* Posts by iRadiate

78 posts • joined 13 Jan 2009

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What could go wrong? Delta to use facial recog to automate bag drop-off

iRadiate

If face recognition lets me into a country then why can't it be used for dropping backs. Surely the same system. Put your passport into a reader. Look at the camera. Wait for green light and place your bags in the carousel. Red light means you wait for an assistant.

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Indian Business Machines? One-third of Big Blue staff based there and Bangladesh

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Re: IBM == Indian Bollywood Movies

Nuff said?

Actually i don't get it.

Seems such a random connection.

Are you saying IBM a tech company is actually making Indian movies or employing Bollywood actors?

Also why 'indian' Bollywood movies? Is this to differentiate from the Iranian Bollywood movies or the Indonesian Bollywood movies or perhaps the Iraqi Bollywood movies?

You sir are a complete ...,...

Nuff said.

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

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We measure time as data......

It's 30mb past 8. I need to get to work....

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

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Re: Security Theatre

Surely that means you need an assembled bomb in the hold. I would think an assembled bomb is more likely to be detected via x-rays etc than one that needs to be put together in the cabin.

Hence luggage in the hold is likely to be safer as the detection rate is better.

Dunno maybe I'm putting too much faith in airport security.

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Re: Checked in luggage

Simple. Have you seen how checked in luggage is handled once it's out of sight? It's thrown about all over the place by the ground. If there's a bomb in there then it will explode enroute to the plane while on the ground and not in the plane itself.

We all think it's because the ground crews are pricks but really it's an added security check.

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Google's stock rating downgraded as YouTube ad boycott contagion goes global

iRadiate

I don't think anyone is asking for content to be removed. They just don't want their ads next to a video of a jihadist lunatic because the odd click on those ads generates a bit of revenue for those nutters.

It's not about censorship. It's about not wanting to be associated with those pricks.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk blocks control tool TeamViewer

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Re: Re : I wonder where the scammers got hold of their client telephone numbers from.. India?

Yeah those less civilised countries that can that put up over 100 satellites in a single launch...Who needs em?

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

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Re: CAPS LOCK

It's not big NOR clever.

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Dyson backs Britain plc with $2.5bn AI and robotics investment

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Re: What about Brunel? (and dozens of others)

Being not dead seems a reasonable measure of success ;)

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Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

iRadiate

Seriously?

I could draw you a diagram with my other hand if you like.

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

iRadiate

Streetmap App

Thought I'd try and support them by downloading their mobile app and switch to using that instead of Google's app.

Unbelievable that in the 10 years they've been crying foul they, haven't designed a mobile app. 90% of my mapping stuff happens on my phone.

When things were going well they should have invested in their business. When things started to go bad they should have invested in their business. When things went to pot they should have tried to at least keep pace with their competitors.

I have no sympathy for them just as I have none for taxi drivers bitching about Uber.

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New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

iRadiate

Use Bluetooth.

EVERYTHING is better with Bluetooth.

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

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Re: Dunno, Man

With that kind of track record perhaps it's you that's the problem and not the technology?

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Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

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Re: Evidence it was the Russians what dunnit

Genocide != Infantcide

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

iRadiate

Game of shite. Winter is coming.

Game of shite. Winter is coming.

Game of shite. Winter is coming.

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Uber is watching your smartphone's battery charge

iRadiate

Re: Alternative vehicles

You've never used Uber.

My experience around the US, UK, Europe and Mexico has been a free bottle of water. Access to all sorts of charging cable for your device and even free sweets in the door wells.

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Former Autonomy CFO indicted in USA for misleading investors

iRadiate

Re: slight of hand

One problem might be that that is several orders of magnitude less than what they paid. :)

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LinkedIn, Dropbox hack suspect named as Yevgeniy Nikulin by US prosecutors

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Re: One Way Traffic

Why would that be a worrying precedent?. The law is the law in the country that's made them whether you agree with them or not. So if for example I defaced a religious website hosted in 'whereveristan' with pictures of pigs or images of the prophet doing the naughty with an animal then yes I would expect to be extradited and tried under Sharia law. Just because there's another word in front of the word 'law' doesnt make it any less valid. Having said that I would hope my own government would prevent the extradition on the grounds that the expected punishment for a guilty verdict doesn't fit the crime.

Just like they're doing for that Laurie Love chap. Oh wait... Damn.

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Samsung patches Galaxy Note 7 to not explode as two-thirds of phones recalled

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Re: Hmmm

I'd love to reside in your ivory tower.

Meanwhile back on planet earth Samsung is navigating the myriad of local and international consumer laws the best it can.

I think the only truly negative thing you can say about them is that they took too long to react when the problem first appeared and we're too quick to say they had identified the cause of the fault.

However once they got their thumbs out of their collective arses I think they did and are doing everything they're legally allowed to do.

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Oracle rip-off merchants Rimini Street fined another $28m, hit with permanent ban

iRadiate

Re: Orabully

How does kicking a thief in the testes make the victim a bully?

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

iRadiate

Re: Meter reader requires slightly more training

Sure but can they install or exchange Meters? Are they certified gas and electricity engineers ? No? Well many meter readers have to be because reading meters is just part of their job.

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iRadiate

Re: No, thank you.

Saving of 3 quid in monetary terms by your delivery van analogy which is not quite correct since a Meter reader requires slightly more training because unlike in your blinkered world some Meter readers will be qualified to do more than just read your meter and therefore costs more to employ but I'll go with 3 quid for now.

Also a saving in terms of reduced CO2 and other crap from his vehicle by not needing to come to my house for such a trivial job. A nominal saving in terms of slightly fewer cars on the road.

A saving in my time in the sense I don't need to be at home to have my Meter read.

A saving in my time in not having to phone or email a correct reading when a home visit hasn't been made in over 2 years. There are probably other minor savings.

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Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phablets recalled immediately

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Re: I'm off bargain hunting

Why? Issue doesn't affect S7s. It affects Note 7s.

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How much does your kid hate exams? This lad hacked his government to skip them

iRadiate

Re: "I asked for a car...

These days there's not much of a difference. With the amount of tech in cars now they're basically computers with 4 wheels.

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Jovial NASA says Juno flyby a success

iRadiate

Re: A seriously souped-up V8?

2/3 the speed of light?

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

iRadiate

tea first.

You get the best cup of tea when you pour on boiling water or water with a temperature of at least 96 degrees C. Adding milk first will not allow the tea to come in contact with boiling water so you'll get a crappy cuppa.

On the other hand coffee should be made with water at less than 96 degrees which is why you get a good cup off coffee if you add the milk first.

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India trumpets seventh navigation sat launch

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Re: "We will determine our own paths powered by our technology"

hmmm. India have sent a successful mission to Mars. The UK sent a mission to Mars too a few years ago. I believe they've only just found the wreckage.

Not sure what your experience of Indian code shops is but the UK's experience of their in-house code shops is spread out over a sizable portion of Mars.

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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Re: revenge porn

yes for revenge porn they would need to be erotic.

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

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Re: winchester

good god! parkhd.

That's a blast from the past (I think).

I have Alzheimer's so had to log onto my LinkedIn profile to check my age.

damn I'm old....

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Cricket can get nasty: India v Pakistan rivalry boils over into cyber-war

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Re: You ruled those land

oh shut up.

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OnePlus ends rationing. You can now buy its phones just like that!

iRadiate

Re: What?

The last thing you do is turn down customers, the customers go elsewhere and remember that your company is a arse and don't shop there.

Correct. I went elsewhere and won't look at them again. Screw 'em; Not that they'll miss a couple of hundred quid from little old me.

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Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi

iRadiate

For all the Nay Sayers... BYOB

Bring Your Own Banana

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Look! Up in the sky! Five Brit satellites on one Indian rocket!

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Re: A country that can't afford

You couldn't make it up? You just did.

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India digs deep to bury neutrino-hunting chamber

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Re: AID !!

Fair enough you're technically correct but is it really 'aid' when the country in question doesn't want it. More like a forced gift to make the gift giver feel good about themselves.

India had said for about 4 or 5 years now that they don't want the cash as they don't need it. It's a matter of pride. My sister brought over a hamper of food a few years ago when I was out of work. The 'aid' although well intentioned wasn't wanted and made me feel inadequate. I politely declined it.

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iRadiate

Re: AID !!

So predictable. If this were an episode of Qi then there would be a massive sign showing the phrase 'and yet we give them aid' along with a loud klaxon going off

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Sony releases Nork flick The Interview straight to DVD (digital video download)

iRadiate

I've been honey dicked

After watching the film last night I have a feeling I may have been honey dicked.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

iRadiate

do the mother and daughter

Make use of other 'public' WiFi hotspots that originate from within other peoples homes?.

If I were Comcast I'd look at their account history to see how often they've done that.

Should still be an opt-in but I suspect they make use of that service themselves when out and about.

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Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer

iRadiate

Went to a 2 Vodafone stores in coventry yesterday. Was saturated. Staff couldn't cope. They were taking names like in a restaurant. Waiting time was around 20 minutes to see a sales rep.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

iRadiate

Oh dear. Another prick.

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

iRadiate

perhaps it was deliberate

As a reaction to the Ukrainian situation. Russia has already said they won't be buying food from the EU for the next 12 months. Now they mess up two satellites...

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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Re: take the moral high ground

@gjd

Interesting use of the phrase 'we'll just have to rinse and repeat as required.'

Easy to say when you're not the one doing the rinsing or repeating.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Demons, Drugs and Genius

@Red Bren

Well fucking said mate!

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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

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Prat

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Indian rocket set to sling five satellites

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Re: Or for that matter

No you can't. You've clearly never been there. Try dropping a brown in the lobby of the Hilton Doubletree in Delhi and see what happens.

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iRadiate

Congratulations.

You've won this weeks prize for most predictable post in response to a positive story coming from India.

>> Now how about offering schooling to every child

It's work in progress. To do this they need money. To get money they need a strong economy. To get a strong economy they need a good technological infrastructure to sell their services to countries that need them.

One of the ways they can achieve this is to build and/or launch their own satellites and prove to the world that they are every bit as competent in this area as the US or China or Russia. The money and expertise that this generates gets fed back into the Country.

>> reducing the poverty in your country

To what ?

In 2005 there were an estimated 400 million people in poverty (approx 37%).

In 1994 there were 45% in poverty

In 2013 there were 269 million (approx 22%).

Clearly poverty is reducing in India.

I believe they've met your criteria since you didn't bother to state what an acceptable level was.

Compare that to the UK where approx 15% are in poverty and the levels have actually increased by 1% between 1994 and 2012.

Sure in terms of people India has more people in poverty but they are actively working to reduce it.

To reduce poverty they need to get money. To get money ... Oh I've already said all that.

>> get rid of the racist caste system

It's not racist. They are all Hindus in the caste system. Sure it's not fair but what the heck has that got to do with you and what's the link between that and satellites ?. How will abolishing one help the other?

Meethinks it's simply the fact that as a nation they are progressing in leaps about bounds with regards to technology that's really bugging you. It's the fact that India can launch things into space while the UK can at best build a high speed railway that's really pissing you off I think.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

iRadiate

That's a typical comment from people who don't fully understand how all this stuff works. Tesco (and others) have multi-dimensional traveling salesman problems. It's not just about distance but also time slots, lateness, overtime, weight and sometimes volume of goods on the vans, length of time perishable goods can remain on a vehicle, chilled goods, frozen goods, drive time limits etc. The Tesco scheduling system is highly configurable. They can get almost any desired behaviour from it.

In order to get your delivery and everyone else's delivery on time, their system is compelled to do exactly what you described. Making a delivery too early is sometimes as bad as making it too late because the customer may not be at home 5 minutes before their stated time slot. Imagine if they had knocked on your door 15 minutes early and you weren't in. Your subsequent complaint would be as valid as if they had knocked on your door 15 minutes late.

Customer satisfaction is extremely important to Tesco hence they are willing to sacrifice a little efficiency so that you get your bread on time otherwise they would have continued to offer AM/PM type slots as they did a few years ago. The reason the vehicle drove off elsewhere after delivering your neighbours goods would have almost certainly have been to ensure that the other deliveries were done on time and that yours was not done too early. Also your house may well have been on the vehicle's route back to depot. i.e they probably had to go past your house anyway so they may not have had such an inefficient route as you seem to think. I've seen the Tesco operation in action and it is extremely impressive what they do and how they do it. (I don't work for Tesco by the way).

Also you are correct. If you could sync your deliveries with your neighbour then you (or perhaps just one of you) may even get cheaper delivery options.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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just a single email?

Forget the content of emails for a moment. Is the NSA saying that in all the time Snowdon worked for them he only ever sent a single email? No emails arranging to meet up with a colleague for a drink or discussing a sports results or anything trivial? Or is the NSA saying that the one email they released is the closest they have to him raising any concerns?

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Re: worth watching

'A fairly simple device that actually performs well on voice calls and has a slide out keyboard for exchanging texts with my son at University is all I have needed.'

Really, that's really all you've ever needed ?

Never needed a camera/camcorder at a random moment ?

Never wanted to connect to the internet at a random moment ?

Never needed to find your way when you're lost at a random moment ?

Never wanted to listen to music at a random moment ?

Sure there are devices that allow you to do all of the above really well but surely the convenience of being able to do all of this without the extra weight of disparate devices and charging cables etc makes a smart phone the smart thing to carry around.

As for the ridiculous price, lets add some rough numbers

Camera £150

MP3 player £20

Sat Nav £200

Phone £100

Tablet/Laptop ????

That's over £400 already which isn't too far off the price of some smart phones.

'Am I missing something?'

The 21st Century perhaps ?

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'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

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If only she was a Brazilian and not Arabic.

Is it me or do the people around the stadium look like stubble ?

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RED planet, INDIAN mission: Space probe prepares for voyage to Mars orbit

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Re: Why am I not supprised.....

Perhaps. Then again they may get some science done and at the same time piss all over a few first world countries I could mention that spend their time standing on the sidelines with no aspirations of their own. Personally I'd love it if my country entered the passing game but we're too busy spending out money on bailing out bankers. When we do spend large amounts of money it will be to shave a few minutes off journey times between London and Birmingham.

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