* Posts by C. P. Cosgrove

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Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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WTF?

What 5G ?

I first saw this story on the BBC web-site this afternoon where, as reported, a member of the Glastonbury Council claimed it was a great device and that he had felt much more relaxed since he had acquired one.

This led me to check a 5G availability map or the UK and I don't see any 5G in the Glastonbury area.

Matter over mind ?

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The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30

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Mushroom

And . . . There was . . . Ka -Boom !

Variously known as Mines or Minesweeper this was the other great time wasting educational game. Allegedly to improve Left/Right mouse clicking. Emabarassingly my wife got better at this than I was. Her record for the full size frame was 2 seconds better than mine.

So I stopped playing it.

Huff !

Huff !

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Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much

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Tea and the British Army ?

Juice, above, seemed a little surpised by the British Army's relationship with tea. Never mind quibbles about who drank tea in the Napoleonic era, when I had the honour of serving as a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces during a fair chunk of the Cold War tea was the motive force especially on exercise when it was first boiled hard and then left to stew in a hay box for hours. But there was a very good reason for its popularity.

Have you ever tried The British Army's coffee ? Or at least the stuff that appears in ration packs labelled 'Coffee' ! It would turn anybody to tea !

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US hands UK 'dossier' on Huawei: Really! Still using their kit? That's just... one... step... beyond

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Quote - "Huawei's UK veep, Victor Zhang, said in a canned statement: "We are confident that the UK government will make a decision based upon evidence, as opposed to unsubstantiated allegations."

Would this not be setting a precedent by the UK Government and, presumably, the UK Civil Service who do not have a sterling record for going with evidence based decisions ? Just as an example look at the record on the 'War on Drugs'.

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A short note to say I'm off: Vulture taps claws on Reg keyboard for last time

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Best wishes for your future career !

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Internet world despairs as non-profit .org sold for $$$$ to private equity firm, price caps axed

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"As just one example, it appears that both board and staff members are free to hold shares in companies whose value is closely linked to decisions that they make and that they are not required to disclose such holdings."

While I am not pointing the finger at any one person a set-up like that is virtually a licence for insider trading. Certainly it does nothing to prevent the possibility. It does indeed stink of corruption. And as for making a decision with such revenue implications at an administrative level rather than running it past the Board, the mind boggles !

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Microsoft: Dynamics 365 to hook up online, physical retail... 'cos we love tracking so much we want it offline too

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Privacy - what's that ?

Old saying seen in a bar - "In God we trust, the rest pay cash !"

I am fairly well known to the staff in my nearest supermarket, but their computers don't know me from Adam, and that's the way I like it.

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Those fake spying cell towers in Washington DC? Ex-intel staffers claim they're Israeli

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Why the surprise ?

I can understand the humour in the above comments but not the occasioinal touch of surprise here and the shock and horror expressed in a number of other publications. I would have thought the if the Director of Intelligence for the Israeli Government was not organising spying on the USA he or she would be falling down on the job.

As somebody else once said a while ago "It is generally easier to spy on your friends than your enemies. Further, you generally have a good idea of your enemies positions but you never know when your allies might change their minds."

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Stop us if you've heard this one: US government staff wildly oblivious to basic computer, info security safeguards

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Now I understand why there has been such a continuously negative response in the USA to any suggestion of introducing GDPR in any form there. Departmental budgets would be swallowed up paying fines !

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Supreme Court of UK gives Morrisons the go-ahead for mega data leak liability appeal

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An interesting case, Watson !

If I have read the article correctly then this appeal is around the extent of 'vicarious liability' in which case it has much wider implications than just the Morrison's case. The principal that 'an employer is liable for the acts of his servants' is firmly held in civil and commercial law and, having gone to the Supreme court, if Morrison's win this then everybody else in roughly analagous positions will be quoting this case as precedent.

Interesting indeed.

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Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep

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? ? ?

Is it any wonder I don't use any form of 'social' media ?

One word out of place, one remark that is outside currently 'correct' thinking or just one slightly inaccurate statement and you get rubbished - at best. I am fed up of hearing of people getting trolled for no good reason at all.

I am a moderator on a forum which is regarded as being well moderated. Two things which get very short shrift are trolling and spamming, both will get you banned in very short order.

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Plusnet vows to shove a sword in members area 'White Screen Of Death'

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Why ?

I am always amused that regardless of the numbers affected - whether it be a hundred or two, several thousand or several million - it is always "A small number of our customers have been affected."

Even when the forums, twitter, facebook etc. are full of complaining customers. Funny how much noise 'a few customers' can create !

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Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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It was great fun

I was doing an HNC in Mechatronics at the time and I think every computer in the college had Doom 1 on it. I can see the sysadmins' problems even if the students didn't.

It was great fun and the best thing about it was that it was a relatively small and simple game. Even on 486s, which is what the college was equipped with, it was quick to load. 5 - 10 minutes to kill ? You could have Doom up and running and be blasting baddies within about 30 seconds. I came back to it about 15 years later, v3 I think. Came on a DVD, about a 2GB install and took five minutes before you could shoot anything, and that was on a reasonable to good computer. It had lost the spontaneity and had become the preserve of serious gamers

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SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec

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re Apple

Huh ?

I know I live a sheltered life and I don't have any Apple products but I thought this sort of thing was illegal. Or is that only for us fortunate souls living - for the time being - inside the EU ?

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Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

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There costs to Brexit.

Somewhere, a long way back in this string of comments, somebody asked for concrete examples of increased costs for shipping goods to Europe. Back in the '90's I was driving a truck running around Europe and I experienced both sides of the 'Open Borders' decision.

Before 'Open Borders' it took between 1 and 2 hours to get through Customs outbound at Dover and between 4 and 6 hours in bound wherever, then typically the same on the return trip. After 'Open Borders' I collected and checked the paper work at wherever I loaded. The next time anybody looked at it was when I handed it in at the receiving office of wherever I was delivering. And, again, the same on the return trip.

So, a cost saving of between 5 and 8 hours of truck and driver's costs on each trip with 'Open Borders'.

I suspect that international transport in/out of the UK will revert to the 'Before Open Borders' situation after Brexit, especially in the event of a 'no deal' scenario. And this is a real cost on every load in and out of the UK.

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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" after security staff at the Encore Hotel apparently found the contraband in his suite"

As Counsel for the Defence I have to ask how did this come about and on what grounds were security staff searching a guest's rooms ?

Sounds like unlawful search to me.

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You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

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Not going America !

Bloody hell ! I knew charges were high in the USA but . . .

Because I have Sky broadband and phone I just looked up the price for the complete Sky package, the standard rate - after any introductory offers - is £63.99/month which equates, according to Google to $83 + change, call it $84/month. And the median rate in the Land of the 'Free' is $186 ?

Like the suthor of this article I find it difficult to ascrbe such a price differential as anything other than the exercise of monopoly power.

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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How much money ?

I vaguley remember, after all these comments, that the original question posed in the article was how much do think Cameron will be paid for his speech ?

I have no idea how much he will receive for these efforts, only that however much it may be it will be too much.

This after all is the man who is directly responsible for the whole Brexit mess with his almost criminal act of offering the Euro-sceptic wing of his party a referendum, with binding constitutional consequences, to solve a purely internal problem inside his own Conservative Party and, incidentally, to save his job. It is by no means imposible that this mess could lead to the break-up of the UK.

It is ironic, but in the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum one of the most tellilng arguments against independence was that only by staying in the UK could we guarrantee continued membership of the EU.

To use a colloquialism, Aye, right !

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And his pay ?

I vaguely remember afer all these comments that the original question posed in the article was on the lines of how much should or will Cameron be paid for this speech ?

Frankly I have no idea, merely that however much or little it may be it willl be too much.

This is after all the man who bequeathed us this whole Brexit mess by his almost criminal act of offering the Euro-sceptic wing of his party a referendum, with constitutional consequences for the whole UK, purely to buy support over an internal Conservative Party problem. It is not totally unlikely that a possible consequence of this act of his could be the break-up of the UK.

It is ironic but in the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum one of the most telling arguments against Independence was that staying in the UK was the only way to guarrantee continued membership of the EU !

To use a colloquialism - Aye, right !

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Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court

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Uh ?

I would have thought that law - or laws - is/are public documents and have to be public, else how can you be expected to have reasonable knowledge of them ?

I agree that not everybody requires, for example, a detailed knowledge of the Petroleum Regulations but the knowledge should be freely available to those who do need it. But the laws of a country or state should be freely available for public study and scrutiny.

And as for the argument that why should an institute make its regulations available for free, it is their duty to create these regulations and publish them. And if an element of financial compensation is needed to enable this duty to be carried out then it falls to the State to supply this. Such documents have the nature of a 'public good' and access to them should not be impeded by considerations of copyright or intellectual property, epecially if done either at the behest of the State or if essentially paid for by the State.

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HMRC told AGAIN to toughen up on VAT-dodging online traders

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And ?

On-line is fine for generic goods and I like cheaper as much as the next woman or man, but you can't beat brick and mortar stores for getting hands-on feel for some things. Unhappily this is getting harder.

But if cheaper means tax evasion somewhere along the line that hurts every one. Honest businesses go out of business and the individual tax rate has to be increased which hurts me !

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Yayy !

Good on you, citizens of California.

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London's Met Police: We won't use facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

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98% failure rate ?

If I was the Chief Constable of the Met and It was established that one of my departments was funding a system with a 98% failure rate I would be asking questions about how it got approved.

That's equivalent to buying myself a nice shiny new car for the daily commute and then discovering it only worked on some random seven days in the year. I think I would be back at the dealer's very quickly looking for a full refund.

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Signal bugs, car hack antics, the Adobe flaw you may have missed, and much more

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Interesting photos

As a keen amateur photographer I took a look at the referenced article. Some very dramatic images there. But then I ran some of the grid references through Google Earth and was left wondering why on earth some of these cameras were there. A couple of the locations looked like it would take a minor expedition to install them !

This comes back to the remark about the Park Rangers in the article - 'Because we can'. More proof, if any more was needed, that surveillance has reached ridiculous limits. I am somewhere past the age when I am interested in making out with my girlfriend in some quiet spot but images like thes would give any young couple pause for thought !

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Denied: Uber's request to skip to UK Supreme Court to appeal workers' rights

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"Chair Rachel Reeves -

She also asked for information on when driver hour limits would be introduced in the UK, and what those limits would be, per day and per week, per driver."

They were introduced sometime in the 1930s and are known as 'The Domestic Regulations' and apply to all commercial/business vehicle driving not governed by the National Regulations which are derived from EU law. I cannot readily quote them as it is the best part of 30 years since I last had occasion to look at them but anybody using a vehicle for business related purposes - not leisure or domestic - who is not subject to the National Regulations is subject to the Domestic Regulations.

In any case is there not more recent regulation, again descending from EU law, on the subject of maximum hours working regulations ?

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Google to annihilate online trolling with ... tra-la-la! Machine! Learning!

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Goody !

Oh Goody ! This means that as a moderator on another forum I won't have to worry about trolls, spammers, moving topics to more relevant sections, soothing ruffled feathers, finding people who know what they are talking about to respond to topics, etc., etc..

I would drink to that except that I don't expect to be still around when I get automated out of a job ! I will let everybody else worry about the logic in that statement !

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Oracle sues its own star sales rep after she wins back $200k in pay fight

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WTF?

The downside for Ms. Wilson is that if she wins this case, and consequently gets her back pay, she had better look for another job pronto,

Then again, I wouldn't work for a company that tried to screw me over commission due.

Blighty's Home Office database blunders will deprive hundreds of GB driving licences

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WTF?

Total xenophobia !

This fear of immigrants - illegal or not - sickens me. The UK is getting totally paranoid on the subject. I've been running around Europe first as a haulier and now as a tourist since 1990 and west of the German - Czech border, with one exception, the only place I ever have a passport examined is coming into the UK. And in 36 years I have never been asked for a driving licence !

All this type of action will do is drive illegal immigrants further underground and further into the arms of criminal organisers with even bigger problems consequently.

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ISP GMX attempts the nigh impossible: PGP for the masses

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re: How long until it's illegal in the UK?

OK, it's a fair cop, I'll put my hands up to it !

About twenty years ago I had a copy of 'The Anarchist's Cookbook' on a hard drive - briefly - and right at this moment I think I have two memory sticks with different versions of Linux on them on my desk at the moment..

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Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

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Ummm . . .

In at least one sense of course this an image of child pornography. Children of whatever age and dressed or not should not be running in fear and panic from a napalm attack, they should not be subject to napalm attacks. This of course does not stop it happening in our enlightened approach to modern weapons of war. But then throughout the ages children have always suffered disproportionately in periods of warfare.

But it is also one of the most iconic and influential images to come out of the war in Vietnam and regardless of the violence inherent in the scene this lifts it to the level of an important historic document. The only other image I can think of that comes close is the one taken in Saigon at the end of the Tet offensive where a police officer executes a North Vietnam soldier. An action which in terms of the accepted laws of land warfare was entirely legal - carrying arms and out of uniform.

Certainly the image represents violence against children, but in the context Facebook were entirely wrong in trying to remove such a historically important image.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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FAIL

No way !

If you are a Squaddie coming off stag at 0 dark hundred cold, wet, miserable and, in a combat area, terrified then so long as it is hot, wet and sweet you will drink it with gratitude and without asking any unnecessary questions.

Otherwise - tea should not have milk in it at all !.

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UK govt to launch a tech creche for military-focused startups

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Ummm !

Am I not right in thinking that HM Gov and MoD have a track record in technological development ? And it's not a good one !

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Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

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Good one !

"concern that US regulators, worried about people's privacy"

That's a new one isn't it ?

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

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FAIL

Oh dear !

Maybe next time they will follow the example of the BBC and strip the meta-data off the image before they use it.

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Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey

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OS 1/4 inch series

I always liked the appearance of the 1/4 inch series which, to my mind, had a reasonable balance between supuplying sufficient ground detail and covering a reasonable area, particularly for driving. If you were on foot then of course they were inadequate but that was what the 1 inch was designed for. And the 1/4 inch was less likely to suffer from the problem common to both the 1 inch and the 1:50,000 - everywhere you want to go to is right in the corner of the map !

I have found that there is little to choose between the 1 inch and 1:50,000, they are both excellent maps, but aesthetically the 1/4 inch had them both beat !

I too raise a glass to the OS, and to 'Liberty, Fraternity and Equality'.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Sympathy

A sad loss - I always enjoyed his writing.

Please extend my sympathies to his family, and the mules.

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Zuck: You're still using non-Facebook websites ... I'll put an end to that

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60 Billion ?

"There are now 60 billion messages a day sent via Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp"

And of this number, how many have an information content significantly greater than zero ?

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Security? We haven't heard of it, says hacker magnet VTech

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Uh ?

'Unfair contract conditions' - nuff said.

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

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I know I am missing the point . . .

Dear me. I have been a householder for the forty years since I got married and in all that time I have only ever looked at an electricity meter if I have been asked to provide a reading rather than have an estimated bill. I am reasonably sure that my wife knows where the electric meter is but I am equally sure that she has never looked at the array of numbers on it.

But I don't need a smart meter to keep a wary eye on electricity consumption. I get a reminder every three months - it's called an electric bill !

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

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I too will miss your usually amusing and normally thought provoking articles. In fact the only times they didn't provoke thoughts was on those occasions where I agreed with you !

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TalkTalk attackers stole 'incomplete' customer bank data, ISP confirms

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On a couple of occasions I have been phoned up by my credit card company and they have started by asking me to confirm MY identity. It always throws a spanner in their works when I respond -

"Hold on, YOU have phoned ME, therefore you know who I am. Now, how do we go about confirming who YOU are ?"

After a pause for thought, sometimes a long pause, the usual reply is "My name is ****, phone the number on your card and ask for me." And that is fair enough.

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

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Since Mr. Worstall talks about databases, how about the Dewey Decimal System ? If this wasn't an early relational database what was ?

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Photoshop for 40 quid: Affinity Photo pushes pixels further than most

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Poor Mac users.

I have used Serif's PhotoPlus and DrawPlus on windows machines for years and love them. There is no doubt that Serif as a company know something about image processing.

This sounds an interesting product if you are restricted to using a Mac.

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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

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@ Florida1920

As I understand it, James Woods is a professional actor, therefore he gets paid to act. It's acting ! You cannot identify the actor with the character otherwise you would have to call any one who played the role of Oscar Wilde a homosexual, or Bruce Willis a cold blooded killer for his role in 'Last Man Standing'.

And who says you can say anything you want on the internet ? Certainly the British courts don't and an American based forum where I am a moderator doesn't.

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Virtual reality below the prehistoric waves: David Attenborough's First Life

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" Good sense of just how far back things are going – and also of how little time, in evolutionary terms, we've been around for."

Creationists are going to love that bit !

More seriously, it is a pity that exhibitions like this very seldom leave London. £6.50 is an entirely reasonable price but it bumps it up a bit if you have to add in the cost of a return flight or train from Edinburgh or Glasgow !

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Tasty, with optioinal addition

Very simple delicious dish.

However I incline to the addition of some smoked lardons, fried in the oil for a bit before you add the onion.

I'll go find a stake to attach myself to.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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By coincidence, I finished re-reading 'Witches Abroad' on the morning of his death.

I am at least theoretically banned from reading any of his books in bed, my beloved always accuses me of making the bed shake when she is trying to get to sleep. She hasn't quite managed to stop me yet.

I too will raise a glass to his memory.

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Assemblers were once people: My aunt did it for NASA

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It sounds like she was a grand old lady. And by the sound of it, she would have got on with my late Auntie May who, though not a programmer, had much of the same attitudes of mind.

Sympathy

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Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

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Meh

Who's in charge ?

" . . . which political party is in control of the council . . ."

Is that not a good indicator of how the Officials - at both local and national level - regard the elected Officials whether they be Councillors or MPs ?

I have to say my own local council web-site - West Lothian - has improved over the last five years. I had occasion to search for something today and what I was looking for was actually on the first page of suggestions.

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Slurping air passengers' private details not great for privacy, concede EU data bods

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The only reason I can think of for anybody trying to fly illicit weapons from anywhere in Belgium to anywhere in France is to test airport security.

You would just put them in the back of the car. It is after all, only 300Km from the centre of Brussels to the centre of Paris and motorway nearly all the way. I cannot remember ever having been stopped on either side of the border even when nipping over a back road to buy some beer.

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