* Posts by Intractable Potsherd

2847 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Re: Envision away Mr. Harrison.

@Charles 9 - then subversion becomes mandatory...

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Re: I really wonder what goes on inside these companies

@ Charles 9 - "... the situation's deteriorating to the point neither parent can be counted to be home for any significant length of time (or else they go behind on the bills and lose their domicile)."

I would expect that to part of the overhaul of the system. Valuing parenthood is something 1st world countries should be doing.

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Surprising no one, Google to appeal against European Commission's €4.34bn Android fine

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Re: EU SSR Ivan5

Hey look - Jeremy Hunt has a new pseudonym!

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UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: Remainers should be Leavers

... and what about those who are Scottish and love Scotland/Welsh who love Wales/Northern Irish and live Northern Ireland/Cornish who love Kernow etc, etc?? There is much more complexity than you realise. I was born in England, moved to Scotland less than ten years ago, and consider myself a Scottish. Instead of referenda about individual nations of the UK having independence, what we should have is Scotland, NI and Wales having the chance to throw England out.

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Re: Hopefully fixed by later tonight

But it means that you are putting your mother in a category you imply you are not willing to be put in - i.e. those being spied on by corporate interests. There is something deeply uncomfortable about those saying "my privacy counts, but theirs doesn't" when posting on a forum where most people are aware of the risk:benefit ratio and can make an informed decision.

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That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought

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Re: Plenty of Google Chrome alternatives

@Joe Drunk: +1 for Brave on Android. It is my main browser these days - stable, effective, and minimises the crap every single website seems to come with as standard these days.

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HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

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Re: "HMRC settled the tribunal case immediately before it was due to start"

@grizzlybaz: True, but then so would great swathes of private enterprise employees. Incompetence is pretty much universal, with small pockets of [temporary] hope for the human race.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

Intractable Potsherd

That makes at least two of us! I've recently been looking for another to have in store, and they seem to be in short supply, though.

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The page forward/backward keys are a deal-breaker for me - too useful to ever go without again.

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

Intractable Potsherd

Just had a quick look at your previous posts. I think it is fair to say that you are somewhat monotonous on the topic of Microsoft (or an astroturfer).

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Re: Iain Rankin?

Add Iain Banks and we're sorted (Charlie Stross doesn't write much about Edinburgh, or Scotland in general, but IB's novels are very Scottish).

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Activists raise alarm over insidious creep of surveillance in the UK

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Re: "Do any of those topics interest you?"

Courgette and ginger jam is very nice - and just about the only valid use for courgette :-)

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IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND

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Re: Vacant expression @Aaiieeee

"A[s]certaining my own state of mind ... is entirely on me - I prefer it that way! I don't need anyone else deciding what I want or need."

You aren't married, are you?

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A third of London boroughs 'fess to running unsupported server software

Intractable Potsherd

I still have friends and family there (I escaped!), and your characterisation is remarkably accurate, Mr Brown!

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The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

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Re: This could be entertaining

"... another fad that will be put to rest along with Google Glasses."

Whilst I still think Google Glass was/is a bad idea in so many ways, having two-year-old twins has often had me wishing for a means of taking photos without use of my hands! If Google had marketed them at parents instead of hipsters, history could have been very different! (I hope this doesn't give them any ideas...)

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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I had that exact scenario in my head, but knew it would be far more prosaic. I like the world in my head.

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Re: Gatport Airwick

I prefer Gitwack - it seems appropriate (one of the worst airports I have ever used).

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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I recently bought two of the magnetic cable/connector combos. I'm not impressed, personally - the magnets are weak, so the flap on my phone cover pushes the cable laterally out of contact. On my tablet with no cover, the slightest twist in the cable will deranged the connection. Maybe I bought from a bad manufacturer, but I now have no confidence in the set up at all.

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Medical device vuln allows hackers to falsify patients' vitals

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Re: Use case

"Or take the easier option - torch a dozen ambulances and cause a lot more deaths."

That's a blunt tool with a different type of outcome. The scenario you responded to is directed at an individual, probably with a specific reason. Your scenario is not directed at a specific target, but catches random others. To me, it would be part of a disruption of society, and, though I never use the term lightly*, would probably be classed as terrorist action.

*For example, I spent several minutes swearing at the TV for classing a Fiesta driver's actions as "terrorist" simply because of location and skin colour. Morons.

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Re: Spot on sir.@cornz 1

"The nearest to "off-road" they ever get is going up the bloody kerb."

And that only to park in the most inconvenient place. My experience of posh 4WD drivers on the move is that they will always be at least 2 feet from the edge of the road - annoying when on a road that is two cars plus 18 inches wide...

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Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

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Re: Spacecrafts

Nope - I wanted to read the other comments to see if anyone else had spotted it before commenting, though!

Another one that always seems odd to me is "radars" - I always thought the plural of radar was "radar"...

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: "...hashland would sound silly." @Dave 126

Another great source of information on punctuation and symbols is "Shady Characters" -

https://shadycharacters.co.uk. Have a look if you are at all interested in this sort of stuff!

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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Re: Amadeus @ABC

"Why should a tall person get a discount?"

Because there is nothing that can be done about being tall, unlike most obesity. I could equally ask why a short person should get a discount.

Me - I'm 6'6", why do you ask? :-)

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: Big fines are just a cost of doing big business

"For example,... impose (for example) a ban on new customer sign up or new product sales to create a similar financial impact."

Interesting, but why hit consumer choice? Like it or not, most people who buy Android phones a) want an Android phone, and b) don't give a toss about all this stuff. Saying to EU citizens "We have decided that you cannot buy the phone you want for reasons we deem to be important but you don't" would be folly of the highest order.

I know from your extensive comments that would like to see the EU gone, but it seems two-faced of you to suggest a solution of a type that you would ordinarily criticise the EU for doing (so maybe you have an ulterior motive in this suggestion?)

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Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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"Nah, the the seasonal turnip pickers from Eastern Europe would just switch to the fibre-laying season." Meaning that it would be work done by people who actually want to graft - let's face it, those fruit and veg could have been picked by UK citizens for years - but they haven't.

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UK.gov: New London courthouse will focus on crimes of a cyber nature

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Don't hold back - tell us what you really think :-)

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No more slurping of kids' nationalities, Brit schools told

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Re: Invasion?

What - you mean people who voted to leave the EU? Or maybe militant feminists? Since there is no other group with even the slightest possibility of "taking over", or even a desire to, I can only think you are writing hyperbolically. (Seriously, I know which group you are referring to, which means you are merely writing hyper-bollocks.)

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A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?

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Re: Killer feature maybe

A nice app for getting profiles on your phone is "Sound Profile". The guy who is responsible for it, Tony Corcanoe, is really helpful, and doesn't faff with it for no reason.

Disclaimer: I have nothing to do with the app, other than being a satisfied user for several years.

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Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: What do people want in a smartwatch?

@JohnFen: Your comment about your requirements are exactly the same as mine! Can we really be the only two people who want something so straight-forward? ("What I want from a smartwatch:

week-long battery life

ability to act as an extension to my phone: see incoming calls and texts, see notifications, vibrate when a call or text arrives at my phone, display navigation directions.

That's about it.

What I don't want in a smartwatch: the ability to replace a smartphone.")

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Youth crime falls as kids stay inside to play Grand Theft Auto instead of going out to steal cars

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Re: Disturbing

I wonder if anyone thought about actually talking to a cross-section of the two cohorts, instead of wildly guessing. Qualitative data have an immense value in these types of research.

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Re: Amazing

Please - don't even say that in jest! <shudders>

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

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Re: What is it... @Shugyosha

I didn't know about the significance of triple parentheses until now (in fact, I don't recall having seen it before), but I had downvoted GumpenKraut based on what seemed to be unwarranted anger. I've corrected that to an upvote, and thank you for giving me an opportunity to learn something.

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BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts

Intractable Potsherd

I haven't heard of that? Any details anywhere?

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Intractable Potsherd

Agreed. I've said for years that the defaults should be Reply and CC, with Reply All and BCC more difficult to access, and given exactly your reason for why. I used to get most people agreeing with me, but now people don't seem to understand what I'm getting at - is it a function of Facebook/Twitter etc where people expect everyone else to be suffer every random thought?

PS I notice that the obligate downvoter is busy again!

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Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet

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Re: Toddler

"At which point her Majesties cabinet would be transported to Guantanamo Bay.."

So no downsides at all!

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Re: Meanwhile....

No, they haven't "had to" - they chose to.

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Re: Not worth it to do business in Europe

I suspect a lot of the downvotes result from such risk-averse businesses making such a big deal. I don't know what you sell, but, if there is a market, it can grow. You seem to be throwing all that away out of fear. In all likelihood, you are compliant, and it is highly unlikely that a) you would get prosecuted anyway, and b) you seem to have missed the "up to" in the clause "up to 4%". This would be for the most egregious cases. You no doubt comply with much more stringent laws with a greater chance of significant fines every day of the week with no concern - but because there is something new, you are running scared.

A serious question - if one of the countries in which you do significant business brought in similar laws, would you cut them adrift? What about your state (I think you have said that most of you customers are local in previous posts)? Would you shut up shop because you don't want to comply with basic respect for people's data?

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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Re: Numbers

Anyone who classes Father's for Justice with terrorists does not deserve any attention. You are a copper, aren't you?

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Re: nevertheless

@AC: "... we set the rules ..." Who is this "we". I'm a British citizen, and no one asked me about giving the police so many powers to try out potentially invasive technology without proper oversight. If they did ask, I'd tell them that we left Peel's idea of policing by consent three decades ago, and it is time that we went back to it. I'd also tell them that we need to go back to the levels of police officers we had three decades ago, and that ACPO needs to be declared an illegal organisation. I'd also say that "... if you don't like it, you can fuck off to Russia".

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Re: ID Cards and enforced bio-metrics

@Adam 52: the quantity is less relevant than the quality. How much of that time was spent dealing with everyday crimes that ordinary people care about - theft, offences against property, etc? Not much, I suspect.

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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Re: I'M BRIAN!

I was fortunate enough to get tickets for "Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)" at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009. It was as brilliant as expected, but made all the better by someone coming up to the standing balcony right at the top (cheap) at the interval, and asking me and Mrs IP if we would like their tickets, as they had to leave. We saw the second half right down in the centre of the stalls, close enough to see the stubble on Eric Idle's chin!

(I just looked it up to be sure of the year, and discovered that the whole thing was recorded - I need to get that DVD!)

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Re: The most amazing engineering

@swampdog - "I guess you wouldn't have wanted to live near Vulcan bombers then?"

I think I've said here before that I grew up near Finningley, and the sound of Vulcans taking off and landing is part of the soundtrack of my childhood. A couple of jobs ago I lived on the flight-path for Coventry Airport - I was disappointed that the aircraft didn't make "proper" amounts of noise.

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Re: Windrush & Co.:

"... introduction of a national ID card and compulsory residential registration, the way the Scots, possibly the Northern Irish and (latterly) the Irish have done by subterfuge."

So much subterfuge that it isn't noticeable! Mrs IP and I moved to Scotland about six years ago, and we've seen no sign of an ID card or compulsory residential registration. Mrs IP isn't even a UK citizen, and yet there has been no sign of a requirement to register anything. What are you referring to?

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Intractable Potsherd

Don't feed the troll...

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: Next stop, the EU army @Lee D

Bravo! We need more people saying these things. Have a great day!

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Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

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Re: Huh?

"Talk doesn't rhyme with Bork. At least not where I come from."

It does where I'm from (also South Yorkshire), and where I live now (Fife). I can't think of any dialect where it doesn't, so what does "talk" rhyme with where you are from?

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Re: PlusNet

Have to say the same. I've been with Plusnet in three different houses over the past six or seven years, and never had a significant problem that wasn't down to crappy copper - which isn't Plusnet's fault. The helldesk staff are always helpful and knowledgeable, and don't seem to want to get me off the line as soon as possible to meet their targets.

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Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

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Re: Please no @Brewsters Angle Grinder

I agree completely about discoverability. There is some evidence that a lot of older people struggle with the "new" tech because a switch is no longer a switch - depending on length of press, number of presses, etc, it does something different. How did we get to a world where you need an instruction manual for a simple switch?

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Re: Please no @Manu T

"You obviously haven't tried Sailfish OS, have you?"

I have - I have a Sailfish phone. It is my spare - the gestures are unintuitive and unreliable. I couldn't give it to my wife to use, for instance - too much to learn too quickly. I appreciate that it is one of the best gesture-based OSs on the market, but it is rubbish as a concept.

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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Re: Not voting...

For many years, that was my sole way of voting, in both locations and general elections, since there was no way any candidate other than the favoured party donkey would get in. It is different in my current constituency - the current MP had a majority of just two votes in the last election!

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