* Posts by the Jim bloke

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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re: if it was mains powered

I am seeing both benefits and disadvantages to hooking up the external door(s) to mains power...

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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Re: I'll be dead first.

Technology thats come into fashion over the last few years are things called CORS.. Continually operating Reference Stations, which are GPS base stations .. continually operating, and sending their correction messages out via phone and internet. Its subscription based (that I am aware of), a bit slower and less precise than your own dedicated base station, but saves you from having to set up your base in urban areas where anything shiny and unattended has a lifespan under an hour.

These CORS networks are becoming more prevalent though still not everywhere, the biggest problem with satellite based driving would be obstructed views of the sky.

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: Validation Vs verification

There was a writer churning out stories for amazon, apparently completing books in a couple of days - was entertaining for the first few but lost its appeal pretty quickly..

anyway, his vampiric elder could avoid all threats of harm by becoming "insolvent"

Never realised bankruptcy was that potent..

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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I think the program managers have achieved one objective

" in anticipation of a visit by Khosrowshahi. It had hoped to prove that the program was something he should get behind; ..."

Your life is worthless if you're in front ...

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Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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The only thing they could have done to make it worse

is include an obnoxious intrusive "assistant" ... unless there was one there but the reviewer couldnt get to it because of the user interface ?

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Big Brother

You and I can say whatever we want

and the celebrities can say whatever their handlers tell them, but behind all the outrage and the posturing, the politicians and regulators will be hearing that FB or Google or the russians used this data to intervene in politics AND IT WORKED.

They are incapable of ignoring that, and the possibility that their opponents ( who are functionally indistinguishable from outside their own grubby little corner ) would use it and gain an advantage.

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SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

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Re: Meter GPS no big deal?

When your bum is being kicked for 100 mm discrepancies that shouldnt be there, and your daily workload is increased with an extra half hour to an hour of quality assurance checks and verification

- I say crucifixion is too good for 'em.

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Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs

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Re: High tech for the sake of high tech

"I mean seriously, how often do people get killed by random strangers on a bus?"

only once.

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Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security

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Coffee/keyboard

Anyone else having flashbacks

to the "studies" declaring computer keyboards were less hygienic than toilet seats - sponsored by cleaning product manufacturers ?

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

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unwanted features

all the so called improvements on the current generation flagships are actually negatives in my personal opinion.

My note 4 does what i want, but is old and sad, and after seeing what is currently on offer, I have searched out and acquired a successor ... note 4.

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Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

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Re: ...

Failure to die earlier.

Keep that up and who knows where it will end.

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When Samsung reveals the S9 at MWC, at least try to act surprised

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How hot does it burn ?

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Self-driving cars still do not exist even if we think they do

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Re: They kinda do and kinda don't

"Level 4 means the car does all the driving, takes all the decisions and you can doze off, surf pornhub, or whatever you like. They are expected to hit the market in 4 years. The level 4 autonomous cars, that is."

And level 5 is the finger of God..

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29 MEEELLION iPhone Xs flogged... only to be end-of-life'd by summer?

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Re: I know

"Which leads me to the question: When did we become so rich that splunking even £500 on a phone for virtually no benefit over something far, far cheaper became sensible?"

Since microsoft poisoned the well with 8 and 10, so spending money on a new PC is something to be avoided..

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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The missus has a long standing competition with her best friend - who can find the most useless kitchen accessory - which is used as a gift to the other.

As for sprouts, they taste the same as urine smells, and any attempt to make them palatable can be simplified and improved by not including them in the first place.

Also referred to as "budgie heads" and "little green balls of death"

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: The best of both worlds

The deeper the canyon you run your GPS in, the worse its accuracy. While satellite cannot be the sole source of positional data (and useless for mobile object detection), it is a cornerstone for vehicle navigation.

Instead of burying the vehicle roads, perhaps we should elevate them, which solves a lot of the segregation issues, and produces sheltered paths to mitigate climate issues for human powered transport. This would have a massive construction cost plus drawbacks such as on/off ramps landuse requirements, degraded GNSS and other signals for anyone underneath one, and many more that I cant be bothered to think up right now.

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'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

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Economics - the real reason

Gloves would have to be replaced if damaged, but students fingers will probably heal...

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Hacks, bribes and bugs: Uber accused of illegal snooping on rivals

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Re: "Strategic Services Group (SSG)"

Another atrocity to be laid at Ubers door...

Besmirching the good name of SSG.

Strategic Studies Group where, and possibly still are, an Australian computer game writing/publishing company, responsible for Battlefront, Europe Ablaze, Carriers at War, and I think Warlords and Reach for the Stars - before those thieving bastards at mcdonalds stole the name for a marketing/charity ploy.

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

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Re: I'd happily own a phone

I have found the selfie camera occasionally useful in a sort of "under-vehicle bomb inspection" role, ie. to read text on pipes etc, that is facing the ground or otherwise obstructed such that I cant see it directly.

If I can fit the phone in, and hunt around til I see the information I am looking for, its job done, otherwise I have to try and get the engineers to pick an appropriate value...

Of course, the glossy face of the phone serves almost as well as a mirror, so sometimes I dont bother activating the camera....

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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: Britishese to Americanese

Derogatory phrases about women are built into our language, from the common or vulgar references to genitalia, to things like "hysterical" which means something like emotionally berserk/unstable, but translates/derives from "having ovaries"

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Re: Expect better than this from the reg

I encountered a rancid camel in the course of my duties, several years ago. Wasnt easily identifiable, dogs had been at it, but the smell was really really bad.

We subsequently established our site office in that same location.

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Forget Bruce Willis, Earth's atmosphere is our best defense against meteorites

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Go

This has changed my understanding of the universe.

Not the irrelevant trivia about air pressure blowing meteors apart, but the realization that in the absence of planetary rock-forming factors - heat, pressure, a cementing medium, or solidification and crystallization from a molten fluid - space rocks are not giant flying hammers of global extinction, but just a bunch of particles hanging around together for lack of anything better to do...

wow.

or

Its rocks Jim, but not as we know it.

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Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more

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Specialist processor for fingerprint and facial security

.. something that gets left all over fridges, desks, glasses, or posted onto facebook etc...

its the old "10 inch steel bank vault door on the front of a soggy cardboard box" security strategy. Again.

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

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Re: @Haku

Can we get a youtube of this ?

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Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

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Re: Presumably, Danny 14 ...

There are people or jobs which have a legitimate requirement for gun ownership/use.

Defense forces - to shoot invaders/threats to national security

Offensive forces - to shoot people in order to further political/strategic goals

Police forces - to shoot dangerous criminals (not including unarmed non resisting non threatening confused people, or women in pajamas, to pick an example at random)

Shooting sports competitors - for the glory of whoever they may be representing

Agricultural and pest controllers - to shoot vermin

Private citizens - to shoot corrupt or incompetent elected or public officials.

Sadly the last group are failing dismally in the performance of their duties

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

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Re: Keep politicians away from IT decisions

Linus would probably get upset (I know it doesnt sound like him..) to be associated with that, so possibly safer to call the mongrel creation Windix or windux.

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'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

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Re: There's a work-around - use a 3rd-party tool to copy a file!!

People would consider file management to be a pretty fundamental part of the operating system - so you are saying windows OS is unfit for purpose..

Couldnt agree more

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground

I am continually confused at what meets official interpretation as "obscene". If it was accurate in its depiction, then some theoretic conspiracy group determined to keep some other group ignorant of basic human anatomy might have grounds for opposing public displays - but the generic nature of the image indicates its the first group who have achieved ignorance. Perhaps that is what they are trying to keep.

"they dont know what a dick looks like, but they heard on TV it looks like that..."

Dick pics have been part of human culture for as far back as we have art, these days the behaviour seems most common amongst juveniles of whatever age..

As far is I am concerned, the action was childish - which may be a useful trait for people you want to fly into possible death, and the obscenity charge is a reponse from senior officers more concerned about being embarrassed.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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This implementation stretches the bounds of stupid

Yet the converging juggernauts of online shopping replacing 'high street', and impending decrepitude, mean some kind of solution should be found.

The idea I currently favour is having a security antechamber, with the external door using a programmable keypad, and the interior door somewhat similar to a bank vault. Furnish with secure containers including insulated ones for groceries, salt liberally with cameras, add electrified floors/rotating blades/spiked pits as taste and architecture allow, and relax.

Being an engineering solution it would cost real money, as opposed to the few hundred bucks amazon would be flogging their lock/camera/software (guessing, not going to look).

There will probably be a market for ugly cages people can bolt onto their front doors to achieve this effect.

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Uber sued over alleged rapes as #MeToo web rally reveals more sex assault claims

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bring back crucifixion

If we could make a suitable example of these 'disruptive' stoats - or whatever vermin is weaselly in nature but with extra helpings of vicious.. - maybe they wouldnt appear so attractive to investors.

Laws need to be in place to protect users - and actually be enforced.

Users need to be aware of these issues - attacks, lack of insurance, failure of screening, and decide if its really worth calling a Uber.

Investors and advertisers need to be aware of the damage associating with Uber is doing to their own reputation.

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Microsoft goes to bat for Dreamers: Windows giant sues Uncle Sam to block staff deportations

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Microsoft Vs Trump administration

Can we make this a gladiatorial cage match ?

2 sides enter.... no one gets out !

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How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

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The cats name was Guacamole

Why is there a problem?

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AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

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Orwellian Alliances

Oceania together forever with its eternal brother Eastasia/Eurasia against its implacable archenemy Eurasia/Eastasia...

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Re: Not only birds

Going back a few decades, indigenous Australian Aborigines used to like telegraph/power pole insulators to chip blades and tools from, taking down the line in the process.

Smart maintenance crews would just leave some spare/broken insulators at the base of the poles.

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Australian bird calls are generally the opposite of melodious

So "tweeting" is right up there with "white christmas" as something those drongoes from the northern hemisphere think is a thing.

Some few birds are pleasant to listen to - so long as you can hear them over the flies. The game 'Gaints: Citizen Kabuto' used Australian wildlife calls as part of its background ambiance, supposedly to create the sense of an alien world... personally I found it comforting and familiar.

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Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

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Joke

I missed it

I must have blinked

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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Joke

murdering your audience before testing is frowned upon,. and skews the results

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Duckface Unlock..

Call it what it is....

... or would be - if it worked ...

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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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Unhappy

So

World Wide extends all the way from the American west coast to Europe. Presumably in an easterly direction, otherwise it wont include actual inland USA.

I guess that will be a shock to all those USA-ian "World Champions", but unlikely to ruffle their equanimity for long as they have border protection agencies to keep out the rabble.

For those of us apparently living outside the world, if only we really were outside the reach of culturally inappropriate blatant mass marketing exercises pretending to be seasonal festivals...

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ATO, Dept of Immigration wrist-slapped for failing security audit, again

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I must admit

..its a pleasant change to see the tax office told to "bend over"

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Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

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So its completely silent...

but every cheap magnetic compass for miles around points directly at it ?

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Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

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bare bones "PHA" protection

because they dont want to miss out on selling the full featured version

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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WTF?

Re: How is it different

1. There is no learning incentive to other geese from acting against the offending goose.

2. There is no financial incentive to the regulatory authorities / legal industry for acting against wildlife.

Against drone operators, there is both the potential of a positive outcome, and a financial reward,..

How is this not obvious ?

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Dell makes $1bn bet that IoT at the edge can kill cloud computing takeover

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Joke

"On a dangerous note, if a car is controlled by a computer, and a computer can be hacked, and nothing is 100% secure, what's stopping a hacker in the future from using your own car as a weapon against you?"

The hacker wont have a job and wont be able to afford a computer...

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Leicestershire teen admits attempting to hack director of the CIA

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I really dont like replying into my own posts

but..

this is exactly what I meant about sense of proportion.

Instead of a response appropriate to the situation, its straight to DEFCON 5, crucifixions all round, midnight renditions and spitttle all over the keyboard.

As for reviewing my life history, I am old enough that when I WAS young, physical punishment was one of the consequences of excessive stupidity. Most of the voices in my head tell me I'm sane, even if some of them are compulsive liars...

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Remember back when "sense of proportion" was a thing?

Kid would do something stupid, cops/parents/random bystanders would kick his arse, everyone would move on, either lessons learnt or exercise to be repeated.

These days it seems no one can interfere with little timmies "Self Actualization" until he crosses boundaries he never learnt to respect, and the full weight and accompanying cost of the legal industry grinds into action, followed by baying media circus and several other tortured metaphors.

or

Smack your kids, its good for them.

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New coding language Fetlang's syntax designed to read like 'poorly written erotica'

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SDBM

rather tangental,

but any dyslexic who is into Suicidal Depressive Black Metal (yes, it is a thing), is heading for a world of hurt...

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Mattel's Internet-of-kiddies'-Things Aristotle canned before release

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bigger problem

"Incidentally, the cancellation robs suppliers Qualcomm and Microsoft of a showcase for the difficult AI problem of how to interact with children. ®"

Their biggest problem seems to be an absence of responsible adults.

OK, there's lots of stuff they're responsible FOR, but not much they are responsible ABOUT

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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If I am squeezing the sides of the device

its because I am trying to choke the assistant to death, not request its presence

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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Re: Flat surface sales

Problem with the bootable USB is updates - as being the likeliest cause of a bricked PC, and MS refusing to acknowledge that THEY are the problem.

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