* Posts by ridley

402 posts • joined 27 Aug 2008

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The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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"YouTube has clear policies prohibiting any content that disputes the existence and transmission of COVID-19 as described by the WHO and the NHS."

Has anyone found this policy?

I have found a policy that advises that if you want to monetise you content that you should not do x-y and recommends that if you want to monetise it that you should not dispute the existence and transmission of COVID-19 as described by the WHO and the NHS.

But that isn't a ban, just means you won't make money.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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Re: I don't think Apple and Google are creating an app

Dont be silly they can't reject an EU proposal and go their own way hat would require sovereignty.

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Re: Hanlon's razor

Presumably the gov had several proposals that they could have chosen the best from or were they just given Dom's mates one?

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard

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Re: Anti 5Ger

No you are not right.

5G is at a much higher, but still safe, frequency that does not penetrate or go around corners too well so would not have been very good for terrestrial TV

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

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It's in the waves

Don'f fall for it people, don't you know the disease is in the waves? Just turn it off!

/s

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Re: British soln

I used multiple Rabbit phones at my home business, allowed the same handsets to access multiple lines without spending loads.

Worked great for years.

Happy memories

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Re: Good for data-less phone plans

Whilst I agree with your sentiment I would not suggest you accompany the BOFH whilst composting a roll of carpet with your phone turned on, data package or not.

OK brainiacs, we've got an IT cold case for you: Fatal disk errors on an Amiga 4000 with 600MB external SCSI unless the clock app is... just so

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Re: Whoa, that was a nasty gremlin

Wow, now Agnus or should I say Jolyon I remember you well, we met a few times at shows and I believe a developer conference.

Now that takes me back.

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My part in CBM's downfall.

Having an Amiga A4000/030 and lusting after the power of those '040's I decided to get the daughter board and source the CPU's from elsewhere as the daughter board with CPU IIRC was about £700, a lot in those days.

So I ordered the daughter board off CPC? Farnell? for £29 but was told that they were on back order.

Six months! Later I received my daughter board..complete with cpu and cooler all for £29. Now some people would have alerted Farnell to the mistake and others would have placed an order for all the daughter boards in stock. IIRC there were 20-30 in stock...

Education tech supplier RM smacked by UK schools closure

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Re: Garbage

Great except Google Chrome books and Chrome bases will do pretty much everything you want bar video editing for a fraction of the cost and with great educational software and community.

RM have had their day the future is not with them.

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks

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Nothing better than sneaking up on someone and firing up the chainsaw

BOFH: Gosh, IPv5? Why didn't I think of that? Say, how do you like the new windows in here? Take a look. Closer...

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As connoisseur of all things BOFH that is one of the best.

ps someone owes me a new keyboard.

Just the place you'd want to spot a BSOD: While waiting in line for a roller coaster that lifts you up 124ft

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Re: confidence inspiring

Most coasters do not have an active braking system anymore, for just this sort of reason.

They usually rely on a metal plate under the carriages passing through magnets attached on the side of the track. When they do this large amount of eddy currents/electricity is generated, the energy to do this is taken from the motion of the carriages.

No moving parts, no computers just physics.

Breaker one-nine, this trucker's rubber ducked, facing a year in the slammer for Acer laptop thefts

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Tracing

I am a bit surprised, given the nature of Chromebooks, that they have not been able to trace some of the Chromebooks and then back up the chain.

Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report

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Re: Alternatively

Most Dr's are on short term contracts that are renewed you cannot really have a lockin clause if you don't want to lock them in yourself.

What do we want? A proper review of IR35! When do we want it? Last year! Bunch of IT contractors protest outside UK Parliament

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pay cuts

You cannot take a pay cut if you are not an employee.

Come on el reg.

Contractors welcome Lords inquiry into IR35 before tax reforms hit private sector but fear it's 'too little, too late'

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Re: When is a duck not a duck?

In many cases being s dole trader us a dick move. If someone stiffs you then you can lose everything and I mean everything.

There is a reason why people choose limited liability.

Also selling a sole trader company can be difficult.

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Re: When is a duck not a duck?

If HMRC make the rules a cast in stone checklist then it would be easy to find a loophole, they have to make it vague so that they can argue that there are no loopholes....

Remember that 2024 Moon thing? How about Mars in 2033? Authorization bill moots 2028 for more lunar footprints

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Re: Um... cost and sustainability (of the mission, long term)

What o don't get about SLS is using shuttle engines, sure you have some lying around but when you run out surely it is going to be a huge waste of money to remake fantastically advanced resubale engines in order to three them away.

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You are Buzz Aldrin and I claim my $5

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Re: Are we there yet?

For this to work the spun structure needs to be very large or at least a long way from the hub.

If not then you are going to have real problems with different parts of your body experiencing different amounts of "g". I cannot remember the figure for the minimum radios needed but it is much bigger than you think.

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Re: Are we there yet?

Nah, your space ship doesn't have to be light weight just go nuclear.

Project Orion you know it makes sense.

How a Kaggle Grandmaster cheated in $25,000 AI contest with hidden code – and was fired from dream SV job

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"Harnessing the power of data"

Not entirely convinced that the sponsor for this article will want to be associated with it.

Boeing aircraft sales slump to historic lows after 737 Max annus horribilis

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I am impressed that they delivered nearly 3 a day last year, that's going some.

All commercial?

Blackout Bug: Boeing 737 cockpit screens go blank if pilots land on specific runways

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Re: Lifestyle change

I can thoroughly recommend reading "Chickenhawk" an account of a Huey driver in Vietnam.

I particularly liked the passage when he was on a rescue mission and was far too overloaded to take off in the tiny clearing he had landed in (he would need to be moving to get clear air).

So he just made the clearing bigger using the rotors...

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Re: Lifestyle change

When I worked in Pakistan I would frequently fly into Multan airport and on more than one occasion the flight was guided in by a helicopter gunship flying alongside.

Very disconcerting.

NASA's monster rocket inches towards testing while India plots return to the Moon

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Re: We're still catching up to the NASA of the 1960s in many ways

Film or the TV series?

The Register disappears up its own fundament with a Y2K prank to make a BOFH's grinchy heart swell with pride

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For it has been said for every Rick there is a Morty

Beware the three-finger-salute, or 'How I Got The Keys To The Kingdom'

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Now don't be silly Eric would have been fine.

The trainee on the other hand...

Oh this 2019 timeline. Finish this sentence: Austrian politico accused of spending €3,000 a month on ...

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Re: These are interesting times

I am not entirely certain that even that is needed anymore given what was said during the recent election.

At least in the past the politicians avoided answering the question rather than lying, now they just plain lie and no one seems to care.

Canada's .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired

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Re: Do you think

Being devil's advocate here but there could be a case for disciplinary action against the IT workers for covering up the images when first found.

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing

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Re: So many flaws

Barrels generaly have "live" beer in them, kegs are carbonated from gas cylinders and the beer is for all intents and purposes pasteurised.

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Re: So many flaws

Or drink out of cans.

US and China wave white flags, hit pause button on trade war

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Do stupid people know they are stupid?

Take Sajid Javid's comments on IR35 UK contractor rules with a bucket of salt, warns tax guru

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Re: Porkies

Maybe I am being thick buy what is anti Semitic about that comment?

Astroboffins peeved as SpaceX's Starlink sats block meteor spotting – and could make us miss a killer asteroid

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Re: "Accurate [..] predictions are essential for understanding the hazard they pose to spacecraft"

I am having trouble determining what you are getting at here.

Are you really suggesting the the advantage with space telescopes is that they are in s different position do get a different view? Or possibly are you saying that because they are in space they have a stationary platform?

Telescopes on the ground have a huge advantage over space based ones as they can be huge. Names such as VLT, Very large telescope, ELT extremely large telescope and the OWL Overwhelmingly large telescope give the game away.bring big they can gather more light and have a greater resolving power.

As for calculating the area of the sky occluded you are forgetting that they are moving, astronomers take images over seconds/minutes/hours so the chance of a satellite streaking across the image is high. Esp with 12000 in leo.

That code that could never run? Well, guess what. Now Windows thinks it's Batman

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Re: True multitasking didn't exist ...

Cough: AmigaOS :Cough

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Re: Assume the worst

Agreed, he should have put in Whitehall 1212 as the contact.

Morrisons tells top court it's not liable for staffer who nicked payroll data of 100,000 employees

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Re: Depends if decent efforts at data security made by Morrisons

Nor is it practical in small companies so presumably they would be held at a lower level of redponsibility.?

Bloodhound rocket car target of 550mph put on ice after engine overheat

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Re: I have a bad feeling about this project...

Have a look at John Cobb's demise on YouTube like Campbell he died on water whilst attempting a record. His did the opposite if Campbell's and dived rather than flew it was all over incredibly quickly ,mercifully.

Respect to all those who push the envelope just because it is there.

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Re: I have a bad feeling about this project...

Now that would be impressive in a desert.

(Too soon?)

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Re: Dear AC

Trying to put a specific value to the speed of sound like that is a fools errand.

The actual speed if sound depends on so many criteria for that specific place at that specific time.

The actual speed of sound will vary thoughout the day even at a specific location.

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Re: Dear AC

Are you going for maximum down votes?

(I know that is asking for it but I am willing to take one for the team)

World's largest heap of untreated nuclear waste needs more bots to cart around irradiated crap

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Re: Holiday at Windscale '74

"badly, lazily, ignorantly."

Give me an example, just one, where large scale industrial processes have not become "routine" and gave not been run lazily, badly and in ignorance.

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I am pretty sure that even BoJo has had to give up writing his spaff for the papers once he became X minister.

Cortana makes your PC's heart beat faster: Windows 10 update leaves some processors hot under the cooler

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Killed my audio..

Still not got it working again, even after uninstalling what I can

Gov flings £10m to help businesses get Brexit-ready with, um... information packs

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Re: Looks like el Reg is being as disingenuous as the Biased Broadcasting Corporation

"That's how things work in a democracy. We get a vote and the result is enacted"

Well that's news to me. I have been voting for 40years and my vote has had FA enacted.

But that's what FPTP does for the majority of the electorate. Democracy in Britain? Pah..

Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date

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Re: Consumer Rights?

Funny that anyone buying a Vista machine or Win7 machine never succeeded in a claim when their OS went EOL.

Or millions of people buying Android or even iPhones that are not updated or OS goes EOL.

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Re: That's Chromebook right out of my buying list then

You could of course just load Chtomium OS into your Chromebook if you wanted an up to date OS.

US soldier cleared of taking armoured vehicle out for joyride – because he's insane, court says

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Re: How things have changed

Do the Dutch football fans when Holland are playing Germany still ask the Germans for their bicycles back?

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