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Re: Less is more -- not!

Best Windows 10 pop-up I got was "Something went wrong" after a failed update. Just a single "OK" button to click and when I did it attempted a reboot. There was still nothing but a blank screen when I sent that back for the supplier to figure out.

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Re: Dislike

It has an "Omnibox" which does bloody stupid things like performing a Search when you type "192.168.1.1" into it.

So that's what it is; what has been annoying the fuck out of me when failing to side-load my Android phone apps by downloading from an IP-addressed web page on my LAN.

Bunch of anky anking ankers.

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Re: Work out-of-work

"You're in Edinburgh you say? I'm in Canada. It's lovely. I think there's been some kind of mix-up".

The one with the plane tickets in the pocket.

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Boffins are building an open-source secure enclave on RISC-V

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Re: What we would actually need...

BTW you can actually buy processors which are so tightly speced and so simple in construction that you can make reasonably sure there were no malevolent actors involved. The 6502, the Z80 or the ATMega microcontrollers are prime examples for this.

My recollection of reality was that many of such devices had unused opcodes which could be used for all sorts of fancy, undocumented and unintended things.

Of course, they could have been more tightly designed, invalid opcodes could have been prevented from actioning, rather than the designers not caring what the outcome was to ease the silicon design and its footprint

But I'm with you on principle. A minimal RISC should be easy to verify and should fly at clock speeds obtainable these days. But then we'll be back into the "more opcodes, with each doing more, would make it even faster" debate.

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Huawei pleads with FCC to overturn US ban, says it's 'anticompetitive'

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Re: When it comes to national security...

"If there is the smallest suspicion that their kit is compromised or the company operates as an agent of a foreign (hostile) government, then they should be banned from government use".

And yet the UK is buying it's fighter jets and nukes from America.

Of course our lingering and stubborn belief in the so-called Special Relationship means we're always happy to pretend America isn't a hostile country which makes it easy to imagine they won't have fitted kill-switches should we decide their bestest friends are very much not ours.

Every foreign government is a potentially hostile government. As many countries have found to their cost.

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Do I hear two million dollars? Apple-1 fossil goes on the block, cassettes included

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Someday my Psion Organiser II will be even more valuable.

I've got a whole load of 'historical crap' accumulating wealth and dust. The Acorn Atom is probably the rarest thing I have. Its value is, as always, whatever someone will pay.

As I always tell people; stick notes on kit to indicate it's valuable. Or, when you're gone, the ejits in your family are going to throw your 'rubbish' straight in the skip.

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Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Me; I'm finally buying a tinfoil hat.

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Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

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Re: Financial details?

Although why do they hold date of birth?

Probably so their marketing department can avoid promoting sanitary products to the over-sixties, incontinence pads to the under-thirties, tampons to men, and beard-trimmers to women.

Because when they make those mistakes there's a whole load of people waiting to criticise and ask why they didn't just store date of birth and other details to avoid such things.

Us Brits have always been able to find something to moan about. These days it seems looking for something to moan about is a hobby in its own right for many; it's damned if you do and damned if you don't.

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Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers

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How hard can it be (ooo-er missus)?

"One solution, such as having a button inside held for 10 seconds to disassociate the old owner from the system, for example, could inadvertently help car thieves".

It shouldn't be that hard to develop some system which allows both transfer and refusal. Simply send an email to the registered owner asking if they want to allow a transfer or block it. If they transfer to a thief that's their stupidity. If they transfer to a new owner everything is fine. If they block a new owner there's a lawyer and court who can deal with that. They can be informed that if they don't do either then the transfer will be actioned after a certain time. If they aren't getting emails because they didn't keep details up to date that's their problem. If emails are not being sent out there's another lawyer and court who can deal with that.

It might require some tweaking for edge cases but shouldn't be that hard to handle most cases.

They can even have the above suggestion free of charge.

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Beam me up, PM: Digital secretary expected to give Tory conference speech as hologram

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If May saunters up to the lecturn, turns to the audience, and utters the immortal words, "I really can't be fucking arsed", walks off; that really would be a conference to experience.

Instead; Maylexa is almost certainly going to merely drone on and on, repeating how she's going to be delivering a brexit fror Britain, delivering what people voted for, a brexit which is good for...

Zzzzz.

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed

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Re: Janko Mrsic-Flogel

Thanks for the heads-up. I mistakenly assumed that as both appeared to have presented themselves in court representing RCL they were still directors.

So that just leaves Levy as the sole director. And RCL the only active company he is a director of. Though how long RCL remains active would be worthy of a sweepstake.

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Janko Mrsic-Flogel

I am frankly surprised Janko is still having anything to do with RCL, hasn't resigned his directorship.

Mine's the one with cut-out newspaper letters in the pocket ->

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Your Twitter app stopped working? Here's why

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Who's Muffin The Mule?

I'm not particularly interested in Twitter but the BBC News RSS feeds have been playing silly buggers today. I don't know what the BBC has been doing of late but they seem to be breaking things all over the place.

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Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

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"The device grew hot in his pocket, the battery life rapidly dwindled"

I have had that with my older Android phones. Problem solved by disabling all Google Play Services.

I don't know what they were doing but they could kill my phone in just a day. Now reliably back to a week or more of standby.

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Can, can, can you buy it, CANCOM? Brexit's made it cheap(er), man: Firm inks OCSL deal

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Rule Britannia

I am wondering if there will be any business left in Britain after Brexit which could legitimately be called British.

RCL probably, if one can call it a business.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Indiegogo won't do anything, because they can't.

That didn't stop them saying they would do something when they couldn't.

I guess that offering of false hope was purely damage limitation, hoping to come out of this shitfest smelling of roses

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: Second class netizen

It appears that the engineers were not consulted and the IPv6 protocol was designed to be incompatible with IPv4 - not a good idea.

A very bad idea and why IPv6 has mostly been ignored.

People will move with the times, adapt to new features being added, but most are reluctant to take a huge jump sideways into new territory. Expecting anyone to put aside all they have learned and begin again from scratch is a huge ask, and especially when the need cannot be demonstrated.

I would probably be using IPv4+ now if it existed. I have barely even looked at using IPv6.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: A bit much...

As a photographer I've had photos taken and used by 3rd party websites and so far I've never had to sue.

This photographer did not have to either. But by doing so he has established case law which will make life easier for every photographer and rights holder in the future.

Fair enough; you got yourself sorted out. This photographer went the extra mile and helped everyone else.

Cheers mate.

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Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

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Re: what's the price?

£379 inc VAT when I went to look -

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/surface/8V9DP4LNKNSZ

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Re: I can't blame Epic for doing this...

And I am hoping the message back to Google is that they need to negotiate their Playstore take with developers like Epic that can bring millions of customers and have strong brand equity outside of the Google Playstore.

"You need us more than we need you" has worked out well enough for Amazon's dealings with HMRC.

Not working out quite so well for brexit though.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Yadda, Yadda, Yoda

Wake me up when it gets to the advanced stage when it can figure out if and means and or and means or and or means or or or means and and quite possibly both.

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UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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Re: 'Fake news'

I recall a headline in a certain popular newspaper on "4,000 foreign murderers and rapists in the UK"

I recall front page headlines and articles labelling 16 million people as traitors, saboteurs, and enemies of the people, simply for having an opinion they didn't find acceptable.

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Ho hum

One would have expected it to be a simple "Bring it into your local dealer with your paperwork. They'll reset everything for free while you enjoy a complementary cup of tea. And here's a nice glossy brochure and a voucher for 20% off your next service. Welcome to the JLR family".

I guess that's too much like good customer service.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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Articles 8, 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights

We had best enjoy them while we can. Once we have brexited, reclaimed our sovereignty, withdrawn from the ECHR to allow the government and its agencies to do whatever they bloody-well like, we will have to lump it.

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HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

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Re: Rad Hard

No pun intended, but it does seem a bit hit and miss. Some people throw cheap off-the-shelf microcontrollers up in CubeSats and the like with no particular protection and suffer no problems at all, hardware nor software. Others aren't so lucky.

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: I was pro-remain, but this really is "Project Fear" at work.

Raab has been labelling the EU's harsh assessment of hard brexit as "unhelpful". Not wrong mind you. And he is saying he is preparing for all eventualities, including things like food shortages, riots in the streets, and twenty mile tailbacks into Dover if truckers haven't fallen victim to starvation or rampaging mobs, all the while laughing that off as "never going to happen".

I would bet, if he was asked if plans have been made to impose martial law, he would not say no.

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