* Posts by ridley

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

ridley

Re: EDpuzzle ?

I too love EdPuzzle, as did my students, but since my MS based school has banned & blocked Youtube then EdPuzzle will not work either as their videos are hosted on Youtube.

The only way around it is to copy the Youtube vid and then upload it to EdPuzzle but as that is likely to break copyright then I am unwilling to do that.

Knowing the control and opportunities that are available when using GSuite I for one would give my eye teeth to be a Google School. This is a view that is purely a view as an educationalist.

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Re: "Then set up a GSUITE account, force signon to your GSUITE domain,"

AC was indicating that the users wanting filtering were teacher/schools. For a school GSUITE is free.

Just how do you expect to access Youtube without involving Google?

Chrome will shortly allow you to force a signin and group policies etc will only allow one domain. Securely will only allow internet access from a school computer if your are logged into Chrome via a school GSuite Domain.

Of course, this is all MUCH easier if the school uses GSFE and Chromebooks to secure the access.

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ridley

Then set up a GSUITE account, force signon to your GSUITE domain, and then limit the Youtube videos to those authorised by teachers/it admin etc. Plus block all but authorised extensions and apps.

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Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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Re: One such trip involved “four of us sitting around a cage full of monkeys, feeding them fruit”

Ahh Mr Haines, you are sorely missed.

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: Let's make planes that can't fly......

That might have been the case when wars took many years to win/lose and development time of spitfires etc was relatively quick ie 1-2 years.

Now we have potential wars that could be over PDQ so you best make sure that you have everything you need to fight it at all times.

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

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Re: Android - open and not limited

I also have one of the Xiaomi Mi boxes, nice bit of kit and much cheaper than the Roku.

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Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe

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Railway crossings

I used to work for a company that amongst many things was proposing to supply CCTV camera etc to railway crossings as it had become apparent that the old ones needed updating as you could no longer tell if the barrier had been closed or not....

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

ridley

Some things just make you go "mmmmm"

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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When I ran a computer shop building pc's etc punters often wanted a printer with their new shiny. Trouble was the big boys were selling your typical domestic Epson etc for £3-£4 below my cost and I had to match. Solution? Sell them a printer cable for £10 at the same time.

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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Re: Look in the loft

"CPC was crap when it came out"

I will have you know that I wrote a program to control the Seawolf missile system on a CPC 6128 in assembler, tested it off the Welsh coast on HMS Broadsword.

Oh what fun we had. Seawolf trial worked. But an Exocet trial failed due to the missile deciding at the last second that it didn't want to come out and play and just sat there even though its little hutch had opened. It sulked for 1/2 an hour before it was decided it had calmed down.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

ridley

Smooth as silk?

I suspect that many will not define accelerating to 27000km/h and back again in less than half an hour as being "as smooth as silk".

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ridley

Missing the point

"Musk said he wants the BFR to replace SpaceX's existing fleet of hardware – realistically that isn't going to happen any time soon. There just isn't that much stuff that needs to go into space to make it the company's sole launch vehicle."

You are missing the point. If the BFR is fully reusable your costs per launch are so low that you do not need to lift the full 150 tonnes possible to justify the flight as the cost per flight is below that of a Falcon 9.

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

ridley

Re: Do not press

As to whether a country can afford to do this on it's own, I seem to recall that the proposed budget for ITER was 35billion dollars and there was much huffing and puffing about the cost. Remember this cost is between many nations over many years.

Lets put 35billion in context it is about what the US spends on defence per MONTH.

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

ridley

RIP A hero of the Cold War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cnrE6OhvZg

I can thoroughly recommend this documentary on the incident.

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

ridley

"People will pay what they are willing to pay, it doesn't matter how it's sliced. So the presence of VAT does act to reduce what Chris (and competitors) can get away with charging for their consultancy skills."

Except that those he is providing consulting services to are almost certainly VAT registered and so can claim the VAT back from his invoice. So the fact that he is charging VAT has no bearing on his customer's ability to pay.

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ridley

"That means that anybody who pays their taxes in the proper way without magical offshore accounting would find they had no additional liability. But the tax avoiders of Google, Apple, Microsoft, and every other big US tech company would find that they could continue to avoid "normal" taxes, but they'd then be liable for the withholding tax."

Here is the problem, just how do you decide when a company is "paying in the proper way" or not other than going to court?

This would be a minefield and the lawyers would be very happy.

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Achievement unlocked: Tesla boosts batteries for Irma refugees

ridley

Isn't it Apple that already does this with the battery capacity indicator, so that it appears that your phone/laptop can last as long on a full charge after a few years as it did when first bought?

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

ridley

Team Drives

Google Drive File Stream is a far better solution for users of Google Suite For Education now that "Team Drives" are available. It would be impractical to use Google Drive for PC/Mac* as the amount of syncing going on would be very cumbersome and it would be very likely that you would run out of local storage.

I really cannot see why they are not making File Stream available for everyone, it works very well.

*Besides Google Drive for PC was a huge bandwidth/CPU/Memory hog when syncing.

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

ridley

If he has mental health issues and is found that he killed her, then he can be held indefinitely, if not then under the laws in Denmark he goes to jail for a relatively short time by British and certainly Merkin standards.

In short, it is not in his best interests to be found to have MH issues, OTH for the authorities it would allow the possibility of life behind bars where life means life.

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Microsoft's fix for web graphics going AWOL? Disable your antivirus

ridley

Re: Who'd be a web designer?

I cannot help wondering what my school's BOFH solution to this is (I Teach) as he insists that we use IE as it is "industry standard".

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

ridley

Re: R V Jones

A long time ago the BBC made a documentary series "Secret War" which is well worth the effort of finding.

(Still think the "Connections" series is worth a look too)

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

ridley

Whilst that may be true, capitalism also cares if there is no one able to pay for the goods/services.

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

ridley

Re: No, it wasn't a long long time ago .........

If your paddles were broken what you needed was.....cyclepong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9urO--9rZeA

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AlphaBay and Hansa: About those dark web marketplaces takedowns

ridley

I could never understand why when we were in Helmand, Afghanistan we tried to persuade the Afghans not to grow poppies (going so far as destroying crops) when the poppies were the best money earning crop that the Afghan farmers could grow.

Meanwhile back in blighty because of the shortage of Opiods in the NHS we were, at great expense, licencing some UK farmers to grow poppies....

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

ridley

Re: C90 cassette, as that medium was the dominant way of storing Speccy programs and data

Or use your ears.

Perhaps displaying a misspent youth I could identify the program from its opening warble, no sissy counters for me.

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Guess who doesn't have to pay $1.3bn in back taxes? Of course it's fscking Google

ridley

Re: 700 employees in France but Google does not have an office in France.

And can you blame them?

The problem is not with Google, Apple et al but with the laws setup by governments.

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

ridley

Don't forget Brainstorm.

Well if you are going to go you may as well go with a bang (or two)

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SpaceX halts Intelsat 35e launch twice in a row

ridley

Re: Better safe than sorry

Don't be daft.

In many states buying fireworks is illegal as they are too dangerous. Have they heard of the NRA?

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

ridley

Not much point in doing the experiment if the results are not measurable.

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

ridley

Re: Please add BT to your list

Can't remember which distributor it was but I remember calling them one day and being put through several levels of hell before being put into a queue.

You are number 19 in the queue please hold, your call is important to us.

Musak

You are number 18 in the queue please hold, your call is important to us.

Musak

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Many minutes later.

You are number 1 in the queue please hold, your call is important to us.

Musak

Thankyou for calling X, our offices are now closed, our opening times are xxx - xxx

With the opening times plainly showing that all of the people in the queue had been holding to hear that the offices were closed.

I wouldn't be surprised if it was a premium number..

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

ridley

Re: There's an opportunity here

Like the box fitted to the Dreamliner you mean? That ended well.

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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

ridley

GSuite File Sharing

"You’ll be sending a link to the file’s web location in Google Drive and the recipient will need a Google Account to even view them."

Not quite. Just change the sharing options to either public or anyone with link.

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50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

ridley

Re: Extinct in ten years?

2.5% Transaction fees has a huge impact on low margin businesses, say PC components.

Remember the 2.5% is on the transaction cost ie inc VAT so in effect you have to allow for a 3% loss in gross margin for plastic transactions.

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SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

ridley

Re: @John Smith ... Even old curmudgeons knows nothing of any use about subject they are posting on.

The Soviets launched two manned spacecraft from the same launchpad less than 24 hours apart in 1962 https://www.seeker.com/the-soviets-first-space-rendezvous-1765928597.html

So it can be done.

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'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

ridley
Facepalm

I don't know what the fuss is about

The F35B's range is so small the carrier will always be in view anyway.

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Varjo promises Oculus-killing VR/AR, but is it the next Magic Leap?

ridley

"pretty much restricted to watching "360" movies - and they'll never get anywhere with that"

I've been led to believe that there is quite a market for 360° movies that can only be seen privately.

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2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

ridley

It does;t happen as much nowadays as teachers just do not have the time available to lend to open ended projects when they have all the marking and prep and are "encouraged" to attend after school intervention/tuition/revision sessions all the time.

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ridley

What like this you mean?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j0sAD11x_0

I have built one and used it when teaching Science, also the version that use the kids smartphones to do the detecting. There is endless scope for STEM but it is often encouraged as you are "not following the Scheme of Work" etc.

Also the departments tend to be very territorial and although they talk about cooperation in reality they do little voluntarily. Getting the D&T department to let me use the 3D printers is more than their job is worth as I am in Science and Computing. It is all very sad.

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ridley

Don't be daft our web filtering system would have a fit with 100's of kids producing HTTPS.

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ridley

Re: When you deskill for 40 years and then promote outsourcing to other countries....

I agree re the use of Raspberry Pi's (the STEM GCSE looks pretty bad though) but the Raspberry Pi foundation are not helping school's by making the RaPi Zero only available singularly.

I want to fit out a lab and using Zero's would be a considerable saving but it is hardly an option when you order one at a time.

Why don't they just charge a few quid more or subcontract the manufacturing out? I will bet that there are loads of manufacturers that would love to mass produce them.

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ridley

Re: Too Hard? WTF

As a teacher I can see why controller assessments were phased out, there was just too much blatant cheating going on. Sadly most of it was by the teachers.

I made myself very unpopular indeed when I went to the deputy head and said I wanted none of it and would refuse to do what I was seeing going on around me. Strangely enough since then I have never taken another CA but it has made my life difficult as I am not seen as a "team player".

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

ridley

Re: not necessarily

Don't be daft now. Homeopathic "medicines" ARE a placebo.

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

ridley

Re: Two inputs, no output?

https://goo.gl/r6yXQe

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

ridley

They will not only be after May's blood but the Tories in general for condoning the deal. I cannot see the up side for them on this deal.

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

ridley

Re: "the printer was no longer visible"

Google have stated that they do no slurping of GSuite Accounts and I find it hard not to believe them. If they do they are REALLY stupid and I think many things about Google but thinking them stupid isnt one.

The moment they were found to be slurping kids accounts etc then schools would drop them in droves.

Google want to do a Bank job on the kids, get them used to it at a young age and like most people and bank accounts they will never leave (even after they do start slurping)

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

ridley
Holmes

Re: For the phone scammers ...

In my days of running a small bespoke PC/Components business that also supplied mail order, scammers were a constant problem. The only saving grace was that they were invariably stupid by "buying" large quantities of large value items on their CC without asking for discount etc.Oh and invariably the delivery address was part of a block of flats so they could pull the "Oh is that parcel for number 945? (ninth floor), sorry mate the lift isnt working shall I take it off you here?",

Several times I tried to involve the police but they were not interested as if I sent out an empty box and the customer turned out to be real then they would be knowingly involved with fraud, I was reluctant to send out thousands of pounds of kit that if everything went wrong I would lose and if everything went well would spend months/years as evidence.

So what did I do, tell them the parcel is on the way.

Next day they would call asking for an update on delivery time which was always "ten minutes away"

The longest I had a scum bag waiting in a smelly stair well for was three days

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US Air Force networks F-15 and F-22 fighters – in flight!

ridley

Re: "That's a huge pod. In a day when cellphones are a couple of ounces, why is that so big?"

Or you could just build the aerials in the form of a phased array into the upper surface of the plane.

Who knows maybe they already have done this after all you do not want to be doing loads of comms stuff so that all unsundry can pick it up esp if you are trying to be, well, stealthy.

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ridley

Re: yep

Can you please explain how an F35 can have a Thrust to Weight ration of less than 1 and still do a vertical take off?

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Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers

ridley

Re: For college kids Apple still has the better offer

With the funding crisis in schools I suspect that more and more schools will go Google.

My school have calculated that they can save £100,000 per year by going Google, that sort of saving is hard to dismiss when the only other choice is to drop a subject from the curriculum or increase class sizes, again.

Of course it does help that Google Suite for Education is pretty damn good, far better than what we have now. I think it is superb as an educational tool.

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SpaceX spin-out plans to put virtual machines in orbit

ridley
Pirate

I can see the final resting place for both PirateBay and KickAss.

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